Where Are They Now?
Los Angeles Radio People, P
Compiled by Don Barrett
P-Funk: KKBT, 1993-99. P-Funk was part of the morning drive "House Party." He now works at PPi Technologies Global.
Pace, John: KABC, 1957-58. John was general manager at KABC. He was imported to KABC from Tulsa, where he chalked up somewhat of a record by taking the lowest rated station and making it the highest rated station in under 30 days. He also had a helicopter news operation with Donn Reed and pilot Max Schumacher. John has passed away.
Pacheco, Manny: KRLA, 1980-81; KDAY, 1981-84; KNAC, 1982-85; KRLA, 1985-89; KKBT, 1989; KOCM, 1990-91; KIKF, 1991-92; KMGX, 1991-94; KGIL, 1993; KRLA, 1993-98; KBIG, 1999; KIKF, 1999. Manny is active in the world of karaoke.
Padden, J. Ray: KLAC; KIIS/KPRZ, 1981-82. J. Ray is a Japanese-based exporter.
PAEN, Alex: KMPC, 1975-80. Alex gained national attention for his reports on the hostage crisis in Tehran.
Born October 4, 1953, in Greenwich, Connecticut, Alex was raised in Massachusetts and he graduated from UCLA in 1973 with a degree in communications. In 1979 with only a few years of newscasting experience, Alex flew to Tehran, Iran to report on the American hostage crisis where he gained unprecedented access to interviews with the militants and received the first recorded message from an American hostage. He also delivered more than four million Christmas cards and supportive letters to the captive Americans. Alex is the World Affairs Correspondent for KCBS/Channel 2. Additionally, he produces and hosts two nationally syndicated tv shows, Animal Rescue and State Police.
"Previously, I hosted and produced Emergency with Alex Paen for several years." Alex reported on international affairs for KTLA/Channel 5, KABC/Channel 7 and KCBS/Channel 2. Alex owned a radio station in Bullhead, Arizona.
PAGE, Don: KLAC, 1962-63 and 1968-76; KGIL, 1974-75; KFI, 1974-75. Don distinguished himself as the radio critic and tv sports columnist for more than two decades (1956-73) at the Los Angeles Times.
At KLAC he hosted a 15-minute commentary called "Saturday Sports Page" and was the creator and host of "Inside Radio," a 2-hour Sunday show featuring industry guests. At KGIL Don provided color commentary for the High School Game of the Week. He was born "a driver and nine-iron from Dodger Stadium" and grew up in the
San Fernando Valley. Don went to Van Nuys High, and the "University of the L.A. Times." L.A. Valley College
On KFI he aired "Don Page's Notebook," which included stories of the human condition. His variegated career includes writing for Jack Webb, book editor for Steve Allen, co-author of Did You Whittinghill This Morning? and presiding as past board member of the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters. He considers the quarter-century from 1950 to 1975 the Golden Age of Southern California Radio. "Radio was long on talent and short on time. Today radio is long on time and short on talent." He believes the "star factor" is missing in today's radio. "There are too many chairs and not enough talent."
Don looks back at his experience in covering radio and sports for the Times as his greatest experience. "I'm lucky I got in very young and got out young. It had its marvelous moments." Don wrote a general interest column that is syndicated in the 11 Western states. Don was executive director for the Southern Caifornia Sports Broadcasters Association. He also wrote for the Tolucan Times. He died July 10, 1998. He was 64.
Page, Donna: KNX, 1998-2008; KFWB, 2009-12. Donna worked for a number of stations in San Diego before joining Shadow Traffic in Los Angeles, primarily working at KNX. She left KNX in early fall of 2008. In early 2016, Donna joined Bloomberg/NBC Sports Radio.
(Bill Pearl, Tim Pohlman, Steve Parker, and Jason Pullman)
PAGE, Patti: KGIL, 1998. Born Clara Ann Fowler on November 8, 1927, Patti became known as “The Singing Rage,” becoming one of the most popular Pop singers with hits like the 1950’s Tennessee Waltz (13 weeks at #1 on the Billboard chart), How Much is That Doggie in the Window, Old Cape Cod and Allegheny Moon. By the 1970s, she had embraced Country music. She was one of the few vocalists to have made the Country charts in five separate decades.
During the 1950s, Page regularly appeared on a series of network television shows and programs, including The Dean Martin Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, and The Steve Allen Show. This eventually led to her acquiring some television specials of her own during the 1950s. Patti appeared with Burt Lancaster in the 1960 film Elmer Gantry.
Until shortly before her death, Page was a host of a weekly Sunday program on the Music of Your Life radio network, which aired on KGIL in the late 1990s.
In 1997, Patti was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. She will be posthumously honored with the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2013. She died on January 1, 2013, at the Seacrest Village Retirement Community in Encinitas, California. Patti was 85 years old.
Pagliochini, Nicholas: KTLK, 2007-13. Nicholas is a traffic voice with Total Traffic and is heard at KFI and KTLK. He was a Golden Pylon (recognition for traffic reporters) winner in 2010 and 2012.
Paige, Ashley: "Lite 92.7fm," 2000-02; KZLA, 2003-06; KKGO, 2009-12; KWSV, 2015. Ashley was part of the morning team with Peter Tilden at KZLA until a format flip in late summer to 2006. She co-hosted the morning show at Go Country until late summer 2012. In 2010, Ashley and her husband opened East Coast Pizza Company in Simi Valley. She now works mornings at KWSV, a non-commercial station at 99.1 in the Simi Valley.
Paige, Molly: KWNK; KABC; KIBB; KRLA, 1999-2000; KCBS/fm, 2001-04; KPFK, 2005-07; KABC, 2010-11. Molly is part of NBC News Radio, based in Washington, DC.
Paige, Natalie: Natalie works for one of the traffic services and is heard on a number of L.A. stations.
Painton, Scott: KMPC, 1984-87. The former Transtar "Format 41" announcer is a recording director for Bisk/Total Tape Publishing in Tampa.
Painton, Yvonne: KFI, 1983-84; KFWB, 1984-85; KHJ/KRTH, 1985-87. Yvonne is president/ceo of MaxCommunications in Tampa.
PAISLEY, Jamie: KUSC, 2011-13. Jamie is host on KUSC from midnight-2 a.m. on Saturdays and also serves as the station's music director. Jamie began his radio career while studying Classical Vocal Education at Ithaca College in Central New York. There, he hosted WICB's longest running program. As a performer, Jamie has sung on the mainstage of Chicago's House of Blues, across Ireland, on NBC and most recently, at the Harmony Sweepstakes national a cappella competition in San Francisco. In his spare time, Jamie can usually be found at the New Beverly or Aero Cinemas indulging his other love: film.
Palant, Gary: KDAY, 1960-62. Gary died of melanoma in October 2002.
Palermi, Luciano: KTYM, 1993-2001. Luciano hosted Buona Domenica on KTYM.
Paley, John: KNX/fm, 1970-71; KWKW, 1971-97. John is vp of Lotus Communications.
Palmer, John: KIIS, 1972-73. John is an investment consultant in New York.
Pam, Leslie, Dr. and Christie, Ann: KMPC, 1994-96; KLSX, 1996-97. Ann and Leslie are in practicing therapists in Los Angeles.
Panattoni, Greg: SEE Sonny West
Papadakis, Petros: KMPC, 2003-06; KLAC, 2007-18. Petros works afternoons at all-Sports KLAC.
PARDUE, Rita: KWNK, 1988-90; KCSN, 1993-98; KKLA, 1998-2004; KHTS, 2005; KRLA, 2006; KPCC, 2007-18. Rita is production manager/imaging voice at KPCC, and recently celebrated 30 years in broadcasting. Born in Indiana, she grew up in St. Louis. “I started singing at 16 years old and toured across the country performing at major hotels and supper clubs,” said Rita. “I opened for name acts including Harry Blackstone Jr., George Burns and Pia Zadora. Also did some acting in film and television work, too. I sang with the original cast of Jubilee at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas in 1981.
Rita started her next career in radio and returned to college at the University of Las Vegas and worked at KORK-Las Vegas, where she was a news reporter. Simultaneously she was hosting a talk show, Paying Dues at KUNV- Las Vegas.
“At that time my faith walk became very important in my life,” continued Rita. “I rededicated my life and moved to Los Angeles to pursue my dreams in children's radio.”
She received a Master’s degree in radio & tv broadcasting from Cal State Los Angeles. “In 1998, I received the NBC 4 and YWCA's Incredible Women Making History Award signed by Mayor Richard Riordan for my contributions at the Los Angeles Children's Museum recording studio, The Nothing-To-Do-Funshop series, teaching numerous children's radio workshops at the museum and local schools, and my work at Radio Aahs, KPLS AM830.”
Since 2007, in addition to her production assignment at KPCC, she owns a freelance production company, Angel Wings Productions. “I also teach audio production thru Los Angeles Valley College Extension Program.”
Parisi, Brandi: KKGO/KMZT, 2006. Brandi worked for Mt. Wilson's KKGO/KMZT as a swinger.
Parisi, Michelle: KNAC, 1992-95. Mikki, as she was known at KNAC, is now known as Ally McSqueal at KNAC.Com.She produces and does on-air interviews for Hollywood Hamilton's syndicated Weekend Top 30 countdown show. She's now a substitute teacher/tutor at Yoga Works in Tarzana.
(Sam Phillips, Manny Pacheco, Craig Powers, Ted Payne, and Jeff Parke)
PARK, Andy: KMPC, 1963-68; KFWB, 1968-69. Andy, born Junius Andrew “Andy” Park, Jr., died September 25, 2009, of complications from prostate cancer. Andy worked at 710/KMPC and KFWB for much of the ‘60s. He was 77.
“I was covering a jumper for the Long Beach Independent when I got a call from KMPC news director Val Clenard asking for a report of what was going on,” Andy said when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People. “I had no idea what to do. I was a newspaperman, not a radio reporter. So I described the scene for 45 minutes standing in a phone booth. I thought I was on live but I was actually on tape; I was afraid to stop talking.” That report resulted in a job offer from KMPC and Andy became the Orange County bureau chief covering news and reporting traffic every morning with Paul “Panther” Pierce and “Captain Max” Schumacher on the Dick Whittinghill show.
When KFWB changed formats to all-News, Andy was there at midnight on March 10, 1968. “Boy did we have a ride.” Andy was the first newsman to interview Charles Manson after his arrest in Inyo County. “On a hunch I searched for police travel vouchers and then flew a plane to Independence and there he was, in jail.” News director Herb Humphries called LAPD and told them KFWB had the interview. “They asked us to hold it until the next morning so they could hold a press conference and arrest several others in the meantime. We held the story.”
Andy was born and raised in Memphis, studied philosophy at St. Mary’s College in Minnesota, law in Tennessee and then joined the Navy during the Korean conflict. While doing public information work in Hutchinson, Kansas he started moonlighting with the local newspaper. He then went to the Wichita Beacon and then to California to the Long Beach newspaper. Andy left KFWB after a stint in Vietnam for Group W and went on to KNBC/Channel 4 and KABC/Channel 7 as a reporter. He then moved to San Francisco to become prime time anchor on KPIX/TV and then helped launch a Ten O’Clock News at KTVU in Oakland.
When his radio/tv days were over, Andy pursued a life-long passion for photography. “After years in news and entertainment I reinvented myself as a wedding photographer,” said Park. “It is the happiest job in the world. I never meet an unhappy person when I report for work. I have also developed a model as an ‘Internet Only’ wedding photographer that allows me to avoid sales calls, make paid trips all over the world and still ply my trade.”
During his retirement years, Andy enjoyed acting, playing various minor roles in the motion pictures Ironclads, Foreign Student, The Vernon Johns Story, Country Gold, and Love-Struck.
Parke, Jeffrey: KCAL/KOLA, 1987-2009. Jeffrey is the general manager of the two Inland Empire stations.
Parker, Don: KCMG, 1998-2000. Don is iHeartMedia San Francisco/Sacramento svp of programming.
Parker, Gary: KGIL, 1966-69. Gary is an insurance broker in Omaha.
Parker, Mike: KBBQ, 1967-69; KFI, 1969-77. The former KFI news director is a reporter anchor at WBBM/TV in Chicago.
Parker, Norm: KJOI, 1972-74. Norm was last heard in Round Rock, Texas.
Parker, Ryan: KDAY, 1984. Unknown.
Parker, Star: KMPC, 1996. Star is founder and president of the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education, an educational center and research foundation in Los Angeles. She is a syndicated columnist.
Parker, Steve: KMPC/KTZN, 1996-97; KIIS/AM/KXTA, 1997-2000. Steve was the "Car Nut" and he did a regular talk show on TalkRadioOne.com.
Parker, Tim: KMPC, 2001-05. Tim left his pd post at all-Sports KMPC 1540/The Ticket at the end of 2005. He's now the operations manager at NBC Sports Radio.
Parker, Todd: KKHR, 1983-86; KNX/fm, 1986; KPWR, 1986-93. Todd has moved to Las Vegas and is working in the mortgage industry. He's still doing voiceovers, primarily in the field of audio books.
PARKER, Tom: KOST, 2001. Tom was director of communications for Oregon Partnership, based in Portland. He passed away in early October 2015, of a liver disease.
In recent years, LARadio had often become the repository for broken hearts. When Los Angeles Radio People lose their jobs, some come to find out about potential job opportunities, others come to complain about the state of radio. Regular readers of this column know that we have published numerous stories over the years giving encouragement, suggestions and a realignment of thinking to take God-given talents and turn them toward a new direction. Tom Parker, a giant in Portland radio, who worked at the legendary KFRC-San Francisco during its Top 40 heyday and even spent some time on KOST contributed an uplifting story.
“You can’t keep fishing the same hole just because you’ve always fished there” Tom said philosophically. “If the fish are gone, stop going there – go someplace else.” Tom had an epiphany about his life and career and left the comfort zone of radio to concentrate on one of his strong assets during decades in radio – communicating. “Sometimes it’s hard to see what your options are when you’re in one of them. There were a shrinking number of jobs available in radio, so I looked at the givens,” said Parker. “I wanted to stay in Portland as my family is here. I knew my skills were far more than talking up an intro on a record. No matter the format during my radio career, I was communicating. And that’s a marketable ability.”
Tom stepped back, looked at his communication abilities and considered who could use that skill. “Who do you know and who do they know?” asks Tom. “Not in terms of them giving you a job but how can you help them solve a problem? The same approach worked when we first started out in radio: ‘I can help that station be successful.’ Identify the target, find out what they need and then fill that need. I don’t care who you are, no one is going to hire you as a favor. They are looking for someone to help solve their problem. Figure out what the need is and help them. It is amazing how you will start noticing glaring examples of how your talents will help solve someone's problems better.”
“Unless you are just doing liner-card radio, you are communicating. You have the ability to tell stories, to keep people’s attention and to create a call to action. You also understand what bad communication is, know how to cut through the clutter and you can certainly learn a lot of new proficiencies based on the instincts that you’ve developed over the years.” Parker loves radio but saw opportunities had diminished for him in the industry that was so good to him for so many years. “One morning I got up and said, ‘That hole is pretty much fished out for me.’ It takes a pretty honest moment to get to that place.”
Tom started looking for opportunities to apply those skills elsewhere. He saw an ad for communication director of a local non-profit organization that exists to end substance abuse and suicide. Their prevention hotlines handle nearly 40,000 calls a year. Seventy individuals applied for the job. Tom’s radio communication skills helped him land the job as spokesman for Oregon Partnership.
“A non-profit that deals with substance abuse and suicide prevention are two topics that resonate with me. In the radio business, not knowing someone who has been affected by substance abuse would be amazing. It’s like Woodstock – if you remember it, you weren’t there. Almost everyone you know has been touched by substance abuse in some way and I saw an opportunity to get out this message of hope that I really believe in.” Parker’s organization trains and oversees over 100 volunteers on its crisis lines. “We’ve just started a military help line that reaches out to veterans of Afghanistan, Iraq and all other wars that are struggling with issues including PTSD and suicide. We give them a safe, confidential place to get some assistance. I find that to be more meaningful than talking up a current record. I’m not disrespecting what radio is but it really is fulfilling to use the ability to tell a story and relate to affect people in a positive way.”
Parker had some observations for those who find themselves kind of aimlessly looking for employment without a strong direction. He said there are three kinds of reality: 1. What you think it is 2. What you want it to be 3. What it is “The sooner in life you get to #3 in everything you are looking at,” Tom continued, “the better your life is going to be. Life isn’t out to screw you. There are just different circumstances.”
Holding on to the radio dream may be futility for many who have house payments to make and a family to raise. How do you take your assets and create a new career flight? “Even when radio was a thriving industry there were plenty of people who hung around grousing about the way they were or were not treated. Frankly, since there are no guns held to anyone’s head, there’s not a lot of room for complaining.
We chose it. Things change. Just how long did that musician stand outside the radio station waiting for them to give him his job back when the industry started playing records? Turntable turners used to have a job. There used to be studio engineers for many of us. Were the owners bad people? No, times had changed. There are a number of tools now that make so many of these jobs not necessary anymore. The fact they’ve eliminated a large number of air positions is just that – a fact.” Parker thinks back to the early days of his radio career. “You never got into this business thinking someone was going to hand you a gold watch at retirement. The idea of staying with one company for your whole career is quaint at best. In radio we always knew it was a series of relatively short-term jobs. The difference is that the people who went into banking, thinking they had secure jobs for the rest of their lives, were surprised to find out they didn’t. In many ways radio is no different than any other industry out there. The question becomes – what is your second act, or third act, or fourth act?”
Parker had some techniques for those who may be stuck in the job search. “The same characteristics that allowed you to land jobs in radio apply outside of radio – persistence, willingness to learn, and willingness to change. Many people stop when they meet an obstacle. That makes it a little easier for those who keep on trying. You can’t look at yourself as a victim. There will be something else. Where are your strengths? Are you a good writer? Good with people? Find those strengths and imagine different ways to apply them. It can be a little scary, but the future always is.”
PARKER, Wes: KFI, 1969-72; KABC, 1987. Born Maurice Wesley Parker on November 13, 1939, in
, the former graceful Dodger first baseman replaced Al Downing on KABC’s "DodgerTalk" in early 1987. Wes was in the lineup for his outstanding glove work at first base, although he felt he was a better centerfielder. Evanston, Illinois
In 1965 and 1966 he teamed with Wills, Lefebvre, and Gilliam in the only all-switch-hitting infield. His only 1968 error was controversial, coming on an Astroturf bounce, after which the
Los Angeleswriters assured him that the scorer had been drinking. His one exceptional year at the plate was 1970, when he hit .319 with 111 RBI and led the NL with 47 doubles. Houston
He retired at 32 with a ML career-record .996 fielding average and six straight Gold Gloves, "to enjoy the whole spectrum of life." Parker came out of retirement in 1974 to play in
, and he hit .301 with 14 HR for Nankai. He then became a broadcaster and tv actor. Japan
“At KFI, Wes and I worked nearly every night together on the air,” remembered Dave Hull. “He would come in to the station following his home game – and we’d do crazy stuff on the air. The combination was quite popular with listeners.”
PARKS, Dave. KWVE, 1993-2007. Dave, a longtime host of the Saturday Morning Kids Show on KWVE (K-Wave 107.9/fm) where he was known as ‘K-Dave,” died in his sleep on April 18, 2009. He was 54. Parks had a stroke in 2007, as well as some later medical complications.
“K-WAVE lost a longtime staff member last weekend who was one of those creative individuals who can never really be replaced,” said KWVE gm Richard McIntosh. “The Saturday Morning Kid's Show will never be the same. Dave, thank you for your dedication, whit and your ability to make people smile.”
Dave began at K-Wave in 1993, when he worked the overnight shift. In 1995, Dave took on the hosting and production duties of the Saturday Morning Kids Show while at the same time continuing the overnight on-air shift. During Dave’s tenure, the Kids Show popularity soared. Dave’s passion for kids combined with his love for his work and ministry was clear.
Dave created and was the official co-host of Woody the Bear. Dave additionally worked to take the Kids Show ‘on the road’ and created the Saturday Morning Kids Show - LIVE, a 2 hour live version of the on air show. SMKS LIVE featured a cast of 30+, including all of the show's character favorites and was hosted a few times to thousands of kids and their parents at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. The SMKS LIVE show also had a few 'stops' at local theme parks like Adventure City in Orange County.
PARLOCHA, Bob: KKJZ, 2007-15. Bob worked at all-Jazz, KKJZ. He passed away unexpectedly March 15, 2015 of a heart attack at the age of 76.
Bob was a nationally-known jazz expert, on-air host, producer, and former programmer whose Dinner Jazz Show filled in the evenings with warmth for more than twenty years. He was an articulate spokesman for jazz and astute analyst of the music scene, as well as an in-demand master of ceremonies.
A highly creative producer, he developed many interesting specialty shows such as the Black Masters series, Latin Jazz, On the Scene, and What’s New. His rich, elegant voice, far-reaching knowledge, and unique rapport with listeners made him a welcome presence any night of the week and gained him a loyal following as the overnight radio announcer on KJazz 88.1.
Parlocha made an indelible contribution to jazz over his long and storied career.
Parr, Russ: KLOS/KABC, 1978-85; KDAY, 1985-89. Russ hosts a national show on SupeRadio.
Parr, Shawn: KIKF, 1988-92; KZLA, 1992-98 and 1999-2006; XSUR/KKGO, 2007-13. Shawn worked morning drive at Go Country KKGO until November 2013. He's working at Cumulus' syndicated NASH/fm as the nighttime host after the first of the year. He has been the voice of Dick Clark Productions for many years. He has been the announcer for The American Music Awards, Golden Globes, and Academy of Country Music Awards.
PARRISH, Cathi: KOST, 1992; KTWV, 1994-99; KOST, 2000-07; KWVE, 2012-13. Cathi worked weekends at KOST. "I first got my feet wet in a variety of areas in the radio broadcasting field in Chicago. I started off hosting public affairs talk shows and got to meet my first celebrities while interviewing authors of newly released books. After that I was on my way up... that is, I got a job as a traffic reporter broadcasting high atop the John Hancock Center on the 94th floor. The years ahead included radio stints at Chicago stations like WLAK (Beautiful Music), WMAQ (Country), WAGO (Top 40), WCKG (Classic Rock), and WIND (Talkradio). After relocating to Southern California, I got a taste of real Country when I began middays at 95.1 KFRG. Then in the years to follow, I worked at KOST, KTWV, and Contemporary Christian. It's a combination of all these jobs that helped to center me professionally. I love learning, and I love how our technology continues to advance. It leaves me wondering 'What's next?'"
She works mornings at KWVE-Las Vegas.
(Jack Patterson, Pete Parsons, and Bob Parlocha)
PARRISH, Gene: KUSC, 1984-2009. Gene was a longtime Classical music announcer at KUSC. He also wrote and produced syhnidcated programs on worldwide jazz and Amercian Choral music. Gene died January 2, 2009. He was 82.
“His radio career began in 1973 at KQED-San Francisco. He was a natural,” wrote KUSC pd Gail Eichenthal. “Within a few years, he was the nationally syndicated host of the San Francisco Opera broadcasts. He moved to LA and KUSC 25 years ago, and as recently as a week before his death, he was in production on a feature for ‘Arts Alive,’ KUSC’s Saturday morning arts and music magazine.”
Gene was a native Californian. He was born in November 1926, and grew up in Glassell Park, Temple City and Monrovia. Gene entered the Navy V-12 program at Occidental College in 1944, transferred to Navy V-6 at UCLA, and then overseas before his discharge in 1946. The radio bug struck him while studying speech and radio broadcasting under Dr. Charles Frederick Lindsley at Occidental. “On December 31, 1995, I left my day-job at KUSC to pursue a kind of laid back, free-lance career,” he said when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People.
Gail continued her tribute: “He had a most positive attitude through his difficult illness: In reference to his lousy prognosis, he told me philosophically, ‘I’ve had a good run.’ Gene was a great supporter of jazz musicians worldwide, through his longtime series, Worldwide Jazz. He also produced broadcast concerts from Finland’s Kuhmo Festival, from the Netherlands, and also hosted a nationally heard choral program, The First Art, for many years. Gene was a great broadcaster, and a kind and humble man. He was possibly the most easy-going on-air host I’ve ever encountered. His longtime friend, Grammy-winning record producer and conductor Peter Rutenberg, said when he learned of Gene’s death, ‘in all the hundreds of programs Gene and I worked on together on The First Art, there was not a moment’s tension. Not a pebble in the stream. Everything just flowed.’”
Parsons, Fred: KLAC, 1965-70. Last heard, Fred was living in West Virginia.
Parsons, Pete: KFWB, 1984-98. Pete writes Riverside and San Bernardino County news each weekday morning via email for MetroNetworks.
PASCHALL, Benton: KWIZ. Ben was 49% co-owner of KWIZ until 1965. Prior to that time he had been executive vp and manager. Ben was born Lisle Benton Paschall in Olney, Texas on September 28, 1913, and he grew up in Fresno. He studied music and business administration at Fresno State where he originally wanted to be a teacher. After sales jobs with Union Oil Co., and Bekins Van & Storage, Ben joined the sales staff of KARM-Fresno. After managing a number of stations, Ben bought Western Radio Sales rep firm.
In the early 1950s Ben was the vp of the Western division of Gordon McLendon's Liberty Network. In the mid-1950s Ben, along with Howard Tullis and John Hearne bought KAFY-Bakersfield and KFXM-San Bernardino. A station swap in 1959 gave Ben 49% ownership of KWIZ in exchange for his piece of KAFY and KFXM.
Ben died of complications from anemia and pneumonia on April 24, 2001. He was 87.
PASTORE, Frank: KKLA, 2004-12. Frank, KKLA afternooner since 2004 on the Christian Talk station and a former Major League Baseball pitcher, died December 17, 2012, from complications he suffered as the result of a motorcycle accident a month before. He was 55.
In a bizarre kind of prediction, just three hours prior to his November 19 accident, Pastore spoke of the dangers associated with his love for motorcycles. On that day, Pastore was discussing an episode of Through the Wormhole, a tv show on the Science Channel hosted by Morgan Freeman. The episode explored the possibility of life after death.
“Look, you guys know I ride a motorcycle, right?” Pastore asked his audience three hours before he collided with a car as he rode down the 210 freeway near Los Angeles.
“So, at any moment, especially with the idiot people who cross the diamond lane into my lane, all right, without any blinkers – not that I’m angry about it – at any minute I could be spread all over the 210. But that’s (just) my body part, and that key distinction undergirds the entire Christian worldview.”
His Talk show was named 2011 Radio Program of the Year by the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB). “The Frank Pastore Show was specifically selected for impacting listeners in a compelling, relevant, informative, personable, and entertaining way, while demonstrating an authentic Christian faith,” according to the NRB.
For 2006 and 2007, NRB named Pastore as ‘Radio Talk Show of the Year.’ In announcing the award, Salem Broadcasting, owners of KKLA said that “since January 2004, this former professional baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds with graduate degrees in both theology and political science has been engaging Los Angeles listeners ‘at the intersection of faith and reason’ with candid talk that grapples with news and burning issues of the day.”
Pastore was born in Alhambra, on August 21, 1957, and made his major league debut as a pitcher with the Cincinnati Reds on April 4, 1979. In a losing effort against the San Francisco Giants, Pastore pitched three scoreless innings that day. He stayed with the Reds until 1985 and played one season for the Minnesota Twins in 1986.
After baseball, Pastore studied business, philosophy, religion and politics at various universities and became a born-again Christian.
(Dr. Leslie Pam and Ann Christie, Lucky Pierre, Brad Pye, and Abel Perez y Perez)
PAT, Waco: KTYM; KFOX, KABC, 1957-95.Waco Pat, 35-year morning engineer at KABC from the beginning of Talk Radio to his retirement in 1995, died November 15 of pneumonia, according to his younger brother Bernie Patryla. He was 74.
Waco Pat had been ill for the past two years. “When Pat and his wife Lynn separated he went into a severe depression and then had a couple of small strokes that affected his back and his hip,” said his brother. “Pat had a hard time walking and a hard time swallowing because of that stroke. He got pneumonia because the liquids were going into his lungs instead of going into his stomach. He was treated for that and then caught pneumonia again and he just couldn’t win the battle the second time,” said Patryla.
“I was very sad to read about the death of Waco Pat,” emailed Brian Green of Sacramento. “I had the pleasure of watching the master at work at KABC in the 80s when I was a call screener and producer for Michael Jackson. Pat was a kind soul. He had a sharp, irreverent sense of humor and was a terrific board op. He had this rolling shelf of sound effects and drop-ins on cart that were at his side every morning in the control room, and he used them liberally throughout the show. As Ken Minyard mentions, Waco Pat was as much a part of the Ken & Bob Company as Ciji Ware or Stu Nahan or the lady who tap-danced the news.
Patrik, Sean: KNTF, 1990-91; KOCM, 1991. KFI, 1998-99. For time in the 90s, Sean was host of The Psychic Friends Radio Network. He currently works at WYRY-Winchester, New Hampshire.
Patrick, Dan: KSPN, 1999-07; KLAC, 2007-18. Dan left ESPN Radio on August 17, 2007. He launched a new syndicated show and it airs in morning drive at KLAC.
Patrick, Paul: KPSA, 1971-72. Unknown.
Patterson, Bill: KFOX, 1961-72; KLAC, 1972. Bill lives on a farm in Ruston, Louisiana.
Patterson, Jack: KHJ, 1974; KDAY, 1974-76 and 1981-91; KJLH, 1991-98. Jack works for D.M.X.
Patterson, Langley: KAGB; KJLH, KKGO; KLON. Langley played be-bop. Swing. A little blues. He scoured old record stores for vintage records. He was stabbed to death and found in an alley behind a doctor's office about three miles from his home. Langley was going to dental school part-time to try to supplement his earnings and was a lieutenant in the California National Guard on weekends. Langley was murdered February 20, 1985. He was 35.
Patterson, Tim: KEZY, 1988-89, KQLZ, 1989. Tim is working in vascular surgery in Laguna Hills.
Patterson, Tom: KGIL/KGIL-fm/KMGX, 1978-90; KNX/KCBS-fm/KODJ, 1990-99. Tom is currently the Broadcast Supervisor for CBS Television Network in Los Angeles.
PATTIZ, Norm: CEO of Courtside Entertainment and founder of Westwood One, Norm is considered a founding father of modern radio syndication. Under his leadership Westwood One became America's largest provider of news, sports, entertainment, talk, and traffic to the broadcast industry. In the spring of 2013, Norm launched PodcastOne.com, a one-stop site that offers shows from hundreds of online broadcasters for listeners to browse and download.
He was appointed by President Clinton and re-appointed by President Bush to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors, overseeing all U.S. non-military broadcast services, including the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe. He was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2009 and that same year received the Giants of Broadcasting Award from the Library of American Broadcasting.
Patton, Jim: KLOS, 1971-73. Jim died of a heroin overdose in 1973.
Paul, Byron: SEE Byron
PAUL, Long: KNAC, 1986-94; KLOS, 1994-97. Born Paul Long in
, Paul grew up listening to L.A. Rock radio. "When I was ten, I would sit on the floor with my little turntable and a stack of 45s doing weekly top 10 countdowns." Los Angeles
He attended the
and studied radio broadcasting at Mt. San Antonio College. In 1985 Paul started at KCAL-Riverside. A year later he went to KNAC and stayed for eight years. He hosts a syndicated show called "The Instrumentals of Rock" for Utopia Network. In November 1994, Long Paul joined KLOS when three longtime personalities were fired in an attempt to alter the demographics. He moved from afternoon drive at KNAC to the same shift at KLOS. He likened the opportunity to getting the call up to the majors. Paul is a self-professed "baseball freak." Paul left KLOS in the summer of 1997 and returned to KCAL. Universityof La Verne
He now lives in Chandler, Arizona.
Paul, Nick: KLAC, 1958-59. Following almost two years as part of the revised Big 5 at KLAC, Nick went into the oil business. He passed away in 2004.
PAUL, Tibor, KPCC. Tibor died December 10, 2007, at the age of 81. Larry Mantle of KPCC rembered him:
"The death of Tibor Paul reminds us of the public radio era when programming schedules looked like checkerboards. Weekly hosts would preside over specialty music or ethnic shows and sometimes, deeply connect with a loyal audience. In other cases, the programs were largely vanity efforts that drew few listeners.
Tibor Paul is a prime example of the former. His programs, including The European Sunday Concert, boasted comparatively large audiences and significant listener and underwriter financial support for KPCC. There was clearly a craving for the waltzes, polkas, and marches that were the staples of Tibor’s program. Anecdotally, it was clear the interest extended well beyond the Southland’s German-American community."
Paulie: KHTZ, 1979. Unknown.
Paulos, Cindy: KROQ, 1978. Cindy is owner/operator of Bright Light Productions in Maui. She hosts Talk Story, the longest running talk show on Maui, and has done numerous voiceovers for commercials.
Paulson, Dave: KREL, 1970-74; KEZY, 1972-74; KWIZ, 1972-73; KQLH, 1974. Since 1981, Dave has been involved in radio projects in Northern California.
Payerle, Teresa: KKGO, 1989-93; KUSC, 1993-94; KGIL, 1998-99. Teresa is a staff announcer for Deutsche Welle Television in Berlin, Germany.
(Brian Perez, David Perry, and Nino Perez)
Payne, Bruce: KGIL, 1969. Bruce is semi-retired and living near Sacramento in Folsom.
Payne, Charles: KFI, 2009. The financial analyst had a weekend show on KFI. In the summer of 2017, he was suspended by 21st Century Fox over allegations of sexual misconduct.
Payne, Max: KROQ, 2001-02. Max is now working at a "Star" station in Texas.
Payne, Mike: KDAY; XPRS, 1972; KDAY, 1974. Mike died October 23, 2004, at the age of 59. "Mike was the quintessential disc jockey," said colleague J.J. Johnson. "He was one of the greatest I ever heard and he lived the jock fantasy lifestyle. He knew everybody, it seemed, from the mayor to the high school principals, most of the black music acts of the era and Dr. Martin Luther King. Too few know about Mike." Payne (Cedric Michael Williams) entered radio in 1960 at the age of fourteen as a "Junior Jockey of the Week" on WJMO-AM in his hometown, Cleveland. The teen showed such promise that he was eventually hired as a part-time air personality under the name "Sir Cedric III." A few years later, he moved to daytime rival WABQ where he shed his earlier image and became Mike Payne aka "Michael The Lover." In the course of his long career he influenced numerous broadcasters including Leon Isaac Kennedy, J.J. Johnson, Lynn Tolliver, Bobby Rush and Eddie Edwards and worked stations in Cleveland, Houston (KYOK, KCOH), Detroit (WJLB), Pittsburgh (WAMO) and Los Angeles (XPRS, KDAY). He co-produced and co-hosted the tv show Outta Sight with Kennedy. Dancer Debbie Allen made her tv debut on the show.
Payne, Ted: KABC, 1989-97. Ted retired in the spring of 1997. Ted lives in Jamul, California (just outside San Diego) with his wife Dorothy.
Peabody, Dick: KFI, 1971-72. The former KFI afternoon talk show personality from 1971 and 1972 was the 6-foot-6 actor who portrayed the gentle giant farm boy, Littlejohn, on the 1960s tv series Combat. Dick, whose more than 120 television show credits included Gunsmoke, also appeared in six motion pictures, including Support Your Local Sheriff, starring James Garner. He died of prostate cancer on December 27, 1999. He was 74.
PEAKE, John, KOST/KBIG, 2017. In February 2017, John was appointed program director at AC KOST and Hot AC KBIG (MY/fm). Before joining KOST and KBIG, John was svp/programming for iHeart’s San Diego/Riverside cluster. He has also served as vp/programming in Seattle. John was named 2018 Station Programmer of the Year at the AllAccess Worldwide Radio Summit.
Prior to joining iHeart, Peake programmed Dance “Energy 92.7” KNGY and Hot AC Alice 97.3 KLLC-San Francisco, NRJ in Paris, and KRBE-Houston.
Pearl, Bernie: KLON, 1980-90; KCRW, 1990-92. Bernie has been a leading figure in the annual Long Beach Blues Festival. He hosted a weekly show on WPMD.org.
Pearl, Bill: KYMS, 1969; KWIZ/fm, 1969; KLAC/KMET, 1971-73; KKDJ, 1971-72; KIIS, 1972; KKDJ, 1973; KIQQ, 1973-74; KHJ, 1974-75; KRLA, 1976-77; KIQQ, 1977; KMPC, 1981-82; KABC, 1982-84 and 1986-91. Bill has a law practice in Long Beach.
(Jeremy Price [Pritchard], Mike Parker, Phil Proctor)
Pedroza, Cecilia: KFWB, 1972-84. Cecilia works in the family Pedroza Travel in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles.
Pendergrass, Bernard: KABC, 1983-2007. Bernard was appointed apd at KABC in the summer of 2003. He left in the summer of 2008 following a Citadel downsizing.
Pennacchio, George, KABC, 1999-2001. George is the entertainment editor at KABC/Channel 7.
Pennell, Brenda: SEE Brenda Barnes
Pennington, Liz: KIKF, 1993-94; KEZY/KXMX, 1994-99; KOLA, 1999-2000; KFRG, 2000-06. Liz is working weekends/fill-in/production at "K-FROG" as Julia Ribbitts.
Pepper, Choral: KABC, 1972. The former travel editor at KABC. Unknown.
PEREL, Larry: KCRW, 2014-17; KFI, 2013-17. Larry grew up in the San Fernando Valley in the heyday of FM Rock Radio in the 70’s. “Jim Ladd, Mary Turner and the crew at KMET were my constant companions and the soundtrack that played when I ditched class for the beach, came home from school or saw friends on the weekends,” said Perel. He loved the ‘Mighty Met’ format and the ‘romanticism’ of radio in general.
Larry graduated from Taft High School in Woodland Hills and went on to earn a degree in Communications and Film at the University of Oregon. Larry started in promotions at ‘Magic 61’ KFRC in San Francisco, eventually producing remote broadcasts for morning Bay Area giant, Dr. Don Rose. Perel moved into film production for a few years but never lost the love for radio.
“I landed a job as a producer and news anchor for the John & Jeff show and a short time later, connected with the head of HR at Clear Channel. That led to a job working as an assistant news editor at KFI,” said Larry.
“It was a huge wake-up call and incredible education on the inner workings of a top notch news operation and gave me a solid foundation in the format,” continued Larry. “Several demos and the kind ear of KFI’s news director, Chris Little got me a gig working as an Airborne Traffic Reporter at Total Traffic Network.” Perel flew for a number of Southland stations broadcasting traffic conditions before landing the morning drive traffic anchor for KTIE in the Inland Empire. When Total Traffic merged with Metro Networks, Larry was grounded. Through the merged company, he picked the news anchor position at KRLA.
“During this time, I continued to send demos and airchecks to KFI. I think Chris just got sick of seeing stuff from me in his in box and decided to hire me as a fill-in news anchor. I started working overnights at KFI in the fall of 2012 and began filling as a news anchor during Bill Handel and Tim Conway Jr.’s shows.” Larry is now a weekend anchor Sunday afternoons and fill-in. He also hosts All Things Considered for KCRW in the Santa Barbara market.
Perelli, Angela: KYSR, 1995-2001 and 2004-05. Angela left her program director position at "Star 98.7" in late 2001 only to return in early 2004. She is with the Randy Lane Company doing morning show consulting.
Perez y Perez, Abel: KLAX, 2000. Abel works at "LaLey 97.9fm."
Perez, Brian: KYMS, 1992-1995; KKLA/KLTX/KIEV/KRLA, 1995-05; Premiere Radio Networks, 2001-2003; KWVE, 2004-present. Brian is the program director, operations director and morning host at KWVE-San Clemente.
Perez, Cristina: KABC, 2015. TV Judge Cristina started a midday Talk show at KABC in January 2015 and left in May of the same year.
(Les Perry, Bob Pond, Russ Powell, and Mike Powers)
Perez, Gil: KEZY, 1985-89; KFI/KOST, 1989-2001; KEZY, 1994-99. Gil is part of the production team at KFI/KOST. He teaches part-time in the Fullerton College radio program.
Perez, Maclovio: KNX, 1979-96. Mac was a longtime Channel 2 weatherman. He is now the weather forecaster for a Corpus Christi tv station.
Perez, Nino: KCMG, 1999-2001; KMVN, 2008. Nino did weekends, Old Skool Friday Nights and fill-in shifts at Movin' 93.9/fm.
Perkins, Elaine: KFWB, 2008-13. Elaine was a news anchor at all-News KFWB.
Perlich, Martin: KMET, 1972; KFAC, 1987-89; KKGO/KKJZ, 1989-91; KUSC, 1996-97; KCSN, 2003-08. Martin was program/music director at KCSN, the California State University, Northridge radio station, until the spring of 2008.
Perlich, Miles: KKJZ, 2006-13. Miles hosted a weekend show at all-Jazz, KKJZ.
Perrin, Lloyd: KNX, 1972-76. Lloyd was one of L.A.'s "top mobile field reporters," according to LA Times radio columnist Don Page. He died suddenly in the 1980s.
Perry, Brandon: KXLU. Brandon was general manager at KXLU.
Perry, David: KWST, 1975-76; KMET, 1976-82; KLOS, 1984; KHTZ, 1985; KMET, 1986-87; KLSX, 1989-92. David became owner of several stations in Santa Barbara and since has sold them. He now does mornings at KTYD-Santa Barbara.
Perry, Ed: KRLA, 1961; KDAY; KIEV, 1969-76; KIKF, 1990. Ed was working part-time at WW1's Soft AC format.
(Nicholas Pagliochini, Liz Pennington and Brandi Parisi)
Perry, Jim: KNX, 1983. Unknown.
Perry, Les: KCRW, 1967-69; KPPC, 1969; KDAY, 1970; KVFM, 1971-74; KIEV, 1972-81; XPRS, 1973; KDAY, 1973; KROQ, 1973-74; KRLA, 1975; KLVE, 1975; XPRS, 1978-81; KRLA, 1983-84; KEZY, 1987-88; KWIZ, 1992-94; KMAX, 1994-95; KLAC, 1999-2000; KCSN, 2001-18. Les hosts a weekend show at KCSN, the California State University, Northridge radio station.
PERRY, Rachel: KLSX, 2006. Rachel was Adam Carolla's sidekick for the first three months of the KLSX Howard Stern replacement show. She left in April 2006. The Canadian host is seen on various reality tv shows and appeared on an episode of CSI: New York. She grew up in Brockville, a small town in Ontario, Canada and attended Toronto's York University. She began her television career as a VJ for the popular Canadian music channel, MUCHMUSIC, hosting various programs.
Following her three-year stint with MUCHMUSIC, Perry provided interview segments with various hockey players for ESPN's Cool Shots, and later was hired by the Metro Channel in New York to work on its live music show, The Daily Beat. She next served as host of VH1's morning music show Jumpstart and VH1 News. Perry has also been a host for VH1's reality show Stripsearch, Top 20 Video Countdown, Maxim Hot 100, and contributed to various red carpet specials. Additionally, Perry hosts the syndicated radio show, Weekly Rewind, for VH1 and WESTWOOD ONE.
Perry also has served as a New York correspondent for the daily entertainment news show EXTRA, and sideline host for NBC's Gravity Games and Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. Additionally, she can be seen in the independent movie Searching for Bobby D.
Person-Lynn, Isidra: KACE, 1986-95; KJLH, 2000-08. Isidra served as news/public affairs director at KACE (103.9/fm) and host of Sunday Morning Live. She is the Communications Specialist at Charles R. Drew University.
Perun, Steve: KIIS, 1994-96. The former program director at KIIS runs a consulting business.
Peschuitta, Claudia: KFWB, 2002-07; KNX, 2008-18. Claudia is a reporter for the all-News station.
Peters, Arlen: KNX, 1968-75. Arlen wrote and directed for the CBS Radio Network and CBS Dimension shows.
Peters, John: KKDJ, 1973-75; KEZY, 1976; KUTE, 1979-82; KEZY, 1982-83. Last heard, John was working in real estate.
Peters, Keith: KWVE, 1990-97; KKGO, 1994-99. Keith did the Saturday shift at KKGO. His hobby is Lionel trains.
(Tony Pigg, Gil Perez, Todd Parker, and Miles Perlich)
Peterson, Dale: KGBS, 1968. Dale is a former general manager at KGBS. He has passed away.
Peterson, Gerry: KHJ, 1974-75. In late 2002, Gerry (Cagle) left Network Magazine Group after 10 years and is with Musicbiz.com.
Peterson, Gregg: KABC, 1966-68; KNX, 1978-82; KELT, 1999-2002. Gregg was the gm at "Lite 92.7" in Riverside.
Peterson, Jay: KWVE, 1999-2001. Jay is a school bus driver in San Diego.
Petti, Ralph: KFI, 1972. The former general manager at KFI is living in Oregon. He was general manager at KUGN. In the mid-1970s, Ralph was the football voice for the Univeristy of Oregon.
PEWTER, Jim: KMET, 1970-73; KRTH, 1973-75, pd; KRLA, 1983-85, pd. A native of
St. Paul, Jim attended the . He developed an interest in rock 'n' roll when he interviewed Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Alan Freed and Fabian for the local newspaper. He graduated from Brown Institute of Radio Electronics in Universityof Minnesota Minneapolisand later studied drama with Jeff Corey in . Hollywood
In the Armed Forces in the 1960s, Jim became pd and all-night dj of the Munsan-Ni station of the Armed Forces Korea Network.
Jim arrived in the Southland in 1959. "KFWB was the best sounding and most fun station that I had ever heard. The 'Seven Swingin' Gentlemen' will always be a memory in the soundtrack of my life," said Jim. He started as a singer and had a regional hit, then wrote songs for Gene Vincent, Jan and Dean, Dick Dale and Bobby Fuller.
In 1968 he formed Playground Records. In the early '70s, KMET hired Jim on Sunday evenings to play music of the '50s and '60s along with interviews with singers from that era. Jim was a consultant for the live Rock 'n Roll Revival shows in
New Yorkand was also heard weekends over WPIX- . He also did a weekend Oldies show at KRTH before he became pd in 1973. He was voted 1974 Oldies Program Director of the Year. New York
During the 1970s he produced specials with Roger Christian and Dick Clark. They launched a syndicated special called The Beach Years, and other specials included The Legend of Buddy Holly and The Frankie Valli Story. Jim co-produced and co-hosted Dick Clark's 20 years of Rock 'n Roll which was syndicated on over 250 stations. He joined KRLA in August 1983 as pd. Jim stepped down as pd of KRLA in 1985 but continued with a weekend show. He produced his own roots albums which included Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker and Little Walter. Jim continued on Armed Forces Radio with an oldies show he'd been doing since 1966. He acted as research consultant for Columbia Pictures’ La Bamba.
For three years beginning in 1988, Jim hosted a morning radio show for FM Yokohama in
. He lives in Ojai with his wife Judy and their two daughters, where Jim compiles and produces CDs. In the fall of 1995 his label, Playground Records released Pulp Rock Instrumentals. Japan
Peyton, Ray: KRLA, 1980-83; KKLA, 1994-95; KCAA, 2003-07. In the early fall of 2007, Ray was convicted of five counts of sexual assault with a minor. He was sentenced to 66 years to life. His case is in the appeal process.
Pflug: Joanne: KMET, 1967. Joanne is the former star of M*A*S*H.
Phelps, Brian: SEE Mark & Brian
Philbin, Regis: KABC, 1972. Regis starred in the tv show Live! With Regis and Kelly. He left the show in 2011. Regis hosts various projects.
Phil the Thrill: KKBT, 1994-97. Phil Hernandez was part of the scene at "the Beat."
Phillips, Doc: KMET, 1985. In the late 1980s, Doc moved to Austin. He's the morning man for Smooth Jazz 92.1/106.3, KQJZ/fm.
Phillips, Irving: KDAY, 1960-62. Unknown.
Phillips, John: KBCA, 1978; KKJZ, 2006. John worked all-nights at the all-Jazz station and he left in the fall of 2006. In 2005, he was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
Phillips, John: KABC, 2007-18. John joined the KABC morning show in late July 2012. He now hosts afternoons with Jillian Barberie.
Phillips, Marshall: KLOS, 1972; KWST, 1978-80; KLSX, 1987. Marshall is at KZZO-Sacramento.
(P-Funk, Matt Pinto, Judge Cristina Perez, and Regis Philbin)
PHILLIPS, Mike: KRTH, 1990-2001. Mike retired from his pd slot at "K-Earth" in the fall of 2001. He passed away October 16, 2006, of pancreatic cancer, at the age of 64.
Mike was a legendary personality and programming executive. He had much success as a program director for a number of stations in San Francisco plus K-EARTH in the Southland. Mike was one of the original 610 men at KFRC-San Francisco in 1966. “Mike had a great and wonderful career,” said “Big” Tom Parker. “He invented the format that eventually became Soft AC with KOIT. A very successful guy with many different formats. What he did with K-EARTH was nothing short of incredible. They were 14th when he took over and kept them in the Top 5 the whole time he was there.”
"I thought Mike Phillips’ KRTH was one of the best radio stations I’d ever heard,” emailed consultant Bill Tanner.
Mike started his broadcast career at KISN-Portland in 1960, then went to KJR-Seattle for three years beginning in 1962. His first pd'ship was KNBR-San Francisco in the mid-1960s. Mike did mornings at KFRC-San Francisco from 1966 to 1972 and then went to RKO sister station WXLO-New York. After a half decade as pd and air talent at KGW-Portland, Mike was in San Francisco during most of the 1980s.
He worked at KYUU and was vp of programming for the NBC/FM division before moving on to K101, KFRC and KOIT.After a two-year stint at the Research Group in Seattle in 1987, Mike became vp of programming for WTMX-Chicago. His successful strategy at KRTH was to drop hundreds of songs from the play list, tighten up the format with consultant Bill Drake's help, and hire former "Boss" jocks Robert W. Morgan and The Real Don Steele.
Phillips, Sam: KLSX, 1999-2001 and 2004-09. Sam co-hosted the The Single Life Show on KLSX, The FM Talk Station until a format flip to AMP RADIO on 2.20.09. She is now a centerpiece on FMTalkLA.com.
Phyllipz, Tazy: KCXX/KUCI, 1999-2001. Tazy works in the Inland Empire station.
Pichardo, Diego: KACD, 1996-97. Diego is an account services rep for Cox Communications in San Diego.
Pickens, Hal: KFWB, 1965; KBLA, 1966-67; KDAY, 1968-69. Hal is living in Tulsa.
Pickett, Bobby "Boris", KRLA, 1964. Bobby was one of those one-hit wonders who was a good friend to LA Radio People.
Bobby’s career revolved around reviving Monster Mash around Halloween every year. The man behind the famous lyrics – “He did the monster mash. ... It was a graveyard smash” – is no more. Monster Mash hit the Billboard chart three times: when it debuted in 1962, reaching No. 1 the week before Halloween; again in August 1970, and for a third time in May 1973.
"Bobby was a pal to many L.A. deejays in the past and was on KRLA with Emperor Bob Hudson for a short time," remembered Nancy Plum, at the time of his passing.
He died April 27, 2007, at the age of 69.
Piech, Patti: KCBS, 1998-2005; KFI, 2006-07. Patti was a newswoman at KFI.
Pierce, Brad: Since 1987, Brad has worked at Westwood One's Oldies Channel.
PIERCE, Edgar. KPCC. Edgar, former general manager at KPPC, died January 9, 2012, after a short hospitalization. He was 88.
He was born in January 1923 in Billings, Oklahoma. As a boy he moved to California where he attended public schools in Upland. Edgar graduated from Chaffey High School and attended Occidental College (Class of '44). As both an undergraduate and graduate student he was very active in music and drama. Ed was a member of the Glee Clubs and Occidental Players, and in 1946 he received the Marion Schumacher Award as the Outstanding Member. He also attended the University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies in the early-1940's.
Ed enjoyed a successful 40-year career in live television production, broadcast advertising and public relations, and he was a charter member of the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters. Ed joined the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association as a volunteer in 1961, served as a Committee Chair for several years, and was made an Honorary Life Member in 2003.
Ed and his family lived in Altadena in the 1950's through mid-1970's, and enjoyed annual family summer vacations on Balboa Island. He was a co-soloist as a bass for the Kirk Choir of the Pasadena Presbyterian Church, where he also held the position of general manager for radio station KPPC. While working at Cal Poly Pomona, Ed met his wife, Peg. He retired from Cal Poly Pomona in 1989, and he and Peg moved from Monrovia to Cambria in 1990, where they became members of the Community Presbyterian Church and choir.
Pierce, David: KPPC, 1963-71. For the past 17 years David has been sales manager at Fox 15/TV in Lafayette.
Pierce, Paul "Panther": KMPC, 1960-80; KRLA, 1980. Paul was the aerospace editor for KMPC and a colorful traffic reporter for 20 years. He was famous for his "odes" to the sunrise each morning as he was driving from the "beach" and it was usually his first traffic report. He won four individual Golden Mike awards. Paul grew up in Detroit and was one of the original scriptwriters for "The Lone Ranger" series. Paul died March 11, 1998, at the age of 87.
Pierre, "Lucky": KHJ, 1961-63; KGFJ, 1968-74; KUTE, 1974-84; KACD, 1996-98. Lucky is active with the Hispanic community and appears at local dance nightclubs and hosts special party nights.
PIERSAL, Jim: KABC, 1965. KABC was in the second season of experimenting with "SportsTalk" and the author of Fear Strikes Out and a major league baseball player co-hosted the program during the off-season in 1965. He died June 3, 2017, after a months-long illness. He was 87.Piersall spent eight of his 17 major league seasons with the Red Sox (1950, '52-58). The two-time Gold Glove Award winner appeared in 931 games for Boston, primarily as a center fielder alongside fellow Red Sox Hall of Famers Jackie Jensen and Ted Williams. He was named an All-Star in 1954 and 1956.
Elected to the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2010, Piersall still holds the club record for most hits in a nine-inning game, as he went 6-for-6 in the first game of a doubleheader against the St. Louis Browns on June 10, 1953. Following his time with the Red Sox, Piersall played for the Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators, New York Mets, and Los Angeles/California Angels. His lifetime career batting average was .272. He was regarded as one of the best defensive players of his era, even ahead of several Hall of Famers including Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays.
Piersall suffered a nervous breakdown in 1952 and courageously battled mental health illness throughout his career. His autobiography, Fear Strikes Out, was published in 1955 and made into a movie in 1957, advancing awareness of mental health issues. Piersall's on-field antics when he first broke into the majors with the Red Sox full-time in 1952 cracked up fans and provided fodder for newspaper columnists. In one game against the St. Louis Browns, he made pig noises and mocked the odd throwing motion of aging Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige. But Piersall also had furious arguments with umpires, broke down sobbing one day when told he wouldn't play and got into a fistfight with the New York Yankees' Billy Martin at Fenway Park, followed minutes later by a scuffle with a teammate.
"Almost everybody except the umpires and the Red Sox thought I was a riot," Piersall said in the 1955 autobiography, later made into a movie starring Anthony Perkins and Karl Malden. "My wife knew I was sick, yet she was helpless to stop my mad rush towards a mental collapse. The Red Sox couldn't figure out how to handle me. I was a problem child." He played 56 games in the majors before being admitted to a mental hospital with what was later diagnosed as bipolar disorder. He wrote in his book that he had almost no memory of the season or his time in the hospital. He returned to the majors in 1953 "sound and healthy" thanks to "shock treatments, faith, a wonderful wife, a fine doctor and loyal friends." He went public to shatter society's stereotypes of the mentally ill. "I want the world to know that people like me who have returned from the half-world of mental oblivion are not forever contaminated," he wrote. Piersall distanced himself from the 1957 movie, claiming it was largely fictional and portrayed his father too negatively. Although he never descended to the depths of mental illness of that first season, he embraced the notoriety it brought him and remained a loose cannon known for his crowd-pleasing stunts and mercurial temper.
Born on November 14, 1929 in Waterbury, Connecticut, Piersall grew up a Red Sox fan. He signed with the Red Sox at age 18.
(Donna Page, Ashley Paige, Dr. Drew Pinsky, and Tony Potts)
PIETRO, Don: KOST 1977. Born Don Pietromonaco, he was known at Johnny Rabbit during his best days at KXOK-St. Louis and KRIZ-Phoenix. He grew up in L.A. and appeared as Little Beaver on radio's Red Ryder. His acting career included An Affair to Remember. In the film, he delivered a telegram to Cary Grant.
For over two decades, Don coached a voiceover workshop. He also worked at KAFY-Bakersfield.
He died of emphysema in April 1997 at the age of 61.
Pigg, Tony: KPPC, 1972. Out of Sacramento, for many years, Tony was the announcer on Live With Regis & Kelly and then to Kelly and Michael.
Pilat, Julie: KYSR, 2010-13. Julie was program director at KYSR (98-7) and apd/md at KIIS for many years. In the summer of 2013, she joined Jimmy Iovine's music subscription service, the BEATS, now owned by Apple Music.
Pina, Jaime: XETRA, 2006. Jaime was with XETRA.
Pinckney, John: KLON, 1981-85. John is a loan officer in Victorville and works morning drive at a local station.
Pinedo, Ruth: KLOS, 1973-85. The former md is now living in Washington, DC.
PING, Brian: KNX, 2011-17. Brian joined the KNX staff as a news anchor in April 2011 after three years at KDWN-Las Vegas. Before that, he was the morning anchor for WROK-Rockford, Illinois and news director for KRMS-Osage Beach, Missouri. He has also worked for KTRS in his original hometown of St. Louis and has written for the St. Louis Business Journal.
Brian became a fan of news radio at an early age, listening to his beloved Cardinals as a child on summer evenings, and the news broadcasts that would follow. His love of current affairs and history would carry him to a degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri. He has also received professional training at St. Louis’s renowned Broadcast Center.
Brian has family roots in Southern California. His grandfather worked as a recruiter for the Howard Hughes Corporation and raised his family in Torrance. Brian’s grandmother still lives in a house near La Jolla’s Windansea Beach that’s been in the family since the early 20th century. The Midwestern kid fell in love with the ocean and the California lifestyle during his visits growing up, and dreamed of some day living there.
Brian spent a year working as a deckhand on board the Yorktown Clipper, a small cruise ship that sailed Alaska, Baja California, Costa Rica, the Panama Canal and the Caribbean. He maintains a boundless love of travel and exploring new places.
An avid runner who has competed in several half-marathons, Brian can usually be found running along the streets near his home in Culver City. He also enjoys hiking, swimming, boating, softball, biking to the beach, and enjoying all of the culture, cuisine and other attractions that Los Angeles has to offer.
Pinsky, Dr. Drew: KROQ, 1984-2016; KGIL, 2007-08; KABC, 2015-18. Dr. Drew hosts "Loveline" with Psycho Mike Catherwood at KROQ. In early 2015, the pair hosted a midday show at KABC.
Pinto, Matt: KFOX, 1983-84; KTLK, 2005-07. Matt was the play-by-play voice of the NBA LA Clippers. He is now the radio voice for the Oklahoma City Thunder, the flagship station for the Thunder Radio Network.
Piolin, KSCA, 2003-13. SEE Eddie ‘Piolin’ Sotelo
Piombino, Rich: KMET, 1983-86; Westwood One, 1986-87. Rich is cio of RBPInc., which is a concert promotion and event production company. He's based in Atlanta.
Piotrowski, Casey: KORG, 1979; KWRM, 1980-81; KFOX, 1981; KWIZ, 1981-88. Casey is a Beatles expert and hosts The Beatles Show at WPMD.org.
Plaschke, Bill: KFWB, 2015-16. Bill has written for the LA Times since 1987 and has been the Associated Press National Sports Columnist of the Year five times. He is a regular panelist on ESPN's Around the Horn talk show and has written five books. Plaschke also has had roles on the HBO series Luck as well as in the movie Ali. He started doing morning drive at The Beast, KFWB, in October 2015. The show ended in mid-February 2016 due to the sale of KFWB.
Platt, Jane: KMET, 1977-78; KABC, 1978-79; KLOS, 1979-80; KRLA, 1981-85, West Coast Correspondent for ABC Radio Network (with some reporting for the ABC-TV Network NewsOne affiliate feed), 1986-94. Jane is currently News Chief for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, and does podcasts.
PLUM, Nancy: KYMS, 1973-74; KGBS/KTNQ, 1976-79; KHTZ, 1979; KMPC, 1979-80; KFAC, 1984; KFI, 1984-88; KLAC, 1988-91; KRTH, 1991-92; KYSR, 1992-93; KFWB, 1993; KRLA, 1994; KLSX, 1997; KFWB, 2000-04. Nancy is semi-retired and lives in Lexington, Kentucky. She does fill-in news and traffic for the Cumulus stations in Lexington.
Nancy was born Nancy Hurst in New York City and grew up in Miami and San Francisco. Her radio career started in the Windy City at an all-female air personality station, WSDM, in the late 1960s. After her Southland start in Santa Ana, she moved to KAFY-Bakersfield for the evening shift and was the first female jock on the legendary Rock station. When she returned to the Southland in 1976, she worked the overnight shift at "the new Ten-Q."
In 1980 she became a promotion executive at Universal Pictures. Nancy was one of the recognizable female voices in Southern California radio long before female djs became acceptable. She was a three-decade pioneer and survivor of the Los Angeles radio wars. "When I started out I'd do anything just to get my foot in the door. At KYMS in Santa Ana, I typed the traffic logs everyday and then got one Sunday morning shift. I even had to clean the bathrooms and the gm made the staff help paint the place. It was a terrible job. When I worked at KDAY I was made to glue scrap paper together for scratch pads. I swear I've had some terrible jobs in radio. So finally in 1974 I got a real job at KAFY-Bakersfield where all I had to do was come in at night and be a disc jockey. I learned how to be a jock at that station. The pd taught me how to be a top 40 jock. He spent hours on the phone with me during my shift making sure I knew how to dump a tune and talk over the bridge up to the vocal etc. I don't think I would've gotten to L.A. if it wasn't for his help."
Plunkett, Jim: KFI, 1991-94. Jim lives in Atherton in the Bay Area and owns a beer distributorship in Stockton. The former Raider QB is involved in some broadcasting in the Bay area.
(Casey Piotrowski, Bill Plaschke, Cecilia Pedroza, and John Phillips)
Poetess: KKBT, 1994-2006. Felicia Morris, AKA the Poetess worked at "the Beat." She is now a producer and co-host on 'The Foxxhole,' Jamie Foxx's network on Sirius/AM.
Pohlman, Tim: KTWV, 1992-2003. Tim is running the CBS cluster of radio stations in Chicago. Prior to his appointment in early 2016, for six years he ran the CBS cluster in Phoenix.
POLAK, Frank: KMPC, 1978-80; KLAC, 1980-2009. Frank was a long-time producer of Lakers Basketball. In the summer of 1999 he was appointed Executive Sports Producer, overseeing the Lakers and Anaheim Angels baseball. He died in February 6, 2016 of an apparent heart attack. He was 62.
Frank was with the Lakers broadcast operation longer than anyone else at KLAC. In 1980, he left KMPC’s Sports Wire (remember the infamous Webster 8-3000 number for scores?) to produce the Laker broadcasts. “I wasn’t planning on staying very long,” remembered Frank, as we talked on the phone in 2006. “I was going to build up some money and get out of town – and that was 27 years ago.”
As the producer he was in the control booth directing everything connected with the broadcast – the announcers, commercials, and timing. He was the traffic cop who directed all elements of the radio broadcast. “My first night was the Lakers first game in Dallas,” remembered Frank, “and it was the same night the old KHJ went Country. After the game, we went into a production room at the old Metromedia Square building that had an AM tuner and listened to the format change at nine o’clock. KHJ segued out of Rock and went into Country. The last song was Mac Davis, Rock And Roll [I Gave You The Best Years Of My Life]. I think the first song might have been Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys by Willie and Waylon.” (Frank was an avid fisherman)
When Frank started as Lakers producer in the 1980-81 season, the pre- and post-game shows were televised with Chick Hearn and Keith Erickson. They would sit there with a simple two-shot or they did a stand-up. After the game they did a two-shot from the broadcast table and that was it. But by Frank’s second season, KLAC started Laker Line on Sunday nights only. “When there was no game, Chick would come in and do six to seven o’clock. Even with our Country format and our auto race coverage, we got just as many calls when he came in and did the show in studio as when we did the game.” Having Laker Line once a week was a small step for KLAC, since the call-in show affected the station’s revenue. At the time, the station would get two and three Arbitron shares, still one of the top stations in the market. But by the start of the 1982 season, the decision was made to broadcast Laker Line before every home game. It was a big success. “There’s always trepidation when radio stations make programming changes that affect revenue. Will it work? Will people respond? They did.
The Lakers were doing very well as they were defending champions,” remembered Frank. When Frank started at KLAC, the Country station was going through a number of transitions. Bill Ward, the popular general manager, had been promoted to president of Metromedia. The veteran morning man, Dick Haynes (at the Reins), had fallen ill. Replacing Ward as general manager was Don Kelly, who came in from WIP-Philadelphia. “Dick Haynes died the Thanksgiving weekend of the year I got there. Kelly had to deal with a funeral and for someone he really didn’t even know,” remembered Polak. “Haynes had been off the air for several months.”
“In 1983, Kelly retired and they brought in a guy who worked at about 25 radio stations and has worked at about 30 more since – Al Brady Law. Before Kelly left he fired Don Langford as pd and brought in Charlie Cook, who had been running KHJ. Charlie lasted about a year and a half and then Phil Hall came in as pd and a sales guy, Chris Beck, from Denver where they all had been working.”
Frank has high praise for Laker broadcasting icon, Chick Hearn. “He was the ultimate pro, even to the end. Chick was the easiest guy to work with because there was never an issue about anything he did in terms of his job. If I asked him to come in and cut commercials and I said I needed you at eleven o’clock, I would come in at 10:30 and he would already be in the lobby going over copy and getting ready. To his last days, he was still the hardest working guy on the crew. Given his condition, that’s saying something. This guy never mailed in a show and there were a couple of times when we thought he wasn’t going to make it. One time in San Antonio, I’m guessing he had food poisoning. Susan Stratton (producer/director of KCAL 9 Laker broadcasts) saw him sitting in the stands by the press table before a game and he didn’t look good. She thought he might be having a heart attack. Turned out it was something he ate. He disappeared for an hour and a half. They couldn’t find him and she was worried he was passed out somewhere. A half hour before the show, he comes out wearing a $500 suit with the pocket square, picks up the mic like nothing happened.” Chick had laryngitis a couple of times and had to abandon his play call at half time. “He never mailed it in," said Frank. "He put his butt on the line every night. I’ve worked with temperamental people who will double cross you, as quickly as looking at you. He never once said he was going to do something and then failed to do it. If he said we’re going to record the pre-game show at four, you better be in studio with tape going because he was sitting there ready to go. I love a guy like that because you can always count on him – that to me is a pro. He was always ready. He made my job really easy.”
Chick favored radio. “He always had a soft spot for radio – more so than television, which rankled the tv people more than a little,” said Frank. Stu Lantz was Chick’s broadcast partner for 15 seasons. Did Stu ever want to be top banana? “Stu is very comfortable doing what he does. I never, ever, got the feeling that he wanted to take over the #1 chair. A couple of times when Stu filled in for Chick, I think he realized this isn’t something you learn overnight.” After Chick died, Paul Sunderland and Joel Myers came in for a season of radio broadcasting. Frank had high marks for the current play-by-play Lakers announcer, Spero Dedes. “He is a rare talent. Every once in a while colorman Mychal Thompson gets tied up in a conversation during the game and starts doing play-by-play and if it isn’t just one guy shooting a jump shot, Mychal kinda gets his feet tangled up. And Spero jumps in and you hear how smooth and easy it is for a guy who does that full-time. Spero is not only an extremely capable broadcaster and very, very talented, but he’s polite, professional, and he’s just enjoying being here and I sure hope we don’t lose him.” When you think of the 30-year broadcast history between the Lakers and KLAC, you can’t do it without thinking of Chick Hearn. The two are so intertwined even though Chick died in 2002 at the age of 85. “Even when you know it’s coming, it still hurts,” said Frank. “It hit me like a ton of bricks because I worked every game with him for 22 seasons - I mean every minute of every game. We never so much as had a cup of coffee together. We never went anywhere. We never did anything. We never sat down to have lunch, but we just did every game.”
Poland, David: KABC, 1999-2001. David left KABC in early 2001. He hosts roughcut.com.
Poland, Kay: KYMS, 1988-92; KEZY, 1996-97; KWVE, 1999-2004. Kay is program/music director at KWVE. She used the name Kay Lane prior to KWVE.
Polish, Bill: KPFK; KNX, 2001-04; KFWB, 2004-09; KNX, 2009-14. Bill was a news anchor at all-News KFWB. He moved to KNX following a format flip at sister station, KFWB and began anchoring the evening news. He left KNX in 2014.
(Charles Payne, Maclovio Perez, Poorman, Shawn Parr, and Dan Patrick)
Polk, David: KRKD, 1965; XPRS, 1973. Unknown.
Pollack, Frank: KDAY, 1958; KRLA, 1959-60. Frank worked at KDAY and KRLA in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He died from complications of Alzheimer's disease on October 24, 1999. Frank worked in Phoenix in the early '50s, having started his radio career in Ohio, and he worked for KXIV until leaving for KDAY. He went on to be one of the original "11-10 Men" at KRLA when the station went rock and roll. Frank returned to Phoenix in 1960 to work for KUPD and stayed there for three years. He then returned to KXIV where he stayed until 1984 when owner Ira Lavin sold the station. A one-time member of Woody Herman's band, Frank was an avid golfer and a collector of big band records. He owned "hundreds and hundreds, if not thousands" of 78s, according to longtime friend and former boss Lavin. "He had a marvelous voice. He loved big band music. Frank was a good golfer. Used to lie about his handicap - a lovable old scoundrel." He was 80.
Pomerance, Brad: KPPC, 1998-2007. Brad went on to co-host Day Break OC until the fall of 2008.
Pond, Bob: KGBS, 1968; KPPC, 1972-73; KPOL, 1973-75; KABC, 1984. Frin 1974 ti 2008, Bob was a real estate broker selling in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. "I have been out of radio since engineering at KABC in the 1984 olympics."
Ponte, Lowell: KUSC, 1968-70. A native of Redlands, Lowell is the author of numerous books, a Pentagon think-tank consultant, correspondent, commentator, and now host of Radio Right.
Poole, Gary: KQLZ, 1992-93; KLOS, 1995. Gary works at IDJMG and manages a band called "Among Thieves."
(Dave Paulson, Angela Perelli, Bill Presher, George Pennacchio, and Bob Pond)
POOLE, John H.: KBIG. John, founder of radio stations KBIG-AM and FM, LA television Channel 22, and Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula, died December 25, 2003, after a short illness. He was 86.
Poole, whose life spanned careers from tuna fisherman, merchant seaman, and shipboard radio operator to radio and television station founder and winery owner, was considered a groundbreaking innovator. KBIG-AM, which Poole located on Catalina Island in 1952, beamed an unfettered signal to Southern California radio listeners, including live broadcasts from the S.S. Catalina, the “Great White Steamer.”
Born in Detroit in 1917, the son of Col. John Hudson Poole and Caroline Boeing, sister of Boeing Aircraft founder William Boeing, Poole began his commercial broadcasting career at the age of 16 when he ran live radio broadcasts of evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson. Following certification as a radio engineer at the RCA Institute in Chicago, Poole became a radio operator, navigator, and fisherman on San Diego and San Pedro based tuna clippers, fishing of the Central American and South American coasts. Later, he was a Merchant Marine radio operator and navigator in the Caribbean and Atlantic, while under threat from German U-boats. During World War II, Poole was commissioned as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps Signal Corps and then assigned to the Royal Air Force in Great Britain where he helped develop early military radar use.
He served as a company commander for tracking approaching German bomber flights of up to 900 planes during the Blitz, and developed counter-measures to German radar jamming methods. He believed that countless lives were saved by their efforts. It was in England that Poole met Olivia de Reya, whom he married in 1943 in the remains of a bombed chapel in London. She became the first WWII European war bride to return to the U.S. with her G.I. husband.
Following the war, John Poole purchased 250-watt radio station KSMA in Santa Maria, followed by KALI in Pasadena, which he changed to a Spanish Language format. In 1952, he moved on to found KBIG, known as “The Catalina Island Station.” KBIG was earmarked by innovative programming and boosted by magnified signal strength, which Poole knew would be achieved by broadcasting the station’s directional signal across ocean water. That created full-strength radio coverage from Santa Barbara to San Diego and beyond. The station became very popular presenting an Island theme and scheduling music, news, and commercials on a different sequence from his competitors.
“We knew if you changed stations during a commercial, you would always find music on K-BIG,” Poole claimed. Ever the pioneer, Poole made early entry into the fm radio field with KBIQ, an fm station at 104.3m and UHF television transmission. By 1969, when Poole ended his broadcasting career with the sale of KBIG to Bonneville Broadcasting, he had a major role in founding 9 radio stations and 4 television stations. Following the sale of his broadcast media interests, Poole began one of the early vineyards in Temecula.
Poorman: KROQ, 1982-93; KIIS, 1995; KPWR, 1995; KACD, 1996-97; KIIS, 2001-04; KMPC (1540/The Ticket), 2005; KCAA, 2010-12 and 2015; KLAA, 2016. Jim Trenton, aka the Poorman, hosts Poorman's Bikini Beach TV. He hosted an afternoon show on KCAA in the Inland Empire until 2015. He now co-hosts a weekend show at KLAA with Peter Dills.
Pope, Jeff: KGGI, 2000-13. Jeff worked morning drive at KGGI-Riverside until the summer of 2013. In late 2013, he joined mornings at KEZR-San Jose "Mix 106.5." In early 2018, became the morning show dj for Hot 103.9 and 101.3 The Mix in the Inland Empire.
POPEJOY, Jack: KGOE, 1972; KIIS, 1972-75; KPOL/KZLA, 1976-79; KLOS, 1979-80; KFWB, 1986-2009; KNX/KFWB, 2009-11. Longtime KNX/KFWB news anchor, reporter and journalist died February 5, 2011. He was 63. Jack was part of a three-person anchor team at KNX along with Dick Helton and Vicky Moore since February 2009. He continued to work on-air until late January. Previously, from 1986 – 2009 he worked at sister station KFWB, where he served as the morning news anchor since 2000. Born in Austin in 1947, Jack grew up in the Delaware Valley, living in New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. He graduated from Amherst College with a B.S. in astronomy. He worked as gm of the campus station as well as other area stations. After college and Army basic training to become a reservist at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, he worked at WMEX-Boston. He next spent a year as a news guy at WPEN-Philadelphia. Jack moved to Southern California to be production manager for Joey Reynolds & Associates, a jingle company.
At KIIS, Jack was hired as weekend dj and weekday newscaster. He was the first national pd for the “KIIS Concept Syndication” (under Chuck Blore) before Popejoy was named KIIS pd at age 24. In 1976 he started as newscaster for KPOL AM&FM before being named pd of the fm station in 1977. He changed call letters to KZLA, a soft album rocker, before the station was sold to Malrite Communications and changed formats to Country. Popejoy also did work on tv. In the early 1980s he was nd and anchor for a San Francisco tv station. In 1983 Jack joined KCOP / Channel 13 as a reporter and fill-in anchor. Among Popejoy’s passions were astronomy and earthquake studies. During the California earthquakes, he was the go-to guy for KFWB and later KNX. Jack was a long-time consultant to the Southern California Earthquake Center. Additionally, he was an emergency management associate for the City of Los Angeles.
Since 1989, Popejoy had the distinction of being an Honorary Chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department. He covered the space program and a variety of science topics on radio and tv throughout his career. Jack also was knowledgeable about the financial world. He’d periodically fill in for Jim Newman on both KFWB and KTLA/Channel 5 providing updates from the Pacific Stock Exchange in Downtown Los Angeles. A multiple-award winner for broadcast excellence, locally Popejoy was recognized in 1998 as Journalist of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists. He won 27 Golden Mikes from the Radio Television News Association of Southern California, including a best newscast award just last month for Best News Broadcast. He won eight Press Club Awards.
Porras, Tony: KLAX, 2000-01. Tony worked evenings at Spanish KLAX.
PORTER, Ross: KABC, 1976-97; KXTA, 1998-2003; KFWB, 2003-04. Ross was a longtime part of the award-winning L.A. Dodger broadcast team.
Born November 29, 1938, he grew up in Shawnee, Oklahoma, dreaming of being a play-by-play announcer, and he started doing it when he was 14. Ross graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1960 and eventually won a coveted spot as a Dodger broadcaster in 1976 alongside Vin Scully. Ross joined KNBC/Channel 4 in the fall of 1966, broadcasting sports for 10 years and winning an Emmy. For the first 7 seasons in 1970s, Ross called NFL games for NBC/TV. He broadcast the 1977 and 1978 World Series on CBS Radio. Ross was the host of KXTA’s "DodgerTalk" pre- and post-game shows, for which he earned the Tom Harmon Award for Radio Sports Anchors in 1992. Ross was honored as Talk Show Host of the Year by the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association in 1991, 1992, 1993 (the first three years the awards were given, and again in 1998). He hold the major league record for the longest consecutive play-by-play by one announcer when he called the action by himself in a 22-inning game between the Dodgers and Expos on August 23, 1989. The game lasted 6 hours and 14 minutes. For the broadcast, Ross was honored with a Special Achievement Award by the SCSBA. He is the only broadcaster to have called the action for a World Series champion (1981 and 1988 Dodgers) and an NCAA basketball champion (1990 UNLV). In 2001, Ross was honored for his 25 seasons with the team. He is the father of two sets of twins.
Ross left the Dodger broadcast booth after 28 seasons in the fall of 2004. He never commented on his firing until October 2015 in an LA Times interview.
"To this day, it is a mystery to me who made the decision not to renew my contract. Jamie McCourt? Frank McCourt? Lon Rosen? No one in the Dodger organization ever talked to me face to face or on the telephone about the dismissal. The word was passed to my agent. We inquired of the Dodgers whether I could make a statement to be included in the news release announcing my departure, a few words thanking Vin Scully, Peter O'Malley and Fred Claire, the three men responsible for my getting the job, and also the fans. The response was negative. The man who broadcast over 5,000 Dodger games would not be allowed to make any farewell quotes."
Porter, Scott: KSRF, 1991. Scott's now program director back at the first station that ever let him grace their microphones, WBPZ-Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.
(Jane Platt, Mary Price, Isidra Person-Lynn, Cindi Paulos, and Patti Piech)
Porter, Vivian: KRTH, 1974-77; KHJ, 1978-85; KRTH, 1985-2008. Vivian left the CBS Radio/LA cluster in the fall of 2008.
Porterfield, Russ: KFOX, 1940s-76. Unknown.
Poska, Al: KFI, 1958. Unknown.
POSTON, Ken: KLON, 1987-99. In the summer of 2015, Ken took over as general manager at Jazz 88.3 KSDS in San Diego.
He got his start in his native Kansas City, attending the nearby University of Kansas to study music. He became interested in the history of jazz and began working in the university's jazz research library. After graduation, Ken became involved with the Kansas City Jazz Commission to preserve the city's jazz heritage. He started a local jazz magazine and began teaching jazz history at area universities.
In addition to his decade of work at KLON, he also taught jazz history at UCLA and Long Beach State University. Ken is also the director of the Sarasota Jazz Festival.
In 1987 he relocated to Los Angeles and joined KLON (now KKJZ) as the Director of Concert Productions. During his eleven years at KLON, he produced well over 100 concerts and festivals. In addition to his concert production activities, Ken was also an on-air personality hosting the popular 'Portraits in Jazz' program which became a Saturday morning mainstay on the Los Angeles radio dial. In addition to 'Portraits in Jazz', he also hosted a program for EuroJazz radio which was broadcast throughout Europe. He has also written and produced many programs for national broadcast in the United States.
Poston is also recognized as a jazz historian and an authority on the history of jazz on the west coast. Over the years Poston has amassed a huge collection of Jazz recordings and related memorabilia.
POTTER, Peter: KLAC, 1945-50; KFWB, 1951; KLAC, 1951; KMPC; KVFM, 1972. Creator of the Platter Parade and Juke Box Jury radio and tv shows, Peter was born William Moore in
Henrietta, Oklahoma, on April 14, 1905. He worked radio for a quarter of a century. He was one of the legendary "Big 5" disc jockeys on KLAC along with Dick Haynes, Alex Cooper, Gene Norman and Bob McLaughlin. Los Angeles
Peter broke into radio accidentally. He had come to
Los Angelesduring the Depression in 1934, after graduating from the . Universityof New Mexico
He studied drama at the Pasadena Playhouse, appeared in several films including some Gene Autry westerns then went into radio.While working in a furniture store, he wrote a radio script, and it was picked up by KNX. Peter appeared on all three major radio and tv networks.
On May 15, 1950, he did his first tv show, the local Peter Potter Platter Party.
But it was Potter's Jukebox Jury on all three major radio and television networks during parts of the 1950s that won Emmy awards for the best entertainment program in 1953 and 1955. Potter hosted the show, which featured panels of four celebrities giving ad lib ratings of new records as hits or missesrs. Folsom said. (Photo: Potter with Anthony Perkins and Tab Hunter)
In the early 1960s, during the explosion of rock music, Peter commented on the state of music in a Billboard interview: "I've been a disc jockey since 1937, and I've taken pride in being able to play the best in music. Top 40 programming is an inadequate service to the public. Top 40 limits the audience to kids and they don't buy the sponsor's product." He won Best Entertainment Emmys in 1953 and 1955. In the early 1970s, he was heard on KVFM. He was married to singer Beryl Davis. Peter died of a heart attack on April 17, 1983, at the age of 78. In poor health, he had been living in
. Palm Springs
(Tom Patterson with Vin Scully)
Potts, Tony: KFI, 2004. The entertainment reporter from Access Hollywood joined KFI weekends in early 2004 and left at the end of the year. He went on to host the Hollywood entertainment show for 13-seasons from April 1999 to February 2011, before launching his own ideation company in the content, startup and investment space.
Powell, Mike: KBCA, 1968. Unknown.
Powell, Russ: KNX, 1961-80. As a morning anchor at KNX, Powell's ratings were among the station's all-time highest. For part of his stay at KNX, he was business and financial editor. Russ is retired and living in Grass Valley.
Power, Will: KSRF, 1992. Unknown.
(Nick Paul, Julie Pilat, Jim Pratt, and Molly Paige)
Powers, Craig: KFXM, 1976-75; KUTE, 1976-77; KIIS, 1977-82; KFXM, 1982-85; KKHR, 1983-85; KEZY, 1985-91; KIKF, 1991-95 and 1999-2000; KMXN, 2000-02. Craig is the vp of operations of Cameron Broadcasting, a six-station group in Arizona, Nevada, and California. For much of the 2000s, Craig worked at CBS/Las Vegas.
POWERS, Francis Gary: KGIL, 1973. The Southern California Big Red Skywatch pilot was shot down over
Russiaon a reconnaissance mission during the Summit Conference in in 1960. In an unprecedented move, the United States traded spies with the Paris Soviet Union, and Frank came home in exchange for master spy Rudolf Abel in 1962.
When he grew weary of test piloting, around 1970, Frank moved with his wife and two children to
and tried out as the backup pilot for Col. Bruce Payne on KGIL. He commented at the time of his promotion: "The higher you get, the greater the sense of detachment. It's indescribable, but it's the detachment." Studio City
He died in a helicopter crash in the
San Fernando Valleywhile doing traffic reports for KNBC/Channel 4.
Powers, Mike: KSWD, 2008-11. Mike joined Bonneville's 100.3/fm The Sound in late spring of 2008 and left in the late spring of 2011.
Prado, Stella: KOST, 1991-2012. Stella was promoted to program director at KOST in the early fall of 2003. She left Clear Channel following a downsizing in December 2012. In early 2016, she was appointed Director of West Coast Promotion for the Big Machine Label Group.
PRAGER, Dennis: KABC, 1983-2000; KIEV/KRLA, 2000-2017. Dennis's show is billed as “talk about social issues from an ethical perspective.” For 10 years he hosted "Religion on the Line," a popular Sunday evening show on KABC that featured a Jewish rabbi, Protestant minister and Catholic priest.
He did undergraduate work in political-science at
Brooklyn Collegeand the Universityof Leedsin Englandand graduate work as a fellow at Columbia University's and Russian Institute. In 1969, at the age of 21, he was the national spokesman for the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry and a delegate to the first Brussels World Conference on Soviet Jewry. President Ronald Reagan appointed him a Schoolof International Affairs U.S.delegate to the Vienna Review Conference on the Helsinki Accords to negotiate human rights with the Soviet Union. His on-air personality deals with moral issues. He is for moral revenge and for capital punishment as an instrument of revenge.
In late 1984 an early evening slot opened up on KABC when Hilly Rose retired. Since 1985 Dennis has been the sole writer and publisher of Ultimate Issues, a journal with more than 20,000 readers worldwide which focuses on life's greatest political, social, philosophical and religious questions and events. The conservative talk show host on KABC started a half-hour talk show in September of 1994 on KTTV/Channel 11. He co-authored The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism which is the most widely used introduction to Judaism in the world. Dennis authored Why The Jews? The Reason For Anti-Semitism. Since 1994 he had been working middays on KABC's "TalkRadio."
Dennis moved over to
Salem’s , which became KRLA, in 2000 where he does mid-mornings. KIEV
Pratt, Jim: KROQ, 1997; KYSR, 1997-2004. Jim was imaging director at "Star 98.7." Since 2000, he has been owner of 11 db Entertainment.
Prell, Jon: KIKF, 1988-90. Jon went on to be the pd and morning talent at WKDQ-Evansville, Indiana.
Prescott, Bill: KMET, 1981. Bill works at KGON-Portland.
Prescott, Pat: KTWV, 2001-18. Pat hosts the morning show at KTWV, "The WAVE. She started at the WAVE as Dave Koz's co-host April 15, 2001. Over the years she has been teamed with Brian McKnight and Kim Amidon.
Presher, Dave: KMEN/KGGI, 1994-95; KPWR, 1996-97; KTWV, 1997. Dave left his post as gm at KRBV-Dallas in the fall of 2001 and now runs the Riviera Broadcast Group in Las Vegas.
Press, Bill: KABC, 1990; KFI, 1991-96; KRLA, 2009-11; KTLK, 2011-13. Bill is a syndicated radio host and regular contributor to the Huffington Post.
(Brad Pomerance, Star Parker, Steve Propes, and Bill Prescott)
Price, Gary: KHJ/fm, 1971-72; KROQ, 1972-73; KDAY, 1973-83; KNAC, 1984-95. Gary is working as a sales consultant for Fred Sands.
PRICE, Gene: KDAY, 1966-67; KLAC, 1970-71; KFOX, 1971-72; KIQQ, 1973-74, pd; KIIS, 1974; KLAC, 1975-84; KIKF, 1985-90; KLAC, 1990-93. Born in
McKinney, Texas, Gene started his radio career in while at Texas Tech. Lubbock
He came to the Southland from KEWB-San Francisco and joined KIQQ as pd until Drake/Chenault bought the station. In 1980, he quietly replaced morning wake-up legend "Dick Haynes at the Reins" and stayed until 1981. In fact, he was greatly influenced by Haynes, and some of his own cornpone humor was only a record away.
Gene won the 1981 Billboard magazine Award for Personality of the Year given out at the Country Radio Seminar in
. He hosted an Armed Forces Radio program for years. He has voiced numerous national commercials and was one of the early pioneers of the "Music of Your Life" format at Unistar. When he worked for Country KIKF, he made the drive from his San Fernando Valley home to the city of Nashville every morning for five years. Orange
Gene left KLAC at the end of 1993, when the award-winning station changed formats to satellite-fed Unistar's AM Only. Gene was an expert at voice impersonations. He provided Jim Healy with tracks featuring the voices of Howard Cossell, Jimmy Carter and other celebrities. Gene has always loved sales. While in
Texasradio, before coming to , he sold his own program. He was the general sales manager for Shadow Broadcast Services in California and later went to Western International Media. Los Angeles
Price, Jeremy: KXMN, 2001-02. He now works under his given name, Jeremy Pritchard.
Price, John: KRLA, 1968-73; KIEV, 1980-85. John is a freelance engineer with Citadel Broadcasting, Sirius Satellite Radio and the Museum of TV & Radio.
Price, Mary: KWIZ, 1978-81; KGGI, 1982-84; KZLA, 1984-89; KRTH, 1992; KCBS, 1992-2005; KMZT, 2005-06; KFSH, 2011-16; KSWD, 2016-17. Mary was part of the Fish Family Friendly morning show, as Mary Hughes and did fill-in at 100.3/The Sound. She left in mid-November when Entercom sold the station to Educatonal Media Foundation and the station flipped to Christian K-LOVE.
Price, Ron: KXMX, 1999. The former program director at KXMX has similar chores for Oldies KOOL in Phoenix.
Price, Tony: KGFJ, 1972. Unknown.
Princi, Carl: KWKW, 1952-53; KFAC, 1953-87; KKGO, 1990-92. Carl passed away in the early 1990s.
Pringle, Oogie: KWIZ, 1985-87. Oogie committed suicide in 1987.
Pritchard, Jeremy: KMXN, 2001-02. Jeremy worked weekends at the Orange County COOL station. Since 2003, he's been with Lincoln Financial Media in San Diego in various capacities, most recently assistant engineer/IT for fm properties: KBZT, KIFM, and KSON.
Proctor, Mel: KXTA/KTLK, 2003-05. The former sports broadcaster with the Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, San Diego Padres and LA Clippers. He became the tv play-by-play voice of the Washington Nationals for many years. He has written three books. Proctor operates a media training business for athletes and broadcasters.
(Ray Peyton, Oogie Pringle, Vivian Porter, and Bill Polish)
Proctor, Phil: KROQ. Phil was first heard on the Firesign Theatre at KROQ. He is active in a voiceover career and can be heard in Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc., and Finding Nemo.
Propes, Steve: KLON, 1981-92. Steve does consulting work in the history of rock & roll, record evaluation for the biggest company in the rare record business, Good Rockin' Tonight and he is heard on RockitRadio.net.
PUGSLEY, Robert: KPFK, 1979-86 and 1990-93. Since 1978, Robert has been a professor of law at Southwestern University School of Law. He has provided legal commentary on criminal law issues during numerous high profile trials through a vast array of media outlets. Over the past decade, his opinion has been sought by CNN, Voice of America Radio, and national network and local television news, as well as numerous radio news programs nationwide. He has also appeared on international television and radio programs airing in Canada, England, Scandinavia, and other parts of Europe, and has been quoted often by the Associated Press, ABA Journal, Washington Post,New York Times, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune, among many other major publications.
Professor Pugsley's career as a legal educator began at New York University where he was a Robert Marshall Fellow in Civil Liberties. There he served as acting deputy director of the Criminal Law Education and Research Center and as a lecturer for the Advanced Criminal Law and Policy Seminar. In 1978, Professor Pugsley moved to the West Coast to join the faculty at Southwestern where he teaches a range of criminal law courses and served for several years as the director of Southwestern's Summer Law Program in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was also founding faculty advisor to the law school's Public Interest Law Committee and its fundraising activities, a position he held for over a decade.
PULSIPHER, Mike: KNX. Longtime KCBS-San Francisco and CBS news anchor enjoyed a 40 year career in radio news. He worked at KFBK in Sacramento before joining CBS as an anchor and reporter at KNX. Mike worked at KCBS twice, starting as the afternoon news anchor in the 80s, with a tour of duty in New York as an anchor for the CBS Radio network news in between. Mike died January 8, 2010, at the age of 61.
Mike loved radio news, truly enjoyed sharing information with listeners, and was extremely proud of his career with CBS and KCBS.
Pullman, Jason: KYSR, 2003-05. Jason worked afternoons at "Star 98.7" until early fall of 2005. He now works mornings at the Country Bull at 94.9/fm in Atlanta.
PURCELL, Bob: KFI/KECA, 1942-45; KFWB, 1956-62. While waiting for the curtain to rise on the Civic Light Opera presentation of Man of La Mancha starring Bob Purcell as Cervantes/Quixote, you would be aghast reading in the program about the career of the star. He was known in Southern California as the general manager during the launch of historic "Color Radio" on January 2, 1958. A month after the launch Bob wrote pd Chuck Blore, the djs and newsmen: "Our total broadcast week is composed of 585,000 seconds. Each one of those seconds must be full, alive, bright, and alert. None should pass by un-noticed, each single second shall carry a full complement of colorful programming. In every five minute period you are each responsible for as many as 300 seconds, each one of them is a definite part of the KFWB sound, never let them go by emptily or dully. P.S. Have you tightened up lately."
Another phase of Bob's success in Southern California predated KFWB, when the 6 foot, 5 inch broadcaster was named the program director of KTTV/Channel 11 in 1949. Bob started his radio career as a singer at age 14 at WHAM-Rochester where he was born May 11, 1912. In the '30s he spent 8 years with WCFL-Chicago as staff announcer as well as hosting "Make Believe Danceland." While in Chicago he suffered a street accident that canceled his Army 1-A status.
When he arrived in the Southland in 1942 he acted in several films, notably Forever Amber and The Bride Wore Boots. In the mid-1960s Bob and his wife Jane moved to Yucca Valley where he made use of his real estate brokers license. For the next 14 years he participated in theater companies all over Southern California.
In 1982 he retired to Laguna Hills. Bob was terminally ill for the last two years before his death on August 5, 1987. He was 75. A columnist who knew Bob well wrote: "Purcell was the inherently lazy type of hard worker, ambitious but not ridiculously so. He had humor and a sense of proportion, he was free from swank, inspired confidence and loyalty." His wife remembered, "Bob had an unquenchable curiosity; everything he pursued was a challenge. His hobbies or avocations included Japanese Sumi painting, lectures on Chinese calligraphy, classical guitar, flute, recorder, amateur radio [he ran 5,000 phone patches during the Vietnam crisis for our servicemen] and even piano tuning."
(Pat Prescott, Natalie Page, Stella Prado, and Bernie Pearl)
PUTNAM, George: KFI; KIEV, 1975-2000; KRLA, 2001; KPLS, 2001-03; KSPA, 2004-05; KCAA, 2005-08. George, a familiar face and voice on tv and radio news and talk radio for over a half century, died September 12, 2008. He was 94 and despite his failing health, he managed to participate in his noon time show heard on CRN Digital Radio, sometimes from his hospital bed right up until his death.
George was born in Breckenridge, Minnesota on July 14, 1914. In college he was freshman class president, champion orator, ran on the track squad and played basketball and football. In 1934 George started his broadcasting career at WDGY-Minneapolis and then KSTP-Minneapolis/St. Paul. From there he went to NBC in New York where he did 14 programs a week, concentrating on news and special events. He shared the role of commentator for Fox Movietone News with Lowell Thomas.
During World War II as a Marine first lieutenant he won two citations. After the war he was seen and heard on the Mutual Broadcasting System, BBC and the Du Mont Television Network. Walter Winchell once said: "George Putnam's voice is the greatest in radio and television." George moved to Los Angeles in 1951 and soon ruled the Los Angeles airwaves as the city's top newscaster and perhaps its most omnipresent tv personality. His program George Putnam and the News appeared on every local independent broadcast tv station. In those days of early, low-tech tv news there were often flubs and once, Putnam breathlessly introduced "unedited" footage of a brush fire, which proved a mistake, since the footage included a firefighter relieving himself at the edge of the blaze.
George eventually became the country's highest-paid newscaster. He starred with Mort Sahl in a nationally syndicated tv show entitled Both Sides Now. Virtually inventing the image of the local tv anchorman, he was a bombastic figure, flamboyant in his stylishly tailored suits who looked straight into the camera as if speaking directly to viewers. He dated starlets, drove a sports car, owned a yacht and rubbed elbows with actors, Mayor Sam Yorty, Gov. Ronald Reagan and President Nixon. He once cajoled Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir into giving him her recipe for chicken soup and got 200,000 requests for it through on-air promotion. He has been the recipient of over 300 awards and citations including a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His "Talk Back" show was a two-decade institution on KIEV. George lived on his ranch in Chino, where over the years he raised more than 400 thoroughbreds.
During the summer of 1996 George appeared in the blockbuster film, Independence Day. His signature line was: "And that's the up-to-the-minute news - Up to the minute, that's all the news! - See you then!"
Putney, Sam: KJLH, 1984-88; KACE, 1988-92. Sam is working morning drive at KKDA-Dallas.
Pye, Jr., Brad: KGFJ, 1955-73; KJLH, 1973-75; KACE, 1975-77; KGFJ, 1977-79; KDAY, 1979-90. Brad is the ADA Coordinator for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. He's also sports editor for Inglewood Today Magazine.
PYLE, Ed: XTRA; KFWB, 1969-71 and 1974-84; KNX, 1985-2006. After 47 years as a broadcast journalist, Ed retired from his KNX news director position in early 2006 and now lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Under Ed’s leadership, the KNX news staff amassed scores of awards for broadcast and journalism excellence. Pyle, who has spent the past 20 years at KNX and 13 more at sister station KFWB, received numerous awards from the Radio-Television News Association of Southern California, the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Press Club. In 2004, the Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists named Pyle Radio Journalist of the Year.
“Ed Pyle has quietly been one of the best journalists in Los Angeles history,” said KABC’s Dan Avey at the time of Ed's retirement. “In 1984, when a guy hit the accelerator and intentionally mowed down a bunch of people on the sidewalks in Westwood Village the night before the Olympics, Ed was the first newsman on the scene. KFWB [Ed was assistant nd] had a near exclusive on the ‘is it terrorism?’ story because most of the city's news people were drinking free booze with the Olympic organizers at a downtown hotel.”
“Ed Pyle is the last of a breed of high principled, journalistically caring and hard charging news directors,” wrote KNX reporter/anchor Bob Sirkin. “He's also a damn good guy with a unique, quick wit. Without question, Ed is one of the finest news editors I've ever had the privilege of working for. His news sense and judgment is second to none! Even when Ed sent you out on a grade-B must-cover story; you knew his heart was still in the right place. In today's world of broadcast journalism, you don't replace an Ed Pyle. You only hope for the best.”
Born in 1939, in Paramus, New Jersey, Ed was raised in Plant City, Florida. He was raised in central Florida, where he attended the University of South Florida in Tampa. His broadcasting career began when he was with the US Army, during which we received the Army Commendation Medal for his work as a tv news anchor. Before getting to the Southland, Ed worked for a variety of radio stations in Tampa/St. Petersburg as a dj and newsman. He came to California to work for XTRA News 690, the world’s first all-News station.
Ed plans to spend time traveling and with his hobby of photography.
(Sam Putney, Mel Proctor, Bill Press, David Poland, and Luciano Palermi)
PYNE, Joe: KABC, 1960-64; KLAC, 1964-69. "No one conducts the straight, hard-hitting interview as well as Joe Pyne, the master showman of the talk realm," according to the LA Times in 1967. Born in Chester, Pennsylvania, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps upon graduation from high school. In World War II he won three battle stars and lost his left leg.
Joe started his radio career at WCAM-Camden while studying at a Philadelphia dramatic school. He worked in Canada, Delaware and Arizona. By the time he arrived in the Southland it was estimated that he commanded $2,000 a week for four broadcast days. He could be heard telling a caller he disagreed with to "go gargle with razor blades."
At the peak of his career, in 1966, he had a syndicated tv talk show on Metromedia stations and a syndicated radio show on 254 stations. A heavy smoker, he once said that although he realized cigarettes might cause cancer, he would "rather take a chance than be a fat neurotic." When he learned he had cancer, he stopped smoking. For a few months he began broadcasting from his home until he quit radio and tv in 1969 due to illness.
Joe died of cancer on March 23, 1970, at the age of 44.
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