Los Angeles Radio People, K
Compiled by Don Barrett
K, Bob: KFWB, 1967-68; KABC/KMPC, 1992-96. Bob is the gm of the Doug Stephan Company.
K, Ellen: KIIS, 1990-2015. Ellen co-hosts mornings with Ryan Seacrest at KIIS/fm.
K, Jeff: KACD, 1996-97. Jeff is doing middays at "Merge 93.3" in Dallas.
KABC, Mr.: KFI, 1992-96; KABC, 1997-2007. Mr. KABC exited KABC in February 2007 following a contract dispute. He can be heard nightly on TalkRadioOne.com. SEE Marc Germain
Kabrich, Jeanine: KABC, 1998-99; KFWB, 2000-06. Jeanine worked as the Southern California Media representative for the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2006 she worked at GoTV, a mobile tv production company in Sherman Oaks. Jeannie pursued a Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee and lives in Los Angeles.
Kabrich, Randy: KQLZ, 1989-90. Randy has been a radio consultant for over two decades.
Kade, Justin: KYSR, 2007-14. Justin worked weekends at STAR 98.7 and in 2007 transitioned to nights when the station flipped to Alternative 98-7/fm. Justin arrived in the Southland from KMXB-Las Vegas. He's now working mornings at KDGE-Dallas.
Kaelin, Brian Kato: KLSX, 1995-96. The pop icon appears infrequently in the media. He hosted Eye-4-Eye.
Kaestner, Anne: KNX, 1976. Unknown.
Kagan, Marilyn: KFI, 1991-96; KMPC/KTZN, 1996-97. Marilyn is a media consultant and will be heard on Hayhouseradio.com every Monday morning @ 9am starting October 20, 2008. Her new book came out in November 2008 titled Defenders of the Heart and she continues to see people in therapy in Beverly Hills.
(Frank Kramer, Marie Kordus, and Kevin Kiley )
Kahlen, Brent: KYMS, 1969-73; KROQ, 1976-79; KNAC, 1979-81. Brent owns a company that does "business turnarounds" for small to medium sized businesses. He spends time at KOCI, a LPFM in Orange County.
Kahn, Chaka: KIBB, 1997. Chaka appeared on VH-1's Divas broadcast in April 1999 singing her hit, I Feel For You. She worked nights briefly in 1997.
Kahn, Ken: KLSX, 1998. Paired with Gerald Wolfe to host Jerry's Courtroom Deli, Ken's whereabouts are unknown.
Kahn, Larry: KNX, mid 1980s; KFOX, 1991; KORG, 1991; KFI, 1991-92; KMPC, 1992-95; KLSX, 1996-97; XTRA, 2003. Larry broadcasts Avenger football games.
Kalmenson, Howard: KWKW, 1962-97. Howard owned KWKW. He's now a partner in Lotus Communications. In 2012, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Radio Ink for his long record of dedication to Spanish-language radio.
Kalmenson, Jim: KWKW, 1991-97. Jim was general manager of KWKW, his father's station.
KALUSA, Ray: KSPN, 2003-06. Ray was appointed pd at KSPN in early fall 2003 from Citadel in Oklahoma City. He left the all-Sports station in early 2006. Ray died of an apparent heart attack on November 21, 2007. He was 49.
He was en route to Las Vegas to visit family for the Thanksgiving holiday when he was stricken. Ray, a 24-year veteran of radio, was pd at Citadel-owned stations, All Hits 98.9 KISS/fm, WWLS (The Sports Animal), and Supertalk 930 WKY (News Talk) in Oklahoma City, before arriving in Los Angeles.
Ray began his career in Ogden, Utah as a midday air talent and afternoon news anchor at KJQN. He later continued his on-air stint at KCPX-Salt Lake City, as evening and morning air talent, plus md/apd duties. From Utah, Ray headed to Reno's KWNZ where he was pd and afternoon air talent. His first gig in California was working as md/apd and the midday shift at San Diego's KKLQ (Q106), then becoming music director and apd at San Diego's KIOZ.
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he played baseball, Kalusa grew up in Chicago where he became a die-hard Cubs and Bears fan. “I dropped to my knees when I heard the news,” said David Singer, KSPN executive producer. “Ray was one of my best friends in radio. He was the nicest guy. He actually went to a Lakers game with my dad when I couldn’t go one night.”
When David prepared to play on a media team at Dodger Stadium, Ray told David “Let me hit you some ground balls so you’ll be ready.”
“I used to tease Ray he was the equivalent of a ‘gym rat’ at the radio station – a ‘radio rat’ – he would get there early and not leave until 11 p.m. at night. He loved talking to everybody and giving everybody in the building nicknames. He would chat up everybody he could in the four radio stations that occupied the building. He was always a guy who had a smile on his face,” said David.
John Ireland, who worked at KSPN with Kalusa, had just talked to Ray twice during the previous week. “He was a great guy who was always positive, always upbeat. That's the thing I'll miss most about him, he was one of those people who just never had a bad day. He was able to create enthusiasm, and it was contagious.” John revealed it was Ray Kalusa who talked him into returning to local radio with his longtime partner Steve Mason. “After a long courtship with the station, I called Ray to thank him for the offer, but that I had decided to turn him down. He insisted that I come to his office and meet with him and John Davison, just close the negotiation in person. I agreed, but my mind was made up. By the time the meeting ended, Ray was so convincing that I had changed my mind and we went on to make a lot of money together over the next few years.”
Steve said he had “just spoken to Ray last week by phone…we were talking about ‘old times.’ Ray was a ‘radio guy’ through and through. He loved our business, and he brought to it a decency and innate goodness that is increasingly hard to find.”
Steve added that Ray “was always smiling, and he was quick with his own special brand of dumb G-rated joke. Ray specialized in bad puns. We often described him as ‘punny.’ He was devoted to his family, and he loved working with, nurturing and supporting radio talent, not as employees, but as part of his family.”
Steve summed up by stating: “This is a terrible loss for our business. Ray was, and always will be, one of the ‘good guys.”
KAMBER, Dawn: KSBR, 1989-2015. The KSBR news director has been anchoring and reporting the news for the commercial free jazz station KSBR since 1989. She can be heard reporting on news impacting Orange County every half hour during morning drive, and noon weekdays. KSBR broadcasts on frequency 88.5/fm and on the internet KSBR.org, as well as iTunes.
Dawn also hosts a half hour public affairs show Collage, which airs Monday evenings at 7 p.m. Her journalism experience dates back to when she was in ninth grade, when she was features editor, and news writer for her junior high school paper. She continued the newspaper experience in high school, and added tv news to her resume, as she reported on high school events for Public TV Station KLCS. When she moved on to Cal State Northridge, where she got her B.A. degree in journalism, she wrote for the newspaper, and reported on the radio station KCSN. She also held a part-time job at KLAC.
In the next five years, before being hired at KSBR, she worked at various commercial radio stations in Las Vegas and Reno as a news anchor and reporter.
Kamer, Steve: KHTZ, 1982-83. Steve works in New York and his voiceover career includes: Inside Edition, ESPN Classic, NBC Sports, CBS News, The Early Show, WCBS-AM Newsradio 880, and The New York Yankees!
Kane, Allan: KMET, 1980. Unknown.
Kaplan, Gabe: KLAC, 1990-92. Gabe is involved with the World Series of Poker.
Kaplan, Jake: KROQ/JACK/fm, 2005-09; KAMP, 2008-2015. Jake is the creative director/voice over at AMP Radio.
(Leo Knott, Jake Kaplan, Steve Kindred, and Kelly Whelihan Kufman)
Kaplan, Leon: KABC, 1979-2015. The Motorman dispenses automotive information at KABC.
KAPLAN, Mike: KYSR, 2013-15. Mike joined KYSR/fm,
' Rock Alternative station, in early May 2013. Los Angeles
Kaplan started his radio career as an intern and since then his laser focus has been locked on what’s next in pop-culture, music, tech and marketing which has helped grow and develop his extensive programming career. He was mostly recently programming the Seattle Entercom cluster, 107.7 The End KNDD/fm and 103.7 The Mountain KMTT/fm. At Entercom Kaplan also previously served as a pd.
“The opportunity to join the biggest alternative rock station in the country is an honor and at the same time I'm psyched to join the No. 1 media company in the world,” said Kaplan. “KYSR has a strong foundation and I'm looking forward to collaborating with the entire Clear Channel Los Angeles team to build upon the brand’s success.”
Kaplan, Scott: XERB, 2003-12. Scott co-anchored morning drive at all-Sports "The Mighty 1090" until the summer of 2012. He returned in early 2013.
Karnatz, Mia: KPCC, 1987-2003; KCLU, 2004-13. Mia is the membership manager at KCLU.
Karel & Andrew: KFI, 1998-2002. Karel (Charles Karel Bouley) & Andrew (Howard) worked swing at KFI. Andrew died suddenly on May 21, 2001. He was 34. Karel went on to KGO Radio until 2008 and is now syndicated in markets including weekends at KGO-San Francisco.
Karla with a K: KACE, 1994-2000. Karla Antoinette worked the midday slot at KACE until the station was sold in early 2000 and changed to Spanish.
KASEM, Casey: KRLA, 1963-69. Los Angeles claimed him as their own during the 60s, before Casey Kasem became one of the most recognized voices on the planet. The long time host of American Top 40 died June 15, 2014, after a long battle with Lewy body dementia and infected bed sores.
"Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends," Kerri Kasem wrote on Facebook. "Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken. Thank you for all your love, support and prayers. The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad. With love, Kerri, Mike and Julie."
Born in Detroit in 1932 to Lebanese Druze parents, Kemal Amin Kasem interned in 1950 at Detroit's public radio station, WDTR. He then worked as a radio quiz-show usher at WXYZ-Detroit, before acting in youth roles on nationally-aired programs, The Lone Ranger and Sergeant Preston. Drafted in 1952, Casey served in Korea at the headquarters of Armed Forces Radio. In 1954 he returned to Wayne State to finish college, working as a newsman, board-op, and part-time dj at WJLB. Casey later switched to WJBK-Detroit as a full-time jock. He headed to New York in 1958 in an unsuccessful try for stage acting work. In 1959, he hosted radio and a tv show, Cleveland Bandstand at WJW.
Casey moved west in 1962, arriving at KEWB-San Francisco where he developed the “teaser-bio” format, putting drama and stories into introductions of the music. It became his much-copied trademark technique. In 1963 he moved to Southern California, joining the lineup of the legendary KRLA as one of the “Eleven-Ten Men” until 1969. Working in Southern California allowed Casey to continue pursuing acting gigs throughout the 1960s. He appeared in several movies, including The Girls from Thunder Strip, The Glory Stompers, Scream Free!, 2000 Years Later, The Cycle Savages, and The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant. Casey appeared on tv, hosting Dick Clark’s daily syndicated tv dance show, Shebang, as well as an appearance on The Dating Game.
Record exec Mike Curb suggested Casey try commercial voiceover work, which made his voice known nationally. It was Casey who provided the voice of Robin in the tv cartoon series Batman and Robin, though he was probably better known as the voice of Shaggy on Scooby Doo.
In 1969 Casey called Ron Jacobs at Watermark, a radio syndicator, to talk about a new idea called American Top 40. The show would count down the biggest hits of the week, an idea he conceived with Don Bustany, a Hollywood movie producer and childhood friend. “AT40" debuted on July 4, 1970, on WMEX-Boston. The show originally aired in only seven markets. The show eventually became nationally and internationally popular as “Casey’s Coast-to-Coast” countdown added more and more stations, at one time boasting over 1,000 affiliates. The playing of nearly every song was introduced with a short story about the song or the artist. Listeners from all over the world would ask Casey to play a long-distance dedication to reach out or to honor a friend or long-lost acquaintance.
From 1980 to 1992 he hosted a syndicated tv countdown show based on the radio show, America's Top Ten. Casey received a Star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame in 1981.
Casey parted ways with AT40 and Cap Cities/ABC who was then syndicated the show. But he wasn’t gone for long, as he was soon back with Casey’s Top 40, with Casey Kasem via Westwood One. Before the show debuted on January 1, 1989, over 400 affiliates had signed up.
(Casey Kasem at KRLA)
That same year, Casey was featured in Variety, explaining the appeal of AT40: “When we first went on the air, I thought we would be around for at least 20 years. I knew the formula worked. I knew people tuned in to find out what the No. 1 record was.”
He continued to look for acting opportunities on tv, appearing on Charlie's Angels, Quincy, and Fantasy Island. Still, his voice was his primary vehicle, as even on tv he was more often heard than seen on tv as he became the “voice of NBC” during the Fred Silverman era of the late 70s and early 80s. Casey continued to do advertising work, but he gradually eliminated doing ads for products he believed harmful to his fans. He declined to advertise cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, Las Vegas, and motorcycles. An advocate for vegetarianism, Casey also eschewed any ads featuring meat, fish, and poultry products.
Casey marched for peace, protested against nuclear arms, and supported aid for the homeless. He promoted workshops in conflict resolution between Arabs and Jews, not being afraid to offer controversial ideas and solutions. In a CNN interview with Larry King, Casey said that the U.S. should negotiate with Yasser Arafat or whoever represented the Arab World in order to advance peace in the ongoing Middle East conflict. He left the role of Shaggy in 1995, in a dispute over a Burger King commercial, but returned in 2002 when it was agreed that Shaggy would be a vegetarian. Casey appeared regularly as a co-host on the Jerry Lewis Telethon on behalf of Muscular Dystrophy from 1983 – 2005.
Casey turned off the radio microphone on July 4, 2009. He reflected on his personal history with counting down the hits, and ended with his trademark signature:
Well now, we’re up to the number one song in the land, and I look back on four amazing decades of counting ’em down. The countdown began on the Fourth of July, 1970. It was an idea that my partner, Don Bustany and I, came up with. Our first show took more than 18 hours to record, and at first, we only had seven stations. But Don and I believed, and so did a growing number of listeners. Back then, there were no long-distance dedications on the show. That didn’t come along until 1978, when Matt Wilson located one in the mail, and Matt’s been with us ever since. Today, we’ve read more than 3,000 of your dedications. Over the years, musical trends have come and gone, from disco to new wave, from punk to hip hop, from bubble gun to rock. We’ve been there, counting em’ down. It’s been a great 39 years, and it’s really been an honor for me…
I’d like to share with you something I’ve learned over the years. Success doesn’t happen in a vacuum. You’re only as good as the people you work with, and the people you work for. I’ve been lucky – I’ve worked for, and with, the very best…I’m Casey Kasem. Now one more time, the words I’ve ended show with since 1970 – keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.
Kasem, Kerri: KLSX, 2005-08. Kerri, daughter of Casey Kasem, was a frequent guest and fill-in host at KLSX. She left a morning job in Las Vegas in late summer of 2007.
Kat, Killer: SEE Kat Snow
(Jo Kwon, Max Kellerman, and Rhonda Kramer)
Katchen, Sharon: KFWB, 1986-2008. Sharon was the Long Beach bureau chief for all-News KFWB until the fall of 2008. She reports for the City News Service and Fox News Radio.
Katz, Burt: KMPC, 1996; KABC, 1996-99. Burt is a retired L.A. Superior Court judge.
Kaufman, Mike: KMPC, 1992; KFWB, 1995-99. Mike reported sports at all-News KFWB.
Kaufmann, Dawna: KMDY, KIEV, KMPC, KTZN. Dawna is a writer and frequent guest on tv.
Kay, Ella: KDAY, 1965. Unknown.
Kay, Karen: KIKF, 2000; KMXN, 2000-02; KDL, 2003; KSPN, 2004. Karen was working part-time for Fox Sports Net until early 2009. She's now working at NBC Sports Radio.
Kaye, Barry: KHJ, 1972-74. Nominated eight times as dj of the year, Barry is pd/afternoons at Country KVST, near Houston.
Kaye, Harry: KFWB, 1957. Unknown.
(Will Kohlschreiber, Jackson King, Chris Kelley, , Paul Kelly, and Dan Kearney)
Kaye, Jerry: KROQ, 1977; KLOS, 1978. Last heard, Jerry was working Earth News at CBS.
Kaye, Jhani: KUTE, 1972-74; KKDJ, 1974; KGBS, 1975; KROQ, 1973-74; KFI/KOST, 1982-99; KBIG, 1999-2000; KOST/KBIG, 2000-05; KRTH, 2006-09; KRTH/KTWV, 2009-13. Jhani took over as pd at K-EARTH on January 3, 2006 and added KTWV January 8, 2010. He exits CBS/LA in late June 2013.
Kaye, Marc: KIIS, 1992-94. Marc is running five stations in Seattle.
Kaye, Tamara: KYMS, 1993-95; KOLA, 1995-98; KFI, 2000-01; KWVE, 1998-2003. Tamara was a parttime news anchor at KFI through AirWatch America.
Kazan, Dick: KABC/KMPC, 1993-95. Dick runs his own consulting business and hosts Kazantoday.com, a Web site that deals with entertaining and compelling real-life stories with valuable lessons on how to succeed in business and in life.
KAZE, Irv: KIEV/KRLA, 1991-2002. Irv died June 29, 2002 of a massive heart attack. He was 75.
Irv was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and grew up in New York. He joined KIEV in 1991 to host a sports talk show. He is the only Los Angeles area sports broadcaster to have the distinction of wearing both a World Series and a Super Bowl ring. During his eight years with the Los Angeles Raiders as senior administrator, the team won the 1984 Super Bowl. Prior to joining the Raiders, he was media relations director for the New York Yankees in 1981 when they won their last pennant prior to 1996.
While attending New York University, he worked for the New York Post. Upon graduation, he began his baseball career with the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League, moving up to the parent Pittsburgh Pirates when the Dodgers moved from Brooklyn. Irv was the first public relations director of the Los Angeles (now Anaheim) Angels. When Al Davis became commissioner of the AFL, Irv joined his staff and later became business manager and assistant to the president of the San Diego Chargers for seven years. Irv has been recognized on six occasions as the Best Radio Talk Show host by SC Sports Broadcasters.
Kearn, Richard: KGIL, 1965. Unknown.
Kearney, Dan: CBS/LA, 2013-15. Dan was appointed svp/market manager for the CBS/LA cluster in late summer of 2013.
Keena: KXMX, 1999-2000; KROQ. The former "Mix 95.9" weekender works in PR at Premiere Radio Networks. She is also a producer of weekend programming at KROQ.
(Krisha, Dave Koz, Kato Kaelin, and John Kobik)
KEENE, Bill: KNX, 1957-93. Longtime KNX traffic and weather reporter Bill Keene died April 5, 2000. Bill was the longtime weather/traffic reporter for KNX from 1957 until his retirement in 1993. For many years he did similar duties on KNXT/Channel 2 and was part of the highly successful The Big News with Jerry Dunphy and sports announcer Gil Stratton. Born July 1, 1927, Bill worked in a meteorology firm before joining KNX in 1957. He hosted "The Bill Keene Show," a local variety show, and met his future wife, Louise Vienna, who was appearing as a singer. Bill gave flavor to the traffic reports using words like "cattywampus," "chrome cruncher" and "paint peeler" instead of "accident." He started his professional career in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, winning an audition at his high school. After flying in the United States Air Force during World War II, he became nd at KBOL-Boulder. He went into the weather field after an unruly winter interrupted his private flying lessons. Bill died at a hospital in Tucson, Arizona, following complications from a stroke. He was 73.
Keene, Scott: KBRT, 1983-84; KFI, 1986. Scott owns a mobile dj business and he is a professional sports umpire living in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Keffury, Bill: KRLA, 1961-63. Bill lives in Las Vegas and hosts NiceNoise.com.
Keith: KLOS, 1977. Unknown.
Keith, Bobby: KDAY, 1967; KLAC, 1967. Unknown.
Keith, Randy: KFI, 2000-05; KNX, 2003-12. Randy reported traffic for KNX.
Kellerman, Max: KSPN, 2011-15. Max started middays on 1.3.11 at 710/ESPN.
(Diana Kirchen (Kelly), Khool-Aid, Don Kelly , and Bill Kingman)
KELLEY, Bob: KMPC, 1946-64; KRKD, 1964-66. Bob was regarded as one of the finest football announcers in the history of radio and television. Bud Furillo was even more effusive, "Ol' Kell was the best football announcer I ever heard."
Bob came West with the Rams in 1946, a position he had held since the inception of the pro football team in Cleveland in 1937. He won immediate fame for his vivid broadcasts. Bob announced the PCL's Angel games from 1948 to 1957. He was twice named the LA Times Sportscaster of the Year. He had a nightly controversial sports show on KMPC and was the sports director for the station.
Jim Murray wrote: "His dinner-hour sports show made as many people gnash their teeth as cheer. But they listened. His mail was sulfuric. But they wrote."
Bob was born in Kalamazoo and attended high school in Elkhart, Indiana and Western Reserve University where he graduated in 1942. After graduation from high school, Bob moved to South Bend and a job announcing the football games of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. He became director of sports for WGAR-Cleveland and began calling Ram games. In 1942 he joined WJR-Detroit where he broadcast the games of the University of Michigan, while commuting back to Cleveland on Sundays to do the Rams. In the mid-1950s Bob became part of the Angels and Hollywood Stars at Wrigley Field and California Angels beginning announcing team in 1961. In 1964 Bob was carried out of the Coliseum during the Pro Bowl with a heart attack.
The Voice of the Rams died September 9, 1966, at the age of 49. His son Pat, who was known as Paraquat Kelley, pursued a broadcasting career and was heard in the Southland on KMET and KMPC/fm. (Bob, on left, is pictured with his son Tim)
(Karen Kay, Gene Knight, and Payal Kumar)
Kelley, Chaz: KRTH, 1991-2002; KLTE, 2003; KRTH, 2008. Chaz worked weekends at "K-Earth" until the summer of 2008. She fills-in from time to time.
Kelley, Chris: KFI, 1983. Chris works at KPLN-San Diego as Chuck Jones and "The Joneses" Morning Show.
Kelley, Christina: KCMG, 1998-2001; KRTH, 2002-15. Christina left "Mega 92.3" in the summer of 2001 when the station flipped to "Hot 92.3" and in early 2002 joined KRTH. She works evenings.
Kelley, Gary: KIQQ, 1978-79. Gary was the weekend weather at KGTV/Channel 10 in San Diego. He's now a wedding dj.
Kelley, Pat "Paraquat": KMET, 1977-87, KMPC/fm, 1988. Pat is in Southland real estate and he is a screenwriter. He has written a book, There Will Always Be Termites, which chronicles his journey with MS.
Kelley, Sandy: KYSR, 1991-92; KXEZ, 1992-96; KLIT, 1997-98; KTWV, 1997-2007. Sandy was part of the fill-in roster at "the Wave."
Kelly, Ben: KKBT, 1990-99; KCMG, 1999-2000. Ben is part-owner of a production company making spiritual films. He also works for one of the traffic services.
Kelly, Bill: KEZY, 1987. Unknown.
Kelly, Don: KLAC, 1980-83. Don is retired and living in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
(Lyle Kilgore, Chaz Kelley, Mr. KABC, Evelyn Kelly, and Justin Kade)
Kelly, Evelyn: KFI, 1978-81; KIIS, 1986. Evelyn is in real estate in the West San Fernando Valley.
Kelly, Jeff: KLAC, 1985-88; KYSR, 1993. Since 1994, Jeff has been the weather anchor for KPNX/TV-Phoenix.
Kelly, Jim: KFWB, 1961; KBLA. Jim is a teacher at Fullerton College.
Kelly, Josh: KBIG, 2000. Josh worked swing at KBIG.
Kelly, Kidd: KWST, 1981; KFOX, 1982; KWNK, 1985. Brett Nordhoff works at KIMN-Denver.
Kelly, Kurt: KLOS, 1983-87; KNX/fm/KODJ, 1988-90. Kurt is active in the voiceover world. You can hear his work at: myspace.com/kurtkelly.
(Richard Kimball, Keena, Kurt Kretzschmar, and John Kentera)
Kelly, "Machine Gun": KHJ, 1973-78; KTNQ, 1978-79; KFI, 1983; KOST, 1985; KIIS, 1987-88; KODJ/KCBS, 1989-92; KBIG, 1999-2000. MG runs MGK Conmmunications based in Los Angeles. He's producing and hosting two shows: "Machine Gun Kelly's American Hit List" a 60's and 70's - 3 hour weekly show - and M.G. Kelly's "Amazing 80s." The two show are heard on over one hundred stations.
Kelly, Marc: KEZY, 1971-72; KIQQ, 1972-73. Marc lives in St. George, Utah.
Kelly, Margie: KWIZ, 1976-78; KYMS. Margie lives in Mission Viejo and writes books for single Christians.
Kelly, Merilee: KSCA 1994-96, KYSR 1996-98. Merilee is programming coordinator for Codcomm Inc.’s rock WPXC “Pixy 103” and adults hits WFRQ “Frank FM” on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Kelly will do on-air work, production, and assist in digital efforts.
Kelly, Pat: KHJ; KFI, 1950-68. Unknown.
Kelly, Paul: KWIZ, 1978-82. Paul is a professor in Dublin, Ireland.
Kelly, Peter: KXLU, 1993-99. The former gm and pd at KXLU runs moviemusic.com.
Kelly, Skip: KYSR, 2002-04. Skip is pd at WWJK (107.3 JACK/fm) in Jacksonville.
Kelly, Steve: KIKF, 1993-97. Steve worked for one of the traffic services.
Kelly, Tim: KFI, 1998-2001. Tim, part of the Tim & Neil show, left the Talker in the fall of 2001. He was "Dick Cabeza," producing bits for Bill Handel. Tim's pursuing non-radio related opportunities.
(Christina Kelley, Steve Kelly, Tim Kelly, "Shotgun Tom" Kelly, and Gayle King)
Kelly, Tim: KFI, 1978-81; KIIS, 1983; KKBT, 1989-90. Tim is partner and senior advisor to All Comedy Radio.
Kelly, Todd: KIIS, 1999-2004; KDLD/KDLE, 2004-09. Todd worked afternoons at "Indie 103.1" as TK until a format flip in early 2009. He's now pd/radio operations/afternoons at freeform Indie station at moheak.com
Kelly, Tom: KNX; 1975-80 Tom was also known as Tom Hood when he broadcasts USC sports on Fox Sports West. He went on to work in Seattle. He's now a part-time physicians assistant in Tacoma. He went back to school and graduated in metallurgy. "It has served to whet my appetite and it tripled my income."
Kelly, "Shotgun" Tom: KRTH, 1997-2015. "Shotgun" works afternoon drive at "K-Earth." In the spring of 2013, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In the spring of 2015, he was honored by Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters.
Kelman, Lori: KFWB, 2002-08. Lori was a reporter for all-News KFWB until a company downsizing in the fall of 2008. She is now the West Coast correspondent for NBC Radio Network.
KELTON, Stan: KJLH, 1968-70. Stan was a great friend to radio (KJLH in the late 60s). He died April 12, 2015, after a three-month battle with stomach cancer.
He was 63.
Stan was born in Long Beach. He loved radio and he started his career at 16. “I would have started earlier if it had not been for child labor laws,” said Stan when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People. When he began at KJLH, the station was owned by Los Angeles mortician John Lamar Hill (K-John Lamar Hill) and the studios were located in the Garden Room of Mottell’s Mortuary at 3rd and Alamitos in Long Beach.
“When I was working solo at night at the studio/mortuary it was eerie; however, I was never actually disturbed by the other inhabitants.” After receiving a B.A. in journalism from USC, Stan obtained his law degree from Loyola University of Los Angeles. Stan lived in Huntington Beach and represented commercial landlords throughout Southern California. In addition to his continued interest in radio, he maintained an interest in journalism and taught mass communication law each summer at the California Scholastic Press Association Journalism Workshop at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Stan was a supporter of SPERDVAC, and cultivated friendships with radio historians and many of our best second-generation of broadcast engineers, for whom he had great respect. He helped keep Southern California's rich media history alive in many ways. He was active in the campaign to restore Fullerton's Fox Theater to its former glory.
“Stan was also my dearest, oldest friend,” said Jerry Trowbridge, who helped with this story. “One of the things I will miss the most is the oft-repeated email from him that starts out: ‘In case you missed this on Barrett's site...’”
(Lee Klein, Karla with a K, Mitch Krayton, and Damon Knight)
Kemp, Garth: KLOS, 1997-98. Garth reports weather for KABC/Channel 7 News.
Kemp, Guy: KWST, 1980-82; KNAC, 1982-84; KMPC/fm, 1987-88. Guy has a successful voiceover career.
Kendall, Charlie: KWST, 1978. Charlie is the operations manager at LM Communications in Lexington Kentucky. He's also the morning talent on their B92 Classic Hits station.
Kennedy, Alton, KPSA, 1972. Unknown.
Kennedy, Kevin: KLAC, 2015. Former manager of the Boston Redsox (1995-96), Kevin joined David Vassegh for Dodger Talk following all games at the start of the 2015 season.
Kennedy, Virgin: KROQ, 1990-91; KFI, 2008-09; KYSR, 2009-14. The former MTV vj hosts Reality Remix and co-hosted the KFI evening show with Bryan Suits until September 30, 2009. She provided features on the KYSR (98-7) morning show until the spring of 2014. She also hosts a nightly current events talk show on Fox Business Network titled “The Independents.”
Kenney, June: KMET, 1967. Unknown.
Kenny, Tim: Tim was last heard working for Metro in Denver.
Kent, Tony: KPOL, 1961-69 and 1971-74. Last heard, Tony bought a station in Pismo Beach and has since sold it.
Kentera, John: XERB, 2003-15. John works afternoons at all-Sports "Mighty 1090."
Kerby, Ed: KIIS, 1971; KROQ, 1972-73; KIIS, 1973; KWST, 1973; KDAY, 1974-94; KMAX, 1995. Ed owned Love's Restaurant in North Hollywood.
Kerdoon, Randy: KWNK, 1990; KFWB, 1989-95; KNX, 2003-15. The former weekend sports anchor at KTTV/Fox 11 broadcasts morning drive sports at all-News KNX.
KERN, Harvey: KNJO/KMDY/Lite 92.7, 1978-98.
Harvey, long retired, concluded his voicing career (and has been retired from his health career for 17 years). However, he's not done using his voice. You will find him volunteering (as a tour guide/docent) at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica, the Adamson House in Malibu, the Getty Center, the California Science Center (Endeavour/space shuttle), and the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden. Harvey lives with his partner Ann Hayman in West Los Angeles.
Harveywas born on September 1, 1942, raised in southwest , and attended UCLA, where he was a disc jockey on KCLA (now KLA). In June 1964, he began a long career with the L. A. County Department of Health Services. He began teaching evening graduate classes in health at CSUN in 1972. While commuting, he was a pioneering KNX traffic tipster (" Los Angeles the Road Warrior") for Bill Keene and Jim Thornton. Harvey
returned to radio, beginning a 20-year association with KNJO and KMDY (Comedy Radio), where he was an air personality, news and sports reporter, and public service director. He could also be heard doing live remotes from openings countless businesses, theaters, and public service remotes in Harvey . Ventura County
"I was the Director of Public Affairs for the
Los Angeles County+ USC Medical Center[and its principal media spokesperson] for the last nine years of my 32-year career with L.A. County," remarked . "I also had my evening teaching responsibilities, in addition to the radio gig. Radio was a great, relaxing avocation, and lots of fun." Harvey
Somehow, he managed to squeeze in announcing duties for football games at
, where he was the "voice of the Eagles" from 1981 to 1985. Oak Park High School retired from the County and teaching in 1996 and instantly became the morning drive - later midday - air personality for KNJO, where he remained until he "retired" from live radio in 1998. "I survived six ownerships, 13 program directors, and outlasted other staff of KNJO several times over," he joked. Upon his departure, he was honored with scrolls from the Harvey Countyof Venturaand City of Thousand Oaksas the "Voice of the " for 20 years. Conejo Valley
Kern, Jim: KFI, 2004-05. Jim reported traffic on KFI.
(Tom Kelly, Steve Knight, Ellen K, Bob Kingsley, and Howard Kalmenson)
Kerr, Bob: KFI, 1960-78. Unknown.
Kessler, Steve: KGGI, 1979-87. In the '90s, Steve went on to work at Z90 in San Diego, B95-Fresno, KFRC-San Francisco and KBGO-Las Vegas. He's currently involved in furniture marketing and merchandising in Santa Clarita.
Kester, Howard: KEZY, 1966. Howard was gm of KYA-San Francisco during the station's success with a CHR format. He was gm at KEZY and went on to be the executive director of the Northern California Broadcasters Association. Howard died in 1989.
Kevin & Bean: KROQ, 1990-2015. The team works morning drive at KROQ.
KEVIN, Art: KEZY, 1959-61; KFAC, 1961; KFI, 1961-63; KHJ, 1963-72; KMPC, 1972-78. Art served in three capacities while at KHJ (1963-72): news director, public affairs director and national news correspondent for RKO General Broadcasting. He, along with Ron Jacobs, was the architect for the signature 20/20 News during the KHJ Boss Radio Days. Art Kevin died August 15, 2002, of lung cancer at the age of 67.
Kevin was on RKO outlets to air the news the night RFK was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in L.A. At KMPC he was chief investigative reporter. He was born Art Ferraro in the Bronx. "In my starting days on radio ethnic names were not allowed, thus, Art Kevin was born." Art discovered his passion for radio while working at WAVZ-New Haven. (B. Mitchel Reed was a jock at the same time.) "I was doing the all night dj shift and the owner sent me to cover some ship disaster in New York Harbor. It was the sinking of the Andrea Doria and I forever was bitten by the news bug." Before he joined KHJ he was the first West Coast correspondent for the UPI audio radio network and was the first news director at KEZY in the late 1950s. (Art Kevin with his wife, Jodi)
“Art Kevin was so special to me because his work and demeanor convinced me that I'd really made it to big league radio in 1965,” said Jacobs. “KHJ had a real news room with all those clocks in different time zones and more than one teletype machine. KHJ had a real news director, and that was Art, with the unfiltered cigarette stuck to his lower lip and his sleeves rolled up while he frowned at the Royal typewriter into which he banged the hour's news. We spent much time together. In April, we set up the mechanics of ‘20/20 News.’ In August, Art rang me up and asked me to come to the newsroom - now. We ad libbed plans on how to deal with our first major local story: the Watts Riots. Frank Terry was on the scene first, on the two-way radio from an old KHJ mobile unit, a station wagon. I asked him what the funny sounds were. He told me that they were bullets flying around the vehicle, under which he'd crawled,” wrote Ron.
In 1982 Art started KRRI/fm-Boulder City/Las Vegas, because "I always thought I could do it better." He ran an Oldies format until selling the station in 1995. Art started at KEZY in 1959 and also worked at KFAC, KFI and KMPC.
Kevoian, Bob: KXTA, 2000-01. Bob and his partner Tom Griswold started their syndicated show at "XTRA Sports 1150" on January 4, 2000 and the show was dropped a year later. The Bob & Tom Show continues in syndication.
Key, Jim: KGIL, 1962-65 and 1967-69; KNX, 1969-74; KFI, 1975-78; KFWB, 1975-78. Jim was the original Skywatch pilot for KGIL. He is now retired on his small ranch in the Piney Woods of East Texas.
Keyes, Austin: KLOS, 1996-2000 and 2004-05. Austin has an active voiceover career, including five years with the Mark Burnett Company.
KFI, Mr.: SEE Mr. KABC
Khan, Chaka: KIBB, 1997. Chaka sang her hit I Feel For You at the Divas concert on VH-1. She received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010 in the Music category.
KHOLOS, Bob: KMPC, 1965; KABC, 1968. Bob was a longtime Democratic political activist and the first mayoral press secretary to Tom Bradley. He worked in the newsroom at KMPC in the mid-1960s and reported on the first Watts Riots. In 1968, he became a reporter for KABC. He died October 12, 2010, at the age of 67.
Kholos was named Bradley's press secretary after Bradley was elected Los Angeles mayor in 1973. Kholos served as media director during the campaign and assistant press secretary during Bradley's 1969 unsuccessful mayoral bid against Sam Yorty.
Born October 5, 1943, in Los Angeles, Kholos graduated from Santa Monica High School and attended Santa Monica College. Kholos served in the Army in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967 and started working for political campaigns upon his return.
Khool-Aid: KPWR, 2000-05. Khool-Aid worked middays at "Power 106." She is an active force in Latin Hip-Hop and for a time co-hosting MTV's Wake Up Show.
(Lori Kelman, Kevin "Kozman" Koske, Jeff K, Bob Koontz, and Randy Kerdoon)
Kidd, Jr., Paul: KNOB, 1968; KFWB, 1969-87; KGFJ, 1969-87; KDAY, 1984-87; KMAX, 1987-88; KACE, 1988-94. Paul's gospel show on Armed Forces Radio has played for over 20 years. He created Touch of Soul barbecue sauce, later renamed Touch of the South.
Kieley, Dan: KIIS, 1997-2001. Dan died of a heart attack on April 9, 2006. He was 51. Dan was a partner in Snafu Consultants, based in Dallas.
Kiernan, Kathy: KNX, 1981-2013. Kathy is an editor/writer at KNXNewsradio. She also reports for 3AW in Melbourne, Australia.
Kiley, Kevin: KSPN, 2007. Kevin joined middays at Sports KSPN in early 2007 and left later in the year. He was with the ESPN station in Dallas until early 2010. He's now doing mornings at WKRK (Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan) in Cleveland.
KILEY, Liz: KFI/KOST, 1982-89; KKBT, 1989-90. Liz is vp/affiliations and operations for tr3s´: MTV, Musica, y Mas. A veteran of the television and radio broadcasting industry, with wide experience in programming, operations and as on-air talent, Liz brings almost 20 years experience in broadcast operations and affiliation management to her current position.
Prior to joining tr3s´, Liz was Vice President of Broadcast & Radio Affiliations for MTV2 where she was responsible for overseeing all radio and broadcast television affiliations. Previously she was with The Box Music Network, where she worked in conjunction with radio stations and broadcast affiliates across the country to promote and enhance the image of the network and the station until The Box merged with MTV2 in 2001.
Liz joined the The Box Music Network in 1994 after serving as Operations Manager of Los Angeles radio station, 92.3 The Beat (KKBT) before being promoted to Vice President/Operations & Programming for Evergreen Media Corporation. She was also Music Director and nighttime personality of KOST 103’s highly rated “Love Songs On the Coast” program where she took on the additional responsibilities of Assistant Program Director.
Earlier in her career, Kiley caught the broadcasting industry’s attention by becoming WABC-New York’s first female on-air personality in its Top 40 days. She also served as pd of WIFI in Philadelphia and as an on-air personality at WPGC in Washington, DC and is the recipient of many industry awards.
Kiley, an alumna of the Class of 2000 Leadership Music, Nashville, served on its Board of Directors for ten years, and sits on the Board of Directors for The Arc of Davidson County.
Kilgore, Lyle: KHJ, 1966-77; KDAY, 1978; KLAC, 1983-90; KFWB, 1990-05. Lyle was a weekend news anchor at KFWB until his retirement.
Kilgore, Ron: KFWB, 1996-2002; KNX, 2005-15. Ron spent 14 months kicking off the Wall Street Journal radio network. He's currently the Orange County reporter for KNX.
(Garth Kemp, Todd Kelly, Ben Kelly, Jeff Kelly, and Gary Kelley)
Kilman, Buzz: KLSX, 1999-2000. Buzz worked with Jonathon Brandmeier at the FM Talk station, KLSX.
Kim, Jimmy: KIIS, 1993-2002; KFOX/KREA, 1994-99. Jimmy is one of the most respected sources for dance and hit music.
Kim, Steve: KXTA, 1999. Steve hosted a weekend boxing show at "XTRA Sports 1150."
Kimball, Richard: KMET, 1970-74; KWST, 1975-76. Richard is the sr/vp producer for The Road series for United Stations Radio Networks. He lives in the Channel Islands.
Kimmel, Jimmy: KROQ, 1994-99. Jimmy won an Emmy as co-host of Win Ben Stein's Money. He hosts Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC/TV. He was co-host of The Man Show on Comedy Central with Adam Carolla. He received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.
Kindred, Steve: KMNY, 1987-89; KFWB, 1989-2009; KFI, 2009-10; KABC, 2011-12. Steve was the morning drive financial anchor at all-News KFWB until a format flip in the fall of 2009. He worked at KABC until late 2012 and is now with Total Traffic.
Kincaid, Jojo: KRTH, 2002-04. JoJo joined KRTH in July 2002 and left in late 2004. He worked at 'The Wolf' in San Francisco until late 2008.
King, Alan: KBBQ, 1960s. Unknown.
KING, Amy: KFI, 201o-15. Amy got into the radio business, thanks to Mork and Mindy, according to Amy, one of the weekend anchors at KFI.
During her internship at McCoy Advertising in Medford, Oregon, she met Ralph James, the voice of Orson from the Mork and Mindy tv show, who became a mentor and helped her prepare a demo reel after college (Oregon State University at Corvallis, with a BS in Speech Communication).
“Armed with my first demo reel, I went around to radio stations in my hometown in Southern Oregon, and told them I wanted to work for them, but didn’t want to be a dj,” remembered Amy. “Amazingly, I got job offers from a number of stations, and accepted a co-host/news anchor position with the #1 station in the market: Top 40 KTMT.”
After a year at KTMT, Amy moved to Colorado and spent 4 years working at radio stations. For a change of pace she spent a year as a marketing vp for a limited stakes casino in the Rockies and she was a card dealer at night!
A radio station in Eugene, Oregon, KKNU “New Country 93,” offered Amy a position co-hosting the morning show for a start-up station. “Since the radio bug had never quite left me, I accepted and packed up once again to head back to the west coast.”
Her next stop was nine years at KUPL-Portland. “I was very fortunate to join a very strong team of professionals who were a blast to work with.” Amy was news director and a member of the KUPL Waking Crew.
Amy had a hankering to pursue voiceover work and decided to move to Southern California. “I truly thought I was done with radio, but had always said if the right opportunity came along, I’d be crazy not to take a look at it,” reflected Amy. “In the fall of 2010, I happened to see an ad for a part-time news anchor on the legendary KFI in Los Angeles and decided to investigate. The long and short of it is, I got the job and am now happily back in radio and loving what I am doing! I am the Saturday afternoon anchor on KFI and have been very fortunate to fill in on the Tim Conway Jr. Show, the John & Ken Show, and the Bill Carroll Show.
In addition to KFI, Amy provides weekday afternoon news anchoring at KOGO-San Diego.
KING, Bill: KNX, 1982-83. Considered by many to be the best pro football radio announcer in the country, Bill broadcast over 500 Raider games. In the 1980s, preparing for retirement, his financial counselor swindled all his money. He died on October 17, 2005. He was 78.
Holy Toledo was a familiar trademark cry from the longtime Bay Area sportscaster icon who was the radio voice of the Oakland A's since 1981. King was behind the mike for some of the most memorable moments in Bay Area sports history. He was the voice of the Warriors from the time they moved to San Francisco in 1962 until 1983. In 1966 he began broadcasting Raiders games and stayed with that franchise to become a LARP when the team moved to Los Angeles in 1982. “His call of the famous ‘Sea of Hands’ pass from Ken Stabler to Clarence Davis in a 1974 playoff, is considered one of the greatest play-by-play accounts ever,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “He also was at the mike for the ‘Heidi Game,’ against the Jets, the ‘Immaculate Reception’ by Franco Harris in Pittsburgh and the ‘Holy Roller" against the Chargers, three memorable moments in Raiders history."
“I’m truly saddened by Bill King’s death,” wrote KGO’s Ronn Owens. “He brought true class to sports broadcasting. A Renaissance man more than anyone I’ve ever met, he could discuss opera, for example, with the same wisdom and clarity he used to explain the intricacies of the change-up. He was a joy to listen to and a joy to interview. Class. Above all else, class.”
King, Dave: XPRS, 1972. Unknown.
King Gayle: KTLK, 2010-11. Gayle joined afternoon drive at the Progressive Talk station in July 2010 and announced that she was giving up her syndicated show on April 8, 2011. She's now morning co-anchor of the CBS Morning News.
King, Glen: KUTE, 1965-66; KFOX, 1966. Glen is a retired professor of Radio and TV broadcasting and a successful songwriter.
(Kevin Kennedy and Nikki Knight)
King, Howard: KHJ, 1972. Unknown.
King, Jackson: KFWB, 1962; KHJ, 1968. Born Jack Colon, the booming Top 40 newsman died April 27, 1969, from complications of cirrhosis of the liver. Jackson was 45.
King, Josh: KLAC, 1965. Unknown.
King, Larry: KFI; KGIL, 2007-08. Larry's hosted CNN Larry King Live for many years. His syndicated radio show aired at KGIL.
King, Pamela: KORG, 1975-79;KIKF, 1979-81. Pamela works with children with learning disabilities as an advocate/paralegal.
King, Roy: KGFJ, 1978. KKTT, 1979; KIEV, 1981-97. Unknown.
King, Tom: KUTE, 1981-87; KNOB, 1984-86. Tom and his wife bought KTHO-Lake Tahoe and the success of their own broadcast school, Academy of Radio Broadcasting, has branched out to Phoenix, Walnut Creek and Fremont.
King EMZ: KKBT, 1995-97. Unknown.
(Guy Kemp, Jojo "Cookin'" Kincaid, and Ken Kohl)
Kingman, Bill: KPPC, 1959-60. Since 1961, Bill is living in Lake Tahoe.
Kingsley, Bob: KGBS, 1961-69; KLAC, 1970-71; KBBQ, 1971-72; KFI, 1973. Bob hosts a syndicated Country show. In 1998, he was inducted into the Country Hall of Fame.
Kingston, Lenore: KFWB, 1959-62. Lenore was the home affairs editor during the colorful days of "Color Radio." Her show "Purely Personal" aired for three years. Lenore was featured on This Is Your Life for her important contributions during World War II. Born Eleanor Bourgeotte in L.A. on October 14, 1913, during the thirties she acted in the radio drama "Ma Perkins" and later starred with McDonald Carey in the Lock Up tv series. But her real interest was being a ham radio operator. After Pearl Harbor she founded radio training courses for the American Womens Voluntary Service. She specialized in phone patches between servicemen overseas and their families. During her time with KFWB she aired over 6,000 programs that dealt with finding missing persons, or trading or selling something. Lenore retired when she left KFWB and has since passed away.
Kirby, Paul: KFI, 1978. Paul has been doing voiceovers in Dallas and Los Angeles for the past 20 years.
(Ed Krampf, Pat "Paraquat" Kelley, and Sharon Katchen)
Kirchen, Diana Kelly: KWIZ, 1978-82. Diana splits her time between Desert Hot Springs and San Diego where she is dean of a college.
Kirkland, B.K.: KGFJ/KUTE, 1983. Last heard, B.K. was the regional vp of WIKS-Greenville/New Bern and WXNR-Charlotte.
Kitchell, Darrell: KLON, 1969-76, pd. Darrell was educated at Long Beach City College, Southwestern Oklahoma State, California Sate University Long Beach, and UCLA. In 1967 he was with AFRTS and the United States Information Services. After KLON, Darrell taught radio production at Fullerton College from 1976-2008.
Kitchens, Lauren: KFSH, 2001-05. Lauren joined mornings at Salem's "The Fish" in April 2001 and left in the summer of 2005. She splits her time with speaking engagements in Southern California and back East.
Kitchin, Kraig: The former head of Premiere Radio Networks is ceo of Sound Mind.
Klein, Frank: KPPC, 1971. Unknown.
Klein, Michael: KRLA, 1970. Unknown.
Klein, Milt. Milt died July 26, 2001. He served as an officer in the Merchant Marines during World War II, and had a varied career in broadcasting, advertising and finance.
Kline, Lee: KXTA/KLAC, 1997-2007; KFI, 2001-03; KLAA, 2009-10. Lee worked late night at KLAA. He's living in Santa Monica and he teaches in the Inland Empire.
KLUGE, John: KLAC and KMET. John was a German-born American entrepreneur who was at one time the richest person in America. The radio and tv mogul owned Metromedia, including KLAC and KMET. He came to the United States in 1922 and earned a BA degree in economics from Columbia University in 1937. He was best known as a television industry mogul in the United States.
Kluge's major move into media was by purchasing stock in the Metropolitan Broadcasting Corporation in the mid-1950s. The Metropolitan Broadcasting Corporation was the successor of the DuMont Television Network, which was spun off from DuMont Laboratories after the television network ceased operations in 1956. After gaining control in 1959, Kluge began the company's expansion further into broadcasting, with holdings in television and radio. In the early 1960s, Kluge bought an outdoor advertising firm, and in 1961 the company's name was changed to Metromedia to reflect the diversity of its interests.
In 1986, Kluge sold the Metromedia television stations to the 20th Century Fox film studio, for a reported $4 billion. Those stations would later form the core of what would become the Fox television network. The following year, Forbes Magazine placed Kluge at the top of its list as the richest man in America.
He died on September 7, 2010
, at the age of 95.
Knight, Chris: KWST, 1982; KMGG, 1982-83. Chris worked morning drive at KKMG-Colorado Springs.
Knight, Damon: KHHT, 2003-15. Damon has a weekend show at HOT 92.3 and is the music director.
Knight, Gene: KHTZ, 1979-80. Gene is music director at urban contemporary XHRM-San Diego (Tijuana) “Magic 92.5.” Prior to "Magic," he worked afternoons at CBS Radio’s at KyXy-San Diego.
Knight, Michael: KFWB, 1998-99 and 2012-15. Michael left KFWB in late 1999 to be the head writer for ReporterTV.com, the first online industry news webcast. He returned to KFWB in late 2012 and is now host of Sports Knight following the Clipper games.
Knight, Michelle: SEE Marina Wilson
(Tamara Kaye, Lauren Kitchens, Erin Kotecki, Jeanine Kabrich, and Kathy Kiernan)
Knight, Nikki: KYSR, 2004-07. Nikki worked weekends at "Star 98.7."
Knight, Steve: KKAR, 1964-72; KIEV, 1972-98. His long-running restaurant program was nominated by the James Beard Foundation for 'Best Radio Show on Food' in 1997. After retiring from radio he moved to Albany, Oregon in 2007.
Knight, Ted: KGIL; KPRZ. The unforgettable Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show has passed away.
Knobler, Cecily: KZLA, 2000-01. Cecily was part of the morning show at Country KZLA.
Knorr, Peter: KJOI, 1989. Unknown.
Knutson, Ken: KFOX, 1971. Unknown.
Kobik, John: KOCM, 1987; KWIZ, 1990-91. Since 1994, John has been a news anchor in San Diego. He currently is with KFMB.
Koby: KIIS, 2003-04. In the spring of 2003, Koby joined swing at KIIS from WJMN-Boston and left in early 2004 and joined WBZZ-Pittsburgh.
Kohl, Ken: KFI, 1987-89. Ken left his post as gm at KIFR/KCBS-San Francisco in the summer of 2006, following a massive company-wide "restructuring." He is now an executive with DirecTV Sports.
Kohlschreiber, Will: KBIG 1998-99. Will is with KTTV/FOX 11 as an entertainment news writer and fill-in SkyFox helicopter reporter.
Kolodny, Warren: KCRW. Warren hosted "Stay Awake" on KCRW. Rhino Records also employed him where he worked in media relations. Warren was a graduate of Amherst College and held a masters degree in Spanish from Stanford University. He died August 23, 1996.
Konyski, Hank: KNX, 1938-48; KABC, 1967-83. Hank retired in 1983 and lives in the San Fernando Valley.
Koon, W.L.: KRKD. W.L. is the former general manager at KRKD. Unknown.
(Bob K, Jimmy Kim, Jhani Kaye, and MG Kelly)
Koontz, Bob: KEZY, 1978-82; KRLA, 1982-84; KJOI, 1984-85; KSCA/KMPC/KLITE/KUTE, 1985-97; KCTD, 1997; KABC/KDIS/KLOS, 1997-2000; KABC/KDIS/KLOS/KSPN, 2000-06; KSPN, 2006-08; KFWB, 2014-15. Bob left his post as KSPN station manager in the fall of 2008 and owned OC Classic Cars. In the early Fall of 2014, Bob became sports sales manager for KFWB, The Beast 980.
Kordus, Marie: KMGX, 1985; KPWR, 1985-97; KLAX/KFOX/KREA, 1999-2001. Marie is at Newmark Communications.
Kornheiser, Tony: KMPC. Tony's ESPN syndicated show appeared on 1540/KMPC Sports station. He's co-hosted Pardon the Interruption with Michael Wilbon since 2001. Tony was in the Monday Night Football booth from 2006-08.
Koske, Kevin "KOZMAN": KQLZ, 1989-90; KIIS, 1993. Koz was now doing afternoons at WTMX/"The Mix" in Chicago. He's now in Joliet, Illinois.
(Sandy Kelley and Skip Kelly)
KOTT, Leo. KDAY, 1979-83; KFWB; KABC/KLOS; KJLH; KACE; KGFJ; KTYM. After a decade-and-a-half in mostly Urban radio since 1979, Leo became a young disciple of Christianity and joined KTYM. He died December 16, 2010, at the age of 59.
Born and raised in Chicago listening to WVON, WCFL and WLS, he was in his second year at Loyola University when he heard his calling to follow radio as a career. Leo was listening to Bill "Butterball" Crane. "Hey, he sounds like me. I thought I could do radio and saw my counselor." The counselor guided Leo to Southern Illinois University. He was active on the campus station.
After graduation in 1972 Leo joined KOWH-Omaha and started his radio journey that took him to WNOV-Milwaukee, mornings at KDKO-Denver and KVOV-Las Vegas. "Steve Woods offered me overnights at KDAY in 1979 and that got me to L.A," Leo said when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People.
Leo had been with KTYM since 1995 as an announcer/engineer/board-op. "I believe that He led me here. All my other jobs were filled with negatives and I wondered when is radio supposed to be fun? I'm enjoying KTYM and have a long way to go," said Leo in the mid-90s.
KOTECKI, Erin: KFWB, 1999-2004. Erin was a reporter at all-News KFWB. She is BlogHer, Inc.’s social media strategist but is currently disabled due to Lupus.
"I am a mother of two elementary school aged kids who keep me busy, even when I have treatment...apparently basketball and karate and horseback riding stop for no disease! I have a wonderful husband who tries to keep the house in order while I have an IV in my arm, and always over-do it trying to to be SuperMom. Before I got sick and long before I became a blogger, I spent ten years as a broadcast journalist in Los Angeles, Orlando and Detroit winning six Golden Mic Awards with LA news institution KFWB. I continue to blog on my personal site Queen of Spain Blog.
Koz, Dave: KTWV, 2001-15. The smooth jazz artist is a guest host at "the WAVE" on a syndicated show.
Kozienski, Jack: KKLA, 1993. Jack hosted "Live From LA" on Christian KKLA. He now hosts a local tv show in Ventura.
Kramer, Frank: KYSR, 1998-99; KLSX, 2000-09; KABC, 2009-10; KLOS, 2012-15. In the fall of 2000 Frank joined Frosty Stilwell and Heidi Hamilton at KLSX and left 2.20.09 with a format flip to AMP RADIO. The Triplets broadcast on KABC and left October 1, 2010. He and Heidi hosted a daily podcast until being hired to do mornings at KLOS in early September 2012.
KRAMER, Jason: KCRW, 1997-15. For over 20 years Jason has been in the field of music and radio. After changing his career as a medic in the hard streets of LA for ten years, he decided to work in radio starting in 1992 on KLOS, screening calls for the widely popular "Seventh Day." From that point on, Jason realized that music and radio was his calling. During his transition, he started off with a stint working for SoCal favorites Sublime and their label Skunk Records. In 1996, he moved on to Fox Sports TV as their full-time music supervisor for 6 years, which also led him as a show producer on Fox Sports Radio. He has also worked in various other aspects of music including management, radio dj, publishing, creative consulting, music photography and continues to work presently as a commercial concept music supervisor for the prestigious music company, Elias Arts.
Jason, whose music collection started when he was given copies of Magical Mystery Tour and Exodus at age eight, is also sharing his music knowledge with local high school students. He has been a mentor for the Hamilton High Music Academy in a program through Fox Music and the Grammy Foundation.
Hestarted off as a KCRW volunteer in the mid 90's and has been on air since 1997 during a show called The Lab. Today Jason takes the reins of his new program every Saturday night from 10pm to 12 midnight.
Kramer, Rhonda: KFOX, 1979-80; KHJ, 1980-81; KFWB. The veteran traffic reporter works at Shadow Broadcasting and has been heard at KFWB for years.
Krampf, Ed: KIBB, 1997; KBIG/KLAC, 1997-2000; KBIG/KLAC/KOST, 2000-01. Ed became CBS Radio/LA cluster head in March 2009 and left a year later. He owns Equitable Consulting And Representation and is representing Piolin as his business manager.
Krayton, Mitch: KMET, 1969-70; KHTS, 2006-11. Mitch is with KHTS-Santa Clarita.
(Ron Kilgore, Barry Kaye, Leon Kaplan, and Scott Keene)
KRAZY KIDS: KPWR, 1996-97. In the late spring of 2013, Joey Boy has been working afternoons at KZON-Phoenix.
Joey Boy started his radio career at Power 106 as part of the street team with Big Boy and the Baka Boyz. “A fellow street team member (Johnny) and me snuck into production one evening and crafted a mock air check,” said Joey. “It circulated through the halls of Power 106 and got into the hands of music director Bruce St James. He loved our humor, chemistry and vibe, so he gave us a shot and put us on overnights and weekend shifts. Within two months, they were sold on these two young L.A.-bred Latinos and “The Krazy Kidz” was chosen to be the night show for Power 106.
In 1997, they moved to KHYS/ Kiss 98.5 morning show in Houston, which lasted about a year. “After about 10 months of enjoying Rocket games, chicken fried steak and getting to witness the birth of the new ‘Down South’ Hip-Hop movement; we got called into the office manager’s office. We experienced a second taste of the life of a radio personality—the ‘format change’—and were let go.
Joey returned to the Southland for afternoons at KCAQ/ Q104.7. “Eventually I was given apd stripes along with the green light to hire new talent for the station. I brought on a couple of mixers and a couple of new personalities, including my old partner Johnny for nights.
In 2000, Joey did his weekday show in Ventura and then flew every weekend to San Francisco for KYLD-Wild 94.9. In 2001 and for the rest of the decade, Joey and Johnny did afternoons and then mornings at KKFR/Power 98.3-Phoenix. “I won industry awards for Best Music Director as well as local awards for Best Morning Drive. It was a great time and a great run. After nine years of surviving signal changes, morning show changes and management changes, my time was up.”
Kretzschmar, Kurt: KMPC, 2001; KSPN, 2002-03. Kurt works at Premiere Radio Networks as Director of Affiliate Marketing.
Krikorian, Doug: KMPC, 1992-93; KMAX, 1995; KABC, 2000; KSPN, 2000-05. Doug started an afternoon drive show with Joe McDonnell in late 2000 on the new ESPN Radio and exited the station in early summer 2005. He left his long-time post at the Long Beach Press-Telegram in 2011. He and McDonnell reunited briefly for an Internet show in 2012.
Krishna: KEZY, 1981-84; KXMX, 2000. Krishna did overnights at "Mix 95.9" until an ownership change in the summer of 2000.
Kriski, Mark: KBIG, 2006-07. Mark hosted KBIG's Disco Saturday Nights. He is the weather anchor at KTLA/Channel 5 Morning News.
Kruschen, Steve: KABC, 1972. Steve started at KABC as intern and went on to become a frequent guest. He then hosted his own show on KABC called 'Electronic Goodies 'n Gadgets,' one of the first tech-oriented shows in L.A. radio. Since 1992, Steve has been known as Mr. Gadget.
Kube, Michelle: KFI, 1992-2015. Michelle produces the Bill Handel Show.
Kucera, Bill: KJOI, 1974-75. Bill is the marketing director at Channel 9 in Salt Lake City - the Utah Education Network.
Kumar, Payal: KLON, 2000-02; KKJZ, 2002-07. Payal hosted a weekend show at the all-Jazz station and she was operations manager. She left with a change of management.
(Chaka Khan, Marilyn Kagan, Virgin Kennedy, and Michelle Kube)
Kunzelman, Christine: KABC, 1986. Christine is an image consultant and author who wrote Quickstyle in 1994.
Kwon, Jo: KABC, 2010-11; KFI, 2011-15. Jo is a reporter at KFI.
Kyker, Bob: KFWB, 1967-84. Bob is in semi-retirement and living in Porterville.
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