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Posts Tagged ‘Rick Dees’

Radio Pioneer Paul Drew Passes Away in Glendale

One can only imagine the great radio tales Paul Drew regaled fellow residents with at Victor Royale Assisted Living, an airy facility in the south end of Glendale just a few blocks away from Forest Lawn. Per an obit in Billboard by Gail Mitchell, this early architect of the top-40 format knew many of the great ones:

Drew worked with and/or mentored a diverse array of radio personalities, programmers, consultants and industry writers. That list includes consultants Jerry Clifton and Guy Zapoleon, writers Gerry Cagle (Network 40), Walt “Baby” Love (Radio & Records) and Jerry Del Colliano (Inside Radio), as well as air personalities Rick Dees, Dr. Don Rose, Jay Thomas and Charlie Van Dyke.

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KRLA-AM Beefs Up Morning Drive Team

On his podcast, LA radio vet Brian Whitman recently tipped today’s big news – he and Ben Shapiro have officially joined Heidi Harris weekday mornings on Salem Communications Corp. stations KRLA-AM 870 and KTIE-AM 590 in San Bernardino:

“I’d like to continue to do podcasting with Todd Perry and John Norten,” Whitman explained during episode #47. Then switching to his Tom Leykis impersonation, he added, “You can email me or let me know on Twitter and Facebook… I’ve got to figure this out.”

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Rick Dees Out at Hot 92.3 FM After 14 Months

Morning drive DJ Rick Dees is out at Hot 92.3 FM after only 14 months.

“Rick has been with us for a year and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed every moment,” Greg Ashlock, president and market manager of the Clear Channel stations in Los Angeles said in a statement. “He’s a consummate professional and we wish him the best as he pursues some national opportunities. John Ivey will be sharing with you our morning plans for the future later this week.”

Time to hang it up for good, Rick?

Rick Dees Announces His Return to LA Radio

On May 4th, Rick Dees will throw out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium before an afternoon game with the Chicago Cubs, just hours after logging his opening show on 92.3 Hot FM. By officially taking over from recently departed morning man Victor Zaragoza, Dees is returning to the major market that made his name.

Dees has never really gone away, continuing to host syndicated program The Rick Dees Weekly Top 40, alongside son Kevin’s separate The Teen Top 20. But he has been absent from the local LA market since April 2009, and plans to bring back to Rick Dees in the Morning familiar bits such as “candid phone” and “Dees sleaze.” Per his website announcement:

Clear Channel Los Angeles head of programming John Ivey commented, “We asked Hot 92.3 listeners who their favorite radio personalities were and the two most mentioned were Art Laboe and Rick Dees. With Rick starting the day with his infectious humor and old school hits and Art ending the day with requests and dedications, we are going to have some very happy listeners.”

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Movin 93.9 Off The Air

s26784.gifRadio station KMVN (93.9 FM Movin’ 93.9) went off the air at midnight and was replaced by Spanish-language programming. Michael Schneider at Franklin Avenue explains:

That means L.A. morning star Rick Dees is back in radio exile, although he has just launched a new Internet radio venture, All Number 1 Hits.com.

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Movin’ 93.9 seemed to have finally found its niche as a mostly-80s retro station, and had seen its ratings tick up in recent months. But owner Emmis, hurting for cash, saw an opening in leasing the station out to Mexico’s Grupo Radio Centro for $7 million a year.

Sundown on Sunset

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Post-Oscar let down–it’s like Lent, only with more fasting.

The BBC will embrace YouTube. Top Gear addicts will be so pleased.

Belinda Carlisle lives in France and sings in French.

Gwen Stefani wants to take her baby on tour.

Nicole Kidman knows how to geld male animals.

Rick Dees needs help.