Once upon a time, KJLH-FM radio personality Levi Booker (“Levi… who loves you!”) brought a ten-block stretch of LA’s Crenshaw Blvd. to a standstill with the on-air directive “stop your cars, turn your radio up and let’s party!”
He’s just one of the many colorful personalities to have inhabited station hallways over the years. Original owner John Lamar Hill gave the outfit its name with his initials, but those call letters took on new meaning in 1979 when entertainer Stevie Wonder purchased the station and launched the “Kindness, Joy, Love, and Happiness” era.
Booker was last on the KJLH airwaves in 2004 and currently works as director of new media, marketing and promotions. Starting this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., he’s back in the “Radio Free Saturdays” slot at 102.3 on the LA FM dial.
Booker is also known for an unscheduled interview he conducted at KLOL-FM in Houston with Beatle George Harrison. Harrison called in after a 1974 concert to ask about an Elton John version of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” When Booker refused to believe it was actually Harrison on the phone, he challenged the musician to show up at the station, which he did.
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