NADEL, Roger: KNX, 1976-89; KFWB, 1996-2003; KMPC, 2005-06. Roger arrived at all-News KFWB from the same post at WWJ/WYST-Detroit.
Born October 31, 1950, in Washington, DC, he graduated from the University of the Pacific in 1971 with a psychology major. In 1974 Roger was a news gatherer for Associated Press Audio News Service in Santa Barbara and in 1976 joined "KNX Newsradio" as a news writer/editor and in 1982 was promoted to executive news producer prior to his transfer with CBS Radio to Detroit as pd of WWJ Newsradio prior to being promoted to vp/gm at WWJ/WJOI.
After leaving CBS in 2003, he spent a year as executive editor of Radio & Records, overseeing the Management/Marketing/Sales section of the paper before returning to radio to manage Sporting News Radio’s KMPC/1540AM. After the station was sold, Roger moved to Metro Traffic (now TTN) managing affiliations in the western US.
Roger lives in Channel Islands Harbor with his wife Debbie; they have two grown sons, Adam and Cory.
NAFTALY, Keith: KKBT, 1993-95. Keith was born and raised in the Bay Area. He started as Bill Lee's phone person in 1980 at KFRC-San Francisco. He came to the Southland from KMEL-San Francisco, where he had been pd. In the spring of 1995, Keith joined Arista Records and by the fall was promoted to vp/a&r for the label. He went on to work at DreamWorks Records, Sony Music and RCA/Jive.
He's now the evp of a&r at RCA Records.
In 2011, Naftaly took part in the judging panel of BravoTV's Platinum Hit.
NAHAN, Stu: KABC, 1986-95; KXTA, 2001-02; KFWB, 2003. Stu was a familiar sports voice and face on radio and tv in Southern California for decades. He died the day after Christmas 2007 of cancer. He was 81. The LA Times devoted a half page to Nahan. Stu was active as president of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters. He received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in May 2007.
Stu appeared in all five Rocky movies. He also had a memorable part in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, the breakthrough film with Ridgemont stoner Sean Penn. The colorful and well-liked broadcaster was president of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters. His tv sports anchoring began in the 1960s and over the decades he was on KABC/Channel 7, KNBC/Channel 4, and KTLA/Channel 5.
In June 1987 Stu took over KABC's afternoon drive "SportsTalk" program. From 1986 to 1995 he was a part of KABC's popular morning drive show with Ken Minyard. For many years he hosted the Dodger pre-game show on KFWB.
Stu loved hockey and signed a contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL in 1946. He played goalie for their minor league club for a few years and eventually stopped playing hockey altogether. In Larry Stewart’s wonderful Times obit of Stu, he quotes Nahan on why he quit hockey. “The real reason I quit was because I had terrific sunburn on the back of my neck, which I got because the red light was on most of the time I was in the net.” The swirling red light ignited as the signal that a goal had been scored. He went on to host children’s tv shows in Sacramento (“Skipper Stu”) and Philadelphia.
(Wendell Noble, Nasty Neil, and Jim Newman)
NAIMO, John: KRKD, 1962-70; KIIS, 1970-73; KFAC, 1973-76; KABC, 1976-97. Jack played albums and did the 6 o'clock sports on KRKD with Bob Kelley, Charlie Clifton and Sam Balter. He was the first to say “KIIS” when the AM station changed call letters from KRKD.
Jack was born in Chicago and attended Bowen High School on the South Side and spent some time at Indiana University before starting a string of play-by-play sports and sportscasting jobs in Kentucky and Indiana. "After 10 years of fun at KRKD and KIIS, the real fun began when I started a 21-year run at KABC." Jack got involved with KABC's "SportsTalk" and was the engineer for Dodger games.
"I yearn someday to get back on the air, even if it's just weekends with either sports or music." Jack and his wife Adelina have been married over four decades and their three children all graduated from USC. "We now have three little Trojan grandsons." Now in his 80s, he is a volunteer announcer at KSBR, Saddleback College in Mission Viejo.
Naimo, Michael: KFXM; KNOB. Michael's work was primarily in Palm Springs.
NARDONE, Mike: KLXU, 1988-2001; KKBT, 1993-96. Mike has spent over a decade as part of the L.A. Hip-Hop radio scene.
Mike was born and raised in Northern California and he started in radio in 1983 at the age of 16. In 1986 Mike moved to Los Angeles to attend Loyola Marymount University. In 1988 Mike received his start in the L.A. radio scene at KXLU with a show called, We Came From Beyond, which continues to be L.A.'s longest running hip-hop show.
In 1991 he joined promotions for Poetic Groove Records and went on to work for Island and A&M Records. In 1993, he along with partner King EMZ, introduced L.A. to "The Joint" at KKBT. This was the first show to bring the underground hip-hop scene to the masses. "The Joint" was the 1st hip-hop mix show of its kind since KDAY.
Since 1997, Mike has been working for JIVE Records. Rhino Records solicited Mike to do research on several of their rap compilation projects. These compilations included CD sets by Chuck D and Kurtis Blow.
Nash, Kevin: KKBT, 1997-2001; KJLH, 2002-14. Before taking over the late evening slot on KKBT, Kevin worked for three stations in San Francisco, KBLX, KDIA and KMEL. He left “the BEAT” in the spring of 2001. Kevin now works evenings for the Stevie Wonder station, KJLH.
Nash, Michael: KMPC, 1966-68 and 1972-75. Michael left radio for the world of PR.
Nash, Phil: KFWB, 1995-2001; KNX, 2001; KFWB, 2009 and 2012-14. Phil left Metro Networks as morning news producer due to company downsizing in the fall of 2008. He is now at KFWB.
NASTY, Chuck: KIIS, 1994-96; KLSX, 1997-98. Born Chuck Zimmerman, the master scuba diver worked at WBBM-Chicago in 1985 and spent four years doing afternoons at “Q104”-Kansas City. Chuck did specialty programming for the Armed Forces Radio Network serving Micronesia, Japan, Korea and the Philippines. In 1993, Chuck left SMN's "classic rock" format to join KZGZ (“Power 98”)-Agana, Guam and KPXP-Saipan as pd/md and afternoon drive. He was the first in the world to broadcast underwater off Guam. Until September 1994, the "Nasty One" had never been in California. Chuck worked afternoon drive at KIIS until the summer of 1996. After spending a year at KHOM-New Orleans (where he appeared in USA Network’s The Big Easy), Chuck returned to the Southland for evenings at Talk KLSX. Last heard, "The Nasty One" was working morning drive in San Diego and KALC-Denver.
NASTY, Joe: KTNQ, 1976-78; KPWR, 1987-88. Joe was hired from Phoenix to be one of the original jocks on "the new Ten-Q" when it debuted December 26, 1976. In 1988 Joe went to WQHT (“102-Jamz”)-Orlando, and in 1992 to XHTZ-San Diego. In 1994 he worked at KTFM-San Antonio and the following year went to WPOW-Miami.
Last heard was on WGFX-Nashville.
(Harry Newman, Tricia Nickell, Rick Nuhn, and Rob Nelson)
NATHANSON, Geoff: KFOX, 1982 and 1984-87; KDAY, 1989-90; KLAC, 1990-91; XTRA, 1990-92; KNNS, 1996; KLSX, 2001; KNX, 1996-2010. Geoff was born August 17, 1964, in Redondo Beach. The graduate of UCLA loved sports first. Geoff went into broadcasting as a way to be "involved" with sports. He started out at KFOX as associate producer of "Sports Forum" with Fred Wallin and went on to be the co-host.
At KDAY, Geoff and Pete Arbogast did play-by-play and color for the high school football and basketball games of the week. Geoff started at KLCS/TV in 1995 doing play-by-play and color for a variety of high school sports, often with Randy Rosenbloom. In 1990-91 he co-hosted Gabe Kaplan's "SportsNuts" show on KLAC. Geoff spent a few years in Las Vegas hosting SportsFan Radio Network, which was syndicated on over 100 stations. His play-by-play work includes ESPN 2, the SportsChannel and KLCS/TV.
On the radio, Geoff has done the national radio play-by-play for three different Bowl games (Senior, Galleryfurniture.com, and Humanitarian). Geoff was the sportscaster voice on a number of episodes of King of Queens and he starred in three national IBM tv commercials with Gordie Howe and Stan Mikita. Geoff was a local news anchor while "K-News" was broadcasting the Bloomberg news service. Geoff hosts the coverage of the LA Unified School Districts' Academic Decathlon. In the spring of 2001, he co-starred in an episode of NBC’s Providence. Geoff was the only LARP to broadcast the first and only season of the XFL games on the radio. Working with Super Dave Osborn and Craig Fertig, Geoff called the play-by-play of all 12 of the LA Xtreme games on KLSX. The team won the XFL Million dollar championship game and then folded. Geoff broadcast sports on NewsRadio KNX for over a decade.
Geoff has appeared in a recurring on the ABC Family channel hit drama, Make It or Break It. Geoff plays the sportscaster. He has hosted a number of LA Marathon radio broadcasts. Some of Geoff’s classic commercials are for Powerade with LeBron James, Nike with Lance Armstrong , IBM with Gordie Howe, and Del Taco with former World Series MVP David Eckstein still live on the net.
He's now working part time at NBC sports radio as an anchor.
Nava, Maria Elena: KLVE/KTNQ, 1984-97; KSCA, 1997; KLVE, 2003-04; KLAX/KXOL/KZAB/KZBA, 2004-06; KSSE, 2008. Maria is the program director at Super Estrella, KSSE.
Navarette, Reuben: KMPC, 1994-95. Reuben writes for the Arizona Republic and is a talk show host at KFYI-Phoenix..
Navarro, Richard: KNOB, 1979-88; KGER, 1988-97; Salem/LA 1997-2006; KWVE-2007-09. Richard is the production director at Christian Talk KWVE.
Nave, Milt: KALI, 1965. Unknown.
NAYLOR, Jerry: KRLA, 1960-61; KDAY, 1964-65; KLAC, 1973-83. Jerry co-founded the Cavaliers (Last Kiss) and sang lead for the Cricketts following Buddy Holly's death.
Jerry was born on March 6, 1939, on a family farm on
Chalk Mountain, . He began his radio career along with his singing, recording and performing careers in 1954 on KPEP-San Angelo, Erath County, Texas . In 1958 while in the US Army Special Services, he was assigned as a radio broadcast personality on Texas . “I was discharged from the army in September, 1958 and returned to KPEP, which was owned by Dave Stone and Joe Treadway, the owners of KDAV in AFN-Stuttgart, Germany , where Buddy Holly performed live weekly radio show. It was this relationship, which would change my life and career forever. I co-founded the Rockabilly group, The Cavaliers [Million-Selling Hit: Last Kiss 1964] and was the group's lead singer.” Lubbock, Texas
Jerry toured with all of the early Rockabilly and Country Music artists from The Lousiana Hayride Show including Johnny Horton, Johnny Cash, Bob Luman, Elvis Presley and others. He helped build KINT-El Paso, worked as its pd and was a dj there when Buddy Holly died in the airplane crash on February 3, 1959. Jerry moved to LA in the early 1960’s and became the new lead singer with the Crickets. The group had several number one hits in
Europeand a hit album, Bobby Vee Meets the Crickets.
In 1969 he had his first major hit record after leaving the Crickets, But For Love, and three Grammy Nominations that year. Billboard and Cashbox Magazines named him one of the "Top 40 Male Vocalists" of 1970. “I continued to record and had nine hit recordings over the next several years.” In the mid-1970’s he hosted a syndicated radio show, Continental Country, which was heard on over 100 stations and on AFRTS. Jerry was sidelined by a serious auto accident in 1982, which forced him to retire from solo performance concert touring and radio and he moved to the vineyards in
. McMinnville, Oregon
“I have not recorded since 1987, however, I am just completing a CD/Album project I have wanted to do for many decades … a 23-track tribute to the pioneers of Rockabilly music, entitled; Jerry Naylor; Tribute to my Friends, The Legends of Rockabilly Music. This album included tributes to his friends and associates, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Johnny Horton, Johnny Cash, Gene Vincent, Ernest Tubb, and Muddy Waters, among others. It also defines the "Roots of Rockabilly Music."
Neal, Howard: KFI/KOST, 1987-99. Howard opted to leave his post as general manager of KFI and KOST when AMFM, Inc. acquired the two Cox stations in late summer of 1999. He's now in real estate.
Neil, Nasty: KMET, 1983-86; KNAC, 1986-95. Neil is part of the radio world on the Internet.
NELSON, Art: KFWB, 1961-62; KLAC, 1973-82; KMPC, 1982-87. Art started in radio as a 16-year-old broadcaster at a small 250-watt station in
. Art got major experience at KLIF-Dallas during the McLendon glory years. In 1959 he was doing his show from McLendon's Inwood Theatre. Corsicana, Texas
Art also worked at WJJD-Chicago.
During the personality strike of KFWB newsmen in 1961, Art became one of the strikebreakers. He was assessed a $2,500 fine by AFTRA, which was to be paid by Crowell-Collier, but never was. A year later in 1962, Art went to sister station KEWB-San Francisco. After the Kennedy assassination, when he was at KEWB, FBI agents interviewed Art because he hung out at Jack Ruby's bar when he worked in
. In a 1979 article about the changing music scene, Art said, "Not only has the music changed but the performers have as well. The big stars of a few years ago aren't there today. The sound has been upgraded and country has visibility it never had before." Dallas
Called the "Silver Fox," Art specialized in remote broadcasts from Universal Studios and Santa Anita during his years as afternoon personality on KLAC.
Art died of Parkinson's Disease October 15, 1999, at his home in
. Art had been suffering with the disease for the past 12 years. He was married for 43 years to his wife, Hemet . The "Silver Fox" was 73. Nancy
Nelson, Bob: KKHR/KNX/fm, 1972-88. The former general manager of the CBS stations is a broadcast consultant for International Media Group, Inc. (KSCI/TV and KIKU/TV in Honolulu).
Nelson, Carl: KJLH, 1980-2006. Carl hosted an early morning talk show on KJLH called "The Front Page." He's now with Mystik 1580 in Florida.
Nelson, Don: KMGG, 1985-86. Don is involved in real estate in the Palm Springs area. He joined RE/MAX in 2002 and formed The Nelson Group with his son Jeff heading up the San Diego area and Don handling the desert cities.
Nelson, Jan: KRLA, 1977-80. Jan, who worked news, public affairs and as Hitman No. 5, is a parish liturgist and cantor in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, and has also taught music in Catholic schools.
Nelson, Jim: KCSN, 2011-14. Jim started doing Saturday mornings at KCSN in October of 2010. In July of 2011 they also made him the morning. In October of 2012 he moved to middays (11a-3p) when Nic Harcourt took over mornings.
Nelson, Rob: KABC, 2006-07. Rob left his weekend and fill-in assignment at KABC in the early fall of 2007. He is currently co-anchor of the ABC overnight news programs World News Now and America This Morning.
NELSON, Sandy: KIEV, 1959. Sandy had a huge hit with Teen Beat, which peaked at #4 on the Billboard chart. He had two more chart toppers, Let There Be Drums, which went to #7 and Drums Are My Beat. His first recording, with a band called the Renegades (Richard Podolor, Bruce Johnston and Nick Venet), was Geronimo. Although it flopped on the national charts, it charted in some of the midwest markets. The song, along with Charge, is part of the soundtrack of 1959 film Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow.
Nelson attended high school with Jan Berry, Dean Torrence (who became Jan and Dean), and Kim Fowley. After gaining respect as a session drummer, he played on such songs as To Know Him Is To Love Him, Alley-Oop, and A Thousand Stars.
Near the end of 1963, Nelson was in a motorcycle accident. The injuries necessitated amputation of his right foot and part of that leg. Nonetheless, Nelson continued to record into the early 1970s, releasing two or three albums a year, consisting of cover versions of popular hits plus a few original compositions.
Nelson lives in Boulder City, Nevada, and continues to experiment with music on keyboards and piano.
Nelson, Terry: KFI, 1979. Terry is in sales at KWIN-Stockton.
Nelson, Tyrone "Boogie": KKTT/KGFJ, 1977-85. Last heard, Tyrone was working for the Good Guys in the Beverly Center.
Nemo, Doc: KROQ, 1977-78. Unknown.
(Jim Nelson and Phil Nash)
Nemzer, Kirk: KROQ, 1984-2000; KROQ/KTWV, 2001-07. The former chief engineer is now semi-retired and working for the North Las Vegas Police Department as a communications tech.
Nesbitt, Bill: KWIZ, 1984-86; KEZY, 1990-93; KYSR, 1993-95; KACD, 1995; KLAC, 1999; KFWB, 2001-08; KFWB/KNX, 2008-12. Bill is the production director at KFWB and KNX.
Nevada, "Outrageous": KPPC, 1970-71. Susan Carter writes for television.
NEVINS, Biggie: KFI, 1973-83. Biggie was born and raised in
Brooklyn. When Cox Broadcasting bought KFI in 1973, he was brought in to program the station. Biggie was a winner of the Gavin Award for program management and credited for having discovered Larry King and Sally Jessie Raphael.
When he arrived at KFI, he told Don Page of the LA Times, "We're very research minded. We intend to find out exactly what our audience likes. Basically, I can tell you that KFI will remain middle-of-the-road."
Having been employed by Cox Broadcasting for almost 20 years, he was elevated to national pd and then abruptly fired in 1982. Within a few months of leaving KFI, Biggie was moving into a new residence he and his wife Linda had built in
when he suffered a fatal heart attack on June 16, 1983. Malibu
John Rook talked about Biggie in a 1995 interview: "God, I miss him. He's still one of my closest friends, even though he's been dead for 10 years. Shortly before his death, he told me, 'If I die, I've done all that I've wanted to do.' How prophetic. He was a lovely person. He was cremated in L.A. and his ashes were flown to New York but never arrived. Through some mishap they found him in Milwaukee. Biggie would have roared!"
(Mike Nolan, George Nicholaw, and David Norrie)
Newell, Peter: KPOL/KZLA, 1972-79. Pete lives in Carmel Valley.
Newman, Harry: KBLA, 1965-66; KBBQ, 1967-68; KLAC, 1970-84. Harry retired in late 1995 and is living in Shingle Springs in central California.
Newman, Jim: KFWB, 1994-2000; KABC, 2000-01. Jim was financial editor at KABC/Channel 7.
Newmark, Phil: KPWR, 1986-91. Phil owns Newmark Communication in Toluca Lake.
Newport, Mike: KLON, 1993-99; KCRW, 1999-2009. Mike is operations director at KCRW.
Newton, John: KGOE, 1974-76; KNJO, 1976-79. John is an insurance agent, based in the Santa Clarita Valley. He also worked as Johnny St. Thomas at KRLA and KKLA.
Newton, Todd: KIIS, 1997; KBIG, 2006. Todd was fill-in at KBIG.
NIAGARA, Joe: KPOP, 1959; KBIG, 1960-62. Joe is best known for his success on the East Coast (WDAS, WCAU, WFIL and WIFI in Philly). He came to Southern California from WIBG-Philadelphia to work at KPOP. In 1960, he moved to KBIG for morning drive. In 1962 Joe returned to WIBG and never returned to L.A.
Joe died June 4, 2004, at the age of 76.
Born on the fourth of July 1927, Joe was raised in South Philadelphia. "As a kid I listened to the radio and thought broadcasting was exciting and knew it was something I wanted to be connected with.” Philly personality Leroy Miller at WFIL told Joe to be persistent. At 18, Joe served in the U.S. Army in Panama. Affectionately known as "The Rockin' Bird," he started his career in 1947 on WDAS-Philadelphia and is best remembered as the first dj to play rock ‘n roll in Philadelphia. The name originated from Peggy Lee's hit, Listen to the Rockin' Bird.
In 1980 he spun into the Guinness Book of World Records for playing 500 consecutive plays of Stardust. The last station worked at was WPEN-Philadelphia. At the turn of the millennium, he spanned seven decades in broadcasting. His awards included an induction into the "Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame," the Ben Franklin Award, the Philadelphia Music Alliance "Walk of Fame," Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame, and he was named one of the 100 Icons of Broadcasting.
Nicholaw, George: KNX, 1967-2003. George exited his post as general manager at all-News KNX on October 10, 2003. He filed a lawsuit against Infinity/CBS Radio.
Nickell, Tricia: Tricia worked for Metro Traffic Networks until the fall of 2008 following a company downsizing.
Nichols, Gene: KFI, 2003-04. Gene reported news at KFI.
(Joy Nuell, Eric Norberg, and George Noory)
Nickson, Nick. Nick broadcasts the LA Kings on radio. He is a member of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Nicole, Lauryn: KPWR, 1994; KACE, 1994. Unknown.
NIEHAUS, Dave: KMPC, 1966-76. Dave, the former California Angels broadcaster from 1966-76, who went on to become the legendary voice of the Seattle Mariners since the inception of the franchise, died November 10, 2010 at his home in Bellevue, Washington. He suffered a heart attack, at the age of 75. It was figured that between the Angels and Mariners, Dave broadcast more losing seasons than any other announcer. While Dave was recovering from his second angioplasty surgery, within three weeks a local Seattle radio station sent Dave 3,077 autographed baseballs wishing him well. The number was how many Mariners games he had called up to that point. Dave was born and raised in Princeton, Indiana, and is a graduate of Indiana University, where he worked for the campus radio station. After leaving Armed Forces radio and tv service, he handled New York Yankee baseball as well as basketball and hockey from Madison Square Garden.
While in the Southland he called the Angels action with Dick Enberg and Don Drysdale. He also broadcast UCLA football and basketball. Niehaus received the Ford Frick Award at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2008, "Dave has truly been the heart and soul of this franchise since its inception in 1977,” said Howard Lincoln, the Mariners ceo and Chuck Armstrong, Mariners present. “Since calling Diego Segul's first-pitch strike on Opening Night in the Kingdome some 34 years ago, Dave's voice has been the constant with the franchise. He truly was the fans' connection to every game; to wins and losses; to great plays and heartbreaking defeats; to Hall of Famers and journeymen. With the exception of his love for his wife, Marilyn, his children and grandchildren, there was nothing Dave liked more than the game of baseball and to be at the ballpark. He was the voice of spring and summer in the Northwest."
NILES, Chuck: KFOX, 1956; KNOB, 1957-65; KBCA, 1965-79; KKGO, 1979-89; KKJZ, 1990; KLON, 1990-2002/KKJZ, 2002-04. The premier jazz dj died March 15, 2004, following a stroke. He was 76. Chuck was a Southern California jazz dj legend. It would be hard to think about the world of jazz radio for the past half-century and not mention Chuck in the next sentence.
Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1927, Chuck began with an early interest in jazz and for almost five decades, he was one of the premier djs in Southern California. On the air he was frequently mistaken for a black man because of his soulful delivery. Leonard Feather, the respected music critic for the LA Times, described Chuck as "the city's perennially eloquent voice."
Chuck got his start in radio in 1950 at WTXL in Springfield. He studied at the American International College, and after serving in World War II, he got his bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology. On one of his trips to Southern California he secured a job as the afternoon movie host on KHJ/Channel 9, and he worked part-time at KFOX, where he met Jim Gosa and the legendary "Sleepy" Stein. He received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998. In the summer of 2001, Chuck successfully underwent heart bypass surgery.
Nix, Ed: KVOE/KWIZ, 1950-62; KEZY, 1962-73; KWIZ, 1973-86. Ed worked morning drive in Orange County during the '70s and '80s with Bob Shannon, Ronni Richards and Spider MacLean. He was born and raised in Chicago and studied drafting in school. His first radio job was in Kankakee, Illinois. Ed followed a radio friend to California in 1949 and worked for a Fresno radio station located in the farmer's market. When the station got into trouble, Ed took a job as a draftsman in Riverside to support his wife and two boys while waiting for his next radio assignment. He didn't wait long. In 1950 he joined KVOE (Voice of Orange Empire) which later became KWIZ and for four decades Ed was the news voice of Orange County. One day in 1986 he woke up and said, "That's it, I'm finished with radio" and retired. Ed died July 18, 2002, of pneumonia at the age of 84.
Nixon, Joe: KXLA, KRKD; KGBS, 1966-67; KIEV, 1967-74; KFOX. Born in 1924, Joe started his radio career in his hometown at WIBK-Knoxville in 1949. He was very inventive in getting to Southern California, according to an interview in R&R. While working in Ft. Worth, he would ask all artists appearing in the Dallas area to tout "The Great Texas DJ" when they got to L.A. One day the owner of KXLA offered him a job. "I looked at him, looked at my watch, and told him, 'I couldn't possibly start until 1 o'clock.'" He appeared in hundreds of local commercials and had his own show on KTTV/Channel 11 from 1959 to 1961. In 1967 Billboard magazine Joe was voted 5th most popular country jock. He built KVRE-Santa Rosa. Joe owned a music publishing company and wrote 25 songs for leading country artists such as Kenny Rogers (including songs for his gold record Mother Country Music), Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Dean Martin and Ann-Margret. He wrote Freddy Hart's Top 10 hit The Pleasure's Been All Mine. After his retirement, he taught broadcasting courses at L.A. City College until 1991. He died February 2, 1995, of leukemia at age 70.
(Rick Nunez and Maria Elena Nava)
NOBLE, Kenny (Cortes): KZLA, 1978-79; KFOX, 1980-81; KWST, 1981; KHTZ, 1981-85; KFI/KOST, 1985-86; KLSX, 1986-87; KACD, 1995-96; KOST, 1996. Kenny worked mornings at Denver's Smooth Jazz station, KJCD, CD 104.3 until the spring of 2008. He now co-owns an Internet radio station with Kevin Peterson..
Kenny was busy when he worked in Southern California, spanning three decades. In 1997, he joined WFLC-Miami and then moved to mornings at WLVE, Smooth Jazz in South Florida. In 2003, he took over mornings at KJCD, the Smooth Jazz station in Denver. His latest gig came to an end for Kenny when the format was flipped. “I knew we had problems when WQCD [CD 101.9] in NYC flipped to rock, and WJZW in Washington, DC flipped to Oldies. And then Houston’s Smooth Jazz station flipped, while the Oasis in Vegas fired its pd for budgetary reasons. The format is definitely anemic.”
Kenny grew up in Houston and almost became an Air Force pilot. He was honored as an outstanding military cadet in high school R.O.T.C. and went to the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs in the mid-1960s. He elected to go into radio and graduated from the Columbia School of Broadcasting.
Ken started at KTFM-San Antonio in 1974. He then went to KLOL-Houston and WLUP-Chicago before KZLA in the summer of 1978. In 1977 Billboard magazine saluted Ken as Top Major Market Album Personality. Between KZLA and KFOX, Kenny went to the Northwest for the first time to work for Jay Blackburn at KZOK-Seattle. His voiceover career includes many movie trailers. He ran a dj critique service for 15 years and touched many young broadcasters. Oh, his love for flying? He's a private pilot.
Kenny now hosts Smooth Tracks Denver every day from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at: noblecortes.com.
Noble, Wendell: KHJ, 1944-49; KABC, 1960-61. Wendell died February 10, 1988.
Nolan, Mike: KORJ, 1975; KFI/KOST, 1986-2014. Mike was a fixture at KOST and KFI providing traffic reports from his fixed-wing plane in both drive times until a company restructuring. Mike left the station November 30, 2007. He was rehired to broadcast traffic from the ground in early January.
Noory, George: KFI, 2002-14. Frequent replacement for Art Bell, George took over full-time Coast to Coast AM on January 1, 2003.
Norberg, Eric: KMPC, 1972-75. In October 2000, Eric was appointed editor/gm of monthly neighborhood newspaper THE BEE in Portland. He teaches radio part-time at Mt. Hood Community College in the Portland area.
Norell, Adrienne: KLIT, 1992-94; KXEZ, 1995-96. Unknown.
NORMAN, Gene: KFWB, 1944-52; KLAC, 1952-58. Gene was one of the “Big Five” jocks on KLAC during the 1950s. He left KLAC over the format switch to what he called "formula radio." "Formula Radio" was an attempt to combat the impressive launch of "Color Radio" on KFWB. Gene has operated successfully in every form of musical presentation.
Besides radio, he had his own tv show on KHJ/Channel 9 and owned two famous nightclubs, the Crescendo (later became the popular teen hangout, Tiger’s Tail) and Interlude on the Sunset Strip. His interest in jazz inspired his first “Just Jazz” concert, featuring Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee and Erroll Garner. The concerts continued for two decades. Since the sale of the nite clubs in the mid-sixties, Gene has devoted most of his time to the development of his GNP Crescendo and Creative World record labels. He has five publishing companies and several of his albums have been nominated for or won Grammies.
Born in New York, he was trained as a classical violinist. He played saxophone and clarinet in college dance bands, graduating from the University of Wisconsin at 18. “I was the first announcer at WPAT-Patterson, New Jersey in 1941. Before arriving in the Southland he worked at KMJ-Fresno, KLX-Oakland and KGO-San Francisco. Gene lives in West Los Angeles.
(Jane Norris and Todd Newton)
Norman, George: KLAC, 1959. Unknown.
Norman, Pat: KRTH, 1985-91. Pat ran KFRC-San Francisco in the 1970s. The "K-Earth" gm died of a brain tumor.
Norman, Phil: KNX, 1959; KBIG, 1968-69. Phil passed away in the late 1980s. He was 69.
Norrie, David: KMPC, 1991-93; XTRA, 1994-95. The former Bruin football quarterback worked the UCLA games on the radio. He also broadcasts on ESPN.
Norris, Jane: KFI, 1991-97. Jane worked morning drive at WMAL-Washington, DC.
NORTH, John: XTRA, 1961-68; KLAC, 1968-84; KFWB, 1988-93; KNX, 1999-2008; KCLU, 2009-12. The veteran newsman who was there for the launch of the world's first all-News station, XTRA 690 AM, did December 21, 2012. He was 81.
In recent years he was producing documentaries and special reports for KCLU/NPR and still walking away with Golden Mikes.
Born John North Edy in Dallas on November 9, 1931, John began his career, after four years in the Navy, as a dj in 1958 at WEAM and WARL in Arlington, Virginia. He anchored during the early stages of “XTRA News,” Gordon McLendon's all-News operation out of Tijuana that blanketed Southern California. He left XTRA for the first time to launch the first all-News station in Washington, DC, WAVA. He left XTRA the second time in 1968 after KNX and KFWB went all-News, and, “XTRA changed format because it could no longer compete in the local L.A. market.”
For two years in the mid-1980s, John was a general assignment reporter for KCOP/Channel 13. John received the 2002 Bill Stout Memorial Award for Best Radio Enterprise News Reporting from the Associated Press.
Norton, Duke: KLAC, 50s & 60s; KBIG, 1967; KLVE. Duke was one of the "Big Five" djs at KLAC. He broadcast the all-night show from a window at Wallichs Music City at the corner of Sunset and Vine. He was a former teacher at the KIIS Broadcasting School. Duke passed away in the late 1980s.
Novak, John: KFOX, 1973-75; KWIZ, 1975-89. John does voiceovers and works with the Hunter-Barth ad agency in Orange County.
Novak, Lisa: KWST, 1979. Lisa works in the D.A.'s office in San Mateo County
Novak, Mike: KIQQ, 1973-74. Mike lives in San Diego.
Novak, Mimi: KXEZ, 1990-92; KODJ/KCBS, 1993-98. Mimi left "Arrow 93" in 1998.
Nuckols, Joe: KYPA, 1996-97. Joe is with TAN Marketing in Asheville, North Carolina.
Nuell, Joy: KFWB, 1969-84. Joy is director of marketing for APA Travel Center in Beverly Hills.
Nuhn, Rick: KGFJ, 1985-87; KHHT, 2003-14. Rick is at HOT 92.3.
(Nick Nickson, Mike Novak, and Kevin Nash)
NUMAN, Human: KIIS, 1999-2001. Human grew up in the Beaver Valley of Pittsburgh. "I knew at around age 13 that I wanted to be a dj, when Rinky Dink from WBVP came to our school dance, using a dual turntable setup. I watched in amazement as he cued records, and kept the music flowing continuously." That was 1970. After high school, he joined a broadcasting school in Sharon, Pennsylvania. His first job was overnights at WBVP-Beaver Falls.
"Eventually I fell asleep on the shift. I woke to see 2 hours had elapsed, hearing shhhhk,shhhhk,shhhhk. The needle had ground the 45's label into a pile of white powder." He went on to work at WJAL-Conway, South Carolina followed by WKZQ-Myrtle Beach. His first major market gig lasted one month. He was working at WSKS-Cincinnati and was offered an evening shift at WMJX-Miami where he stayed for two years. "I read in the trades that Scott Shannon was about to be the pd at WRBQ-Tampa, and timing is everything in this business. The only guy he wanted to replace was the night jock."
In 1984, Human joined KKBQ-Houston. "During my time in Houston, I had taken a vacation to Los Angeles that year and stood on Mullholland Drive one night hoping that someday I would get the chance to entertain all of those twinkling lights." He went on to WAPE-Jacksonville, "Y100"- Miami and WZOU-Boston. After 10 years had passed since Scott and Human worked together in Tampa, Human joined WHTZ, a midday gig that lasted over four years.
In the mid-1990s, Human was burned out. "I opened a photography business in Florida. Radio was almost completely out of my system, when I got a call for afternoons at CHR startup KZQZ-San Francisco. So the radio vortex had once again sucked me back in. The job didn't last long, but it served its purpose of getting me back in radio after a two-year hiatus." He eventually joined "Z100" for weekends while working WBBO-Atlantic City. "In 1999, I decided I'd put all of my hope into a lifelong dream of living in Los Angeles and working for the legend, KIIS/fm. Through good luck and timing, I arrived in time for the holiday season [note to anyone: best time to be available as a part timer for hire!] in mid-November." He's now working at US1 Pop Music on Sirius/AM Satellite Radio.
NUNEZ, Linda: KNX, 1990-2014. Linda is a news anchor at KNX and has won AP's "Best Radio News Anchor Team" in California for four consecutive years.
A Southern California native, Linda graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School, then attended UC Berkeley, where she double-majored in mass communications and sociology. While in college, she interned at KBLX-Berkeley and KQED-San Francisco. After graduation she worked as an anchor/reporter for KTMS/KHTY-Santa Barbara. She joined "KNXNewsradio" in May 1990 and was the first to be named as morning drive anchor at KNX. She and co-anchor Tom Haule has won AP’s “Best Radio News Anchor Team” twice.
Nunez, Rick: SEE Rick Nuhn
NYE, Louis: KLAC, 1959-60. Louis died October 9, 2005. He was 92. Louis was a dj at KLAC from 1959-60, but better known as one of Steve Allen’s characters on Steverino’s tv show in the 1950s, has died, after a long battle with lung cancer.
On The Steve Allen Show, he quickly endeared himself to audiences as Gordon Hathaway, the effete country-club snob who would welcome Allen's arrival with the "Hi-ho, Steverino!" salutation. He appeared as a regular on other tv shows, The Ann Sothern Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, and most recently, Curb Your Enthusiasm. In the 1980s and '90s Nye provided various voices for the Inspector Gadget cartoon show. His film credits include Cannonball Run II, Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood, A Guide for the Married Man, Good Neighbor Sam and Sex Kittens Go to College.
Louis was born May 1, 1913, in Hartford. His parents were Jews who had emigrated from Russia. Nye began his career in theater in Hartford before moving to New York City to enter radio. Nye served in the Army during World War II, entertaining troops. He had a long battle with lung cancer.
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