Where Are They Now?
MAC, Don: KDAY, 1974-77; KGFJ/KKTT (The KAT), 1977-78. Don joined KGFJ as pd in the spring of 1977. Later that fall, KGFJ was rebranded with new call letters as KKTT. "The difference was that our emphasiswas on music," Don told Los Angeles Radio People. "Almost anyone can sit behind a microphone. We found people 18-35 didn't want to boogie all the time. They didn't want to be assaulted by radio. We took the best of AM radio and fm and mixed and blended them. In that way we could soothe our audience."
In the spring of 1978, Don went east to Washington, DC, where he became pd at WOL. The following year he returned to Southern California to take up duties as national promotion manager at Capitol Records.
Don was born in Omaha and worked for the legendary Don Burden at KOIL in 1973-74. He left KOIL in February of 1974 to join KDAY, which had changed formats to r&b in January of that year, to work with newly appointed pd, Jim Maddox. It was a return to the Southland for Mac, who, following graduation from Hollywood’s Don Martin School of Radio in 1972, had begun his broadcasting career at KACY-Port Hueneme/Oxnard.
Don left Capitol Records and L.A. at the start of 1982 for Huntsville, where as he studied for the ministry he became general manager of the Oakwood College (now Oakwood University) radio station WOCG/fm (later to become WJOU/fm). While at Oakwood, Don helped a budding six-man a cappella group called Alliance begin shaping their careers. Alliance went on to become multi-Grammy Award winning Take 6.
After pastorates in Kansas City, DC, Philly, and Brooklyn, in 2005 Don returned to Los Angeles, where he continues to pastor.
2009-18. Born February 1 in Houston, Tami got her first break at
Texas Southern University's KTSU and Magic 102 KMJQ in Houston.
She's a big fan of The Wizard of Oz and the tv show, Sex in the
Tami works afternoon drive at the Stevie Wonder station.
MacDONELL, Bruce: KFWB, 1968, nd. Award winning veteran broadcast newsman Bruce MacDonell, who was based in Tokyo for nearly 20 years, died after a brief illness in Burbank on March 19, 1999. He was 60.
Bruce began in radio as a go-fer” at WXYZ-Detroit, for The Lone Ranger. He began his real career as a news writer for CKLW radio and tv. In 1958 he joined WXYZ/TV, writing everything from occasional comedy patter for funnyman Soupy Sales to a number of award-winning documentaries. In 1959 he began a five-year odyssey as head-writer for NBC’s International Showtime, traveling to just about every corner of the earth. It was with this program that he developed his infatuation with Asia.
In 1964 he joined Westinghouse Broadcasting at all-News WINS-New York. He was transferred to L.A. at KFWB when it went all-News. Later he became news director at KDKA/TV-Pittsburgh and by the early 1970s was executive producer for NBC News based in L.A. In 1978 he was appointed gm for news at NBC, serving first in Hong Kong and then Tokyo. He was in charge of eight NBC bureaus. In 1986 Bruce formed Global Net Productions, the only full-service, foreign oriented news and documentary production house in Japan.
"Bruce was one hell of a journalist, one hell of a man," said colleague Herb Humphries. "I've known him since we worked together at WINS and I feel my long time friendship with Bruce was one of the highlights of my life."
Greg Tantum, former KFWB executive editor and program director remembered Bruce. "He loved talking about KFWB and his love for the team during those early years of the format burned brightly. While it made me feel proud to be part of such a legacy it also served as an incredible challenge to create [re-create] the tight family environment in which the early team worked and played."
MacLEOD, Doug: KLON, 1997 and 2001-02; KKJZ, 2002-05. Doug hosted "Nothin' But the Blues" at the Long Beach jazz station, KKJZ, until the summer of 2005 when he devoted his time to touring.
(Mario Martinoli and Amy Strong, Chuck Madden, Tim Miner, and Kari Moran)
MACHADO, Kevin: KCBS, 1993-96; KOLA, 1999-2011. Kevin grew up in Eureka and graduated from Santa Barbara High School. He played in the same backfield at Santa Barbara as Randall Cunningham. "I was a slow footed fullback, but a tough blocker." While working on an oil rig in Texas, Kevin saw a broadcasting ad in the Houston Post and thus was born his radio career. After graduation he paid his dues beginning in 1984 at KBLF-Red Bluff, KOSO-Modesto, KYOS-Merced and KREO-Santa Rosa. "I was in my Santa Rosa apartment reading a book written by Rick Sklar, the legendary pd of WABC-New York, and the phone rings. It's Rick offering me an opportunity at Braiker Satellite Radio Service in Seattle." Braiker didn't make it. "My opinion of Rick Sklar didn't change one bit. In fact, if anything my respect grew for the man."
After the Seattle experience, Kevin joined United Broadcasting in Washington, DC and Cleveland and then went on to KZXY (“Y-102”)-Victorville and KJFX-Fresno. His last move before arriving in the Southland was KGBY (“Y-92”)-Sacramento. Kevin got a call from KCBS pd Tommy Edwards and thought it was a cruel joke. "It turned out to be legit and believe it or not I took the job not knowing what the format would be." Kevin worked the evening shift on "Arrow 93" and in 1996 went to KPLA (“The Planet”)-San Diego. He has been with KOLA-Inland Empire since 1999 and is currently the evening jock.
MACHADO, Mario: KRLA, 1981-83 and 1985-87; KABC, 1994-96. Mario, the Emmy-winning Portuguese-Chinese broadcaster who hosted the very popular "KRLA Connection" during much of the 80s and heard at KABC from 1994-96, died May 3. He was 78. Reports are that in recent years he was suffering from Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.
Mario was seen in Rocky III, St. Elmo's Fire, and all three Robo Cop films. One of his passions in life was soccer. He combined his experience as a former league soccer player in Asia with his broadcasting skills to become an internationally known soccer commentator. Mario did various tv assignments at KNXT/Channel 2 (now KCBS). A particular favorite in the Asian American community, he frequently served as emcee or host of different fund-raising and community functions.
Machado’s television career began in 1967, when he signed on at KHJ/Channel 9 (now KCAL/TV) as an on-air news reporter, a first for a Chinese-American. In 1969 he became the first Consumer Affairs reporter in the nation at KNXT. He became a regular reporter in 1970 on the CBS nightly broadcast, The Big News, which was Los Angeles' most popular newscast in the 1960s. He worked there with news icon, Jerry Dunphy.
MACK, David: KNAC, 1981
MACK, Gary: KRLA, 1964-65; KHJ, 1965-67; KLAC, 1970. Gary came to KRLA in 1964 from KYNO-Fresno, where he was pd under Bill Drake.
When "Boss Radio" was launched in April 1965, Drake hired Gary away from KRLA and made him the first of the original "Boss Jocks" on "Boss Radio" in "Boss Angeles." Gary worked noon to 3 p.m. until 1967, then briefly worked overnights prior to joining Drake/Chenault as a national program director. He helped set up the Drake Format at KFRC-San Francisco, CKLW-Detroit, WRKO-Boston and WOR/fm-New York.
Gary went on to program WIP-Philadelphia, was om at WNEW-New York and was group pd for the fm division of Susquehanna Broadcasting in 1977. His last assignment was director of network operations at WSB-Atlanta, where he built the largest radio network in Major League Baseball for the Braves (166 stations).
Born Gary McDowell in Cedar Falls, he grew up in Chicago and attended the Illinois Institute of Technology. Gary retired July 1, 1997 and lives in Atlanta.
Greg: KDAY, 1983-91; KJLH, 1991-92; KKBT,
1992-93; KTWV, 2016-17. Greg worked morning drive while in Los Angeles radio and
currently co-owns a station in Oakland. Prior to arriving in the
Southland he worked at KEYS-Corpus Christi. He owns a radio station
in Fresno and hosts a syndicated show.
Greg can be heard doing fill-in at "the WAVE."
MACK, Terry: KYMS, 1990; KWVE. Terry works at KWVE.
MacKAY, Allie: KXTA, 1999; KROQ, 2015-18. Allie joined Kevin & Bean as a cast member in February 2015. She was part of the morning show at all-Sports, "XTRA 1150."
MacKAY, Ed: KWVE, 1982-83; KNOB, 1983-84; KWIZ, 1984-90; KEZY, 1992-93; KNX, 1988-2000; KOLA, 2001-02; KRLA, 2013-15. Ed joined KNX in the mid-1980s, first as a fill-in for legendary traffic and weather guru Bill Keene, and alternating as a news anchor. He became overnight news anchor in early 1998.
Ed actually began his broadcasting career at age 10, when he was a public address announcer for little league baseball games. Later he built his own radio station on the campus of Simi Valley High School.
Over the years he has worked for a number of Southern California stations providing traffic reports.
MacKINNON, Don: KABC, 1957-60; KLAC, 1963-64; KFWB, 1964-65. Don worked at KEWB-San Francisco between L.A. jock assignments. He was killed in an automobile crash in Malibu in June of 1965. His brother Doug was contacted by the management of KFWB and was offered Don's noon-to-3 shift in order to perpetuate a popular broadcasting name; Doug declined. Chuck Blore remembered Don: "The best one of all and there's no question about it. He had an incredible brain, you never ever heard him say anything that didn't matter. He was very, very funny about things which mattered."
(Bob Moore, Cherry Martinez, "World Famous" Tom Murphy, and Kenny Morse)
MacKRELL, Jim: KMPC; KFI, 1974. Jim was news anchor at KTRK/TV-Houston.
Jim was born in 1937 in Little Rock, Arkansas, but grew up in Southern Louisiana. His career began in radio, like his father before him, and music publishing with the late Henry Mancini eventually brought him to Los Angeles. His career evolved to encompass every aspect of the show business industry, from local and network commercials to hosting charity specials and guest starring in popular television series and feature films. His first book, Down from the Mountain, celebrates his passion for the spiritual connection between animals and people, as well as his admiration for the American rural way of life. The story continues with his second novel in his (Bandit Series) Falen, Semper Fi.
He worked at KXOL and KBOX-Dallas, KXYZ-Houston, WNOE-New Orleans, WFUN-Miami and WMEX-Boston but his radio highlights were working at KFI and especially at KMPC.
Prior to KFI I worked part time for KMPC when Russ Barnett was pd. "I loved each and every minute of it. As my career took off in tv I did less and less on radio and much more in voiceovers. I was featured in several hit movies the least of which was Annie Hall, The Gremlins, Teen Wolf, among others. In tv, I was in over 56 shows as guest star."
MacLean, Spider: KWIZ, 1957-89. Spider died in 1990.
MACY, Clark: KHTZ/KBZT/KRLA/KODJ/KCBS, 1984-2002. Clark was the producer of the Charlie Tuna Show for almost a decade. He was also doing sports for the Evening Edition at KPCC where he won a Golden Mike Award.
"On Thanksgiving night in 1988, Rhonda Kramer hired me to do traffic for L-A Network, which covered a couple of stations, including KFWB. After a year or so, I worked with her husband, Kenny Green, in establishing the Radio Sports Network," said Clark. His title was director of operations. "At the Radio Sports Network, our first event was getting the radio rights for the Mike Tyson-Frank Bruno fight. We only had two weeks to put EVERYTHING together. This included selling it, getting stations and securing talent. We hired boxing play-by-play genius Rich Marotta and commentator from Las Vegas, Seat Williams, to do the show. Kenny actually dealt with Don King to get the radio rights. He then met with Premiere Radio, who did the selling and cleared the stations. It worked [it was on KNX locally] but it was too much to get advertisers excited about a monthly boxing card, especially with a lot of money earmarked for the World Cup that year. So we decided to do the same thing, but in Spanish. That worked for a while, but after Tyson lost and the start of the recession cooled down the project, I left for steady work at KCBS/fm," said Clark.
When KCBS/fm switched to "Arrow 93" in the fall of 1993, Clark stayed on as morning show producer, first for Gary Moore and then Joe Benson. Clark was also music director at "Arrow 93."
|MADDEN, Chuck: KMPC/KABC/KTZN, 1993-98; KNX, 1998-2010. Chuck left KNXNewsradio in early 2004. He did fill-in at Fox Sports West until returning to KNX. He died July 16, 2010, at the age of 61. Chuck had been recovering from a series of strokes and shortly before his death he was diagnosed with leukemia. “Chuck’s warm and personable style of sports reporting was heard most recently here on KNX – in fact he’s worked at this station twice in his career as well other top Los Angeles stations, including KABC, KMPC and Fox Sports Radio,” said KNX/KFWB program director Andy Ludlum.|
Born in Rochester, Chuck grew up in Dallas. He graduated with a chemistry degree from Spring Hill college in Alabama. He later studied film and television production and editing at UCLA. Before joining Southland radio, Chuck worked in Louisiana, Joplin, WFAA-Dallas, Huron, South Dakota, KMBY and KIDD-Monterey and KXRX-San Jose. Prior to joining KNX in 1999, he was the morning drive sports reporter and feature reporter on the "Ken Minyard & Peter Tilden Show" on KABC, and the "Peter Tilden & Tracey Miller Show" on 710/KMPC. From 1990 to 1992 he was the weekly NBA correspondent for the BBC in London. In the summer of 1999, he subbed for the retiring Fred Gallagher and eventually landed a full-time sports slot. Chuck enjoyed working as an actor and voice artist. He most recently appeared in the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds.
Derek: KLOS, 2013-15. Derek was appointed pd at KLOS in the summer of 2013. He
was also on-air middays at KLOS. He
was in San Francisco radio for a decade before arriving in the Southland. In
March 2015, he moved to "93X” KXXR-Minneapolis.
Maddow, Rachel: KTLK, 2006-09. Rachel worked at Progressive K-TALK and now hosts an MSNBC talk show.
MADDOX, Jim: KRLA, 1971; XPRS, 1972; KIQQ, 1973-74; KDAY, 1974-77, pd; KJLH, 1984-85, gm. Born in 1948, Jim was a business administration major at Fordham University. As James Maddox, he did the news on KRLA.
After an initial stint doing overnights at KIQQ, Jim did mornings with Mike Butts. Jim was the on-air pd with the new Urban format at KDAY that debuted in January 1974. "We went the `clean routine' and as far as I know, no station that has tried it has lost listeners or ratings. We use no reverb or echo or talk over the music. Previously, black radio stations were a laughing matter. I tried to find personalities and announcers who liked the music and respected it."
While still on the air at KDAY in
1975, Jim and Walt Love from WXLO-
philosophy regarding programming was outlined in a
Billboard interview in 1976: "In
response to tune-out, I think that people listen to a radio station for a
given thing and when you give the audience something it doesn't expect, they
turn the dial."
In 1977, Jim left KDAY to become
gm of KMJQ-Houston. He later became an executive with a number of stations,
including WBMX-Chicago and KJLH. In 1987 he was the executive vp/coo of
In 1994 Jim joined DMX as vp of
He is president of Jim
Maddox - Broadcast Consultants.
Maddox, Mel: KWIZ, 1991-93. Mel is a voiceover artist.
Maddox, Tony: KHJ, 1979-80. Tony worked at KZST-Santa Rosa before starting a voiceover business.
Madigan, Bob: KNX/fm, 1977-80. In 1993, Bob joined WTOP-Washington, DC and stayed until his retirement in 2014. He now lives in Blue Hill Peninsula, Maine.
Madrid, Charles: KIQQ/KLIT, 1977-86. Charles worked as om at KBIG until late 1999.
Madrigal, Edgar: XPRS; KALI. Edgar, former pd at KALI (1430AM), passed away September 18, 2012. He died of pancreatic cancer, at the age of 68. In addition to KALI, Edgard worked at KSOL-San Francisco, pd at KWKW, XPRS, and WRCI-Chicago. He was working in Mexico City at XEAI Radio at the time of his death.
Madsen, Chris: KNX, 2006-18. Chris broadcasts sports at all-News KNX.
Magic, Bobby: KUTE, 1972-80. Bobby went to work in San Francisco.
KGFJ, 1957-63; KMPC, 1963-73;
KAGB, 1973-75; KRLA, 1975-76;
KGIL, 1976; KBRT, 1980; KIQQ, 1981;
KPRZ, 1981-84; KMPC,
1984-94; KJQY, 1994-95; KLAC,
1999-2001; KKJZ, 2014-18. He joined KKJZ in mid-February 2014.
Born near Frankfurt, Johnny’s journey to the United States from his German birthplace is a story of heartache, disappointment, terror and eventual joy. His father owned a bakery about 30 miles from Frankfurt. When the Nazi party came to power, they demanded that Mr. Magnus hang a Nazi flag over his bakery and place a sign in the window saying Jews were not welcome. Johnny’s mother was half-Jewish and many of their friends and customers were Jewish and Mr. Magnus refused the Nazi request. As political pressure and the threat of losing his life accelerated, Mr. Magnus had to flee the country leaving his wife and children behind. Johnny’s mother was so distraught that she thought of suicide by drowning practically every day. After school, Johnny would run down to the river looking for his mother. After five terrifying years, the family was reunited in upstate New York. Johnny fell in love with radio and that’s how he learned English, listening to "The Shadow" and "The Green Hornet." He spent two decades working as a high-profile personality at MOR station KMPC. His signature bits include "Weather with a Beat." At 16, he filled in at WWRL-New York, then went to WOV, doing remotes from The Baby Grand nightclub. At WABC he did broadcasts from New York's Birdland. A year later, he produced and emceed United Cerebral Palsy Association telethons across the country before moving West.
Johnny started at KGFJ while it was still MOR, moving to KMPC in 1963 as, he said, a "professor of sorts, delivering lessons in popular music." He coined the traveling forecast bit, "weather with a beat" done to a background tune. “I used a rhythm track with Harry James, and it clicked right away. Then Neil Hefti and Count Basie created this form called 'Cute,' which left some holes in it for me to give the weather. I now have different versions."
In 1963, Quincy Jones wrote a song about Johnny, called Nasty Magnus, which showed up on Count Basie's album Little Ol Groove Maker-Basie.
The LA Times called Johnny the "Prince of Darkness," a title originally given to him by Gary Owens, and that eventually proved to be prescient. He wanted desperately to work days. Johnny said, "I got so tired of getting up from the dinner table and going to work. I wanted more out of life than that. I wanted to be able to go out with a girl at night. In all those years, I never saw a prime time tv show."
In Billboard's 1966, 1967 and 1968 Radio Response Ratings Johnny was voted #1 Pop LP disc jockey. He also scored in the Jazz category as 2nd most influential. In 1974, Johnny left KMPC for KAGB, playing an eclectic mix of jazz, r&b and MOR music. In 1975, he was a tv guest host on KTLA/Channel 5’s locally produced Calendar show. He went to KDWN-Las Vegas in 1978, staying for two years and returning for Bonneville's brief experiment with contemporary Christian music at KBRT. He was a West Coast announcer for ABC/TV. Johnny became part of Music of Your Life Radio Network.
(John McElhinney, Allie MacKay, Bob Malik, Manon, and Derek Madden)
Mahler, Curt: KLVE/XEGM,
1975-76; KGBS/KTNQ, 1976-78; KROQ, 1979-80. Curt is senior
examiner for Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. He and his
family live in Valencia.
Maier, Bill: KFI, 1985-87; KBIG, 1987-92. Bill is a licensed clinical psychologist and hosts a weekend show and morning show feature at KFYI-Phoenix.
MAJHOR, John: KLAC, 1989-90; KZLA, 1991; KCBS, 1991. John died of a rare incurable cancer on January 23, 2007. He was 53. John (pronounced like Major) worked at KLAC in the late 1980s and KZLA and KCBS/fm in the early 1990s. "From the time I saw the early television shows starring Arthur Godfrey, Ed Sullivan, Jack Paar, Steve Allen, Ernie Kovacs and others, I knew I would end up in television. I'm grateful to have been able to achieve that goal through radio."
“I had such a blast turning L.A. Country radio on its ear with what I like to term ‘honky-talk’ [Country music and talk radio] on afternoons at the radio home of the LA Lakers, KLAC.” He went on to be a tv star in Canada. "I'm happy to have dual citizenship, as my Sioux ancestors were citizens of North America, as I wish to be," said Johnny. "And if my ancestors knew I was a MacHead, they'd be laughing mighty loud."
"Honestly, my whole career was built upon a series of
lucky breaks and circumstance. When I started doing
radio in South Dakota, we were broadcasting out of a
double-wide trailer with a listenership of a few
hundred, maybe less. There was never a plan, never a
design, but somehow I got a few breaks and things
progressed — and that's my career."
KPWR, 1998-2000; KZLA/KPWR/KMVN,
Val was general manager at "Power 106."
In the summer of 2000, she was promoted to sr vp/market manager at Emmis/Los Angeles taking on gm duties at KZLA, which was been changed to Movin' 93.9/fm and since taken over by Grupo Management out of Mexico City.
Born in Minnesota, she grew up in the Twin Cities and graduated from DePaul University. Prior to working in L.A., she was with Holiday Broadcasting in Salt Lake City. Val began her radio career in the early 1980s and joined Emmis in 1984. Before arriving in the Southland, she was gsm of “Q101”-Chicago. She’s been on the board of directors for the SCBA.
Meruelo Group purchased KPWR in 2017 and Val left in early 2018.
Malay, H.K.: KNNS, 1995-96. Hugh is
executive producer at Monarch Productions.
Malik, Bob: KRTH, 2001-13. Bob broadcast the news during morning drive at K-EARTH for over a decade. He left the station in late 2013 following a series of budget cuts.
1997-2005; KLAC, 2009-19. Ben hosts the overnight show on Fox Sports Net that
is heard on KLAC.
Ben is the ultimate sports broadcaster. He has worked as a Los Angeles based reporter for San Diego "XTRA Sports 690," and has also hosted post-game shows for the L.A. Dodgers and UCLA Bruins. During the 2000 baseball season, Ben co-hosted Dodger talk with Ross Porter who commented that, "He (Ben) is one of the most prepared guys I have ever met."
In January 2001, Ben joined the Fox Sports Radio Network to host a national weekend sports talk show in addition to his weekend anchor duties.
Ben was born in Fullerton, California on April 29. "I grew up in Irvine and the parking lot at the Big A. The first place I went when I got my driver's license was to watch a baseball game. I loved summer nights when I could listen to Vin Scully and Ross Porter call Dodger games and Bob Starr behind the mic with the Angels.
"I've enjoyed listening to the greatest broadcaster ever, Vin Scully, tell stories. I used to also listen to out of town broadcasts of Padres and Giants games. I would even catch some minor league action with the coast league's Albuquerque Dukes and Las Vegas Stars broadcasts.
During the winter, I would get Broncos night games on KOA in Denver and Warriors and Kings games from the Bay Area. I was mesmerized by how these great sportscasters could paint a audio picture and make the games come alive." Ben worked at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California as the radio station's sports director and also called the Saddleback Gaucho men's basketball and football games.
Malone, Karl: KXTA, 1998. Karl briefly
hosted a talk show at "XTRA Sports 1150" during the
NBA strike. He played for the LA Lakers.
Malone, Sunny: KWIZ, 1976. Unknown.
KFOX, 1984-92; KROQ,
1983-90. Farley has written Twilight's First Gleaming, which is based on the
history of his radio show, "The Astrology Hour," which he hosted on
KFOX In the mid-1980s. He left the station for the Cable Radio
Network. From an LA Times profile on Farley: "He claimed to be
a skeptic who worked pushing paper in his parents' business. During a
severe personal crisis in 1976 that included a death in the family and a
bleeding ulcer, he walked into a metaphysical bookstore and from just
his birth date, an astrologer zeroed in exactly on all his troubles."
Farley was born August 11, 1948 in St. Louis. He started college at the University of Missouri and graduated from Central Methodist College in Fayette, Missouri honors. From 1976-78, Farley attended the Academy of Atlantis in Los Angeles to study metaphysics, astrology, spirituality, God concepts and concepts of karma and world religion.
During his stay in Southland radio he also briefly appeared on Friday mornings on KROQ in the 1980s, dispensing astrological forecasts as "Love Doctor, Astrology Open Line Guy." At KFOX, even though the time was brokered, he was one of the few to have a daily show continually for years. He expounded on world politics and the impending Armageddon, along with such diverse topics such as reincarnation, vegetarians and mankind's destiny. In 1987, Farley toured with Boy George in Puerto Rico.
"I worked for KABC/Channel 7 from 1997-99 and did about 400 shows." He has
produced and hosted over 3,000 radio and tv shows and has done over 10,000
commercials from 1983 to 1999.
KLAC, 2005-06. Mancow Muller started mornings at KLAC
(XTRA Sports 570) in May 2005 and left in October 2006. He left his
WLUP-Chicago show in early 2018 and is now heard on WLS-Chicago.
When Howard Stern announced his move to Sirius Satellite Radio in late 2004, Chicago-based and highly-rated Mancow started to generate heat as a possible replacement. CBS Radio (Infinity) allowed Howard to stay on the air during his remaining 14 months while the company looked for a replacement. Mancow was not chosen as a Stern replacement in any of the CBS markets. Instead, David Lee Roth took over in New York to disastrous ratings and press reports, and was let go only a few months later. At KLSX, Jack Silver chose Adam Carolla with Jimmy Kimmel as an executive producer with the hopes they would strike magic from their days at KROQ and the syndicated The Man Show on the Comedy Channel.
Mancow got a heavy push through his syndicator, TRN. In the late spring of2005, Mancow was brought into mornings at what was then called, XTRA Sports AM 570. "With the combination of Stern going away and Mancow entering the world of syndication, we saw an opportunity to take the station to a whole new level," said Don Martin, KLAC vp/gm, at the time. "Besides Mancow's dominance in America's third-largest radio market [Chicago], Mancow has also been No. 1 in every market he has entered. From San Francisco to Chicago, this show dominates."
Martin and Clear Channel made a major marketing blitz promoting Mancow. At one point last year there were over 400 outdoor billboards promoting him. When Mancow did his show from L.A., Martin would pull out all the stops to take advantage of his presence, including a huge event at Universal Studios that not only included Mancow but all the on-air talent. Feeling you. Alas, not enough morning show listeners were feeling Mancow. He was gone a year later.
Mancow was born in Kansas City, in
1967. He started his radio career in 1988. Mancow grabbed national headlines in
1994 when he was arrested in San Francisco after causing a huge traffic jam on
the Bay Bridge during a radio stunt. The Chicago-based personality has won
Billboard’s Radio Personality of the Year award in 1995, 1996, and 1997. "My
show is revolutionary, not evolutionary," says Mancow. "I keep reinventing
myself - not like the other dinosaurs in this business right now."
(Andi Marshall, Frank Miniaci, Michelle, and Gordon McLendon)
Dave: KGIL, 1968-79. The former chief engineer at KGIL, is now with
DM Engineering, of
Mandis, Dan: KSAK, 1987-91; KMNY, 1987-92; KFI, 1990-91 and 1997-2005. Dan was Dr. Laura Schlessinger's executive producer. He's now program director at WWTN-Nashville “SuperTalk 99.7.”
Mando: KPWR, 2007-18. Mando Fresko works overnights at 'Power 106.'
Mann, Ed: KUTE, 1982-83; KIIS, 1983-87; KEZY, 1988-89; KBIG, 1993-95. Ed left Premiere Radio Networks after 11 years in late 1996 and formed a new syndication company called MannGroup Radio Services distributing music imaging and production library services to stations across the country.
Mann, Mike: KJLH, 1984-89; KACE, 1989-92; KKBT, 1992-97. Mike is the leader of America's premier Black Cowboy band, "Mike Mann and the Night Riders." He does imaging work for KJLH.
Mann, Tony: KHJ, 1974-75. Tony is doing fill-in for "KJ97" (Country) and "KQ102" (Soft AC) in San Antonio.
(Michael Martin, Tom Maule, Roger Martin, and Mark & Brian)
KECA, 1949-54; KFWB, 1956;
KDAY, 1959-61; KNX, 1961-63; KFWB, 1963-64;
XEG, 1975. Zeke died October 14, 2000 of heart failure, at the
age of 89.
Ezekiel Mannes was born in San Francisco in 1911 but moved to Los Angeles where Zeke attended Fairfax High. He started in radio in the 1920’s doing children's shows and performing with a jazz trio on KLAC. He gained fame from a 1930 KMPC publicity stunt: The station concocted the story of a group of hillbillies living in the hills around LA, then presented the ersatz bumpkins to large crowds at Grauman's Chinese Theater and elsewhere. Calling himself the Jewish hillbilly, in the 1940’s he wrote and recorded songs with Eddy Arnold, Homer and Jethro, Hank Snow and others. He wrote The Pennsylvania Polka, a hit for the Andrew Sisters.
On the air in the 1950’s Zeke first played cover versions of r&b hits, but eventually played the original songs, calling them "Rhythm and Happys," wanting nothing blue or down on his show. In the 1960’s, Zeke produced, arranged and conducted an album featuring the cast from the tv show, The Beverly Hillbillies, writing most of the songs. One of his last radio shows was on KNX prior to the station going all-News. The show was called "Zeke Manners' Bouncing Ballroom" a parody of the popular tv show Sing Along With Mitch.
Zeke was friends with comedian Henny Youngman and wrote Henny's theme song, Take My Wife, Please.
In 1969, he co-wrote a song about the first Americans to land on the moon, Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins, recorded by the Byrds. Zeke appeared in nephew Albert Brooks’ film Real Life, Winged Victory and was one of a couple living in a trailer park in Lost in America. Manners regretted the passing of the live performance era on radio. "The thing back then was that if you had a show, you were in charge of that block of time," Manners once told reporter years ago. "You were the showman; you were responsible. If you wanted to play Gershwin, Stravinsky or 'Rock Around the Clock,' it was your time, and as long as you kept the numbers, they left you alone. Radio wasn't the copycat business it is today." When Zeke died, at his request he was buried "as a hillbilly." He wore a baseball cap celebrating the Spice Girls, red suspenders and purple glasses from a 99-cent store. A cigar was in his pocket.
MANNING, Bruce: KFI, 1996-2000. Bruce owned The Manning Group in Mission Viejo. He died of a massive heart attack on August 19, 2009. He was 55.
An early heart attack, just like his father. Disbelief, then stunned support for his wife Roberta, and daughters Andrea, Mychal, Jamie, and Stephanie. The online tributes reverberated throughout the southland, particularly in Orange County, where viewers of the defunct Orange County News Channel, students and colleagues at Chapman University, and fellow broadcasters like me at AirWatch had come to know Bruce. We knew him on television and as a news anchor on KFI. More recently, he had helped raise money for military vets and others through charity poker events. We knew his smile and vivaciousness and his unfailing support for his synagogue. Bruce's Facebook page remains active, updated by family. The tragic announcement just before his birthday last summer included this understatement: He was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him. (Written by Steve Julian)
Manning, Knox: KDAY, 1959-61. Knox was
living in Port Hueneme and died of a heart attack on August
26, 1980. He was 76.
Manning, Phil: KLYY, 1996-97. Phil left his post at 91X-San Diego in early fall of 2008 and joined KPKX ("The Peak") in Phoenix as pd.
KBIG, 2000-01. Rob worked the
Friday Night Dance Party show at KBIG. Prior to KBIG, Rob worked
weekends at Y-102, a Hot AC
Clear Channel station in the Inland Empire. Robert Archer
was his program director. After the Friday Night Dance Party, Rob was the
side kick to Carolyn Gracie on the Nighttime All Request
Show on KBIG from 2001-02. He was also the alternate morning show producer
at KOST and became the staff producer for news and sports at KFI and KLAC
under Frank Polak. In 2006, he left radio to care for his
Manon: KCRW, 1982-83; KSRF, 1984-91; KSRF/KOCM, 1991 and 1992; KBIG, 1993. KLSX, 1994-95; KAJZ/KBJZ, 1992-95; KACD/KBCD, 1995-98. Manon is a voiceover artist and owns Manomedia, and produces nationally syndicated radio programs for Strand Media Group.
Manor, Katie: KROQ, 1983-89; KQLZ, 1989-91. Katie is a mother of three and lives in the Southland.
MANTLE, Larry: KPCC, 1983-2017. Larry has hosted "AirTalk" on the Pasadena City College station, KPCC, for over 25 years. Since 2005, KPCC has steadily grown its influence in the world of news/talk. When the PPM measurement service was launched, the non-commercial stations were listed and KPCC has experienced very respectable ratings. The station has an annual budget of $13.5 million. Adding to the success at KPCC is the midday show, AirTalk, hosted by Mantle. The very up-to-the-moment two hour show has four producers who work on the current events magazine-type program every day. "Linda Othenin-Girard is the senior producer and has been with me for almost twenty years. Jackie Oclaray has been with me more than a decade."
The producers KPCC hires usually have a track record producing somewhere else, or they've done fill-in in the past. Some have been interns while attending Pasadena City College.
Putting together the two hour show is just one part of what Larry and his team have to do on a daily basis. "There is so much to do between all the content for the web that they have to handle - Twitter, Facebook, and our KPCC website. One person is heavily devoted to that, but all four produce segments for the show. We are constantly brainstorming ideas because we may do six topics in a two-hour show. We often book two or more guests per segment, that's often 12 we have to line up in an average day. The producers also put together all the folders with my study materials for the segments. It's like a daily conveyor belt - coming up with the topics, lining up the guests, debating how we want to come at the subject and how we can advance the story. It is tremendously challenging preparing for all these topics."
How is AirTalk put together every day? "It is a collaborative effort along with our news director, Paul Glickman. We get off the air at noon and then have an editorial meeting about the next day. We’re always in process."
On the day we had lunch at the Ocean View Restaurant in Montrose, Larry revealed they already had an author booked for the final 20-minute segment the next day. "At 11 a.m. we will cover the states that are starting to file against the healthcare mandate. At 10:30, we are looking to do a segment on the Los Angeles Unified School District's stopping the transfer of students to other districts. By later in the afternoon or early tomorrow morning one or all of those may be replaced by other things because when we get in at 8 a.m., we review everything that happened overnight and what we need to respond to. Typically our first half hour is breaking news from the morning and we're booking guests right up until air time."
Larry said the show is always in a fluid state. "It's a group process," said Larry. "The producers, our news director, and I all working together."
Mantle has a unique relationship with KPCC's news
director. Technically he answers to the program director, Craig
Curtis, but so much of how the station sounds - being news oriented
- falls to Glickman. "Paul has a light hand in the process. He will make
suggestions all the time. He comes in every morning with a list of possible
stories for us. His job is the totality of what KPCC is doing. He has to
make sure what we are doing on AirTalk is fitting into what Patt
Morrison is doing in the afternoon with her show and what NPR is
doing with its magazine programs. Paul has the big picture of what we're
doing and how it all fits together."
Larry praised Glickman for his ability to figure out a way to take national and international stories and to localize them. "One of the challenges for us is to do things that are very distinctive for our program and my skill set, while being mindful of what fits with the totality of KPCC. How we sound over the course of the entire day is what’s most important to the listener. People tune into a particular station because they know what they are going to get. They're looking for consistency and reliability. We don't want KPCC to sound like different stations throughout the day, but the station does want its hosts to be distinct."
KPCC is constantly trying to meet the expectations of the listener. Larry emphasized that they are mission-driven and that affects everything they do. "Of course, we want to have the highest ratings we can because that’s a strong measure of how well we’re serving the audience, and we need to raise money to operate this station. We have to be grounded in that reality and at the same time operate as a non-profit. Our reason for existing is to serve the community and to find ways to do that where other broadcasters are not. We want to fill the audience drive for serious, in-depth, news and issues coverage that they can’t find elsewhere. This gives us a lot of opportunities. At the same time it is very challenging because when we look at a story that has been beaten to death, we have to ask if there’s a better way to get at it. We also have the luxury of significant air time, if we think a topic is worth it, but we don't want to rehash what people have been seeing on cable news."
With healthcare on everyone's mind, I wondered how his listeners came down on the subject. "Our listeners, by definition, are really interested in public policy, so with healthcare, there's been tremendous interest. Opinions are all over the place. Some are very disappointed and they wanted a much more robust plan. Others feel that it's over-reaching. I see my job as bringing together all these different points of view so the listener can hear the strongest possible perspectives, then come away with an informed opinion."
Larry addressed the issue of an NPR station being left-leaning or politically liberal in editorials and subject matter. "I'm disappointed that would be the perception for KPCC. Public radio did begin as community and college broadcasting, with activist and educational roots. I think that established the early-on reputation of public radio as being the bastion of the left. As public radio has grown, and the size of the audience has grown, it's by no means ideologically based. It is much more diversified. The fact that I'm on opposite Rush Limbaugh does mean that many conservative listeners are going to be listening to him. There is no program on the left of comparable size to Limbaugh’s, so it really does affect the pool of listeners available. However, I think it would be a real disservice to say we are going to serve those listeners who don't like Rush Limbaugh. We don't want to limit ourselves in any way."
Larry said he is not an advocate for any political point of view. "I don't come out of activism. I come out of radio. I've loved radio since I was a kid going to Hollywood High School.”
Mantle originally wanted to be a minister. In all of his environments he has loved taking both sides of a subject. He was active in school debates. "I don't want to convince anyone of a particular point of view. Our program is a place for exploring ideas from all perspectives, so that our listeners get exposed to the strongest arguments from all points of view."
Larry's pd, Craig Curtis said: "As for Larry, I'd just say that his longevity and popularity is born of three things: his love for Los Angeles, his genuine and insatiable curiosity, and his great respect for our audience. That, and the fact that he occasionally bribes me for extra vacation time with Cuban cigars."
"Hosting AirTalk is the best job in the world. I get to talk with literally the most interesting people in the world."
Manzo, Jim: KLSX, 1995-97. Unknown.
(Rob Manny, Chris Madsen, and Cyndee Maxwell)
Maranz, Randy: KNAC, 1991;
KQLZ, 1991-92; KLOS, 1993-97. Randy is apd and night jock at KHKK 104.1
"The Hawk" in Modesto.
March, Jeff: KVFM, 1969; KIEV, 1970; KBBQ, 1970. Jeff is a partner in EditPros, a marketing and communications firm in Davis, California. He works with Crawford Broadcasting.
Marcos, Teena: KIBB, 1996-97. SEE Nicci Ross.
Marcus, Dave: KWNK, 1987. David has been practicing law for 18 years and since 1997 has served as a California workers' compensation judge. Dave is the radio play by play voice of UCLA women's basketball and calls the action for UCLA baseball on the Internet in the spring. He also hosts UCLA BruinTalk on local cable television.
Marena, Robert: KKBT, 1993. Unknown.
Marer, Carl: KIQQ, 1984-85. Unknown.
Margolis, Jack: KMPC, 1962-67; KLAC, 1967; KMET, 1970-71; KGBS, 1973. Unknown.
Mariano, Carolyn: KIQQ/KLIT, 1981-89; KQLZ, 1989-93. Carolyn is affiliate relations director at Westwood One.
Marie, Jan: KWIZ, 1977-78; KEZY, 1979-81; KUTE, 1982; KRTH, 1982; KOST, 1982-85; KYMS, 1993-94. Jan Marie is living in Huntington Beach.
Marie, Jan: KMGX, 1990-92; KMAX, 1995. Unknown.
Marie, Radene: Since 1997, Radene has been one of Southern California's airborne traffic reporters.
Marin, Lina: KLVE, 1975. Unknown.
Marinko, Rob: KABC, 2001-09. Rob left the morning show at KABC in February 2009. He's now a security guard and frequent fill-in at KABC.
Marino, Greg: KCMG, 1999-2000. Greg worked afternoon drive at "Mega 92.3" until the fall of 2000.
Marino, Larry: KPCC, 1996-98; KIEV, 1998-2000; KRLA, 2001-17. Larry is part of the Salem cluster in L.A.
Marino, Mike: KCMG, 2000-01; KHHT, 2003-05; KHHT/KYSR, 2005-06; KHHT, 2006-07; KRLA, 2018-19. Mike left "Mega" about the time the station switched to "Hot 92.3fm" in late 2001. He returned in late 2003. Mike was the program director. Mike is still writing "The Rooster" morning prep service. He is also consulting a couple of stations in Denver and Palm Springs.
KMPC, 2001-02. Jay worked mornings for the Sporting
News Network until March 2002. For 17 years he wrote a sports column for the
Chicago Sun Times. He was a regular panelist on ESPN's Around the
In 2010, ESPN announced it was no longer employing Mariotti due to his arrest on charges of domestic abuse. In 2010 he was arrested in Los Angeles, and released on $50,000 bond. LA city prosecutors charged Mariotti with seven misdemeanors in connection with the domestic disturbance. On September 30, Mariotti pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor battery count and was sentenced to 3 years probation and 40 days of community service. The charge was later expunged. Jay is now a blogger, according to Wikipedia.
the Whiffle Boy: KROQ, 1991. Unknown.
Mark & Brian: KLOS, 1987-2012. Mark & Brian worked morning drive at KLOS until August 2012. Both hosted individual podcasts for a time. Mark now hosts a morning show at KSWD, (100.3/The Sound).
Mark & Kim: KOST, 1985-2007. See Kim Amidon and Mark Wallengren.
Mark, Debra: KFI, 2003-06; KRLA, 2006; KABC, 2007-12; KPCC, 2013-14; KKGO, 2014-15; KFI, 2015-17. Debra co-hosted mornings at Country KKGO until 2015. She was partnered with Graham Bunn. They started 10.13.14. She anchored the news at KABC until late 2012. She reports for a show that airs on KCAL/Channel 9 called Best Deals TV Show. She is now an adjunct professor at California State University Northridge, teaching a voiceover, radio and tv announcing class. In early 2017, she was promoted from fill-in news anchor at KFI to afternoons with John & Ken.
MARKAS, Rory: KNX, 1987-2002; KLAC, 2002; KSPN, 2003-07; KLAA, 2007-09. Rory was the play-by-play broadcaster for the World Series Champion Anaheim Angels. He died January 4, 2010, at the age of 54.
The new year was hardly a few days old when we lost one of the most beloved sports broadcasters we have ever known. And so young. His USC basketball partner, Jim Hefner, said of Rory: “Rory had a sense of humor that was contagious and boy, did you want to be around him when he laughed and joked. He always had a story. He was the kind of guy you wanted to be around. He was never a downer. He was always big time up and that’s what made him so popular.”
“The first thing I remember about Rory was him blowing out my ear. He opened his mic and in a very loud and energetic voice, said, ‘Hi, everybody, this is Rory Markas along with Terry Smith at Tempe Diablo Stadium.’ He blew out my equipment on the very first day,” said Darren Chan, producer/engineer. “That was the energy Rory broadcast at and he never let down. Rory’s energy was there from day one.”
Tim Mead, vp of communications for the Angels, was on the committee to pick the Angels broadcast team prior to the 2002 season. “There were over 130 individuals that applied for those two positions. Reflecting back, I know that the committee made the correct decision in selecting Rory.”
Rory’s Angels radio broadcast partner Terry Smith talked about his colleague and friend. “Rory had an incredible wit. Not really a joke teller but a guy who always said funny things and put a smile on your face. He lived by a Golden Rule – treat people the way you would like to be treated – and that’s the way he lived his life, no ifs, ands or buts about it. He was a great partner. God bless you, Rory.”
(Gary Marshall, Fontaine J. Marsi, and Andrew Mollenbeck)
Markham, Steve: KFAC,
1958-77. The vaudeville performer and classical radio host has been
collecting and restoring vintage theatre drapes for the past 15 years.
Markoe, Merrill: KTZN/KABC, 1997-98. Merrill is writer living in Southern California.
Marotta, Rich: KNX, 1981-82; KRLA/KBZT, 1983-90; KFOX; KFI, 1990-2014. Rich is active in boxing announcing. He was part of the KFI morning show for many years and retired in 2014. He was inducted in the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Marquez, Al: KSRF, 1991; KXEZ, 1995-96; KIBB, 1996-97. Al studied at Long Beach City College majoring in nutrition studies.
Marquez, Sue: KFWB, 1992-93 and 1995-97. Sue worked at the Whittier Daily News until early 2005.
Marquis, Young: KROQ. Doc Nemeth hosted a Sunday night show at KROQ with Stanley Sheff. After hiss radio days, Doc starred in Lobster Man from Mars and he appeared in Robo Cop 1 & 3. Doc now stars in the stage play, Queen of Outer Space.
Marr, Bruce: KABC, 1973-81. Bruce runs Lone Wolf TV Productions in Reno.
Marriner, Kim: KNX, 2004-15. Kim was an anchor at all-News KNX until his retirement in May 2015.
Mars, Andy: KNX/fm / KKHR, 1983-87; KWIZ, 1990-97. Andy left Liberman Broadcasting in late May 2007 and opened up Mars Media Family.
(John Marshall, Frank Murphy, Radene Marie, Dave Morales, and Judd McIlvain)
Marsh, Roger: KYMS,
1985-92; KBRT, 2011-17. Roger produces "HomeWord with Jim Burns," a half-hour daily radio
program airing nationally in 50 markets daily and over 100 on weekends.
Roger and David Housholder host The Bottom Line in afternoon drive on
Christian Talk, KBRT.
Marsh, Tobie: KFWB, 1997. Unknown.
MARSHALL, Andi: KFWB, 1992-2009 and 2010-13. Andi was part of the all-News team at KFWB until a format flip in early fall of 2009. She returned to KFWB in November 2010. A veteran at KFWB for almost 20 years, she died October 5, 2013, after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 55.
Born March 19, 1958, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Andi moved to the Southland when she was three and grew up in Tujunga and Orange County. She was a radio/tv major at Saddleback College.
"I transferred to Cal State Fresno along with three friends who also wanted to get into radio," said Andi when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People, Volume 2. She originally wanted to go into tv production, "but I got caught up in radio and it never let me go."
She started her pro radio career as a part-time disc jockey at 'K-IO4' and 'K-FIG' in Fresno in 1978. A year later, Andi moved to KGGI in the Inland Empire. In the early 1980s, she worked middays and she was assistant pd at KLRZ-Salt Lake City. In 1985 she returned to KFIG and then a year later back to Salt Lake City to pd KEYY.
In 1987 Andi was back at KGGI for weekends and became news director. Her journey as a KFWB anchor began in 1992. "I consider Fresno-Inland Empire-Utah to be my Bermuda Triangle of Radio!" said Andi.
It was Andi
who signed off KFWB’s all-news format in 2009 with the following words:
Marshall, Chuck: KPPC, 1973; KWST, 1976-78. Chuck runs a film consulting business.
MARSHALL, Claudia: KFWB, 1984-86; KRTH, 1986-91, nd. Born in 1961 in Detroit, Claudia worked for five years at KRTH as news director.
While attending Western Michigan University, she changed her major to broadcast journalism after hearing someone on the radio “mutilate the news.” The day after graduation, Claudia drove to L.A. without a job or any money. She began her career in news broadcasting at KFWB, first as a news writer and then on-air. When Claudia joined KRTH there was a news staff of seven. By the time she left in 1991 she was the news director and lone reporter. When the station added phony teletype sounds to her newscasts, she left for KXL-Portland. She told the LA Times: "I'll miss L.A. It's a wonderful, horrible place and it was home for six years."
Claudia worked mornings at WFUV/fm, the NPR music stations located at Fordham University in the Bronx. She's now a contributor at NPR operationl in Vermont.
Marshall, Gary: KRLA, 1969-70; KEZY,
1970-75; KWIZ, 1975-83; KUTE, 1984-85; KSRF, 1985-86; KRLA,
1985-92; KRTH, 1992-2006. Gary steps down as head of production at
"K-Earth" in early March 2006.
Marshall, John: KFWB, 1968-69. John was a news reporter at KNBC/Channel 4, KTLA/Channel 5 and KTTV/Channel 11. He also hosted Encounters for Fox. John is "smelling the roses," dabbling on the Internet and flying his old biplane.
MARSHALL, Lee: KHJ, 1970-71; KDAY, 1976-78; KHJ, 1979-80; KABC, 1980-90; KDAY, 1990-91; KBLA, 1991. Lee was a booming news voice in Southern California for decades. But that was just one of his many talents – he hosted sports talk, was a featured voice in professional wrestling, ran news bureaus, and hosted morning drive. And maybe, the voice of Tony the Tiger from the Frosted Flakes commercials sounded familiar – indeed, that too was Lee Marshall. Lee died on April 26, 2014, of esophageal cancer. He was 67.
Before arriving in
the Southland, he worked at legendary Rock radio stations such as
KCBQ-San Diego and CKLW-Detroit’s anchor of their
“20/20 News.” Lee's work has been featured in New York's Museum of
Broadcasting and is also used as a teaching tool at the University of
Illinois. He has been honored with Golden Mikes and an Emmy. He started
at KHJ in 1970 followed by KDAY from 1976-78. He returned to KHJ in 1979
where Lee was news director, as well as Western regional bureau chief
for the RKO Radio Network. Lee
Lee joined KABC in 1980 as news director and stayed for more than a decade. He also co-hosted Sports Talk. Lee oversaw the Western regional bureau for the ABC Radio Networks.
In the early 1990s he was syndicating a Notre Dame football pre-game radio show and a syndicated sports-entertainment program called "SportsAmerica." On April 17, 1991, Lee launched KBLA's business morning show, "California Drive."
He went on to be executive vp of news and sports programming for Shadow Broadcast Services. Lee has always been active in broadcasting high-profile traditional sports. In 1969 he started providing play-by-play commentary for professional wrestling.
Lee became part of TNT Monday Night Intro before he moved to WCW (World Championship Wrestling). For over a year Lee was been splitting his week between L.A. and the CNN Center in Atlanta doing the commentary for World Championship Wrestling for Turner Broadcasting. He became a character himself, as Marshall was known as "Stagger Lee." Other shows included Lee as co-host of WCW Thunder and WCW Monday Nitro. A staple of WCW Monday Nitro was his regular cracking of "Weasel" jokes. He was also known for traveling across the country to host Nitro parties for WCW, while keeping in contact with the tv show through updates by telephone.
At KDAY in the early 1990s, his booming voice was heard as Lee presented his stories as “King News,” with his stories tailored for the station’s r&b/rap audience. The LA Times did a feature on his work for the station, noting his stories often gave advice to young people about the hazards of gang activity and drugs.
In recent years he was teaching voiceover classes at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.
Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda said of Lee: "If God ever wanted to make a speech, Lee Marshall would get the call!"
Marshall, Leslie: KLAC, 2001-02;
KGIL, 2008. Leslie worked weekends at KGIL, 1260AM. She was syndicated until
the fall of 2017. In October 2017, she joined Internet platform Progressive
Voices. Leslie said listeners are “accessing her program online more and more.”
Marshall, Steve: KUTE, 1966; KBIG, 1966-67; KOST, 1967-70; KNX/fm, 1971-79. Steve is writing for tv and film. He has written a joke book called, LOL: The Humor of the Internet.
Marshall, Toby: KFWB, 1993-96. Unknown.
Marshall, Tom: KNAC, 1987-89. Tom left KLSK-Albuquerque in 1999 and is out of radio. He's living in Albuquerque.
Marsi, Fontaine J.: KABC, 1998-2000. Fontaine worked for Metro Traffic in Las Vegas.
Martin, A.J.: KIQQ, 1976-77; KIIS, 1977-1984; KNOB, 1980-86; "92.7 Lite FM," 2000. A.J. started at Transtar in 1984, which became Unistar and now Westwood One until 1998. His son is in the band Lit. A.J. has an active voiceover career.
Martin, Alex: KGFJ, 1965-68; XPRS, 1971. Unknown.
Martin, Brian: KFI, 2008-09. Brian worked as part of the KFI news team until late 2009. He now lives in Albuquerque.
Martin, Chet: KROQ, 1972. Unknown.
Martin, Chuck: KHJ, 1977-80; KWST, 1981-82. Chuck lives in Diamond Bar and owns a full service advertising agency and production/recording studio.
Martin, Don: XTRA/KXTA, 2003-05; KLAC, 2005-17. Don is senior vice president/570 KLAC Sports.
Martin, Elise: KNOB, 1986. Unknown.
Martin, George: KNX, 1968-86. George passed away September 15, 1999. He was one of the early pioneers of modern broadcast journalism, and died of complications arising from a stroke and kidney failure. George was 82. He was born on May 2, 1917, in Pasadena. One of his later colleagues, George Putnam, said of Martin that "he was one of the real legends of television news reporting...George Martin laid the very foundation for tv reporting in this community (Los Angeles)." He developed the "traffic and weather together" concept. At KNX he received numerous Golden Mike and other awards for broadcast journalism. KNX pd Robert Sims said that "George always dazzled people with his versatility. There's not a job or assignment he couldn't do. And we have hallways of trophies here at KNX with his name on them that show that he didn't do just a competent job, but an exceptional one." In 1991, he received a lifetime achievement award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Mr. Martin served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Martin, Jim: KGBS; KGIL, 1964-75. Jim passed away in October 18, 1975 of cancer at the age of 47. He had been affiliated with KGIL for over a decade. A native of Wichita, Martin began his radio career in the Midwest and later worked for CBS tv in Hollywood. For a time, Jim served as news director for KGIL before taking over the Comment and Controversy radio talk show.
Martin, Michael: KYSR, 2007-08, pd. Michael joined the Clear Channel/LA cluster in the summer of 2007 as head of programming. In November of 2007, he was appointed pd at KYSR. Michael exited the CC/LA cluster in late 2008. In early 2009 he took over as VP of Programming for the CBS Radio cluster in San Francisco. In the summer of 2014, CBS made Michael the SVP/Programming and Music Initiatives. He's now program director at The New ALT 105.3- San Francisco.
Martin, Pat: KMET, 1986-87. Pat worked at KRXQ-Sacramento.
Martin, Ralph, KFOX, 1973. Unknown.
Martin, Roger: KUTY, 1961-62; KGLA, 1962-63; KCBH, 1967-69; KOST, 1969; KGOE, 1974. Roger hosts a tv show, Out & About with Roger Martin.
MARTIN, Ron: KLAC, 1969-71, pd; KGBS/KTNQ, 1972-79, pd. Ron was a North Carolina native who came to Southern California to program KLAC. Later, under Ron, KGBS enjoyed healthy ratings with the “Bill Ballance Show.” He changed the FM format to "Gentle Country" and featured female announcers, which was unique at the time. Two years later, he dropped the "Gentle" part and the station became a mix of popular and “golden oldie country hits,” as well as some country album cuts.
In 1975, radio rebel
Jimmy Rabbit mixed Rock and
"progressive" country, a sound that became known as "Outlaw
Country." Ron let Jimmy go after he played Charlie Daniels's
By 1976, the AM became "the new Ten-Q"
and on the FM Ron continued to program a mix of eclectic popular country
and album cuts. Ron left the Storer facility when it was sold in 1979 and
started a syndicated radio show company called Weedeck. He hosted a daily
feature called "Country Report." He and
Nancy Plum, using the name Nancy Jordan, hosted a
weekly "Country Report Countdown" show. Ron served a few terms as president
Ron had a heart attack and died playing golf, a sport he cherished, in the late 1980s.
(Sonny Melendrez, Magnificent Montague, Dave McClellan, and Enrique Medina)
Martindale, Christine: KIKF, 1985-87; KBIG, 2000-02; KOST, 2002-12; KKGO, 2013-17. Christine joined Country KKGO for middays in early 2013 and left in early 2016. In the summer of 2016, she returned for afternoons.
KHJ, 1959-60; KRLA,
1960-61; KFWB, 1962-67; KGIL, 1968-79;
KMPC, 1983-86; KJQI/KOJY, 1993;
KGIL, 1998-99. When Johnny Carson wanted to
get a laugh at the expense of game shows in general -
game-show hosts in particular - more often than not Wink was
the target. The "Winker" hosted many tv games shows
including Gambit, High Rollers and Tic
Born Winston Conrad Martindale in Jackson, Tennessee, his first radio job was at WBLI in his hometown at age 17. Wink went to KFWB to replace Gary Owens in morning drive. In 1966, Billboard voted Wink the #1 midday personality. He voiced one of the most popular "talk" records, a million-seller called Deck of Cards, which he performed on the Ed Sullivan Show.
We all know him as Wink. The name was shortened from Winkie, which was what a childhood friend called him. At age 12, Wink had a newspaper route, delivering The Jackson Sun. The newspaper building housed Jackson's only radio station, WTJS, an ABC affiliate. Radio held more glamour than the paper route and Wink started hanging around the station and talking to the disc jockeys. Flash-forward five years and Jackson now had three radio stations. Wink got a $25-a-week job at WPLI and was so popular that WTJS hired him away. He played records - and some of us are old enough to remember what those were - and he also read the news and announced football games. His pay doubled - to $50 a week. Then the third station in town, Mutual's WDXI, hired him away.
At age 19, he was confident enough to audition for the morning show at WHBQ in Memphis. He not only got the job, he later became assistant program director and hosted a tv sci-fi show called Mars Patrol. For three years he also hosted the Saturday tv show, Top Ten Dance Party.
In 1959, he became morning man at MOR station KHJ. A year later, he moved over to KRLA in an unusual trade with Perry Allen, who was tired of playing rock 'n roll and wanted to work at KHJ. Then in 1962 Wink became morning man at KFWB. Wink later worked for many years at KMPC and KGIL/KJQI. His autobiography, Winking At Life, is available at Amazon.
Martinez, A: KXTA,
1998-2004; KFWB, 2004-07; KSPN, 2007-12; KPCC, 2012-18. Martinez co-hosted with
Madeleine Brand briefly as the Brand and Martinez Show at KPCC. She up and
left a month later. He's now teamed with Alex Cohen.
Martinez, Angel: KBZN, 1997-2000; KXRK, 1998-2000; KMXN 2000-02; KFSH, 2002-05; KLAC, 2002-05; KOST 2000-07; KFI, 2010-18. Angel provides traffic reports for Tim Conway at KFI.
KDAY and KIIS in the 1970s;
KUTE, 1980; KFI, 1981; KWST, 1981-82;
KHTZ, 1984-85; KIIS,
1985-86; KCBS, 1992; KRTH, 1993-94; KIBB/KCMG, 1997-2001;
Benny worked swing at K-EARTH. He now works in new and pre-owned automotive
sales at Ed Butts Ford.
In 1993, Benny moonlighted at KGGI-Riverside and left his weekend work at "K-Earth." He has appeared in Married…With Children and the Motown movie, The Last Radio Show. In 1994, he went to Westwood One and did afternoon drive on the 70’s format and weekends at “B-100.”
Bill: KWIZ, 1970-72; KDAY, 1972-74; KIIS, 1975-80; KRLA, 1980-81; KIKF,
1996-98; KWIZ, 1998-2000; KIEV, 2000; KRLA, 2001-04. Bill owns MBC -
Marketing Broadcast Consultants - in Orange County and hosts a daily talk
show at: BillMartinezLive.com.
Martinez, Cherry: KPWR, 1997-98. She left "Power 106" in the spring of 1998. She went on to be the nighttime jock at WWPR (Power 105.1)-New York. She's now at FMHipHop.com.
|MARTINEZ, Chuey: KIIS, 2009-16; KRRL, 2018-19. Chuey works weekends at KIIS/fm. He grew up in the San Gabriel Valley and landed his first job in radio at the age of 16 in the promotions department at a Phoenix radio station. After a year, Chuey returned to Los Angeles and continued developing his craft as an event host at KIIS and in 2009 became a part-time on-air personality. In addition to his career in radio, he has served as a Los Angeles correspondent for MTV’s Tr3s since 2007. Martinez also has his own show on ESPN, Born and Raised, and most recently began hosting the new Travel Channel show, All You Can Meat.|
Martinez, Danny: KHJ, 1973-75; KKDJ, 1975;
KIIS, 1975-76; KFI, 1977-78; KWIZ, 1979; KHJ, 1980-85; KBZT,
1986; KRLA, 1986; KTWV, 1988; KRTH, 1990-92; KCBS, 1992-93;
KYSR, 1993-95; KCBS, 1996-2005. Danny worked swing at "Arrow 93" until
a format flip to JACK/fm.
Martinez, Dennis: KCMG, 1998-99. Dennis was pd and morning man at KDON-Monterey. He went on to program stations in Atlanta, Phoenix, and San Francisco. He early 2018, Dennis left WOMX and WQMP in Orlando.
Martinez, Diana: KGIL, 1970s; KFWB, 1980-90s. Diana owns L.A. Media Group and is editor of the San Fernando Valley Sun/El Sol newspaper.
Martinez, Ellery: KOST, 2004-05. Ellery joined weekends at KOST in the summer of 2004 from Boston. She left the AC station in late 2005 and returned to the Northeast to be with family.
Martinez, JL: KMDY, 1986; KGFJ, 1993-94. JL has a mobile dj business in Valencia.
J.R.: KFI, 2013. Jose Rene Martinez was born on
June 14, 1983 in Shreveport. At a young age, he moved to Hope,
Arkansas, where he and his mother lived until he was 17. They moved
to Dalton, Georgia, just prior to his senior year, to the place he
now calls his hometown.
After his high school graduation, J.R. saw a commercial for the Army, which intrigued him. Seeking advice from his football coach about the prospect of joining, he decided to enlist in the United States Army after a visit with an Army recruiter. Martinez was proud to serve in the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.
of 2003, J.R. was deployed to Iraq, and on April 5, less than a month into
his deployment, he was serving as a driver of a Humvee in Karbala, when his
left front tire hit a land-mine. Three other soldiers with J.R. were ejected
from the burning vehicle, but Martinez was trapped inside. J.R. suffered
smoke inhalation and severe burns to more than 34 percent of his body.
Martinez claims that while he was fighting for his life and awaiting medical
help in Iraq, his sister Anabel, who passed away when J.R. was a child,
appeared to him, giving him the strength to stay alive.
become a highly sought-after motivational speaker, traveling the country to
spread his message of resilience and optimism. He is called on by a
wide-range of groups, including large corporations, veterans groups,
non-profits and schools, and has shared the stage with the likes of global
self-help guru Tony Robbins and Evangelist Dave Roever. Martinez has been
featured in major newspapers and tv programs.
October 2008, J.R. stepped into another role, when he was cast as a combat
veteran in ABC's All My Children.
In 2011, J.R. was cast on Dancing With the Stars. Partnered with Karina Smirnoff, they became the early favorites en route to the Mirrorball Trophy, beating out Rob Kardashian.
J.R. is a New York Times bestselling author of Full of Heart, his memoir that was released in 2012. “I wouldn’ t change anything…absolutely anything!” J.R. says. “I do believe everything happens for a reason, and I’m extremely grateful for that day because it led me into this life!”
In early 2013, he joined weekends at KFI and left before the year was out. He starred in the tv drama, SAF3!
Martinez, Mike: KXTA, 1997. Unknown.
Martinez, Patty: KWIZ, 1973-88; KOCM, 1988. Patty owns her own advertising agency in Orange County.
Martinoli, Mario: KABC, 1998-2002; KFI, 2003-04; KLAA, 2008-10. Mario hosted a weekend food show at KLAA 830AM with Amy Strong. He's a regional Italian food expert.
Marty and Ashlee: KYSR, 2015. In the summer of 2015, Ashelee Junker and Marty Dodd joined weekends at ALT 98.7.
Marut, Rob: KLON, 1975-78. Rob works for AT&T as the Implementation Manager in IT and lives in Oceanside.
Marvelle, Ted: KBIG, 1969-70; KNJO, 1971. Ted has retired after 15 years at KFMS-Las Vegas.
Marvez, Monique: KFI, 2014-18. Monique hosted a weekend show at KFI until the summer of 2018.
Marvin, Ken: KFI, 1963. Unknown.
Maryon, Bob: KVFM, 1959; KMPC, 1964-80. After 14 years as Dick Whittinghill's engineer, Bob worked as a production engineer on game shows and soap operas. He's retired and living in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Mason, Dave: KRTH, 2013-14. Dave was apd/md at K-EARTH. He is now apd/middays at "Sunny" in San Diego.
(Holly McClure, Mucho Morales, Remy Maxwell, Steve Morris, and Dave Mason)
MASON, Gordon: KNX, 1952-62; KBIG, 1968-74; KJOI, 1974-84. Gordon, former president of the Southern California Broadcasters Association died December 10, 2007. Cancer had taken over his body. He was 80. One of the best loved executives in LA Radio history, Gordon wrote his own obituary:
I was deposited on Planet Earth a little over eighty years ago. (March 26, 1927) and have enjoyed most of my years here thoroughly.
I was blessed with Dorothy, a remarkable mother who gave me her love and wisdom.
And the companionship, love and respect of Muriel, an older sister.
I volunteered for the U.S. Naval Reserve, served as a Storekeeper second class at the Fleet Training Base on San Clemente Island during WWII. America then reciprocated by paying part of my tuition at UCLA where I graduated with a B.A. in English/Theater Arts.
I married and produced a son, Craig, of whom I could not be prouder. I built a sturdy shelter for my family, paid taxes and always voted conscientiously in my country’s elections. But it took me three times to finally get the marriage right – believe me, it was well worth it!
I had the good fortune to select the kind of job that I loved and got paid well to do – the kind of job where you had to operate under a license that forced you to get involved in the people and community you served and really mean it. They called it, “Serving in the public interest, convenience and necessity.”
To begin with I trained in radio sales at CBS’ Columbia Square. I learned how to teach others how to benefit by using the fantastic qualities of radio. I started in the typing pool, wound up General Sales Manager of KNX a few years later. Where else could you find such fabulous opportunities.
I left CBS to sell radio sports sponsorships for four Golden West Broadcasters radio stations. When Gene Autry bought KTLA Channel 5, I spent two fascinating years as VP/General Sales Manager.
I had three more years in trade publishing and got a whole new outlook —as Associate Publisher, Western Advertising and later VP/Sales MAC/Western Advertising.
I spent five busy years learning to be a VP/General Manager at KBIG with some of the greatest men and women in radio, and applied that knowledge over the next ten years as VP/General Manager of “Beautiful Music KJOI, FM 99. I never felt so good about a job. KJOI was a quaint little family of 26 people housed in an old mansion at the top of a hill – but it was also one of the top five radio stations in Los Angeles, the nation’s number one market, for years.
Half-way through my term, the Coca Cola Bottling Co. of Los Angeles bought the station quite unexpectedly. Normally, it’s hard to make a little company an effective division of a much larger company but the two blended smoothly with great results. The Coke people were remarkable and I remember them fondly today.
I believe that you’re not really serving yourself unless you’re serving your community, too. I was fortunate enough to be given a number of opportunities by serving with community groups. I chose an opportunity to help rebuild the Advertising Club of Los Angeles as President in 1972 and found it greatly rewarding.
Again, as a Board Member and Advisor to the Los Angeles County Epilepsy Society the following year I had the pleasure of transforming a rambunctious bunch of Jr. Ad Club members into an effective campaign-producing ad agency for Epilepsy treatment.
I’m probably the only Past President of The Milline Club of Southern California who is proud of it. Yes, this 100 member group of L.A. males staged 20 raunchy, chauvinistic shows, always sold out at high prices at places like The Century Plaza, Coconut Grove and Palladium, and were roundly condemned by many feminists.
Dismissing the Milline as a ‘raunchy men’s club’ is like describing the Salvation Army as ‘a bunch of religious nuts’ or ‘Hamlet’ as ‘an old play.’ Milline detractors and even some of its own members failed to understand that the point was never a ‘put down’ of women, but a matter of who could get the biggest laugh in the process of lightening up and poking fun at ourselves. Good things happened in that organization. A lot of its members formed friendships for life. And I couldn’t have had more fun writing the book of seventeen of its twenty shows with lyricists Dallas Williams and George Goldman.. The ‘acting’ and ‘dancing’ were fun, too – even though I never could move to my left!
My greatest opportunity to serve my core community came with Presidency of the Advertising Industry Emergency Fund in the ‘70’s. This remarkable organization raised money from contributions and spent it to address the misfortunes of local ad people suffering catastrophic illness. If the hospitalized A.I.D.S. patient was too ill to travel to say a final goodbye to his family, A.I.E.F. brought the family here. In some cases they paid the rent of people who could no longer work, bought food coupons, fought with doctors, got toys for the kids, got adjustments on hospital bills, kept things going until the situation was straightened out. And, nobody made a dime. I was involved in a small way but make no claim on starting the A.I.E.F. -- but I’ll always be proud that I left my footprints there.
The Southern California Broadcasters of the ‘70’s, ‘80’s, and 90’s were a different breed and here again I was lucky to have served them as volunteer Chairman of the Board and later – for ten years – in the paid position of President. Their integrity, enthusiasm, humor, sincerity made my job a pleasure. Look around today – professionals say, ‘The business has changed. It’s not the same any more.’
And yet, at the first sign of a Southland fire, an earthquake rumbling in a distant volcano, or a tragic South American passenger plane crash, the very same people and their successors put together collection centers for disaster victims and use the airwaves to raise millions of dollars for the victims.
Lastly, there was something awesome in presiding over weddings for my friends. I loved it so much I did it forty-three times.
I felt the same way about teaching radio management all those extension semesters at UCLA. I met so many warm, bright, responsive people so eager to learn.
So, dear friends, that’s my story. No funeral services or celebrations, please. Thanks for your patience in reading this. And to so very many of you – thanks for such a wonderful time!
And, it wouldn’t have been half so wonderful without twenty-seven years with Bette.
Mason, Greg: KRLA, 1959. Greg was one of the
11-10 Men at KRLA and left a few months after the launch of
rock and roll. Unknown.
KKDJ, 1974-75; KIQQ, 1975-76;
KGBS/KTNQ, 1976-79; KROQ, 1979-2015. Scott
was the operations
director at KROQ and responsible for 45
stations managing their capital requests and dealing with
engineering issues. This veteran broadcaster and executive, died
April 19, 2015, at the age of 55 from complications with his kidney. Among Mason’s proudest
technical accomplishments are the world class construction projects he
oversaw, including CBS Radio’s Wilshire Broadcast Center on the Miracle
Mile, which is home to four stations, the Venice studios that house
three others and the Red Bull Sound Space, a state-of-the art, intimate
concert venue that has hosted shows by some of the world’s most popular
contemporary bands such as Coldplay, Linkin Park and Iggy Azalea.
Friends and colleagues of Mason recall a passionate, detail-oriented
person. SVP of programming and
KROQ program director Kevin Weatherly noted that
Scott’s passion for KROQ and radio in general was obvious when they
first met in 1992. “He was such a valuable resource to me in so many
ways. He would tell me about the Rick Carroll days and
was a wealth of knowledge,” said Weatherly. “As chief engineer of KROQ
for so many years, Scott always put the station first, sometimes before
his own needs. His contributions to KROQ and L.A. radio are numerous
and significant. We have lost a cherished friend and co-worker.” Fellow CBS Raadio
engineers were struck by Mason’s logical approach. “He always knew how
to cut through the B.S. and get to the important matter at hand,” said
engineering manager Lynn Duke. “Scott was also a great
ally in getting us what we needed to do a good job.” Mason had engineering and
broadcasting in his blood from a young age. He broke into the business as a
phone op when he was just 14 and got his first FCC broadcast license a year
later. His first on-air job was on KKDJ in Los Angeles in 1974 when he was just
15 and later he was on KIQQ, KGBS and KTNQ. Through it all, Mason had the rare
technical expertise to be an engineer wherever he worked and he also spent two
years as a special equipment installer at GTE. Mason told us that his most
memorable on-air moment was when the Northridge earthquake shook Southern
California in January 1994. "I just grabbed the console, opened the mike, and
said ‘we're having an earthquake, stay calm,’" Mason recounted. He was the original host of
KROQ’s trendsetting Loveline and, as a testament to his versatility,
also was the longtime host and producer of Openline, a public affairs
show. One colleague played a
particularly important role in Mason’s life. In late 2012, when Mason was way
down on a waiting list for a kidney transplant, KROQ morning personality
Gene “Bean” Baxter decided to donate one of his kidneys to help his
co-worker and friend. “You’ve really changed my life. Overnight,” Mason told
Bean at the time of the operation that helped improve Mason’s quality of life.
“Even with the additional time his new kidney might have given him, it wasn’t
nearly enough,” said Bean. “He is gone from our sight now but not from our
hearts. KROQ will owe Scott a great debt of gratitude for a long time to come
for how much of his life he shared with us. “Scott had health problems his
entire life but he tried his hardest to never let that get in the way of living
his life to the fullest,” continued Bean. Not only was his work ethic
unshakable – if it needed to be done, he got it done – but he maintained a
constant optimism and good humor throughout. Most people had no idea of the
struggles he was going through. And when he wasn’t working he was giving back to
others by volunteering for the American Red Cross and teaching classes to young
broadcast students.” Mason was born in New
York. He grew up in Southern California and attended L.A. Valley College and Cal
Mason, Jerry: KNAC, 1968-70; KIIS, 1970-76; KPRZ, 1980-85. Jerry retired in 1994 and is living on Camano Island in the state of Washington.
Mason, Pamela: KABC, 1960-67. The former wife of James Mason died June 29, 1996, at the age of 80.
Mason, Steve: KSPN, 2004-18. Steve joined John Ireland on all-Sports KSPN on 3.22.04. He is paired with John Ireland on KSPN.
Massey, Gretchen: KLSX, 2004-06. Gretchen co-hosts a weekend talk show on HotTalkLA. Gretchen was the co-host of House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show on the Internet.
MASON, Scott: KKDJ, 1974-75; KIQQ, 1975-76; KGBS/KTNQ, 1976-79; KROQ, 1979-2015. Scott was the operations director at KROQ and responsible for 45 stations managing their capital requests and dealing with engineering issues. This veteran broadcaster and executive, died April 19, 2015, at the age of 55 from complications with his kidney.
Among Mason’s proudest technical accomplishments are the world class construction projects he oversaw, including CBS Radio’s Wilshire Broadcast Center on the Miracle Mile, which is home to four stations, the Venice studios that house three others and the Red Bull Sound Space, a state-of-the art, intimate concert venue that has hosted shows by some of the world’s most popular contemporary bands such as Coldplay, Linkin Park and Iggy Azalea. Friends and colleagues of Mason recall a passionate, detail-oriented person.
SVP of programming and KROQ program director Kevin Weatherly noted that Scott’s passion for KROQ and radio in general was obvious when they first met in 1992. “He was such a valuable resource to me in so many ways. He would tell me about the Rick Carroll days and was a wealth of knowledge,” said Weatherly. “As chief engineer of KROQ for so many years, Scott always put the station first, sometimes before his own needs. His contributions to KROQ and L.A. radio are numerous and significant. We have lost a cherished friend and co-worker.”
Fellow CBS Raadio engineers were struck by Mason’s logical approach. “He always knew how to cut through the B.S. and get to the important matter at hand,” said engineering manager Lynn Duke. “Scott was also a great ally in getting us what we needed to do a good job.”
Mason had engineering and broadcasting in his blood from a young age. He broke into the business as a phone op when he was just 14 and got his first FCC broadcast license a year later. His first on-air job was on KKDJ in Los Angeles in 1974 when he was just 15 and later he was on KIQQ, KGBS and KTNQ. Through it all, Mason had the rare technical expertise to be an engineer wherever he worked and he also spent two years as a special equipment installer at GTE. Mason told us that his most memorable on-air moment was when the Northridge earthquake shook Southern California in January 1994. "I just grabbed the console, opened the mike, and said ‘we're having an earthquake, stay calm,’" Mason recounted.
He was the original host of KROQ’s trendsetting Loveline and, as a testament to his versatility, also was the longtime host and producer of Openline, a public affairs show.
One colleague played a particularly important role in Mason’s life. In late 2012, when Mason was way down on a waiting list for a kidney transplant, KROQ morning personality Gene “Bean” Baxter decided to donate one of his kidneys to help his co-worker and friend. “You’ve really changed my life. Overnight,” Mason told Bean at the time of the operation that helped improve Mason’s quality of life. “Even with the additional time his new kidney might have given him, it wasn’t nearly enough,” said Bean. “He is gone from our sight now but not from our hearts. KROQ will owe Scott a great debt of gratitude for a long time to come for how much of his life he shared with us.
“Scott had health problems his entire life but he tried his hardest to never let that get in the way of living his life to the fullest,” continued Bean. Not only was his work ethic unshakable – if it needed to be done, he got it done – but he maintained a constant optimism and good humor throughout. Most people had no idea of the struggles he was going through. And when he wasn’t working he was giving back to others by volunteering for the American Red Cross and teaching classes to young broadcast students.”
Mason was born in New York. He grew up in Southern California and attended L.A. Valley College and Cal State Northridge.
(Mando, Blair Michaels, Leslie Marshall, and Bob Morgan)
MASTERS, Roy: KGIL; KIEV; KRLA. For decades, Roy has hosted Your Mind Can Make You Well.
Born in London to a Jewish family of diamond cutters on April 2, 1928, Roy (Reuben Obermeister) started his radio show in 1961. He is a prolific author and creator of a mindfulness meditation exercise used in the U.S. military. Masters is founder of the Oregon-based non-profit organization, the Foundation of Human Understanding.
In his early twenties, he travelled the world lecturing as an expert diamond cutter. After seeing a vaudeville stage hypnosis presentation where the hypnotist easily induced volunteer subjects to do strange and outlandish things, he wondered: "Why can't hypnotism be used to make people act sensibly, rather than foolishly?"
In the 1950s, excitement around Bridey Murphy's supposed past life regression drove friends to consult with Masters about hypnosis. Masters understood hypnosis to be a "duplication of life's errors" and concluded that no good can come from hypnotherapy. He founded the Institute of Hypnosis where, unbeknownst to his clients, he "unhypnotized" them instead of hypnotizing them, according to Wikipedia. In Houston, Masters saw as many as thirty people a day for consultation.
At 30-years-old in 1960, Masters was charged with practicing medicine without a license, a precedent case for the legality of non-medical practice of hypnosis. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, which received notoriety from his counseling of fellow inmates.
His radio show is still heard in syndication.
MASTREY, Tawn: KNAC, 1986-89; KQLZ, 1989-92; KLSX, 1994. Legendary rock dj and original member of Rock KNAC, Tawn died October 2, 2007, in Minneapolis at the age of 53. She had been suffering from the effects of Hepatitis C which she contracted as a child.
After graduation from Ron Bailey’s School of Broadcasting in the late 1970s, Tawn worked at KSJO-San Jose and KMEL-San Francisco. She then took five years off from radio to pursue rock-related posts in various media, only to return to radio in Southern California. She joined KNAC in 1986 and was known as "The Leather Nun." One of her ventures was hosting a syndicated show, "High Voltage" as well as "The Tawn Mastrey Show" and "Rockzone."
In 1989, Tawn joined Scott Shannon and the highly visible KQLZ (Pirate Radio). She had a brief on-air gig at KLSX when the station played Classic Rock. In late 1996, she joined morning drive at KUFO-Portland and left in the spring of 1998. She went on to work at KXXR-Minneapolis and then on to Sirius Satellite Radio where she worked until becoming too ill to continue.
Mathers, Jerry: KEZY, 1980-81. The Beaver
appears at Leave It To Beaver nostalgic shows.
Mathews, Hal: KRLA, 1973-76. Hal was general manager at KRLA in the mid-1970s and one colleague said, "Hal was jovial and had a good sense of humor." Hal also worked in Cleveland and New York. He broke his hip shortly before his death. Hal died May 1, 1999, from complications of lung cancer. He was 79.
Mathews, Pat: KWIZ, 1988-89; KRLA, 2007. Pat was a weekend anchor/reporter at KRLA.
Matthews, George: KRTH, 1987-90; KEZY, 1993-95; KRLA, 1994-95; KYSR, 2003-04. George is with AirWatch Traffic.
Matthews, Paula: KIQQ, 1980-85. Paula is living in Albuquerque.
Matty: KXMX, 1999-2000. Matt Keating served as an elected 2008 Democratic National Convention Delegate from Oregon. He continues to be active in Oregon politics.
Maurer, Mark: KKBT, 1989; KLIT/KMPC, 1990-91. After a stint at Unistar Radio Networks, Mark built Maurer Media Studios in Phoenix.
Maule, Tom: KHJ, 1967; KDAY, 1969-71. Tom passed away of pancreatitis in early 1993.
Maxey, Deedee: KGFJ, 1985. Deedee died September 20, 2004, of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Maxwell, Cyndee: KLOS, 1991-92; KQLZ, 1992-93; KFWB, 2012-14. Cyndee was vp of editorial and music operations at Radio & Records. From early 2012, she's was the web producer at KFWB. Cyndee left the CBS/LA station in late 2014 following a format change. She now works at Gracianna Winery in Healdsburg as the hospitality manager.
Maxwell, Remy: KSRF, 1991; KLIT, 1991; KNAC, 1992-94; KLOS, 1994-97. Remy left KXXR-Minneapolis in the Spring of 2006.
2012-18. After studying tv/radio broadcasting in college and several jobs in
radio markets with 90 or 91 listeners, Melissa moved to Boston and got her first
major market job at WBCN where she stayed for 10 years.
She then moved to Los Angeles and was the executive producer, writer and VJ for the first made for mobile rock video channel. She moved from evenings to middays in early fall of 2014 at the Classic Rock station. Melissa returned to doing nights and left in early fall of 2018. She's now with WSFS (104.3 The Shark) in Miami.
May, Brian: KPFK; KXLU; KPCC. On July 5,
1995, Don died at his Malibu home of complications of polio
May, Don: KSRF, 1988-92. Don owned Signal Core Studios. He died of cancer on April 30, 2016.
May, Fred: KPOL, 1965-68. Unknown.
May, Lisa: KLAC, 1993; KROQ, 1991-2015; KLOS, 2015-18. Lisa was part of the Kevin & Bean morning show until February 2015 when KROQ dropped traffic reports. On May 11, 2015, she joined Heidi & Frank at KLOS.
Mayberry, Carleton "Corky": KBBQ, 1969-71; KGBS, 1974-75; KLAC, 1974 and 1976; KFOX, 1975-77; KLAC, 1977-83. Corky is living in the San Fernando Valley.
Mayberry, Jami: KYMS, 1983-88. The daughter of Corky Mayberry works at Bryan Broadcasting in Texas.
Mayer, Larry: KUSC, 1975-2005. In late spring of 2013, Larry retired from his position as operations manager at WETS-Johnson City, Tennessee.
KGRB, 1990s. In the late 1950s, Bob worked as an
announcer in El Centro.
Bob’s son Brian fills in some of the pieces of his father’s life: “My dad after WW2 took his GI bill and went to a radio school in Alabama, where he did some small playhouse acting and then radio. He went to Yuma and El Paso where he was the night man at several small stations.”
In the mid- to late-1960s, Bob became general manager at KBCA, a former Classical station that went Jazz. “After that in the 70’s he was the announcer for KPPC until they went to a Rock Format. My father went into music programming with AltoFonics and CAVOX in the 70’s to early ‘80s and did the voice for K Mart for many years. After pretty much retiring he went part-time at KGRB in West Covina and did the Big Band format.”
Bob died in April 2007 in a rest home in Glendale, while in recovery from hip surgery. He was 84.
Mayhem, Peter: KEZY, 1975-77; KROQ, 1979-80. Unknown.
MAYNE, Bill: KZLA, 1983-85. Bill was executive director at Country Radio Broadcasters for many years. He announced his retirement from CRB, effective spring of 2018. He is a Country radio and music industry veteran with senior level experience in radio broadcasting, including programming and operations management at KSCS/WBAP-Dallas and KASE in Austin.
His resume also includes work in artist development, management and at record labels, where he was Sr. VP GM and VP Promotion at Warner Bros. Nashville, and VP of Promotion and Artist Development at 903 Music. His Mayne Street Consulting provides guidance in radio, marketing, management and artist development to clients such as CRB, Inc., GAC, IEBA, Nexshow, Dualtone Records, Muscle Shoals Music Group, Fame Records and RGK Entertainment.
Mayne also serves as current President of the Academy of Country Music.
Mayo, Butch: KACE, 1979-80;
KGFJ, 1981. Last heard,
Butch was program director at WKRS-New York.
McAdams, John: KBBQ, 1971; KLAC, 1975. Unknown.
(Doug McIntyre, Kiki Melendez, Dave Meyer, and Mark Maurer)
McArtor, Gene: KIKF,
McBride, Danny: Metro Traffic, 1984. Danny does voiceover work and lives in Sherman Oaks.
McBride, Norm: KYMS, 1973-79; KNAC, 1979-86; KWIZ, 1988; KWVE, 2014-15. "Zany Norm" lived on a horse ranch in Idaho and did morning drive in the Coeur d' Alene/Spokane market on "Talk News 1080AM" until the late 2000s. He's now at KWVE.
McCabe, Kevin: KROQ, 2008-09; KLSX, 2009; KAMP, 2009-18. Kevin works nights at AMP Radio (KLSX).
McCall, Don: KPOL, 1961-63. Don was a teacher at Los Angeles City College.
McCall, Mitzi: KFI, 1975-76. Mitzi worked with her husband Charlie Brill on Silk Stalkings.
McCartie, Gary: KBRT, 1973-79; KZLA; KBIG. Gary is now in San Diego.
KWIZ, 1966; KEZY,
1967-75; KYMS, 1975-83. Newer listeners
to Southern California radio may have a tough time understanding that at
one time there was radio exclusively for Orange County. As the
population of the Southland began to spread, low powered AM station
originating from L.A. had a hard time reaching the OC. Three of the
leading OC stations in the 1960s and ‘70s had Arnie McClatchey
as a common denominator. He was an innovator, programmer and talent. The
well-liked leader of OC Radio died June 20, 2018, after a long illness.
He was 76.
Arnie was living in El Paso and voiced "The Word for Today," a national
radio ministry heard on 200 radio stations daily and Horizon Radio.
Arnie was born June 14, 1942 in Vancouver, Washington and raised in Camus, Washington. He started his radio career at the age of 15 at KVAN-Portland. After serving in the Army, he relocated to Orange County where he worked in local radio for almost two decades. Arnie was pd at KEZY from 1967–74 until he was succeeded by Mark Denis. Arnie transformed the station from an easy-listening station to “The Mighty 1190.”
A number of djs who later became prominent in L.A. – Mike Wagner, Paul Freeman, Bruce Chandler, among others – worked with Arnie to create a Top 40 station which dominated the OC airwaves. KEZY even had a following into the Los Angeles market despite the fading signal at night when the station reduced power.
Recalled Arnie: "Mark helped me a lot with the programming, we would get in my office and brain storm to come up with our one liners and contests. We did not know it at the time but we were doing some of the best radio ever."
In March of 1975, Arnie started a new venture on the fm dial. “I became general manager of KYMS in Santa Ana and put on the first Contemporary Christian Music station in the nation," he said in a 1995 interview for Los Angeles Radio People from his home in El Paso. He eventually bought KYMS along with stations in Phoenix and Denver and kept them until 1983. "I took some time off and then I bought KELP/AM in El Paso in 1984, and I commuted from Southern California to El Paso for eight years until we moved here permanently in the early 1990s.”
McClelland, Dave: KLAC, 1975-85; KFWB,
1975-79. Dave is the announcer for all NHRA racing events and
their commercials. At at the 39th annual American Auto Racing Writers and
Broadcasters’ All-America banquet, Dave became the very first media person
to get the Pioneer Award, presented to him for years of dedication to his
art. Dave has stood out from the herd all these years in a world of blinding
speed and spectacular automobiles, hot rods, cruisers and dragsters.
McCloud, Jim: KLAC, 1984. Jim went on to do mornings at KHOZ-Harrison, Arkansas.
McClure, Holly: KBRT, 1992-94; KKLA, 1995-2009. Holly was the Orange County Register's family films reviewer. She hosted "The Women's Clinic" on KKLA.
(Ken Miller, Jan Marie, Lee Mirabal, and Dave Murphy)
McConnell, Matt: Matt
was the original radio voice of the Mighty Ducks hockey team for three years. He's now with
the Pittsburgh Penguins.
McCormick, Bob, KNX, 1997-2010; KNX/KFWB, 2011-14; KNX 2014. Bob was a news anchor at KNXNewsradio and broadcast Money 101 at KCAL/Channel 9 until the fall of 2009. In early 2011, Bob continued his Money 101 features at KNX, while hosting a four-hour talk show at sister station KFWB. He stayed at KFWB until a format flip in September 2014.
McCORMICK, Larry: KGFJ, 1958-63; KDAY, 1963-64; KFWB, 1964-68; KGFJ, 1968, pd; KLAC, 1969-70; KMPC. Larry made the most successful transition from radio to television news of any disc jockey who passed through the radio landscape.
Larry grew up in
When KFWB went all-News in 1968, he returned to KGFJ as pd and to work afternoon drive. In the spring of 1967, Billboard announced that Larry was voted 4th most popular r&b disc jockey. He hosted a weekend talk show on KLAC for a year. "While still on KGFJ, I started co-anchoring the weekend KCOP/Channel 13 newscasts with an old radio friend, Chuck Cecil." Before long Larry was anchoring a midday newscast and hosting Dialing for Dollars. Soon after, Larry was anchoring the nightly news on KCOP followed by weekend weatherman on KABC/Channel 7.
"In April 1971 I joined Golden West Broadcasters
at KTLA/Channel 5 as the weekday weatherman and KMPC as a news reporter.
Larry's on-air presence at KTLA on health and consumer affairs segments as
well as the station's weekend newscasts has contributed to its success. In
the spring of 1994, Larry was the recipient of the Governor's Award from the
Larry died August 27, 2004, at the age of 71.
Larry died August 27, 2004, at the age of 71.
Don: KDAY, 2006-10. Don was part owner of KDAY in the Inland Empire.
McCoy, G.W.: KIQQ, 1980-85. Unknown.
McCoy, Hugh: KNX. Hugh died in the mid-1960s. He won 2 Golden Mikes and several AP awards. In the late '50s he was the first newscaster to smuggle pictures out of Russia of their May Day parade.
McCoy, Ron: KLAC, 1958-60; KFI, 1961-79; KGIL, 1979-80; KPRZ/KIIS, 1981-84; KGIL, 1984; KIEV, 1986. Ron worked at KLAC, KFI (longtime host of "The Night Owl Show"), KGIL, KPRZ/KIIS, KGIL and KIEV and spent 40 years in broadcasting. In the 1970s he made a significant change in careers. "I had done everything I wanted to do and I wanted to get into another field of consciousness," Ron told me when I interviewed him for my book. He became interested in religious science in the late 1970s. By 1987, he was given the pastorship at a Sherman Oaks congregation and went on to be a pastor for the Santa Clarita Church of Religious Science. Ron was born January 29, 1928. He died of pancreatic cancer on December 10, 1999, at the age of 71.
McCoy, Ronny: KNAC, 1968-79. Ronny is in the recording business in Los Angeles.
McCoy, Sid: KFI, 1968; KGIL, 1971-72. Sid was the announcer on Soul Train.
McCulloch, Don: KMPC, 1982-93. Don lives in Portland and syndicates "Radio Deluxe," a show prep service.
McCulloch, Tom: KFOX, 1992. Tom was general manager during block programming days.
McCullom, Ann: KACE. Ann co-owned KACE (103.9/fm). She died February 16, 1998, at the age of 65. Born in Union, Mississippi, Ann earned degrees from the University of Cincinnati and Kent State University in Ohio. She taught school for several years in the Midwest and at one time owned and managed KYOK/fm in Houston. She bought the Inglewood station in 1976 with her then-husband, former professional football player Willie Davis. McCullom served as public service director of KACE and host of its Sunday night talk show on community issues, "Speak Out." She later became general manager of the station, which was sold to Cox Broadcasting in 1995. McCullom was active in the National Council of Negro Women and the Black Women's Forum and served on the advisory committee for the Small Business Administration in Washington.
McCoy, Don: KDAY, 2006-10. Don was part owner of KDAY in the Inland Empire.
McDANIEL, Earl: KFVD/KPOP, 1953-58; KLAC, 1958; KDAY, 1958-61; KFWB, 1961-63. Earl, a pioneer in the early days of Los Angeles rock 'n roll radio, died March 26, 2014, at the age of 85. His daughter sent the following written by her father:
I died today.
(I typed this earlier so that all Kathy, my daughter, had to do was type in the date and hit the "send" button. Isn't modern technology marvelous?)
I am an agnostic. I will be taken to the Neptune Society for cremation. I've told my heirs that I don't care where they let the ashes fly. When it is over, it is over.
To that end...there will be no funeral...no casket ...no flowers...only that we know I have celebrated life for 85 years, and that celebration has been a wonderful, wonderful ride and that we have touched each other’s lives in ways that produced huge smiles, a few tears, many, many good times and memories that are HUGE. So thanx to each of you for sharing a part of your life with me. It has been beautiful, and thank you, thank you, thank you for the times we shared.
All of you have contributed in various levels to my happiness, laughter, and sometimes some very stupid things. I have been contemplating all the good times, and the good times were fantabulous.
If I've borrowed something I haven't returned or money I haven't repaid, contact my daughter, Kathy.
Don't sing me any sad songs. I’ve been there, done that.
If I were to have an epitaph, it would be, "Earl McDaniel..from 1928 to 2014, he lived."
While in LARadio, Earl not only worked at KPOP, but he was on KLAC, pd at KDAY and for two years at KFWB before being sent to KEWB-San Francisco to program the Crowell-Collier station. Earl was the first to pair Robert W. Morgan and The Real Don Steele long before they arrived in Southern California for "Boss Radio."
RCA sent Earl to Las Vegas to present the
first gold record for Heartbreak Hotel on stage. Earl was credited with
breaking the song nationally. Earl produced and presented live stage
shows with the major rock stars of the era. He also had the first record
hop/dance show on L.A. television. Earl broke the
Song and lost his job over it. On Thanksgiving weekend he played it
twice an hour and the station owner threatened to fire Earl if he played
it one more time. Earl did and was fired, however, by Monday it was the
hottest record at Wallichs Music City.
RCA sent Earl to Las Vegas to present the first gold record for Heartbreak Hotel on stage. Earl was credited with breaking the song nationally. Earl produced and presented live stage shows with the major rock stars of the era. He also had the first record hop/dance show on L.A. television. Earl broke the Chipmunks Christmas Song and lost his job over it. On Thanksgiving weekend he played it twice an hour and the station owner threatened to fire Earl if he played it one more time. Earl did and was fired, however, by Monday it was the hottest record at Wallichs Music City.
Earl spent two decades working for Senator Cecil Heftel in Hawaii, as pd, then gm. He took the morning man, Aku, to new heights, capturing over 50% of the listeners in morning drive. Earl was the first to give away $1,000,000 to one person. When he ran KGMB, the population of Hawaii was about 700,000, yet the million-dollar contest drew over 4 million entries. Earl became president of Heftel's broadcasting empire, and was involved with WLUP-Chicago, 13Q-Pittsburgh and Spanish KTNQ in Los Angeles.
Earl lived by the credo:
"Whatever you did yesterday doesn't count. It's the future that counts."
McDonald, Jiggs: The former original broadcast voice for the NHL Kings has joined the Florida Panthers hockey club, serving as their radio voice on WQAM-Miami.
Earl lived by the credo: "Whatever you did yesterday doesn't count. It's the future that counts."
(Rob Marinko, Dick McGarvin, Pat Martin, and Bill Martinez)
McDONNELL, Joe: KGIL, 1975-82; KFI, 1988-91; KMPC, 1992-94; KMAX, 1994-96; KWNK, 1996-97; KABC, 1997; KIIS/AM/KXTA, 1997-98; KFWB, 1999-2000; KABC, 2000; KSPN, 2000-05; KLAC, 2005-08; KNX, 2011-13. Joe cast a big shadow over the sports broadcaster landscape in Southern California for almost four decades. He died on March 13, 2015, at the age of 58.
He blanketed virtually every outlet that aired sports reports or programming. Joe was born to be a talk show host. Just ask his mother Josie. “It’s true,” said Mrs. McDonnell. “He was born talking and he hasn’t shut up since.” Only death could silence the opinionated broadcaster.
At KGIL, he started as an intern at 19 in the news department, quickly moving up to the position of assistant sports director. In January of 1982, Joe then became Southern California correspondent for Mutual Radio Network Sports. In July of 1988, McDonnell became a reporter/producer with KFI Radio. A few months later, he began hosting sports talk shows.
McDonnell moved to 710/KMPC where he was paired with sports columnist Doug Krirkorian of the Long Beach Press Telegram in afternoon drive. Their show was called “McDonnell-Douglas,” referring to the former aircraft manufacturer.
Joe left KMPC in December of 1994 to take a job as host of the afternoon drive talk show on all-sports KMAX. He was named “Best Sports Talk Host” by the Los Angeles Daily News in February 1996 (the first of three times he would receive that title.) KMAX was sold in March of 1996, so it was on to KWNK in Thousand Oaks.
Seven months later (after KWNK was sold) he was hired by KABC radio where he co-hosted “Sportstalk” with former Dodger pitcher Jim Gott. Joe left KABC in May of 1997 to join the new, all-sports station KXTA (XTRA Sports 1150, later FOX Sports 1150) where he became afternoon drive host.
In January of 1999, the Daily News named The Big Nasty (McDonnell’s on-air nickname) “Sports Talk Host of the Decade.” LA Times' Larry Stewart offered a slightly different opinion of Joe: “He has been described as a Howard Cosell without brains – or worse.” In response, Joe said “Stewart’s comment was in jest, just his way of tweaking me! He sometimes thinks I’m too controversial, and that’s his way of telling me.”
In his January 1999
article about the best of the year,
columnist Tom Hoffarth again named Joe the number one sports-talk radio host.
, “McDonnell’s strong-headed beliefs, passionate approach
and pursuit of the truth have always been there.”
On February 22, 1999, Joe joined KFWB, as afternoon drive sports anchor, leaving in 2000 to partner once again with Doug Krikorian at the ESPN outlet, KSPN.
Joe suffered a huge weight problem since high school. At one stage, he topped out at 740 pounds. After being unable to get up from a fall at his home until paramedics arrived, Joe decided it was time to do something radical. He underwent gastric-bypass surgery, losing over 350 pounds.
Everyone admired Joe. LA Lakers present Jeanie Buss said: “For more than 35 years, Joe has been a regular at Lakers games and press events. Known for his quick wit and strong opinions, Joe’s love of and support of the Lakers has always been appreciated. Over all these years, our players, coaches and staff have enjoyed working with and knowing Joe. He will be sorely missed.”
Born August August 30, 1956, in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, he attended Alemany High School in Mission Hills and Los Angeles Valley College.
With the outpouring of love for Joe on his death, it is a shame that his friends and colleagues couldn’t have supported him with a full-time job in recent years. He would go through periods of disappointment when he was unemployed. His “Big Nasty” moniker may have hurt him but inside he was the nicest teddy bear that people just naturally gravatated to whenever he entered a room, stadium or sports area.
McEldowney, Kate: KGIL, 1986-87. Unknown.
McElhinney, John: KMPC, 1973-82 and 1987-92. "Big John" died March 14, 2003. He was 77.
McElroy, Leo: KNX, 1960-63; KFI, 1963-69; KRLA, 1969-71; KFWB, 1971-72; KABC, 1972; KROQ, 1972-74. Leo runs a PR and political consultancy firm in Sacramento.
McEntire, Bill: KLAC, 1981-91. Last heard, Bill was the pd and afternoon drive at KTDD ("The Toad")-Riverside, part of the ClearChannel/ Riverside cluster.
McEntyre, Debbie: KNX, 1992-93. Unknown.
McEwan, Douglas: KEZY, 1968-69; KGIL, 1970-74. Douglas was Dick Whittington's resident critic, Cincinnati Armory. Douglas is writing a book, a tongue-in-cheek ersatz celebrity autobiography, as well as writing humorous articles, and acting.
McEwen, Bob: KDAY, 1966. Unknown.
McFly, George: KPWR, 1992-93. George lost his Denver job in the summer of 2009.
McGarvin, Dick: KKGO, 1980-89; KLON, 1999-2000. Dick lives in the Southland doing voiceovers, composing and appearing with his jazz group. In late summer of 1999, he joined midday weekends at Jazz KLON.
McGEARY, Richard: KWKW, 1950-52; KHJ, 1952-57; KNX, 1961-67; KHJ, 1973-80; KGIL, 1983-93. Richard, longtime vp/general manager of KGIL, died May 24, 2014, at the age of 89. “Dick died peacefully at his home after a few days in hospice care,” wrote his friend John Hokom. Dick suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.
Richard had not lost his New England accent which was evident as he talked about his retirement from a long career in the radio business, back when he was interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People. He lived a handful of miles from the beach in Vista in a house overlooking the third fairway at the Shadow Ridge Country Club. (Photo: Tom Bernstein, Richard McGeary, and Ken Miller)
Born in Brockton, Massachusetts, Richard was a pre-med student at Western Reserve University in Cleveland and graduated from Kent State. Richard started his career as an account executive at KWKW in 1950 and two years later landed a coveted sales job with Mutual Radio’s KHJ from 1952 to 1957. “I had been out of school for only two years and the man I was interviewing with wanted someone with more experience. I said ‘how do I get experience if you won’t hire me?’ He did and I stayed there five years.”
In 1957 Richard went to NBC spot sales in Los Angeles and San Francisco and then to Katz tv Representatives. In between KNX and his return to KHJ, he was at KABC/Channel 7. After running KHJ he was Western division VP sales of Mutual Radio Network.
Richard retired in 1991. “While I have many pleasant memories of my broadcasting career, retirement has enabled me the time to travel more frequently, enjoy the fantastic weather here in Vista, and to get out on the course more often batting the ball around.”
(Geno Michellini, Joe Montione, and Tom Mitchell)
McGovern, Terry: KWST, 1980; KRLA, 1982-83.
Terry is active in Northern California tv and lives in Marin
County with his wife, Molly, and their sons, Brendan and
McGovern, Tim: KRLA, 1982. Tim is the younger brother of Terry. Unknown.
McGowen, Jewel: KACD, 1994-95. Unknown.
Rod: KJLH, 1973-78.
Rod joined the Stevie Wonder station in early 1973. The station was
mixing jazz, mellow soul and contemporary MOR. In 1978 he hosted "Jazz
Album Countdown," produced by Orcas Productions. At the height of its
popularity, the three-hour weekend show was carried by 101 stations and
300 Armed Forces Radio Network stations around the world.
In 1974, Rod was pd, manager and air personality at KJLH. His philosophy with his on-air staff: "We don't want a playlist which has to be adhered to. Whatever they want to spin within the format of the station is fine with me. Their only guideline is to communicate kindness, joy, love and happiness." Rod became a consultant and for a time worked for Kareem Abdul Jabar’s record label.
He owns Love & Happiness Productions.
McGuinness, Patrick: KLAC, 1950-52; KNX, 1952; KFWB, 1953-58; KABC, 1965-68; KBIG, 1969-71; KLAC, 1972. Patrick spent his time in LARadio broadcasting news and was news director at KBIG. He also worked in the promotion department at KMET. Patrick went on to state politics and acted as press director for various issues and candidates. He ended his radio career in Sacramento.
McILVAIN, Judd: KLSX, 2000; KRLA, 1999-2002. Judd hosted a consumer show at all-Talk KRLA and KLSX. He died March 9, 2015, at the age of 73.
A winner of two L.A. Emmys, eight Golden Mikes and four L.A. Press Club Awards and with more than 35 years in radio and tv broadcasting, Judd is best known as a consumer advocate.
He started on tv at age 12, hosting a television show called Children’s Digest on WBLN/TV in Bloomington, Illinois. Judd did radio shows as a dj in Columbia, Missouri at KBIA and KFRU when he was 15 and 16 years old. At 17 he produced and hosted a live television show called Dance Party at the Jefferson City, Missouri tv station and in 1959 was the first tv producer to fight for African American teenagers to dance on a so-called white tv show and win. But for some members of the community that was too much integration and with influence from the Ku Klux Klan, Judd was forced to have one show with black dancers and one show with white dancers. When the show’s contract expired, the Dance Party was not renewed.
Judd studied at the University of Missouri School of Journalism at Columbia where he spent a summer semester in Monterrey, Mexico and learned Spanish. After earning his Bachelors in Journalism, he headed for Central America to be a freelance news reporter.
When there was a riot or a small war, Judd would cover it and then find customers in the U.S. to take his stories. He did live feeds for ABC News from the riots in Panama City in 1965 for $20 per radio story. While working for UPI, Judd was arrested in Venezuela for taking pictures of the secret police beating demonstrators at the trial of dictator Peres Jimenez. He was released on bond and UPI’s bureau chief suggested it would be a great idea for Judd to flee the country because the penalty he was facing was six years in jail. Judd was out of Venezuela the next morning and has not been back since.
In 1986, Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox/TV, brought Judd to L.A. from Houston, where his troubleshooter reports graced KTTV/Channel 11 for two years, followed by 10 years at KCBS/Channel 2 before creating his consumer action radio show. Judd has done stories on CBS’ 48 Hours with Dan Rather, often appeared on Geraldo Rivera’s syndicated show and helped produce stories for Geraldo at ABC’s 20/20.
The obituary that appeared in the LA Times stated: “He’ll always be remembered as ‘Trouble Shooter Judd.’”
(Edgar Madrigal, Frank Mottek, Trey Morgan, and Debra Mark)
McIntyre, Doug: KABC, 1997;
KRLA, 1998-2000; KABC, 2000-18. Doug worked morning drive at KABC until
September 24, 2009. He hosted the syndicated "Red Eyed Radio" that was heard
at KABC until late 2011. He started mornings at KABC with Terri-Rae Elmer in
January 2012. Doug retired from KABC at the end of 2018.
McKahan, Dawn: KXMX, 1999-2000; KIK/fm, 2000-01. Dawn was general manager at Orange County's KIKfm, "Cool 94.3" until late 2001.
McKay, JJ: KIIS, 1984. JJ is currently doing mornings on 103.9 The Game in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
McKay, Larry: KHJ, 1974-75; KKDJ, 1975; KIIS, 1975-81; KFI, 1981-82; KMPC, 1982-92; KRLA, 1992-96; KFWB, 1996-97; KRTH, 1997-2008; KFWB, 1998-2000. Larry did swing at "K-Earth" for many years. He's been on Oldies Channel at Westwood One since 1997.
McKay, Maggie: KSRF, 1987-89; KMGX, 1992; KXEZ, 1993-96; KIBB, 1996; KCBS, 1997-2005; KFWB, 2005-14; KRTH/KTWV, 2014-19. Maggie was afternoon drive news anchor at News/Talk KFWB until a format flip in September 2014. She does weekends and fill-in at CBS/owned KTWV and K-EARTH.
McKay, Mark: KEZY, 1986; KIKF, 1993-95; KZLA, 1997-2000. Mark the Shark worked at Country KZLA.
McKay, Tom: KDAY, 1972-73; KNX/fm, 1973; KWST; KNX/fm, 1979-82. Tom is a writer and lives in Maine.
(Kevin Mitnick, Jim Melendez, and Monique Marvez)
McKay, Verna: KCBS/fm, 1992-95. Verna was co-host of the Young and Verna morning show at Dial Global.
Michael: KPPC, 1970-71. Michael, who
played Lenny in
Laverne & Shirley, is an actor. He was in
Planes, Trains & Automobiles and
This is Spinal Tap.
Michael was part of the nationally acclaimed “Credibility Gap” that spoofed the news at a time when it needed spoofing. He has gone to much success in Hollywood where he acts, writes and directs. Michael has appeared in such films as Radioland Murders, Airheads, Coneheads, Man Trouble, The Big Picture (also screenwriter) and This is Spinal Tap (also screenwriter, music and lyrics writer). Playing the impossibly van lead singer, David St. Hubbins, in the 1984 mockumentary, Michael helped rock & roll remember its sense of humor.
He worked in the cast of Saturday Night Live. He received Best Actor in a Comedy Series Cable ACE nomination for Dream On and Sessions. He also directed several episodes of Dream On.
He first gained national recognition
playing Lenny Kosnowski, teamed with Squiggy (David Lander) in
the hit tv series Laverne and Shirley. David was born October 17, 1947,
and he grew up in Manhattan and attended Carnegie Mellon Institute and New York
McKEAN, Rod: KRKD, 1955-70; KIIS, 1970-75. Born in Riverside in 1932, Rod started at KRKD doing Jazz, and the station eventually became "the album station." When KRKD became KIIS, Rod stayed until 1975.
Over the years he was a dj, nd and pd. "Upon leaving KIIS, I headed for Northern California," said Rod. “I acquired a ranch near Yosemite National Park and continued to raise, ride and train Arabian Horses. During that time, I became affiliated with a county Sheriff's Department and went to work full time in law enforcement."
Rod retired from the Sheriff's department in the late 1980s and he went back to school to become a Clinical Hypnotherapist. "I rarely practice nowadays. Most of my time is spent doing consulting or working on my book - a fictional novel about a Hollywood dj who decides to become a Deputy Sheriff in a rural Northern California County. Sort of a novel plot line, huh?"
McKENZIE, Gary: KIIS, 1977-79. Gary’s radio career began as an 8th grader helping his father build the transmitter for the family radio station WJRM-Troy, North Carolina. By his sophomore year in high school he returned home to Lynwood where he broadcast the high school football games.
His idols were the "Boss" jocks and “20/20” newsmen at KHJ. From his home in Vienna, Virginia, Gary said, "When I grew up I wanted to be J. Paul Huddleston." Gary went into the Army and served briefly with Armed Forces Radio in Germany.
In 1969, he started his radio journey in Big Bear, moving on to Corona, Riverside and Bakersfield. In 1973, he became news director for WXLO-New York. In 1977, Gary realized his dream of working in his hometown, becoming the Golden Mike award-winning nd of KIIS.
Network radio called in late 1979 and Gary became a charter newscaster for the RKO Radio Network and he stayed for nearly 15 years, through the purchases by United Stations-Dick Clark and Unistar. In 1990 the network operation moved to the Washington, DC area. Two years later Gary expanded his horizons and, preparing for the inevitable closing of the network news operation started Ask The Expert Media. The company produces radio and Internet programming and operates an ad agency which specializes in radio and Internet banner advertising. Gary’s network anchor stints also included NBC, Mutual, and CBS Radio Networks.
“It’s been a great ride, especially since I’ve never worked for a living...just having a ball and getting paid for it.”
Gary lives in Pinehurst, North Carolina with his wife Sandy and children with fur coats (their four cats).
McKEON, Jim: KWST, 1974-76. On New Year's Eve 1974 at six p.m., L.A.'s newest AOR blasted off with Elton John's Funeral For A Friend. Helming the new operation was Jim, who had distinguished himself in Detroit at WCAR, WRIF (Jim was the first jock ever to be hired by an 18-year-old Lee Abrams) and “W4.” Jim and his seat mates (David Perry and John Detz) on American Airlines Flight #41 from Detroit to Los Angeles the day after Christmas 1974 had never been to California. Arriving at KWST with no cart machines nor the right music, in less than a week the station was launched with Jim as pd and morning man.
Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, he grew up in Detroit. Jim attended Holy Cross College in Massachusetts and graduated from the University of Detroit.
During the 1980s Jim held various promotional positions with Epic, Columbia and RCA Records. In the 1980s, he and John Detz formed Visionary Radio and owned a series of small market radio stations.
In 1992 Jim became part owner and president of KTYD-Santa Barbara and hired his buddy from Detroit, David Perry, to run the day-to-day operation. Jim was president of M3 (McKeon Music Marketing), owned three stations in Santa Barbara and lived for many years in Seattle before returning to the Southland in 1998. He married the ex-wife of Steve Dahl in the 1970s. As for living in the Northwest, Jim commented, "I have no intention of ever living anywhere else."
Jim sold A& R Worldwide & MUSEXPO in the fall of 2006. He then went to manage 4FMs and 1 AM on Maui for six years and left in the fall of 2012.
McKEOWN, Kevin: KROQ, 1976-78. While attending Yale University, Kevin worked at the campus station as md and dj. After college he worked for a series of Hartford/New Haven stations.
After he left KROQ, Kevin was a voiceover talent, creative director of JAM Advertising and owned L.A. RadioWorks studio in Santa Monica. He was executive producer of "Hollywood Niteshift" radio show with Phil Austin and Frazer Smith. Kevin produced the "History of San Francisco Rock" with Raechel Donahue for KFOG-San Francisco.
In 1998, Kevin was elected to the Santa Monica City Council, where he continues to serve. In late 2014, he was elected mayor of Santa Monica. He is in his fifth term on the City Council.
McKinney, Jeff: KNX, 1992-94. Jeff works
news at WCCO-Minneapolis.
McKnight, Brian: KTWV, 2007-10. Brian joined mornings at Smooth Jazz, KTWV, in early 2007 and left in late spring 2010.
McLaughlin, Bob: KFWB; KLAC. Bob was one of the power “Big Five” jocks at KLAC during the 1950s. His signature was a garage full of recorded interviews that he ran, simulating a broadcast from a night club, the "5-70 Club" (KLAC's dial position). He had every major star on disc, talking about his or her career. An alcohol-related incident on the roof of a Hollywood Boulevard building led to his rapid decline. After Los Angeles radio, headed for KBAB in San Diego and, in the mid-1960s, was working afternoon drive in Lompoc. He died in 1977 at age 63.
The former "Big Five" dj at KLAC died in 1977 at the age of 63.
McLaughlin, John: KOCM, 1991. Unknown.
McLean, Hal: KFOX, 1973. Unknown.
McLendon, Gordon: KADS, KOST, XTRA. The radio pioneer owned the first all-Classified station, K-ADS, put the O in KOST and XTRA was the world's first all-News station covering Southern California. He died September 14, 1986.
McLeod, Reid: KWIZ. Reid retired from KWIZ in 1990 and is living in Anaheim. For the past 10 years he has traveled over 11,000 miles in his motor home, and been to Europe and Hawaii. Reid is a part-time airport limo driver for executive firms in Orange County.
McMILLAN, Bill: KRLA, 1959-66, nd; KABC, 1966; KNX, 1967. Bill was news director during the glory years of Rock KRLA and he was cited by the LA Times as announcer of the year. The paper said although KRLA was a rock and roll station, "the station covers the news like no other."
“When John F. Kennedy was assassinated, we were the only station in Los Angeles to offer 24-hour news coverage until after the funeral. I had every stringer and available newsman working around the clock. We had built a bank of actualities that back-to-back ran 7 straight hours. KRLA was the last station to revert to regular programming.”
Bill was born in California and raised in Alhambra and worked for Armed Forces radio from 1945 to 1953. “When I got out of the service I had no idea where I wanted to work so I joined an Army buddy in Erie, Pennsylvania and started my commercial radio career.”
Bill went on to KVOO-Tulsa, WKY-Oklahoma City and WHB-Kansas City before joining KRLA. “I knew Jimmie O’Neill from Oklahoma City and he helped me get the job at KRLA.” During Bill’s time at KRLA, over a four-year period he produced 200 half-hour documentaries and won a Golden Mike for a story on drug addiction.
After KNX, Bill got out of radio. “I was 40 and wanted to do something different.” His “something different” was returning to Oklahoma City and opening up an advertising agency specializing in PR and production services. Bill returned to the Southland to run a similar agency in Orange County and is active in commercial voiceovers.
McMurray, Jeff: KLOS. Jeff's career has taken him to KYYS-Kansas City, KZTR-Ventura, Palm Springs and Jackson, Wyoming. Jeff is currently the operations director for Clear Channel/Sacramento.
(George Moore, Bob Madian, Patty Martinez, and Chuck Martin)
McNAMARA, Shaune: KHJ, 1977-80; KHTZ, 1980-84; KHJ, 1984-86; KRLA, 1987-90; KLSX, 1990-92; KRTH, 1992-93; KCBS, 1993-94. Shaune was music director for all the major contemporary stations over a two-decade period. In the mid-1980s she was the assistant to the publisher of R&R. Shaune is working on various projects to preserve the memory of her late husband, The Real Don Steele.
Tara: KMLT, 2004-05. Tara worked morning drive with Paul Freeman at "Lite
92.7fm" until a format flip in late spring 2005. She is
young entertainment journalists with the Web site KidsPickFlicks.com, a site
where the movie critics are kids.
McNeal, Jeff: KUTE, 1979; KHTZ, 1979; KIIS, 1979-82; KGGI, 1981-82; KRTH, 1991. Jeff is busy doing freelance voiceovers in Los Angeles. For nine years, he was the voice of KNBC/Channel 4 as their signature promo voice. He also voices network tv promos, theatrical trailers and both tv and radio commercials nationally. Jeff is fronting a Classic Rock band, Mrs. Jones' Revenge.
McNeal, Pete: KHJ, 1970-72. Charlie Van Dyke replaced Pete, who was sent to KYNO-Fresno. When he left KYNO, he left radio.
KJLH, 1984-2018. Lon
works early afternoon at
Lon McQ caught the radio bug after returning from a tour of duty in Vietnam, serving in the United States Marine Corps. He did internships in 1976 at KGFJ and KUTE. Afterward, he was then hired full time in 1979 at KLOM-Lompoc, and later across town at KRQK. In 1980, he was hired at the NFL Hall of Fame's Willie Davis' broadcast facility, KACE. Lon did overnights, served as production and imaging director, and later moved up to morning drive where he and Russ Parr worked together.
In 1984, Lon moved on to Stevie Wonder's KJLH and for the next 30 years has been a main fixture, doing mornings, middays, afternoon and evening drive. In 1993, Lon was promoted to operations manager while still maintaining a 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. air shift to present. Most recently, Lon launched a Smooth Jazz Internet radio station, McQsJazz.com.
(Carl McIntire, Red McIlvaine, and Diana Martinez)
KEZY, 1968-70; KRLA, 1970-71; KEZY, 1975-76. Jim, a veteran of
Orange County radio, died October 8, 2016, of prostate cancer. He was
Born in Beloit, Kansas, Jim grew up in the Midwest, attended Washburn University for pre-law, and Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, for engineering.
In Jim’s early broadcasting career he worked for Don Burden at KISN-Portland, Bill Drake at KGB-San Diego, Sam Holman at WPOP in Hartford, Connecticut, Bill Weaver at KWIZ, Arnie McClatchey at KEZY and Johnny Darin at KRLA.
Jim remembers his broadcasting career highlights: “I was the emcee for the Portland, Oregon, Beatles concert in 1965, the announcer introducing the Steve Miller Band Live on CD (LP) at the Pasadena Civic and the emcee for the Carpenters, Beach Boys, Rolling Stones and Donny Osmond concerts at the Anaheim Stadium.” Jim continued, describing his favorite on-air contest highlight: “Giving away a real live horse at KEZY on my afternoon drive show for the song A Horse With No Name from the group America. The name selected for the horse was Amerage, and the winning contestant won the horse!”
He was especially proud of his involvement in the KEZY March of Dimes Walk-a-thon. “Mark Denis produced some of the most outstanding promos for this event that I had ever heard on radio, built around the theme of ‘What The World Needs Now Is Love.’ It was very moving and very successful!” Jim was also owner of Studio West syndicated programming in Newport Beach (1977-80); manager of KONG AM/FM-Visalia (1980-81); manager of KSNN-Merced (1981-83); manager of KXA- Seattle (1983-84); chief engineer of KSAN-FM/KNEW- San Francisco (1985-86) and director of engineering for Crista Broadcasting (1987-88). Since 1988 until his passing, Jim was the owner of a residential appraisal company, Northwest Home Appraisals, in Kirkland, Washington. (Photo: Jim with Sonny & Cher)
Brooks: KMPC, 2002. Brooks hosted a popular sports Web site,
SportsByBrooks.com. Brooks cut on sports is now on Twitter.
Melendez, "Slim" Jim: KYMS, 1989-95. Jim does fill-in at KOLA.
Melendez, Kiki: KRLA, 1996-97; KACD, 1997-98. Kiki hosted Kiki Desde Hollywood on Galavision. In the fall of 2001 she is scheduled to host a one-hour daily syndicated talk show.
Melendrez, Sonny: KIIS, 1972-73; KMPC, 1973-80; KFI, 1981; KRLA, 1983; KMGG, 1984-85. Sonny works at KAHL-San Antonio.
MELLEN, Johnny: KNOB, 1954-57; KGLA, 1957-60; KLFM, 1961-63; KEZY, 1963. Johnpassed away July 30, 2014, in a swimming pool incident at his home in Honolulu. He was 79.
“I was drafted the day before Elvis,” John remembered when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People in 1992. “He got to go to Europe. I got to go to Eniwetok.” Johnny worked at Armed Forces Radio in the late 1950s and when he was discharged, he programmed KLFM (later became KNAC) in Long Beach. He sold time at KEZY until the station was sold for $950,000 in 1963.
John reflected: “Even after thirty five years I still miss those good old days of starving, being unemployed, ownership changes, and management changes. Oh, do I miss it.”
“I lost track of him in 1962 and had no contact with him until 1999,” emailed Paul Hill. “He hunted me down through LARadio. We've been visiting via phone and email regularly ever since. During the first part of that 37 year period, John was in a managerial/sales position with Pier One Imports, traveling the country with the responsibility of opening stores in new locations, which included much media contact. Later he was Catering Sales Manager for the Sundial Restaurant in Atlanta.
Paul does not know when Mellen moved to Hawaii, but probably in the late 70s. “John lent his voice and personality as a volunteer at the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor. He was also a tour guide and announcer for various activities, including the shuttle boats carrying visitors to the Arizona exhibit,” Paul continued. “John also worked as a volunteer with the Pearl Harbor Survivors Organization and was granted an honorary membership. He also had a display stand at the U.S.S. Bowfin Museum selling patches, pins and other patriotic items.”
Hill said that John had suffered a stroke about a year-and-a-half ago and had recovered by about 80% to 90%. “In talking with a lady that is a longtime employee at the Bowfin Museum who gave me known details of his passing, she mentioned he was a bit unsteady on his feet, had balance problems at times and walked with a cane.”
John lived alone, apparently lost his balance and fell into his pool, where he was found by a neighbor. “The neighbor came to investigate John's dog who had been barking for several hours. It is believed this happened on July 30 and has been deemed accidental,” concluded Hill.
(Dirck Morgan and Alan Mendelson)
Mendelson, Alan: KFWB, 1999-2003.
Alan worked at
KCAL/Channel 9 as the money reporter until the fall of 2006. He was the business reporter at
Mendelson, Barry: KFI, 1973. Barry co-hosted "Sports Phone" with Jerry Bishop prior to Dodger games. Unknown.
Mendoza, Mark: KKHR, 1984; KUTE; KMGG; KQLZ, 1989-92; KIIS, 1993-94; KLOS, 1996-97. Mark broadcasts on the Internet, KNAC "Live on the Net."
KFI, 1999-2002. Chaim Mentz worked weekends at all-Talk, KFI.
"Without using the Bible, I had to find a place within me to connect
with people on all levels, regardless of religion. That made me become a
better person because it gave me an opportunity to do my teaching in a
whole new venue to speak on family values, morals and world politics."
Rabbi Mentz is anxious to return to radio. "In the meantime, I enjoy the appearances and opportunity to commentate on Fox News Cable and MSNBC. Who knows, I wouldn't mind having my own show on one of those networks; I had the top radio weekend show (4.5 rating) in LA and I know people want to hear what I have to say."
MERCER, Gary: KSRF; KALI, 1985-2000; KMNY, 1999-2000. Gary, former gm at KALI back in ‘90s, discovered his love for radio in Iceland, of all places. He quit college to join the Air Force and he became part of Armed Forces Radio in Iceland. During an impressive career that took him through Tampa, Syracuse and Schedtady, he taught at the old Columbia School of Broadcasting for five years.
Even though Gary is out of the radio business at the moment he likes to stay current by reading LARadio.com: “I was telling a friend back east recently about the ‘Pirate Radio’ exercise here in 1989,” recalled Gary. “Scott Shannon and crew tried to make a success of it. Unfortunately, L.A. was not ready for the concept and it failed but I loved it. Never forgot the on-air logo they used at the time: ‘IF YOU'RE NOT CRANKIN' IT, YA MUST BE YANKIN' IT.’ Brilliant and I wondered why the FCC never got wise to that.”
one stage in Gary’s career he worked at KSRF-Santa Monica and was eventually
paired with Raechel Donahue, the widow of legendary Tom
Donahue. “She was a sweet lady and I always thought she had the
greatest female voice in all of radio and wondered whatever happened to her.”
Gary hosted a morning drive Adult Standards format at Multicultural's KMNY.
Mercer, Michelle: KPWR, 1993-98. Michelle left "Power 106" in the spring of 1998.
KLAC, 1959-71; KGIL,
1971-83. Jim, former gm at KGIL, died October 9, 2004, at the age of 75.
Jim was one of the true characters in LA radio. He had heart disease and
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), according to his daughter
Mary. “When his wife of 40 years died, he was heartbroken. She was his
Jim joined KLAC as a salesman in 1959. When Jack Kent Cooke bought the LA Lakers in 1965, KLAC became the "flagship" station and Jim sold the entire 81-game broadcast package to one sponsor, Sears-Roebuck. He broke new ground since Sears had traditionally been only a print advertiser and the package brought a half-million dollars of additional revenue to KLAC. Jim became gsm in 1969 and worked for eight gms at KLAC over 12 years. The inside joke, according to Jim: "The boss wants to see you." Reply: "Oh ya, who is he?"
Jim went on to KGIL as general manager from 1971-83 and originated the "Ballads, Blues and Big Bands, Too" music format. Later in his career Jim and Ray Stanfield (former gm at KGBS) owned a radio brokerage firm.
Born on June 10, 1929, in Bloomington, Wisconsin, he grew up in nearby Fennimore. Jim was the class president at the University of Iowa. "Where else but in Los Angeles could a small town guy from Fennimore, Wisconsin [pop. 2,222 wonderful people and 4,444 friendly dairy cows] have had breakfast with Duke Ellington, lunch with Arthur Godfrey, brunch with Jack Benny and dinner with Woody Herman and Count Basie?” Jim asked rhetorically when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People.
Jim was called “Papa Jim” at home to his six
children and eleven grandchildren. He worked with some of the giants in L.A.
radio. He remembered: “For controversy and knowledge, Joe Pyne;
for pure creative talent, Al Lohman and Roger Barkley; for
pain-in-the ass genius, “Sweet Dick” Whittington, my friend for
over 40 years.”
Meris, Alan: KLSX, 1994. Unknown.
Merkelson, Lew: KJOI, 1973-74. Unknown.
Merrifield, Bob: KGRB. Bob is living in a nursing home in Glendale.
Merrill, Adrienne: KHTZ, 1985-86; KGIL/KMGX, 1989-90. Adrienne did a series of ads for the Republican party and 2002 senate race in Missouri.
MERTZ, Ed: KFWB, 2000-09; KNX, 2009-16. Ed was a news anchor at KFWB. When KFWB flipped format in the early fall of 2009, Ed moved over to sister station, KNX. He left KNX in late 2016.
Ed arrived in the Southland to work at the all-News station from news jobs in Oklahoma City, Florida, Arkansas and Arizona. Ed was born in Port Huron, Michigan and grew up in Los Angeles. He graduated from USC.
"I enjoy radio because of the immediacy and it's fun to talk and describe events, especially as they unfold."
Carl: KRLA 1962-67; KABC, 1967. The newsman passed away July 27, 1988 in San
Diego, from cancer, at the age of 68.
"My father actually started in California as a radio script writer for a top local ad agency after the war," wrote his son Mike. "He did 'Bill Mesmer' presents in Mexico for Channel 6 before going to KFMB to be one of the first tv newsmen. In the 1950's I grew up around Raquel Welch, who was a weather girl when I was a little kid. He left KFMB and went to KRLA, then to KABC as the National News Director. I remember him driving a 1964 1/2 6 cyl Mustang as a KABC newscar and going to the Tate-La Bianca murders in 1969. My dad led a wild career. I remember going to the old Brown Derby, hanging out with the stars in the 1960's, like Elizabeth Taylor. I fell asleep in her lap for the opening of Cleopatra."
After 16 years, Brad retired from
all-Talk KTSA-San Antonio in the summer of 2007
after 47 years on the air.
Brad Messer, former news director at KMET in the mid-seventies, died April 16, 2019.
It is difficult to put into words the kind of man, newsman and talk show host he was. Oh, okay. He was the BEST in all categories. Brad had been in ill health in recent months. Earlier this year, Brad’s sister reported that he was in the hospital, followed by time in a nursing facility under hospice care. A dear friend and neighor from his San Antonio days, Diane Richarson Bryant, wrote: "Our mutual friend in San Antonio has been keeping me abreast of his condition after Brad was no longer able to speak on the phone or read his email."
Wherever Brad landed during his 47 years in rado – in Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles and San Antonio – he was always the guy who knew how to make the news broadcast soar. Much of his professional time was spent at KTSA-San Antonio where Brad was named at TALKERS magazine among The 100 Most Important Radio Talk Hosts in America for seven consecutive years.
During his 16 years as a talk radio host, Brad cites several on-air conversations as especially memorable, but one stands out: In 1992, on the topic of the military draft, one caller mentioned his tour in Viet Nam. Brad thought it would be appropriate to tell the veteran "thanks for going over there," words Brad had never expressed nor heard anyone else offer. The caller was silent for so long that Brad thought maybe he had hung up, when the vet finally said, in a choked-up voice, "That's the first time anyone has ever said thank you." After that, Brad made it a point to express appreciation for the military service of his KTSA listeners.
stage kids go through where they keep asking ‘why this and
why that?’ Well, I never grew out of that stage – and it got
me the best job in the world,” Brad said when interviewed
for Los Angeles Radio People.
After high school, Brad joined the Army and served in the Far East as an interpreter and translator (Chinese language specialist). He started his radio career at KILE-Galveston, where his father was a newspaper editor. Brad always had a way of capturing the “people” aspect to the news, a tradition he carried throughout his career.
Brad began as news director of the legendary Gordon McLendon stations in Texas, KILT-Houston and KLIF-Dallas.
By age 30, he was news director of KYA-San Francisco during its #1 days, toward the end of the “Flower Period.”
Brad’s next destination was San Diego. “KGB was the most fun I ever had. The station became a legend under the brilliant guidance of pd Ron Jacobs.” Ron teamed Brad and Brent Seltzer for a noon news-and-comment show. “At times it was the highest-rated 15-minutes in San Diego radio.” He also hosted “Brad Messer’s Day Book” which was among the first shows syndicated by Westwood One.
For 13 years he wrote a weekly column for Radio & Records. KTSA-San Antonio rehired Brad three times. “Huh? It’s true. My same station hired me back [good focus groups, good ratings history] and put me on against Dr. Laura Schlessinger, and flukey book or not, I beat her (yay!) so now they have put me in the sure-death slot against Rush. We shall see. This means I have now worked every slot except 2 – 4 p.m. at KTSA," emailed Brad back in the early 2000’s. “In my spare time I love flying my open-cockpit aerobatic airplane.”
A monthly feature at LARadio.com was asking a question in order to get learn more about our LARP. Who gave you the best advice? Brad replied: “The best advice I ever received was from my dad, who spent most of his life as a Texas newspaper editor and absorbed more than the typical share of Life’s lessons. His advice? “Always take the long view unless it conflicts with short-term desires.” That seemed to cover almost every situation I encountered, except for my second-best advice, which was ‘Put that thing away.’”
In the late 1960s, Charlie Van Dyke was in his early 20s. He was program director at KLIF-Dallas when he got the offer to head to Detroit and work at CKLW, the “Big 8.” Brad had a surprise for Charlie. Messer was parked on the tarmac with the KLIF Headliner Cruiser streaming messages that said a number of things, including, “CKLW, take care of our friend.” Charlie remembered: “It was night as I left Dallas. I could see the Cruiser as the plane was gaining altitude, turning…then heading…away.”
There is a beautiful website of Brad’s life at: www.BradMesser.com. He shares his life with many photos of the time of his storied career, the time he “became” a black man and memories of Carole, his late wife of 40+ years.
Sheena: KLSX, 1999-2003. Sheena is the host of an afternoon drive talk show at LATalkRadio.com.
Meyer, Dave: KBCA, 1978-80; KOST, 1980; KJOI, 1980; KBIG, 1980-83; KZLA, 1983-89; KKGO/KKJZ, 1980-90; KLIT/KMPC, 1992-94. Dave is a free-lance voiceover talent living in Santa Barbara. Dave has brought a local voice to All Things Considered and Marketplace for more than a decade. He grew up in Santa Barbara, and has spent more than four decades as a radio announcer, newscaster, and sportscaster at iconic local stations like KTMS.
Meyer, Karl: KDLD/KDLE, 2005. In early 2004, Karl was made gm/president of the Entravision cluster in Los Angeles.
Meyers, Jack: KABC, 1960-80. For a time, Jack was program director of the Talk station. In the early 1980s Jack was involved in a serious automobile accident. Some time after the accident he died suddenly.
(Bob Myers, Larry Marino, Michael Medved, Dennis Michaels and Dennis Miller)
Meyers, Joel: KMPC,
1983-87; KLAC, 2003-05.
Joel became the LA Lakers tv announcer after two seasons doing the radio
broadcasts. He left the Lakers broadcast team following the 2011 season.
Mica, Tina: KSWD, 2013-17. Tina hosted a public affairs show at 100.3/The Sound and did fill-in until the station was sold and there was a format flip to Christian music.
Michael, John: KROQ, 2003-11; KAMP, 2011-18. John was the apd at AMP Radio. He left the Entercom (CBS) cluster after 16 years in early summer of 2018. Michael began his radio career at WUMS while attending Ole Miss. Other stops were at WZRH-New Orleans, WRXQ-Memphis and KFMA-Tucson. In 2003, John was programming now defunct CBS Radio Alternative WAQZ-Cincinnati when he got the call to join KROQ as an on-air talent and music coordinator.
Michael, Justin: KMLT, 1994-97; KHAY/KKSB/KBBY/KFYV, 1997-2007. Justin worked afternoon drive at KRAZ-Santa Barbara.
Michaels, Al: KLAC, 1967. Since 1976, Al has been part of ABC's Monday Night Football. In 2013, he was inducted into the television Hall of Fame.
KFI, 1985; KBIG, 1999. Since 2014,
Bill has been the program director and afternoon drive personality at
95.1 KBBY-Ventura. He attended school at Grossmont College in El Cajon
and San Diego State University, majoring in telecommunications.
Bill worked in his native San Diego radio before arriving in the Southland. Beginning in 1977, he worked at San Diego stations KDEO, KOZN, KSON, KOGO and KPRI. In 1984, Dex Allen hired Bill as program director and afternoon drive personality at KMEN-AM in San Bernardino. After a couple of years, Bill moved to the Transtar Radio Networks in Hollywood, which later become the Westwood One Radio Networks. There he became the national program director and midday personality for “The Oldies Channel” format, later adding pd duties at “Bright AC” and “The 70’s” formats. He left WW1 in early 1998, where he had worked for a dozen years and became the afternoon driver at KBIG. His next step was the iconic K-101 in San Francisco, working afternoons.
In 2000, Bill was the production director of Comedy World. From there he went on to program KRUZ/fm in Santa Barbara for Cumulus, and JILL/fm (KJLL/KHJL/KAJL) in Thousand Oaks and Orange County. During his radio journey, Bill has always had a voiceover and commercial production company, Bill Michaels Productions.
Michaels, Billy: KIKF, 1997-98; KPLS, 1998-2002. Billy worked in
production at KPLS.
Michaels, Blair: KIIS, 1992-93. Blair hosts "After MidNite Show" (10 years) under the name Blair Garner.
Michaels, Dana: KIIS, 1975; KIQQ, 1975-76; KGOE, 1975-76. Since 1995, Dana has been working in media relations at the California Department of Fish and Game.
MICHAELS, Dave: KEZY, 1974; KDAY, 1974 and 1977-82; KUTE, 1983-84; KLAC, 1983-84; KRTH, 1986-88; KIQQ, 1988-89; KIIS, 1989. Dave Michaels, veteran in the 70s and 80s, died April 20, 2011, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Most recently he was program director for Citadel Media’s Classic Hits format. He was 60.
“He was a career radio man who didn’t know how to stop being one,” said Louis Adams, director of communications for Citadel Media in Dallas. “Even after he left the building he was still working on playlists.”
Michaels joined ABC Radio Networks in 2000 as the pd and midday personality for then Oldies Radio. Under his meticulous guidance and leadership, the format evolved into Classic Hits and continued to grow in popularity. Classic Hits remains one of the most successful of Citadel Media’s eight 24-hour formats, according to Adams.
“Dave Michaels was a consummate broadcaster and wonderful friend to everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him,” said John Rosso, president of Citadel Media. “For more than four decades, his vibrant personality shined through as he graced the microphones of local stations across the country and entertained millions of music listeners. His charming wit and presence will be tremendously missed both in our hallways and on the air.”
“The playlist in heaven just went up a few notches,”
Michaels, David: KACE/KEAV, 1992-93. David is with Cox radio in Louisville.
Michaels, Dennis: KLOS; KBET. Dennis owns and operates KZRO/Z100 in Mt. Shasta, CA
Ford: KWVE, 1983-84; KIKF, 1985-86;
KXEZ, 1989. Ford worked overnights at the Orange County
He was born Clifford Michael Mullins, on June 5, 1952, in Boston. His first on-air gig was reading morning Bible quotes on Plough's WCOP-Boston in 1965. “After my voice changed, I worked on Boston College’s 1,000 watter from 1974-78.” Ford earned a B.A. in psychology in 1976 and moved to the Southland two years later. “In 1978 I walked into KROQ, looked around, talked with Darrell Wayne a while and thought ‘this place’ll never last.’
Embarrassed and humbled by 1980, I moved back to Greenfield, Massachusetts, as production director at WPOE, followed by middays on WKZE-Cape Cod. In 1982, I moved back to the Southland to stay.” Beginning in 1982, Ford worked at KWRM/KQLH-Inland Empire. “This station was a bleak hovel nestled in the intersection of the 91 & 15. I moved to Tustin when Rhonda Kramer invited me to commute to her LA Network traffic studio for a few afternoon drive months mid-1983.” Ford joined KWVE-San Clemente as the morning man and ops manager. When he left the Southland he joined KPLM-Palm Springs as morning man/pd.
“When I met Elliott Field in Palm Springs, I asked him what he was at ‘WB [you know, as in what shift]? Without missing a beat he said, in all honesty and modesty: ‘I was a Star.’ Fifteen years later I’m honored he still calls me ‘FM.’ In late 1989, my wife and I started saving for a house. I’d get off the air in the desert Saturday morning, drive to 98.7, KXEZ-Burbank for noon - 6 p.m., then to old town San Diego for Sunday 6 a.m - noon on KJQY, then back to the desert for 5 a.m. Monday. After 13 weeks of that, our savings account had actually lost money and my wife was wondering if I’d please consider going back to just overnights. In 1990, I made Al Lohman my morning partner. No question, we made it Al’s station.” From 1992 to late 2000, Ford was a Volunteer Firefighter/EMT with Riverside County Fire. “I started doing it as a way to stay out of trouble when I got off the air every day, but soon found that I loved doing it. He lives in Coachella Valley.
Michaels, Jay: KABC, 2002. Jay broadcasted news on KABC.
Michaels, Lee: KDAY; KJLH, 1994-95. Lee is the network pd of Syndication One.
MICHAELS, Pat: KWIZ, 1952-56; KFOX, 1956-57; KLAC, 1957-58; KFWB, 1958-59; KABC, 1960-61; KWIZ, 1971-81; KQLH/KWRM, 1981-88. Pat was a veteran of a half dozen Southland stations.
Pat was wounded in combat before his 17th birthday. While hospitalized in Australia he studied journalism and when discharged, Pat became a newswriter at KNX. At age 18 he was assigned as the youngest civilian war correspondent of WW2. He covered action until he was wounded again at Iwo Jima. Pat covered Israel's war for independence and then the Korean War until shot down in a helicopter and sent back to the States.
He then became the first tv news anchorman for WDSU/AM/FM/TV in New Orleans where he achieved the highest ratings ever recorded for tv news with a whopping 52.1. He returned home to California as news director of KWIZ AM/FM, and began what became the City News Service. He worked in news at several Los Angeles radio stations before moving to KTLA, where he gained fame as an investigative reporter.
Pat moved to KABC radio and then to ABC in San Francisco, as an investigative reporter for KGO/TV and talk show host on KGO radio. His talk show became number one in the Bay Area for three years, but Pat finally returned to the Southland to KWIZ in 1971 as nd, pd and then gm of the troubled stations.
Within a year the stations were showing a profit and were #1 in the market. In 1981, he left KWIZ and purchased an interest in KWRM-Riverside/Corona and KQLH (now KFRG) San Bernardino. The stations were at the very bottom in income and ratings but within 18 months he had helped KQLH become the number one Arbitron-rated station in the Inland Empire. It stayed in top position until a disagreement among partners caused Michaels to leave in 1988. Michaels formed a video production company in 1989, which produced national radio and tv commercials.
On news assignments, his company had been employed by Good Morning America (ABC). Oprah Winfrey/Harpo Productions, Wall Street Journal Television Report and others. Pat had won numerous awards and served on the Board of Directors of both the NAB and the California Broadcasters Association. He published over 300 articles in national magazines, such as Life, Reader's Digest and others, had authored three books and wrote hundreds of columns for newspapers across the country. Pat wrote a weekend column for the Orange County Register and another for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs.
He died August 23, 2010, at the age of 84.
KAMP, 2010-18. Michelle Boros works middays at CHR AMP RADIO.
Michellini, Geno: KLOS, 1984-94; KFI, 1995-96; KLSX, 1977; KLOS, 1999-2003. Gene worked early evenings at KLOS until the Fall of 2003. He has an Internet program.
Mickie & Teddy: KGBS, 1973. Majorie "Mickie" Silverstein, a Peabody Award winner for investigative reporting, died March 15, 2003. She was 72.
Middag, Ron: KPPC, 1970-71; KMET, 1972. Ron worked on-air as Ron Inor. For over 25 years, he had been an audio specialist for KRON/TV in San Francisco. He's now the chief engineer for the KONG radio group, a cluster of 5 radio stations on Kauai.
Middleton, Burr: KPOL, 1974-78. Burr has an active voiceover career and owns a production company.
Mikki: KNAC, 1992-95. SEE Michelle Parisi.
Miles, Bob: KBBQ, 1972; KKDJ, 1972-73. Unknown.
KAGB/KACE, 1975-86. Alonzo co-wrote Rick James' Super Freak.
Alonzo spent eight-and-a-half years at KACE, working morning drive, pd and md . He briefly went to MCA Records as a consultant and in 1985 he returned to radio as pd of KACE. A year later, Alonzo was back at MCA as the director of black music.
In recent years he has been a writer for Dancing with the Stars, Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and The Simpsons. (Photo: Alonzo pictured with Teena Marie)
Miller, Arlin: KIEV, 1972; KBBQ; KEZY, XPRS;
KWOW; KGIL. Arlin is a voiceover coach in Hollywood. He is
also heard voicing commercials for movies.
Miller, Bob: KPCC, 1984. Bob was the former general manager at the Pasadena City College station. Unknown.
Miller, Bob: Bob is to the LA Kings hockey what Chick Hearn was to the LA Lakers and Vin Scully is to the Dodgers. Bob has voiced over 2,500 Kings games. In early 2015 he was presented with a Lifetime Achivement Award from the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California. He's now retired.
(Earl McRoberts, Rick Minyard & Ken Minyard, Jeff McNeal, Stephanie Miller and Mike Mann)
Miller, Bruce Phillip: KWIZ,
1973-75; KKDJ, 1975; KIIS, 1975-80. Bruce co-founded the
now-defunct Los Angeles Broadcasters School with Earl Trout
Miller, Dennis: KRLA, 2007-15; KABC, 2015. Dennis began a syndicated show in March 2007 that was carried on Salem's KRLA. He was briefly on KABC until his syndication deal was canceled in 2015. In early 2018, Dennis started a one-minute feature, syndicated through Westwood One.
MILLER, Gary: KSPN, 2005-06. Gary worked middays with D'Marco Farr at the L.A. ESPN station until November 2006. He was a sports anchor at CBS jointly owned KCBS/Channel 2 and KCAL/Channel 9 until early 2017. In the summer of 2017, he joined Cincinnati's local CBS station WKRC as weeknight sports anchor.
He joined KSPN after 15 years with ESPN: 8 years in studio with Sports Center and Baseball Tonight, three years with Up Close and four years calling Major League baseball.
For 10 of his fifteen years with ESPN, Gary was based at the home operation in Bristol, Connecticut. In 2000 he moved to California where the company put him up in an apartment in Santa Monica, near the pier. He met a manager of clubs and proposed in the Rose Garden on the pier. “It will always be a beautiful spot overlooking the ocean.”
A faith-based belief influenced the content of their sports talk show. “A spiritual belief is everything,” said Gary. “It has made me want to be an alternative voice to what’s going on a lot in the media, whether it’s the commercials, program content, the things you talk about, sexual talk or the people we celebrate. That’s the way it comes into my job of saying we don’t have to go in the gutter. It’s also the way we treat people. Sometimes other sports talk hosts tear people down or going into the negative.’”
Jay: KGRB/KBOB, 1968-69; KREL, 1969-71; KEZY, 1971-73. Jay passed away in the
mid-1980s in El Paso.
Miller, Jeff: KSBR, 1992. Jeff was the 'weather kid' who also aired news features and teenage celebrity interviews. He went on to Dallas and became an entertainment critic.
KIIS/AM/KXTA, 1997-98. Ken, a member of the advisory
committee for National Baseball Radio Network, died July 14, 2014, at the
age of 83.
Born in Chicago on October 12, 1931, Ken moved to L.A in 1934. He served in the US Air Force before embarking on a five decades long career in radio broadcasting.
Ken became gm of KMPC and in 1983 segued to director of sports marketing. In managing the Los Angeles Dodgers and Anaheim Angels radio package, he was responsible for all Dodgers and Angeles sales activities, and merchandising.
Ken was the former senior vp of the Western Region of Blair Radio.
During his 37-year career, Ken had sales responsibilities for the Angels, L.A. Rams, UCLA football and basketball, as well as the Dodgers. He was a member of the advisory committee for National Baseball Radio Network. In the summer of 1997 he moved to “XTRA 1150 Sports.”
Miller, Larry: KLOS, 1971-72. In 1999 he retired from on-air work and is now teaching at Massachusetts Communications College in Boston.
KQLZ, 1991-93; KLOS, 1997-2002. Mark
was a utility air personality during the last couple of years of "Pirate
Radio" and worked at KLOS/KABC. Mark passed away in June 2015, according
to his friend, Chris Ruetenik. "He had a long illness from diabetes, and
then several terrible strokes which left him bedridden, paralyzed, and
unable to speak or understand words. He was staying at the California
convalescent center in downtown Los Angeles."
Mark was born in Detroit, worked as a musician, and was originally trained in journalism. While seeking a "news gig," a chance encounter led him to WSMA-Marine City, Michigan, where he started his unexpected radio career. Following stints at WHLS-Port Huron, WWWW-Detroit, and WWCK-Flint (where he was twice honored by Billboard magazine), Mark landed in Los Angeles to pursue artist management and voiceover. Another chance encounter led him back to radio with KQLZ in 1991 and KLOS in 1997.
Following his radio work, Mark worked doing voiceovers and "dabbled" as an actor.
Marv: KSFV, 1965-66. Marv is in the aerospace field. "Not nearly as much fun
as radio was," said Marv.
Miller, Stephanie: KFI, 1994-95; KTZN, 1997; KABC, 1997-2000; KTLK, 2005-13. Stephanie hosted I've Got a Secret at the Oxygen Network and started in morning drive at the "Progressive" talk station, KTLK, on May 2, 2005. The Progressive format was dropped in late 2013 at KTLK. In late 2015, her program aired on CRN. In 2018, her program was picked up at KKSF-San Francisco.
KFI, 1982-93; KABC, 1994-95;
KMPC/KTZN, 1995-97; KLSX, 1997-2000; KABC, 2001-03. Tracey died October 7,
2005, of complications from brain cancer. She was 51.
Tracey was an L.A. radio trailblazer pioneer for women talkers.
She spent over a decade at KFI, first as a news anchor and then as co-host of the morning "TNT" show with Terri-Rae Elmer. She won four Golden Mike Awards and was honored with numerous others of equal prestige. In January 1994 she joined Peter Tilden for afternoons on KABC. In May 1995 they moved to KMPC, where they co-hosted the morning drive program through August 1995. When Tilden moved to KABC, Tracey joined Robin Abcarian (now with the LA Times) for "Two Chicks on the Radio Show" at KTZN (“The Zone”). Tracey wrote humorous articles for the LA Times Life & Style section.
"She taught me everything I knew about the radio," Abcarian told Variety. "She was a natural. She had that fabulous smoky voice that was so pretty and unique. And she was so funny. I've never laughed as hard as when I worked with her."
“Tracey was truly a radio treasure,” wrote Bill Michaels, Tracey’s second husband.
The American Women in Radio and Television established a Genii merit award in her honor.
Born in Santa Maria, Tracey grew up in Granada Hills. Her radio career began in 1976 at KOB-Albuquerque, where she was a news reporter. From there, she moved to KOMO in Seattle. “At KOMO she helped cover the Mount St. Helens eruption,” according to her obit in Variety. “Even then, she spoke of the double standard for women covering news. ‘I wasn't allowed to hop in the helicopter like my male counterpart,’ she noted. ‘I had to broadcast my information from a local university in front of a Richter scale.’" Tracey’s first love was radio. While waiting for a new opportunity to surface in the medium she had so much passion for, she became editor of the Crescenta Valley Sun in 2002. She also wrote a weekly column for the Glendale News-Press."
Tracey had a three-year battle with brain cancer.
(Gary Moore, Bob Maryon, Michael Means, and Matt Mitchell)
Mills, Jim: KLAC, late 1960s. Unknown.
MILNER, Cal: KHJ, 1962-63; KGFJ, 1965-76; KKTT, 1977; KACE, 1973-84; KKGO/KKJZ, 1984-92. Cal died February 25, 2012, at the age of 83. He died of complications from a heart attack and quadruple bypass surgery in January 2011, according to his son, Steve Milner.
“My dad was suffering from pneumonia when he passed away,” emailed Steve. “He was living in Ventura after the death of his second wife Jeannine, in August of 2009. Dad was really missing my mom Jean Milner and Jeannine who passed soon after my brother Patrick. Dad never did any more voiceover work after Jeannine’s passing and his zest for life began to dissipate. He did offer to share his radio business stories, recordings and pictures with the folks of Leisure Village community in Camarillo and the Cypress Point nursing home in Ventura. He always maintained his great speaking voice for all to hear, especially when he picked up the phone to talk to you, you'd think you were on the air with him.”
Cal started out at WPEN-Philadelphia and was co-host with Larry Brown of the “950 Club” that preceded Bandstand. In 1959, he was an on-air pd at WGBS-Miami and he met the pd of KHJ, Tony La Frano at the annual dj convention in Miami. Cal was hired to be the announcer/producer of the daily Walter O’Keefe Show, which was a remote from the Hollywood Brown Derby.
When the NBA Lakers came to L.A. and KHJ, Cal was Chick Hearn’s first radio color reporter and producer. For a time he worked with Foster Brooks at KHJ.
When “Boss Radio" arrived in 1965, the KHJ pd Arnold Schorr left and was named gm of KGFJ, Cal followed as operations manager and stayed for over 15 years.
In 1966, Cal co-produced a 3-hour special titled “The Motown Story. “The following Monday morning after the broadcast, Norm Pattiz, then a sales executive with a local tv station, called KGFJ to express compliments. Norm asked for re-broadcast rights and this was the genesis for Pattiz to begin Westwood One, becoming a major radio program syndicator,” Cal said when he was interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People.
In 1981, Cal joined the Jazz station, KKGO as om. “In 1984, I was fired for no given reason and one week later I was hired as om at r&b KACE.”
In 1988, Cal was rehired at KKGO and stayed on into 1990 when the station switched to all-Classical format. He voiced the overnight tracks and was the backstage announcer at the Hollywood Bowl Summer Concerts. “Cal was one of the very remarkable persons we were fortunate enough to have in LA radio at a time when radio was local, and companies could only own one fm and one AM station,” emailed Saul Levine, owner of KKGO.
retired in 1993 and cared full-time for my wife, Jean, who was stricken with
Alzheimer’s and died in 1996, after 46 years of marriage.” Cal was remarried
in 1997 to his widowed Long Beach High School and College sweetheart and
moved to Jeannine’s home in Fresno. “We had re-met during the planning for
our St. Anthony’s High School 50 year class reunion of 1946.”
Milner, Tom: KLFM; KNAC, 1963-64; KEZY, 1970-75. Tom is living in Ojai.
MINCKLER, Bill: KNX/fm, 1986-87. Bill, former program director at KNX/fm, died February 6, 2015, at the age of 66. “He will be so missed by everyone who worked with or ever hoisted a scotch with him,” emailed Don McCulloch of Radio Deluxe. “Everybody who ever worked with him, for him, or knew him is very saddened. He had not discussed his health issues, which is consistent his style, so were all taken by surprise. I heard from another close friend, Portland Radio Person John Williams, that he was fighting pancreatic cancer.”
Bill’s friend (and radio researcher) Terry Danner posted this on PDXRadio.com: “Bill passed away in Phoenix, from complications after surgery. Bill had been battling a recurrence of cancer after decades of remission. He was a very successful radio programmer who relied on his ear and his instincts rather than formulae. He was also a generous, sincere, and likable friend to many, many people. I will miss him immensely.”
RT Simpson wrote on a Portland, Oregon blog: “A great radio person and a downright great human being. Bill and I first met while attending the University of Denver in the late sixties. He was Charlie Weekly on KLZ/fm … a play on his weekend status. I so enjoyed his voice and presentation, I suggested to the pd of KTLK to hire Bill. From there he went on to bigger and better things, stopping in San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland and eventually landing in Phoenix at Star 97.5. We rekindled our friendship of 40+ years and made it a point to have lunch together once a month. Throughout his healthcare ups and downs, Bill never once complained and kept an upbeat attitude toward life. At our last lunch together in December, Bill confided that he gave up alcohol altogether – so I guess all the stories I’ve heard will remain in the past.”Bill arrived in the Southland from programming KYA and KSFO-San Francisco. He went on to program “The River, 105.9/fm” in Portland.
Mincucci, John: KPPC; KCSN. John hosts a weekly program at
KCSN every Friday night/Saturday morning at midnight. The program, called
"John's Attic," features early r&b and Rock ‘n Roll.
Mindlen, Shari: KRLA, 2001. Shari hosted a relationship show on KRLA.
Sal: KABC, 1973. The actor in such classic movies as
Rebel Without a Cause (Plato) briefly hosted a talk show on
KABC. He received two supporting actor Oscar nominations - for 1955's
Rebel Without a Cause and 1960's Exodus. His last
screen role was on a 1976 episode of the NBC crime drama Joe
Born January 10, 1939, Sal grew up in the Bronx. He appeared in close to 50 tv shows and movies including Giant, The Longest Day, Exodus and playing Gene Krupa in the Gene Krupa Story. Sal was slain in the parking garage of his apartment complex on Holloway Drive in Hollywood on February 12, 1976. The LAPD never solved the case of who killed Mineo. Sal populated the world of gays and it has been long thought that he will killed in a robbery gone wrong or someone in his gay world may have done it.
Miner, Tim: KUSC, 1999-2001. Tim worked
all-nights at Classical KUSC.
Miniaci, Frank: KKBT, 1989-90, pd. Frank heads up Fastlane Entertainment, based in Santa Monica.
Mink, Sue: KNAC, 1981-85. Last heard, "Marie the Minx" was working in Las Vegas.
Minnick, Jim: Jim was one of the sidekicks in the broadcast booth early in the L.A. Kings history.
KPFK, 1966-68; KLAC, 1968-69;
KMET, 1969; KPPC, 1970; KLOS, 1970-71;
KABC, 1973-74. Elliot
is a media consultant representing the Lennon Estate, Bob
Dylan and Diana Ross, among others.
Elliot was born and raised in Manhattan and arrived in the Southland in 1963. When Elliot was on KMET, an article in the LA Times referred to his sound as "psychedelic rock or thinking man's rock." A popular feature of Elliot's at KMET was "The After Dinner Mintz."
During the time he was on KABC hosting a talk show aimed at attracting a youthful audience, he was also on Channel 7's Eyewitness News reviewing rock groups and doing contemporary features. He served as host of one of Channel 52’s only live programs, Headshop.
In the late 1970s, Elliot became a "media consultant." Interviewed by phone in 1995, he said, "I advise individuals and ceo's about their relationships with the media." He was guarded on whom he represents. "Publicly I have had a long-term relationship with Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, and I have represented the John Lennon Estate since 1980." He has been friends with the Lennons since 1971. His series, "The Lost Lennon Tapes" aired on over 200 stations weekly during the early 1990s. He told the Times: "Lennon wasn't an act. He wasn't show business. He was real big. He was real!"
KABC, 1969-98; KRLA, 1999-2000;
KABC, 2001-04. EGBOK!
The morning drive cry for decades that Everthing's Gonna Be Okay! An
integral part of that success, Ken was born and raised in McAlester,
Oklahoma. He started his radio career in his hometown at the age of 13.
Before arriving in Southern California, Ken worked as a dj at KSRO-Santa Rosa, KJOY-Stockton and KSAY-San Francisco. He made the transition to Talk in 1967 at WLOL-Minneapolis. At the same time he did commentary for KMSP/TV and wrote a column for the editorial page of the St. Paul Dispatch.
He joined KABC "TalkRadio" in November 1969. The director of news and programming transferred Ken to morning drive in 1973 to co-anchor with network veteran Bob Arthur. He was made managing editor.
In the mid-1970s Ken was one of the anchors on KTTV/Channel 11's irreverent look at the day's happenings with Metro News, Metro News. He appeared as a regular guest host with Dinah Shore on Dinah & Friends. Along with his former co-host Bob Arthur, Ken was named "Radio Personality of the Year" by the LA Times. The pair's quest for immortality included being honored with a "Starfish" on the Redondo Beach Walk of Fame.
On October 1, 1990, Ken was joined by Roger Barkley to co-host the "Ken and Barkley Company."
In a 1994 interview in the Times, Ken described the success of his long-running top-rated morning show: "We never get bogged down. We find it very easy to switch gears between silly and serious. On any given day, in any half-hour, in the conversation, we can go from screwing around to getting into serious topics."
In the summer of 1996 Roger Barkley left the morning show and Peter Tilden joined Ken from sister station KMPC. In late 1998, Ken’s contract was not picked up and after 29 years left the station. In early 1999 he joined his son Rick for “Minyard & Minyard” at KRLA. They left in the summer of 2000. Ken was brought back to KABC in the Fall of 2001 to team with Dan Avey and work morning drive. Ken retired to Ventura on October 15, 2004.
Minyard, Rick: KRLA, 1999-2000. Rick is an executive with a
telecommunications firm and lives in the Thousand Oaks area.
Mirabal, Lee: KMPC, 1996-97. Lee vp/ Network Programming of wsRadio and president/ceo of Brainfood Radio Syndication and broadcasts at eBay Radio.
Miranda, Reuben: KALI, 1986-87. Unknown.
(Tom Mosher, Mary Ellen Murphy, Richard McIntosh, and Terry McGovern)
1988-97; KZLA, 1997-2004; KMVN, 2004-08; KPCC, 2010-14; KKGO/KSUR, 2014-18. Fred is production director and
operations manager at KKGO and KSUR, both owned by Saul Levine.
Fred attended San Diego State University and graduated Los Angeles Harbor College and CSU Fresno. "In on-air positions evenings and then middays, I helped take a station there in Fresno from #9 to #1," said Fred. 93.5/fm got him to Southern California, then located in Redondo Beach. "That experience got me to San Diego, where I was part of a team that took a station there (103.7 FM) from #16 to #1, kept it there for 7 years. I was on-air middays and served as production director at this Westinghouse station."
That success got him to L.A., where he took a position as pd and middays at KJOI 98.7 FM, where my final ratings were #1. "From there I went to KBIG, a station with the largest commercial signal in Los Angeles, where I established a creative services department, hosted an overnight request show, managed a million dollars worth of annual public service air time for this Bonneville station and won numerous awards for creative," Fred continued. He served in a similar capacity at KZLA as Bonneville took over operation of the L.A. Country outlet. While there the station earned two NAB Crystal Award, one for each station, KBIG and KZLA.
When KZLA was sold to Emmis Communications and the station flipped to Rhythmic/Dance “Movin’ 93-9,” Fred worked with Rick Dees. Over the years he worked with Peter Tilden, Mac Davis, John Sebastian, Rob Edwards, and Shawn Parr.
In 1995, he became majority owner of a four-station Northern California radio group. He then served three years as manager for radio creative services for Southern California Public Radio. In addition to his work at KKGO, he is the midday host at K-SURF, along with Disco Saturday Night.
Mitchell, Bernie: KPPC, 1970-71.
Bernie is living in Knoxville where he is the president of the DVD
Association www.dvda.org and has his own production company, Silver Platter
Mitchell, Dan: KEZY, 1964-83. The former gm at KEZY owns KMJR in Palm Springs.
Mitchell, Ed: KPPC, 1967-68. Ed has passed away.
Mitchell, Jim: KFWB, 1972-78. Jim is an attorney and journalism professor of First Amendment law at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Mitchell, Jim: KHJ, 1966-69. Jim Lawrence Mitchell worked at Boss Radio. SEE Jim Lawrence
Mitchell, Johnny: KHJ, 1965-67. Born Ed Phillips, one of his goofy stunts early in his career was setting a world record of 195 "stay-awake" hours while on WYDE-Birmingham. He worked for four years in the early 1960s as Johnny Holiday at KCBQ-San Diego before becoming a "Boss Jock." He was also known as Sebastian Stone. In Billboard's 1966 polling of djs, Johnny was one of the leading early evening Top 40 personalities. He left for KFRC-San Francisco to be pd in February 1967. Mitchell worked with the Dave Clark Five during his Northern California stay. He went on to work in New York. He died in his sleep on November 11, 1987.
Mitchell, Lenny: KWIZ, 1968; KEZY, 1969. Lenny works for the bus company in San Diego.
Mitchell, Matt: KFSH, 2000-02. Matt worked afternoon's at Salem's "The Fish." Today, Matt is owner of Joyful Noise Entertainment Company in Santa Clarita, as well as in sales at Defenders, a lead security technician.
KIQQ, 1973-74 and 1979; KHTZ, 1980;
KFI, 1981-82. Born Steve Ingold in Greensboro, North
Carolina, he arrived at "K-100-FM" from WMYQ- Miami.
When he left Los Angeles the first time in 1975, Steve worked for two years at KYA-San Francisco and then did ABC record promotion in North Carolina until he returned to LARadio.
When he left the second time, Steve went to Southern powerhouse WKLS-Atlanta for five years as part of the morning team of "Mark & Steve." They were recruited for KSHE-St. Louis. In 1990, the team broke up and Steve went to WYAY-Atlanta. In 1992, he became the morning producer of WKHX's morning show and coordinates the feed to the ABC Satellite Music Network. In the summer of 1997 he became pd of WYAY.
Steve is living in Atlanta with a strong voiceover career. In 2018, he was nominated for a Georgia Radio Hall Of Fame Career Achievement Award
Tom: KYSR, 2006-07. Tom started in afternoon drive at STAR 98.7/fm in late
summer 2006 and left the station in late 2007.
Mitnick, Kevin: KFI, 2001. Kevin hosted the Dark Side of the Internet until December 2001. As the self-proclaimed world’s most famous hacker, Kevin has been the subject of countless news, movies and magazine articles published throughout the world. He has made guest appearances on numerous television and radio programs.
Candida: KJLH, 1986. Candida is the founder and
president of Voices Inc. Media Group, a full-service ad agency. She had
been acting and producing stage, radio and television programs, and was
inspired to create a vehicle that would both educate the community and
promote corporate client’s products and services.
Starting with only one employee, the company has now grown to become a full-service tv, print, outdoor, radio, and Internet advertising agency with seven full-time staff members, a host of writers and researchers, and freelance producers.
She received the "Partnership Award" from the US Census 2000 and has received special congressional recognition for her efforts on behalf of the community and government. She is a Commissioner for the City of Los Angeles, member of the Los Angeles Rotary Club, National Association of Women Business Owners, Minority Business Opportunity Committee and a lifetime member of the NAACP, Urban League and the Rainbow Coalition. Candida holds a BA from USC and produced her first play at USC while pursuing her masters of fine arts degree.
Jay: KLAC, 2013-15. Jay joined the Fox Sports Radio
network, replacing Jim Rome, on January 2, 2013.
been a frequent guest host for
Rome over the years. He was dropped by KLAC in September 2015. He
did a syndicated until early 2017.
He was dropped by KLAC in September 2015. He did a syndicated until early 2017.
Jay is an actor, successful podcaster, and stand-up comedian. He played Professor Rick Payne in the tv series Ghost Whisperer, the title role in the CBS sitcom Gary Unmarried, which ran from 2008 to 2010, as a featured player for two seasons on Saturday Night Live, and the back-stabbing sports agent Bob Sugar in Jerry Maguire.
Jay was born on August 23, 1970 in Verona, New Jersey.
He was the voiceover artist for Fox Sports Net's Beyond the Glory. Mohr has also appeared in movies such as Suicide Kings, Are We There Yet?, Small Soldiers, Go, Pay It Forward, and The Groomsmen. Mohr was offered a late night talk show job by Michael Eisner but he declined.
In 2003 and 2004, Mohr created, hosted, and was executive producer of NBC's Last Comic Standing reality television program. The show aired for three seasons, but was cancelled near the end of the third season due to poor ratings, only to be renewed later.
Mohr hosts his own podcast entitled Mohr Stories. The podcast was often taped in his garage, which he dubbed the Fake Mustache Studios.
Allan: KLAC, 1957-60; KHJ,
had two very successful careers - one as a
lawyer and another as a broadcaster. He died December 22,
2004 at the age of 82.
Born in Minneapolis on June 13, 1922, he moved with his family to Salt Lake City when he was 12. During World War II, Allan joined the Air Force as aviation cadet and was grounded because of a severe allergy. "I couldn't pass the pressure tests," said Allan from his home in Salt Lake City. During the last year of the war, Allan was stationed in Kentucky and he broadcast news for a number of Cincinnati stations. He went to the University of Utah Law School in 1948 and graduated in 1951. For most of his life he practiced law and worked in radio concurrently.
He worked morning drive at KHJ with Robert Q. Lewis and was there when Drake-Chenault started "Boss Radio" in 1965. "Bill Drake told me that I was the best radio newscaster he ever heard," said Allan. He worked morning drive with Robert W. Morgan and afternoons with The Real Don Steele. In addition to being news director at KHJ radio, he also served in the same capacity at Channel 9.
In 1968 Allan returned to Salt Lake City to resume his law career and for eight years was the news anchor for the two evening newscasts at the NBC station. In 1976 he joined the county attorney's office and specialized in government and civil law. He retired in 1997.
When reached by phone a few years ago, he said: "I didn't have the sense to know what I was doing. I loved L.A. I had a hellava good run and emotionally it was very satisfying. I do miss what news used to be. I've never seen such a cockamamie approach to today's news."
MOLLENBECK, Andrew: KNX, 2008-09; KNX/KFWB, 2009-10; KFI, 2015-18. Andrew graduated with a degree in journalism from Biola University. He was a reporter with all-News KNX and KFWB. He's now a reporter for KFI.
He was clearly not cut out to be a physician. Around age 5, he got a toy doctor’s kit, complete with a stethoscope. But instead of using it as any normal child might, he used the stethoscope as a microphone and headphones to announce things around the house. So it began.
While still in high school in small-town Iowa, he started working part time at the local radio station (KLMJ). By the time he graduated from Biola University in Southern California, he had worked or interned on both coasts, including WHO in Des Moines, KOGO in San Diego and WTOP/WFED in Washington.
After three and a half years reporting for KNX in Los Angeles, Mollenbeck returned to WTOP in May of 2010. He exited WTOP in November 2015.
He loves travel, Spanish and neckties.
Mollicone, Cheryl: KUSC, 1977-84. Cheryl is director of
special projects for the Grammy Foundation in Santa Monica.
Monday, Rick: KABC, 1993-98; KXTA, 1998-2002; KFWB, 2003-07; KABC, 2007-11, KLAC, 2012-17. The former baseball player is part of the LA Dodgers broadcast team.
MONDS, John: KKBT, 1990-93; KRBV, 2006-08. John worked afternoon drive at KRBV (V100) until the station was sold in the spring of 2008. He's now with KSOC/94.5-Dallas.
John began his career in broadcasting before he graduated from Clinton High School in North Carolina. After attending East Carolina University, he jumped in the radio business full time.Besides hosting shows in Los Angeles he's also worked in New York and Chicago over the last 25 plus years. He's currently working afternoon drive at Majic 102.3 in Washington, DC.
He has also hosted several nationally syndicated radio programs, including The U.S.A. Music Magazine and Reflections. John was seen as a segment host on the nationally syndicated television show, Live in Hollywood. He is a two time Music Director of the year for Gavin Magazine and once for Billboard Magazine. He has been nominated numerous times for Major Market Personality of the Year during his long career.
MONREAL, Jane: KTWV, 1988-94; KFWB, 1994-2004. Jane, a native of the Philippines, is the eldest of three children born to an engineer father and nutritionist mother. After pitstops in Canada, New York and New Jersey, the Monreals finally settled in south Florida, where Jane accepted an academic scholarship to the University of Miami and earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in international finance and marketing. She was also captain of the university’s nationally recognized dance team and was crowned Miss Asian American Florida.
Her first job in the
entertainment business was as an intern in corporate media relations
Her break came in 1994 delivering
traffic reports on all news station, KFWB, which ultimately earned
her a Golden Mike award.
She was also featured on smooth
jazz station, 94.7 the Wave.
Jane is most recently known for being a morning on-air fixture on KABC/Channel 7, where she worked from 2004 to 2009. In addition to reporting traffic, Jane was the features reporter, as well as serving as the station’s “Resident Dance Expert” during each season of ABC’s hit show, Dancing with the Stars. In 2007, she helmed the station’s inaugural live webcast of the Academy Awards Arrivals Show, subsequently anchoring the annual webcast On The Red Carpet through the 2009 Oscar Ceremony. She now lives in Texas.
Monroe, Rick: KUTE, 1979-86. Rick is writing, acting, working in nightclubs and writing jokes.
(George Martin, John Murphy, Motley Fool's Tom Gardner and David Gardner, and Al Michaels)
Magnificent: KGFJ, 1965-67;
Born January 11, 1928, Monty became the Great Montague while working in
"The dates and places are all screwed up because I was always getting
fired for moving my mouth...trying to bring in unions, things like
that." Mention the inflammatory words, "Burn, Baby, Burn" and anyone who
Claude Hall, in a 1974 Billboard
magazine article, described him as "one of the world's most-heralded and
most-copied air personalities, more than the world realizes." Montague
has a large collection of rare books and memorabilia ranging from movie
stills, letters by George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington and
a children's book called Ten
Little Niggers. He helped put together the original National
Association of Radio Announcers, later known as the National Association
of Television and Radio Announcers.
In 1976 he opened Montague's Gallarie on
KSSE/KACD/KBCD/KLDE, 1998-2006. Since 2012, Haz
has been vp of content for Univision Communications.
Montemayor, Tim: KMPC/1540AM, 2001-02. Tim hosts a syndicated sports show.
Montione, Joe: KHJ, 1979-80; KUTE, 1980-81; KIIS, 1992-93. Banana Joe worked at All Comedy Radio. He's now the vice president of programming at Synchronicity.com.
Montoya, Dave: SEE Sky Walker
Montoya, Mario: KMVN, 2007. Mario joined Movin' 93.9/fm as afternoon drive host from nights at KZHT in Salt Lake City. Mario said, “I am excited about joining Movin 93.9 and Emmis Communications. It’s a great opportunity and I can’t wait to get started! I’m also looking forward to getting back to Southern California and closer to family.” Mario is originally from Bakersfield and did radio in the Central Valley previous to Salt Lake City. Currently unknown.
Moor, Doug: KTYM. Unknown.
Moore, B. Harold: SEE Billy Moore.
KKDJ, 1972; KRTH, 1972-73;
KGIL, 1974-75; KIQQ, 1974; KUTE, 1975-76. Billy died of pneumonia on August
4, 2005. He was 62.
Billy was the morning man at Rocker KKDJ in 1972 and a veteran of KRTH, KGIL, KIQQ and KUTE during the 1970s. “He was my mentor and one of my closest friends,” said Jeff McNeal. “His production skills were remarkable, but no more remarkable than his own talent, and his willingness to share that talent and pass on all he knew to his crew of new air personalities in the making."
Billy was the voice of Drake/Chenault, doing VO work all over the world, including Japan, where he recorded announcements phonetically. A lot of talent has been described as having 'the voice of God,' but Billy truly embodied that quality. He had an amazing voice, and right up to the end, was the image voice for many radio stations across the country."
Born in 1942 in Chattanooga, Billy came to the Southland to work morning drive at KKDJ from Don Burden's KOIL-Omaha where he was Bobby Noonan. After his time on L.A. radio, in 1981 he headed to Chicago as the ad campaign manager and copywriter for a local agency and then moved to Zionsville, Indiana. He built an in-home studio where he performed his voiceover work, station imaging liners and promos for radio and tv stations, as well as Moore On Hold, an on-hold message service for business telephone systems. Three years ago he moved to Florida where he died of pneumonia after fighting a lengthy illness.
Moore, Bob: KEZY, 1972; KKDJ, 1973; KFWB, 1974; KHTZ, 1980-86; KLSX/KRLA, 1986-93 and 1994-2001; KLSX/KCBS, 2001-05; KLSX, 2005-09; KABC/KLOS, 2009-11. Bob was the general manager of KABC/KLOS until October 2011, after Cumulus purchased Citadel. In January 2012, Bob became President of Courtside Entertainment, joining Norm Pattiz, which he exited in late 2012. In early 2013, Bob became president of Sports USA Media.
MOORE, Del: KLAC, 1956. Born August 30, 1917, Del appeared in 20 movies during the 1950s and 60s. He was a comedian, a television and movie actor, and a radio announcer. He died of heart attack in Encino on August 30, 1970, at the age of 54.
Born Marion Delbridge Moore in Pensacola, Florida, he began his career in radio before moving to television. In 1952, he appeared in the first of several So You Want To, a series of comedy shorts. He co-starred in the early television comedy Life with Elizabeth (1953–1955) with Betty White. A good friend of Jack Webb, with whom he had served in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II, Moore appeared in many episodes of Dragnet and Adam-12. He was a regular on the series Bachelor Father playing the annoying next door neighbor Cal Mitchell. For several years in the late 1950s he hosted a daily children's program opposite Willy the Wolf (a muppet-like adult size character) on KTTV/Channel 11.
Moore played supporting roles in several Jerry Lewis films, including The Big Mouth and The Patsy. He made his feature film debut in Lewis' Cinderfella in 1960 and was the university president in 1963's The Nutty Professor.
For his pioneering work on television, Del Moore received a “Star” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Moore, Gary: KFI, 1986-88; KNX/fm/KODJ/KCBS, 1988-97; KLOS, 1997-2006; KLOS, 2007-19. Gary worked afternoon drive at KLOS until the fall of 2006. He returned for weekends and fill-in in the spring of 2007. He was moved to full-time early evenings in late summer of 2009 and in early 2013 took over afternoon drive.
(Douglas McEwan, Young Marquis, Rich Marotta, and Maggie McKay)
Moore, George: KKTT/KGFJ, 1978-85; KPWR, 1986-88; KSRF, 1988-89; KJLH, 1989-93; KMPC, 1992-94; KACE, 1994-2000; KFI, 2001-02. George works for Metro Traffic in Detroit.
KHJ, 1982; KNOB, 1982-87;
KHTZ, 1982-85; KHJ, 1985-86; KRTH, 1986-90;
KFI, 1995-97. At KNOB he voice tracked his show as Michael
Harris. Michael has an active voiceover career. Michael moved to Orange
County when he was age 3. “I was born in Charlotte, North Carolina
on April 5, 1955. My folks moved to Southern California in 1958,
settling in La Habra," said Michael.
"I grew up listening to KFI, KFWB, KRLA and KHJ. My mom, during my high school years, suggested that since I got in so much trouble for talking perhaps I should make a career of it."
He joined the Don Martin School in the mid-1970s and got his first job in Aztec, New Mexico. "I hated it. I stayed three months then joined KDES-Palm Springs. I bailed out of radio in 76' to pursue stand up, but found that to be successful you have to be on the road for about three hundred days a year."
In 1978 it was back to radio for Michael working at "K-Warm"-Corona and then "K-Honey"- Riverside as pd. In 1980, he started doing mornings and md duties at KFXM. During his years at KNOB, he voicetracked as Michael Harris. Michael now worksproviding Media and Live Event solutions for businesses of all sizes. "We have produced successful events and media support for: EarthLink, Microsoft, LA Dodgers, Walt Disney Company, MGM, NASCAR and The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in DC. They are building an education center next to the Wall and I direct and produce their informational videos."
Moore, Michael "Mixin'":
1990-91; KCRW, 1991-94; KKBT, 1993-94. Michael held down the L.A. scene for
more than two decades as an activist and pioneering dj, hosting mixshows on
the original 1580 KDAY. A cardiac arrest took his life on April 29, 2006, at
the age of 46. One blog said that Michael basically "applied the Public
Enemy method to a long form mixshow in a smart blend of current hip hop and
fragments of audio culled from news and film."
Moore, Pat: KRLA, 1966-69. Pat heads the State department of Fish and Game's Southern California public information office.
Moore, Rex: KGRB/KBOB, 1973-83. Rex is retired and living in Bell, California.
Moore, Rick: KUTE, 1980. Unknown.
(Gary McCartie, Bob McCormick, Mark & Kim, Haz Montana, and Norm McBride)
Moore, Robert: KPOL,
1967-73. Robert died in 1995.
Moore, Vicki: KFI, 1996-2003; KNX, 2004-19. Vicki is morning news co-anchor at KNX.
Moorhead, L. David: KFI, 1968; KLAC, 1969; KFI, 1969; KMET, 1969-79; KIIS, 1981. L. David Moorhead was affiliated long-time with Metromedia Broadcasting. Before he arrived in the Southland, David's on-air name was Guy Williams. In Phoenix he was known as Johnny Wallace. One of his early assignments was working at WMMS-Cleveland. At one time David produced the Arthur Godfrey Show. In fact, he started his career in 1952 on WSRS-Cleveland. He also was pd of WOKY-Milwaukee and was national pd of Bartell Broadcasting. David was gm of KMET in the mid-1970s and hosted the Sunday night forum "Mangle the Manager." He was also senior vp of Metromedia radio and vp of CBS radio. In the 1990s David moved to Las Vegas and consulted radio stations. He died July 7, 1996, at the age of 62.
Brian: KAMP, 2018. In February 2018, Brian is set to
co-host the morning show with Edgar Sotelo at AMP
previously part of the syndicated Bert Show that was based at WWWQ
“I can't wait to meet the AMP Radio morning family," Moote said in the official press release. Moote is also a stand-up comic who is a native of Southern California.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Moote just wants to return to the West Coast where he lived for many years. His brother Patrick, an actor and writer, resides in L.A. and his mom lives in Seattle. “That’s where I need to be,” Moote said. “As much as it hurts to leave this (Atlanta) family, I realize I just can’t leave the people who depend on me and love me on that side of the country.”
Sabina: KCRW, 1999-2009; KFI,
2001-1003. Born Sabina Miller on August 6, 1970 in East L.A., the KFI
traffic reporter from AirWatch America started her broadcast career at
KSES-Yucca Valley in 1990. “After high school and a year of ‘finding
myself’ in community college, I moved out and paid my bills
with receptionist work. I'd always wanted to break into ‘showbiz’ so
after seeing a late night commercial, I joined The Academy of Radio
Broadcasting. I found out it takes more than a pretty voice to find
work. I've worked some nutty shifts [12 a.m. – 5 a.m., sleep on the
couch, then 10 a.m. –2 p.m. at ABC/SMN].
There have been some scary locations like in the middle of an empty field off a dirt road in Denton, Texas. I actually turned off the transmitter before I went home. You have to love radio to do it.”
In 1993 she moved to Texas and worked for KDNT-Denton, KPYK-Terrell, KOAI-Dallas and The Touch format for ABC/SMN Radio Networks in Dallas. In 1996, Sabina joined WNUA-Chicago and then on to KHOT and KGLQ-Phoenix. She joined Metro Networks in L.A. in 1998 and a year later was the AM drive host for Morning Edition at KCRW. She also worked at one of the KABC/Channel 7 traffic reporters. She's now a relationship life coach.
(Lisa May, Greg Marino, Shari Mindlen, and Christine Martindale)
MORAGA, Pete: KNX, 1969-72 and 1988-92. Pete retired in late 1992. He died September 27, 2003, at the age of 77. Pete was an active part of the Hispanic/Anglo broadcasting community for a quarter of a century, and one of the first Hispanics in mainstream broadcasting in Los Angeles.
Born and raised in Tempe, he graduated with an advertising degree from the University of Arizona in 1949, the same year he started with Arizona’s first Spanish-language radio station in Phoenix. In 1957 he joined the Voice of America in Washington, DC, broadcasting in Spanish and English to Latin America.
Five years later he was assigned as assistant press attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and in 1967, reassigned as press attaché at the Embassy in Lima, Peru.
“It was such a difficult period in Lima that my family had to be evacuated from the country. I remained there for an additional 5 months.” Resigning from the Foreign Service, he joined KNX in late 1969. Two years later he became news director of KMEX/TV, a position he held for 18 months before returning to KNX. “With my wife and son, we started our own PR business in 1978. When my 15-year-old daughter died in 1980, it was such a difficult time for us that I returned to KMEX as nd, occupying that post until 1988 when I returned again to KNX.”
For much of the late 1980s Pete did a weekly commentary on the Sunday evening news at KNXT/Channel 2. Pete retired in late 1992 and returned to Arizona. When interviewing Pete for my book, Los Angeles Radio People, I asked what does he do all day? “I’m doing whatever I damn well please!” His KNX colleague Bill Lorin remembered Pete as a “wonderful guy, well-liked and well-respected.” He died in Mesa, Arizona.
Dave: KPWR, 1993-97. Dave worked mornings at KPTY-Houston. He now is
involved with an entertainment company.
Morales, Diane: KKHR, 1984; KLOS, 1984-87; KROQ, 1988. Diane is doing promotion work.
Morales, Freddy: KACD, 1998. Freddy was part of Poorman's morning Groove Show. He is in a band affiliated with Sony Latin.
Morales, Mucho: KHJ, 1977-80; KRLA, 1980; KGFJ, 1981-82; KRLA, 1983-85; KMGG, 1985; KPWR, 1986-90; KKBT, 1990; KRTH, 1991-92; KGFJ, 1993; KRLA, 1993-96; KIBB, 1997; KTLT, 1998-2000; KHHT, 2002-03 and 2008. Mucho worked at Westwood One's Oldies Channel and left swing at "HOT 92.3/fm" in the Fall of 2003. He returned to fill-in at HOT in the summer of 2008 for a short time.
Moran, Bill: KABC, 1975-78; KIIS, 1979; KABC, 1980; KIIS, 1981-82; KGIL, 1986-88. KFI, 1988-90; KSUR, 2003. Bill hosts a entertainment show as a podcast.
Moran, Gussie: KFAC, 1972. Unknown.
Moran, Kari: KFI, 1986; KNX, 1980-83 and 2002-05; KPCC, 2005-09; KFWB, 2010. Kari was a weekend anchor/reporter at KPCC and hosts "Kari Moran's BookRadio Show" online.
Morataya "Nena", Nancy: Nancy is the traffic manager for KBLA Radio Unica and the host of the Sunday Night Old Skool show at Jammin'Z-90 in San Diego.
Moreau, Catherine: KGMX/KHJJ, 1983-97; KMLT, 1997-2006. Catherine left her general manager position at 92.7/fm in the spring of 2006 and retired.
Moree, Lisa: KRTH, 1986-91. Lisa is out of radio and travels the country representing a pharmaceutical company.
(Mike McVay, Mark Mendoza, and Brian Martin)
MORELAND, Dick: KRLA, 1961-69. Dick and his wife Pat started the very successful Music + record chain. In 1966, Billboard named Dick the most cooperative music director, program director or music librarian in exposing new music.
In a 1966 interview, the gm of KRLA credited Dick's musical tastes as the key to his success. Every day Dick ended his show: "This has been a Desert Rose Production. Bye Bye, Buy Bottled in Bond. Bye Bye."
Dick died of
cancer in the summer of 1988.
(Thanks to Bill Earl for
(Thanks to Bill Earl for artwork)
(Jami Mayberry Pat Moore, Gayl Murphy, and Mo'nique)
Morgan, Melody: KMGX,
1994; KKGO, 2006-07. Melody's Dial-Global syndicated show was heard on
Country 540 and 1260. She also had a shift at the "Octopus" in Ventura.
Morgan, Ray: KDAY. Unknown.
|MORGAN, Robert W.: KHJ, 1965-71 and 1972-73; KIQQ, 1973-75; KMPC, 1975-84; KMGG, 1984-86; KMPC, 1986-92; KRTH, 1992-98. Robert W. has burrowed his way into a magical place as the quintessential morning man over the decades in Los Angeles radio, beginning in the mid-1960s. It wasn't always that way. "I decided that being a disc jockey was a lot more fun than spending the rest of my life in a courtroom." The world may have lost a lawyer, but it gained arguably one of the top three morning jocks during the second half of this century.|
Robert, born in Mansfield, Ohio on July 23, 1942, was the original morning "Boss Jock" at the Drake/Chenault-consulted "93/KHJ." "I knew I was destined to be in radio when I realized my parents initials were AM and FM (Arthur and Florence Morgan)." He arrived in Southern California from KEWB-San Francisco. In 1967, Billboard published that Robert was voted 5th most popular disc jockey and the best in morning drive. During this time, he and his fellow jocks were surprised by a poll taken at one of the Teenage Fairs. "They asked the kids who they were most influenced by. Disc jockeys came in third behind parents and teachers. It stunned all of us. My job had always been a question of just having fun. After that, I became more responsible. I think it placed subconscious pressure on us." Robert hosted ABC's In Concert series, the Helen Reddy Show and KHJ/Channel 9's Groovy program.
His morning signature at KHJ was "Zap, You're Morganized," which meant that one belonged to a very exclusive club. Even adults found it exhilarating to be "Morganized" as some kind of rite of passage. He made a personality out of his engineer "Fail Safe," manipulating him to the cover of a weekly "Boss 30" survey. In 1970, Robert left KHJ for an opportunity at WIND-Chicago. Wolfman Jack, who was hotter than a pistol at the time, was a guest on his last show. Robert called Wolfman Dick Whittinghill in obvious tribute to the long-running KMPC morning man. The irony of his reference to Whittinghill wouldn't be felt immediately. When he signed off he thanked Bill Drake, the Big Kahuna, and played Frank Sinatra's recording of the Rod McKuen song A Few More Cities. After the Windy City experience, Morgan returned to KHJ in 1972. In October of 1975, a once-in-a-generation job opened at KMPC, and Robert took it. His first assignment was a split shift on Sundays, as well as back-stopping KMPC sports events and filling in for the weekday staff.
His move to KMPC seemed strange on the surface. There must have been a hidden agenda or a promise of a shift in order for the superstar morning man to settle for a Sunday split shift. Robert told James Brown of the LA Times that there were no promises when he joined KMPC. A few people did wonder how he'd handle the situation, but he said that he adjusted before he got there. To signal the new era, after 30 years of "Whittinghill in the Morning," Robert became the new morning drive personality on August 6, 1979. He started his first morning with Gene Autry blasting out Back in the Saddle Again. "I've worked every shift known to radio at KMPC but I like this the best. I've always thought of myself as a morning man." Robert has also hosted a number of syndicated radio shows, including "Record World" and "Robert W. Morgan's Special of the Week," which was syndicated by Watermark. While at "Magic 106" his morning partners were Joni Caryl and St. Louis sports guy Scott St. James, who moved to "Magic" from KMPC.
By 1992, all the "Boss Radio" fans were listening to "K-Earth 101" and Robert's morning move to the Oldies station seemed like a seamless decision and a very comfortable fit. In early 1994, Robert was inducted into the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame. In 1993 he received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "Unfortunately the Star is in storage until MetroLink finishes construction on Hollywood Blvd."
In late May 1997, Robert announced that he had lung cancer, perhaps due to being a two-pack-a-day smoker for 35 years before quitting in 1996. In an emotional on-air statement he said he was taking some time off work to fight the disease full time. He retired from KRTH on January 9, 1998, with a three-hour on-air tribute from the Museum of TV & Radio broadcast live. Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, who announced that a city street will be named after Morgan, was part of the festivities. Robert was presented with a replica of the Hollywood Boulevard Star that bears his name. On hand: Dick Clark, Chuck Blore, Coach John Robinson, Ernest Borgnine, movie critic David Sheehan, and Lets Make a Deals Monty Hall. Industry peers including Gene Chenault, Ed Arnold, Frank Terry, Bill Ward, Ken Levine, Shotgun Tom Kelly, Jay Coffey, Bill Pearl, Sharon Katchen, Bobby Ocean and Charlie Tuna. The event was MCed by Joni Caryl and Gary Owens. Robert passed away May 22, 1998. He was 60.
(A.J. Martin, Catherine Moreau, Burr Middleton, Rex Moore, and Brian McKnight)
Morgan, Scott: KEZY,
1969-76. Scott was a principal in the Morgan/Frey Ad Agency in
Fountain Valley, responsible for all the advertising for Cerritos Auto
Square. He died in September 2012 from complications of a stroke he suffered
earlier in the year, according to Bruce Chandler. Scott was believed to be in
his late 60s. Born Neal Christopher, Scott arrived in the Southland from
KENO-Las Vegas. He was at KEZY from 1969-76, starting out as the production
director/weekend jock and then was chosen to replace Mark Denis
as program director. On his departure from KEZY, Scott said, "We can't compete
with Los Angeles stations. We have to relate to the community more." Scott
became a principal in the Morgan/Frey Advertising Agency.
Morgan, Trey: KYSR, 2014-15. Trey arrived from Z100-New York to do middays at Alt 98.7. He returned to New York in March 2015. In the fall of 2016, Trey joined KPLX (99.5 THE WOLF)-Dallas, as morning man. He left in the fall of 2018.
Morgann, Mark: KDAY, 1983-87; KBET, 1989-90. Mark has a voiceover career.
Morisette, Johnny: KAPP, 1965. Johnny is an r&b singer.
Morley, Russ: KEZY, 1991. Russ is pd at WRMF-West Palm Beach.
Morrell, Gary: KNX; KFWB, 60s & 70s. Gary died in 1991.
KABC. Barney, a news anchor and reporter at KTLA/Channel 5
and KABC/Channel 7 for most of three decades, died
March 14, 2003, at the age of 66. Morris died of heart failure at the
University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.
Born in New York City, Morris spent most of his youth in Chicago. He attended the University of Notre Dame before deciding on a career in broadcasting. He started in Monroe, Michigan. From there he went on to a number of other radio jobs in the Midwest before getting his first television job at WXYZ in Detroit. While there, Morris anchored and reported on the city’s riots in 1968. Morris first came to Los Angeles in 1970 for a news anchor job at Channel 5. The following year, he anchored KTLA’s coverage of the Sylmar earthquake. He also worked at KABC radio.
In 1975, he went to Philadelphia tv and moved to San Diego a year later. He retired in 1995.
Morris, Felicia: SEE Poetess
Morris, Gary: KLAC, 1985. Unknown.
Morris, Hal: KRHM, 1959-61. Hal went on to a major newspaper career holding various editorial positions. He taught news reporting and writing at a California university and free-lanced at a number of major national publications. He had a sting as an ndependent corporate communications specialist for several major New York Stock Exchange-listed companies. He now publishes a regular column at GrumpyEditor.com.
Johnny: KGFJ, 1983-94; KACE, 1994-1999;
KYPA, 1996-2000; KJLH, 2004-06.
Johnny Morris, godfather of
soul radio in California (KGFJ / KACE / KJLH Los Angeles; KSOL / KDIA in
the Bay Area) died September 1, 2018. He was 70.
Born in Fresno, grew up in the Bay Area. At ten years of age, a young Andrew Morris already knew what he wanted to be when he grew up – a radio broadcaster. The curious youngster didn’t want to become an adult before pursuing his dream. He swiftly put his plan in motion so that by the age of 12, he had built his first transmitter in his grandmother’s garage and constructed a small radio studio. Johnny grew up in the Bay Area with soul stations KDIA and KSOL, along with KFWB’s sister station KEWB. “I loved the early rock and roll music of Fats Domino and Chuck Berry. There’s nothing like it.”
While in high school, he started his radio career as the all-night personality at KSOL Oakland / San Francisco, using the moniker Ronnie Dark. He was there at the same time Sly Stone was at the station. Johnny then did something astonishing. Many LARP attended either the Ogden, Don Martin, or other broadcast schools to prepare for the First Class FCC engineering exam. Back in the 1960’s only one out of 1,600 broadcasting students passed the examination. Having not attended a preparatory school, Johnny passed the test at age 17.
His first assignment as a chief engineer was at KSOL. Johnny modestly recalled it was a very good experience. “I went into that test room with a slide rule, which most people today don’t even know what it is. I was ready,” said Johnny. “I have been able to be employed in this business because I could do more than just being a jock. That’s why I have 45 years. I have been able to build studios, do transmitter maintenance, computer maintenance, and installing telephones.”
He left KSOL in 1969, leaving behind his previous broadcast signature and joining KDIA, with Johnny Morris now his new on-air identity. He took on multiple positions as on-air jock, program director, and assistant chief engineer. Interviewed by the Los Angeles Sentinel, Johnny said “all aspects of (the multiple responsibilities) have been good. Taking on more than one position keeps you working when there are no-on-air shifts available.” He became one of the Bay Area’s most popular djs throughout the 1970’s. Johnny introduced his listeners such r&b greats as The Whispers, Bobby Womack, Parliament-Funkadelic, the Ohio Players, among many others. Johnny also somehow found the time to finish his studies at San Francisco State.
After nearly two decades in the San Francisco and Oakland communities, Johnny packed up to head down south to join Los Angeles r&b stations KGFJ-AM and KUTE/fm, when the stations were located on 1989 Riverside Drive. The lineup on the legendary station included Big Jim Woods, Magnificent Montague, Tyrone “Boogie” Nelson, Levi Booker, and Alvin John Waples. When the stations parted ways in 1985, Johnny remained with KGFJ, again taking on multiple duties as an on-air personality, program director, and chief engineer.
In the 1990’s, Johnny’s voice continued to grace the airwaves. He later entertained his late night listeners on KACE with his extensive musical knowledge and playlist of classic soul and gospel music. Johnny was also heard on KJLH.
KMDY, 1983; KNAC, 1983-84;
KKLA, 1984-88; KACE, 1990-92; KMPC, 1991-92;
KLSX, 1992-97; KJAZ/KSUR,
a beloved local broadcaster, died May 2, 2018, of a ruptured fistula. He
had been on kidney dialysis for a few years. Most recently Mark had a
show at Hot923thebeat.com. He was thought to be in his 50s, according
to Johnny St. John Newton,
who gave Mark his first job in 1988 at KKLA. “Mark was a gentleman,”
said Johnny. “He was first class all the way. He was very, very
professional in his job.”
The native Los Angeleno grew up near Baldwin Park. He got the radio bug while working on Loyola Marymount University's college station, KXLU, where he was general manager for two years. During his tenure as manager, the staff won back-to-back awards as Radio Station of the Year. With a sparkle in his voice, he proclaimed his school the “Marines of God.” Mark did morning drive news and production at KKLA, then moving to SI Communications between 1988 and 1990.
Mark was also part of the morning drive team at KACE during its “Quiet Storm” period. While at KLSX in the mid 90’s, he was the host and producer of a syndicated NAC show “Night Songs” that was heard on over 20 stations.
His radio resume was deep. In addition to the above named stations he was a producer at Alan Beck’s Underground Oldies Show; production director at 1110/KRLA working with Huggy Boy, Art Laboe, and Mucho Morales; production director at AM 1100 KFAX; production director at Salem/San Francisco; air talent at Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters; production director at Oldies 1260; morning show host at K-JAZZ; production director at Mega 100 (which became Hot 92.3/fm); production director at Comedy World; and director of production at KLSX 97.1 FM.
“I last spoke to Mark on April 10th,” emailed Mike Johnson, operations director at K-JAZZ. “He seemed in good spirits, and we had talked about meeting one day soon for lunch and going to a Dodger game. He was a great man and a true professional. I will miss him.”
Mike: KFWB, 2008. Mike works for Metro Traffic, primarily broadcasting for
San Diego stations.
Morris, Steve: KRTH, 1986-90; KKGO/KGIL, 1996-97. Steve is doing commercial voice work and some on-camera hosting for HBO.
MORRISON, Bob: KHJ, 1974-76 and 1977; KIIS, 1978-79. Bob was one of the newsmen at a time when KHJ was de-emphasizing news.
In the late 1960s he worked his way up at KLIF-Dallas from request line operator to news anchor in only two short years. He went on to work for ABC/FM Radio and RKO Radio Network.
After KHJ and KIIS, Bob left the Southland and returned to
Since 2000, Bob was the news and sports director at the USA radio
network, based in Dallas. He was involved with Bible Study Media in
Since 2000, Bob was the news and sports director at the USA radio network, based in Dallas. He was involved with Bible Study Media in Dallas.
passed away on June 21, 2015. "He helped, encouraged, believed in,
supported, shared his love of Jesus and touched so many lives," said his
sister at Bob's Celebration of Life. "He was a man well respected and
loved by many. Makes you realize again every life you touch is
important. What a man."
passed away on June 21, 2015. "He helped, encouraged, believed in, supported, shared his love of Jesus and touched so many lives," said his sister at Bob's Celebration of Life. "He was a man well respected and loved by many. Makes you realize again every life you touch is important. What a man."
(Pete Moraga, Justin Michael, Steve Marshall, Donald Morrison, and Johnny Mountain)
KLOS, 1982-95; KSCA, 1995-97;
KLOS, 1998-2000. The former nd for KLOS became an
integral part of the morning "Mark & Brian
for eight years. Chuck left KLOS in early 1995 and told Gary Lycan
in the OC Register, "It was all very bittersweet. They said
the company had decided not to renew my contract. I cleaned out my
desk and left. I felt foolishly insulated from other changes
because: A. I was doing news, and B. I was part of something that by
any standards I might muse was a successful package. Subsequently,
it clearly turned out Mark and Brian knew nothing about it, and they
Born Charles Moshontz in Los Angeles on June 11, 1948, he grew up in Southern California. He got the radio “bug” as a kid listening to Dick Whittinghill and Gary Owens on KMPC.
Chuck worked at the campus station at the University of Santa Barbara, KCSB, and at KBMI and KLON/TV-Las Vegas, KZEW-Dallas, WCOZ-Boston and KZAM-Seattle before arriving in the Southland. Chuck joined former Mark & Brian producer Nicole Sandler for mornings at KSCA and left when the station changed formats from AAA to Spanish in early 1997. He left KLOS in the fall of 2000 and is now a therapist.
Moskowitz, Peter: KUSC. Last heard, Peter
was working at WJHU-Baltimore.
Moss, Pete: KEZY, 1966; KACE, 1971; KGBS, 1972-73; KFOX, 1975. Pete works for a video production company in Las Vegas.
Moss, Ray: XERB, 1967-68. Unknown.
KFOX, 1975-76; KHJ, 1982-83.
Born William Moss in Rochester, New York, Terry played the
very last Top 40 record on KHJ before they went Country.
During the 1980s Terry owned and edited Galaxy, a
music and news tidbit sheet for disc jockeys. He also
generated Cheap Radio Thrills, a personality production
package. He spent time in Las Vegas on KDWN partnered in the
morning with Pete Moss (no relation) as "the Dawn
Busters." He also worked Country KSON-San Diego. In the
mid-1980s, Terry was part of Transtar's Country format for a
few years before moving on to Unistar and Westwood One.
When he left the Southland he moved to a ranch in Durango, Colorado, then back to Las Vegas. Terry spent his final year in Dallas and passed away on October 15, 1994, at age 47. He asked for donations to AIDS research programs in lieu of flowers. Radio friend Dan O'Day said: "Terry was one of the best, most natural radio personalities ever. Wonderfully creative in the production room. Terrific guy."
(Don Martin, Gretchen Massey, Angel Martinez, Larry McKay, and Kim Marriner)
Jose: KSPN, 2002-07; KLAA, 2007-2010; KWKW, 2011-17. José is the English tv
play-by-play announcer for Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket and KCOP/Channel 13
for the Los Angeles Angels of Anahem. He is also the Spanish radio color
commentator for the Angels on KWKW. Fully bilingual, he conducts interviews
with baseball players speaking either language. He is the son of former
baseball player and long-time Dodgers coach, Manny Mota.
Motley Fool: KFI, 1998-2000; KABC, 2001. David and Tom Gardner host a syndicated financial show.
Mottek, Frank: KNX, 1992-2019. Frank is a financial news anchor at KNXNewsradio.
Mountain, Johnny: KABC, 1979. Johnny Mountain iwas a weather anchor at KABC/Channel 7 and KCBS/Channel 2. Mountain retired in March 2010 as part of a "restructuring" of KCBS news operations.
Mountain, Red: KDAY, 1972; KROQ, 1973. Last heard Red was running a chain of radio stations in East Texas.
Mouzis, Bill: ABC, 1950; KHJ, 1951-77; KABC, 1978-79; KMPC, 1980-90. Bill was a studio engineer/mixer and technical director. He died January 7, 2013, at the age of 90.
Mr. X: KHJ, 1975. Unknown
Mulholland, Russ: KMPC, 1948-49. Unknown.
Mulhurn, Shawn: KJOI, 1976. Unknown.
Mundy, Greg: KTWV, 1993-94. Born Greg Partsch, he grew up in Rancho Cordova near Sacramento. Before the "WAVE," Greg worked at KSJO-San Jose, KNDE and KFBK-Sacramento and programmed KPOI-Honolulu. In the mid-1970s he joined the David Forrest Agency promoting concerts. The production assistant and on-air talent died at age 39 on June 29, 1994, in a boating accident.
KJOI, 1973-74. Bill was a news anchor at WTVT/FOX
13-Tampa until 2007.
Born and raised in New York City in 1945. "I was close friends with Henry Winkler in the 7th and 8th grade," said Bill when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People. He got interested in radio when he was in the navy and stationed in the Philippines. He left the service in 1972 and used the G.I. Bill to attend the Don Martin School in Hollywood. After spending a year with K-JOI, he went to an all-News station in Palm Springs where he worked with Tracey Miller. He then transitioned to tv working in Medford, Oregon, Salinas/Monterey (7 years) and then to Tampa for decades. A feature called "One Tank Trips" was based on short day trips families could enjoy. He turned them into three books, which sold over 300,000 copies. Bill was married to Dick Whittinghill's youngest daughter. His best man was KFI's Mike Nolan.
Murphy, Dave: KIIS; KPWR, 1986; KNX/fm/KKHR/KODJ/KCBS, 1986-97. Dave is living in Orange County and working for a software developer company called Syspro Software in Costa Mesa.
1995-2018. Duff is an
attorney by day, and opera buff on Saturdays at KUSC.
"There is nothing stuffy about Duff Murphy," wrote Judith Michaelson in
the LA Times. During the week, Duff is a real estate lawyer.
"No long academic discourses or turgid analyses, weighted with dates.
Just a high-energy, intelligent flow of wraparound talk, with telling
detail or anecdotes about the performer or composer," wrote Michaelson.
Duff spends his free time watching German crime shows (Krimi) on the Internet. He has a passtion for open water swimming. Duff was a Tiger Mom parent.
Murphy, Frank: KPWR, 1992-93; KROQ, 1993-96;
KLOS, 1996-99; KLYY, 1999. Frank works morning drive for an Oldies station in Knoxville.
Murphy, Gayl: KROQ, 1977-80; KWST, 1980-81; KLOS, 1981-95. Gayl is a comedian appearing in clubs around the Southland.
Murphy, John: KIIS, 1992-93; KZLA, 1993-95; KCMG, 2000-01; KLAC, 2002. John is involved with projects for the Sci-Fi Network.
Murphy, Mary Ellen: KYSR, 1994. Marty Ellen worked middays at WLAV/fm in Grand Rapids. She went on to work morning drive at WHTC in Michigan.
Owen: KFWB, 2014-15. Owen launched the new all-sports format at KFWB in
September 2014. He left the station in February 2015. A graduate of the
University of Minnesota, Owen is a sports radio coach and consultant.
He's currently working with the morning show at KEXP-Seattle.
In 2001, Owen began his career as the lead producer of the Dan Patrick Show. He was also a producer on Mike and Mike in the Morning and Gamenight. In 2009, he joined the Seattle ESPN station, followed by KIRO-Seattle before arriving in the Southland. Early in his career he was on-air and apd of the Madison ESPN station.
(Matty, Jeff March, Merrill Markoe, Don McCulloch, and Andy Mars)
Murphy, Tom: KBLA, 1967;
KFWB, 1967. Last heard, Tom was working in San Diego.
Murphy, "World Famous" Tom: KRLA, 1971; KGIL, 1976-77; KIIS, 1977-81; KPRZ, 1981-85; KIIS, 1985-86; KFI, 1987-88; KJQI, 1993; KGRB, 1994-95. Tom worked for DMX Music as a music programmer until the summer of 2003. He does a morning Oldies show in Portland from L.A.
KFWB, 1961. Hal, who came in from KDWB-Minneapolis, was
part of the strike team at KFWB.
Hal was born Herman Aronson in Dublin, Ohio, on October 20, 1920, according to the website Pieces of the Past. Hal went into the radio business in 1939. He wrote musical shows and acted in off Broadway productions.
When he retired some after almost forty years on the air, he witnessed the drastic change from the swing music era to pop to rock and roll and beyond. The list of radio stations he worked on the Murray Go Round would almost complete an entire alphabet and cover the country from coast to coast. His list of stations include WQAM-Miami, where he once dove into a pool with a pair of porpoises which threw him around like a water polo ball, just to please a sponsor of his show. Other stations included WOKY-Milwaukee, where he also did two five-minute video shows on WXIX-TV. More stations on the Murray Go-Round: WNOE-New Orleans, KTSA-San Antonio, KLIF-Dallas and KILT-Houston. At WVKO, in Columbus. Ohio, he did a show on a miniature merry-go-round on the roof of the Neil House Hotel. He briefly returned to Texas when he worked at KILT in Houston.
It was at KQV-Pittsburgh, where Hal would enjoy his greatest success. First appearing on the morning show, the former “Mr. Twin Cities,” drew the endearing affection of his large audiences with his vaudeville one-liner jokes. Murray moved to middays in 1965. One of the station’s biggest shows came during the Christmas holiday, which featured Roy Orbison, The Four Seasons and Bobby Rydell. Known as “Emperor Murray,” Hal donned a cape and carried a scepter while he was introducing the biggest acts of the day including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Monkees. His corps of listeners dubbed themselves “Murray’s Militia.”
To promote his show, Hal used voices from his fellow disc jockeys at KRLA, including a young Casey Kasem, who appeared as “Lt. Cavendish.” "I don't pretend that it's not corn. That's how I get away with it. Otherwise, I'd be in trouble. I need a lot of corn to go with my 28 hours air time a week,” Murray told the Pittsburgh Press. Hal left KQV-Pittsburgh in 1967 to take a break from rock and roll to do a talk show on WINQ in Tampa, only to return to dj at KROY-Sacramento. Murray passed away September 17, 1988 at the age of 67.
(Sheena Metal, and Bob Miller)
KMAX, 1995. Tom has been a
long-time prime-time tv sports anchor and appears on the Fox
Sports Network. He's a writer/producer/director/filmmaker
who began his career in print, made a completely unplanned segue into
broadcast tv as a sports anchor/reporter/producer, then reinvented
himself as a writer/producer/director of documentary-style programming.
He's president of Two Sons Productions, an independent production company with a variety of projects, some of which have been produced with KCBS/tv, Fox Sports Net and Tru TV. Most current project is the acclaimed documentary, Dad’s In Heaven With Nixon, about his autistic brother Chris, a thriving artist. He's won three Emmy Awards for sports reporting
Myers, Bob: KJQI/KOJY, 1993-94; KGIL, 1997; KKGO/KMZT/KSUR, 1997-2005. Bob received his bachelor's degree at the University of Dayton and works swing at Classical "K-Mozart" and at Adult Standards, The SURF. He retired in mid-2005.
2001-03; KLAC, 2009-10; KFWB, 2015-16. Chris co-hosted afternoons with Steve Hartman at FOX Sports Radio
until the spring of 2010. He is a broadcaster for the FOX NFL telecast
and the face of NASCAR tv coverage. He is now the FOX TV NFL anchor.
He hosted a midday show with Wes Clements on KFWB, the Sports Beast, until mid-February 2016 when new owners took over KFWB and converted to an foreign language station.
While growing up in Miami, Chris hosted a sports talk show at the age of 16 at WKAT-Miami. He worked in local tv in Miami and New Orleans before heading to ESPN for 10 years, where he hosted “Sports Center.” In early 1995 he took over ESPN's "Up Close" from Roy Firestone. Chris told Larry Stewart in the LA Times: "Roy's a tough act to follow. Roy shaped the show around his personality, and now I think it should be shaped around mine. He did the show for 14 years. It takes a while." In 1998 he joined FOX/TV for NASCAR coverage and “NFL This Morning.” In late 2001, Chris joined Bob Golic for afternoons at KMPC (1540AM).
MYROW, Rachael: KPCC, 2000-07. Rachael joined KQED-San Francisco in late spring of 2007.
From KQED's Bureau in San Jose, Rachael's mandate is to cover politics, economics, technology and culture in a region that stretches from Burlingame to Edenvale to Fremont. She also covers food and its relationship to health, happiness and public policy.
Her posting in Silicon Valley follows more than seven years serving as the daily host of KQED's California Report, broadcast on NPR affiliates throughout the state. She has also guest hosted The California Report Magazine and Forum and hopes to continue to do so in the years to come.
Before KQED, she worked for Marketplace and KPCC. In addition to KQED, she files for NPR and PRI's The World.
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