Where Are They Now?
Los Angeles Radio People, C
Compiled by Don Barrett
changes and updates to AvilaBeachdb@gmail.com
C, Mickey: KIKF, 1999-2000. Mickey Czegledy co-hosted the morning show at Country KIKF and she is involved in voiceover projects. She is also a mortgage broker.
Cabranes, Bill: KWNK, 1996. Bill works for Telemundo in San Jose.
CADELL, Dr. Ava: KLSX, 1995 and 2000. Born in Budapest, Hungary, Ava enjoyed success as an actress before earning her doctorate in Human Behavior and one in Human Sexuality. She is the founder of Loveology University. In her private practice in L.A., she counsels some of Hollywood's elite on a myriad of communication and sexual issues. Ava has produced a video called the Power of Seduction and an audio book, Between the Sheets. Other books she has written include: 12 Steps to Everlasting Love, 52 Weeks of Sizzling Sex, The Stock Market Orgasm, and The Tantra Workbook.
She hosted a weekend talk show at KLSX.
CADENA, Lee: KPWR, 1997-99. Frank "Lee" Cadena created and hosted the Low Rider show at Power 106. He died July 16, 2018, at home, after a long stay at UCLA Hospital with kidney failure. He was 55.
Lee was the former Rap Editor for Urban Network Magazine and one-time manager of Teena Marie.
Beginning in 2006, he was the owner/publisher of the publication, Tidbits of the Santa Clarita Valley. Lee Cadena started his own dj company when he was 15. By the time he was 18, he had the largest Latino owned mobile dj service in West Michigan. Lee’s been awarded National Program Director of the Year and Music Director of the Year by both Impact Magazine and Urban Network Magazine.
In 1995 he did overnights at KSOL-San Francisco. Cadena was born in Grand Rapids in 1963. And from an early age, Cadena wanted to be on the radio. “Radio was everything to him,” said a colleague. “He was told when by his high school counselor that he wouldn’t make it on-air, but he went after it anyway.”
“Jeri and I have known Lee and his wife, for most of the 29 years we’ve lived in Santa Clarita. Not only was Lee a brilliant radio dj, he was a class act and an incredible talent,” said KHTS co-wwner Carl Goldman. “Lee always had a smile on his face, even when he struggled with health challenges. Jeri and I will miss him. He was a tremendous asset to our valley.
Cadman, Robert: KWVE, 1986-2005. Robert is in real estate in the San Clemente area.
Cadwell, Clyde: KFVD/KPOP, 1957-58. Clyde passed away in the 1960s, while still in is forties.
CADY, Bob: KWIZ, 1982-85. Bob started out in sales at KWIZ and eventually went on-air. When he left the Orange County station, he joined "Format 41" at Transtar. In the early 1990s, Bob was doing a morning show in Palm Springs with Doug Ray.
He's now living in Burlington, Vermont, "where I'm up to my ass in snow doing Mornings and loving it."
CAGLE, Gerry: KHJ, 1974-75, pd. Gerry was born and raised in a tiny town in the south, Columbia, Mississippi. "I was raised with southern values and enjoyed the opportunities available in small town America. I spent my time swimming, hunting, fishing and riding horses. From an early age I was in love with horses and began working at a horse ranch when I was 12. I even rode in some rodeos for two years (bareback bronco and calf roping) before selling my horses and beginning college. I attended Mississippi College, majoring in English and Speech as a part of Pre Law. I also attended classes at Jackson School of Law. It was during this time that I first became interested in radio. Mississippi College offered a radio course that I took as an easy way to earn credits, but the class hooked me on radio. My first real job in radio was at WRBC in Jackson. I later worked at WWUN and WJDX while continuing my education. At the same time I was working my way through college, I formed Mid South Talent Associates and began booking bands across the south. My partner and I showcased The Animals, Jimi Hendrix, The Who and other acts in venues from Ft. Worth to New Orleans to Jackson to Miami. It was while I was in Miami cutting commercials for The Who show where I caught the attention of the program director of WFUN who offered me a job. Taking the WFUN job set me off on an odyssey that still continues."
From WFUN in Miami, he worked at WMFJ-Daytona Beach, KTLK-Denver, KRIZ- in Phoenix, WRKO-Boston, WOR/fm-New York City, KHJ, KCBQ-San Diego, KFRC-San Francisco, WAPP-New York, KCMO-Kansas City, where he headed the Summit Communications chain. In 1992, he returned to Los Angeles to head The Network Forty magazine. Gerry later became publisher of The Network Magazine Group which produced 7 music magazines including the prestigious Album Network and Urban Network as well as Network 40.
"After the sale of the group to Robert Sillerman and then to Clear Channel, I expanded my role within the company and was eventually president of 3 different Clear Channel divisions. After 10 years I left Clear Channel to open my own music entertainment company in Los Angeles. Today, Crysis Management is a thriving company that represents many artists in all aspects of the entertainment business. I have produced records, managed entertainers, written songs, written and directed Music Biz, a play that ran for 3 months in Los Angeles, published four novels (Flight Plan, PAYOLA! and Sheet Music). The most recent, Straddle, has been optioned by an Academy Award winner in partnership with a major cable network. I was Chief Of Staff for the Governor of Mississippi and later ran for Congress in the same state.
Calcotte, Gordon: KIEV, 1966. Unknown.
Calder, Bill: KHJ, 1962-64. Bill died of prostate cancer in 1990.
CALA, Joe: KABC, 1961-73; KFWB, 1973-2006; KNX, 2006-17. Joe broadcast sports at all-News KFWB and KNX for decades. In 2013, he was inducted into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame. After graduating from Manteca High in the San Joaqin Valley, Cala did a short stint in Tucson before enrolling at Santa Clara University. He transferred to University of the Pacific for his radio-TV broadcasting major.
“I had no business majoring in business, and my limitations were unlimited, so communication made the most sense,” Cala was quoted as explaining. He has maintained his sense of humor throughout his career. With vocal chords ablaze, after someone told him he had a mellifluous voice, he jumped into broadcasting.
In the early ‘60s Cala entered into a career as a mobile reporter for KABC Radio. He covered the Robert Kennedy assignation in 1968 and his career evolved into a 32-year-stint as a sports anchor with KFWB Radio and then KNX. He could run with lightning speed in high school but he couldn’t hit in baseball and was constantly tackled in football. Broadcasting and golf were pretty much his game – playing twice a week – hitting in the 80s on the greens. When it comes to holes-in-one he remains in the shadow of his brother Al who has six to his credit. Cala has also made a name for himself as a screenwriter having co-written “Angel” in 1984 with friend Robert O’Neil. The film earned $35 million worldwide and led to two sequels – having had small parts in the first two of the trilogy.
His nieces and nephews wrote in a congratulatory note: “If there was a Hall of Fame for Uncles, you would be in there, too!”
CALAMAR, Gary: KCRW, 1997-2018; KCSN, 2018-20. Gary worked weekends at KCRW and departed the Santa Monica outlet in the fall of 2018. His show gave him an opportunity to be a music supervisor for both radio and tv. His many credits include Six Feet Under, Dexter, Entourage, Weeds and House. When he left KCRW he told Variety: “Times change, and it’s time to move on.”
Additional music director projects include The Man in the High Castle and Titan. Calamar has recorded as a singer-songwriter under his own name, including an EP for Atlantic Records. He's been nominated for four Grammy awards.
When Gary was hired at KCSN, his then-boss, Sky Daniels, said: “Gary established a singular reputation at KCRW (and as a music supervisor) with this keen sensibility curating a powerful blend of new artists with critically acclaimed legends. His instincts for melody make him a wonderful addition to the 88.5 FM staff.”
CALDERONE, Tom: KLSX, 1996; KLYY, 1997-98. Tom was president of VH1. He left VH1 in the summer of 2015.
At KLSX, Tom hosted the "Modern Rock Live" show on "Real Radio" weekends. In early 1997 he joined “Y-107.” During the summer of 1998 Tom went to MTV as vp of music programming and later began president.
At Spotify, Calderone oversaw original content, shows and studio content, as well as artist relations and partnerships with labels and publishers.
In the summer of 2021, Tom returned to Buffalo as president/ceo of Buffalo Toronto Public Media, the parent of News-Talk WBFO, Classical WNED, WNJA, and PBS affiliate WBFO/tv Buffalo.
Tom attended the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY) before beginning his career.
CALLAGHAN, Mike: KPPC 1970-73; KWST 1973-74; KKDJ/KIIS/KXTA 1974-2013. Mike was chief engineer at KIIS/KXTA until the summer of 2013. Until his death in November 2016. he worked for San Diego Gas and Electric and how it related to rooftop solar systems. He was 72.
For a decade from 1975-85, he was teacher of telecommunications at Pasadena City College. In 1995 Mike designed the KIIS Megacruiser, a 46 foot long remote semi-trailer with two fully functional on-air studios, one of which rolls out of the side of the trailer. In 1998 he upgraded KXTA from 5,000 to 50,000 watts.
Paul McLane of Radio World interviewed Mike when he retired in 2013. "It has been an incredible amount of fun. “We developed a tremendous amount of new technology over the years, and met new challenges with new ideas and answers. And we had managers of vision who gave us the tools and money to try new concepts.”
I asked Mike how he got started in the business. He recalls taking the electronic curriculum at Pasadena City College right out of the Army. “One of the classes was to prep you for the First Phone. If you passed the exam before the class ended, you got an automatic ‘A’ and didn’t have to come to class anymore. That made a lot of sense to me, so I studied like mad and passed the exam. Two weeks later, I found that KPPC(AM/FM) in Pasadena was looking for an engineer. I applied and was hired. It was a baptism by fire, believe me!” He says he left the station when new owners ran out of money to pay anyone.
“From there I went to KWST. Beautiful music, and beautifully boring. That lasted one year. Then to KKDJ, which became KIIS.” Mike also worked as the transmitter engineer for station KEZY/fm in Anaheim, and he continued as the chief for KPPC (AM) after it was spun off from the fm. Reflecting on what he’d say to others now, Mike says: “Radio is not getting any easier. You have to stay current with technology and keep learning as much as possible. Retiring for me means staying active and continuing to learn.”
CALOCOCCI, Tom: KKBT, 2005-06. Tom was appointed pd at "The BEAT" in late spring 2005 and left in the summer of 2006.
After five years as operations manager at WPOW-Miami, he left in the spring of 2011. In the spring of 2013, Tom was appointed pd of Cox's AC Miami station WFLC (97.3 Coast/fm). He left the Miami cluster in February 2014.
He was head of programming for the Beasley cluster in Las Vegas and pd at KAOS-Las Vegas until the fall of 2021.
CAMERON, Lee: KDIS, 1997-2000; KCMG/KHHT, 2000-02. Lee has a voiceover career.
Lee was born and raised in eastern Connecticut and started his radio journey at the college station at the University of Connecticut (earned a degree in mass media) and eventually became pd and ops manager. He worked for a number of New England stations including: WNOU-Willimantic, CT, WKCI-New Haven, WILI-Willimantic, WCCC and WTIC-Hartford. Lee joined KEDG-Las Vegas in 1992.
“The station was one of the first alternative success stories outside of the major markets. From Las Vegas I went to help start Radio Disney as the evening personality on the network, going from four markets at the beginning to over 40 after three years.” While at Radio Disney, Lee also worked as a kid voice director and performed character voices. Following the format flip at ‘Mega,’ to ‘Hot 92.3fm,’ he continued working in the same capacity.”
CAMERON, Myles: KHTZ, 1985; KBZT, 1986. Myles was a jock and news anchor for many Bay Area stations, including KSFO, KSAN, KABL, and K101.
A fourth-generation San Franciscan he grew up in Belvedere. His high school years were spent in Santa Barbara where he was pd of the school station. After graduating from the University of Oregon in broadcasting/journalism his radio path led to news anchor at KIDD-Monterey and then air personality at KYTE-Portland, KLIF-Dallas, KQKT and KMPS-Seattle. "The year 1986 contained the zenith and nadir for me as a broadcaster hosting Hands Across America and then on the air live when the space-shuttle Challenger exploded." In the late '80s, Myles returned to the Bay Area after acting in various tv sitcoms and industrials. While in the Southland Wolfman Jack emceed a Greater Media client party at the Hollywood Palace. "After introducing all the '11-10 Men', then KHTZ' Charlie Tuna, the Wolfman looked at me quizzically like, 'who the F**K are you,' and gazed at my name on his list and said, 'let's give a big hand for our 'K-Hits' midday man, Myyy, Myyyyyyy, Myyyyllllll, Myyyyyyllllleeeessss Camm, Myles Cameron, everybody."
CAMPAGNA, Vince: KFWB, 1969-97. Vince was a longtime newsman for KFWB and contributor to the history of
He began his radio career in 1953 in the Army’s AFRS in
. “After the service I cut my teeth and paid my dues in several major markets.” Before joining KFWB Vince produced and directed tv programming as well as programming an Fairbanks, Alaska tv station. L.A.
During his 44 years in broadcasting, Vince accumulated a library filled with awards for meritorious achievements including a dozen years as KFWB’s entertainment critic. Vince wrote a final memo on the day he retired in 1997: “What more can I say. So many years. There are a lot of names I leave behind. But none that I will forget. All that will stay with me...in my mind, in my heart, in my Soul, till the day I die. Love and God speed, Vince.”
A few days before his death, Vince fell ill and was hospitalized for tests. He required surgery and died a few hours later on December 6, 1997. He was 64. Vince’s co-workers remember him as a man of journalistic integrity, fun and friendship.
CAMPBELL, Gary: KHTZ, 1983; KZLA, 1983-2001; KKGO, 2006-18; KSUR, 2018-19. Gary started doing mornings at Saul Levine's Oldies station, K-SURF, in early fall 2018. He also works part-time at KKGO, GoCountry 105." He spent many years playing Country music in Los Angeles at KZLA and the Westwood One Radio Network, as well as KSON in San Diego. He left Saul Levine's stations in the spring of 2019.
From KDUO-Riverside, he arrived at "K-Hits (KHTZ) in 1983. Gary brightened the overnights at KZLA for over a decade. For many years he worked at AirWatch Traffic and Metro Traffic.
Gary enjoys spending time with his dogs and volunteering for animal welfare organizations. He also enjoys doing difficult crossword puzzles in his spare time.
CAMPBELL, John: KHTZ, 1983-86; KBZT, 1986. John died on July 19, 2018 in Sherman Oaks, of natural causes. He was 63.
John was born in 1955 in Cohoes, New York to father William Land mother Helen E. Campbell who pre-deceased him as did older brother William M. Campbell. John was a graduate of St. Bernard's, Cohoes High School and Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York.
"John loved radio!" according to his sister, Charlotte. He got his initial radio experience on the campus station while attending Hudson Valley. In Albany, New York he worked at WHRL, WABY, and WSNY.
In 1975, the lure of Hollywood drew him to Southern California. His booming voice enabled him to find work in LA at KRLA, KHTZ and KSRF, KWNK-Simi Valley and in San Bernardino at KMEN. He was a proud member of SAG for many years and appeared in many movies most notably Absolute Power, Logan's Run and The Rock. And he worked on many tv shows.
For the last 14 years of his life, John was employed at the law office of Richard M. Lester. "John had a heart of gold. He was quirky, opinionated, interesting, passionate and lovable, always smiling or grinning. He was a 'walking encyclopedia' with regard to old movies and old tv shows especially. Give him a title, he knew the actors, the director and the year it came out," his sister continued. "John leaves behind many desolate co-workers, good friends close and afar and a family that never got to say goodbye."
Campbell, Lori: KYMS, 1989-91. Lori returned to school to work on a degree in music and archeology.
CAMPBELL, Stan: KLAC, 1989-93. Stan is based in Niagara Falls with his own production company, ZIPSPOTS.com. He owns a travel media consultancy promotions company, Travel Radio Network. He also hosts a two-hour Canadian syndicated Country show, "The Canadian Trucking Radio Show" and in the US, the "American Driver Radio."
He responded to a 2007 question about love. "First of all, you have to a ‘hopeful romantic.’ It's never hopeless. I had been through [count 'em] 4, yes FOUR, marriages and I decided I didn't want to do this anymore. I actually sought counseling. It was probably the fourth or fifth session when my counselor asked me ‘what kind of woman do you want in your life?’ I thought for about a millisecond and blurted out the usual guy thing, ‘good looking, loves sex, easy to get along with....’ and then that was about all I could come up with. The therapist asked me to go home and start making a list of all the positive aspect of my ideal woman and maybe even more important, what I didn't want and couldn't tolerate. After a couple of weeks, I had three typed pages and a growing realization that I hadn't ever given it much thought. I brought the list back to her but I didn't need her approval. I finally had a clear picture of who I wanted in my life. About two weeks later, it was as if God opened a door. I did something I thought I'd never do. I logged onto an online dating service. Within a week I was conversing with a sweet lady from Bogota, Colombia named Martica. She was educated, world traveled and funny. She almost signed off when I told her I had been married four times. I told her about my ‘list’ that my counselor had me write. Martica said, ‘Send it to me.’ I didn't intend it as a test but she scored herself on it anyway and came up with a 98% agree rate. Less than two months later, I flew to Colombia. I fell in love with her and her family. She flew to Michigan for two weeks to meet my family and friends. I was in love. We were married in October 2001. Now I want to live forever just so we can be together forever.
Campbell, Wendell: KGBS, 1965. Wendell is deceased.
Campos, Raul: KCRW, 1999-2022. Raul works evenings at KCRW.
The voice of pirate radio in the mid-'90s and a native Angeleno, Raul has come from the underground to represent the eclectic airwaves of KCRW. From his menagerie of influences, Raul dreamed of becoming a radio broadcaster. His youthful affection for music began with the 8-track and vinyl collection of his Mexican parents and six older siblings. Their musical influences ran the gamut of genres and styles. Before even developing the ability to speak, Raul would regularly babble tunes from the radio using his own made up words. By age eight, Raul was avidly playing the likes of the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Donna Summer and the Beatles, sprinkled with the rancheras, cumbias and mariachi music of his parents. His assorted collection expanded as tapes became the format of choice and Raul began to experiment with cutting and "mixing" tapes on a boombox. At the age of 14, he finally put the needle to the record and stepped behind the decks as a dj. Specializing in house parties, college mayhem, nightclubs and underground events, Raul quickly developed a reputation across Los Angeles. Laying his urban planning career aside, Raul followed his dream into the world of radio. He established a residency on Power 106FM's longest running after hours mix show Power Tools, along with Richard Vission and Swedish Egil, cutting his teeth banging out mega-mixes. But it was in a basement in Santa Monica that Raul would find a home for his motley musical influences at public radio station KCRW. (from KCRW website)
CAMPOS, Tonya: KNX/fm, 1988; KCBS/fm, 1991-94; KZLA, 1994-2006; KKGO, 2007-16; KNX, 2018-20. Tonya was program director at Country KKGO until July 2016. She is busy working as a part-time traffic anchor at KNX 1070, along with her work with Skid Trax, a company she co-founded almost 10 years ago. "Skid Trax has a syndicated show called Ashley and Brad, available through Envision Networks which we are very proud of," said Tonya. Tonya is also doing voice/imaging work.
She started her radio career at the age of 14 at a small AM station in Visalia. Within five years she was the evening host at KFYE-Fresno. She followed that with jobs at KBOS-Fresno and KSDO-San Diego. She came to Los Angeles in 1987 and worked for the Transtar Radio Network.
In 1994, she joined Country KZLA and became music director and apd. When KZLA dropped Country, Tonya worked for Lofton Creek Records before joining KKGO.
CANDULLO, Steve: KKBT, 2006-07. Steve took over the gm duties at the BEAT in October 2006 and was there for a year. He spearheaded the change when KKBT morphed into KRBV, “V-100.”
Steve worked at KISS in New York. He partnered with Barry Mayo when the pair worked in New York. One of his first assignments was to turn around WKQI, where Dick Purtan was the morning man. At 100.3/fm L.A. they had to repackage the frequency.
Steve grew up in Pearl River, New York, about 30 miles outside of the city. He went to school in Boston and started his radio career in Boston at WBOS when it was the first full-time disco radio station. At 25 he was working in New York at WPLJ. “It was a killer Rock station at the time. Whotta’ fun place to be,” enthused Steve. Four years later he was sales manager at WABC and then hooked up with Mayo at KISS, as the youngest gm at 29. “A return to WPLJ was a mistake,” confessed Candullo.
In 2008, Radio One sold the station for $136.5 million.
CANNING, Lisa: KDAY, 1986-90; KJLH, 1990; KKBT, 1993-97. Lisa was the leggy announcer on ABC's Into the Night Starring Rick Dees.
In late 1995 she became an entertainment reporter for Entertainment Tonight.
In the spring of 2000, she married Harold Austin. Lisa was part of the debut season of Dancing with the Stars. As an actress, Canning appeared in small roles in the feature films Scream, Intermission, and The Day After Tomorrow. She has acted on the television soap operas General Hospital and The Young and the Restless.
CANNON, Nick: KPWR, 2019-22. “Nick Cannon Mornings – Power 106 #1 for Hip-Hop” debuted in June 2019. Now add morning drive host to an impressive resume: radio host, comedian, actor, producer, rapper, writer, philanthropist, children’s book author, and social activist. In the summer of 2021, Nick moved to middays. His time with "Power" was interrupted while Nick was on hiatus after his anti-Semitism remarks in the summer of 2020.
“Nick is the quintessential entertainer and content creator who will take our media game to the next level,” said Otto Padron, president/coo of Meruelo Media, “His tremendous success across television, film and music is testimony of his unique talent, work ethic and impeccable reputation. Nick is the absolute right talent to start our mornings on Power 106 – this is an incredible match and we’re fortunate to have him on our family!”
Cannon said, “Power 106 is one of the most substantial fixtures in our Hip Hop culture that has proven time and time again that they are #1 and not going anywhere! Los Angeles is used to star players joining star franchises! I’m just honored for the opportunity to make our community and Culture proud. All I can say is it’s Ncredible!”
Power 106 pd, E-Man said, “Nick Cannon is that fresh sound we were looking for on Power 106. Nick is an incredible entertainer who embodies Hip Hop, pop culture, comedy, and community all in one! We are very excited to have him on our team.”
Cannon is the host and executive producer of Fox’s #1 hit tv show, The Masked Singer, as well as the creator, host, and executive producer of MTV's Wild ‘N Out, which will begin production on its 15th season later this year. Wild ’N Out’s YouTube channel has amassed almost 5 million subscribers since its official launch approximately 6 months ago.
CAPPARELA, Rich: KUSC, 1980-83; KFAC, 1987-89; KJOI, 1989-90; KKGO, 1990-91; KUSC, 1993-96; KKGO/KMZT, 1996-2007; KUSC, 2007-22. Rich worked morning drive at all-Classical "K-Mozart" until a format flip to Country in February 2007. A week later he was working afternoons at KUSC.
In 1972 an employment counselor asked Rich, “If you could be anything in the world, what would you be?” Without hesitation he replied, “A Classical music radio announcer!” Rich has spent four decades in LA Radio.
Capparela has been described by the Los Angeles Herald Examiner as “one of the ten best things about living in Los Angeles,” and chosen by the Los Angeles Reader as “The Best Classical DJ in Los Angeles.” In 2001, he was honored by the Los Angeles City Council for his contributions to the city’s music community. Rich also does voice work for television productions, commercials, and animation. He has also narrated and hosted for a number of performing arts venues and organizations including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Hollywood Bowl, The Boston Pops, and yes, Rich has made it to Carnegie Hall. He is a member of the annual Grammy Awards screening committee for classical music, and in 2004, served as the presenter for the classical Grammys in Los Angeles. Fulfilling Rich’s musical wild side, he performs as a lead singer and guitarist for the rock cover band, Otherwise Normal. Rich lives with his wife Marcia in Santa Monica.
CAPPUCCI, Francesca: KIQQ, 1983-84. Francesca is involved in entertainment projects in the Southland. She started out in the public affairs department at "K-100" and later teamed with Jay Coffey in morning drive.
She went on to be the entertainment reporter for KABC/Channel 7 for ten years between 1995 and 2005.
She has appeared in an episode of Charmed and in the movie, Beverly Hills Ninja.
CAPRITA, Dave: KTWV, 2003-18. Dave worked weekends and fill-in at "The WAVE."
He was born a Navy brat in Jacksonville, Florida on September 30, 1953. He began his entertainment career in radio at the ripe age of 14, beginning in Pensacola and eventually hosting morning shows across the nation, including Miami, Seattle, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. David began acting in Miami, appearing in film and tv, as well as performing on stage.
In 2000, David was nominated in the Best Actor category of the Carbonell Awards for his lead performance in the Southeastern U.S. premiere of Tracy Letts' Killer Joe. David also appeared in Letts' Bug.
David's radio career includes producing talk shows such as "The Randi Rhodes Show", various sports programs at NBC Sports Radio and creating and hosting his own program Uncommon Ground for XM Radio. David's writing includes a number of tv pilots.
CARBONE, Steve: KMPC, 2005. Steve was doing sports updates at KMPC 1540/The Ticket. He hosts his website, RealitySteve.com, which boasts 1.5 million readers per month.
He's now a tv blogger and podcaster, known for working as a spoiler for the franchise shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette since 2011. Steve began offering up to $2,500 for behind the scenes info and then posting the spoiler info in advance of series airing. ABC sued him for contacting eliminated cast members and offering them money for information as well as spoiling the season in 2012.
In 2011, Steve partnered with YEA Networks, a company formed by the late Kidd Kraddick, which now owns 10% of RealitySteve.com.
Born in Orange County in 1976 and currently lives in Frisco, Texas.
CARDENAS, Rene: Rene was the original Dodger broadcaster to the Spanish community and has been 15 years behind the microphone.
Carey, Chuck: KNOB, 1957-58 and 1960; KLON, 1981-84. In addition to his work on jazz stations KNOB and KLON, Chuck was un locutor de discos en español en Monterrey, Nuevo León, México, de 1961 a 1963. He's now retired after a long career of working in IT.
CAREY, Kathleen: KMGX, 1994; KZLA, KNX, 1994-98. Kathleen worked at WTKR/TV-Norfolk, Virginia.
Kathleen had been working at Shadow Traffic and reported traffic for KNX.
She was raised in Las Vegas. After graduating with an English and philosophy degree from the University of West Virginia, she returned to Las Vegas where she began her career as news anchor and dj.
CARLIN, George. KDAY. “Before Carlin came along in the late ‘60s, comedy was the ‘Take my wife – please!’ kind of comedy,” said Bill Maher, in the year-end issue of Entertainment Weekly. “Carlin was one of the guys who said, ‘No, we’re going to take comedy out of the Catskills and we’re going to make it urban-based. We’re going to make it hip. We’re going to make it something that you don’t necessarily want to listen to with your kids.’”
“He was the only person I ever heard who talked about religion in the way that I thought about religion,” continued Maher. “Comedians have always made jokes about religion, but they weren’t subversive. But he said that religion was stupid and dangerous. And that was very powerful to me, that someone could say that publicly.”
When Charlie Rose reviewed those who had died in 2008 for his PBS show, he aired Carlin’s description of stand-up from a past appearance. “Stand-up is the only art form where the intended receiver of the art is present at the delivery and the art form can be altered according to their appreciation of it as you go. The audience gave me signals that gave me license to do more with my body, my face and my voice.”
When he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Carlin requested his star be placed in front of the studios of KDAY, where he did a short stint teamed with Jack Burns as “The Wright Brothers” morning show. George died June 22, 2008, at the age of 71.
Carlisle, Dan: KWST, KROQ, 1979; KLOS, 1981-83 and 2004-05. Dan was part of the original group of Creem magazine in Detroit. He worked swing at KLOS until the end of 2005. Dan could be heard on weekends at 103.7 in San Francisco while it was Classic Hits until a format flip to Oldies in late spring of 2011. He's now with KXSF-San Francisco.
CARLSON, Bill: KFAC, 1953-83. Born April 2, 1919, he grew up in Plum City, Wisconsin. While earning a journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin, he started his radio career at the campus station. After graduation he went to KMBC-Kansas City. World War II took five years of his life but he returned to the states speaking three languages, which contributed mightily to his hiring at KFAC because he could pronounce the composers and music titles flawlessly.
David Bernhart of Burbank remembered Bill Carlson. "In the mid-'50s, my late mother and Mr. Carlson began a pen-pal correspondence based on her interest in the Unity faith and his side duty on KFAC as voice of The Unity Viewpoint. Then, on a couple of occasions in the late '60s, Mr. Carlson arranged for my mom, my sister and me to visit the station's Prudential Square studios. Though I was no more than ten and my sister no more than seven, we were ushered right into the booth to sit next to Mr. Carlson and watch him broadcast. And, as was almost bound to happen, I inadvertently said something while the mike was open. Rather than instantly throwing us all out into the parking lot, however, Mr. Carlson was as gracious as he could be and left it to my mother to chew me out in the car on the way home! In the decades since, it's become a source of pride for me to think that, thanks to Mr. Carlson, a ten-year-old boy's unintelligible yammering in the background is a moment probably unique in KFAC history. I will remember Bill Carlson always."
Bill died of cancer on December 15, 1999, at the age of 80.
CARLSON, Doug: KFWB, 1970-71. After a stint on the Chicago Daily News copydesk, Doug moved in 1973 to Honolulu, Hawaii, where during a 39-year residency he reported for the Honolulu Advertiser and KGMB-TV, was press secretary for Congressman Cecil Heftel, managed corporate communications for Hawaiian Electric Company, hosted a drive-time renewable energy show on Hawaii Public Radio, and provided communications consulting to business.
Doug moved to Sacramento in 2012 and joined the California Department of Water Resources Public Affairs Office, where he continuously updated the media on California’s five-year drought, the Oroville Dam emergency in 2017, and the State Water Project.
He retired in 2018.
Carlton, Russ: KMGG, 1984; KFI, 1984-85. Russ died November 5, 1985, of a brain tumor at the age of 38.
CARLUCCI, Mike: KFI, 1984; KIKF, 1985-88 and 1992-93; KYSR, 1993-96; KBIG, 1996-98; KFWB, 1999-2002; KXTA, 2002-05. Mike was the P.A. announcer at Dodger Stadium for many years. "When I was growing up my idol was Vin Scully. I used to imitate him as a kid and to think that I now work a couple of booths away from him at Dodger Stadium was great."
Mike was born in San Francisco, and he grew up in the East Bay. When he moved with his parents to Orange County in the mid-1970s "there was nothing but orange groves." Mike started his radio career at KSON/KNTF-Ontario and moved to KGGI-Riverside.
In the early '80s he jocked at KDES and KPLM-Palm Springs. His last radio spot before joining Southern California radio was at “91X”-San Diego. At KIKF he was known as Mike West. From 1988 to 1995 he worked at Unistar/WW1 Country format. When he was at KYSR, after the home games, he would rush to the station for the all-night shift. As part of his triple-threat, Mike was also a staff announcer at KDOC/TV in Orange County. In 1995, he added Anaheim Mighty Ducks P.A. announcer duties and numerous voiceovers to his busy schedule. He joined the San Diego Gulls as P.A. announcer and back-up play-by-play in 1997 as well as backing up the P.A. mic at Staples Center for the LosAngeles Kings.
In February 2002 Mike moved up to Salt Lake City to announce both men's and women's ice hockey at the Winter Olympics. One of his voiceover accomplishments includes a plethora of sports games for Sony Playstation. He also has been an instructor at Fullerton College and Saddleback College. Mike appears in many tv and film projets.
CARMEL, Novena: KCRW, 2018-22. Novena was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area surrounded by her mother’s record collection, classical music books atop her piano, and a deeply rooted musical legacy. Her father, Sly Stone of Sly & The Family Stone, instilled in her the love of the funk and the brilliance of “everyday people.”
Her family’s decades-long connection to Brazil along with her Japanese-bilingual elementary schooling, further expanded her world-view. Inspired by the guidance of one of her best friends and mentors, her grandfather, she moved to Los Angeles at 18, to attend UCLA, and graduated with degrees in Mass Communications and African-American Studies. She has a deep appreciation for the city’s contributions to the global cultural landscape. Since 2006, Novena has worked in entertainment booking for Temple Bar Concepts, which owns and operates live music venues and cultural havens throughout the LA area including famed Temple Bar, Zanzibar, The Virgil and Townhouse & The Del Monte Speakeasy. During this time she was also a member of multiple music groups, leading to the opportunity to perform at Lollapalooza, Warped Tour, Abbey Road and Coachella. In 2021 Novena will co-host Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Carmody, Lyle: KMPC. Lyle was part of the news teams who experimented with doing traffic reporter from a motorcycle.
Carnegie, Jack: KKDJ, 1972. Unknown.
CAROLLA, Adam: KROQ, 1995-2005; KLSX, 2006-09. Adam replaced Howard Stern at KLSX on January 3, 2006 and left the FM Talk Station 2.20.09 with a format flip to AMP RADIO. He pioneered a new era of podcasting. His podcast boasts 350,000 downloads daily. Adam appeared on the 2012 edition of Celebrity Apprentice.
He was the subject of a front-page story from Los Angeles magazine titled: “Inside the Brain of Radio Bad Boy.” Some of the highlights from the Steve Oney article: The Adam Carolla Show is built around its namesake’s unscripted rants, and there can be no distractions. No one does it as well as Carolla. He attended North Hollywood High, is an equal opportunity offender. The ability to shuttle between the topical and the personal, the exasperated and the inspired, gives Carolla’s rants unexpected depth. Every day something thoughtful, pointed, or moving comes out of his mouth.
Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla are so close, says a friend, that if they were gay, they’d be life partners. Carolla wants to make listeners laugh, think, and do the right thing. Not only this, he’s a blue-collar guy who’s as interested in psychology and highbrow debate as in power tools and strippers, as comfortable in the studio as on the site.
"I’m pompous in that I don’t think there’s anyone on the planet funnier than me. But then my next thought is always the same: Who cares?” Remodeling homes is Carolla’s obsession – he’s done five in the past several years. In 1994, Carolla was 29 and earning $15 an hour as a carpenter. He installed baseboards, built home entertainment units, and put up exterior siding. The son of divorced parents, who, as he puts it, disliked each other so much they ‘practically needed mutual restraining orders,’ as he was raised without much nurturing or structure. Carolla attended L.A. Community, an experimental school in Silver Lake that featured grade-free classes. For five years he did little more than make pottery and build forts. When he entered Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood, he could barely read or write, for which he blames his parents.
Carolla is most comfortable around men and tools, for it is in such company that he pieced together his life, once a neighborhood eyesore. He builds, therefore he is. At North Hollywood High, Carolla oscillated between flashes of football glory and high jinks. As a star guard and linebacker, he won a spot on the 1982 All Central Valley first team. But what he remembers most about the games is that his parents weren’t in the stands.
Approaching 30, Carolla was dating a stripper and sharing an apartment with five guys on Laurel Canyon Boulevard. By day he worked as a carpenter, while on mornings and weekends he taught boxing at the Pasadena branch of Bodies in Motion. The program is an audio midway that over the course of a week presents segments that are by turns salacious, juvenile, comedic, brainy, and subversive – sometimes all at once. Most of Carolla’s interactions are with Danny Bonaduce and Teresa Strasser, for whom he functions as a tough-love-dispensing counselor, alternately haranguing them for their foibles and advising them on how to change their behavior. In a career that saw Danny Bonaduce go from the cover of TV Guide to living in his car, he has been stabbed twice, shot by a girlfriend, arrested in Phoenix for beating up a transvestite prostitute and has battled cocaine addiction and alcoholism. Strasser is a former host of the Learning Channel’s While You Were Out. She earned an Emmy as a writer on Comedy Central’s Win Ben Stein’s Money.
CARPENTER, Craig: KEZY, 1977-81; KROQ, 1981-82; KNX/fm, 1983; KKHR, 1983-86; KMET, 1986; KEZY, 1987-88; KXMX, 1999-2000; KLAA, 2008. Craig hosts Friday Lunch Box Radio Show on 101.5FM KOCI/Newport Beach.
“After 25 years as an on-air at 12 stations, production director at five stations and program director of three stations here in Southern California, I chose to learn the sales side of the business from the ground up to give me the abilities and experience to be a much more effective general manager or station owner one day,” emailed Craig. “It’s amazing to work in an industry your whole life long, and not really know how half of it works! My programming experience has helped me market and sell my stations from a much broader perspective. My sales experience has helped me learn what I could have done to be a more effective pd and how I could have helped create even more opportunities to help my stations earn lots more traditional and NTR dollars.
“I think there are hundreds of stations across the country that are ratings challenged and/or leaving lots of money on the table because their sales and programming teams don’t understand or share the same visions to create a success path for both ratings and revenue. As a general manager, one of the first things I would instigate would be a cross training seminar for sales, marketing and programming management. These once or twice a year, weekend long events would allow each team member a chance to learn how and why the other jobs really function as they do on a day to day basis. Once they understand and appreciate the current successes and challenges of each department and position, the management team as a whole will be able to more effectively redesign the departments or job functions within those departments to work more cohesively together. Once they do that, they’ll be able to effectively realign their success path for both ratings and revenue.”
Carpenter, Scott: KLAC, 1984-87. Scott lives in Washington, DC and does voiceover work.
Carpenter, Scott: KNX/fm; KABC, 1988-89. Scott lives in Portland and is a stock broker.
CARPER, Carole: KGFJ, 1978-84. Carole began her Los Angeles radio career in 1977 after working as news anchor and eventually news director at WESL- East St. Louis and KXLW, KADI and KKSS in St. Louis.
Carole came to KGFJ as Don Mac was changing the call letters to KKTT. Inner City Broadcasting bought the KKTT/KUTE franchise and named her news director at KUTE making her the first Black female news director in Los Angeles. She eventually worked at KDAY.
Carole wrote the "West Coast Scene" column for Black Radio Exclusive for several years. Jerry Boulding brought her to Urban Network where she would spend the next 21 years as a writer, vice president and business office manager for the Urban Network PowerJam music conferences.
Carr, Firpo: KTLK, 2005. The spiritual advisor to Michael Jackson started a weekend talk show at Progressive "K-TALK" in the late spring 2005.
CARRERO, Margaret: KNX, 2012-21. Carrero joined the KNX news team in March 2012 from KMJ-Fresno. She left the all-News station in the fall of 2021
She began her radio career at Country music station KRAK in Sacramento. A few years later she transitioned to traffic reporting with Metro Networks / Westwood One. For the better part of her 15 years with Metro, Margaret produced content and traffic reports in the Sacramento / San Joaquin Valley region and delivered countless reports for just about every radio format from Chico to Merced. She transferred to metro’s Fresno office in 2006 where she wrote news for the company’s wire service, while continuing to do traffic reports on radio and television. In 2008, Margaret joined the KMJ news team in Fresno.
Many of Margaret’s stories have aired on the CBS Radio network over the years.
CARROLL, Bill: KFI, 2010-16. Bill, a Canadian, began a noon show at KFI on 2.22.10. He worked middays until leaving in early January 2016. He is now working morning drive at CFRA-Ottawa.
Bill joined KFI after a 20-year very successful run in Toronto’s talk radio wars to join arguably the most successful talk station in the country, KFI. When Dr. Laura Schlessinger left KFI after a 20-year run to be the centerfold for a new hybrid news/talk/sports/infomercial station at KFWB, the KFI morning man, Bill Handel, wanted to do a split shift. It didn’t take long for Handel and management to realize that it was a bad idea. Too much Handel and Bill even said it “cannibalized” his morning ratings. Not very often do prized positions become available, especially at a station that specializes in local issues.
Enter Bill Carroll, a Scottish-born Canadian. Was this a risk for KFI? Program director Robin Bertolucci thought not and obviously to have Rush Limbaugh as a lead-in followed by arguably the most important afternoon drive show in the country, John & Ken, was a great way to hedge her bet while the audience adapted and accepted the new voice.
Carroll claims it took seven months before his comfort with KFI matured. Was there a specific turning point when he felt the momentum change? “It was more of an evolution,” said Bill. “Brian Holt was an awesome producer who put in a lot of extra hours briefing me on local issues in the early days and even today helps me out sometimes with those Spanish names that can trip up anyone who wasn’t born here.” Bill Handel told Carroll that there were two things he had to do at KFI. ‘You have to sound like you live here and you have to sound KFI. I think you are way ahead of the curve.’ He then insulted Carroll about what he was wearing that day.
CARROLL, Larry: KJLH, 1970-71; KIIS, 1971-72; XPRS, 1972; KFWB, 2001-08. Larry worked as an anchor at all-News KFWB until the fall of 2008 when the company went through downsizing.
The longtime television newsman from KABC/Channel 7 and KCAL/Channel 9 got his start at KJLH as news editor in June 1970. Larry grew up in Chicago and came to California to attend Pomona College in Claremont and be pd of the campus station in the late 1960s. He graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in economics. At KIIS he worked evenings and was assistant nd at XPRS. In the spring of 1972 Larry worked at The White House as the California director of broadcast relations for President Richard Nixon and served there until a few days after Watergate.
In the same year a number of jobs overlapped; he worked as assistant nd at XPRS, was the West Coast bureau chief of Mutual Black Network and started at Channel 7 on October 30, 1972, and stayed 17 years with the station. By the end of 1972, he was devoting full-time to tv. In 1989, Larry became the principal anchor for Channel 9's Prime Nine News, Weekend Edition, which included anchoring the station's prime-time coverage for the duration of the Persian Gulf War. In 1993 he was a correspondent for NBC's Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and a regular contributor to the Today show. He has won numerous awards including two 1992 Golden Mike awards. In 1996 he won an Emmy as anchor of the best daytime 30-minute newscast. He's now a media relations consultant.
CARROLL, Rick: KKDJ, 1973-75, pd; KEZY, 1975-78; KROQ, 1978-85, pd; KEZY, 1986-88, pd; KROQ, 1988-89. At age 14, Rick hitchhiked to KLIV-San Jose after school to hang out. By 1970 he was the pd of two
stations. San Francisco
His significant contribution to
radio is that during the 1980s and 1990s, he was associated with the success of "New Music" radio. Rick was described in the LA Times as "a stocky, intense man with a wild growth of hair." At KROQ, he ran a station that had for years been beset by a myriad of legal and financial problems. KROQ had actually gone "dark" to try to straighten out its entanglements. Some called it the flagship station of "madhouse rock." At one point the debt-ridden station used room 1228 of the Pasadena Hilton as its studio. Rick said, "We've created the illusion that the station is non-structured. Actually, it's probably the tightest programmed format in the country, where the pd chooses all the songs by hand." Los Angeles
In 1983, as a "New Music" consultant, he worked with MTV. His company, Carroll Schwartz & Groves, scored the film Surf II, but the company was neither as glamorous nor as lucrative as Rick had imagined, and he returned to KROQ, launching the "Rock of the '80s" format.
In 1983, when KROQ's ratings dipped while KIIS began its strong ascent, the LA Times asked, "Has the fabled 'Rock of the '80s' already bitten the dust?" When he started, KROQ was the only station playing "New Wave" music. When Rick instituted some structure to the format and music selection, the jocks picketed and advertisers pulled out, resulting in a compromise. He described the new rock listener: "A KROQ listener may be carrying a skateboard or a briefcase."
Rick was plagued by a troubled personal life. He made two attempts at rehabilitation for a drug problem. Rick died on July 10, 1989, of complications of pneumonia at the age of 42. KROQ personality Richard Blade gave this on-air testimonial: "I've lost a friend. In fact, everyone lost a friend who loves music. You might not have known his name, but you surely felt his influence." In R&R's 1993 special edition of "Twenty Years of Excellence," Rick was cited as a "pioneer." Rick's contribution was noted thusly, "His balance of carefully researched music and anarchic on-air attitude has built a heritage any station would envy."
CARROLL, Roger: KABC, 1946-59; KMPC 1959-79. Roger, a versatile personality for decades on the L.A. airwaves, died July 30 2019, at the age of 90. “His passing was peaceful, and he was surrounded by family,” wrote his son.
Born Kolman C. Rutkin III in 1930, he grew up half-way between Baltimore and Washington, DC. Roger never another thought but to pursue a career in radio. His older brother was an announcer at WCAO-Baltimore and at the CBS network in New York. Roger’s brother never returned from World War II, so Roger became the announcer in the family.
His first radio job was WFMD-Frederick, Maryland at the age of 15. At 18, he was the youngest staff announcer in the history of the ABC network. During his two decades at KMPC, he was also the tv announcer on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, plus for shows hosted by Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Tony Orlando and Dawn, Redd Foxx and Pearl Bailey. He was the announcer on NBC's Bobby Darin Show and the nationally syndicated Mancini Generation, as well as hundreds of commercials.
Interestingly, for all his voiceover success, he never made an audition tape. Roger was one of two announcers represented by William Morris, and he attributes much of his work to the agency. “I believe you get assignments because of relationships, but you have to be very good at what you do.” Roger offered some real creativity on the air.
In the early 1970s, Roger ran a nightly five-minute feature called “The Golden Days of Radio,” which he considered “one of the most successful segments I’ve ever featured.” He loved to broadcast from unusual venues. In a promotion co-sponsored by United Airlines, Roger’s show was broadcast live from a 747 en route to Hawaii. Long before the accessibility of satellite transmission, KMPC leased transmitter equipment from NBC to beam the radio signal from the airplane off a satellite stationed in the Pacific. On arrival in Honolulu, he broadcast four one-hour shows live from the beach at Waikiki evenings preceding KMPC’s coverage of Angels baseball.
In 1979, Roger moved to evening talk, as KMPC moved out of its MOR/full-service status. When the station changed formats in 1980, Roger became head of Golden West Syndication Features, a new wing for Gene Autry’s company. In 1981, he resigned from Golden West to become executive producer of the “Lawrence Welk Radio Show” and owner of KWIP-Salem, Oregon, which he sold in 1991.
Roger claims the enormous success of KMPC was a direct result of “management of attitude. The station manager treated us like professionals and we, in turn, performed like professionals.” “My 22 years at KMPC were the best years of my career and ending my time at Golden West Broadcasters / KMPC as a Vice President of GWB,” Roger said.
CARROLL, Tom: KPPC, 1964-65. Tom was a radio personality, TV-film actor and commercial spokesman. He, died March 18, 2001, at the age of of natural causes in Hollywood. He was 69. Carroll began his career at age nine in the New York production of Set It in Troy. Other onstage in productions included Medea, Rebecca of Sunny Brook Farm and The Visit. The New Yorker spent eight years in Hawaii, working in local and national radio and television. He made his film debut in Violated and went on to appear in the Academy Award-nominated docudrama 3rd Avenue El and several television shows. While in Hawaii, Carroll narrated NBC’s radio series “Monitor” and the as well as for the Armed Forces Radio Service and emceed 64 segments of the nationally syndicated Aloha Game TV Show. In San Francisco, while playing Bozo the Clown on his daily KEMO TV show, Carroll endured the wrath of a lad who, on live television, told the clown to “cram it” and made an obscene gesture with his middle finger. Local and national newspapers picked up the story, and Carroll entered broadcast history. Tom went on to work at KTMS-Santa Barbara in the late 1980s.
CARRUTHERS, Mike: KPSA/KLVE, 1972-75; KIQQ, 1979-80; KHTZ, 1981-85; KBIG, 1987-93. Mike is consulting podcasters.
A common thread that is weaved through Mike’s career is his association with network and syndicated programming. In the 1970s he worked on national programming with Robert W. Morgan (“Record Report”) and Steve Lundy (“Hitbound from Billboard”) among others.
In 1982 he was the voice of The Best of the Midnight Special and narrated a series of “Spotlight Specials” for the ABC Radio Network. For over 15 years, Mike produced a daily 90-second feature called "Something You Should Know," a short form radio feature, syndicated to hundreds of radio stations around the U.S and Canada. After more than 8,000 episodes of the feature, Mike co-founded Omnicast Media with Ken Williams, a veteran Network Radio executive and co-founder of Dial Global, to create and launch the "Something You Should Know" podcast.
Born in Columbus, Ohio, he grew up in Connecticut where he started his radio career at WJZZ-Bridgeport. Mike is a graduate of the USC Journalism School. While in college Mike began his L.A. radio career at KPSA. When the station became KLVE and changed format to Spanish, Mike was the last English announcer on the station. “That night we all left the station, out of work and headed to a Mexican restaurant where we hoisted a few margaritas!” He became president of Strand Media Group.
CARSON, Corbin: KFI, 2018-21. Corbin started at the 50,000 watt News/Talk station at the beginning of 2018. He arrived from KTAR- Phoenix, where he was an award-winning, breaking news and investigative reporter.
“I am most knowledgeable and passionate about the criminal justice system, election fraud, politics, and parenting. I am honored to have just received two 2017 Edward R. Murrow Awards. One individually in the News Documentary category for ‘Locked Up Arizona,’ an in-depth look at the state’s criminal justice system. The other as an integral part of the KTAR News team for Overall Excellence,” he wrote on his website.
In 2010, Corbin graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University. Two years later he earned a Master’s degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Carson, Deb: KFI, 2006-07; KLAC, 2010-12. Deb is heard providing sports updates at Fox Sports Radio, and was heard locally at KLAC.
CARSON, Jim: KBLA, 1965-67; KBBQ, 1967; KIIS, 1973; KHJ, 1973, KIQQ, 1973-89; KEDG/KLIT, 1989-94; KRTH, 1994-2016. Jim worked middays at "K-Earth." He retired in the winter of 2016.
Born Vic Gruppie in LaCanada, Jim is one of those strong, solid personalities who fits nicely with a number of formats. The native Southern Californian was a journalism and radio/tv major at Pasadena City College. Jim also went to the Don Martin Broadcast School. He served in Panama and Korea twice as part of American Forces Radio, Korean Network and Southern Command Network in Panama.
Jim had a very successful run in morning drive at KFRC-San Francisco and KGB-San Diego. At KBLA he was known as Vic Gee, then at KBBQ as Vic Grayson, working the Country format noon to three shift. Jim's time on KHJ was limited to one week in the mornings before Charlie Van Dyke arrived. He did mornings at "K-Lite." Jim's done voiceover work on a number of tv shows. He left Gene Autry's "K-Lite" when the sister station, KMPC, was sold to ABC/Capital Cities. In late 1994, Jim started fill-in and weekends at "K-Earth 101." After a stint in morning drive, he went on to the midday shift. Jim and his wife Susan have a son named Kit.
Carson, Karen: KOST, 2009-11. Karen joined middays at KOST in the spring of 2009. She left in early 2011 and joined "Fresh" format in New York. She's part of the morning team at Hot AC WNEW(New 102.7)-New York.
CARTER, "Big John": KEZY, 1969; KHJ, 1975; KEZY, 1976-79; KHJ, 1984-86. Johnny died August 24, 2005, following a long illness. He was 58. John was a veteran of KEZY and KHJ.
Born Johnny Yount, the Bill Wade School of Broadcasting graduate was known as "Spanky Elliott" at KACY-Oxnard and KEZY in the late 1960s. He got started at KNAK-Salt Lake City. Johnny's response to a request to track his career for Los Angeles Radio People resulted in a three-page letter. The following excerpts reflect on some of his stops: "1967: Ogden 1st Phone was the only thing I ever did that amounted to anything. 1967, KSTN: first crack at mornings. 1969, KEZY: Replaced, or more correctly, succeeded Emperor Hudson for a month. Too young! 1969, KYNO: My call to the Big Time. Named 'Big John Carter' over the phone by programming genius Bill Watson.
1970-71, KGB: Charlie Van Dyke hired me and was the reason I got the big jobs. If it weren't for him, no one would have ever heard of me. I quit unceremoniously when some of my friends got fired. My heroism got me nothing but a lot of bad press. 1972, KCBQ: Jack McCoy was talked into hiring me by some well-intentioned but foolish friends. I screwed up mornings for a couple of months. Jack was always nice to me. I can't imagine what I was thinking.
1972, KFIG: My one and only turn at bat at FM “underground.” Lasted a month. 1973, KCPX-SLC: It was the one and only time I got a woman in trouble. Some sort of chastity record for a dj. 1974, KPOI: Hired to do mornings as Maxx Mahimahi, and I victimized the Islands with the notorious election day gag of 1974. I got fired for my trouble. 1975, KHJ: Charlie hired me again. After some months I began to feel extremely unwelcome and bailed. 1976, Eugene: I thought I'd try the small time, and I hated it. I hung around a few months and managed to meet the woman I married, a wonderful gal who nearly killed me a few years later. If she calls, I'm not in. 1976, KEZY: No boss was ever more of a radio person than Rick Carroll, God bless him. 1984 to 1986, KHJ "CAR RADIO." It was like going to a funeral every day." 1986-present: I'm on the beach. I have the distinct misfortune of sounding like and looking like Rush Limbaugh."
He had been in critical care with an infection in his brain.
(Fred Crane, Deb Carson, Chuck Cotton, Frank Chambers, and Michael Clarke)
CARTER, Chris: KLYY, 1997-99; KACD, 2000; KLSX, 2001-06; KLOS, 2006-22. Chris hosts America's longest running Beatles show, Breakfast with the Beatles on KLOS. He also hosts Breakfast w/the Beatles daily on Sirius/XM (Beatles Channel #18); host of Chris Carter’s British Invasion on the weekends at Little Stevens Underground Garage Sirius/XM Ch. #21.
Host Chris Carter brings along vast knowledge, radio chops & deep love & appreciation for “The Fab Four.” Breakfast with the Beatles weekly playlists includes a consistent blend of: Hits, rarities, outtakes, theme sets, LP tracks, special premieres & of course, KLOS listener requests & live broadcasts. Carter also has the advance, inside track on all Beatle related news, new releases, and fab events.
Before hosting America’s longest running Beatles show, Chris was the original bass player and founder of L.A. based alternative rock band, “Dramarama” and was the writer /producer of the multi-award winning documentary film “Mayor of the Sunset Strip.” In 2009, Songwriting Hall of Fame inductee, Jackie DeShannon became the official Breakfast w/ the Beatles “News Gal."
CARTER, Christy: KROQ, 1996-2001; KMXN, 2002; KSPA, 2002. Christy worked middays at Pop Standards KSPA-Inland Empire.
She started her radio career at WRIF-Detroit, and then moved to L.A. to do weekends at KROQ. After about a month of doing weekends, Chris Hardwick went to MTV full-time, and she took the overnight shift on KROQ. After KROQ I worked at KMXN-Anaheim and KFSD-San Diego (with Jeremy Pritchard).
"When those stations were sold, I returned to the midwest to work at FM 102/1. After a few years in Milwaukee and the brutal winters, I remembered why I had left the midwest in the first place, and returned to Southern California. Found Jeremy at FM 94/9, and moved to San Diego in 2012 to do weekends/fill-in and promo at the station. After several months of doing that, I was SUPER lucky to get the night shift at my beloved FM 94/9, and life is GOOD!"
How did she become interested in radio? "I was a music junkie at a young age, which took me to the natural progression of doing college radio. From that moment on, I was HOOKED. I've been privileged to be able to make a career out of following my passion," Christy told AllAccess.
Carter, John: KMPC, KYSR; KCBS; KLIT, 1989-94. Born John Carter Forshee in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and raised in Irvington, Texas. He spent 10 years in Dallas radio including KFJZ and six years in Houston. In 1989 he started with Unistar and in 1992 joined Shadow Broadcast services. John had various assignments including "Arrow 93" weekend sports anchor, KRLA news and traffic announcer and all-night KFWB traffic. John died of cancer on December 17, 1999. He was 52 and left a 22-year-old son.
CARTER, Les: KBCA, 1963-67; KPPC, 1968-71. KPPC/fm 106.7 in Pasadena only broadcast all day Sundays and on Wednesday evenings, sometimes broadcasting church services and sometimes as an fm simulcast. KPPC was the first FM ROCK radio station in Southern California beginning in November of 1967 (at midnight on Halloween with KBCA jazz deejay Les Carter moonlighting as "Sleepy Gross"). The stations' broadcast studios were in the basement of the Pasadena Presbyterian Church (the PPC in the call letters). It was known as "Underground Radio" (in spirit as well as in location).
By April 1970, KPPC/fm had moved into new broadcast studios at 99 South Chester Avenue near futuristic Cal Tech with a state-of-the-art sound board custom designed by creative engineers Matt Rubin and Mike Callaghan. On April Fools Day 1970, Les began the eighteen amazing months of KPPC consciousness that would come to a sudden end "Sunday, Bloody Sunday" on October 24, 1971.
Les, as pd, brought many amazing personalities to the airwaves at KPPC during 1970 and 1971 including: The Obscene Steven Clean (Steven Segal, nasty hip riffer); Dr. Demento (Barry Hansen, naughty roots musicologist); "The Incredible" Credibility Gap satirical news team extraordinaire featuring Richard Beebe (news voice extraordinaire), David L. Lander (played Squiggy on Laverne & Shirley), Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer (everything showbiz political satirist); Don Hall (film music producer); Mississippi Fats (Joe Rogers; Miss Outrageous Nevada (Susan Carter, wife of Les); Inor (Ron Middag, audio producer); and Johnny Otis (Blue Monday r&b pioneer).
An early version of the current National Public Radio hour "Le Show" hosted by the many voices of Harry Shearer was broadcast on KPPC in 1970 and 1971 called "Destination Music". The Persuasions added soul to the station sound with their A Capella KPPC IDs and promos. Deirdre O'Donoghue (humanitarian and Beatles host) started the KPPC Community Switchboard that gave out information on health issues and other data that hippies needed to know to survive. Les passed away August 26, 1996. (written by the late Ted Alvy)
Carter, Nick: KGBS, 1964. Nick hosted a jazz show on KGBS.
CARTTER, Rich: KTBT, 1969; KUCI, 1969-73; KYMS, 1973-74. Rich was working at KBOX-Lompoc.
Rich was working at KBOX-Lompoc/Santa Maria. He left the station to have back surgery with the understanding he could return, but the back surgery was only partially successful, so he is in semi-retirement. “Though there are sometimes days when I miss radio, I realize that what I miss is what radio was, not what it is. One day I hope that it will again be on the upswing, but right now, with consolidation, it seems that the non-broadcast managers are content just to achieve a level of competitive mediocrity. There are still exceptions, yes, but they're getting harder and harder to find!” wrote Hulston.
“I had over 30 years involved in radio and much of it was a lot of fun. I don't think that the radio I enjoyed exists much anymore – I know I listen a lot less. But, just when I think it's behind me, someone asked me to do some casual consultant work, based on what I've done and what I remember.
Caruso, Maryann: KLSX, 1997-98. Maryann is a public relations consultant in New York, working for Americas at Deutsche Bank.
CARVER, Steve: CBS/LA, 2010-13. In late summer 2010, Steve became cluster market manager for CBS/LA. He left in late summer of 2013 for the CBS cluster job in Tampa. He's now svp/market manager of the CBS/Miami and Orlando markets.
We caught up with Steve shortly after taking the head market manager after arriving from the CBS Radio/West Palm Beach cluster in earlier in 2010. Before we chatted, the revenue numbers for September were released and CBS/LA was up significantly over the market average. I asked if his new sales philosophy had kicked in.
“We’ve got Dawn Girocco, who’s the director of sales, and I think she’s had a lot to do with it. All the sales people are over here now in this building and the sales managers are working as a team and collaborating. Dawn is responsible for all of that. It’s her, the sellers and the sales managers that we have. It is really quite a good team and the brands are very, very strong. And the market has gotten better.”
In the last year, KFWB shed its 40-year-old 24/7 headline news image for a hybrid of some news blocks, talk shows, sports play-by-play, and infomercials. Now that Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s time comes to an end at the end of the year (she was originally promoted as the face of the new format), is CBS/LA reevaluating the format at KFWB? “We’re still evaluating it. Andy Ludlum [KNX and KFWB pd] and I are working closely on that now. We hope to have a pretty firm direction within 30 days."
KFWB dropped its all-News format a year ago to allow KNX to flourish, but KNX is 19th. Has Carver heard something that KNX is doing or not doing based on his experience with WBBM that could help KNX? “That’s a very good question,” Carver responded. “I don’t know. Hopefully this is something I will learn a little bit more about Los Angeles when I’m in it. It is a market that certainly craves information. You would expect a station like KNX would be as strong as some of the AM stations in the other markets but the talent on the station is terrific."
Time will provide some answers and direction for Carver’s regime. Some agency execs have expressed concerned that a couple of the CBS/LA fm stations skew old demographically. Are you concerned? “Every station has its place out there. You can fall into the friendly confines of what works in 18-49 or 25-49 world, but we all know where the demographics are going and where the money is and where the disposal income is. These people are valuable listeners and very active. They are great consumers."
CARYL, Joni: KHJ, 1984; KMGG, 1984-86; KBZT/KLSX, 1986; KNX/fm, 1987-88; KRTH, 1994-2002; KKJZ, 2003-07. Joni started in morning drive at the all-Jazz station, KKJZ, in late 2003 and left in the spring of 2007 following a management change.
Born, December 7, 1957, Joni was the morning drive sidekick and news announcer to Robert W. Morgan at "Magic 106," after he hired her away from middays at KHJ. She then moved to KBZT to work mornings with Charlie Tuna. At KNX/fm Joni was the female half of a team that included Warren Williams and Jim Chenevy as news anchor. In the early 1990s, Joni left L.A. to program and be on-air at KMGQ-Santa Barbara. She appeared in Playboy's 1986 issue, "Women of the Airwaves," and in the same year she hosted a syndicated special, "Women in Rock."
Joni and her ex-husband, Guy Davis (former KBIG dj) met while working at her first radio job in Yuma. They jocked together as a husband and wife morning team at KERN-Bakersfield. Late in the summer of 1994, Joni returned to the Southland as nd of "K-Earth 101" and morning sidekick once again to Robert W. She is quick to praise her legendary mentor and friend for over 12 plus years. “I was so lucky to work with the best morning show personality on Earth! Robert W. was truly one of the top radio broadcasters of all time and I will always miss him!” Robert sadly passed away from cancer in 1998. She has hosted an Oldies show on various in-flight music channels for Northwest, Korean Air, and America West Airlines.
Joni was born in Kokomo, Indiana, but she grew up in Huntington Beach and has been living in Southern California since she was 10 years old. Joni pursued radio just after graduating high school and attended the KEZY Broadcasting workshop in Anaheim. "In school I was always involved in speech and debate classes. In the school play I would be the narrator, so radio seemed like a natural way to keep talking and get paid for it."
CASE, Dwight: KHJ, 1972-81. Born on July 29, 1929, Dwight passed away at his Los Angeles home, surrounded by family and friends on the evening of August 9, 2019, at the age of 90. Born in Modesto in 1929, Dwight is a fourth generation Californian. He started in 1948 as a copywriter for KFRE-Fresno. He worked up and down the coast, arriving in the Southland from KROY-Sacramento in 1972, where he ran the hugely successful Top 40 outlet.
Dwight was appointed president of RKO Radio Division in 1975, which included KFRC-San Francisco, WRKO-Boston, 99X-New York, as well as KHJ. He stayed with RKO until 1981. Dwight founded the first 24-hour satellite delivered programming, Transtar Satellite Radio Network in 1981, which eventually became Westwood One. He was also president of Sunbelt Communications, which owned tv and radio stations.
Dwight was publisher and ceo of R&R between 1983 and 1987. In 1988, Dwight was president of Networks-America, from where he launched all Asian KAZN (1300AM).
Since 1989, Dwight had been president of Motivational Incentives Group and an officer of Western International Media Corporation. He earned his B.A. cum laude from the College of the Pacific (now University of the Pacific) and was an Accelerated Masters’ Program (AMP) graduate of the Harvard Business School.
Eric Rhoades of Radio Ink shared a delicious story in his own publication: “I can’t remember when I first met ‘DC,’ but the first time we worked together was when I hired him to help me and Rich Marston launch my first FM in Salt Lake City. Dwight taught us his folder system for managing salespeople: He wanted them to keep a folder for each client, and asked the sellers to open every folder every day. When I attempted to modernize the system, he showed me why that wasn’t a good idea. We went into a sales meeting, and the sellers had all brought in every folder they had. He asked one of the sellers, “Did you look at every account? Look in every folder?” When she said yes, he opened a folder and pulled out a $100 bill he had planted earlier. “You would have gotten to keep this if you had been looking, but since you didn’t look, it’s mine again.”
“Dwight Case was a true leader and visionary of the radio industry,” wrote Erica Farber, ceo of RAB, in Radio Ink.
Casey, Steve: KHJ, 1977-79. Steve consults radio stations in over 40 countries.
(Christen, Peter Cashman, and Paul Crouch)
Casey, Tom: KZLA, 1980-83. Tom owns Research Partnership in Sunnyvale.
Cashman, Peter: KLON, 1984-86. For many years before arriving at KLON, Peter worked in Australia radio. After leaving KLON, Peter worked at Casden Cable Company as the director of operations, sales, and marketing in Beverly Hills.
Cassandra: KROQ, 1983. Cassandra Peterson acts as the "Mistress of the Night."
CASSELMAN, Chet: KMPC, 1957-60. Chet was the founder and president of the Broadcast Legends of the Bay Area. A radio and television broadcaster for nearly 50 years, he died September 8, 2004, in Greenbrae, at the age of 78, after a long illness.
Chet knew from early childhood, growing up in Southern California, that he wanted to spend his life behind a microphone. During his long career, Chet appeared on numerous radio and television stations throughout California in many capacities, including staff announcer, reporter, news anchor, news director, and talk show host. In the Bay Area, he is best remembered as the "straight man" reporting the news during Don Sherwood's morning radio show on KSFO in San Francisco from 1960 to 1975. In addition to broadcasting, Chet also appeared in advertisements, both on television and in print, including an appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine, which impressed his granddaughter Amy Casselman, who said, "Not everyone can say that their grandfather was on the cover of Rolling Stone." After his retirement from broadcasting, Chet served as a member of the Core Group (steering committee) of the Broadcast Legends, an organization he helped found, consisting of broadcast industry veterans.
CASSIDY, Paul: KFWB, 1968-71; KHJ, 1971-72; KLOS, 1972; KGBS/KTNQ, 1974-79; KWST, 1979-81. Paul, part of the LARadio scene from 1968 to 1981, was at the helm when the new Ten-Q (KTNQ) was launched. Paul died March 1, 2018, at the age of 83.
Paul started his radio career at KDKA-Pittsburgh in 1961 in the sales department. He’d been in hotel management at the Pittsburgh Hilton. Paul arranged details so well for a Westinghouse Public Service Conference that the radio chain hired him. He spent 10 years with Westinghouse, working later at WIND-Chicago, then going to KFWB in January 1968 when it was still a music station.
In August 1971, Paul went to KHJ, where he was named manager just after two weeks at the iconic station. “My best memory of LA Radio, was 1971 when Don Imus and Robert W. Morgan were cavorting with the Billy Sol Hargus Act live in the KHJ studio. Reverend Billy was healing the hole in the records that Robert was playing! I called Robert to tell him that the FCC was on the way to the station and to get back to reality. Guess what, he did! Then came upstairs to ask, ‘are they really?’”
The RKO position lasted about a year, then Paul joined KLOS in sales before being moved to ABC sister station, KSFX-San Francisco. In October 1974 he moved back to L.A. to run KGBS AM & FM. In 1976, station owner Storer Broadcasting switched their AM property to rock ‘n roll, while KGBS/fm became “Gentle Country.” Paul became titular head of both operations. He was named vp in 1977. Paul was active in making KGBS/AM a 50,000 watt 24 hour operation rather than just a daytimer.
The New Ten-Q was positioned to challenge long-time Top 40 leader KHJ, Paul calling it a “street fight” between the two stations. He was let go shortly before the station was sold to the Liberman Brothers in 1979. His last radio job in the Southland was as gm at KWST.
When he left radio he spent 19 years in television! Tucson, Lansing [Go State], Lafayette, Louisiana, Wilkes Barre and Buffalo at WKBW. “For five years I was president of Cordillera Communications headquartered in Plano, Texas. Cordillera is a group of 12 tv stations, primarily in the Western US., and represents 4 different networks.”
Cassidy, Thomas: KFAC, 1947-87. Thomas spent four decades with KFAC, the Classical music radio station, as an announcer and left in 1987. He died November 6, 2012, at the age of 95. "Luncheon at the Music Center" debuted in March of 1965 hosted by Thomas until 1976 and the arrival of new host Martin Workman. Thomas also hosted the "Evening Concert" series sponsored by the Southern California Gas Company. A book on his life is nearing publication.
CASTNER, Michael: KFI, 2004-06. For ten years, Michael hosted a radio show for The Wall Street Journal. He left Las Vegas radio in the early summer of 2019.
He spent 17 months at KSL-Salt Lake City. He took the station from 12th to 1st in less than a year. He commented on his time in Utah: "It’s hard to find a colder, crueler world than the radio business. And local talk radio—in an industry that has all but killed the format in favor of cheaper, syndicated programming—can be the chilliest place of all. I don’t know how they make these decisions. I’m just the meat in the seat. But the math doesn’t add up as far as budgets go. We’re in the middle of a ratings book. We’re the No. 1 show in [the 7 p.m. to midnight] time slot in this market. I don’t know what you say to someone—‘Sorry, next time we’ll try to be No. 2 or 3?’ In this industry, they call it ‘pushback. It’s when someone hears something they don’t like and complains, but you never know exactly who or what set it all in motion. There were times I wondered when someone in ‘pushback land’ was going to drive into a wall, make a phone call and then it will all be over.”
Castro, Daniel: KPCC, 1984-2000. As Sancho, Daniel hosted an eclectic weekend show until the Minnesota Public Radio Corporation took over KPCC and eliminated music in early 2000.
Cat, The: KNAC. The Cat lives in Bakersfield.
Cate, Ira D.: KMPC, 1955-60. Unknown.
Catena, Mike: KGOE, 1973-76. Mike worked at KCRW under the name Mike McKay. He owns an executive search firm in Phoenix.
Cates, Tim: XTRA/KLAC, 1997-2012. Tim started as intern and worked his way up to producer and co-host with Tony Bruno. Tim continues as Bruno's executive producer. The show is syndicated by Fox Sports Radio, heard in L.A. on KLAC. Technically Tim works for Directv Sports Group (the same company that owns Dan Patrick Show) as they own and operate the Tony Bruno Show. Tim also does traffic on the weekends for KFI.
CATHERWOOD, Mike: KROQ. There’s no denying the popularity of Psycho Mike Catherwood, KROQ, Kevin & Bean and Loveline. A combination of all those sources made such an impression on the producers of Live With Regis & Kelly that Psycho Mike has been selected as one of five fill-ins for Regis Philbin this week while he is on vacation.
The co-host of Loveline with Dr. Drew Pinsky is an integral part of the Kevin & Bean show. Adding to the silliness of replacing Regis on tv, Kevin & Bean offered Mike $1,000 if he farts on the national show and it can be heard. “I was informed by the producer of Regis and Kelly, who let me know I was in the top ten,” said Mike. That’s when all of Mike’s sources including his social networking sites were called into action to vote for him.
In 2010, Mike was named as co-host at Loveline. At the time he said, "I can't properly describe how honored I am. I'm a local guy who grew up listening to Kevin & Bean and Loveline, so to be a part of both shows is downright surreal. Dr. Drew is what makes Loveline special, so I'm going to do my best to add something positive to the show without getting in his way.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Psycho Mike has an eclectic background from the city that made him the person he is today. Michael's a mixed race Hispanic who immersed himself in the LA punk and hard rock scene as early as he could remember. He then moved to the East Coast to study Theatre at Rutgers University. At Rutgers, Michael spent most of his time enjoying the emerging Jersey punk scene before moving back to L.A. to become part of the Kevin & Bean morning show.
Catron, Bob: KFI, 1960s; KROQ, 1972. Bob was sports director at KFI. Unknown.
CECE: KDAY, 2014-18; KPWR, 2018-19; KDAY, 2019-21. Cece Valencia, better known as "Cece The Mamacita," moved from KDAY middays to be part of the morning drive team at "Power 106" in early 2018. With over 15 years experience in the entertainment industry, Cece’s main message to her audience is to inspire, recharge and reflect through music. She's back to KDAY doing mornings with Romeo.
She began her radio career at Wild 96.1 in the Inland Empire then made her way to Hot 97.5 in Las Vegas where she spent time doing nights. Returning to Los Angeles, Cece did morning's at 93.5 KDAY and voiced the popular Grand Theft Auto 5. Eventually she made her way to Latino 96.3 and started working for Jennifer Lopez’s network NuvoTv on music driven show, “The Collective.”
Growing up in Los Angeles, Cece is driven by the LA Culture Of Hip Hop. She is currently working on a project called "Tons Of Anarchy” executive produced by George Lopez and she can be seen in Chocolate City 2.
CECIL, Chuck: KFI, 1952-73; KGIL, 1973-86; KPRZ, 1986-88; KPCC, 1988-2000; KCSN, 2000-02; KLON/KKJZ, 2002-12. Born in 1923, Chuck grew up on a farm in Enid, Oklahoma playing 78 rpm records after school and doing daily chores. When he was 12, catastrophic dust storms sent many thousands of Midwesterners fleeing from their homes and farms. His family migrated to California. "We came out to California in a 1935 Chevrolet with a trailer behind and a mattress on top," he said. They landed in Los Angeles, where his three older sisters were working as actresses in films.
Chuck listened to some of the early Southern California radio personalities like Al Jarvis, while he was taking radio courses at Los Angeles City College. His first radio job was on KVEC-San Luis Obispo. He joined the Navy for three years, and when he was discharged as a carrier pilot, he enrolled in what was then the Broadcast Network School. One of his classmates was Dick Whittinghill who had just left the singing group, the Pied Pipers.
Following school, he got radio jobs in Klamath Falls, Oregon and Stockton before landing at KFI in 1956. It was at KFI that his syndicated series, "The Swingin' Years," was developed. At first it only aired for three hours on Saturday mornings. It evolved into a Saturday "Party Time," where his music was played in periods between live remotes of bands from the Ambassador's Coconut Grove, the Palladium and other venues playing Big Bands. The program ran from 1960 to 1968.
Over the years, Chuck has conducted and collected a Who's Who of interviews with band leaders and sidemen. His listeners have helped him out by providing rare records. "The Swingin' Years" continues to be the quintessential program of this musical niche. Chuck sends out more than 100 hours of taped shows to some 30 stations across the United States. He's also heard on the Armed Forces Radio Network.
In the early 1990s, he rerecorded more than 2,000 hours of Big Band programs, because the old tapes were deteriorating. He has a library of 50,000 records and more than 300 interviews with greats like Louis Armstrong, Woody Herman and Benny Goodman. In the summer of 2012, at the age of 89, he received an Award of Appreciation from the NAB.
70 years of broadcasting, Chuck retired in the summer of 2016. He passed away April 30, 2019. He was 97.
Cervantez, Terry: KOST, 1999. Terry is working in Palm Springs.
(Firpo Carr, Tom Cross, Tim Cates, and Ginger Chan)
CHAIDEZ, Zeke: KDAY, 2009-14. Zeke was appointed pd/gm at the Urban Hip-Hop station in the fall of 2009. Prior to joining KDAY, Chaidez was the coo of Heftel Media. He has also held positions at Club Deportivo Chivas USA, Radiovisa and gsm at Spanish-language KSCA. “I am excited to be involved in a format that is as fun and as relevant to this city,” said Chaidez.
“I was born and raised in Los Angeles and am very familiar with the KDAY heritage and am looking forward to the re-birth of KDAY. The station is off to a great start and will be even more incredible once the team puts their signature to each of their departments.
Since 2016, he has been a vp at Ad Leverage, at its core, is a consumer motivation agency.
Chase, Eric: KIQQ, 1974-75; KHJ, 1975, KFI, 1975-81; KRTH, 2003. Eric worked swing at the Oldies station.
CHAMBERS, Brad: KLAC, 2002-05; XTRA, 2005-06. Brad left his post as pd at the Adult Standards station, Fabulous 690, when Spanish owners took over XTRA in 2006 and changed format.
Brad has more than four decades of experience in radio and related fields. His expertise is in radio programming, talent and format development, audience acquisition, Radio/TV/Online convergence and programming distribution took him to his creation of a tasty music website, MartiniInTheMorning.com.
He's been involved with the creation and launch of XM Talk Channels Buzz, Ask, Extreme, and XM Music Channels Nashville, Mix, Kiss and Sunny for Clear Channel Radio. In addition, he created and launched "The Toad," Riverside, a twisted Classic Country flanker format and Fabulous 570/690 KLAC, a contemporary standards format.
Martini in the Morning spotlights the contemporary standards and presents them to a broader audience, both in terms of demographics and geography. The station’s growing audience is spread across the USA and around the world as Brad and his crew create a lifestyle brand for a community of under-served affluent, adult consumers connected by their passion for a genre of music all but abandoned by mainstream broadcast radio.
Chambers, Frank: KTBT, 1969. Frank (Don Kirk) worked at KTBT, billed as the first Acid Rock station in Garden Grove. Other LARP at the time included Brent Kahlen, Larry Adams and Jim Foss. He works in radio and tv in both radio & television in both Redding, CA and Medford, OR. "I'm also International Media Manager for Phoenix Voyage Humanitarian Initiative."
Chambers, George: KUSC, 1971-74; KLVE, 1974; KABC, 1976-78. George owns KXIT-Dalhart, Texas.
CHAMBERS, Lee: KWIZ, 1990-91; KEZY, 1991-92; KLAC, 1991-93; Unistar - Oldies Channel 1991-1997, KYSR, 1992-98, Westwood One - '70's 1997-99, Westwood One - Groovin' Oldies - 1999-2001, KOLA 2001-22, KABC / KLOS / KSPN / KDIS, 2002-07, Premiere Radio Network 2007-08, KSWD 2008-09, Dial-Global - Kool Gold, Oldies Plus, Good Time Oldies 2009-10.
The New York native worked at WNBC-New York, a series of Washington DC stations (KIX 106, WPGC, Q107, WMZQ and the Voice of America) and B104-Baltimore prior to arriving in Southern California.
Lee was the last jock on KWIZ on March 9, 1991, when the station went Korean.
“While on the air one night at WNBC, I had the unfortunate task of announcing the death of traffic reporter Jane Dornacker after the N-copter crashed. For a while I was Wolfman Jack’s sidekick on the Graffiti Gold show. I was also one of the jocks on WNBC’s legendary recreation of WABC’s sound in the ‘60s known as the ‘Time Machine.’”
Memories from Westwood One: Working in Hollywood during Rodney King with armored vehicles patrolling Sunset Blvd. and not being able to reveal on the network we were in LA in the middle of it so as to not destroy the notion we weren't in affiliates local towns. Also, getting locked in the studio and having to have the LA Sheriff and Fire department use the 'jaws of life' to bend open the metal studio door to let me out!" said Lee.
Champagne, Robert: KEZY/KXMX, 1999-2000. Robert did all-nights at KXMX, "Mix 95.9" until an ownership and format change in 2000. He's now working overnights and promotions as Corey Roberts at XHCR-San Diego.
Chan, Ginger: KLIT, 1997. As Anna Chan she worked weekends at KOLA. As Ginger Chan, she broadcasts traffic on various stations and the morning show at KTLA/Channel 5.
CHANCE, Jonathan: KABC, 1994-2000; KFWB, 2000-02. Jonathan was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. He became fascinated with radio at an early age by picking up stations on the AM Band from across the country. He would always listen to Boise Idaho and Denver stations at night. "I loved the fact that you never knew how many people were listening or where someone was listening from."
He became an accomplished musician in junior high school playing guitar and flute and winning many school music awards. He went to a small private high school called Highland Hall, where his classmates included the children of Louie Belson, Billy Eckstine and George Lucas. In fact, before American Graffiti and Star Wars the handyman at Jon’s school was Harrison Ford.
While in school he started listening to police and fire scanners. Jon found listening to scanners exciting, because this was real life drama and not make believe. He attended Cal Lutheran College on a pre-med scholarship. While in his first year of college, an art history professor noticed that Jon was an extrovert in front of a crowd, but an introvert in one-on-one situations. The professor told Jon he should be an entertainer and not a doctor and because of his deep voice got him a gig on the college radio station. The next year Jon transferred to Los Angeles Valley College and graduated with a degree in radio and television broadcasting. Also while at Valley College he won an award for Outstanding Excellence In Broadcasting from the State Of California and graduated with scholastic honors.
From there it was on to various radio stations working as a disc jockey and news reporter throughout the Antelope Valley, Ventura County and Palm Springs areas, before ending up in Los Angeles. Jonathan has become a familiar voice to Los Angeles Radio listeners. For 6 years, he was the news and traffic reporter on 790 KABC. He won many awards for covering police shoot-outs, brush fires, floods and high-speed police pursuits. Jonathan was a reporter for all-News KFWB and KGO-San Francisco. When not working as a reporter, Jonathan is an accomplished songwriter of country music for BMI and has written songs for television, radio and film. His hobbies include golf, tennis and boating.
Jonathan has an active voiceover business, based in the Southland.
Chandler, Ben: KMPC, 1958-62. Ben has passed away.
CHANDLER, Bob: KFI. The former Oakland Raiders sports broadcaster died in January 1995.
Born in Long Beach on April 24, 1949 and raised in Whittier, the former USC football captain played wide receiver in the National Football League between 1971 and 1982 for the Buffalo Bills and the Oakland Raiders. He led the NFL in receptions from 1975-77 with 176, and was named Second-Team All-Pro in 1975 and 1977. He also caught four passes for 77 yards in the Raiders 27-10 Super Bowl XV victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in January 1981.
In the first game of the 1981 season against the Denver Broncos, Chandler stretched out for a pass and took a hit so severely it ruptured his spleen. Chandler was rushed to a Denver hospital where doctors saved his life. Chandler made a miraculous recovery and returned to the field later in the season.
Ater his football career, Bob was an Oakland Raider radio commentator.
Bob died on January 27, 1995, after a four-month battle with cancer. He was 45. After Chandler, a nonsmoker, complained of a nagging cough, a rare strain of the disease was discovered in his lungs in September. He continued to work on Raider broadcasts while undergoing chemotherapy treatment at the USC Norris Center.
Larry Stewart of the LA Times wrote a moving tribute to Chandler.
CHANDLER, Bruce: KEZY, 1973-76; KIQQ, 1976-85. KRTH, 1985-86 and 1996-98 and 2002-14. Beginning in 1988, Bruce worked mornings at the Oldies channel at Dial-Global (formerly Westwood One). He left Dial-Global in late Spring 2012. He worked weekends at KRTH until September 2014.
Born in Englewood, New Jersey, Bruce moved with his family to Southern California when he was 7. He was given his first transistor radio in the early 1960s. "I think the fact I could take the radio station with me was important. KFXM was the station that influenced me in my early teens and then on March 10, 1962, KMEN went Rock and now the Inland Empire had two stations. I listened to Lyle Kilgore doing weekend news at KFXM and said, 'I want to do that.’" And he did.
Bruce started on KMEN in 1967 doing weekend news and then a year later he was a weekend jock. By October 1970, he was working the evening shift. A year later he crossed town to work afternoon drive on KFXM. "It was the first time someone went from KMEN to KFXM."
At KIQQ he did mornings with Tony St. James for five years. In the late 1970s, he moonlighted on KWOW-Pomona as Jeff Robins and syndicated a show for many years called, "Romancing the Oldies." In 1982, Bruce started a voiceover career that has continued with successful campaigns. He was the voice for the Fox/TV show, Front Page, and did the 1994 national Mazda campaign.
"I spent a few months at KRTH. I'll never forget, I got blown out the same day as the space shuttle blew up and in another way my career in local radio blew up." He has also narrated quite a few E! True Hollywood Stories, including episodes on Frank Sinatra, John Denver, Wayne Newton, The Monkees, Facts of Life Girls, Robert Downey Jr. and many more. He returned to KRTH in June of 2001 for part-time fill-in duties.
Chandler, Ed: KMGG, 1983-84. Last heard, Ed was working radio in Texas.
CHANDLER, Len: KRLA, 1968. The former resident songwriter-musician for the "Credibility Gap," is active in music circles.
"He is the most talented singer/musician I have ever known," said Lew Irwin, creator the Credibility Gap. "Len composed and performed three songs a day for the Credibility Gap from 1968 to 1969 -- more than a thousand songs in a little more than a year, some funny, some poignant, all of them an insightful commentary on the events of that turbulent and momentous year. It was perhaps the most exciting period of my life, and Len provided the musical soundtrack for it."
CHANEY, David: KMET, 1979; KLOS, 1979-81; KEZY, 1981; KNX/fm, 1983; KMET, 1985. The mountains of Santa Rosa are a world apart from the glitz, glamour and neon of Hollywood. For David , he chose the refuge of familiar territory. Born in Australia, he grew up in the Monterey/Salinas area.
“I loved the mountains and as a kid would split my time between Big Sur and Lake Tahoe.” In the late 1970s, David was visiting his recording engineer brother in Los Angeles and ended up doing the all-night show at KMET. It is impossible to talk to David about his Southern California radio experiences without hearing about B. Mitch Reed. David referred to his B.M.R. relationship in almost reverent terms. "The time was far more important than I realized at the time. It was larger than life." He talked about the volume of mail with photos and drugs that would arrive daily for all of the jocks. After leaving Southern California radio, he hooked up with the "most amazing thing in my life." In 1984, David became a jock on the Pirate ship Laser558. The ship was anchored between England and Holland and was the most listened-to commercial station in Europe. Unfortunately he got sea sick. After a year of amazing stories of being chased on the high seas by different governments, David returned to California working in Santa Barbara and San Francisco.
In 1988, he moved to Lake Tahoe to work at KTHX and pursue non-radio projects such as writing technical manuals and articles for outdoor sports publications; and enjoy the mountains. Would he return to Southern California radio? "Nope, I was anxious to get out. I loved the creative buzz, but I just didn't have the temperament. I'm where I belong, in the mountains."
CHANLEY, Andy: KLYY, 1997-99; KACD, 1999-2000; KSWD, 2008-17; KCSN, 2018-22. Andy worked morning drive with Mark Thompson at 100.3/fm The Sound and then partnered with Gina Grad in mornings. He left in mid-November when Entercom sold the station to Educatonal Media Foundation and the station flipped to Christian K-LOVE.
He's now working at the Cal State Northridge station, 88.5, in afternoon drive and in the summer of 2019, Andy was given music director responsibilities.
In the spring of 2021, Andy announced on social media that he had been diagnosed with cancer. "Stage II Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL) with Germinal Center Subtype, to be specific. It’s very aggressive, but also very treatable — and I’m gonna treat the shit," he wrote.
CHANTELE, Nina: KRRL, 2015-19; KBIG, 2019-22. The bilingual and charismatic Latina was hired to work afternoons at Real Radio. Nina has been rocking a mic since 2002 after a friend noticed something special about the Chicago native and strongly suggested that she turn in an air check to local stations. Two-days later she landed a part-time job at WPWX and within a year was offered her first full-time gig at WMIB-Miami doing afternoon drive. The former medical billing specialist 0ffered to voicetrack WSSP in Charleston, South Carolina and WBTT in Ft. Myers, Florida soon followed.
She later moved to KXBT-Austin and then Dallas. In 2006, she was asked to return to Chicago as KISS-FM’s midday personality and after three successful years was offered additional duties with their sister station, WGCI, as part of the The Morning Riot, becoming the first dj to do double duty on two differently formatted stations (urban and Top 40) in a major market.
In 2013, Nina added another radio show to her already busy schedule doing middays on Miami's 1035 The Beat. By May 2011, Nina was asked to join ABC Chicago’s Windy City Live, an ensemble program that filled the ‘Oprah’ time slot. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, her segment ‘Nina Knows’, appeared every week for three years, delivering the latest in celebrity gossip and trends.
CHAPMAN, Alan: KUSC, 1996-2022. Alan works morning drive at Classical KUSC. If he wasn't working at KUSC, Alan said he would do thing that he already does: composing, performing, and teaching.
After receiving his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he earned a Ph.D. in music theory from Yale University. He is currently a member of the music theory faculty of the Colburn Conservatory. He was a longtime member of the music faculty at Occidental College and has also been a visiting professor at UCLA and UC Santa Barbara.
His analytical work has appeared in the Journal of Music Theory and in The New Orpheus: Essays on Kurt Weill, winner of the Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing on music. Well known as a pre-concert lecturer, Dr. Chapman has been a regular speaker on the L.A. Philharmonic’s “Upbeat Live” series since its inception in 1984 and developed the popular series of “Music 101” multimedia evenings at Walt Disney Concert Hall. He also works closely with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Pacific Symphony. His lectures have been presented by virtually every major performing organization in southern California.
Chappe, Jeanne: KNAC, 1974-75; KROQ, 1977-78; KGAB, 1979-80; KBBQ, 1981-83. Jeanne married LARP Zack Zenore and they lived in New Mexico. She has passed away.
Chappel, Bill: KGFJ, 1975-84; KJLH, 1984. Bill left radio for the world of computers.
CHARLES, Chris: KBLA, 1965; KGBS, 1969-70. SEE The Magic Christian
CHARLES, Ken: KNX, 2016-22. Ken is program director at all-News KNX since July 2016.He joined the CBS/LA cluster from a lengthy journey with iHeartMedia (Clear Channel), most recently in Ft. Lauderdale.
How will KNX broaden the demographics and attract the younger listener? When a current listener dies, there isn’t a younger one to replace him. “The young people don’t trust anyone over 27,” said Ken. “I get it. They’ve been bombarded with so much stuff their entire lives that it’s hard to know who to trust and who to believe in. Just look at the news. When guys like Dennis Hastert was positioned as ‘the most moral and the most this’ and now look what he’s been accused of who do you trust? It’s a different time, that’s for sure.”
Ken believes that stations like KNX have real futures beyond just radio, whatever that delivery system is. “We just have to figure out the secret sauce and make sure we deliver it. We can’t blow off the existing audience. You can’t destroy the station’s heritage and what it is but we’ve got to bring it into a position to attract new people to grow and be successful.”
His philosophy: “When you look at what news was in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, we thought, as news people, that our judgment was right and we knew what to tell the audience. We believed that we knew better than them and that the stories we thought were important would also be important to the audience. It’s not about us anymore. It’s about them. And we have to provide them with stories that they think are relevant. We have to stop thinking like news people and start thinking like normal people. We need to present stories that are relevant to everyone. I believe this will make the station grow.”
Chase: KLYY, 1997-99. Chase was working at "Y107" until early 1999.
Chase, Eric: KIQQ, 1974-75; KHJ, 1975; KFI, 1975-81; KRTH, 2003. Eric briefly worked swing at "K-Earth" during the summer of 2003. He does weekend shifts at KKRW in Houston and KZEP in San Antonio. Eric also does some Premium Choice voice tracking for Clear Channel. "I spend most of my time recording audio books these days, plus the odd commercial. My big news however, is that in 2012 I was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame (as Paul Christy). I guess I really have been gone from LA too long, eh?"
CHASE, Sylvia: KNX, 1969-71. Born in Minnesota, Chase moved to California to attend UCLA. She majored in English and then worked in politics and state government before getting a broadcasting job at KNX.
She joined the staff of CBS News in New York in 1971 and moved to ABC a few years later. She received a range of broadcasting rewards and was dubbed “the most trusted woman on TV” by TV Guide. During her time at 20/20, a survey by the magazine also pegged Chase as the top investigative reporter on any of the national newsmagazines.
Chase moved to San Francisco’s NBC station to be a local anchor. KRON touted her arrival with the slogan “The Chase Is On.” Her decision to move to the Bay Area came just two months after ABC killed an investigative segment she did on the links between Marilyn Monroe and the Kennedy family. Chase at the time brushed aside suggestions that the two incidents were related, but later wrote that the decision by ABC was a factor in her departure. Whatever the cause, Chase became one of the Bay Area’s most visible news personalities of the late 1980s — not only anchoring newscasts but hosting prime-time news documentaries each year.
Chase returned to ABC News at the end of 1990. “I hate to leave the Bay Area, but if I’m going to get mugged it might as well be in New York,” Chase quipped to Chronicle columnist Herb Caen. She remained at ABC until 2001, then retired and purchased a home in Marin County. One of her colleagues remarked: “She belonged everywhere.” Sylvia died January 3, 2019, at the age of 80.
Chastain, Jane: KBRT; KLTX, 1999-2000. Jane worked afternoon drive on Catholic KLTX.
Chatteron, Larry: KHJ, 1964-65; KFI, 1970s. Unknown.
Chavez, Julia: KFWB, 1980-86. Julia is with MetroNetworks in Las Vegas. On the weekends, she anchors the news for the Talk America Network.
Checkman, Chris: KXLU, 1988-2005. Chris hosts Blues Hotel, each Wednesday night at midnight.
CHELSEA: KAMP, 2019-20. Chelsea proudly brings her Detroit swag to LA (you can take the girl out of the midwest, but you can't take the midwest out of the girl.) She's currently an on-camera host and red carpet correspondent for Billboard, interviewing all the biggest artists in the industry.
Referred to as a total "Girl Boss" who works way too many hours a week, Chelsea is also known to bust out a dance move at any given time (and also get artists to do the same.) When not in work mode, you can find Chelsea hiking, listening to all genres of music, and she also specializes in eating the best ice cream, pizza (pineapple and jalapeño), sushi, and thai food in town! (from AMP website) (KAMP became KNOU in spring of 2021)
CHEN, Mimi: KSCA, 1994-97; KCSN, 2005-07; KSWD, 2009-17; KCSN, 2018-20. Mimi worked weekends at KSWD, 100.3fm/The Sound. She left in mid-November when Entercom sold the station to Educatonal Media Foundation and the station flipped to Christian K-LOVE. She is now on the Cal State Northridge station, KCSN.
Born Mimi Madeleine Chen-Spring on August 10 in Chicago, she was influenced by two leading New York female djs. Mimi started in radio as a teen on WPST-Trenton, which led to WMMR-Philadelphia. As a singer-songwriter she studied piano and violin at Juilliard and studied voice with the woman who coached Barbra Streisand.
Mimi joined KSAN-San Francisco and stayed when the format changed to Country. She arrived in the Southland in 1994 from KRQR-San Francisco. Originally married to Chris Isaak in the 1980s, Mimi now lives in Glendale with her second husband and worked evenings on KSCA until the station was sold in early 1997. She went on to work a&r at 911 Records.
CHENAULT, Gene. Gene was one-half of the iconic radio programming name Drake-Chenault Enterprises. He died February 23, 2010. Gene was 90.
Woody Goulart shares some memories of working with Gene. “Few people in real life get to meet actual heroes. But, I am one of the fortunate ones. I met Gene in Hollywood in 1973 under very tense circumstances. When Drake and Chenault came in to KIQQ [K-100/fm], everyone at that station was fired except for the bookkeeper and me. Eventually, I, too, heard the famous words nobody wants to hear. But, I remember being treated with courtesy and respect in my termination, even though to the Drake-Chenault people, I was “an outsider.” Gene Chenault personally ensured that I got severance pay. I share this memory today to dispel a decades-long prevailing myth that the Drake-Chenault people were ruthless and heavy-handed.
“Gene Chenault will best be remembered for leading a broadcasting business revolution. Of course, the legendary success in Los Angeles of 93/KHJ Boss Radio starting in 1965 is unforgettable. But, Chenault was one of the first broadcasters who believed that fm radio should become the rightful home of popular music programming in the United States. Starting in the 1970s, his company’s national radio programming consultancy boosted fm radio outlets in major markets to prominence, most notably in New York City on WOR/fm. Later, iconic Drake-Chenault syndicated radio formats such as Hit Parade, Solid Gold, Great American Country, and other brands enabled smaller market stations to attain high standards in music programming that otherwise would not have been affordable.”
Chenevey, Jim: KKHR/KNX/fm, 1984-88. Jim worked at CBS radio news network in New York for over a quarter of century. He left in the spring of 2020 as corporations were downsizing due to the coronavirus pandemic.
CHERRY, Hugh: KFOX, 1960-68; KGBS, 1968-73; XPRS, 1974-75; KLAC, 1976. Born in 1922, Hugh's first radio job was
, in 1946 for $40 a week. His first break came when he started in WKAY-Glasgow, Kentucky on WKDA. While still in the Nashville Midwest, he appeared on ABC/TV's Bourbon Street Beat in 1959. He was a longtime performer on NBC/TV's Midwest Hayride. Hugh was voted the #3 most popular country dj as published in Billboard in 1967.
When KGBS changed from Country to Hot 100 in October 1968, Hugh moved from dj to the news department, and then to all-nights. In 1970, he co-wrote and narrated a 36-hour documentary on the history of country music. Out of the Bill Wade studios, Hugh daily taped for XPRS a Country program, which was trucked to
for airing. When his daily on-air career ended, he became a college instructor and lecturer on country music. His is the voice on Johnny Cash's album, Folsom Prison. In 1977, Hugh joined R&R as the Country editor and, in the same year, was elected to the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame. During the 1980s, Hugh wrote and narrated many country radio specials, including "Country Report Countdown." He penned over 300 album liner notes. The avid bicyclist said in an R&R interview that survival was his greatest achievement. In 1996 he moved to Tijuana . Nashville
Hugh died October 22, 1998, at the age of 76.
Cherry, Marvin: KBCA, 1976-78. Unknown.
Chester, Lloyd: KFWB, 1968-69. Lloyd teamed with Jerry London in the 1970s to publish an entertainment magazine in Palm Springs.
Chester the Arrester: KIIS, 1987-2006; KLIT, 1997-98. SEE Chet Hearring.
CHEVALIER, "Papa Joe": KMPC, 2000.
Armand "Papa Joe" Chevalier, a sports talk show host at KMPC, 1540/The Ticket, died June 3, 2011, from complications of a stroke. He was 62.
Papa Joe, popular for expressing views that largely represented the average sports fan, suffered a stroke a few months before his death that resulted in paralysis to his right side. His speech and cognitive processes were not affected. "You know how people say I've fallen and I can't get up? Well, I've fallen and I can't get up," Chevalier said. He had been working in Las Vegas and the Sporting News Radio Network until 2005.
CHENEVEY, Jim: KNX/fm, 1984-88. Jim was the news director at KNX/fm in the mid-1980s. He joined CBS News, Radio in 1988. In addition to his anchoring duties, he reported on a number of major stories ranging from the release of South Africa's Nelson Mandela to the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Chenevey was part of the Peabody Award-winning coverage of "China in Crisis" in 1989. He left CBS News in June 2020 as part of a financial crisis due to COVID-19.
Prior to joining CBS News, Chenevey was nd at WHYT-Detroit (1983-84), morning news anchor at WGAR-Cleveland (1981-83) and news anchor at KIMN-Denver (1980-81).
Chenevey was born July 8, 1956 in Alliance, Ohio. He attended journalism school at Kent State University and now resides in Kent Cliffs, New York.
CHIANG, Johnny: KNX, 1989-91; KFI, 1991-93; KOST, 1994-2000. Johnny is program director for the Cox cluster in Houston. Cox promoted Johnny in the fall of 2020 to CMG Country format leader. In 2014, Johnny was inducted into the Texas Hall of Fame.
The former pd at KOST was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and learned his disciplined habits from his military father who upon retirement became the police chief of Taipei. Johnny came to Los Angeles when he was 8 and lived with his oldest sister who had come earlier for her college education. "I was her experiment, like a guinea pig, with motherhood. I learned that I had to rely on self."
He started at Cal State Northridge in 1986 having no idea what he wanted to do with his life. One day he stumbled across the school radio station and started hanging out. "In my junior year I attended an Asian American Journalists Association meeting in San Francisco and I snuck into a job fair booth. I gave the CBS radio executive my resume and there was nothing on it. He saw that I attended Fairfax High School and asked who I had for English. I told him about a particular teacher I had for two years and he asked what grades I earned. I told him A’s." It turned out that the CBS representative was the teacher’s college sweetheart. Johnny was told that if he was smart enough to get A’s from her, he was smart enough to write for CBS.
By the time he got back to L.A., KNX pd Bob Sims was on the phone and hired Johnny to write and produce part-time at the all-News station. Two years later David G. Hall hired Johnny to be the morning news editor at KFI. After two years at the Talk station, he tried his hand as a tv news producer at KCAL/Channel 9. In 1994, KOST pd Jhani Kaye lured Johnny back to Cox and made him apd. In 2000, Johnny was a victim of consolidation and he left KOST to program KPNT-Houston.
CHILDS, Kevin: KSRF, 1972-73; KLVE, 1973-75. "Working in LA radio was quite wonderful," Kevin emailed. "I started with George Baron at KSRF in Santa Monica, which was the epitome of basic 'WKRP in Cincinnati' type radio. The similarity continued with KLVE, as we had a staff deemed be a direct descendant of Les Nessman, the newsman. Our staff member at KLVE was Les Perry. Trying to remember others, there was Lori Lerner and Keith Lowe.
Since leaving Southern California radio, Kevin served as the original pd at KWOD-Sacramento in the late 70's.
He formed a business audio recording company known as Audio Service America. ASA was the original company that provided stylized marketing on-hold messages to the nation....combining messages with music.
In 2001, prior to his semi-retirement in 2006, he became the station manager at KRCK in Palm Desert. Even though he is "retired," he still spends more than 50 hours each week running his audio company.
For the past 15 years, he has been the telephone voice of Pioneer Electronics customer support. He lives in Albany, New York.
Childs, Randy: KLSX, 1988. Randy works for Mediabase Music Research division of Premiere Radio Networks.
CHIN, Julie: KNX, 2006-22. Julie started as news director in early summer of 2006 from KGO-San Francisco.
"I’m in the newsroom, usually running from the assignment desk, to the main studio, to other parts of the newsroom and back again,” said Chin. “It’s controlled chaos, and I’m in the middle of it.” She monitors both KNX and other media outlets while deciding what next to do. “Another part of the brain’s thinking about the different angles of our coverage and asking, ‘Can we do more? Can we put another reporter on the story?’” She works with the entire news staff, helping the producers and anchors “get the best product on the air.” In addition, she works with the web editor and makes sure that email blasts, text alerts, and Twitter feeds are sent out in a timely manner.
Chin is a native Californian, growing up in the Bay Area, raised in what’s now known as Silicon Valley. She cites her interest in news/talk radio from listening to the legendary KGO with her parents. “KGO was always on, in the car and at home.” She’d even leave the radio on at bedtime, listening to the station’s fiery overnight host Ray Taliaferro. “If you know Ray, he’s not exactly a soothing lullaby, but somehow, it worked for me!” But Chin didn’t start off aspiring to a career in radio. “When I got to Berkeley, I was thinking of studying accounting, something business-related. I should’ve known better! That plan quickly fizzled when I realized I had zero interest and less than zero clues about all things business. That C– in Econ 1 was a strong hint, too!” “I was always interested in news, information, media, etc. so I focused on that. I did a couple of internships, both of which happened to be in radio and my love of radio was solidified. It felt like home,” said Chin. She’d find herself eventually hired as an editorial assistant and producer, finding herself in management “because I kept saying ‘yes!’” (written by LARadio.com senior correspondent Alan Oda)
CHIOTAKIS, Seve, KCRW, 2008-20. Steve joined the Santa Monica station from the American Public Media's Marketplace Morning Report. He got his start in public media at WBHM-Birmingham.
Working afternoon drive, the award-winning journalist was the local voice during the station’s All Things Considered broadcast. "KCRW is a natural fit for me. It’s home to terrific and talented people. It’s an LA institution with a world-class sensibility. I’m excited about what’s possible and can’t wait to get to work telling the stories of this great city, " said Chiotakis
In his more than two decades in radio, covering everything from hurricanes and torna. KCRW is, in some ways, a return to his roots. "Steve believes, as we do, that the stories of Los Angeles are the stories that connect the world. His experience, news sense and personality will help define our news coverage and bolster a team that already includes Chery Glaser and news legend Warren Olneym," added news director Gary Scott.
CHLOWITZ, Allan: KNX/fm, 1972; KHJ, 1973; KRTH, 1974-85; KTWV, 1987-92; KRLA/KLSX, 1993-95. Allan died June 17, 2015.
Born in Newark, Allan started his career at Compton Advertising in New York in 1966 followed by two years at Ogilvy & Mather.
His radio career began in 1968 with CBS Radio Sales in New York. At KNX/fm Allan was the director of sales. In the fall of 1995 he was named vp/gm of KNEW/KSAN-San Francisco and in April 1995 KABL and KBGG-San Francisco were added to his responsibilities and he left in the summer of 1997.
Choc, Mr.: KPWR, 1997-2005. Mr. Choc worked the all-night shift at "Power 106." He is the founder of the Scratch DJ Academy of Los Angeles.
Chodroff, Amy: KFWB, 1999-2000. Amy is living in Florida.
Christen: KAMP, 2018-20. Christen works weekends at AMP Radio (KAMP is now KNOU)
Christensen, Ken: KFI/KOST/KACE, 1992-95; KYSR/KXEZ/KIBB, 1995-2000; KFI/KOST/KYSR, 1999-2000; KXTA/KLAC/KFI, 2000-01. Ken left his post as head of Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation/LA in early 2003.
CHRISTENSEN, Todd: KMPC, 1992. The former five-time Pro Bowl tight end with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders headed the Athletes for Youth Foundation until his death on November 13, 2013, following complications during liver transplant surgery. He was 57.
Jim Plunkett, the former Raiders quarterback, knew Todd Christensen as a fun guy who loved catching passes, especially in the end zone and sometimes on plays in which he was supposed to be blocking. Plunkett learned Christensen was ill after seeing him at a Raider reunion in July 2012. "He had lost of lot of weight. And I didn't find out until afterwards that he was ill and looking for a transplant" for 10 months, said Plunkett.
Christensen, a devout Mormon, did not drink. Toby, one of his four sons, told the Associated Press the family believed the liver problems began 25 years ago after a "botched" gall bladder operation. Playing at 6-3, 230 in the NFL, Christensen finished with 461 receptions for 5,872 yards and 41 touchdowns in the regular season, including 92 catches for 1,247 yards and 12 touchdowns in 1983. "He brought a lot to table as a person and a personality, and also on the football field he could catch everything thrown his way basically," says Plunkett.
"He was a big, barrel-chested guy at one time, and he had knack for getting between the ball and the defender." Christensen came out of BYU as a running back, but late Raiders owner Al Davis saw something else. "He was a hybrid tight end, an H-back before it came a football term," says former Raiders coach Tom Flores.
Nicknamed The Renaissance Man for his varied interests, Christensen left football for broadcasting, including at NBC Sports, ESPN and the CBS Sports Network. "I remember Todd always using big words and quotes from famous authors and poets," Flores says. "He was comical at times because no one knew what he was talking about." Plunkett also recalled Christensen's fancy vocabulary: "Oh yeah, but you know I went to Stanford. I put him in his place a few times."
CHRISTIAN, Kaci: KFI, 2001-02. If you have ever been around Kaci, a former tv news anchor and traffic/news reporter in the Southland, there is one thing everyone can agree on – Kaci is never at a loss for words. Kaci is adventuresome, persistent and always involved with some worthwhile project. Well, she’s really done it this time. As of January 2014, Kaci embarked on a year of silence. She believes that if we don’t have to think about what we are going to say next or how we are going to respond, we listen differently and ultimately better.
“As a cultural anthropologist and former tv news anchor, I have spent many years professionally observing, interviewing and reporting on what other people are doing, saying or experiencing,” she expressed on her blog. “As I explore and experience my personal journey of listening differently, I will be utilizing the tool of not speaking as a means to expand the space and energy to simply listen – without the need to opine, judge or defend.” Through her blog The Silent Project (www.theSILENTproject.com,) Kaci recounted her experiences, insights and challenges of living and listening without speaking. “One hypothesis is that people who don’t know me or have any expectations of me will not care whether I speak or not. Others may be curious or make assumptions about my silence but will honor and respect it. Some may believe my choice to not speak will mean that I’m deaf. A few may experience irritation at my inability to communicate via speech. On the other hand, those who know me and who have expectations that I continue to communicate in ways they have come to expect may choose to be disappointed or even agitated at my undertaking this journey.”
Kaci explained: “My intention for this project is not to ruffle any feathers, but instead to reveal myself and my flaws and weaknesses, while also demonstrating leadership, integrity and vulnerability. I am aware that some people may disagree with my opinions, thoughts or choices. It is certainly possible that I may receive criticism or flack for some of what I share. It will all be through my filter of what I’m experiencing through The Silent Project.”
CHRISTIAN, Magic: KBLA, 1965; KGBS, 1969-70. Chris Charles was the original ‘Magic Christian.” He passed away July 2, 2010 from cancer. He had been living in a boarding house in Iowa. He was 66.
In the 1960s, Chuck worked as a Top 40 jock at KBLA and KGBS. He was born in Chicago and his family moved to the Southland when he was 13. “When I got to L.A. I listened to Bill Ballance on KFWB in the early 1960s and I wanted to be like him in every way,” Chris said when being interviewed for Los Angles Radio People. When he was 14 he called every station in the phone book and KDWC in West Covina invited him to the station. “I got a weekly shift playing Arthur Lyman music and my mom had to take me to work and pick me up after my shift.” At 17 he began his career at KLAS-Las Vegas. “I was on my way! I was blessed with great pipes, good looks, a great sense of humor, gallons of testosterone and made big money playing poker.” His next stop was KUTY-Palmdale. “I got my first taste of concert promotion. The Beach Boys came up for a four-hour show for $500. I got the rest of the money.” Chris went on to work at KMEN-San Bernardino as Chuck Christensen, WCFL-Chicago, KYNO-Fresno, WMEX-Boston (he replaced Larry Lujack who was on his way to Chicago), KTAR-Phoenix and KCBQ-San Diego.
At KYNO, the md was Al Casey. “I married Al’s ex-wife and adopted his daughter. She works as Kelli Casey in Houston radio and I’m very proud of her.” Influenced by his experience with the Beach Boys concert, Chris did rock concerts, “happenings” and hootenannies. “I had briefcases full of sock-hop money...wrinkled 1, 5, 10 and 20-dollar bills.” In the early 1970s “The Magic Christian” moved to Canada and worked at two Rock stations. “I was paid the same as Prime Minister Trudeau.” At one of the Toronto stations, Rick Moranis was his board-op. Chris went on to working mornings at the Country format from the Jones Satellite operation out of Colorado. “Thirty years ago, Helen Gurley Brown looked me in the eyes and said, ‘You should write a book!’ If I ever get the time, I will. Folks have told me that if I did write one, it would make Howard Stern’s book and movie look like a warm-up act. I’ve been truly blessed all my life.”
CHRISTIAN, Mark: KYMS, 1983-88; KPZE/KEZY, 1988-90; KKLA/KFSH, 2000-03; KWVE, 2003-05, KLAA, 2008. Mark is producer/technical director and on-air co-host of Wine Country Talk Radio on KLAA. He's also the engineer for the Academy of Radio & TV in Huntington Beach.
Mark has been part of Christian radio for most of his professional life. When he was 7 years old he would run about the house interviewing the cats and uninterested relatives with a spoon for a mic. By the time he was 15 he was calling radio stations, and for Christmas that year he was given a “Mr. Microphone,” which changed his life. In 1983, fresh out of high school, KYMS was doing a live broadcast at his church. Curious he checked it out. “When I got there Bill Ewing was standing at the microphone in the middle of the small overflow room and a guy in a suit off to the left. I went over to the suited dude and said I have always been fascinated with radio and thought this was amazing how they can put this on radio without being at the station. He was amazed at my interest.” “Well, after 20 minutes or so of this chatter, I said, ‘I would love to do this for the rest of my life!’ The well dressed man looked down at me and smiled and said ‘Really? Let me introduce myself. My name is Paul Toberty. I own this station.’ I almost pooped in my pants! I was now facing what later would be called destiny. I was invited to the station to be an intern and the rest is history. I am still in love with this mysterious mistress called broadcasting. The pay leaves a guy wanting sometimes, but the benefits are awesome,” said Mark.
CHRISTIAN, Roger: KRLA, 1960; KFWB, 1961-65; KBLA, 1965; KHJ, 1965; KBLA, 1967; KFWB, 1967-68; KGBS, 1969-71; KDAY, 1971; XPRS, 1971-72; KIQQ, 1973-74; KRTH, 1974-75; XPRS, 1978-79; KRLA, 1983-84; XPRS, 1985-86. There was a gentleness to Roger Christian that conveyed to his listeners an instant ease and a sense of warmth. Some thought he was aloof, but it was his busy schedule that kept him juggling ideas, thoughts and creativity. More often than not, he showed up for his shift after his first record had already been started.
Rochester, New York was where Roger started his radio career on WSAY. He worked as Mike Melody for a couple of years in Buffalo. His inspiration was Guy King on WWOL-Buffalo. Guy was actually Tom Clay.
During the summer of 1960, Roger started the noon-to-three shift at KRLA. In 1961 he worked the all-night slot as part of the strike breakers at KFWB. Roger was always active in music. In 1964 his Beatles Story album was in the top three on the charts and earned a Gold record in sales. He was one of the original KHJ "Boss Jocks" during the format's debut in April 1965, working the nine-to-noon slot.
Roger returned to KFWB and was on the air when the station went all-News in March of 1968. Someone who was present on the last day of KFWB saw Roger "in tears."
He was one of the original jocks (noon-3) when "K-100 FM" debuted. He wrote many of the surf songs popularized in the '60s by the Beach Boys and Jan and Dean. Many called him the Cole Porter of the teens. He wrote Dead Man's Curve and Little Old Lady From Pasadena. During one particular week while on KFWB, songs that Roger had written were #6, #7 and #8. Because of the payola scandals of the late 1950s and early 1960s, he couldn't play any of his songs until they hit the Top 5. Roger appeared in 17 movies, including The Carpetbaggers. In 1975, Roger and Jim Pewter launched Rock Shoppe with the 6-hour radio special, "The Beach Years." He was also a music consultant to the movie industry and in 1975 worked on Return to Macon County. He produced a Denver group called the Moonrakers that eventually became Sugarloaf.
At his funeral in June 1991, Roger's brother told KRLA historian, Bill Earl, that Roger had committed suicide. Roger's show close seems somehow prophetic: "That's all she wrote - sleep warm - later, lover."
Christopher, Brian: KIBB, 1997. Unknown.
Christopher, Jimmy "the Saint": KNAC, 1979-87. Jimmy, inventor and programmer of the Rock N Rhythm and Pure Rock formats at the legendary KNAC, now works for KRLD AM & FM in Dallas.
Christy, Bill: KRTH, 1982. Unknown.
Christy, Bob: KMLT: 2006-07. Bob was the general manager at the Amaturo trimulcast stations until 2007.
CHU-LIN, Sam: KFWB, 60s. Sam, one of the first Asian Americans appearing on network television, had been reporter since the 1960s, working for KFWB, KTLA/Channel 5 and since 1995, KTTV. He worked for CBS in the 1970s.
Chu Lin's Asian heritage was important to him, calling journalism "a chance to use your roots for a positive purpose." Chu Lin once persuaded ABC's Nightline to produce a program titled "Asian American - When Your Neighbor Looks Like the Enemy" and helped booked guests and find historical footage. He also won a National Headliner Award for the television documentary "Chu Lin is an Old American Name."
Chulo, Bobby: KPWR, 1999. Bobby hosted a weekend show at "Power 106."
Church III, George: KFWB, KLAC. George was involved in producing in-flight airline programming for Billboard magazine in the mid and late 1970s. He later joined RKO-General in a similar capacity.
(Eric Chase and Jeanne Chappe)
CILIANO, Paul: KEZY, 1991-92; KLIT, 1992; KYSR, 1992; KTWV, 2011-19. KEZY, 1991-92; KLIT, 1992; KYSR, 1992. Paul arrived in Orange County from WEZK-Knoxville.
Paul started his radio career in 1977 at WSUB-Groton, Connecticut. In June 1979 he joined WDRC-Hartford. “I skipped my high school graduation ceremony to do the midday shift.”
He joined WORQ-Mystic, CT in 1984 for a year and then moved to program WMJY-Long Branch, NJ. “I left when the gm [the fifth Beatle] couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t ‘mix in’ a few Beatles tunes between Katrina and the Waves and The Power Station.” In 1986, Paul worked middays at WMJX-Boston and three years later moved to afternoons at KLTR-Houston and then a stop to program WEZK-Knoxville. In 1993, Paul became ops manager for Cox Radio Tampa Bay (3 FMs). He rose through the ranks as the midday personality and pd at WWRM-Tampa. Paul was operations manager at WSB/fm ("B98.5") and WSRV (97.1 The River) in Atlanta until February 2009.
In early 2020, Paul relocated to Las Vegas started his own business in real estate.
CIPRIANO, Joe: KHTZ, 1980-83; KKHR, 1983-85; KIIS, 1985-90. Joe joined "K-Hits" from WRQX ("Q107")-Washington, DC, where he held down afternoon drive during that station's rise "from #18 to #1 in less than a year." While at KHTZ, he began his voiceover career doing movie trailers for Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Porky’s, Revenge of the Nerds and other teen movies. While doing middays at KKHR he was known as Dave Donovan.
From 1995 to 2001 he co-hosted (along with Adrienne Walker) the "World Chart Show," produced by Tom Rounds, heard on over 200 stations around the world.
His on-camera career includes national commercials for Prego Spaghetti Sauce and a co-starring role in NBC’s Knight and Daye.
Today, Joe has a busy voiceover career and is the promo voice of both the Fox, CBS, ESPN International and others. He is the image voice of many radio and tv stations around the country. Joe is also the voice associated with many live television events such as The Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards and more. In 2012 he received the Don LaFontaine Legacy Award presented by Promax BDA. The national award was created to honor one individual who exhibits character, longevity, talent, professionalism and the passion for giving back within the broadcast and voice over industry. Joe was also the executive producer of the Primetime Voices for Charity in 2013 as a fundraiser for Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. He produced the album, Twas the Night before Christmas and other Classic Children's Stories, the lead single features 31 voice over artists and was played on radio stations all over the country.
Cisco, Frank: KIKF, 1994-98. Frank works in the admissions office at the Academy of Radio and TV/Video Broadcasting in Huntington Beach.
Clark, Brian: KLAA, 2005-08. Brian was the chief engineer at 830AM, KLAA.
Clark, Carolyn: KBIG, 1989-95. Unknown.
CLARK, Dick: Dick Clark, his syndicated show heard on KBIG and K-EARTH over the years, died April 18, 2012, at the age of 82 of an apparent heart attack. He was the image of KOST for many years, but he will be remembered most as the longtime tv host and powerhouse producer who changed the way we listened to pop music with American Bandstand, and whose trademark Rockin' Eve became a fixture of New Year's celebrations.
Dick sufffered a serious stroke in 2004 but returned to the airwaves to appear on the New Year’s Eve show
Born in Mount Vernon, New York on November 30, 1929, Richard Wagstaff Clark began his lifelong career in show business began before he was even out of high school. He started working in the mailroom of WRUN, a radio station in upstate New York run by his father and uncle. It wasn't long before the teenager was on the air, filling in for the weatherman and the announcer, according to a story at ABC News.
Clark pursued his passion at Syracuse University, working as a disc jockey at the student-run radio station while studying for his degree in business. After graduating in 1951, Clark went back to his family's radio station, but within a year, a bigger city and bigger shows were calling.
Clark landed a gig as a dj at WFIL in Philadelphia in 1952, spinning records for a show he called Dick Clark's Caravan of Music. There he broke into the big time, hosting Bandstand, an afternoon dance show for teenagers. Within five years, the whole country was watching. ABC took the show national, and American Bandstand was born.
American Bandstand's formula was simple. Clean-cut boys and girls danced to the hottest hits and the newest singles. In between, Clark chatted with the teens, who helped "rate-a-record," turning songs into sensations. Everyone showed up on American Bandstand: from Elvis Presley to Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry to Chubby Checker.
When Dick Clark moved to Hollywood in 1963, American Bandstand moved with him. He started Dick Clark Productions, and began cranking out one hit show after another; his name became synonymous with everything from the $25,000 Pyramid to TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes to the American Music Awards. In 1972, Dick Clark became synonymous with one of the biggest nights of the year.
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve on ABC became a Dec. 31 tradition, with Clark hosting the festivities for more than three decades, introducing the entertainment acts and, of course, counting down to midnight as the ball dropped in New York's Times Square.
The Museum of Broadcast Communications has done the math, and figures that Dick Clark Productions has turned out more than 7,500 hours of television programming, including more than 30 series and 250 specials, as well as more than 20 movies for theatre and tv.
Now, America's Oldest Teenager is gone, leaving his indelible mark on generations of fans, and helping change rock 'n' roll and tv forever. His signature sign-off was always "For now, Dick Clark… so long," said with a salute. Today, generations of Americans are saluting back.
(Source: ABC News and photo from Getty Images)
CLARK, Digger: KIIS. Digger was a 55-year engineering veteran at KIIS/fm (and the 102.7 frequency). Paul Freeman described Digger as the station “mascot.” at KIIS/fm. “I had the good fortune of working with ‘Digger’ for 13 years at KIIS FM & AM. He was such a pleasure to be around. Everyone really did love Digger,” said Freeman. Digger died April 4, 2008. He was 84.
“Not only was he a good studio/production engineer but he had such a great personality and sense of humor. He will be missed and my condolence goes out to his son Brian Clark who works for KIIS/fm with Ryan Seacrest as the engineer for his morning show," continued Paul.
“The first time I met him, I thought he was an old Mutual Network announcer, as he had the best radio voice I had ever heard!” emailed Don Elliot. “A couple of octaves below Gary Owens, actually. Rick Dees used to use him for bits on his show.
Owens worked with Digger at KIIS and KPRZ. “He was a real character. He was a lot like Charles Dickens created him. He was that kind of guy.”
Clark, Don: KGIL, 1973-75. Unknown.
CLARK, Gary: KNX, 1978-88. Gary, a 10-year veteran of KNX, died August 12, 2000, following a short but painful bout with cancer. He was 61. Gary was born in Wewoka, Oklahoma and moved to Texas when he was 10. His father was in the oil business. It was in Bryson, Texas, when Gary contracted polio and was paralyzed from the waist down. "Gary overcame the greatest obstacle," said colleague Jim Williams, "and nothing ever slowed him down. He never let his polio bother him." Gary was affectionately known by his friends as "Stix," because of his crutches. His specialized car license plate sported the same word. He covered major fires, floods and riots, working in Santa Barbara radio at KDB and KTMS. He was a stringer at KNX for many years before starting at the CBS station in the late 1970s. Many of his colleagues were shocked when they learned that he was crippled and covered complicated stories on crutches. Gary was retired and living in Tollhouse, just east of Fresno. He helped establish the Associated Press Radio Network. Known for doing stand-up reports on Southern California brush fires right next to the flames, Clark became one of the all-news station's top reporters. He worked in the lead truck in 1988 when KNX provided extensive coverage of the Los Angeles Marathon. Clark also made broader contributions to his profession, working on a panel to update the Associated Press stylebook.
(Ross Crystal, Ken Christensen and Dan Carlisle)
Clark, Gloria: KFWB, 1959-63. Gloria died suddenly in 1963 of a cerebral hemorrhage.
CLARK, Jay: KRLA/KHTZ, 1988-89; KLSX, 1996-97. Jay was vp of non-music program for Sirius Satellite Radio. Hw was an East Coast executive with Greater Media who was dispatched to Southern California to improve the ratings of KRLA and KHTZ. Much turmoil followed his arrival with the departures of such staples as Dave Hull, Mucho Morales and Emperor Bob Hudson.
“Greater Media wanted to relieve all of the old KRLA staff and start over. The station was at a .9. We kept Johnny Hayes and hired Wolfman Jack, The Real Don Steele, Art Laboe, Bob Hudson and Huggie Boy. The station immediately went to a 1.5, which wasn’t bad for an AM in Los Angeles.”
Jay programmed WABC-New York, WLLZ-Detroit and WTKS-New Orleans before his return to L.A. in the summer of 1996. “I came in after the Kato Kaelin fiasco. I remember that the staff, which was pretty dysfunctional at the time, became really paranoid when we tried Tom Leykis as a fill-in.
As it turned out, I left to go with Sabo Media and the first week I was gone and Jack Silver was in the chair, Riki Rachtman went off the deep end and The Regular Guys quit. Jack filled the holes wisely.”
Jay was born and raised in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. “I’ve been a radio junkie since age 5 and listened to not only Bob Hennabery on WBEC-Pittsfield, but also Jack Specter on WPTR-Albany, Schenectady, Troy.” Jay started working in radio while still in high school and got his first programming job at WTRY in 1966. He was the vp/gm for ComedyWorld. He’s currently the vp of programming at Sirius Satellite Radio.
Jay is retired and living on his boat in South Florida.
Clark, Jerry: Jerry is a past president of the Greater Los Angeles Press Club and was the executive director of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters.
CLARK, John: KBLA, 1967; KNAC, 1972-76; KWST, 1977; KROQ, 1977-1979; KNX, 1988-1991; KFWB, 1999-2000. John was a popular weather personality at KHJ/TV from 1983-88.
He uses his real name, Andrew Amador, and was the host of Best Deals on KTLA/Channel 5.
CLARK, Katie: KABC, 2002; KNX, 2003-22. Katie was a dj on Dial-Global's Bright A/C format from early January 2000 through the end of 2008. She was a helicopter reporter/camera op for KCBS/KCAL/TV and KNBC/TV from 2010-2013. Since February 2017, Katie has been Director of Traffic Operations for KNX and all Entercom LA stations.
Katie was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area. "I was obsessed with 610 KFRC Top 40, but had no aspirations to be in radio at that point," Katie emailed. "But I used to set my alarm at 6:10am to have an hour to listen to Dr. Don each morning. My family moved to Portland at age 13. When I was 17, and still in my senior year of high school, I heard a contest solicit on KGON to be a guest dj.
"Just send in a list of 12 songs. If your songs are good and you get picked, you'll get to go to the KGON studios an be a guest dj and play your favorite songs. Needless to say, I had a pretty good sense of music and nervously squeaked my way through that hour with the dj who had the voice of God. I made a good impression, and had a lot of luck."
Katie got the job and started before going off to college. She did call-out research. When KNRK-Portland signed on, Katie was the first female jock. "One day I went to order food while wearing my KNRK shirt. I gave the girl my name. She looks at my shirt, and says.....'Katie, as in.....' and points to my shirt. That's when I thought /I really made it!'"
Airing in over 100 markets, Katie worked the Bright AC format at Westwood One for nine years. "On one very warm autumn day, Valencia was still baking well into the upper 90's. I get a request line call from a very obvious North Dakota resident. The listener wondered how I was able to dig out from the snow and get to work. "I didn't have the heart to tell him."
CLARK, Marcia: KFI. Marcia gained fame as one of the prosecutors in the OJ Simpson trial. She's a high-powered attorney turned book author and correspondent. Her newest novel is Guilt By Degrees.
Born in Berkeley, Marcia dreamed of working for the State Department in the Middle East, according to a story in People Magazine. "They just didn't want women in the field," said Clark. "They just asked if I could type."
She became a lawyer, joining the LA District Attorney's office in 1981, so she could "stand up for the victims." Marcia said there was no way to anticipate the attention she would received when she was assigned the OJ Simpson trial in 1994. "I really didn't want the spotlight, but there was no way to escape," she said. "I was miserable." Five months into the trial Clark faced a public humiliation when topless photos of her hit tabloids. "It didn't bother me as much on a personal level as it did professionally."
After the OJ verdict Clark received a reported $4.2 million for a 1997 memoir. With her sons now grown and three marriages ended, these days she lives alone. "I'm living my dream now," she says. "And I'm happy."
Clark, Matt: KOCM, 1985-86. The weekender worked radio part time while working full time as a cop. He has retired from law enforcement.
Clark, Mel: KBIG, 1971-74. Unknown.
Clark, Richard: KBLA, 1966. Richard died in early 1994.
CLARK, Steve: KHJ, 1966-67; KEZY, 1977-79; KUTE, 1981-83; KMPC/fm, 1986; KTWV, 1988-2004; KCBS/Mega, 1998-2002. Steve is one of those radio people who truly loves radio. "I was the class clown, a popular kid and president of the senior class in high school in my hometown of Brooklyn. I wanted to be a jock since junior high, figuring it would be a great way to meet girls, and I was right."
At 17, Steve served two years in the Army and then two years at NYU. He started his radio career in Albany, then went on to New Haven and Cincinnati. While at WQAM-Miami, he sent a tape to KHJ pd Ron Jacobs. "He liked it, so I came to Los Angeles as a weekend 'Boss Jock' at age 24." Steve stayed a couple of years and was offered a job at his dream station, WMCA-New York. When Bill Drake took over WOR/fm, Steve followed his old RKO bosses and worked nine to midnight. His journey from "OR" took him to WCBS/fm, WRNO-New Orleans, WCFL-Chicago, WQXI-Atlanta and KSTP-Minneapolis. He returned to the Southland in the early 1980s after a stop at KYA-San Francisco.
"In 1984 I got tired of all the moving and craziness, became a commodity/stock broker, got married, had two sons and decided to only do radio as a hobby." Steve went to Transtar in the late 1980s and worked with Westwood One Radio Network, in addition to his on-air role at "the Wave." Steve is currently an executive in the field of venture capital, residing in Beverly Hills.
CLARK, Wally: KIIS/KPRZ, 1982-86, vp/gm. Wally arrived in the Southland from KSD-St. Louis with new pd Gerry DeFrancesco and started as president/general manager on March 30, 1982.
In a major LA Times profile in 1983, Wally talked about the success of KIIS. He said it stemmed from community contact and charity work. He said: "It's the willingness to go out and meet the public, shake their hands and get direct feedback on the station - that's the real secret to being No. 1." Wally is credited with packaging and executing the first $1,000 spot while helming KIIS/fm through unprecedented financial and ratings success. Wally consulted KIIS for a number of years after leaving 102.7.
He successfully teamed with Rick Dees to syndicate a Top 40 Countdown Show.
Wally was born and raised in DuQuoin, Illinois. He graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1960. He was 16 when he started his first radio show at WDQN-DuQuoin.
In 2016, Wally was honored with a Diamond Circle Award from the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters. He is now semi-retired, living in Southern California and consulting on various projects.
Clarke, Michael: KFI, 1991-2015; KXTA, 2001-03. Michael was assistant news director at KFI. He left KFI in October 2015.
CLAUS, Chris: KFWB, 1988-92; KFWB/KTWV, 1992-96. Chris spent a decade in New Orleans as market manager for Entercom. He retired from the cluster (WWWL, WKBU, WEZB, WWL, WLMG) in the summer of 2017.
Born in Evanston, Illinois, in 1949, Chris graduated from Indiana University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science degree in public administration. He started his radio career at WOWO-Fort Wayne in 1975 as a comptroller. Three years later he was a financial analyst and in 1982 moved to Group W Radio in New York. Prior to joining KFWB, he was vp/gm of KJQY-San Diego for three years. In 1996 Chris was elevated to vp of station operations for CBS Television & Radio. In late summer of 1996 he moved to WOGL-Philadelphia as vp/gm and in early 1998 took on additional duties at WHPT. He left the stations in the summer of 2001. Chris is married to Judy and has two sons, Max and Nathan.“I am grateful for these 10 years in the New Orleans cluster working with exceptional colleagues and being a part of this great community,” said Claus. “I had a wonderful experience and now I look forward to spending time with my family.”
CLAY, Tom: KDAY, 1960-62; KBLA, 1965; KDAY, 1966-67; KGBS, 1971; KPPC, 1971-72; KIQQ, 1973; KWIZ, 1975; KZLA, 1979-80; KPRZ, 1980-85; KMPC, 1988-89. Tom died November 26, 1995, at the age of 66.
Beginning in the 1950s as Guy King in Buffalo, Tom truly has been one of the most interesting personalities in radio. In Detroit he worked for WJBK, CKLW, WWWW, WQTE and WTAK. He was frequently in trouble. In the early 1960s Tom replaced the legendary Alan Freed at KDAY, and announced that Elvis Presley was a close friend and was in town. "I told the audience that I had just spoken to him and he, because of our friendship, agreed to take phone calls from the fans. I gave explicit instructions to the audience not to try to hold him on the phone, so more people could have a chance to talk with him. 'Just say, Hi Elvis. I love you.' I gave out the number of our competitor, KFWB. I thought if I could impress KFWB with how many listeners I had, they would hire me. The promotion tied up the phone lines at KFWB for two days, and they couldn't make outgoing calls. They planned to sue KDAY for lost revenue, but a public apology was accepted. Needless to say, I was never hired by KFWB."
Tom was a critic of the historic payola scandal. In 1960, he wrote in his own newsletter, "So now distributors and manufacturers are complaining that they have to wine and dine and romance deejays - get them tickets to shows, etc. Don't we even deserve this? Is this also forbidden? If taking a deejay to dinner is romancing us, then they have a lot to learn about love." Between his on-air jobs in Los Angeles, he played Oldies on WCBS-New York and worked at KDEO-San Diego. In 1971 Tom wrote and recorded a compelling voice version/sound collage of What the World Needs Now Is Love that hit #1, staying on Billboard charts for seven weeks. Tom's son, Ron, also became a successful dj and died of cancer at age 41, leaving a wife and two kids. Cancer struck Tom in late 1995 and he died the day before Thanksgiving. He was 66. Near the end, Tom enthused: “I loved radio so much. About an hour before my shift was to end, I would pray that the all-night person wouldn’t come in so I could work another six hours.”
(Tony Coles and Keith Cunningham)
CLAYTON, Lynda: KMET, 1984-86; KLOS, 1986-90. Lynda worked as a full-time fill-in, all nights and held weekends on KMET and KLOS.
She had an interesting introduction to radio. After high school, she taught scuba diving in the Caribbean and took a boat full of radio people who were from a popular free-form jazz-rock radio station located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. They had so much fun that she joined their station, WIAC/fm for two years while teaching scuba diving.
Lynda joined Phoenix Rocker KDKB for seven years before joining KMET and KLOS for six years.
"I moved to Sacramento with my husband in 1991. I was the midday host at 'Y92' for six years until falling in love with '94-7' KSSJ and moving up the dial in 1998 until 2010 when KSSJ, as popular as it was, suddenly was taken from its audience. I have since hosted Internet radio, had one year with iHeart locally but then a 40-year career in radio made a needed switch to the beauty industry where I currently work for LVMH/Dior cosmetics."
Claypool, Les: KRHM, 1957-65. Les is retired.
Clean, Steven: KPPC, 1971; KMET, 1973-75. Steve is living in Minneapolis.
Cleary, Joseph: KLOS, 1971. Unknown.
CLEMENTS, Wes: KFWB, 2015-16. In late 2015, Wes partnered with Chris Myers for a midday show on the sports Beast.
Clements, who has worked as a baseball analyst for ESPN, is a Southern California native. He attended Hawthorne High School and El Camino Junior College before moving on to the University of Arizona on a baseball scholarship. He was a national champion, a Sporting News All-American, an Academic All-American and is a member of the university’s Hall of Fame.
Clements was drafted by the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros and played, coached and managed for several teams in the U.S. and Mexico.
CLENARD, Val: KRKD; KMPC, 1955-72. Val was host of Lucky Lager Dance Time, and music director for the Gavin newsletter. In 1972, Golden West Broadcasting made Val news director of KMPC. Val went on to be a news reporter for KNXT/Channel 2.
He retired to
in the late 1980s. Las Vegas
He was born on Valentines Day in 1928 and thus the name Val. He died December 2, 1996, at age 68.
Clever, Dick: KFWB, 1968-69. Between 1970 and 1996 Dick worked as investigative reporter, political writer and editor at the Seattle Post Intelligencer, Minneapolis Star and Seattle Times. He now operates a business providing investigative services for complex civil litigation and criminal defense work.
CLEWER, Brian: KRHM, 1962; KFAC, 1969-72 and 1974-81. He died April 16, 2008. He was 79. Brian was the host of ‘Cynic’s Corner’ on KRHM and KFAC for over three decades. The transplanted Englishman arrived in the States in the early 1960s.
The former advertising man treated his long-running show strictly as an avocation. His principal work was in the travel business. He owned the Continental Travel Shop in Santa Monica, formerly located in the Ambassador Hotel. The Continental Shop specialized in British foods and gifts, and later sold videos. Brian also developed a successful sideline as a travel agent, taking groups to Latin America and Japan as well as operating charter flights to the UK. At one time he was America’s largest ticketing agency for Laker Airways, the pioneer of budget transatlantic air travel.
During the turbulent times at KFAC in the early 1970s, Clewer took over Classics West and the station’s Listeners’ Guild, shortly after both were founded in early 1971. He was best known for his promotion of British comedy and music.
CLIFFORD, Chuck: KYMS, 1969; KPWR, 1987-88; KLAC, 1988-93. Chuck worked the Country format at Westwood One until early 2006. He moved to Crescent City where he was operations manager for the three Bicoastal Media stations - KCRE/fm, KPOD/fm, and AM1240. He's now living in La Quinta where he converted a spare bedroom into a recording studio for both music and vocal production. " "This satisfies my musical cravings when I'm not on the Net. It has been a very interesting and extreme 30 years, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I work just enough to not interfere with golf or family activities (LOL). I was born in Lynwood and grew up in the Valley so it is kind of like coming home."
Chuck was "Chopper Charley" at "Power 106" and was the airborne traffic reporter in both drive times. Born Clifford Foote, a native Angeleno, Chuck's early career included KFXM-San Bernardino and KYMS in the late 1960s, and then stints in Portland and San Francisco. When KLAC dropped the 23-year-old Country format in the fall of 1993, he joined Mainstream Country format at WW1 where he worked in morning drive.
While he was a traffic reporter at Metro, Chuck met and married another popular L.A. radio voice, Lisa May. An early musician, Chuck learned to play saxophone and guitar completely by ear. His band "The Tanagers" won a battle of the bands and the group played at a Teen Fair in Hollywood. He met some of the original KHJ "Boss Jocks" and got the "on-air bug."
Clifton, Charles: KRKD, 1965. Charles was noted for race recreations from Santa Anita Park. Unknown.
Cloud, David: KPFK; KCRW. David was best remembered as a radio pioneer who raised the level of public awareness of Classic music at KPFK (in the early 1970s he was pd) and KCRW. He arrived in the Southland in 1961 after finishing graduate work at the University of Alabama. In 1981 he left radio join the staff at UCLA to train students in audio technology. David died August 27, 1998, at the age of 60.
Clyde, Buddy: KWIZ, 1965-66 and 1967-73 and 1974. Unknown.
COBBS, Trent, KLON, 1998-2002/KKJZ, 2002-07. Trent hosted an all-night Saturday jazz show at KKJZ (formerly KLON) until the spring of 2007 when there was a management change.
Trent grew up listening to jazz and acquired a taste for it at an early age. He started as a volunteer at KLON, answering phones at the pledge drives and getting to know the program hosts.
COBURN, Bob: KMET, 1975-79; KLOS, 1980-94; KLSX, 1995; KZLA, 1996; KCBS, 1996-2001; KLOS, 2003-12 and 2014-16. Born in 1948, Bob was nationally known for being the voice of "Rockline" and he owned the production company. He died December 17, 2016, from lung cancer. He was 68.
Billboard magazine recognized "Rockline" as the best syndicated show for five years.
In 1972 Bob worked for Ron Jacobs at KGB-San Diego. Bob worked afternoon drive at KMET where he was also md. “This time was the highlight of my career!” Bob joined KLOS in the summer of 1980, from WMET-Chicago, where he was pd. In 1981, he was named assistant pd to Tommy Hadges. In 1985, Bob was the worldwide host for Live Aid, and in the 90s, anchored Roger Waters’ The Wall in
Berlinand The Freddy Mercury Aids Awareness Tribute in . Bob was the voice for NiteTrax on WTBS and he was heard on Radio London for four years.. He also served as the Rock reporter for KABC/Channel 7. Luxembourg
Bob left KLOS as part of an overall housecleaning in late 1994. Bob told the LA Times: "In a nutshell, they wanted to take the station in a different direction, and we were not part of that direction. We were perceived as part of the past, part of the old. I'd like people to know we're not dead and buried. After all, it's the only thing I know how to do. I'm completely unqualified for anything else."
In 1994, Bob started afternoon drive at the "classic rock" station, KLSX, and a few months later left with a format change to Talk and "Real Radio." In the summer of 1996 he hosted "A Very Special Evening With Crosby Stills & Nash" for the Global Network. At the same time he joined KZLA for weekends and moved to afternoons in the summer of 1996. By the end of 1996, Bob had joined “Arrow 93” in afternoon drive. In the spring of 1997 he returned as host of “Rockline.” On June 19, 2001, Bob left his afternoon drive slot at KCBS/fm and worked in
for a year before taking ownership of “Rockline.” San Francisco
He most recently was working middays at KLOS.
Coburn, Kiris: KDAY, 1989-93; KGER, 1991-97; KKLA, 1997-2003. Kiris worked at Christian KKLA until the summer of 2003. He's now in production at Premiere Radio Networks.
COCHINO, Tino: KRRL, 2019-21. Tino's syndicated show became a part of middays at Real 92.3 (KRRL) in late summer of 2019.
Born and raised in Lubbock, Tino got into radio at the age of 13 as an intern. At age 16, he was given his first full time shift and worked his way to the #1 night show in his hometown. Nearing his 21st birthday, Tino took his show to San Antonio where a buzz quickly began to grow. The station flipped formats a few years later and he felt the need to move out west to chase his major market dreams.
After three successful years of building his brand in Bakersfield, he was given the opportunity to become a member of the highly respected Power 98.3 in Phoenix. He now hosts #TinoCochinoRadio weekday mornings, which is delayed for Real 92.3
Aside from creating his own tv show for the local CW affiliate, Tino most recently signed a nationwide syndication deal for his popular radio show. He has also released numerous singles that have received rotation across the southwest with features from Juicy J, Jonn Hart, Baby Bash, and more!
COCKER, Gary: KIQQ, 1975; KTNQ, 1978; KFI, 1978. Gary died June 24, 2009 of pancreatic cancer. He was 59.
Gary was a veteran of KIQQ, KTNQ (Ten-Q), and KFI from the 1970s, along with San Diego radio/tv. A veteran of the major market radio wars, Gary (born Helmut Kerling in Austria) started his broadcasting career in Cleveland, hosting a late night Progressive Rock program in the late 60s playing Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, and Janis Joplin.
He moved into the mainstream at some of Cleveland's most successful radio stations of the time including WGCL, where he served as music director and program director, WHK and WIXY. In 1973 it was on to WDHF-WMET, Metromedia’s outlet in Chicago. A year later he moved to Los Angeles and joined KIQQ (K-100/fm) where he worked with radio legend Bill Drake and a great team including Eric Chase, Rich "Brother" Robbin and Jim Carson.
Next stop, San Francisco and KYA. Teen time in Baghdad by the Bay! The lineup included LARPs Neilson Ross, and KRTH’s Gary Bryan. In 1978, he returned to L.A. at “The New 10-Q.” Gary joined a staff with classic Top 40 jocks like The Real Don Steele, Joe Nasty, Lee “Baby” Simms, M.G. Kelly, John Driscoll, Dave Sebastian, the late Dave Conley and Nancy Plum.
In 1980, Gary went to KGB-San Diego before moving cross-town to KCBQ. “I was assigned mornings on the fm side,” Cocker wrote on his website. “We had an outlaw approach and were making gains on the firmly entrenched Country station KSON.”
About the same time, Gary was doing promotional and voice work at San Diego’s XETV/Channel 6. He also started a production/advertising company, Cleveland Associates.
CODY, Frank: KLOS, 1977-79; KMET, 1986-87; KTWV, 1987, pd. Frank was the ceo of Princeton-based Broadcast Architecture until early 2002. He has been a Smooth Jazz pioneer.
Following his first job in Los Angeles at KLOS as the station's second pd, Frank returned to KBPI-Denver as pd and in 1980 was named Sandusky Division pd. He had been the director of programming for NBC's Source Network and NBC Radio Entertainment where he produced concerts and specials. He directed the development of Dr. Ruth's "Sexually Speaking," "Live from the Hard Rock Cafe" and "The Jazz Show with David Sanborn."
He came back to the Southland as pd of KMET in September 1986. He made the transition from "the Mighty Met" to "the Wave." Frank fired the KMET staff and a story in the LA Times described why the call letters were given up: "I pulled out a bottle of Heinz catsup which I emptied the night before and refilled with a bottle of French's mustard. Everyone looked at the bottle of catsup with the mustard in it and realized that listeners wouldn't accept the same station with completely new music. The whole thing had to go."
He was the architect of "the Wave" format. In early 1988 he and his partner Owen Leach formed Broadcast Architecture, a research/consulting firm serving radio, television and other entertainment industries. Frank owns 160 acres four hours south of Denver in Colorado's Chaffee County near the Sangre de Cristo Mountains where he created what the Dalai Lama calls "a peace zone." Today he consults Smooth Jazz properties around the country.
Frank is a filmmaker living in northern New Mexico. He's been working on Internet content with Emmy winner Christopher Lowell, shooting all kinds of film and video.
COFFEY, Jay: KIQQ, 1977-85; KHJ, 1985-86; KRTH, 1986-2005; KKGO, 2010. Jay worked for a time at Classic Hits channel at Westwood One in 2018.
Born February 9, 1951, in San Francisco, Jay has been heard heard on the radio in California since 1973 when he gave up a short career as a garage band bass player. Jay worked in Modesto, Yuba City and KMBY-Monterey before coming to the Southland in 1977, where he enjoyed success in afternoon drive. He has studied acting and his tv credits include roles on General Hospital and Capitol. The Encino resident was the runner-up in a sexiest voice contest. His credits include on-camera tv commercials for Taco Bell, Maxell, Walt Disney Productions and Computerland. Jay was appointed pd at KRTH in early 2002.
After K-EARTH, Jay worked afternoons at KFRC-San Francisco until a late October 2008 format change. He joined Country KKGO in late October 2010 and left in early December 2010. He was doing voiceover work and was at the Country format at Dial-Global until the operation was moved out of state. He went on to apd and midday jock at The Walrus in San Diego until October 2014.
COHEN, Alex: KPCC, 2015-18. Alex hosted Morning Edition at KPCC until early fall 2018. She is now with the full-news outlet, Spectrum News 1.
She was born in New York City but her parents moved her out to L.A. when she was just a toddler. She had big dreams of becoming an actress - dreams that compelled her to leave L.A. and attend a performing arts high school in northern Michigan. She went on to study theater and religious studies at Brown University. Upon graduating, Alex realized a thesis in 13th century Zen Buddhism may not have been the best way to get a job.
She spent years traveling the country and working various jobs, including as a parade float designer. Eventually she spent a few years teaching English in Japan before deciding she wanted to go into journalism. Alex attended UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism where she learned the craft of radio. She went on to work at NPR in Washington, DC as a producer and director. Then she came back to California where she worked at NPR affiliate KQED in San Francisco.
Alex then decided to have a turn in front of the mic - so she moved back to Southern California to be KQED's LA Bureau Chief. She was stationed in the downtown offices of the public radio show Marketplace where she was approached to guest host on a new show called Weekend America. She fell in love with the host seat and went on to co-host NPR's Day to Day, All Things Considered on LA's leading public radio station KPCC and KPCC's most highly-rated local program Take Two.
COHEN, Marc: KABC, 1996-2007. Marc hosted a weekend computer show at KABC until the end of 2007. He is a financial advisor with Wachovia in the Westlake office.
Born in Chicago, Marc grew up in Los Angeles after his family moved here when he was 5. Marc went to Birmingham High School and graduated from Cal State Northridge with a degree in journalism. “I started in radio at KHJ as an intern, which turned into a full time job as a news editor and junior reporter. I left radio when cigarette advertising was pulled from the air. I went to work for Merrill Lynch 27 years ago and never left.”
Marc stayed in radio doing stock market reports for Ken & Bob for the 15 years. “I started doing tech segments for their Saturday show since I had a great interest in computers and tech toys.” This led to his own show in 1998. “I guess persistence paid off. Took me 30 years to get my own show. Radio has always been my first career goal, but I make my living at Merrill Lynch.”
(Mr. Choc and King Cotton)
COHEN, Sherman: KGBS, 1970; XPRS, 1971-72; KRLA, 1976-77, pd; KIIS, 1977-80; KRLA, 1980-82, pd. Sherman's career was all about taking over "broken radio stations and fixing them."
Born in Los Angeles, he grew up in Westchester and was influenced by the early Rock days of KFWB and KRLA. Sherman was the first non-campus dj on KXLU at Loyola Marymount College. He had a love for music that was inherited from his late father. After KGBS, Sherman headed for KSTN-Stockton. At XPRS he was part of the "soul x-press" and developed a working relationship with Wolfman Jack. This led to a three-year assignment with a record distributor. Programming stints at KHYT-Tucson, KKLZ and KOMP-Las Vegas, and KRZZ-Wichita followed. During the '90s Sherman programmed XHRM and KUPR in San Diego.
The former program director at KRLA died of multiple-myeloma cancer on September 8, 2003. He was 53.
COHEN, Stacey: Stacey has been actively involved in the radio industry for the past 30 years. She began her career as an on-air talent at KNIX-Phoenix. Since then, Stacey's eclectic background includes extensive experience as on-air talent at several major market stations as morning host, newsperson and sidekick, as well as hosting a daily talk show at KOGO-San Diego.
Stacey was one of the first women in the country to co-host a morning show with another female while at KOMP in Las Vegas. Her peers in the industry recognized Stacey when she anchored the morning news in San Antonio at WOAI where she earned the RTNDA award for the “Best Newscast” in the southern region.
She was also a recipient of “Best Documentary” award from the Associated Press. Stacey anchored news and traffic for KABC, KNX, KTWV, KSLX, among other stations via Metro Networks in Los Angeles.
She currently is doing news remotely from her cattle ranch in Winkelman, Arizona, as well as hosting a Financial Radio show that airs on WTAM in Cleveland.
In addition to her extensive background as on-air talent, Stacey has successfully worked in Affiliate Relations with top syndicated talent including G. Gordon Liddy, Martha Stewart, Dennis Prager, and countless others. She was part of the launch for the all-female talk network at Greenstone Media which was supported by Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem.
Cole, Bob: KRLA, 1959-60. Bob passed away March 5, 1998.
COLE, Bob: KBCA, 1978; KUTE, 1986; KMPC/KLIT, 1988-94. Bob Cole has been to hell and back and lives to tell the story.
Bob grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska with his mother and sister. In 1964 he was in Southern California going to Los Angeles Valley College, before he went to Hawaii on a football scholarship. His first job was at KPOI/fm in 1968 playing “lots of Jimi Hendrix on our ‘underground station.’” Bob went to Las Vegas to be the “black lead” in Hair at the International Hotel (later the Hilton Hotel and now Westgate Las Vegas).
He returned to Hawaii and spent more time at KPOI, KIKI and KQNQ. “I loved radio.” During the next decade on the Islands, he met Saul Levine and had lunch with him. Saul told Bob that if he ever wanted to come to the Southland, he would have a job. So in 1977, Bob joined Saul at Jazz KBCA.
During the next decade and a half, Bob was partying way too much. “Drugs took me down and out,” Bob said by phone recently. “I’m a Christian and the Lord led me to the Emmanuel Baptist Rescue Mission.” The mission’s mission is Where the Old-time Gospel Makes Men New Again. Bob is now the director of Emmanuel Baptist Mission. He’s been clean and sober for 22 years. “I think the Lord intended for me to do this. This is what I do and it is very fulfilling,” he said proudly.
Cole, Nadia: KLAC, 1966. The widow of Nat "King" Cole worked the overnight shift at KLAC.
COLE, Nancy: KNX; KFWB/KTWV; KABC/KMPC; KXTA; KCTD/KMPC, 2000-02. Nancy left her post as gm at all-Sports KMPC in early 2002. She taught at UCLA and was involved in starting a business, NewsForHire, a publishing business. She also published a quarterly newspaper for The Los Angeles Equestrian Center.
"Since retiring I’ve picked up my pen and started writing The Carol Childs Mystery series about a young investigative reporter working for a talk radio station here in Los Angeles. Something I know a little bit about. It’s been a fun and successful series to write. Room For Doubt, book four in the series has been on Amazon’s top 100 in mysteries and the series over all appears to be a hit," said Nancy.
Coleman, Jay: KZLA, 1981. Born Jay Fritz, he has been doing weather at KNBC/Channel 4 for years, as Fritz Coleman.
Coleman, Pat: KBLA, 1976. Last heard Pat was working in construction in Montana.
Coles, Tony: KXEZ/KIBB, 1996-97; KBIG, 1998-99. Tony was vp/programming and operations for the six-station Clear Channel cluster in Chicago. In early 2013 he was promoted to svp of programming for the West region of Clear Channel. In February 2016, Tony was promoted to EVP/Programming for the iHEARTMEDIA National Programming Group.
Collette, Pat: KNOB, 1961-65. Unknown.
COLLIE, Biff: KLAC, 1959; KFOX, 1960-63; KBCA, 1973; KLAC. Aside from Dick Haynes, Biff was probably the best-known of all country jocks in Southern California during the 1950s and 1960s.
Born Hiram Abiff Collie in San Antonio on November 25, 1926, he got his announcing start "broadcasting" between movies at the local drive-in theater at age 13. He was Houston's first country dj. Biff started on KLAC in the late 1950s and moved to KFOX on May 2, 1960. He later returned to KLAC.
Biff married Shirley Caddell, who went from publicist for many C&W record labels to cutting a single in 1960 as Shirley Collie. Biff worked at KFOX when Billboard reported that Biff was the #1 Country dj. He moved to Nashville in 1969 and held various record jobs. He produced the first syndicated radio show, "Inside Nashville" that ran on stations across the country for many years.
In 1973 he syndicated "Inside Nashville" while he was the national promotion director for Country product at UA Records. Biff emceed a live album recording by Tex Williams at the Mint Hotel in Las Vegas. In 1976, he edited a book listing Country music radio stations across the country and sold it at truck stops. He was R&R's first Nashville editor and was inducted into the Country Hall of Fame in 1978.
During his career, he helped establish the Academy of Country Music.
Before his death in Brentwood, Tennessee on February 19, 1992, Biff earned the Ernest Tubb Humanitarian Award for his contributions.
COLLINS, Al "Jazzbeaux": KMET, 1968; KFI, 1969-71; KGBS, 1970. Born and raised in Rochester, Al was a high school swimmer from Far Rockaway, New York. He drove to Florida because he heard swimming scholarships were more easily available at Miami University. His big chance came when someone was needed to sign on and sign off for a college professor on the University radio station. He dropped out of college to start his professional career at a bluegrass station in Logan, West Virginia for $18 a week.
Later, there was WIND-Chicago where "Jazzbeaux" was created.
After a short stint in the military and a stop in Salt Lake City, he was hired for the overnight shift at WIND. In the 1950s, Al originated the "Purple Grotto" (an imaginary candle-lit cave, a hipsters haven) on WNEW-New York, which stirred the imagination. According to Radio Digest, Al was paid $600 a week at WNEW. One New York columnist said "Al was New York as velvet egg cream." He would speak in his oft-heard beatnik lingo with Harrison, his 176-year-old Tasmanian owl that had been fitted with purple contact lenses to shield his bright orange eyes. (He loved purple, once had a Porsche covered with purple velveteen topped with a faucet.) Al described the "Grotto" as being three mythical stories beneath the studio, portraying all of its accouterments as though they were real, thereby giving the whole idea a semblance of existence. His trademarks became his characteristic mustache, goatee, brightly colored jumpsuits (he owned 150 of them) and gnome hat. He took his nickname from a once-popular brand of necktie called the "Jazz Beau" adding the "x" to the end because he thought it "made for a nice ending."
In 1960, he left WINS-New York for KSFO-San Francisco. He hosted a morning show on KGO/TV-San Francisco in the early 1960s. Al was host of tvs The Tonight Show for a few weeks after Steve Allen abruptly quit the program. On that show he popularized the saying, "I dont got to show you no stinkin badges," which he had borrowed from Treasure of Sierre Madre. In 1968, Al participated in the automated taping of "underground" music for KMET, along with Tom Donahue and B. Mitch Reed. In 1972 he went to WTAE-Pittsburgh and then KMPX-San Francisco.
Al gained national attention when Steve Allen recorded his jazzy versions of Aesops Fables (Be Bops Fables). With Allen playing piano, Al recorded a successful single, Little Red Riding Hood, and Cinderella. He also made up Grimms Fairy Tales for Hip Kids and jazzy, beatnik nursery rhymes. Mad Magazine once did a cartoon spread on him and his imaginary characters in the 1960s. Al went back to WNEW before returning to the Bay Area on KGO in 1977. In 1981 he was again on WNEW with a show called "Collins on a Cloud." In a Billboard interview, he described his love affair with the after-midnight listener: "I feel we are on a one-to-one basis after midnight. I am talking to them and I like to hear them talk back."
He hosted a jazz weekend show on the San Francisco Peninsula, at KCSM-San Mateo until two weeks before his death on September 29, 1997 in Mill Valley following a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 78.
Collins, Jesse: KKBT, 1994-99. Jesse worked at "the Beat."
COLLINS, Joe: KMET, 1973-75. Joe lives in Fresno and sold radio/tv time and hosted a jazz/r&b show on KOKO until his retirement in fall of 2018.
Joe shared for LARadio how he fell in love with radio: "The year was 1957, I was 11 years old, and in the 5th grade. The station was XEAK - "The Mighty 690." Can't remember the jock order of the line-up, but some of the personalities were: Stan Evans, Art Way, and Noel Confer. They played great songs like Justine by Don and Dewey, The Book of Love by The Monotones, and Short Shorts by The Royal Teens, plus lots of Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Elvis, and Little Richard. They broadcast out of the Mission Valley Inn in San Diego, transmitter was in Tijuana, and it broke our hearts when in 1961, Gordon McLendon switched it to ‘X-TRA News,’ the world's first 24 hour news station. When it was the ‘Mighty 690,’ they used to break away from the music at 5:30 p.m. for a 15-minute religious show where they said the Rosary, over and over and over for 15 minutes. They also used to break to give the race results from Santa Anita, hosted by Leo Herbert for Turfcraft Racing Form Magazine. See, I still have a few brain cells left to remember that stuff. After ‘690’ flipped to news, my main station became KRLA, with people like a young Bob Eubanks doing late nights. He had just moved down from KACY in Port Hueneme. There was also Frosty Harris, Ted Quillin and Arlen Sanders, who did the all-night show. Jimmy O'Neill was also there. This was prior to Emperor Hudson and Casey Kasem. Charlie O'Donnell came out from Philadelphia, where he had been Dick Clark's side-kick on American Bandstand. That's my story....and I'm stickin' to it."
Collins, Larry: KOCM, 1987; KJOI, 1987-88. The former gm at KWXY-Palm Springs passed away in 2006.
COLLINS, Marvin: KCBH, 1954-57; KPOL, 1957-65; KRLA, 1965-76; KFI, 1976-2000. Retired from KFI in 2000 after being Chief Engineer for 20 years and still enjoying retirement while doing part-time technical work for co-located KBLA, KYPA and KHJ.
Marvin was asked to share memories at the time of John Kennedy's assassination: "I was not on the air at the time but instead at home. Teletype machines have been a hobby of mine since I obtained my first Model 26 in 1955. Later I acquired a Teletype Model 15, which for years was the standard Teletype machine in radio station newsrooms.
"On the morning of the JFK assassination I had my Model 15 Teletype machine printing a UPI short-wave station in New York, which was sending Spanish news text to South America. I often did this just for the fun of seeing the Teletype machine print. The signal was strong enough for good reception in Los Angeles. The machine had been printing for several hours on the morning of the JFK assassination. I noticed the machine stopped printing with its usual rhythm. The bell started ringing and the rhythm was not normal. I thought my receiver had drifted off frequency. But upon checking I found the receiver and demodulator were working normally. I then checked the print on the model 15 Teletype machine and read the words Kennedy and assassinado. I could not believe what I was reading. I called a friend who worked as a Spanish interpreter in the Los Angeles County Court building in Los Angeles. I read her the text and she verified that my high school Spanish interpretation of the text was correct. She later told me that based upon my conversation with her she spread the word around the courthouse and the place came to standstill as everyone ran to the closest television set. All of the above took place about ten minutes before the story started showing up on radio and tv stations in Los Angeles. I still have the Spanish printout from the Teletype machine of that morning."
COLLINS, Robert L.: KFI, 1969. Bob left KFI and went on to do mornings at legendary station, WGN-Chicago. On Tuesday, February 8, 2000, Bob was killed in a freak private-plane crash. Two small planes collided over Zion, which is about 45 miles north of downtown Chicago, near the Illinois-Wisconsin line. One of the planes was sent into the roof of a hospital. Windows blew out of the top floor of Midwestern Regional Medical Center and crumpled. Besides Collins, two others were killed in the collision.
Bobs gm at WGN, Steve Carver said that Bob was successful and respected because "he created a one-to-one relationship with each of us. He was a trusted friend and a great communicator, someone who related to us without an ounce of pretension. We will remember Bob as part rebel and part teddy bear - a thoughtful voice who was always involved in his community."
He recently signed a new five-year, multimillion-dollar deal with the station. As the city's top morning radio personality after replacing the irreplaceable Wally Phillips in 1986, Collins was the only radio figure in Chicago to have a double-digit share of the radio audience in the highly competitive talk radio scene. With a 10.4 share of the radio audience, he had almost twice the number of listeners as his closest competitors, according to Jim Kirk of the Chicago Tribune. He was 57.
COLLINS, Roger: KFI, 1978-83; KUTE, 1983-87; KLIT, 1989-90. Roger passed away April 23, 2018, of colon cancer. John Rook hired Roger at KFI as music director and assistant pd. Roger was thrilled to be working with the All-Star staff that Rook had assembled.
Born Paul Lancaster in Winslow, Arizona, he started his radio career in 1963 in Winslow followed by jobs in Holbrook, Arizona and Odessa, Texas. From 1971 until arriving in the Southland, Roger worked in the Tucson market. He was sports director of KGUN/TV, pd of KTKT and KRQQ.
Roger was director of instruction at the Los Angeles Broadcasters School during much of the 80s. He was also operations director of Breneman Radio Services and the Breneman Review. After returning to Arizona, Roger produced video workshops for school kids at Northern Arizona University, and was a consultant to Native American education radio for the Navajo Nation. He also programmed KAFF FM/AM, KMGN/fm, KVNA-FM/AM and KZGL/fm. He went on to sales in Flagstaff.
“Roger had an incredibly positive attitude, having beaten prostate cancer in 2008," said his friend and colleague Jeffrey Leonard. He was an extraordinarily spiritual person who never said anything bad about anyone, ever."
COLMES, Alan: KTLK, 2007-08; KGIL, 2008. The co-host of Hannity & Colmes had a syndicated show carried in the evenings by 1260AM, KGIL. He died February 23, 2107, at the age of 66.
As half of Fox News’ early and long-running Hannity & Colmes, Alan was the network’s go-to voice for a more liberal viewpoint. "He was a great guy, brilliant, hysterical, and moral. He was fiercely loyal, and the only thing he loved more than his work was his life with Jocelyn. He will be missed. The family has asked for privacy during this very difficult time," said Fox ceo Roger Ailes.
Hannity & Colmes lasted through 2008, with Hannity soon going it alone on his now solo-titled show. Colmes was the author of 2003’s Red, White & Liberal: How Left is Right and Right is Wrong. Colmes, who began his radio career as a teenager on such Long Island stations as WGBB-Freeport and WGSM-Huntington went on to star on the legendary outlets WABC, WNBC, WHN, WMCA, WEVD in New York, according to Michael Harrison of TALKERS magazine. His career also included stints at WNHC-New Haven as well as WZLX and WEZE in Boston. Colmes was a pioneer in the modern talk radio syndication industry launching the seminal Daynet with Barry Farber in the early 1990s. He also played a role in the developing NYC comedy scene as a successful stand-up comic during the 1980s. Colmes was a graduate of Hofstra University and a charter inductee into its radio station, WRHU’s Hall of Fame.
COMB, Bill: XTRA, 1967; KKDJ, 1971-72. The former pd at KKDJ went to be production manager at Desert West Media Location.
The Lincoln, Nebraskan arrived in the Southland from WUBE-Cincinnati and did noon-to-six for most of his stay on the L.A. rocker, KKDJ.
Bill moved into real estate in Victorville.
Compton, Chris: KRLA, 1964; KPFK, 1969-72; KTPI, 1991-2005. Chris runs KFXM in Antelope Valley, and wears his engineer hat. KFXM is now on a Translator that serves Ridgecrest, Inyokern, China Lake and HIWAY 395, all the way to Lone Pine.
COMPTON, Paul: KIEV; KHJ, 1962-65; KMPC, 1965-68; KGIL, 1969-71; KFI, 1971-75; KRLA, 1975-76. Frank Sinatra's favorite disc jockey and the host of "Sinatra, Compton and Strings," Paul died April 17, 1996, at the age of 79.
During his time on KGIL, Don Page of the LA Times awarded him the 1969 MOR radio dj of the year honor. On June 12, 1971, Paul departed KGIL. At his farewell he said, "I hated to leave that beautiful club. They were so great to me. They gave me complete freedom in the selection and sequencing of my music." Page was an enormous fan of Paul's, describing his style as "the original Mr. Cool, a voice like aged Scotch and the ever-present shades." Don said that Paul was the "acknowledged expert on the musical life and times of Frank Sinatra. Each considers the other the leader of the clan."
During Paul's stay at KFI, Page said, "Paul Compton is the best disc jockey in the business. No one has better presence than Compton." Paul was on the air the day before Bill Drake launched "Boss Radio" on KHJ. It is rumored that he had an opportunity to be a "Boss Jock" but declined.
Born Paul Compton Abbot in Ontario, he grew up in Long Beach and majored in journalism at Los Angeles City College and San Diego State. Paul had a brief career as a club jazz singer.
Condylis, Paul: KNX, 1960; KHJ, 1963. Unknown.
CONFER, Noel: XEAK ("Mighty 690"), 1956-61. Noel, a Top 40 jock at the “Mighty 690” at XEAK, died June 14, 2009, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was 78.
Born in Baxter Springs, Kansas in 1931, he moved to Tulsa at age 11. After a stint in the army and studies at Tulsa University, Noel worked as a radio actor at KAKC-Tulsa. He did summer stock theatre in Michigan and became an equity actor in Hollywood in the early 1950s. From Tulsa’s first Top 40 station, Noel joined mornings at XEAK, a station perhaps better known as “The Mighty 690.”
In 1961, he became nd/dj/pd at KDEO-San Diego. Three years later he worked as pd and afternooner at KSON-San Diego. During the 1970s, Noel programmed KOZN-San Diego. In 1980 it was back to KSON. “During my quarter of a century in San Diego, I freelanced tv spots and acted at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre,” said Noel in an interview. In 1982, he moved to the desert south of Palm Springs and became pd and morning man at KROP.
In 1996, Noel retired after 50 years on air. He married in 1953 and had three sons. His wife died in 1969 and he spent many years raising his sons and tending to his horses.
Coniff, Jim: KKOP; KAPP. Unknown what the son of Ray Coniff is doing.
Conin, Al: KMPC, 1983-92. Al is a former Angel broadcaster who job as voice of the Angels ended October 4, 1992. He has called some San Diego Padres games on radio and tv.
Conlee, Don: KEZY, 1985-86. See Don Allen.
Conlee, Jim: KTNQ, 1979; KHTZ, 1979-80; KKHR, 1983; KMGG, 1985. Jim is the ops manager at the Main Line Broadcasting-Richmond cluster. He's also the pd of “Big Oldies 107.3” WBBT and its fm simulcast partner, WARV-Petersburg. Jim also works morning drive at “Big Oldies.”
CONLEY, Dave: KTNQ, 1976-77; KHJ, 1978-79. Dave died August 28, 2005. He was 63. Dave was living in In 2003, LARadio reported that Dave Conley had died. A year later, Dave resurfaced, very much alive, living in a hotel in Rosarita Beach, Mexico. Dave, former 10Q and KHJ Top 40 jock, lived a very fast life so the reports of his death did come as a shock to his close friends. This summer, Dave did die in a Rosarita Beach hotel room. (Conley photo from 1975)
From LARadio in 2003: Every time Dave Conley would burn out his welcome at a radio station, he would disappear for a while and then like Jay Gatsby, reappear. Dave would reappear in some new, distant market. When I got the note from KROQ’s Boyd R. Britton (Doc on the ROQ) that Dave passed away this summer, I thought it was another of those mysterious disappearances that Dave was so famous for.
Dave and I were in the same Bill Ogden FCC 1st Class License school in Burbank in 1965. We spent more time in Don’s hamburger joint next-door drinking beer than we did cramming for the test to secure a First Phone. We both passed the examination and we ended up in the same market, he at KSEE-Santa Maria and I at KNEZ-Lompoc. We drank, caroused and drank some more as we started our radio journey. It was an exciting time, far more than the market would allow. He went on to be an incredible Top 40 jock.
“I used to share a house with Dave back in 1973,” wrote Boyd. “He pulled 25 shares on KCBQ-San Diego in afternoon drive. He'd also been at WMYQ-Miami, and was dj/pd/consultant for stations like KACY-Oxnard/Pt. Hueneme and KAFY-Bakersfield with music and contest savvy that repeatedly rescued their ratings. His compelling voice and ‘non-jock’ delivery scored again at “B-100”-San Diego and he joined the ‘Ten-Q Crew’ as a key player on Jimi Foxx's ‘Last of the AM Top 40s, KTNQ,” emailed Boyd.
I hadn’t talked with Dave since one of our gatherings on the Central California Coast in the mid-1960s. In the early 1990s when I was researching my first book, Los Angeles Radio People, trying to track Dave down took me to one station after another. Someone heard him in San Antonio in the mid-1980s. I found him, but missed him by a few months. The pd thought that he had headed west. The trail got warm in Portland but by the time I had found his station he was gone and so was anyone who was there when he was there.
And so it went with the ultimate radio nomad, setting up camp, only to tear it down at a moment’s notice and move on. You never knew how long Dave would stay at a radio station, but while he was there it was a real treat. At KACY, he called himself “The Clean Living Kid,” which represented, at best, wishful thinking on his part. In 1997 someone passed on Dave’s number in Texas. With apprehension and some excitement I called. “Hey, Barrett, we sure snowed them at Ogden’s didn’t we?” he said with that unmistakable voice. I asked him what was going on? He told me that a hooker was dancing on his kitchen table. I didn’t disbelieve him.
“A fanatic sports lover, Dave was also a closet intellectual with a Master's degree,” remembered Boyd. “Dave boasted of doing his thesis on Eliot's Wasteland in a single LSD trip, and was trained as a Czech linguist by the Army Security Agency. From before the time I knew him, Conley was also a chronic alcoholic, which, unchecked, cost him his career and ultimately his life," said Boyd.
The final curtain has come down on the original midday jock from the debut of "the new 10Q, KTNQ."
CONNERS, Al: KHJ, 1979-80; KORG, 1980; KRTH, 1986-93. Al was at KHJ during the experiment with "car radio - all traffic, all the time."
Born in Cincinnati Ohio 1947, Al served two years in the United States Army from 1968 through 1970. "I served in Vietnam as a combat soldier with the 4th Infantry Division," said Al, who is retired in Myrtle Beach.
Before joining the Army, Al took a radio/television course at Los Angeles City College. "After the army I got into radio. Lot of moving around and landed in Dayton, Ohio for about 6 years 2 at WTUE and 4 years at WING. Then off to Los Angeles and about 13 years at KHJ/KEARTH. Then about 6 years in Kansas City at Oldies 95 then to WOMG, Raleigh North Carolina." During the summer of 1993, he went to be pd of KBZS-San Diego and later worked Bonneville stations KMBZ/KLTH-Kansas City. He worked at WING-Dayton and in Cincinnati radio prior to arriving in the Southland.
“From the moment I got my first transistor radio, I knew I wanted to be a disc jockey.”
Conrad, Rod: KOCM/KSRF, 1988. Last heard he was working in Denver.
CONRAD, Sean: KHJ, 1973. Sean (born Ron Copeland) began a career in radio at the age of thirteen. He spent more than thirty years as a disc jockey and program director for twenty-two radio stations in cities such as Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Sean and his wife Lisa now create radio and tv commercials as they write, work, travel, and play their way across America in their 40-foot motor home.
Contreras, Chuck: KSRF, 1993; KLSX, 1993; KSCA 1994-95. Chuck works at Paramount Pictures as the engineer in charge of television production engineering. He has a voiceover and communications tower business. Chuck is also a consultant for radio stations.
CONWAY, Jr., Tim: KLSX, 1997-2009; KFI, 2009-22. Tim hosts evenings for KFI. Every year Tim is voted one of the most popular LARP. He lost his decades-long evening talk show at the FM Talk station, KLSX, where he was paired with Doug Steckler and later Brian Whitman, when 97.1 flipped to Top 40 AMP RADIO in February 2009.
He joined KABC briefly. He was fired a few days after allegedly telling a joke on the air that management found offensive. “A traveling salesman knocks on a door and a kid answers the door and he’s got on nothing but his mom’s underwear and he’s covered in shaving cream and smoking a cigar. The traveling salesman asks if his parents are home. The kid responds, ‘What do you think?’”
Tim then did some fill-in at KFI and thought with technology being so sophisticated, he could do the weekend broadcast from anywhere. He decided to pull up stakes from Southern California where he spent his entire life. Tim, his wife and daughter moved to Oregon. “We built a three-bedroom, three bath, two-story townhouse, which is about 1,700 square feet. The house is about 20 feet from the Columbia River,” he said by phone a month after moving.
And then came the offer to take one of the rare full-time openings at KFI. Bryan Suits was headed back to his home in Seattle to do mornings. Tim was offered the KFI job. “To guarantee you will return to LA Radio, move to another state, move the family, put the kid in a brand new school and they’ll get you a job back here,” Tim told Steve Edwards when he was interviewed on Good Day LA following his return.
With the move from FM Talk KLSX to KFI, the nightly subject matter has changed. “When I was over at KLSX I was much younger in my early 30s and I talked about smoking weed and going to the racetrack. Now I’ve got a kid and you become more conservative.”
COOK, Charlie: KHJ, 1981-82; KLAC, 1982-83; KKGO, 2009-10. Charlie is the Cumulus vp/Country formats operations manager and operations manager of the Cumulus Nashville cluster. He was inducted into the Country Hall of Fame in 2011.
Charlie's contribution to Los Angeles radio was in the programming arena. Born Robert Catalano and growing up in Detroit, Charlie has programmed WWVA-Wheeling, WHN-New York, WGBS and WMXJ-Miami. He was Billboard magazine's Air Personality of the Year in 1977. Charlie hosted a number of nationally syndicated shows, including "Country News," "Country Music's Top Ten" and "Solid Gold Country."
He was nominated for 1983 CMA DJ of the Year. Charlie has served on the board of directors of the Country Radio Broadcasters since 1984 and is currently the secretary of the organization. He worked on the Organization of Country Music Broadcasters convention in 1984. Charlie is also the former president and chairman of the board of the Academy of Country Music.
Charlie proclaimed to Billboard magazine that he was a "hillbilly disc jockey" turned programmer, but his reason for embarking on a radio career in the first place is a surprising -- and very personal -- one. "I was in ninth grade and my mother went to a PTA meeting," he recalls. She came home talking about the debate team, and suggested it might be something her son would enjoy. "She died that summer, so I took debate," says Cook. "That’s why I’m in radio." With one comment, his mother had set him on an unexpected career path. "I wanted to be a lawyer. I think that’s why she thought debate would help," he says. "She never thought of radio. But I went into debate, and I won a statewide contest in forensics giving speeches in Michigan. My teacher said, ‘You have a good voice, you should try radio.' I [thought], 'Six years of law school, or I could be a disc jockey tomorrow?'" The choice was easy, leading him to eventually quit college to work in broadcasting full-time by age 20.
Cook, Del: KGFJ; KLON, 1988-90. Del died in 1991.
Born in 1924 in Evanston, Illinois, Geraldine Helen Gardiner graduated The University of Illinois in 1946 and began her career at WGN/TV in Chicago as an operations manager. There she met her future husband tv producer Don Cook whom she later married in 1952. After losing her husband in 1970, Geri became an avid thrift store shopper to help make ends meet. When she was asked to edit the first Bargain Hunting in LA book by Barbara Partridge in 1971, her eyes were opened to a whole new world of bargain shopping. (Geri as a guest with Howie Mandell)
COOK, Geri: KRLA, KIEV, KGIL. Geri, L.A.'s original Bargain Lady, died on March 19, 2008. She was 83. She died from complications from emphysema and COPD.
Throughout the '70s, Bargain Hunting in LA retained its popularity and Geri co-authored several updated editions. However, Geri felt a timelier print version of the original books was needed – a monthly bargain newsletter.
Value-minded consumers across the country also gained from her shopping savvy on everything from Oprah to The Home Show. After leaving CBS 2, Geri went on to do a weekly bargain shopping radio shows at KGIL, KIEV and eventually at KRLA. She also penned weekly shopping columns for the Daily News for several years and then later for the LA Times with a weekly column published for over 11 years until mid-2002.
COOK, Ira: KFAC; KABC, 1948; KMPC, 1949-71; KVFM, 1972. Ira started his
career at Classical KFAC, but his success and long-term longevity came at KMPC. He began at KMTR in 1938 as a record librarian and sometime announcer. He had just graduated from Stanford with a degree in basic medical science. Los Angeles
His love affair with radio started at age 8 on a visit to a local station with his father. Ira was born and raised in
. “During World War II I was at the Duluth, Minnesota of the Bulge and we lost 10-15 guys in my platoon.” After World War II service, Ira hooked up with Frank Bull to broadcast the fights and wrestling from the Olympic Auditorium. He went on to host Lucky Lager Dance Time on KFAC. He also had a fascination with being a songwriter. Battle
In a 1957 Newsweek story connected with a payola probe, Ira made the following comment about being a dj: "It's safer than stealing, more legal than gambling, easier than loafing, and it beats working!" He made a career out of his association with Hawaiian music. He played one Hawaiian song an hour and brought Don Ho to the Mainland at the height of Ho's career. “In college I became intrigued with Hawaiian music and I went to the
Islandsfor 12 years straight.”
Another popular feature was "Star of the Day," in which Ira featured one track from one artist every half-hour. Between 1960 and 1972, Ira hosted over 3,000 AFRTS programs "It was really fascinating getting letters from servicemen in
asking about Hawaiian music. It seemed to be as popular there as country music." Iceland
He had an extraordinary relationship with sponsors.
sponsored his program for 20 years and Felix Chevrolet for 10. In 1968 Ira appeared in the Gene Barry tv series, Incident in Berlin. About the same time, he was broadcasting a show called "Lunch With the Stars," from Universal Pictures' lot, each day at noon. Wallichs Music City
Ira retired in the early 1980s. “The music really turned bad. I don’t know how I could exist. Since retiring, I haven’t had a dull day.” He loved golf and shot 6 holes-in-one at the Los Robles course. “At
I shot a hole-in-one on a 170 yard hole. “The very next week I’m playing with Red Skelton, Art Gilmore and AFTRA’s Claude McKeen and I shot another one on the very same hole.” Simi Valley
Ira died May 15, 2007. He was 90.
Cook, Jay: KIIS, 1979-80. Jay was the former KIIS gm from 1979 to 1980. He started his radio career at WHBQ in Memphis and spent 14 years at WFIL-Philadelphia as pd. When he left the Southland, Jay took executive positions with KSD-St. Louis, WIQI-Tampa, and WUSA-Tampa. Jay retired in 1994 and passed away at his home in Palm Harbor, Florida, following a battle with cancer on April 2, 1999. He was 61.
COOK, John: KIIS, 1996-97. John, son of Jay Cook, spent a year at the helm of one of the country's most successful stations, KIIS. He worked earlier in his career at KIIS in 1984 as research director and went on to program KPLX and KHKS-Dallas and KKBQ-Houston. John died April 12, 2016 following an undisclosed illness.
John also programmed WYXR-Philadelphia. He left KIIS in the early summer of 1997 and joined KKPN-Houston and by the end of the year had returned to KHKS. He left in the fall of 2000 for KRBV-Dallas.
Cook, Jonathan: KLSX, 1995. Unknown.
COOK, Lonnie: KTYM, 1962-65; KAPP, 1965; KFOX, 1965; KBCA, 1966. Lonnie Thurman Cook was born in Kansas City, Kansas on November 26, 1940. He has spent a lifetime as a dj, singer, songwriter and arranger in the world of doo-wop music. During the 1950s Lonnie sang lead for various doo-wop groups including The Fandangos, Flamingoes, Five Stars and Del Rayes. During this time, he wrote 30 doo-wop songs.
While in the army in the early 1960s, he was a solo vocalist who won an audition for a two-week stint at the Purple Onion in San Francisco. At KTYM he was the first black program director in LA fm radio. When he left the Southland, Lonnie went to Oakland, where he wrote I Thought You Were Mine for the Natural Four, which appears on twenty different CD compilations. Lonnie is the executive director of the Doo-Wop Hall of Fame.
Cook, Lou: KABC, 1943-89. Lou was a longtime KABC announcer. He was one of the original hosts of the popular Sunday night program, "Religion on the Line." Lou passed away in 1993.
COOK, Paul: KYSR, 2000-01. Paul wrote a book, Cooked in LA, about his experiences with radio in L.A. and his battles with alcoholism.
From the Y98-St. Louis website in 2019 where Paul works afternoon drive: "I'm Paul Cook. So what's the deal with me? That's the topic of this little entry here. Well, my "deal" is all about having fun and finding a way to feel good and healthy about this moment we are sharing together. That's what I think about before I go on the radio each day. I'm totally obsessed with discovering and proving original ways for us to feel alive.
These are crazy times with jammed schedules, super lofty parental expectations and tight checking accounts. It can be so chaotic running around the city trying to assemble your day. That's where I come in - I'm over on Y98, dealing! That's my deal. Just let Lance & I and the Y98 tunes release some of that pressure.
So, now that we got that straight, I want to tell you a bit about me. I'm a STL boy through and through. Lindbergh High School Class of 1990! It's truly a great honor to be on the air in this very special city. It's a dream come true. I've lived all over working on the radio: Los Angeles, the Chicago area, and middle Missourah :) This last year has been surreal in a not good way, but things are looking up. Early this year I'll be all finished with my treatments for colorectal cancer. Crappy deal right? But because of this, I've seen such beautiful things from our wonderful city. Thousands of St. Louisans have shown me such generosity and kindness, lifting me and my family up just when we needed it. I'm so grateful I have the opportunity to try and return that incredible kindness."
Cooke, Dave: KHJ, 1977-78; KABC/KMPC/KTZN/KDIS, 1996-98; KFWB, 1998-2000. Dave left his pd post at KPLX in Dallas in early 2007. He is "happily" retired.
Cooley, Brian: KKBT, 1991-94. Brian is an editor at large for CNET and is seen on various outlets as an expert on technology.
Cooper, Bill: KRLA, KFWB, 1986-2002 and 2006-09; KNX, 2009-12. The former news reporter at KFWB was the communications director for Ed Royce, congressman from the 40th district until the end of 2005. Bill rejoined KFWB until a format flip in early fall of 2009. He moved to sister station, KNX. He officially retired in 2012.
Cooper, Bob: KABC, 1958. Unknown.
Cooper, Brandt: KMPC/fm, 1988. Unknown.
Cooper, Ken: KFI, 1983-84; KZLA/KLAC, 1989-93; KYMS, 1994-95. Ken does a syndicated show for Super Radio called Retro Country USA. He also has a full service production company in Tampa.
Cooper, Kim: KIKF; KYMS. Kim was with AirWatch America broadcasting traffic for several stations.
COOPER, Mark: KWST, 1976-77; KROQ, 1977. Born and raised in Kansas City on 7.19.50, Mark went to school at Kansas University, where he was pd of college station KUOK in 1969.
When he worked in the Southland, it was afternoons at K-WEST and weekends at KROQ. He left L.A. for KMEL in San Francisco. The bulk of his career was as marketing director at 96Rock-Atlanta. For 25 years Mark was at Clear Channel stations (including sales manager, DOS and market manager responsibilities) and is now retired after 8 years at Screenvision Media.
Cooper, Sam: KMET, 1972. Unknown.
Coppola, Mark: KLOS, 1977. Mark is heard at KGB-San Diego and WSRZ-Sarasota.
(Jerry Clark, Jay Curtis, Buddy Clyde, and Jane Chastain)
Copps, John: KCRW, 1971-77; KSRF, 1977-96. John is retired and spends his time fishing and riding motorcycles.
CORBETT, Kat: KLYY, 1998-99; KROQ, 1999-2021. Kat worked middays at KROQ until early Spring 2019. She went on to host a weekend show at KROQ (which ended in the summer of 2021) and is heard on Sirius/XM's Lithium Channel.
She was a Los Angeles staple on KROQ hosting middays and curating KROQ Locals Only. Silversun Pickups, Young the Giant, Dirty Heads, and Fitz and The Tantrums are just some of the artists whose careers benefitted from early airplay on Locals Only. In addition, Kat has interviewed hundreds of artists including Jack White, Metallica, The Cure, and the Foo Fighters. Kat’s voiceover work includes FIFA, Wheat Thins, and Bloomberg.
Occasionally, she music supervises for film and tv. Kat’s writing career varies from a short story on Amazon titled It’s Personal, to her debut novel which is slated for a late 2018 release. Numerous copywriting clients include Mercedes Benz, Souplantation, and ITunes. She began writing professionally years ago with her column of observation pieces for Napster.
In her free time, Kat is obsessed with movies and true crime. She is also an avid supporter of animal rescue organizations such as Southern California Bulldog Rescue. (from KROQ website)
CORDIC, Rege: KNX, 1966; KRLA, 1981-82. Rege was most successful for a long run at KDKA-Pittsburgh (once commanded 85% share of the audience). He died of brain cancer and had been suffering from colon and prostate cancer, on April 16, 1999. He was 73.
Rege came to the Southland to replace Bob Crane at KNX when Crane left radio to star in Hogans Heroes. Rege also worked morning drive at KRLA before turning to an acting career.
In his later years, Cordic became well-known for his bit-acting in popular tv shows such as Gunsmoke and Ironside and for the baritone voice in countless commercials, but in Pittsburgh he will be forever known as a radio "personality" before the industry became saturated with them. His show became an icon in Pittsburgh, starting at WWSW in the mid-1940s and then moving to KDKA in 1954. Rege and his colleagues invented a cast of characters who would drop by the studio to harass the host.
Over the years, however, Cordic began to burn out. He moved to California in 1966, where the idea was to re-make the show for the Los Angeles morning drive market. He was on the air for a year and a half before the station switched to all-News. The Pittsburgh flavor of his show just didn't jibe with listeners in California. "I heard him out there when I made trips," said a colleague. "The problem was it wasn't Pittsburgh. He was a Pittsburgh character.
Rege was born in Hazelwood, PA. As a boy, he spent a lot of time at the P&LE Railroad Station, where his father worked. He credited his father with turning him into "a railroad freak." He attended Pitt Tech and New York University. After two years in the Navy, he returned to the station and in 1948 launched his own half-hour program. It was an immediate success.
Cordic fell in love with the California lifestyle after serving in the Navy there and never returned to Pittsburgh permanently after 1966. But even after he left, he was known to a generation of Pittsburghers for hosting Sunday afternoon movies on WTAE/TV. He would fly in from Los Angeles to tape the segments, and later he did the tapings at a studio in Las Vegas. He tried regular acting for about 10 years, landing small tv roles. "I enjoyed it but I didn't think I was getting anywhere," he once said. "Usually, I died before the first commercial."
He switched to voice acting, using his famous baritone in many voice-overs in tv spots for such companies as Pennzoil, Roy Rogers, Plymouth, Hires Root Beer, Spray 'N Wash and Greyhound. He was also the voice of KABC/Channel 7 for promotions and documentaries. In his later years, Cordic admitted he was never as popular in California as he had been in Pittsburgh. But it didn't bother him. "We announcers sort of function in our own little world," he said in a 1985 interview. "I'm kind of anonymous, but it's a pleasant kind of anonymity. I rather enjoy it." Mr. Cordic divorced in 1980 but remained close with his four children, all of whom live in California. Mr. Cordic's many voices will live on. At the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center, there's an exhibit of a 1950s suburban kitchen with the radio tuned to Cordic's morning show.
Cordier, Dale: KRLA. Dale broadcast traffic for many years in the Southland, heard on KRLA and USA Radio News. Born July 1, 1952, in Pennsylvania, he graduated from Burbank High School in 1970 and served in the U.S. Army. Dale died August 28, 2001, at the age of 49.
DOGG: KKBT; 1540/KMPC; KJLH, 2008. Cornelius "Corn Dogg" Edwards was known as Cornelius Prince on KJLH.Once upon a time, you had to move from city to larger city to even bigger city to eventually get to Los Angeles radio. No longer. The journey is so diverse and no one better exemplifies it than KKBT’s Mr. Corndogg.
Born Cornelius Edwards, he grew up in the Southland and graduated from Pasadena City College with an associated degree in mass communication and broadcasting in 1992. Mr. Corndogg became the host of the Friday Nite BEAT Down with DJ Hideo and the “BEAT Untouchable DJs” in the mix from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. He also worked part-time on the weekends. He appeared in The Great Pretender.
He tells his story: “Born and raised in L.A., I grew up listening to 1580 KDAY, an old hip hop station on the AM dial. I got started in radio because of my love for music. I interned at a couple of record labels, and saw an opening for an intern at KKBT, the BEAT radio station, and thought to myself music and radio, let me check it out. After a couple of months, I was hired in the promotions department, doing call-ins from the BEAT’s promotion vehicle, into our afternoon dj [Theo] show. Everyone told me to turn in an air check to the pd and I did and that’s how I got started. And I was just amazed at the way a radio station ran, all the different departments. So after about 4 years, I saw a position in Ventura at KCAQ, looking for an md, and I applied, and got the gig. I was there for 2 years, with the number one English speaking show. Eventually I was upped to apd, and was Gavin apd of the year.
Cornell, Skip: KIQQ, 1975. Unknown.
Corrales, Jay: KRLA, 1994-2000. Jay was on the production staff at KABC.
Cory, Bob: KNOB, 1966; KEZY. Unknown.
CORWIN, Norwin, Norman was a radio show writer for decades and a creative giant of the Golden Age of Radio, died October 18, 2011. He was 101.
Radio was Corwin’s true passion. His programs chronicling World War II are milestones in broadcasting. He was writer in residence at the Annenberg School at USC, up until his death. Some of his most acclaimed programs dealt with World War II and provided perspective about a war being fought thousands of miles away. His writing brought the country together, inspiring patriotism, hope and optimism.
COSGROVE, Joe: KPOL, 1957-63. After KPOL, Joe was the founding general manager of KTHO-South Lake Tahoe. "The station turned a profit the first year of operation," said Cosgrove.
“During my period at KPOL, we were second only to KNX, which was the #1 AM station at the time.” Joe left KPOL in 1963 to be the founding gm at KTHO AM &FM in South Lake Tahoe. “KTHO had the same format as KPOL and soon was the most listened to station in the Sierra Nevada from Tahoe to Reno.”
Joe was born in Boston on November 6, 1930 and grew up there. He began his radio career in 1945 on WCOP-Boston. “Those were the days when radio ruled the airwaves. I grew up listening to Lux radio theatre, Bob Hope and Jack Benny. I created, wrote, directed and produced a weekly one-hour live radio broadcast with a studio audience of 300. It was the highest rated teen radio broadcast in the city.” He attended Wheaton College in Illinois and Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena.
Joe is an independent video and tv producer. Joe launched virtualgetaways.net in the late 1990s. “Currently I am producing a series of programs titled ‘American Story Tellers.’ These are customized biographies digitally taped on location as personal histories for families. This venture began when I taped the late Steve Allen in 1996. It was a rare opportunity to capture Steve’s life journey on videotape as told by the great man himself.” Joe now lives in Lake Forest.
A year later he worked for Senator Barry Goldwater in his run for the Presidency. He became friends with Ronald Reagan and later produced a special video program featuring him. He worked for three Fortune 500 companies, including Harvey Aluminum, Martin Marietta and General Automation.
Joe went on to be gm at KMIR/TV in Palm Springs. Joe produced various projects including a segment for a Bob Hope Christmas Special in 1993, Jack LaLanne’s first work out video, and also created and produced Jack’s Big Swim for fitness when Jack towed 70 people in 70 boats with his hands and feet shackled at Long Beach by the Queen Mary to celebrate his70th birthday. Joe's currently writing a series of innovative books and the first: Walt Dreamers Me, released in May 2013.
Cotton, Chuck: KMPC, 1967-71. Chuck is gm at KSSK/KIKI/KUCD/KNDD/KHVH-Honolulu.
COTTON, King: KIEV, 1992; KWIZ, 1992-93. He is an actor, a session singer, does commercial voiceovers and compiles CD reissue paks.
Former Bonedaddys front man, King Cotton's White Blur Show provided an oldies alternative. The program blended vintage r&b with edgy comedy. King Cotton's show eventually was heard on the Cable Radio Network.
"If they made a movie about singer King Cotton's life, no one would believe it. From his Texas dairy-farm childhood, syncing the rhythms of 150 milking machines so they'd accentuate the mambo and r&b rhythms he'd tune in on a little transistor radio to his early-'60s Vietnam stint as a U.S. Marine where he and his African American pals would form a circle and sing doo-wop on the flight deck between chopper sorties to performing in stadiums and arenas across the country with the biggest names in 1970s rock 'n' roll, it's an epic tale of gaudy and highly unlikely proportions. “I'm so left of center that I just never fit in,” Cotton told the Burbank Leader in a profile. “So I have my own clique — which is me. I'm the only one in it.”
“I was born in Navasota, Texas. It was [soul star] Joe Tex and [bluesman] Mance Lipscomb and me — I knew both of 'em and knew I was in good company,” Cotton said. “I grew up listening to every type of music there was. I loved tuning in Houston's black stations that played what they called ‘race records' and I loved the old hillbilly and country and pop, those crazy mambos, all of it.” After returning from Vietnam in 1964, he was stationed in Barstow. “I discovered Hollywood one day,” Cotton said. “And that was it. So I saw the Sunset Strip in '65, was a part of all that, but then moved back home in '68.”
Working under his given name of Dicky Sony, he formed Navasota, a Country rockin' band, similar to Creedence [Clearwater Revival]. They landed a record deal with ABC Dunhill, came west to make their debut album in 1972 and never looked back.
COUNTS, Steve: KABC/KNX, 2001-04; KRLA, 2004-16. Steve was a news anchor for 870/KRLA and KTIE. He returned to his home in Charlotte in late February 2016.
Began in the Charlotte radio market as an airborne traffic reporter for WBT, WWMG (Magic), and WEND (The End) in the late 1990s. Also, as a disc jockey for WEND. Moved to Los Angeles in 2000. Continued as an airborne traffic reporter for KNX and others, transitioning to morning news anchor for Salem-owned KRLA and Inland sister station KTIE in 2004. He wanted to return to Charlotte to spend some quality family time. From home he was a news anchor and traffic reporter for radio stations in Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham, and Richmond, VA. 2016-2020. Steve was hired by WBT-Charlotte as a full-time news anchor in January 2020.
COURTNEY, David: David broadcast traffic and news from the traffic services for many years. He was also an actor and the P.A. announcer for the Los Angeles Kings (24 years), Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (19 years) and the Los Angeles Clippers (5 years). David died November 29, 2012. He was 56.
From his Facebook page: "The heartwarming - and ongoing - story of a Boy and his Microphone! I had the great fortune of being raised around the television business. My father, Alan, was a vp of NBC at 30 Rock in the 50's & 60's, and president of MGM's Television Division through the 70's. Through this I met so many great performers and influences - Steve Allen, Jackie Gleason (called me when I was a sick child... that'll cure you fast), Gene Rayburn, Gary Owens, Bob Newhart, MTM and so many others.
Then there are the personalities in sports I have worked around and with since I was a teen, starting with Bob Miller and Chick Hearn. Sat next to them in a press box for a few years and see if you don't learn something. Of course, John Ramsey taught me everything I know about P.A. announcing and I have been blessed to sit behind four of the microphones he manned for so many years. Growing up, I wanted to be Johnny Olson and, fortunately, I was given a voice to work with. Still waiting for my game show break but in the meantime, happy that I found my niche announcing for sports teams and events. Along with my daily work on the radio, I got the occasional movie [Tooth Fairy, Angels in the Outfield, 61* and Home Improvement] and commercial voiceover.
All ALMOST as great as finding the love of my life - Janet. We were married October 16, 2010, in front of family and friends at Lake Mission Viejo where we live. It was the first [and last] marriage for both of us and definitely worth the wait!"
Coussey, Russell: KJLH, 1995. Unknown.
Cowan, Brian: KIKF, 1995. Unknown.
Cowgill, Jim: KNOB, 1955-57; KFOX, 1957-59. After stints in the U.S. Army and stations in San Luis Obispo during the 1960s, Jim was with Voice of America from 1971-2001. He retired from Voice of America in 2001 as Director, Broadcast Support Division. In 2004, Jim moved to Saint Simons Island, Georgia.
COWHERD, Colin, KSPN, 2006-15; KLAC, 2015-22. Colin led the Herd in morning drive at KSPN until late sumer 2015 when he implied that Dominican baseball players are intellectually inferior and was let go. He joined ESPN in 2003, where he hosted a radio show on the network, and also became one of the original hosts of ESPN's television program SportsNation. In 2015, he joined Fox Sports Radio. He is the host of The Herd with Colin Cowherd, heard locally on KLAC.
Colin knew as a youngster that he was going to be a sports broadcaster. While growing up on the coast of Washington State, he used to tape record stuff. “My mom said I was always a real serious kid, a leader who knew what I wanted to do. I didn’t mind offending people if I believed in something. I’ve always had pretty strong convictions.” After graduating from Eastern Washington University where he majored in communications and minored in political science, his first jobs took him to Las Vegas and Tampa where he was a tv sportscaster. “I did tv because there was no sports talk radio,” said Colin. “I always saw myself moving out of tv. I like it, but I prefer radio. It is potentially more interesting, more intellectual, more creative and that’s what I like.”
Why hasn’t sports radio done better in L.A.? The Herd had an opinion. “Sports talk radio is better the more provincial the market is. In Boston, everyone is from Boston and everyone wants to listen to the Red Sox. In Southern California, only about 40% of the people who live here are from here. “There are so many choices for people and you’ve just got to be memorable. There’s Rush, I-Man, Stern, Dr. Laura, and Rome. They are all memorable. Using the Herd makes it easier to brand. I think that’s good business. It is a very crowded market with a lot of stations and a lot of options,” said the Herd. “I believe in slow, steady growth,” said a thoughtful Herd. “I’d rather not be a shtick guy that explodes one book and disappears the next. I’m in this for the long term.”
COX, Chris: KEZY, 1991-99. Chris was the operations director for the six Cumulus stations in the Ventura/Oxnard/Santa Barbara cluster until his retirement in early 2019.
Cox joined Cumulus in 2012 from High Desert Broadcasting in Lancaster, were he served as director of programming. During his 45 year career Cox has also worked in Houston, Cincinnati (WLLT), Louisville (WVEZ), and Evansville.
Chris was married to former KFWB news anchor Vicki Cox.
In early 1995, Chris was promoted to station manager for KEZY and co-owned Fairfield Communication outlet, KORG. He left in the spring of 1999 and was the director of operations for Liberman Broadcasting's "Jammin' Hits 98.5" in Houston.
Cox, Courtland: KLYY, 1998. Courtland was a writer, "WebRIOT," MTV. Courtland started his entertainment career in radio as a producer and on-air personality for The Kevin & Bean Show on Los Angeles' legendary KROQ-FM, before moving to LA's Y-107 FM where he spent two years as the co-host of the morning show. He began his television career as a writer on VH1's game show My Generation and MTV's WebRiot before becoming a writer & producer on all 130 episodes of the Comedy Central game show Beat the Geeks. As a Co-Executive Producer, he worked on several VH1 'celebreality' shows including Rock of Love, I love Money, and Rock of Love Charm School. He served as an Executive Producer on Heroes of Cosplay for SyFy and Mind of a Man for GSN. Most recently, he has been a show-running Executive Producer on every season of Bravo's Below Deck and Below Deck Mediterranean franchises.
Cox, Daryl: KGFJ, 1990. Unknown.
COX, Don: KHJ, 1977-78. Don died in his sleep on September 15, 2003. He was 55.
He reached two generations of South Florida listeners on a number of stations - Power 96, Y100, and KISS. Off the air, Cox had personal demons that interfered with his career.
Starting his career at WABX-Detroit, on the air he was known as “Cox on the Radio.” In 1986, he aired his first live show for contemporary hit radio station, Power 96, from atop the Coppertone billboard in North Miami Beach. Cox ended his broadcasting career last year at Country music station, 99.9 KISS FM, in West Palm Beach.
(Ray Crockett and Steve Casey)
COX, Doug: KRLA, 1968-69, pd; KPPC, 1970-71, gm. Doug is currently the Director of Corporate Culture for Seminole Gaming, one of the great powers in the world of casinos and gaming. "The Seminole Tribe of Florida is the owner of Seminole Gaming and the 'Hard Rock' brand around the world. This is one exciting and successful business," said Doug.
At the age of 29, Doug took over the helm of KRLA from being the regional promotion man for Atlantic Records. He came out of nowhere, and when Doug left KPPC he never worked in radio again. His brief stay, however, had a career-changing impact.
Doug was born in Hollywood, grew up in Pasadena and lived for a time in Santa Barbara. From the road, where much of his time is spent as a motivational trainer and counselor, he said, "I was talking with KRLA's news person Cecil Tuck and he thought I would be perfect for radio. He offered to help if I ever wanted to pursue a job in radio. He told me this the day I was fired from Atlantic." Cecil introduced Doug to the station's gm and he was hired. Doug wanted to move the station in a new direction and his first job was to convince the sales team that dollar volume could be increased by, as he said, "playing large records with small holes instead of small records with big holes." It flew in the face of what the station was doing. With the theme of the times reflected in music like Get Together, Doug created "a sensual, long-play weekend." He said that he learned music from Johnny Hayes and spiritual growth from Dick Moreland. Doug took the automation out of KRLA and returned the station to personality radio, including Jimmie Rabbit in the evenings. "Rabbit would challenge his audience with respect and admiration." Doug recorded as J.P. Raggs for World Pacific Records, wrote a Bobby Goldsboro top five song and did the theme to David Wolper's movie, If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium. "I was profoundly affected by radio. During my time at KRLA I spoke to a group of educators on the subject of why young people would listen to the radio instead of the teacher." That experience influenced his decision to spend the next quarter of a century as a motivational trainer to such corporations as Redken, Wells Fargo Bank and the Trump empire.
COX, Tony: KFWB, 1969-84. Tony is a Full Professor and Associate Chair of Journalism in the department of Television, Film and Media Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. He is a veteran, award-winning radio and tv journalist in Los Angeles with more than four decades of experience covering local, national and international stories. His radio career posts have included serving in the host chair of NPR’s Talk of the Nation. Cox also had his own nationally syndicated radio talk show “Upfront with Tony Cox,” from 2009-2010, sponsored by the African American Public Radio Consortium.
As an interviewer, Cox tackled a mix of news, entertainment, talk, opinions, sports and more with celebrities, politicians, artists, athletes, newsmakers and just plain folks with something to say. Cox began his career in broadcasting at KFWB in 1969, working as a news writer, editor before becoming an on air reporter and anchor.
In 1982, he switched from radio to television and joined KCBS-TV in Los Angeles as an early morning TV anchor and reporter. He moved to FOX 11 in 1985, first serving as the weekend anchor before moving into the nightly anchor chair in 1986.
Following that, he traveled the world for the next 10 years as a senior correspondent for the tv newsmagazine show Inside Edition. His love of sports landed him a job at FOX Sports Net’s “The Last Word With Jim Rome” in 1998 and DirecTV Sports as a correspondent. He's won a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award, and multiple nominations; five Golden Mike Awards; seven Los Angeles Press Club Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, and a Los Angeles Urban League Award. A Los Angeles native, Cox holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre from UCLA.
COX, Vicki: KFWB, 1989-2005; KNX, 2005-08; KRLA, 2011-12. "I can’t believe it. I’ve just retired from radio, well almost. I retired from my full-time job at Total Traffic, 24/7 News Source, iHeart Media, whatever you want to call it. I hadn’t planned on retiring quite so soon, but told myself I’d know when the time was right. And I did. After issues with my bosses in Long Beach and Phoenix for a couple of months, I decided “that's it!”
"I’ve put up with this stuff for decades, I’m done! Ironically, my last day was also the day two more people at Long Beach were let go. I said almost retired from radio. I’m still at my part time job at KCRW, for now. I work or fill in for five different positions, so they’re working to replace me on those. You know, as I reflect on my 47 years(!) in radio (can that be true?), I realize just what a love/hate industry it is. In all that time, I can honestly say I’ve had only two bosses I’ve respected or that I could say were good bosses. How sad is that! Some were just down right mean, others didn’t have a clue what they were doing or how to treat people, while others just wanted to keep their jobs, whatever lies they had to tell to do it.
"Radio used to care about the listeners and the community. Now it’s mostly just a business, run by corporate types who only care about money and keeping their jobs. I started out in small time radio, a 250-watt daytime station in the Illinois boonies, where at the end of daylight (4:30 p.m. in winter), you signed off, gathered the trash, took it to a barrel out back, burned it, turned out the lights and went home.
"Among my memories – Evansville, Indiana – I applied for the news director’s job when he left and was told “honey, we can’t give this job to a woman, we’ve got to give it to a man who has a family to support.” In my first week at WLW in Cincinnati, a reporter at the CBS affiliate in town was taken hostage at the tv station for hours, just a few blocks from where I worked. At WKRC (no not WKRP) my good friend, our helicopter reporter, died in a crash, about a minute after I’d talked to her on the two-way. Of course, there are so many memories from KFWB – the Clinton impeachment, the LA riots, the Northridge quake, the OJ trial, 9-11, the many general managers and news directors we went through during 16 years, and so much more. But everywhere I’ve worked, I learned there are good people just trying to do their jobs, whose friendship I will remember and cherish for the rest of my life. Take care, my friends."
COYE, Jim: KYMS, 1978-84. Coye will stop the Christian music four times per hour. "One of my greatest joys was the Prayer Time every afternoon where I would read the listeners prayer requests over the air with that praise instrumental playing in the background."
Coyle, Jim: KWKW, 1956-58; KALI, 1958-68. Jim was gm at KALI and left the station in 1968 in a contract dispute, which he won. He then bought the Spanish language station KCTY-Salinas and owned it until 1984. Jim was also part owner of KRAY-Fremont. He died February 19, 1991, in Salinas.
CRAIG, Steve: KEZY, 1978; KGGI, 1986-90; KROQ, 1988-89. Since the early 1990s, Steve has been in the Atlanta market, currently with 97.1, the River.
"It’s hard to believe I’ve been on the radio for 35 years now! I grew up in southern California, and as an aspiring drummer I would crank up my stereo and play along with the Beatles, Stones, Creedence, Beach Boys, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and BTO. I was definitely better at cuing up the records than I was drumming, so I started hanging around radio stations in the 70’s… one was brave enough to hire me! I arrived in Atlanta in 1992 as part of the original cast of 99x, and after its demise, I moved to New York city to help launch a Classic Rock radio station there. I’m always asked what my favorite album of all time is, it’s just too hard to pick one… but i guess I’d have to say Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys. The first album I bought with my saved lunch money was Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and I have the greatest punk and new wave album collection east of the Mississippi, so I guess you can say I’m all over the rock and roll map! My first concert was on my 16th birthday when I snuck in to see the Ramones in their very first west coast concert… I’ve been a big supporter of live and local music ever since! As an instrument-rated pilot, I’m also proud to support a wonderful organization here in Georgia. “Angel Flight” is a non-profit group of pilots who fly free medical support missions for those who can’t afford transportation." (from The River website)
CRAMER, Doug: KGIL, 1949-53; KFI, 1953-76; KHOF, 1961-85; KKLA, 1994-2005.Doug died on February 14, 2013, of respiratory problems, according to his colleague, Greg Crawford. “Doug had Alzheimer's. He spent the last two years of his life in Hemet,” wrote Crawford. “Doug was one of my dearest and oldest friends, helping me get into the radio business back in the 60's. Most of his career, at least as long as I had known him, he worked two jobs having very view days off.”
Doug started his radio career in 1949, just three months out of high school, joining KGIL as a record librarian. He also hosted a show called “Teen Time,” which featured early 50s hits. Doug joined the Air Force during the Korean conflict only to return to KGIL two years later. In 1953, he moved to KFI. It was here that Doug discovered that he worked best when he was doing two jobs at the same time.
“KCKC-San Bernardino had a Sunday evening show called ‘The Wax Museum.’ It was a horror show; rather it was a nostalgia epic that spotlighted records of the 20s through the 40s with artist interviews. This show lasted 5 years,’” said Doug when he was interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People.
In 1961 he joined Faith Center at KHOF, which was eventually led by Dr. Gene Scott when he became pastor in 1975. For years, Doug was the announcer heard on Dr. Scott’s worldwide broadcasts. In 1976, Doug was part of Harry O’Connor Creative Programs to sell talk radio features. In 1994, he became a weekend announcer at KKLA. Doug was active in the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters.
CRAMER, Jim: KLAC, 2002; KFI, 2004-05; KNX, 2006. Jim's syndicated financial talk show aired for only a few months in 2006 at KNX. Cramer is the host of CNBC's Mad Money and a co-founder of TheStreet, Inc. Mad Money. “His is a personality that combines wit, wisdom and unreserved enthusiasm. Couple that with some of the best advice ever heard on the radio and we have what will no doubt be one of the most talked about shows on the dial,” said Joel Hollander.
Cramer was graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1977, where he was president, or editor in chief, of The Harvard Crimson. He then worked at the Tallahassee Democrat and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, covering everything from sports to homicide, before moving to New York to help start American Lawyer magazine. After a three-year stint, Cramer entered Harvard Law School and received his J.D. in 1984. He then passed the New York Bar Exam, but instead of practicing law, went directly to Goldman Sachs, where he worked in sales and trading.
In 1987 he left Goldman to start his own hedge fund, where over a fourteen year period he delivered a compound return of 24% after all fees, substantially in excess of the market during that same period.
Crandall, Brad: KFI, 1974. Brad passed away in the early 1990s.
CRANE, Bob: KNX, 1956-65; KMPC, 1972-73. Bob is best known for his starring role as Col. Robert Hogan in Hogan's Heroes. He played the rakishly handsome leader of a merry band of World War II Allied airmen in a German POW camp for six years beginning in 1965.
His nine-year radio career on KNX was like a late-night tv variety show, only on radio. He was brash, irreverent, quick-witted and the master of the innocent insult. Initially, his contract forbade him to do tv. He loved to act and spent a number of years in dinner theater. When his tv exclusion clause expired, Carl Reiner put Bob on The Dick Van Dyke Show. He played Dave Kelsy on the Donna Reed series. His morning competition was KMPC's Dick Whittinghill, with whom he developed a feud that raged for nine years; they were contemptuous of each other.
When Bob returned to Southland radio briefly on KMPC, he said, "I want to go out like Nelson Eddy, you know, die while I'm working."
His tv show was in an era when contracts did not allow series stars to get rich from residuals. After a quickly canceled 1975 sitcom, The Bob Crane Show, and some tv guest shots, Crane had settled into the nomadic limbo of Sun Belt dinner theater.
In June of 1978 he left for
to appear in a dinner theater production of a play called Beginners Luck, which he had performed many times in many towns. On June 29, 1978, Crane was beaten to death as he slept in a Scottsdale apartment. According to a coroner's report, his face, bloodied and swollen from beatings, was unrecognizable. He had an electric cord tied around his neck in a bow. In 1994 a Scottsdale, Arizona jury acquitted a man accused of killing Bob. The accused had been a longtime friend of Crane’s. In 1997, Bob Crane, Jr., donated a sizeable collection of his father’s airchecks to the Museum of TV & Radio. One promotion vinyl album that KNX put out featured Bob and another jock turned tv star, Pat Buttram. Phoenix
Crane, Charlie: KLAC, 1970. Unknown.
Crane, David: KLAC, 1965-69. David bought a radio station in St. Augustine, Florida. Unknown.
Crane, Frank: The advertising and radio executive was the former president of the Southern California Broadcasters Association and a campaign manager for the March of Dimes. A colleague remarked: "Frank was always promoting." He died of cancer in July 1992, at the age of 77.
CRANE, Fred: KFAC, 1947-87. Fred, a veteran personality at Classical KFAC over four decades, died August 21, 2008. He was 90. Born March 22, 1918, Fred came to Los Angeles in the late 1930s from New Orleans to become an actor. He auditioned for and won the role of one of the Tarleton boys in the classic film, Gone With the Wind.
In fact, Fred give the opening line in the first scene of the film. After his cinematic debut, Fred became a radio announcer for KFAC, where he held forth for well over 40 years as the morning drive time announcer until being dismissed on New Year's Day 1987. Fred successfully sued the station for $1 million for punitive damages and reinstatement of his job when he was replaced by younger announcers.
Occasionally Fred continued to be hired as an actor. He was cast in soap operas like General Hospital and other tv shows including Peyton Place, 77 Sunset Strip and he was the voice of Alpha Control on Lost in Space. In his later years, Fred ran a bed and breakfast inn in Atlanta with a Gone With the Wind motif.
CRANE, Les: KLAC, 1969-70. Les was a Talk show host at KLAC in the late 1960s and ‘70s. Born Les Stein, he started his radio career at KONO-San Antonio in 1958 and later worked at WPEN-Philadelphia. He became very popular in San Francisco radio as Johnny Raven. In 1961, Les was working at KGO and KYA and was awarded the Gavin PD of the Year award. He died July 13, 2008. He was 74.
In 1965, Les was the host of an unusual late night ABC/TV talk show that lasted only 14 weeks. His identity gimmick was going into his studio audience with a shotgun microphone. He also sat perched on a high chair above his guests. At the time, Les was called the “bad boy of late night television,” one of the first of many unsuccessful challengers to Johnny Carson. Les was married to Tina Louise of Gilligan’s Island. He recorded the hit talking single, Desiderata, that was awarded a Grammy for “Best Spoken Word.” Les went on to an enormously successful career in computer software called The Software Toolworks, creators of the three-dimensional color chess series, Chessmaster, and the best-selling educational series, 'Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing.'
CRANN, Tom: KUSC, 1991-92 and 1994-95. Tom is with Minnesota Public Radio and is a regional host for "All Things Considered."
Born in New Jersey in 1965, Tom grew up in the New York area listening to some of the classical music greats. He earned a degree in English literature from Providence College and has worked in broadcasting since his graduation. He arrived in the Southland from WNED-Buffalo. Tom left KUSC to be production manager at WNED. In a 1992 LA Times profile of KUSC, Tom commented on the subtle changes in the classical music presentation: "There's a certain element who thinks that if we open the music up to anyone, it will no longer be their domain. They think that if people aren't appropriately serious enough, it won't be for the elite or the intellectuals anymore. That scares me a little bit." Tom returned to KUSC for the second time from Buffalo and worked morning drive.
He left KUSC in late 1995 for a new post with Minnesota Public Radio. (As part of "Classical 24," Tom is heard in Los Angeles through Public Radio International.) Tom remembers his experience in the Southland: "Despite earthquakes, riots, mud slides, fires and sig-alerts, I look back fondly on my L.A. stints; and the opportunity to work alongside such impressive talent, both at KUSC and the L.A. market at large. In hindsight, it was a great experience for me."
Crawford, Dick: KFAC, 1948-83. Dick passed away in the early 1990s.
Crawford, Jean: KCBH. Jean owned KMGM (later KCBH) in Beverly Hills. The station was sold in the mid-1960s and turned into KJOI. Jean died in September 1991 at the age of 84.
CREAGH, David: KLON, 1981-85, gm. David was the executive responsible for turning KLON, the Long Beach State radio station, into a jazz outlet. He died December 16, 2011, following a short illness associated with treatment of a cancer diagnosed in November. He was 60.
Before his arrival at KLON, he produced All Things Considered for NPR. He left the Southland in the mid-1980s to program a new public radio station in Baltimore, WJHU.
“Dave was in the vanguard of public radio pioneers who laid the foundations for a vital communications network,” said John Dimsdale, Washington bureau chief for American Public Media’s Marketplace and a former colleague at NPR from a Current.org obituary. “Over his career, he established high standards for engineering, journalism, production and station management. We are all in his debt.”
Creagh became one of the network’s first employees, hired on Jan. 2, 1969, as it moved to begin operations in April 1971. He was initially the technical director of ATC and became its executive producer during NPR’s formative years in the 1970s. In the 1980s he managed the CPB-supported Satellite Program Development Fund (SPDF), which provided seed money for programs to be distributed over the new Public Radio Satellite System.
“As a young, station-based reporter in the ’70s, everything about NPR was intimidating — except Dave Creagh. He was encouraging,” said John Stark, now gm of KNAU in Flagstaff. Dave Creagh’s legacy is everywhere in the public radio system.”
In the mid-’90s, when funding for the field was at risk, Creagh helped launch and later served as senior vp of the non-profit Alliance for Public Broadcasting, which developed discount perks for station members.
Creagh was born September 25, 1951, in Washington, DC. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1972.
CREDIBLE, Justin: KPWR, 2016-22. Justin started evenings at "Power 106" in late summer of 2016.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, SKAM Artist DJ, “Justin Credible” has always had a passion for music. He began Dj’ing at the age of 16 at local house parties and school events. After high school, Justin took his talents on the road, from Fresno to Palm Springs, then landing in Las Vegas. There, he worked at the local radio station in the production department and as a part-time on air dj.
After years of determination, Justin landed his dream radio job at Power 106, where he immediately hit the ground running, DJ’ing any party or club he could get booked at. Here Justin continued to build his relationships in the industry and partnered with DJ SourMilk to create the powerful L.A. Leakers duo. Together they share one of the hottest music/news websites in the country, www.LaLeakers.com and have released songs with artists such as Future, Wiz Khalifa & Kid Ink just to name a few. The L.A. Leakers have also become one of the pinnacles to where Hip Hop artists come to drop their freestyles, recently featuring Belly, Joey Bada$$ & Vic Mensa. (from KPWR website)
Cridland, Diane: KABC, 1992-94. Diane is station manager at KSRO-Santa Rosa.
CRIST, Chris. KFWB. Chris passed away of heart disease at home in Palm Springs with his wife, Cheryl, by his side on November 19, 2020. He was 85.
Born in Salinas, he attended Salinas High School where he became interested in the theater. He met an unknown actor at the time, James Dean, while he was filming East of Eden in Salinas and hung out with him for several days when he wasn't shooting thinking he was an extra in the movie and not knowing he was one of the leads until the movie was released. Dean gave him the advice to go to New York if he wanted to become an actor. So at age 19 he began a career in entertainment, performing comedy routines in the area and eventually in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
In 1957 he joined PSA Airlines in San Francisco for several years and served in many capacities including air traffic controller. When he was offered a spot as a dj at KDON radio in Monterey, he began a new career for two years which led to the record industry. He was briefly a sports anchor at KFWB.
For the next 32 years Chris was the promotion and marketing manager for the top record companies including Warner Bros. Records, Capitol Records and United Artists Records. After joining RCA Records in San Francisco in 1966 he was soon introduced to a new group just signed, Jefferson Airplane, and was in the studio when they recorded their first album. In 1967 RCA had a box seat at the first Monterey Pop Festival where he saw Janice Joplin, invited her and her entourage to sit with them. It was also around this time he met San Francisco Giant, Willie McCovey, and invited him to a promotion party he was hosting at the Playboy Club. The two would become lifelong friends and Chris accompanied Willie when he was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame.
The pinnacle of his career was joining Warner Bros. Records in Los Angeles in 1975. For the next 22 years, until he retired in Palm Springs, he had the pleasure of working with Frank Sinatra, Fleetwood Mac, Van Halen, Prince, Madonna, The Doobie Brothers, Elton John, George Harrison and many more.
(Bill Cooper, Brian Clark and Dennis Cruz)
CROCKER, Frankie: KGFJ, 1968-72; KUTE, 1979-80. Frankie died of cancer on October 21, 2000. He was 63. In 2021, Frankie was posthumously inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.
He had his major success in New York, returning to WBLS three times. Frankie came to the Southland to duplicate his success with the "New York disco sound." For many years he was vp of entertainment and programming of Inner City Broadcasting. In the mid-1980s, Frankie was hosting NBC/TV's Friday Night Videos and was one of the original VH-1 veejays. In 1987, Frankie became a consultant to WRXR-Chicago and also programmed WGCI-Chicago. He was on-air at WWRL-New York and WMCA-New York. In early 1994 he was hosting the "Quiet Storm" show via satellite to WBLS from his home in Coldwater Canyon. In late 1995 Frankie rode back to New York as "the Sheriff" and rejoined WBLS for the fourth time.
One of America's premiere radio personalities, Frankie exuded a cool combination of charm and style, intellect and humor, making him one of the top rated djs of our time. Honored in the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Also an actor, he has appeared in the films: Cleopatra Jones, Death Drug, 5 On The Blackhand Side, Darktown Strutters and Behind Closed Walls. Frankie got his start on WUFO in Buffalo while attending The University of Buffalo as a pre-law student. He did everything from jazz, his first love, to r&b, gospel, hosted several different ethnic community programs. Frankie also served as the stations news director while holding down a part-time dj shift. He also worked at KGCI and WNUA-Chicago, and WKKS-St. Louis.
Frankie was one of the all-time favorite Masters of Ceremonies and promoters at the world famous Apollo Theater in New York City where he is ensconced on their "Wall of Fame," along with other great stars. One of the fabulous stories about Frankie was, upon returning to the Big Apple, he entered New York City's hottest nightclub, "Studio 54," wearing a tuxedo and riding on a white horse. That night he reclaimed the New York "radio crown." The crowd went wild, and the press loved it! It was stunts like these that added to his legendary status. Billboard Magazine has given Frankie numerous awards for "Program Director of the Year," and "Air Personality of the Year."
Crockett, Ray: KXTA, 2004-05. The 15-year NFL cornerback who won two Super Bowl rings with the Denver Broncos joined XTRA Sports for a Talk show in late Spring 2004 and left a year later. He now lives in Southlake, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.
CROFFORD, George: KPOL, 1957-72. When the Los Angeles native left his evening shift at KPOL, he became a tennis instructor. George was part of a legal case when he was dismissed from KPOL in 1967. National labor board and AFL-CIO ordered George to be reinstated to the staff without prejudice.
George died October 31, 1994.
Cronan, Stu: KBCA, 1968. Unknown.
CROOK, Ed: KWKW, 1953-55; KDWC, 1957-60; KGRB, 1960-65; KWOW, 1965-69. Ed worked on-air as Dave Gilmore. He also spent time at KPRO-Riverside (1955-57). He died November 26, 2018, concluding several months of battling stomach cancer. "He went to take a nap on Thanksgiving Day and he never woke up," according to friend Bill Kingman. Ed was 85. "He was the nicest guy on our planet and a very proud Eagle Scout.
Ed moved to Lake Tahoe in 1974 and founded KRLT/fm. He was general manager of KPTL/KKBC Carson City/Reno in the early 1980s, followed by a stint as gm at KROI AM&FM.
Ed was heard at KTHO-Lake Tahoe since 2001 and was heard hourly nights and weekends announcing the local weather forecast.
Cross, Lee: KGFJ, 1968. Lee is Roland Bynum. It was the name Arnold Schorr selected for him when he came to L.A. from Montgomery. After a stint in Charlotte, he returned to L.A. and used his birth name.
Cross, Tom: KGFJ, 1968-74. Tom is a motivational speaker, consultant, counselor and business coach.
(Karen Carson and John Copps)
CROSSWHITE, Paul: KJOI; KNX/fm; KWST, 1970s; KFWB; KEZY, 1980; KNX; KRTH, 1985-88; KFI, KTWV, 1990-2001. Paul worked morning drive at "the Wave" until the Fall of 2001. He died August 17, 2012, following a long illness.Paul had been in the hospital for much of the month prior to his death. He was battling a health problems that he had been fighting for several years.
Paul did news during most of his tenure in Southern California radio and has received Golden Mike Awards for documentary, feature and best newscast. He did news during the glory years of KNX/fm. During the Gulf War, he won the Associated Press Award for best newscast.
When he moved to "the WAVE," he gave up news to become a deejay, originally in the evenings and, later, mornings after the female morning drive team collapsed. In the summer 1995 WAVE Newsletter, Paul talked of his morning assignment: "There's something almost magical about the music we play on 'the WAVE.' From the moment I became morning host, I felt that soothing effect. It can elevate one's mood - even before the sun comes up - into something really positive and good-feeling." Paul left KTWV in the spring of 2001.
CROUCH, Paul: KREL, 1965-71; KHOF, 1972-73.Paul and his wife Jan were the founders and face of the Trinity Broadcasting Network. They were called the “First couple of the Christian Network.” Paul died November 30, 2013,at the age of 79. Though many of the obituaries cite his work in establishing one of the largest religious tv networks, Paul first spent time working on the local radio airwaves.
Born On March 30, 1934, in St. Joseph, Missouri, he spent part of his early childhood in Egypt. His father was a missionary with the Assemblies of God. Paul was 7 when his father died.
While a student at Central Bible College and Seminary in Springfield, Missouri, he built a small campus radio station. Apparently it was this early experience with the campus station that gave him the idea about spreading the gospel electronically. In 1962, he and his wife Jan moved to Southern California.
In 1962, Paul and his wife Jan moved to Southern California. He was the manager of KREL from 1965-71. During that time, Paul helped complete the application to increase the power of the Corona radio station to 5,000 watts, and he would eventually become a minority owner of the station. He then moved to KHOF/fm (“House of Faith”) and became the station’s general manager. During his tenure at the radio station, Paul helped fortify KHOF/fm and helped establish KHOF/tv Channel 30 on the air from San Bernardino, reaching many parts of the Los Angeles market. In the beginning, it was back to back tapes of preachers before local programming was added. After a brief partnership with Jim Bakker, Paul and Jan leased time on KLXA/tv for the newly founded Trinity Broadcasting Network. Eventually, TBN purchased the station and changed the call letters of Channel 40 to KTBN, the station serving as the flagship for the network. His goal was to build the most-watched religious network by purchasing more stations and utilizing satellite technology. Despite the numerous bumps in the road, he will be remembered for being an early pioneer in using radio and television to spread the Word.
Crowe, Deanna: KFI; KLAC, 1982; KMPC, 1982-83; KHTZ, 1985; KTWV, 1987. Deanna briefly hosted one of the tv home shopping networks.
Crowe, Jim: KLSX, 1990. Since 1991, Jim has worked as a promotion manager for Mercury/Polygram Records.
Crowell, George: KHJ, 1959; KPOL, 1960s. George was a newsman during his stay in LARadio. He has passed away.
CROWLEY, Monica: KGIL, 2008-09. KGIL (1260 AM) gave talk radio a try in late 2008 to 2009 Mostly syndicated except for Dr. Drew Pinksy.
Monica was the late night personality. She has been a gguest on the major tv and cable news channels, including ABC, NBC, FOX and HBO and worked as a commentator on National Public Radio's Morning Edition for four years. When the Fox News Channel launched in 1996, Crowley joined the network as a political and international affairs analyst.
“KGIL has become established as a balanced and independent contender in Southern California talk radio,” said Saul Levine, President of the family owned and operated Mt. Wilson FM Broadcasters. “We’re very confident about this remarkable lineup, which we’ve arrived at after months of fine-tuning and listener feedback.”
Joining Crowley was Larry King, Lars Larson, Alan Colmes, Laura Ingraham, Ed Schultz, Glenn Beck, and Michael Savage. Overnights the Great American Songbook aired.
Monica was born September 19, 1968 and is the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of the Treasury. She was a Fox News contributor from 1996-2017.
Crowley, Mort: KHJ, 1963. The funny morning man arrived in Southern California from WKNR-Detroit, WLS-Chicago and KXOK-St. Louis. Mort has passed away.
CROZIER, Michael: KFI, 1990-22. Michael is part of the news operation at KFI. In the summer of 2014, he became a fill-in weekend talk show host.
"I was born in Washington DC and moved to Miami as a toddler with my family," Michael told KFI producer Michelle Kube. "My parents divorced when I was 7 and I went with my dad to Kansas for a year. Then we moved back to DC for another 6 years before moving to Southern Maryland to finish high school and eventually move out here by myself.
In 1988, Michael joined the Columbia School of Broadcasting. During this time he got an internship at KOST/KFI, where he called people during their dinner to ask what music they listened to.
"I mostly came out here for acting, but radio was something I had an affinity for as well. I’ve always done imitations and weird voices. Moving to the news room, I was mostly on the 'show' side which scratched the creative itch. With news, I get to let my OCD fly. Attention to detail and fact is priority number one. I take immense pride in being a part of a group of people, particularly my direct boss Chris Little, who care SO much about being factual and unbiased. In a time where, 'the media,' gets so much blame for stuff (much of it deserved), I get to be incredibly defensive about my and our part in what people can rely on to be true."
CRUMMEY, Joe: KFI, 1988; KMPC, 1994; KFI, 1994-95; KMPC, 1995-96; KLSX, 1996; KMPC/KTZN, 1996-97; KABC, 1997-2000 and 2002-04. Joe left KFYI-Phoenix in the spring of 2007. He went on to mid-mornings at WABC-New York and left in December 2011.
In 2013, Joe wrote Planking on Headstones: Your Future Outside of Time. He sets out on a journey attempting to wrestle with some very heady questions, like, what happens when we die and where do we stand in this universe? The book is filled with interesting questions and propositions.
Joe believes the success of Talk Radio in particular and communications in general ultimately lies in the strength of the content. “There are so many more platforms to receive entertainment these days. It's up to the radio industry to determine just how much it wants to participate. It's all about content.”
Joe started his radio career at WAAF-Worcester and moved on to WCOZ-Boston and WNBC-New York. When he first started on KFI, he worked weekends. In the early 1990s Joe worked live tv talk in San Diego.
In 1994 he lost the hearing in his left ear when the removal of a benign brain tumor required severing the auditory nerve. "Sometimes it's like being in the middle of a very bad drunk that won't go away. I was looking up at one of those kites at Huntington Beach and almost passed out. This totally destroys your notion of invincibility. You think you've got so much time, when in fact every day you're alive you're damn lucky."
You can purchase Joe’s book, Planking on Headstones: Your Future Outside of Time, at Amazon.com.
CRUZ, Alfredo: KLON, 1995-2002; KKJZ, 2002-03. Alfredo left the Long Beach all-Jazz station in late 2003. He's living in the Inland Empire.
Originally from San Antonio, he attended the University of Texas on a music scholarship where he played with the UT Jazz Ensemble before deciding to study communications. “In 1981, after a stint as a studio engineer for UN Radio in New York City, I was hired as a producer for ‘Jazz Alive!’ at NPR, and I jumped on the jazz fast track and I never looked back. I’m fortunate to have had a wide ranging career in broadcasting and jazz with emphasis in audio production, remote recordings and live broadcasts.”
Alfredo earned a master’s degree in journalism from Ohio State University. He received a Corporation for Public Broadcasting Fellowship, Kiplinger Fellowship, two Guillermo Martinez Marquez Awards from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists for radio reporting, and a Latin Jazz USA Award. He arrived in the Southland from WBGO-Newark, New Jersey.
CRUZ, David: KFI/KTLK, 2012-15. David joined Clear Channel's two talk stations following pressure from alliance's pushing for greater on-air diversity. He hosts the afternoon drive show at Progressive KTLK and for a time in 2012 a weekend show at KFI. In early 2021, David joined Salem as vp of Salem Si, a new digital streaming platform focused on the nation’s Latino market.
Prior to joining CCM&E, Cruz was with KNBC/Channel 4 where he anchored one of the highest-rated daily news programs.
As a broadcaster, Cruz has been nationally-recognized for his groundbreaking news reports including his National Emmy-award winning MSNBC report on Latino Immigrants, “The New Americans” as well as his work on CNN as anchor/moderator of the nation’s first nationally syndicated bilingual talk radio program, “La Voz de Texas” (“The Voice of Texas”).
Cruz began his broadcast career with the Spanish International Network as news director, KWEX/TV, the first Spanish language television station in the United States. Since then, he has also worked for CBS, ABC and NBC affiliates and O&O’s. Among his assignments, Cruz has covered everything from conflicts in foreign countries, travels by Presidents and Popes to raging wildfires and floods in California.
Cruz has received numerous awards including the 2005 Golden Eagle, one of the highest honors bestowed by the media industry in Hollywood for professional achievement. He also received the Liberty Award, the highest distinction given to journalists for news coverage and community involvement in Education by the Latin Voters of America. Cruz is also a twice-recipient of the National Media Award by LULAC, America’s oldest and largest civil rights organizations for Latinos and a multiple Emmy-award winner at NBC TV for investigative stories on child predators, and consumer dangers.
Cruz, Dennis: KKBT, 1991-99; KCMG, 1999-2000. Dennis worked at KIFR-San Francisco with John London until the spring of 2006. In the spring of 2015, he joined Don Bleu at the Big103.7 FM in San Francisco.
CRUZ, J: KPWR, 2011-19; KRRL, 2019-22. Cruz joined "Power 106" for nights from 'HOT 97.5,' KVEG-Las Vegas in late summer 2011. In early 2015, he took over mornings when Big Boy bolted for KRRL, Real 92.3.
He joined Big at KRRL in the spring of 2019.
Before Fame he grew up in Van Nuys and attended Ulysses S. Grant High School.
Cruz is a massive fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Dodgers. He married a woman named Diana.
CRUZ, Kristin: KOST, 2008-14. Kristin was the co-host of the KOST morning show until May 2014. She started in October 2008.
She hosts "The Mom Show," a blog and podcast featuring celebrity moms, successful mompreneurs and digital influencers. Kristin is also a California Experience Expert with loads of Family Travel Tips. Her Facebook Livestream is on Thursdays at noon.
Cruz, Rick: KKTR, 1998. Rick is with AirWatch Traffic Services.
Cruz, Suzy: SEE Suzanne Ansilio
Crystal, Ross: KFWB/KNX, 2001-19. Ross is an entertainment reporter.
Cuervo, Dan: KIIS, 1996-97. Sean Lynch, aka, Dan Cuervo works at Priority Records.
Cuett, Peter: KJOI, 1987-88. Unknown.
CULVER, Howard: KFI; KLAC, 1965-69; KGIL, 1969-74. The former newsman started as a radio actor in the drama, “Straight Arrow,” a show that aired on various stations (usually on the Mutual Network) between 1948 and 1951. Howard played Steve Adams in the series. Steve was a ranch owner who really was a Comanche Indian named Straight Arrow. He wore his Indian garb and rode a palomino horse named “Fury” while he fought outlaws.
In the summer of 1949 he auditioned for the radio version of “Gunsmoke,” and the lead role of Marshall Dillon. The show didn’t air that year and the role went to William Conrad. Some years later, the tv series Gunsmoke appeared and Howard was given a job in the tv version that extended through the entire duration of that series. He played the hotel manager.
Howard traveled to Hong Kong and contracted spinal meningitis. He died August 4, 1984, at the age of 66.
Born in Colorado, Culver grew up in Los Angeles. By the age of 19 he was appearing in radio on The Life of Mary Sothern. From the outset, Howard's distinctive baritone and straightforward delivery promised a long and successful career for the young actor/announcer. Working regularly at KFI, KNX and Don Lee-Mutual in Los Angeles and with Don Lee-Mutual in San Francisco, Culver had already performed in almost a thousand radio episodes by the time he entered the Navy during World War II. Upon his return to civilian life, Howard Culver jumped right back into radio, as well as early television.
Over a forty year career in Radio, Howard Culver compiled an estimated 4,000 appearances. His television career, equally successful and prolific saw him in some 200 television appearances over a 35 year career. As with many of the truly great character actors of from The Golden Age of Television, Howard was a master of 'disappearing' into a well-directed television feature--that was, after all, what he was being paid to do.
Cummings, Brian: KIIS, 1975-76. Brian went on to a voiceover career.
CUMMINGS, Rick: KPWR, 1991-96. Rick is executive vp of for Emmis Communications.
Rick has been with Emmis Broadcasting since 1980 and was the third employee hired. He was made programming vp in 1984. After serving three years as pd of Emmis powerhouse KPWR, he was promoted to head of programming over eight company stations. He is now executive vp of programming.
Born in Indianapolis, Rick earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Butler University in Indianapolis “I got into radio to avoid working for a living.”
Cunha, Joanne: KFWB, KABC, KNX. Joanne was an account exec/sales manager at a number of all-News/Talk stations. She died December 5, 2010, at age 60.
Cunningham, Darby: KPPC, 1981-86. In the early 80s, Darby was general manager at KPPC.
Cunningham, Keith: KACD, 1999-2000; KLOS, 2015-20. Keith started at KLOS as pd in March 2015.
CUPP, S.E: KFI, 2010. S.E. came in from New York to do the show at KFI and wasn’t very happy about the earthquake that was felt in the Southland. First thing she did was call her mom back in New York.
Who is S.E. Cupp? From her blog: S.E. Cupp is author of the new book Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media's Attack on Christianity. She is also co-author of Why You're Wrong About The Right, from the summer of 2008. S.E. is a political columnist and culture critic. She has a regular online column at the New York Daily News, and a regular feature at The Daily Caller. She is a contributing editor at Townhall magazine, and a regular contributor to Politico's Arena.
he is a graduate of Cornell University (2000) and a Masters candidate at NYU (2010). She was born in Carlsbad, and grew up primarily in Andover, Massachusetts. She lives in New York City.
CURELOP, Carey: KLOS, 1989-91; KQLZ, 1991-92; KLOS, 1992-97. Carey is program director at KZOK-Seattle.
From stops in the 1980s at KFMG-Albuquerque, WABX-Detroit, WSUN-Tampa/St. Petersburg, WLLZ-Detroit, WYNF-Tampa and WRIF-Detroit, Carey arrived in the Southland as pd of KLOS in October of 1989. In 1991, he briefly served as pd of KQLZ, "Pirate Radio." When hired by “Pirate,” Curelop told Gary Lycan in the OC Register: "KQLZ made some 'textbook mistakes' during the year Shannon was at the helm, and we'll have a chance to turn things around." He was back at KLOS within a year and stayed until early 1997. In the spring of 1998, Carey was appointed pd of KZOK-Seattle.
He was born in Omaha in 1954. Carey graduated from Aloha High School, located in a Portland suburb. “My father (Steve Shepard) was gm for KOIL-Omaha and KISN-Portland. So I misspent my youth hanging out at radio stations and that's how I got interested in broadcasting.”
Curran, Jim: KIIS/AM, 1978; KGOE, 1978-81; KSBR, 1997-2005. Jim worked at AirWatch traffic service until November 30, 2007 when there was a restructuring at the traffic/news facility. He's now an AE with Balboa Capital Corporation in Irvine.
Currier, Cam: KRLA, 1970-72; KROQ, 1972-74; KGIL, 1979-81; KIEV/KRLA, 1981-2005. Cam is doing occasional engineering at the ABC Radio Networks and freelancing at GreenStone Media. He's also doing media consulting for the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments.
Curtis, Benson: KRHM, 1957-65; KBCA, 1973-76. Benson was the owner of KRHM and hosted "Strictly from Dixie" for many years. He has since passed away. A blogger wrote: "I practically grew up on Strictly From Dixie. Loved that show, and loved the version of Panama that he kicked off with. I was shocked and saddened one day to hear a clearly angry Benson Curtis announce that it was the last show as the station had kicked him off the air. That was the end of a very special bit of radio."
CURTIS, Craig: KPCC, 2005-13. Craig was the program director since SCPR was created. He stepped down from his post in early 2013.
Craig played an integral role in the growth and success of SCPR. From his then-perch as program director at Minnesota Public Radio, Craig oversaw the transformation of KPCC's programming from its music+news format into the 24/7 news and information programming, according to Russ Stanton, vp Content at SCPR.. "He has been involved in the hiring of virtually all of our on-air talent, as well as the broadcast production staff. He is responsible for KPCC's distinctive on-air sound which, among other things, boasts a core audience loyalty of 74%, a remarkable achievement. As most of you know, Craig is a highly engaging fellow with wide-ranging interests that run the gamut from Classical music to NASCAR. If there is a subject about which he has no knowledge, interesting observation, or fun story to share, it has yet to be identified. His contributions to KPCC are many, and we wish him much success in the next chapter of his career."
Curtis, Jay: KBIG, 1999-2000. Jay worked swing at KBIG.
CURTIS, Mac: KLAC, 1971; KBBQ, 1971; KFI, 1973-74. Born in Fort Worth on January 16, 1939, Mac began playing guitar at the age of 12, entering local talent competitions. In high school he formed a band and in 1955 they were offered a deal with King Records. Their debut single, If I Had Me a Woman was heard by Alan Freed and the group was invited them to play on Freed's 1956 Christmas radio special.
Curtis returned to his hometown to finish school in 1957, and then became a dj in Seoul, Korea. Upon his return from the service in 1960, he continued work as a dj in the South and released a few albums. His 1968 release, The Sunshine Man, hit #35 on the U.S. Country albums chart.
His rockabilly career took off in the 1980s and 1990s. He was later elected to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
He died on September 16, 2013, following injuries received in a car accident.
CURTIS, RJ.: KDUO, 1978-80; KLAC/KZLA, 1980-87 and 1993-96 and 2000-06. RJ was the Country music editor for AllAccess.com for many years. In the fall of 2018, he was appointed executive director of Country Radio Broadcasters. He is a 2021 inductee in the Country Radio Hall of Fame.
Born in Philadelphia, R.J. moved around a lot as a youngster and ended up in L.A. when he was 10. He grew up in the San Fernando Valley, attended Crespi High School in Encino and then Valley College.
“I was interested in radio early, and decided to pursue it when I was 12. I started as a phone op at KBIG and then got an on-air job at KDUO-Riverside.”
When R.J. left KLAC in 1987, he had survived two gms and three pds in a half decade. In 1993, he returned to KZLA, where he once worked as a weekend announcer, to be om. Between his first two stays at KZLA, he was pd at KNIX-Phoenix. In 1994 he was nominated for Billboard's program director of the year. R.J. left KZLA in 1996 to join After MidNite Entertainment as om. Following a stint at KCYY-San Antonio, R.J. returned to program KZLA in early 2000.
Curtis, Fred: KPOL, 1955-65. Fred is retired and living in Glendale.
Cutting, Dick: KFWB, 1968-70. Dick has passed away.
Return to Main Page: www.LARadio.com
mail to: Donald Barrett,
AvilaBeachdb@gmail.com with questions or comments about
Copyright © 1997 - 2022 - Los Angeles Radio People
Last modified: January 15, 2022