Radio Broadcasting History
Radio People by Name (L-1)
WGRD [Grand Rapids MI] 1965
WLAV [Grand Rapids] 1968
WQXI [Atlanta] 1971
KHJ [LA] 1975
Radio & Records [LA] 1977 - Top 40 Editor
Radio & Records [LA] 198? - Executive Editor
Now: Since 1984 John has been doing commercial
voiceover work fulltime in Los Angeles.
WINS [New York NY] 1958 - The Teenage Disk
WBIC [Islip NY] 1960-1964
WGBB [Freeport NY] 1968
WRFM [New York] 1969-1975
WPIX [New York] 1970-1973
WYNY [New York NY] 1975-1990
WNBC [New York] 1975-1988
WCBS [New York] 1990-2000
WLTW [New York] 1995-1995
WBBR [New York NY] 2000
Now: Afternoons at Business WBBR
(Bloomberg 11-3-0), New York, NY. Mitch says, "I began my career as the 'Teenage
Disc Jockey' at the old, Top-40 WINS, New York, working with the likes of Jack Lacy,
Murray Kaufman, Bruce Morrow, Al 'Jazzbeau' Collins, Stan Z. Burns, Brad Phillips
and Paul Sherman. Those were some very special days in radio. And all have been
great since that time as well. I have been on the air in New York radio since 1958,
and I still love each and every minute of it."
WBZ [Boston MA] 2002
Now: Matt says (1/06, "I returned to radio after
working at FOX in Portland. I produce and write midday newscasts for News/Talk WBZ; when I
began, I was editing a.m. drive, but being here at 2a.m. each morning took it's toll! Hoping
to get back to TV or find a new challenge."
WVMV [Detroit, MI] 1997
Now: Aubrey says, "I am in my fifth year
doing weekends and fill at WVMV-FM (Smooth Jazz V98.7), Farmington Hills, MI. I also
work as a financial advisor at a major Wall Street firm in metropolitan Detroit."
Now: Doing voiceovers "for select clients"
out of his studios in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
KLYD [Bakersfield CA] 1986
KQXR [Bakersfield] 1987
KKBB [Bakersfield] 1988
KRZR [Fresno CA] 1991
KKDJ [Fresno] 1995
KUFO [Portland OR] 1996
KRAB [Bakersfield CA] 1998-2001
Now: Production Director at XM
Satellite Radio, Washington, DC.
'Broadway' Bill Lee
WTIC-FM [Hartford CT] 1978 - Bill
KFRC [San Francisco CA] 1980
WCCO [Minneapolis MN] 1983
KPKE [Denver CO] 1985
WQHT [New York NY] 1987
KMEL [San Francisco] 1991
WKTU [New York] 1996
WCBS-FM [New York] 2008
Now: PM Drive at Classic Hits WCBS-FM, New York, New York.
KTKT [Tucson AZ] 1969 - Robert E. Lee
KHOS [Tucson] 1969 - Bobby Lee
KCUB [Tucson] 1972 - Bobby Lee
KAIR [Tucson] 1973
KMGX [Tucson] 1977-1980
KRQQ [Tucson] 1977-1983
KNST [Tucson] 1980-1986
WSBA [York PA] 1986
KNST [Tucson] 1993
KCEE [Tucson] 1996
KMSB-TV/KTTU-TV [Tucson] 1997
Now: Bob says (11/03), "I retired from
radio in 1996. I host public affairs programs on the Tucson Fox and UPN affiliates,
both owned by Belo Corp. Radio was fun for many years. The mergers and corporate
mentality that followed made it not fun. Over the years I had the pleasure of working
with a lotta neat people, many of whom are still active in radio today. Rock on!"
Bob Lee (Robert Dolnick)
WOMT [Manitowoc WI] 1946
KVER [Albuquerque NM] 1947
KCOK [Tulare CA] 1948
KVVG-TV [Tulare] 1955 - News Dir
KARM [Fresno CA] 1957
KMAK [Fresno] 1964
KYNO [Fresno] 1966
KHJ [LA] 1969-1979
Robert Dolnick died in June 1995. He was
81 years old. Our last note from Bob (3/03) said, "...After leaving KHJ, I retired to
Joshua Tree CA, where I bought Joshua tree Auto Supply and my family and I ran it for
ten years before selling it..."
WBWN [Bloomington IL] 2001
Now: Brent says (3/07), "I'm doing mornings
(w/Kevin Bessler) at Country WBWN-FM (B104), Bloomington, Illinois." His philosopy:
"First, it's about entertaining people. Second, it's about having fun while you do that.
There is no third. All the rest happens if you just do those two things."
WJBX [Fort Myers Beach FL] 1994-1994
Now: Brian says (3/08), "I'm a freelance voice talent heard daily
on NBC, CBS, FOX, Sci-Fi, HGTV, Weather Channel, CNBC, and more; I voice movie trailers, DVD
campaigns, and TV and radio stations; in 1992, I founded Advantage Productions, Fort Myers,
Florida; founded Sky Audio in 1997."
KZOQ [Missoula MT] 2005
Now: Brian says (2/10), "I'm hosting the Classic Rock morning show at
KZOQ-FM in Missoula Montana and have had great sucess."
WABB [Mobile AL] 1975-1986
WABB-FM [Mobile] 1978-1985
Now: Bruce says (12/06), " In the late 1980s,
I pursued computer software, and was one of the team members who created Microsoft
PowerPoint; I'm still doing software full-time while recording production sound for
independent films in my spare time in the Seattle, Washington area; I'm also writing and
producing my own films; at WABB, I worked with the best: Jerry King, Leslie Framm, 'Wildman'
Bill Hooper, Dennis Wayne Stacey, Chris Allen, and many others; from night-out on the town
excursions, to the Magic Bus to the Stones concert in the Superdome in 1981 ... a night that
will live in infamy."
Christopher Lee (Cunningham)
KZZP-FM [Phoenix AZ] 1995-2002
Now: Christopher says (7/04), "I'm a
self-employed professional photographer, trying very hard not to listen to Phoenix
radio. Why? Because jocks on the air are doing all the stuff PDs always told you
not to do..."
WSRA [Pensacola FL] 1968 - Lee
WAAY [Huntsville AL] 1968 - Lee
WAHR [Huntsville] 1969-1982
Now: Gayle says (5/03), "I am retired from
broadcasting; now a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal service; and run sound light
systems for larger churches." Click for more from Gayle.
KPFT [Houston TX] 1985
Now: Jay says (11/04), "I am still with Variety
KPFT-FM, Houston, Texas. My first show with KPFT was Late Night Vinyl Excursions.
After that I did Wake Up and Smell the Coffee for seven years. When that show ended
I did a late-night show called Radiodrome for several years, which mutated into the
show I have now done for nine years, Technology Bytes."
KBEC [Dallas TX] 1955
KTRN [Wichita Falls TX] 1956
KOKE [Austin TX] 1958
KICN [Denver CO] 1959
KXOL [Ft. Worth TX] 1960
KQEO [Albuquerque NM] 1961
KOB [Albuquerque] 1963
WAKY [Louisville KY] 1964
KGIL [Los Angeles CA] 1965
WIL [St. Louis MO] 1967
WHK [Cleveland OH] 1968
KPRC [Houston TX] 1970-1972
Now: Jerry says (12/01), "Since 1994, I have
been a magazine editor and editorial director with the Petersen/Primedia Outdoor Group, Los
WJJY [Brainerd MN] 1987
KGMK [Glenwood MN] 1991
KWFM [Tucson AZ] 1993-1999
Now: Joan says (2/03), "I am an on-air personality at KWBA-TV,
Tucson, Arizona. I was told when I went to radio school that I was born with a radio
name. So I kept it. I was also told that most radio DJs last less than five years on
air. I was determined to beat the odds."
KENI [Anchorage AK] 1974
KFQD [Anchorage] 1976
KJZZ [Anchorage] 1977
KAOI [Wailuku (Maui) HI] 1978
WCGY [Boston MA] 1980
WOCB [Cape Cod MA] 1982
WTMA [Charleston SC] 1983
WXLY [Charleston] 1984
WIXR [Charleston] 1986 - owner, am drive
Sun Radio Network [Tampa FL] 1988-1990 - news anchor
WNBP [Newburyport MA] 2009
Now: John says (1/10), "I'm doing some part-time
radio work for WNBP, Newburyport, MA. My primary vocation, however, is working as an
occupational hearing conservationist (hearing testing) for Gordon Hearing in Massachusetts."
WEEP [Pittsburgh PA] 1967 - Ken
WJPA [Washington PA] 1970
WDVE [Pittsburgh] 1971 - Ken
WMJX [Miami FL] 1975
WAXY [Miami] 1978
Now: Product Manager at Radio Computing
Services, White Plains, New York. RCS is home of the Selector music scheduling
system and Master Control digital audio system for radio.
WALV [Chattanooga TN] 1994
Now: Mornings (w/Ed Ramsey) at Hot AC
WALV-FM, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Mike says, "I have settled in Cleveland, TN, near
the Smokie Mountains. I enjoy a wonderful life doing mornings with Ed Ramsey on a
CHR Mainstream station and doing the imaging for our cluster of stations. Life
couldn't be better."
Robert E. Lee
KTKT [Tucson] 1961
KISN [Portland OR] 1962
KIIS [LA] 1973
KWEN [Tulsa OK] 1990-1996
Now: Robin Lee (Burress) says (9/09), "While at
Z104.5 (KWEN), I attended law school at the University of Tulsa and have been in private
practice since graduating in 1998."
KISN [Portland OR] 1974-1976
Now: Sam says (3/08), "I am retired in Seattle,
Washington; after leaving the air I got into radio and TV sales in Sacramento and Seattle,
owned and operated a major advertising agency in the Seattle area for 15 years, and worked for
Western Cities Radio, Golden West and Belo."
KGHO [Olympia WA] 1997-2002 - GM/Cruiser
Now: Steve says (1/05), "I am retired from
radio and living in Chicago, IL. I departed KGHO (920 AM Stereo), Olympia, WA in 2002
(station was sold; KGHO calls were saved and moved back to Hoquiam for KGHO-LP)."
Lisa Lehmann aka Lisa
Graff aka Lisa Moore
WISQ [La Crosse WI] 1983
WCOW [La Crosse] 1985
WHIT [Madison] 1986
WWQM [Madison WI] 1987
WIBU [Madison] 1988
WIBA [Madison] 1991
WMAD [Madison] 1993
WMLI [Madison] 1995-1996
WORT [Madison] 2002-2003 - volunteer
Now: Lisa says (2/12), "After I left the
Clear Channel Group (WIBA, WMAD, Z104, WMLI) I worked for seven years at a large TV
media center where I did marketing and research for the advertising dept; in 2005, I
started a career as a photographer when I moved back home to Sheboygan County."
WSIG [Harrisonburg VA] 1980
WINC-FM [Winchester VA] 1982
WAZR [Woodstock VA] 1989
WKCY [Harrisonburg] 1991
WMZQ [Washington DC] 1993
WASH [Washington DC] 1997
WWZZ [Washington DC] 2003-2004
Now: Debra says (2/10), "I'm still a voice actor,
but now also a screen actor,
and am living and working in Burbank, California."
KSRR [Houston] 1983
KKHT [Houston] 1986
KRBE [Houston] 1988
KZFX [Houston] 1990
KLBJ-FM [Austin] 1995
KUTZ [Austin] 1996
WRNO [New Orleans LA] 1997
KLBJ-FM [Austin] 1998
KKMJ [Austin] 2000
KGSR [Austin] 2004
Now: Eric says (11/08), "I am doing weekends
at Adult Album Alternative KGSR-FM, Austin, Texas."
WAAF [Worcester] 1975
WZLX [Boston] 1985
Now: Music director at WZLX, Boston.
Mike Lennen aka Mike Shane
KCRO [Omaha NE] 1998
Now: Mike says (Aug 2002), "I am
Ops Director at Religious KCRO, Omaha, Nebraska's oldest radio station. Still living
in my adopted home town of Omaha. Still on the radio after 31 years.
Guess I'll keep on doing it til I get it right. Apologies to Jeff Warner."
WERC [Birmingham AL] 1976-1989, 1990-1993
Now: Tim says (5/07), "Since 1997, I have been
host of For The Record on Alabama Public
Television, a network of nine station covering all of Alabama and parts of the nearby
KKBR [Billings MT] 2000-2002 - Jonathon Stevens
Now: Steve says (10/02), "I am the happy
single father of a 6 y/o daughter living in Billings, Montana keeping my 'options open'
for future radio gigs."
WMGK [Philadelphia PA] 1974
WYSP [Philadelphia] 1975
WLS-FM [Chicago IL] 1979
ABC Radio net [Dallas TX] 1981-2005 - morning host
Now: Bob says (11/12), "After a stint at
MN1.COM, I reinvented and became a news anchor spending 3 years [2006-2009] doing
afternoons at WBAP in Dallas and almost 2 years doing news for stations in 4 Florida
markets from the Metro hub in Miami. In 2010, I retired from radio for good after a
remarkable 47 years; I'm living near Ft. Laudedale, Florida, fishing, playing golf and
enjoying a wonderful life, made possible by a truly amazing ride during the best years
of music radio."
KHFX [Honolulu HI] 1989
KHVH/KHHH [Honolulu] 1991
KWXX/KPUA/KNWB [Hilo HI] 1992 - GM
Now: Chris says (3/03), "I am GM at New West
Broadcasting Corp. (KWXX-FM, KPUA-AM, KNWB-FM), Hilo, Hawaii."
WABC [New York NY] 1965
WWRL [New York] 1965
WABC [New York] 1965
WXLO/WRKS [New York] 1979
WBLS [New York] 198?
WJUX [Dumont NJ] 199?
WQEW [New York] 1996
Chuck Leonard died August 12, 2004 (lung cancer) in New York City, New York.
JFL Concerts  1968 - Owner
KQMQ/KKUA [Honolulu] 1983 - sales/promotion
McHale Video [Honolulu] 1985 - Marketing Dir
KITV [Honolulu] 1986 - Sales Mgr
KHFX [Honolulu] 1988
KHVH/KHHH [Honolulu] 1991 - VP/station mgr
KPUA/KWXX [Hilo HI] 1992 - President/GM
KFSH [Hilo HI] 1995 - President/GM
KNWB [Hilo HI] 1995 - President/GM
Died December 2, 1996 (heart attack) in
WAAF [Worcester MA] 2004
Now: Matt says (9/10), "I'm doing weekends at
Rock WAAF-FM,Boston, Massachusetts; also the host and producer of floydpodcast.com, a Pink
Floyd radio show."
WKOX [Boston MA] 1950
WHDH [Boston] 1956
WNAC [Boston] 1958
WGN [Chicago IL] 1967
Now: Roy retired December 26, 1998 --
after 31 years with WGN, Chicago, Illinois.
WLRN [Miami FL] 1987-2004
Now: Dick says (8/04), "I am producer of
Entertainment Spotlight (movie reviews and celebrity inteviews) on Miami Dade
Cable TAP Channel 29 and producer of Entertainment Spotlight."
KFRC [San Francisco] 1969
KFRC [San Francisco] 1977 -
KFRC [San Francisco] 1989 -
KFRC/KFRC-FM [San Francisco] 1991-2012 - Chief
KYCY [San Francisco] 1993-2012 -
Phil Lerza died Apr 16, 2012 (67,
killed when he was hit by a train in San Mateo, CA). See Bay Area’s Phil Lerza Remembered (rwonline.com); San Francisco Radio Legend – Dead at 67 (claycord.com);
Victim of Monday Train Accident is Identified (millbrae.patch.com).
WFBL [Syracuse NY] 1975
KSO [Des Moines IA] 1976
KCKN [Kansas City KS] 1978
WGY [Schenectady NY] 1979
WNBF [Binghamton NY] 1981
World Radio Inc. [Vestal NY] 1994 - President
Now: President of World Radio Inc., (developing
radio/TV ad campaigns) for companies in non-US countries. John says, "We have also
recently (Nov 1999) announced development of the On Road Network, which provides
audio and video entertainment on motorcoaches."
Matt Leslie aka Brodie
KCHZ [Kansas City MO] 2008
Now: Matt (Brodie) says (12/09), "I'm Assistant
PD and doing middays at Top-40 KCHZ-FM, Kansas City, Missouri."
Phil Leslie aka Erik Lane
WKBI [St. Marys PA] 1986-2003
WCHX [State College PA] 2005
Now: Phil/Erik says (10/06), "I am music
director and morning show (as of Feb 2005) host at Classic Hits WCHX 105.5FM in
Lewistown, PA; I helped start a non-Comm Christian radio station in State College,
PA (WRXV-FM) in June 2004 and host a weekly show there on a volunteer basis."
KBFX [firstname.lastname@example.org] 2000
Now: Mornings at Rock KBFX-FM, Anchorage
and Alternative KKED-FM, Fairbanks, Alaska.
WRDU [Raleigh NC] 2001
Now: Lester (as he is known weekends on
Classic Rock WRDU-FM, Raleigh, North Carolina) says (1/03), "I am out of the full-time
business of radio; working as a systems administrator for the largest privately held
software company in the world."
WERK [Muncie IN] 197?
Late Night with David Letterman NBC-TV [New
Late Show with David Letterman CBS-TV [New
Now: Hosting Late Show with David
Letterman on CBS-TV, New York.
J. Walter Thompson [New York] 198?
Now: With J. Walter Thompson Co., New York.
KMPC [LA] 1969
KERN [Bakersfield CA] 1971
- Truck-Ken Stevens
KMEN [San Bernardino CA] 1973
- Truck-Ken Stevens
WDRQ [Detroit] 1974 - Beaver
KYA [San Francisco] 1974 -
KIQQ [LA] 1974 - Beaver Cleaver
KSEA [San Diego] 1974 -
KFMB-FM [San Diego] 1975 -
KTNQ/KHTZ [LA] 1977 - Beaver Cleaver
KABC [LA] 1980
KMPC [LA] 1981
KFI [LA] 1982
WBAL [Baltimore] 1991 -
Baltimore Orioles pbp
KIRO [Seattle] 1992 - Seattle
KFMB [San Diego] 1995 - San
Diego Padres pbp
Emmy Award-winning TV writer [LA] 1978 - current
Now: Ken's TV writing and/or producing credits
include: MASH, Cheers, the Jeffersons, the Simpsons, Wings, Frasier. He is co-creater,
executive producer, writer, and director of Almost Perfect. He has won one Emmy and
two Writers' Guild Awards.
By Ken Levine
WEEP [Pittsburgh PA] 1967-1968
KGMB [Honolulu HI] 1972 - CE
various [Montery/Salinas CA] 1973 - CE
KBBY/KHAY/KVEN [Ventura CA] 1993 - CE
KLYY [Los Angeles CA] 1997 - CE
KHJ [LA] 1999-200? - CE
Now: Jerry says (3/04), "Following an injury,
I semi-retired from broadcasting and run Agoura PC (computer networking and repair); and do contract broadcast
engineering. When I first got to KHJ it was KKHJ, the KHJ callsign having been given up
in the 1980s. Being both a radio historian and a former listener to Boss Radio, I, with
the owner's blessing, attempted the impossible: To have the FCC reissue the KHJ callsign.
Using the argument that saying KKHJ is offensive if said in Spanish (since KK in Spanish
is pronounced "caca"), the FCC agreed and effective March 15, 2000, for the first time in
nearly 40 years, issued a three-letter callsign, KHJ."
KDKA [Pittsburgh PA] 1958
WINS [New York NY] 1968
KDKA [Pittsburgh] 1970
WEEP [Pittsburgh] 1975
WKAT [Miami] 1976
KDKA [Pittsburgh PA] 1985
Mike retired from broadcasting in 1989.
He passed away in August, 1998.
KFI [LA] 1995
Doing KFI on Computers show
(Sundays). Jeff also records interviews for in-flight airline play.
Bob 'Bob-A-Loo' Lewis
WNHC [New Haven CT] 195?
WMGM [New York NY] 196?
WINS [New York] 196?
WABC [New York] 1962
WABC-FM [New York] 1967
WCBS-FM [New York] 1970
WNEW-FM [New York] 1971-1972
Bob Lewis died Jan 23, 1987 (age 49). Hear a
tribute to Bob from WNEW-FM's Dennis Elsas (available at musicradio77.com/interviews.html).
Bob Lewis (Robert Leftwich)
WHYE [Roanoke VA] 1963
WLRJ [Roanoke] 1965
WRIS [Roanoke] 1968-1970
WJLM [Roanoke] 1968-1970
WVWR [Roanoke] 1974
WPVR [Roanoke] 1975-1976
Now: Bob says (11/02), "After radio, I spent
many years as a computer consultant for the Norfolk & Western Railway. I am now
restoring a 1960s IGM broadcast automation system, along with a Gates Stereo Statesman
console and a Raytheon 1 Kw AM transmitter. Who knows, the Bob Lewis show may soon be
smiting the ether once again."
KBEZ [Tulsa OK] 2003
Now: Charlene says (1/04), "I'm midday host
at Adult Contemporary KBEZ-FM, Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was hard to get used to having to
answer to someone again and to playing music on CD and carted commercials (didn't know
anybody still played ANYTHING on cart). Now I'm loving it and really having a great
KAGG [Bryan TX] 1989-1990
Now: Curt says (11/03), "I'm spending my time
between the oil and gas business and providing assistance in developing programming and
underwiting for a non-commercial, low power FM in Livingston, Texas."
WMCA [New York] 1972
email@example.com reports Leon Lewis died
Oct 27, 1996 in New York City.
KAFY [Bakerfield CA] 1973 -
KAFY [Bakerfield CA] 1982 - Radio Rick
Now: At Skyview/Metro Traffic in Phoenix,
KLUV [Dallas TX] 1999-2001
Now: Trevor says (1/04), "Out of radio in 2001
and did marketing for Dish Network; transferred back to Pittsburgh (hoamtahn). Freelancing (read "on the
W??? [New York NY] 1979
WQBK [Albany NY] 1981-1982
W??? [Miami FL] 198?
KFYI [Phoenix AZ] 198?
K??? [Los Angeles CA] 19??
WRKO [Boston] 1993
KLSX [Los Angeles CA] 1999
Now: 3-8 p.m. at Talk KLSX, Los
Angeles (and nationally syndicated on some 200 stations). Don in Boston comments, "Tom Leykus was at WRKO
in 1993 ... He did a show while there on the topic of how the 'right' was taking over
Talk radio; he attributed it to station owners seeking to cut payrolls by buying
subscription services and syndicated programming (like Rush Limbaugh) and to a trend
toward political litmus tests for on-air talent for the purposes of catching some of
the Rush audience. He also said that he knew talk-show hosts who were changing their
names and their approach to issues from 'liberal' to 'conservative' to get or keep their
jobs. Interesting how prophetic his words were."