Where Are They Now?
MAC, Don: KDAY, 1974-75; KKTT, 1977-78, pd. Don launched KKTT's ("The Katt") new format, changing the call letters from KGFJ. "The difference is that our emphasis is on music. Almost anyone can sit behind a microphone. We found people 18-35 don't want to boogie all the time. They don't want to be assaulted by radio. We take the best of AM radio and FM and mix and blend them. In that way we can soothe our audience." Don was born in Omaha and worked at KOIL in his hometown before getting to the Southland. When he left L.A. Don became a teacher at a black college in the South. He is now a minister in Oklahoma City.
MAC, Tami: KJLH, 2009-14. Born February 1 in Houston, 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 City. 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.
(Rabbi Chaim Mentz; Mario Martinoli and Amy Strong; Chuck Madden; Tim Miner; 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.
MACK, Greg: KDAY, 1983-91; KJLH, 1991-92; KKBT, 1992-93. 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.
MACK, Terry: KYMS, 1990; KWVE. Terry works at KWVE.
MacKAY, Allie: KXTA, 1999. Allie 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, 2013-14. 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.
A California native, Ed was born in Glendale and now lives in Orange County with his wife Pamela. They have 4 kids who have all left home. When Ed left KNX, he began working on a game show called Powerball, a lottery show hosted by Bob Eubanks. He worked swing at KOLA in the Inland Empire. He's now heard on KRLA.
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: KFI, 1974. Jim was news anchor at KTRK/TV-Houston. He's an infomercial guru.
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.
Madden, Derek: KLOS, 2013-14. Derek was appointed pd at KLOS in the summer of 2013. He also is on-air middays at KLOS. He was in San Francisco radio for a decade before arriving in the Southland.
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-
formed a programming and engineering consultancy called Professional Radio Programs, Ltd. In 1976, Jim was the recipient of the Program Director of the Year award from the John Gambling Radio Dynasty International Radio Programming Forum. New York
Jim's 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 All-Pro Broadcasting. In 1994 Jim joined DMX as vp of programming. He is president of Jim Maddox - Broadcast Consultants.
Maddox, Mel: KWIZ, 1991-93. Mel is a voiceover artist.
Maddox, Tony: KHJ, 1979-80. Tony works at KZST-Santa Rosa.
Madigan, Bob: KNX/fm, 1977-80. Bob works at WTOP-Washington, DC.
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, 2006-14. Chris broadcasts sports at all-News KNX.
Magic, Bobby: KUTE, 1972-80. Bobby went to work in San Francisco.
MAGNUS, Johnny: 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. He joins KKJZ on mid-February, 2014. Born near Frankfurt, "the host who loves you most" fled Hitler's Germany at age 10 and came to America speaking no English. Radio was his English teacher as he sat for hours listening to series like "The Shadow" and "Green Hornet."
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, 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."
Maki, Val: KPWR, 1998-2000; KZLA/KPWR/KMVN, 2001-12. Val is 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.
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.
Maller, Ben: KXTA, 1997-2005; KLAC, 2009-13. Ben hosts the overnight show on Fox Sports Net that is heard on KLAC.
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.
Malorrus, Farley: 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."
Mancow: KLAC, 2005-06. Mancow Muller started mornings at KLAC (XTRA Sports 570) in May 2005 and left in October 2006. His show is in syndication.
(Andi Marshall, Frank Miniaci, Michelle; and Gordon McLendon)
Mandelbaum, Dave: KGIL, 1968-79. The former chief engineer at KGIL, is now with DM Engineering, of Camarillo
Mandis, Dan: KSAK, 1987-91; KMNY, 1987-92; KFI, 1990-91 and 1997-2005. Dan was Dr. Laura Schlessinger's engineer. He's now operations manager for WOWO-Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
Mando: KPWR, 2007-11. 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 Arnie McClatchey)
Manners, Zeke: KECA, 1949-54; KFWB, 1956; KDAY, 1959-61; KNX, 1961-63; KFWB, 1963-64; XEG, 1975. Zeke died October 14, 2000, at the age of 89.
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.
MANNY, Rob: 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 ailing father.
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, 1983-2014. 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.
(Duff Murphy, 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.
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.
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, 2001-14. 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. 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.
Mariotti, Jay, KMPC, 2001-02. Jay worked mornings for the Sporting News Network until March 2002. He continues to write a sports column for the Chicago Sun Times.
Mark the Whiffle Boy: KROQ, 1991. Unknown.
Mark & Brian: KLOS, 1987-2012. Mark & Brian worked morning drive at KLOS until August 2012. Both host individual podcasts.
Mark & Kim: KOST, 1985-2007. See Kim Amidon and Mark Wallengren.
Mark, Debra: KFI, 2003-06; KRLA, 2006; KABC, 2007-12. Debra anchored the news at KABC until late 2012. She's now doing fill-in anchoring at KPCC and reporting for a show that airs on KCAL/Channel 9 called Best Deals TV Show. She is now an adjunct professor at Fullerton City College, teaching a voiceover, radio and tv announcing class.
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, 1990-2009. Rich is active in boxing announcing as well as sports on the KFI morning show.
Marquez, Al: KSRF, 1991; KXEZ, 1995-96; KIBB, 1996-97. Al is attending 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, 2004-14. Kim is an anchor at all-News KNX.
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, Judd McIlvain)
Marsh, Roger: KYMS, 1985-92; KBRT, 2011-14. 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:
Earthquakes and riots, mudslides and celebrity murder trials, and wildfires – and the good times too. The last 41 years has been a hell of a ride for KFWB's All News, All the Time. I'm Andi Marshall. On behalf of everyone in the newsroom, thank you L.A. Goodbye.
Marshall, Chuck: KPPC, 1973; KWST, 1976-78. Chuck runs a film consulting business.
Marshall, Claudia: KFWB, 1984-86; KRTH, 1986-91. Claudia is doing mornings at WFUV/fm, the NPR music station, located at Fordham University in the Bronx.
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. "Grrrrreeaaaat" would be the word to describe Lee's voiceover career that includes Tony the Tiger. He left morning drive at "The Boomer" in Ventura in the summer of 2008.
Marshall, Leslie: KLAC, 2001-02; KGIL, 2008. Leslie worked weekends at KGIL, 1260AM. She is syndicated.
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 works for Metro Traffic in Las Vegas.
(Mando, Sabina Mora, Mike Mann, and Brad Messer)
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/XTRA/KTLK, 2005-14. Don is general manager/program director for 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 1975 of cancer at the age of 47.
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.
Martin, Pat: KMET, 1986-87. Pat works 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
incessantly and rambled for hours. Texas
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 of the
. He was one of the founding members of the Academy and was instrumental in getting the Awards show televised. Academyof Country Music
Ron had a heart attack and died playing golf, a sport he cherished, in the late 1980s.
(Sonny Melendrez, Magnificent Monntague, and Enrique Medina)
Martindale, Christine: KIKF, 1985-87; KBIG, 2000-02; KOST, 2002-12; KKGO, 2013-14. Christine joined Country KKGO for middays in early 2013.
Martindale, Wink: 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 Tac Dough. 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. Wink hosts a show on Music of Your Life.
Martinez, A: KXTA, 1998-2004; KFWB, 2004-07; KSPN, 2007-12; KPCC, 2012-14. 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, 2010-12. Angel provides traffic reports for Tim Conway at KFI.
Martinez, Benny: 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; KELT-2001; KRTH, 2006-07. Benny works swing at K-EARTH.
Martinez, 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 is now the nighttime jock at WWPR (Power 105.1)-New York.
MARTINEZ, Chuey: KIIS, 2009-14. 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 is pd and morning man at KDON-Monterey.
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.
MARTINEZ, 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.
In Georgia, Martinez played strong safety on the Dalton High School football team, and went to the Georgia State Championships with his team. J.R. dreamed of playing professional football, but his plan was derailed after a sports injury during his senior year.
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.
In March 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.
After he was pulled out of the Humvee, J.R. was evacuated to a local medic station in Iraq and then Landstuhl, Germany, for immediate care. He was eventually sent to Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio, Texas. J.R. spent 34 months in recovery at BAMC and underwent 33 different surgeries including skin grafts and cosmetic surgery.
J.R. has 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.
In 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.
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, 2008-09. Mario hosts a weekend food show at KLAA 830AM with Amy Strong.
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.
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.
(Holly McClure; Mucho Morales; Remy Maxwell; and Steve Morris)
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.
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, Scott: KKDJ, 1974-75; KIQQ, 1975-76; KGBS/KTNQ, 1976-79; KROQ, 1979-2012. Scott is the operations director at KROQ. He is responsible for 45 stations managing their capital requests and dealing with engineering issues.
Mason, Steve: KSPN, 2004-12. Steve joined John Ireland on all-Sports KSPN on 3.22.04.
Massey, Gretchen: KLSX, 2004-06. Gretchen co-hosts a weekend talk show with Lauren Hays. Gretchen is the co-host of House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show on the Internet.
(Blair Michaels, Leslie Marshall, and Bob Morgan)
Masters, Roy: KGIL; KIEV; KRLA. For decades, Roy has hosted "Your Mind Can Make You Well."
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 is 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. Since early 2012, she's been the web producer at KFWB.
Maxwell, Remy: KSRF, 1991; KLIT, 1991; KNAC, 1992-94; KLOS, 1994-97. Remy left KXXR-Minneapolis in the Spring of 2006.
Maxx, Melissa: KLOS, 2012-14. 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 works evenings at the Classic Rock station.
May, Brian: KPFK; KXLU; KPCC. On July 5, 1995, Don died at his Malibu home of complications of polio and paralysis.
May, Don: KSRF, 1988-92. Don owns Signal Core Studios.
May, Fred: KPOL, 1965-68. Unknown.
May, Lisa: KLAC, 1993; KROQ, 1991-2014. Lisa is part of the Kevin & Bean morning show.
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.
MAYFIELD, Bob: KBCA, 1965-69; 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 is executive director at Country Radio Broadcasters. 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. Last heard, Butch was program director at WKRS-New York.
McAdams, John: KBBQ, 1971; KLAC, 1975. Unknown.
(Doug McIntyre, Kiki Melendez, Mark & Brian, Dave Meyer, and Mark Maurer)
McArtor, Gene: KIKF, 1990-92. Unknown.
McBride, Danny: Metro Traffic, 1984. Danny does voiceover work and lives in Sherman Oaks.
McBride, Norm: KYMS, 1973-79; KNAC, 1979-86; KWIZ, 1988. "Zany Norm" lives on a horse ranch in Idaho and does morning drive in the Coeur d' Alene/Spokane market on "Talk News 1080AM."
McCabe, Kevin: KROQ, 2008-09; KLSX, 2009; KAMP, 2009-14. 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 works with her husband Charlie Brill on Silk Stalkings.
McCartie, Gary: KBRT, 1973-79; KZLA; KBIG. Gary is now in San Diego.
McClatchey, Arnie: KWIZ, 1966; KEZY, 1967-75; KYMS, 1975-83. Arnie lives in El Paso and voices "The Word for Today," a national radio ministry heard on 200 radio stations daily and Horizon Radio.
McClelland, Dave: KLAC, 1975-85; KFWB, 1975-79. Dave is the announcer for all NHRA racing events and their commercials.
McCloud, Jim: KLAC, 1984. Jim does mornings at KHOZ-Harrison, Arkansas.
McClure, Holly: KBRT, 1992-94; KKLA, 1995-2009. Holly was the Orange County Register's family films reviewer. She hosts "The Women's Clinic" on KKLA.
(Ken Miller; Jan Marie; Wink Martindale; 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. Bob is 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 two-hour talk show at sister station KFWB.
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
and left his first job at KPRS to work morning drive at KGFJ. "In the spring of 1963 I left KGFJ to join KIIX/TV, Channel 22 for an experiment in [all-black] tv which failed in four months." After a brief stay at KDAY, "I integrated KFWB in early 1964." Kansas City
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
Academyof Television Artsand Sciences, saluting his career achievement in television. In 1996 he received the "Mal Goode Award" for lifetime achievement from the Minorities in Broadcasting Training Program and the "Torchbearer" award from the Black Journalists Association of Southern California. Los Angeles
Larry died August 27, 2004, at the age of 71.
McCoy, 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 is 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.
McDaniel, Earl: KFVD/KPOP, 1953-58; KLAC, 1958; KDAY, 1958-61; KFWB, 1961-63. Earl is retired and lives in Phoenix.
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 McDaniel, 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 left his afternoon drive show at KSPN, ESPN Radio in October 2005. After doing fill-in at XTRA Sports, in the fall of 2006 he took over evenings at KLAC (formerly XTRA Sports). He left the sports station in early fall of 2008. Joe worked fill-in at KNX.
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. Bill is currently 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 retired in 1991, lives in Vista and plays much golf.
(Geno Michellini, Mario Machado, Bill Murphy, 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 Anthony.
McGovern, Tim: KRLA, 1982. Tim is the younger brother of Terry. Unknown.
McGowen, Jewel: KACD, 1994-95. Unknown.
McGrew, Rod: KJLH, 1973-78. Rod is a music consultant.
McIlvain, Judd: KLSX, 2000; KRLA, 1999-2002. Judd hosted a consumer show at all-Talk KRLA.
McIlvaine, Red: KLAC; KHJ, 1964-65; KFI, 1968. Red died of cancer on January 11, 1993, at the age of 64.
McInnes, Linda: KLOS 1981-85. Linda died February 27, 2003.
McInnes, Pamela: KGIL, 1976-79; KMPC, 1979-87; KIIS, 1987-97. Since 2004, Pamela has lived in the Kern River Valley, near Lake Isabella.
McIntosh, Richard: KPRZ, 1979-81, gm; KPZE, 1986, gm; KFRG, 1988-95, gm; KWIZ, 1996, gm; KPLS, 2001-02; KWVE, 2005-14. Richard is gm at KWVE-San Clemente.
(Edgar Madrigal, Frank Mottek, and Debra Mark)
McIntyre, Doug: KABC, 1997; KRLA, 1998-2000; KABC, 2000-14. 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.
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. Maggie is afternoon drive news anchor at News/Talk KFWB.
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; Sal Mineo; John Mellen; and Mando )
McKay, Verna: KCBS/fm, 1992-95. Verna worked at Dial Global until March 2009.
McKean, Michael: KPPC, 1970-71. Michael, who played Lenny in Laverne & Shirley, is an actor.
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.
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, 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.
McNamara, 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 cultivating 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.
McQ, Lon: KJLH, 1990-2014. Lon works early afternoon at KJLH.
McRoberts, Earl: KDAY, 1958-60; XTRA, 1961-66; KFWB, 1967-72. Earl is retired and living in San Diego.
McShane, John: KMPC, 1954-59. John was a popular all-night dj at KMPC. He eventually went into politics serving on the city council of
. He was active in the PR activies in the formation of the Amercian Basketball Association. He found enough first-year ABA owners for 11 teams and immediately promoted the new pro sports entry as "The Lively League." John passed away in the 1970s. Downey
McVay, Mike: KTNQ, 1978. Mike is head of programming for Cumulus Media.
McWhirter, Robert: KBLA, 1967. Unknown.
Means, Michael: KIKF, 1985-95; KLOS, 1995-97; KABC/KTZN, 1997-2001. Michael is part of Angels baseball corporate sales.
Means, Pat: KACE. Since leaving the public affairs show, "The Turning Point," she has returned to publishing her magazine of the same name.
Medina, Enrique Gonzalez: KUSC, 1992-98; KCSN, 1998-2001. Enrique is a composer and is writing an opera. He lives in Sierra Madre.
Medina, Joe: KGIL, 1978-82; KABC, 1982-91. Joe died June 17, 2002. He was 50.
Medina, Oz: KQLZ, 1993; KROQ, 1993; KACD, 1999. Oz briefly worked evenings at KACD.
Medved, Michael: KRLA, 2007-14. Michael syndicated show airs on 870AM/KRLA in afternoons.
Medriano, Joel: KEZY, 1985-95. Unknown.
(Carl McIntire, Red McIlvaine, Mark Miller, and Diana Martinez)
Meeker, Jim: KWIZ, 1967; KEZY, 1968-70; KRLA, 1970-71; KEZY, 1975-76. Jim is a real estate appraiser in Seattle.
Melchior, Brooks: KMPC, 2002. Brooks hosts a popular sports Web site, SportsByBrooks.com.
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. John lives in Hawaii.
Mellon, Pat: KLSX, 2003-05. Pat worked fill-in at KLSX, the FM Talk Station.
Melton, Brad: KFOX, 1965-71; KREL, 1971-74; KBBQ, 1972. Last heard, Brad returned to his home state, Texas.
Melton, Jeff: KEZY, 1987. Unknown.
(Ed Mertz, 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 KFWB.
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."
Mentz, Rabbi: KFI, 1999-2002. Chaim Mentz worked weekends at all-Talk, KFI.
Mercer, Gary: KSRF; KALI, 1985-2000; KMNY, 1999-2000. Gary hosts a morning drive Adult Standards format at Multicultural's KMNY.
Mercer, Michelle: KPWR, 1993-98. Michelle left "Power 106" in the spring of 1998.
Mergen, Jim: KLAC, 1959-71; KGIL, 1971-83. Jim, former gm at KGIL, died October 9, 2004, at the age of 75.
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, 2009-14. Ed is a news anchor at KFWB. When KFWB flipped format in the early fall of 2009, Ed moved over to sister station, KNX.
Messer, Brad: KMET, 1975-77. After 16 years, Brad retired from all-Talk KTSA-San Antonio in the summer of 2007. Brad is retired in Oregon after 47 years on the air.
Metal, 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.
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. 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, Roy Masters, 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, 2013-14. Tina works weekends at 100.3/The Sound.
Michael, John: KROQ, 2003-11; KAMP, 2011-14. John is the apd at AMP Radio.
Michael, Justin: KMLT, 1994-97; KHAY/KKSB/KBBY/KFYV, 1997-2007. Justin works 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.
Michaels, Bill: KFI, 1985; KBIG, 1999. Bill left K101-San Francisco in the spring of 2000.
Michaels, Billy: KIKF, 1997-98; KPLS, 1998-2002. Billy works 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,” concluded Adams.
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
(Zeke Manners, Ford Michaels, Michael McKean, and Melissa Maxx)
Michaels, Ford: KIKF, 1985-86. Ford Mullins has been in the Coachella Valley for close to three decades.
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.
Michelle: KAMP, 2010-14. 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.
Miller, Alonzo: KAGB/KACE, 1975-86. Last heard, Alonzo was working at MCA Records and living in Riverside. He co-wrote Rick James' Super Freak.
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.
(Earl McRoberts, Rick Minyard & Ken Minyard, Jeff McNeal, and Stephanie Miller)
Miller, Bruce Phillip: KWIZ, 1973-75; KKDJ, 1975; KIIS, 1975-80. Bruce co-founded the now-defunct Los Angeles Broadcasters School with Earl Trout III.
Miller, Dennis: KRLA, 2007-14. Dennis began a syndicated show in March 2007 that is carried on Salem's KRLA.
MILLER, Gary: KSPN, 2005-06. Gary worked middays with D'Marco Farr at the L.A. ESPN station until November 2006.
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.” They have two children. DiMarco lives in Palos Verdes.
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.’”
Miller, Jay: KGRB/KBOB, 1968-69;KREL, 1969-71; KEZY, 1971-73. Jay passed away in the mid-1980s in El Paso.
Miller, Ken: KMPC/KTZN/KABC, 1978-97; KIIS/AM/KXTA, 1997-98. Ken is a member of the advisory committee for National Baseball Radio Network.
Miller, Larry: KLOS, 1971-72. In 1999 he retired from on-air work and is now teaching at Massachusetts Communications College in Boston.
Miller, Mark: KQLZ, 1991-93; KLOS, 1997-2006. Mark worked part-time at KLOS until 2006 and he has an active voiceover and acting career.
Miller, 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. She is no longer heard in the market.
MILLER, Tracey: 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 Larry Morgan)
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.
“I 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 designing HI-DEF television production studios featuring virtual sets, no wood, and other cutting edge video technology systems with Valley Broadcast Systems in Burbank.
Minckler, Bill: KNX/fm, 1986-87. Bill is pd at KRZS-Phoenix.
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.
Mineo, Sal: KABC, 1973. Sal was slain in the parking garage of his apartment complex on Holloway Drive in Hollywood.
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.
MINTZ, Elliot: 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!"
Minyard, Ken: KABC, 1969-98; KRLA, 1999-2000; KABC, 2001-04. Ken returned to mornings at KABC on November 12, 2001 and retired 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)
Missman, Fred: KBIG, 1988-97; KPCC, 2010-11. Fred works at KPCC.
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 Productions.
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.
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."
Mitchell, Steve: KIQQ, 1973-74 and 1979; KHTZ, 1980; KFI, 1981-82. Steve is living in Atlanta with a strong voiceover career.
Mitchell, 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.
Mobley, Candida: KJLH, 1986. Candida is the founder and president of Voices, Inc. Media Group, a full-service ad agency.
Moll, Allan: KLAC, 1957-60; KHJ, 1960-68. Allan died December 22, 2004. He was 82.
Mollenbeck, Andrew: KNX, 2008-09; KNX/KFWB, 2009-10. Andrew is a recent journalism graduate from Biola University. He's a reporter with all-News KNX and KFWB.
Mollicone, Cheryl: KUSC, 1977-84. Cheryl is director of special projects for the Grammy Foundation in Santa Monica.
MOHR, Jay: KLAC, 2013-14. Jay joined the Fox Sports Radio network, replacing Jim Rome, on January 2, 2013. He had been a frequent for Rome over the years.
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 voice-over 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.
Monday, Rick: KABC, 1993-98; KXTA, 1998-2002; KFWB, 2003-07; KABC, 2007-11, KLAC, 2012. 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. 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.
Mo'nique: KDAY, 2007-08. Born Monique Angela Hicks on December 11, 1967, Mo'nique received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in the 2009 movie, Precious.
Monk, Keisha: KKBT, 2001-03. Keisha has been working middays at 98.7 KISS/fm in New York since 2004.
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 at NBC. 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)
Montague, Magnificent: KGFJ, 1965-67; XERB, 1968; XPRS, 1972. Burn, Baby! BURN, the incredible journey of Monty, is in bookstores.
Montana, Haz: KSSE/KACD/KBCD/KLDE, 1998-2006. Haz is vp of programming for Entravision 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.
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.
MOORE, Billy: 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, 2007-14. 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.
MOORE, Michael: KHJ, 1982; KNOB, 1982-87; KHTZ, 1982-85; KHJ, 1985-86; KRTH, 1986-90; KBIG, 1990-93; 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'": KDAY; KJLH, 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, and Norm McBride)
Moore, Robert: KPOL, 1967-73. Robert died in 1995.
Moore, Vicki: KFI, 1996-2003; KNX, 2004-14. 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.
Mora, Sabina: KCRW, 1999-2009; KFI, 2001-10. Sabina reports traffic on KABC/Channel 7 along with MY/fm and KGGI. She does traffic at KFI on the weekends.
(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.
Morales, Dave: KPWR, 1993-97. Dave works mornings at KPTY-Houston.
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.
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 is a weekend anchor/reporter at KPCC and hosts a new book show at KFWB.
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.
(Benny Martinez; Mike McVay; Mark Mendoza; Jim Mergen; 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 artwork)
Moreno, Raul: KHJ, 1980; KIIS/KPRZ, 1981-86; KFAC, 1987-89; KKBT, 1989; KQLZ, 1989-90; KKGO/KKJZ, 1989-91; KMPC, 1990-93; KUSC, 1991-93; KEZY, 1994-95; KNX, 1995-2007. Raul worked at all-News KNX until the fall of 2007.
Moreno, Terry: SEE Pat Evans
Moretta, Mohamed: KACD, 1996-98; KHHT, 2002-03. Mohamed works for Shuki International and he writes for Hits magazine. He worked swing at HOT 92.3 Jamz.
Morgan, Bob: KHOF, 1960-63; KGBS, 1968-79; KHTZ, 1979; KRLA, 1986. Bob is now partnered with Russ O'Hara in Morgan/O'Hara Productions, doing The Bob Morgan & Russ O'Hara Radio Show currently running on the Internet at morganoharalive.com.
Morgan, Charles: KFWB, 1968; KABC, KPFK. Charles was the first news voice during the cross over from Top 40 to all-News. He died August 7, 1991, at the age of 78.
Morgan, Dirck: KFWB, 1982-2002 and 2007-08. Dirck was a news reporter at KFWB until the fall of 2008.
MORGAN, Dusty: KGGK, KFIL, KNBB, 1961-63; KTBT, 1968; KYMS, 1969; KWIZ, 1970-71. KMEN, 1971-74. Dusty spent two decades with Brown Broadcasting (K/108) in Sacramento. Dusty is retired and "smelling a few neighborhood roses in Northern California."
Morgan, Larry: KIIS, 1984-86; KSCA, 1994-96; KYSR, 1996-2001; KSWD, 2008-13; KKGO, 2014. Larry joined Bonneville's 100.3/fm The Sound as morning man in the summer of 2008. He left in early 2013. Larry joined Country KKGO in early 2014.
(Jami Mayberry Pat Moore, Jane Monreal, Joe McDonnell, and Mo'nique)
Morgan, Melody: KMGX, 1994; KKGO, 2006-07. Melody's Dial-Global syndicated show is now heard on Country 540 and 1260. She also has 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 is a principal in the Morgan/Frey Ad Agency in Fountain Valley.
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.
Morris, Barney. 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.
Morris, Johnny: KGFJ, 1983-94; KACE, 1994-1999; KYPA, 1996-2000; KJLH, 2004-06. Johnny is the engineering supervisor at Roscoe's Media Center.
Morris, Mark: KMDY, 1983; KNAC, 1983-84; KKLA, 1984-88; KACE, 1990-92; KMPC, 1991-92; KLSX, 1992-97; KJAZ/KSUR, 2000-06. Mark worked at the Adult Standards 1260/540 until the summer of 2006. He now works morning drive at KDOW-San Francisco.
Morris, 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. Since 2000, Bob has been the news and sports director at the USA radio network, based in Dallas. He is involved with Bible Study Media in Dallas.
Morrison, Donald: KFI, 2011-12. Donald is a newsman at KFI.
Morrison, Mike: KSCA, 1994-97; KCRW, 1997-98. Mike left HITS Magazine in the Fall of 2003. He's now an accountant.
Morrison, Rod: KEZY, 1998-99; KXMX, 1999; KATY, 2000-01. Rod works as the Internet sales manager for Power Ford, Huntington Beach.
Morrow, Bruce: KGBS, 1965. Unknown.
Morse, Kenny: KRLA, 1998-2000. Kenny is active with projects on the Internet and he provides content to Premiere Networks quarterly as Mr. Traffic for their XM Channels.
Mosher, Tom: KIQQ, 1984-89; KGIL/KMGX, 1991-92. Tom founded Barzman & Mosher Advertising in Encino.
(Pete Moraga, Justin Michael, Steve Marshall, Lee Marshall, and Angel Martinez)
MOSHONTZ, Chuck: KLOS, 1982-95; KSCA, 1995-97; KLOS, 1998-2000. The former nd for KLOS became an integral part of the morning "Mark & Brian Show" 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 were devastated."
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.
MOSS, Terry: 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; Chris Myers; and Kim Marriner)
Mota, Jose: KSPN, 2002-07; KLAA, 2007-2010; KWKW, 2011-14. 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, 1992-2014. Frank is a financial news anchor at KNXNewsradio.
Mountain, Johnny: KABC, 1979. Johnny is a tv weathercaster.
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
(Farley Malorrus Larry McKay, Val Maki, and Merrill Markoe)
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.
Murphy, Bill: KJOI, 1974. Bill is news anchor at WTVT/FOX 13-Tampa.
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.
Murphy, Duff: KUSC, 1995-2014. Duff is an attorney by day, and opera buff on Saturdays at KUSC.
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 works middays at LAV/fm in Grand Rapids.
(Matty, Jeff March, Hal Murray, 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.
MURRAY, Don: KIQQ, 1980-84; KHTZ/KRLA, 1984-85; KYMS, 1986-87; KNOB, 1984-88. Don, born and raised in Sacramento, dreamed of working in Los Angeles and his dream came true in 1980 when he joined KIQQ (K-100). He died June 21, 2013, at the age of 60.
Born Grant Carlson, he started on KROY-Sacramento in 1967. In the 1970s he worked in Medford, Oregon, KRDE-Redding and KERN-Bakersfield before going to KFXM/KDUO-San Bernardino in 1978 for two years.
Don spent four years at "K-100" during the George Wilson regime, where he replaced Humble Harve. After K-100, he went to weekends at KHTZ in 1984. It was in 1984 that he started a four-year relationship with KNOB doing voice tracks as Sean Foster.
In 1985 he went to KRLA, where he worked with Charlie Tuna, The Real Don Steele, Art Laboe, Johnny Hayes, Emperor Bob Hudson and Wolfman Jack. A year later he joined the Orange County Christian station, KYMS, as pd. In 1987 he joined Transtar/Unistar for five years.
In 1993, Don became the corporate pd for Shepard Communications and “K-Lord.” In 1995 he established a voiceover workshop, “The Voice Shop,” in Monterey and worked at KJMY. He worked mornings at KIDD (“Magic 63AM”)-Monterey until early 2002.
Outside of radio, Don was actively involved in Amateur Radio (KQ6FM), running church sound, D.J.ing classic car shows (he owned a classic 1970 Plymouth Road Runner), and spending time with his wife and son watching the SF Giants play. He was an avid fan since childhood.
Murray, Hal: KFWB, 1961. Hal arrived in the Southland from KDWB-Minneapolis as a temporary strike breaker and returned to Minneapolis "kicking and screaming." He has passed away.
(Alan Moll, Sheena Metal, Johnny Morris, and Bob Miller)
Murray, Tom: KMAX, 1995. Tom has been a long-time prime-time tv sports anchor and appears on the Fox Sports Network.
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.
Myers, Chris: KMPC, 2001-03; KLAC, 2009-10. 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.
Myrow, Rachael: KPCC, 2000-07. Rachael joined KQED-San Francisco in late spring of 2007.
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