Where Are They Now?
Los Angeles Radio People, Q
Compiled by Don Barrett


Quest, Johnny: KEZY/KXMX, 1989-99; KMXN, 2002. Johnny worked weekends at "Super Cool 94.3/fm" (KMXN).

QUIGLEY, Lane: KUSC, 1969-73. Lane hosted the "Memory Lane Show" every Sunday night at KUSC, playing music from rock's early years. The show was all-request and featured pre-Beatles oldies with lots of r&b from the early 1950s.

Lane was born July 12, 1949 and graduated from Fairfax High School, San Fernando Valley State College (now CSUN) and Loyola Law School. “I have been interested in music and radio for as long as I can remember. My dad had been a moderately successful musician in the big band days, but I never inherited any of his musical talent. Therefore, my love of music was expressed in record collecting, which began on my sixth birthday when I asked for (and received) a Victrola and a copy of Rock Around The Clock. Today, my collection of oldies on vinyl and CD numbers around 20,000. I decided early on that formatted radio was not for me, so I have concentrated on what I love - specialized programs featuring the great stuff from the fifties and sixties that's generally forgotten or ignored by oldies programmers. The Memory Lane Show has been around intermittently since the late 60's, and I was heard on rockitradio.net until the fall of 2020 when the site shuttered.”

Lane is now a practicing lawyer in Los Angeles.

QUIGLEY, Paxton: KMPC/KTZN, 1996-97, KMPC (1540/The Ticket), 2003-04. The self-defense guru to 15 million women hosted a weekly show on AM 710/KTZN. "The Paxton Quigley Empowerment Hour" dealt with personal reliance and responsibility for women of all ages and the men in their lives who really and truly care. Her book Armed & Female is known as the "bible of women's gun self-defense." She has also written Not an Easy Target and Stayin' Alive.

Born in Chicago, Paxton is a divorced mother of two with a master's degree in anthropology from the University of Chicago. "I was anti-gun until one night a friend phoned and tearfully told me she had been followed home, attacked and viciously raped by apredator. As I drove her to a hospital I learned that she’d had several opportunities during the ordeal to defend herself – if only she’d had something to defend herself with. But she didn’t – no self-defense spray, no mini-baton, no gun. Her condition was so horrendous that right then and there, I made up my mind — this was NOT EVER going to happen to me," Paxton writes at her blog. 

She became a national advocate for women's empowerment and has been on over 300 tv and radio shows. She's taught security tactics (with and without guns) to thousands of women and couples in her seminars.  Paxton was Yoko Ono’s bodyguard and security consultant to high-profile individuals, including Hollywood actresses. In 2016, she published She's Got Grit, a thriller with lots of sex who becomes a  rogue bodyguard, working with an ex-CIA agent. 

QUILLIN, Ted: KFWB, 1958-61; KRLA, 1962-64; KEZY, 1966-68; KFI, 1969; KFOX, 1969-71; XPRS, 1972. Ted was one of the original KFWB Color Radio/Channel 98 jocks from 1958, died April 20, 2011. He had been in ill health for a number of years. He was 81. In addition to three years at KFWB, T.Q. was a veteran from KRLA, KEZY, KFI, KFOX and XPRS.  T.Q.’s mantra was look out for "Blue Skies and Green Lights." Ted had been living in Las Vegas. Chuck Blore, the iconic legend who launched KFWB, said, “Ted used to work the midnight shift in the beginning. He would play a lot of Sinatra records between 2 and 4 a.m. when nobody was listening. We had a music policy that could be broken every now and then but not as much as Ted was doing.  One night there’s a knock at the door at KFWB. It was a pizza man announcing a delivery from Frank. Ted asked, “Who Frank?” The delivery guy said, ‘Sinatra.’ He told me about it the next morning and I asked why he was playing all that Sinatra music but that’s my favorite Quillin story. All the other guys worked three hours and he had a six-hour shift, so I gave him a little lee-way.”

Born on February 17, 1930, in Oklahoma City, he left Oklahoma City when he was 13 and lived in Denver, Lubbock and El Paso before graduating from the Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy (now UTEP). It was at KELP-El Paso that his fortunes leapfrogged him to California.

"During the all-night time, Chuck didn't listen too closely, so I flavored the rock music with lots of blues; in fact, I called it Blues for Breakfast," said Ted when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People. It was during this time that Ted and Ritchie Valens became good friends, with Ted becoming sort of a big brother/consultant to Ritchie. When Elvis got out of the Army, KFWB wanted to bring him to the L.A. Coliseum, and they asked Ted to help since, Ted knew Elvis. "I was given a certified check in the amount of $100,000 and flew to Memphis. I hung out with Elvis for four days at Graceland. Colonel Parker wasn't sure if Elvis would perform, but we had a good time in Memphis with Elvis.

"By 1972, Ted was, as he put it, "at the intersection of walk and don't walk. I had to get out of the fast lane." During his time in L.A. he appeared in many Warner Bros. tv series. Ted settled for a slower lane in Las Vegas and immediately went to work at KORK, where he was the morning star on radio and host of the afternoon tv movie. He eventually opened his own advertising agency, which he ran for 20 years. He taught “The History of Advertising and Communication” for years at Las Vegas City College. His communication motivation seminars were successful for decades: "Learn one magic trick that will change your life, personally and financially, forever.” Always optimistic, T.Q. summed up his life, saying, "The road to success is always under construction."

We loved his classic sign-off: "Momma, come and get your baby boy"


(Johnny Quest)

QUIMBY, Crys: KNX, 1985-94; KFWB, 1996-2003. Crys was named program director at WCBS-New York in the early Fall of 2003 and left in early 2008 during a massive CBS Radio downsizing.

Crys is now National Director of Programming for News Source (formerly Metro Source News). She has been in broadcast news since 1980. Crys started at KNX in 1985 as a writer/editor. In 1995, she went to WBBM-Chicago as a producer/editor, writer and reporter. She also did freelance writing for KCBS/Channel 2 and KTLA/Channel 5. She was a segment producer/writer for Crimewatch Tonight, a syndicated television news magazine.

"When I was starting out in tv news in Macon in the '80s, I landed a dj side job at a Top 40 station, on Saturdays. I was told the jock on duty would train me. My first day, he was the only person there. As I recall, he blurted out, 'My grandmother died and I have to leave. Here’s your playlist, those are the turntables, and these are your PSAs' - and he bolted. He probably helped me get my first song on the air, but that was the only training I ever received. I was never told about playlists or rotations. A year of Saturdays later, when the pd realized I was not following a formula, even bringing in music from home, he showed me how to do it. That took the fun out of it, and I stuck with news - which has been very good to me, thank goodness."


QUINLAN, John: KTLK, 2005-12. John is Sr. RVP Sales - Western Region Total Traffic & Weather Network.

In 2009, AirWatch/Clear Channel Traffic will morph into the Total Traffic Network. All traffic reporting divisions in the United States and abroad that are owned and operated by Clear Channel (now iHeart Media) fell under the same Total Traffic Network brand for both operations and sales. 

“Operating under one name will better allow us to utilize our collective strength and take away any confusion surrounding multiple brands,” said John. AirWatch was formed in the late 80s as AirTraffic Communications and in addition to the AirWatch name it was also for a short time on the sales side known as Premiere Traffic Network. The AirWatch name came from the company Steve Springer formed in San Diego. He later started AirTraffic Communications in Santa Ana. AirWatch was purchased by Jacor Communication in 1996 and became part of Clear Channel when the company merged with Jacor in 1998. “While the name may be changing, the management and the philosophy that has allowed us to grow our network and the business associated each of those 20 years will remain the same,” concluded Quinlan.  


QUINN, Louis: KLAC, 1959-60. Louis, a veteran of the music format at KLAC, died September 14, 1988, of lung cancer. He was 73.

He was best known as an actor, appearing in All the President's Men. Louis was in a series of tv shows, probably best known for his role as Roscoe from 1958-63 in 77 Sunset Strip. He guest starred in The Alaskans, Batman, The Virginian and The Donna Reed Show.

Quinn began his career as a radio personality, hosting variety shows and writing comedy for Milton Berle and Don McNeill's Breakfast Club.

Quinn, Tony: KGFJ, 1965; KCRW, 1973-75. Since forced retirement in 2005 due to poor health, he's been a full-time missionary worldwide. He's an on-line minister, preacher, teacher and counselor at the Tony Hopper Ministries International.

QUINONES, Leo: KIIS, 1988-98; KLSX, 1998-2009; KABC, 2009; KFWB, 2010-15. Leo is the Film Freak and he hosted an entertainment show on FREE/fm, KLSX until a format flip to AMP RADIO on 2.20.09. He hosted a weekend show at KFWB until a format flip to Sports.

"I've been reporting for The Film Freak Movie Talk Show for many years. It's a show for movie fans. I'm not a critic, I'm just a guy who likes movies. You'll see I get the interviews & have fun talking with your favorite movie stars. You can follow me on Twitter @leoquinones."


QUINTANA, Sergio: KFWB, 2003-05. Sergio is a broadcast journalist who graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2000 with a Bachelor's degree in political science and government.

He's primarily seen as a reporter for ABC 7 News in San Francisco, but also airs on various news outlets.

"Before I made my way to San Francisco, I bounced from coast to coast," Sergio said. "I started my journalism career in Albuquerque. I have since worked in Los Angeles, Raleigh, North Carolina, and now the San Francisco Bay Area. I'm a General Assignment Reporter. But I have special interests in immigration reporting, travel, technology, transportation, aviation, and all things having to do with Bay Area wild life."

He's worked for KGO/7, KTVU, NPR and Al Jazeera in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Quirm, Herman: KMET, 1968-69. Herman worked morning drive at KMET. Unknown.


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