Radio, radio

Today’s column is drawn from “The Diamond Mine,” a self-published memoir by Gerry Whitehead, a.k.a. Jim Diamond, a radio jock from Bakersfield who grew up in Ontario. The first 80 pages or so are about Ontario in the 1950s and ’60s and his radio habits as a youngster.

Back then, the valley, while small, had several radio stations. Here’s what Whitehead tells us in his book.

In the late 1950s Ontario had KOCS-AM (1510), which simulcast on KEDO-FM (93.5). Both were owned by the Ontario Daily Report and located at 222 E. B St., next door to the newspaper’s office.

Whitehead writes: “The station call letters KOCS did stand for something. O-C-S stood for Ontario City Service. The AM station, KOCS, signed on in 1946 with a mighty 250 watts and was originally a ‘day-timer,’ which means that it was licensed by the FCC to operate only from local sunrise to local sunset.”

The station, if I understand correctly, was sold in the ’60s and became KASK-AM. It broadcast from 8729 E. 9th St., Cucamonga, from a ranch-style house with three tall towers behind and a huge wooden cask in the parking lot.

Pomona, meanwhile, had KKAR-AM (1220) and KWOW-AM (1600). (KWOW was originally KPMO.) And San Bernardino had KMEN-AM (1290) and KFXM-FM (590).

This is all courtesy of Whitehead, who seems to know what he’s talking about. Anyone want to offer corrections, clarifications, lore or favorite memories of local radio?

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  • Will

    AM 590 is still on the air. Do you know if any of those other ones are still around?

    [All the frequencies are no doubt in use by some successor station or another but none of the '60s stations themselves exist, to my knowledge. -- DA]

  • http://www.myspace.com/the_ron Ronald Scott

    I dont know about Inland Empire radio stations since I only came here in the mid-’80s…but who remembers The Mighty 690?

  • Jenn

    How about STOREFRONT RADIO STATIONS? You know, where the deejay would broadcast from a front window. Do any of those still exist in the I.E.? As I recall, downtown Pomona once had KTSJ, which was a religious station…

  • “Hal Linker”

    KWOW in Pomona was a country station in the Sixties and Seventies. As school kids we used to listen to it on foggy mornings to hear if (hopefully) our school bus was delayed. If the fog was really bad and on super rare occasions, school would be canceled. Occasionally our prayers were answered on the fog reports on KWOW.

    Later it became an oldies station and then KMNY (K-Money), a financial news channel. Don’t really know whether it is still happening.

    KMEN began broadcasting as a Top 40 station in March of 1962. The legendary Ron Jacobs (later Program Director of KHJ Boss Radio from April 1965 to July 1969 – and a huge fan of Chuck Blore’s Color Radio on KFWB which was launched in 1958) was on hand later to finetune the station’s format. KMEN launched from a cow pasture in San Bernardino.

    KMEN later became one of the testing stations in the Bill Drake format along with KGB in San Diego and KYNO in Fresno. These were the precursors to Boss Radio which then went into effect in Los Angeles KHJ 930 circa April/May 1965 and San Francisco KFRC and nationwide.

    KMEN launched the careers of T. Michael Jordan, Russ O’Hara and Ron Jacobs.

    KFXM was known as Tiger Radio in its Top 40 heyday of the Sixties and Seventies. I think KFXM might have been the more popular of the two Berdoo stations, but KMEN was hipper – lotsa Yardbirds, Stones, Them and Pretty Things and not just the singles.

    Santa Ana had KWIZ at 1480 which adopted an oldies but goodies format circa 1965 to the late sixties before going all request and then adult contemporary. Then it became Radio Exitos and now I think it’s a variety of ethnic programming.

    The Diamond Mine used to be a radio show hosted by Dave Diamond (one of the original KHJ Boss Jocks and one of the first to leave). Dave was incredible and the peak of his career was probably on KBLA 1500 in Burbank. This station was impossible to pick up in the Pomona Valley. You had to be out L.A. way to get it. Dave kicked ass on KBLA till the station changed format circa June 1967 and went country and changed call letters to KBBQ.

    He then went to work for KFWB till just before they went all news in March of 1968. Dave and BMR (B. Mitchell Reed) left around the same time. Reed going to FM undergrounder KPPC 106.7 before switching to the KMET Metromedia outlet after a spring 1968 strike.

    I never heard of Jim Diamond and his Diamond Mine, but I never listened to Bakersfield radio either. I’m pretty sure Dave Diamond was the originator of the Diamond Mine, but who knows?

    [You're right, "Hal." The radio name Jim Diamond is an homage to both Dave Diamond and Jim Royal of KASK, an early mentor. -- DA]

  • “Hal Linker”

    I forgot to mention that KMEN also had John Ravenscroft from February 1966 till 1967. John then returned to his native England and secured a job on the pirate radio Wonderful Radio London where he debuted his legendary “Perfumed Garden” show as John Peel. The rest is history as he went on to BBC1′s Top Gear and his own John Peel Show. May he rest in peace.

    John was also the inspiration for San Bernardino’s The Misunderstood to travel to England in search of fame. A true cult band with a mighty talented psychedelic steel guitar player by the name of Glenn Ross Campbell.

    Mid-1960′s Berdoo was a heady place if you knew where to look. Local popular bands were the Bush, Whatt Four, Misunderstood, The Light, the Caretakers, House Of DBS, The Good Feelin’s, White Pepper and Blues In a Bottle off the top of my head.

    Many of these bands played the Purple Haze on the corner of Magnolia and Tyler in Riverside.

  • “Hal Linker”

    Ronald Scott: Which Mighty 690 are you referring to, the one in San Diego? Or some other town?

  • “Hal Linker”

    Heres a helpful chart of the AM radio dial looked like during the Sensational Sixties.

    570 KLAC Country & Western (L.A. Corn)
    590 KFXM Top 40 Rock San Bernardino
    640 KFI – EZ listening plus Vin Scully & Jerry Doggett for the Dodger games
    710 KMPC MOR plus Angels b’casts w/ Buddy Blattner, Don Wells, Dick Enberg
    740 KGLM MOR > changed call letters to KBIG 1965
    790 KABC talk news
    870 KIEV talk, MOR
    930 KHJ Top 40 from April 1965 Boss Radio
    980 KFWB Top 40 Color Radio launched 1958 > all news March 1968
    1020 KGBS EZ Listening > C&W 1965
    1070 KNX MOR > news and music April 1968
    1090 XERB Wolfman Jack R&B & religious wackos beginning 1965
    1110 KRLA Top 40 1959 > 1966 all request > 1967 hip AM > 1969 > Top 40 > 1971 – Future Rock
    1190 KEZY Anaheim EZ listening till 1965 Top 40 request
    1230 KGFJ Soul R&B
    1290 KMEN San Bernardino from March 1962 Top 40
    1330 KFAC Classical
    1480 KWIZ Santa Ana Oldies But Goodies from 1965
    1500 KBLA Burbank Top 40 1965 to June 1967 > KBBQ C&W > 9-72 KROQ Mother Rock
    1580 KDAY Santa Monica R&B, Rock
    1600 KWOW Pomona C&W

    [K-wow, "Hal"! -- DA]

  • Charles Bentley

    GREETINGS:
    As a longtime radio listener, former radio student and for a short time radio announcer/DJ/engineer, I love all the details on the area’s radio history. As I look through, I don’t see the progression of the initial 1510 AM/93.5 FM pairing.

    I wish I could provide better details, but most of this is coming off personal memory. After KASK/KEDO I believe came KSOM AM and FM. It’s what later was referred to as a “beautiful music” format, pretty much “elevator” music (or the corporate signature, “Muzak”). The segment blocks were all titled, such as “Daybreak” and “Solitude.” It was background music, or as some of my friends termed it, “music for the living dead.”

    We always wondered if the SOM stood for “Serving Ontario/Montclair.” A buddy always said it was short for “Insomnia” because it was the kind of music that was sure to put people to sleep!

    I recall in the late ’70s the stations switched over to new formats, the AM becoming Spanish language KNSE (Radio Quince) while the FM was KNTF (Ninety three-five). For a while KNTF was country music, I believe referring to itself as “Thunder Country.”

    In the ’80s I believe next format switch involved sports talk radio, which even involved sports reporters from the Daily Bulletin doing spots for local coverage. Somewhere along the way I think the FM side switched to an alternative language format (Korean?). Sorry, I’m not sure and have lost track of the FM station.

    The AM side has gone through multiple other changes, including Big Band, Pop Rock, and today’s “Contemporary Standards” format offered as KSPA “The Spa.”

    I also want to toss in a few more “memories” of local radio. KFXM and KMEN were both popular local stations when I was in high school. KFXM played a little more mainstream but KMEN always gave out the high school football scores on Friday nights and everyone tuned in to hear how the other schools in the area fared.

    KOLA 99.9 FM was another popular rock & roll outlet. Broadcasting out of the “Mission Inn,” it was almost a sure bet to find it on a “save” button on any kid’s car that picked up FM.

    Then there are the local college stations. KSPC at the Claremont Colleges, KSAC (I think) at Mt. SAC, and I believe there was even a broadcast station for a while at Cal Poly Pomona.

    Over at La Verne we had KLVC (later KULV), then a carrier current station that could be heard in the various buildings around campus. We also had a studio workshop where the university provided the live broadcast for a local FM station (KBOB 98.3 in West Covina) for 7 1/2 hours a day. It was a big band format (with one Hawaiian song included in each hour!).

    I’m sure there will be some to correct any blunders I’ve included in this note, while others will have more to add. I hope so, because this is one topic that never gets older, just better!

    [Whitehead's book says KSOM, which took over from KASK after its sale in September 1967, stood for Sound of Music. But I like Charles' guesses better. -- DA]

  • http://www.myspace.com/the_ron Ronald Scott

    I got Mighty 690 when I was living in Redondo Beach. It basically played Top 40 and it was based out of San Diego.

  • “Hal Linker”

    With regard to the original KOLA 99.9 FM:

    It was originally based in the Mission Inn and then moved to a building off of Pennsylvania Avenue (near the 60 – which I think is now called Martin Luther King Boulevard), I think, in the early 1980′s. The station was run and owned by a toupee wearing (and a very bad toupee at that) guy named Fred Cote. He also had a non-existent program director who had a fake name and was on the payroll.

    It was funny, because on rare occasions when a piece was written about the station, they would quote this non-existent program director. I’m not entirely sure, but I think his name was Michael Allen. Again, there was no such person.

    The station also seemed to be keeping some of the prizes which were supposedly given away on the radio. There were scores of very nice motorcycles parked inside of the latter day building off of Pennsylvania Avenue.

    The programming at KOLA was all pre-taped AOR and automated with Revox reel to reels and CART’S. There were no in house DJ’s. They just had caretakers (generously called board operators) to keep an eye on the machinery in case of malfunction.

    Fred got into some serious legal troubles, which make for an excellent story but one I’m sure he wouldn’t want made into a TV movie.

    The old geezer’s first mistake was marrying his young and foxy receptionist.

    I really don’t know if Fred is even alive today, but his radio empire came crumbling down. And if he’s alive, he’s probably still in jail.

    OK, I’ll tell you. Fred hired a hit-man to kill his estranged wife’s lover.

    Well it wasn’t actually a hit man, it was the board operator at the station. Who also happened to be boinking poor old Fred’s wife.

    Ooops!!

    The board operator told the police. The aging Fred flew to Hawaii and was arrested trying to board a plane to Argentina!!

    This is all true!!! It really should be a TV movie.

    If you knew Fred, you’d never even think he was capable of this!!!

    I dealt with the guy on numerous occasions in the 1970′s and 1980′s and found him to be congenial and soft-spoken. He never screwed me.

    Plus I always got the feeling that he really wasn’t cut out for radio. He seemed disinterested in the vein of Gordon Jump on TV’s WKRP, almost!

    Anyway, poor old Fred went to trial and was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 1994. The family owned FM-er which signed on in 1959 and went AOR circa 1970 went into receivership and was sold. His extremely unfaithful (and I know this from personal experience) ex-receptionist, ex-wife getting 50% of the proceeds.

    KOLA subsequently was bought out by Anaheim Broadcasting and is now located with KCAL-FM 96.7 in the same building near Redlands off of the 10 Freeway.

    Fred also owned a Banning based AM station which for years was known as KGUD. But when Metromedia’s old powerhouse AOR station KMET folded in 1987 and became KTWV “The Wave”, Fred adopted the KMET call letters for his AM and used “The Mighty Met” moniker from the previous station as well. KMET-AM played MOR. Since then, it has had a variety of formats.

    I really liked Fred, he seemed like a kindly old man. Obviously, I might have been wrong. His story is pretty tragic.

    Still, when I first heard about it, I just about fell over. He was such a loser. It just kinda figured something stupid like that would evolve.

    Just the fact that he married the extremely sexy young receptionist was absurd enough!

    Poor Fred, I’m sure he curses the day he ever hired her!!

    It still kinda cracks me up though.

    I’ve got some other stories about the idiotic gay heroin / cocaine addict that was running KROQ into the ground in the mid-1970′s too. But that’s for another time.

    Plus some real inside stuff regarding the John Delorean bust.

    • Steve Anderson

      Great recap of KOLA history. I left when his wife Jane (nicknamed Ginger) ran off the first time. Fred was obsessed and ordered PSA’s modified with please come home Ginger messages, etc. He was beside himself. Was surprised he went so far though. Wow.

      I worked at KOLA 99 FM 1976-78. Did more than just operator. Did work as MD. Was fun too. Trips to LA record companies, etc. My voice was used for most local commercials, PSA’s & promos, did lots of production… knife edit days… took talent. Had a great time. Met all the major rockers for rockumentaries, etc. Dated Joan Jett. Good times. I know, a geeky kid. Hey don’t laugh, Tommy Lee was 17 when Motley Crue was formed in Jan. 1981

      Back then it was considered “Automated” The custom made system was called “Darrell” after the engineer that built it. (See pic) ALL Sunday shows Manually operated.

  • “Hal Linker”

    Another big local station is K-Frog KFRG-FM 95.1 which is quite possibly the local ratings leader with its C&W format.

    Speaking of C&W, does anyone know if the Branding Iron nightclub in San Bernardino is still a going concern?

    They used to run some scrumptious long legged fillies out there.

    Just wondering if the iron’s still in the fire.

    Further on that subject, how about local TV’s C&W programming of yore: Like Cal’s Corral, Town Hall Party, and the Spade Cooley Show (Hoffman Hayride) live from the Santa Monica Ballroom on the pier.

    Spade Cooley has a crazy life story. When his wife asked for a divorce in 1961, he beat, kicked and strangled her to death, while he forced his teenage daughter to watch.

    He was sentenced to life in prison after having a heart attack at his trial.

    Later he was allowed to give a benefit concert for the Oakland – Alameda County Sheriff Department. He died after the show from a fatal heart attack. That was around the end of the 1960′s.

  • http://kdes.com JON BRUCE

    Hal, You really know your stuff! Being at KROQ in the mid 70′s I know what you are talking about.

    When I was at top 40 KASK in 1967 before the new owners came in they did say KSOM stood for the sound of music. I went back there in 1975 when it was top 40 at the time.

    Oh, by the way for a time in the mid 60′s 93.5 was KOYA which had Spanish part time and then simulcast 1510.

    I worked at KWOW (as country) and 1220 KKAR when it was country as well. “The Mighty 690″ XETRA during its second run at top 40 in the early 80′s had its studio and transmitter in Rosarito, BCN, Mexico. — Jonny Bruce KDES-FM, Palm Springs

    [Jonny, thanks for the dual comments! -- DA]

  • “Hal Linker”

    Thanks Jon, it’s an honor to have your input!

    For those of you who don’t know, Jonny Bruce was the overnight guy on San Bernardino’s KFXM 590 during the late 1960′s. He also worked weekends if I remember correctly. Those were some great times for AM radio!

    How long have you been at KDES, Jonny?

    Cheers!

  • “Hal Linker”

    I forgot to mention this tagline:

    “Jonny Bruce On the Loose!”

  • http://kdes.com JON BRUCE

    Thank you Hal. I have been at KDES since March of 1994! I finally stopped moving around a lot like I did when I was young. I did eventually move up to the 9 am to noon shift at KFXM before going to KWOW in 1970.

  • kelly arterberry

    I wonder if the radio tower that stood on West 4th near San Antonio Avenue was the original KOCS 1510 tower. Can anyone confirm this?

  • Dave Hillenbrand

    I worked at KTSJ in the mid-’80s, and yes, it was kinda cool to spin vinyl in a storefront. Did have some very “ODD” experiences there with some of the locals. Nothing like having a homeless guy come into the booth with you and start begging for change! I learned to lock the doors after that one!

  • http://kdes.com jon bruce

    Yes, that was the old 1510 tower at 4th and San Antonio. My wife “Goldie” worked at 1220 KTSJ weekends in the downtown Pomona storefront location.

    A listener to my show on KDES Palm Springs, Gary Granger, just sent me two pictures of an April 4th, 1958 KWOW event in front of the John P. Evans store in Pomona. All he knows of this is that it involved the KWOW “Walking man” contest. Gary’s father who has since passed away was a photographer in the area at the time.

    Does anybody remember this KWOW contest? Also what did the John P. Evans store sell? I see what look like men’s suits in the front windows.

    [Evans was a men's clothier whose store was there for decades. Perhaps the premier men's clothing store in the Pomona Valley, as I understand it. -- DA]

  • http://mikestark.net Mike Stark

    I recently came across your article on the pirate stations of Ontario.

    My career in radio was actually influenced by KHWA. I was a freshman at Chaffey at the time and visiting that station probably is what set the wheels in motion for my life long career in radio.

    You are correct that the station wasn’t just a “play” thing, but the kids that were involved did everything they could to make it sound just like the commercial stations at the time and the studios were first class. The rumor was that when the FCC shut down KHWA they allowed them to do a quick sign-off and play one last record that they dedicated to the FCC because they had been so nice in the face of busting them — The Lovin’ Spoonful’s “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice”.

    Bob Harlow, who wasn’t mentioned in your article, was also involved in both those stations and has had a 30+ career in radio, mostly as a program director, including the classic San Francisco oldies station KFRC.

    Anyway, your article brought back some great memories.

  • Mark Dixon

    I was 11 years old, living in Pomona in 1965, when my parents bought me a transistor radio. The neighbor kids clued me in to KASK 1510, and on many summer nights I stayed up late listening to the “KASKade of Hits.” KKAR was my parents’ favorite, playing “easy listening” elevator music, but neither that nor KWOW’s country sound could pry me loose from KASK.

    My love affair with local Pomona Valley radio ended when my friends introduced me to the Los Angeles top-40 powerhouse 93 KHJ. Bill Drake’s “boss radio” format hooked me, as it did so many L.A. teenagers in the Sixties, and I was a diehard KHJ listener until they changed formats to Spanish language programming, years later.

    [Thanks, Mark. There was a neat feature in the LAT last Sunday by Steve Harvey about where radio station call letters came from, what they meant, if anything, and the sometimes-tortured slogans built around them. -- DA]

  • Patrick O’Sullivan

    Speaking of Inland Empire radio, Ontario in particular, does anyone remember the history of so called “pirate radio in the ’60s? As I recall there was an AM station called KTXX. There was also a more extensive FM operation called KOS. I think that Gerry Whitehead, a.k.a. Jim Diamond would remember both of these.

    [Actually, Pat, the April 25, 2008 column in question was mostly about KTXX, Diamond and you! I'll e-mail you a copy. -- DA]

  • Freeman Freeman

    WHATS UP ??

    Legendary 60′-70′s radio in Pomona

    Why no mention of DJ JOHN GROOVE on POMONA KKAR AM RADIO 1220. FACT: He was one of the most popular DJ’s, and had the most popular radio music programs in Pomona, the Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley etc. called the “Soul Session” on the “BIG K” KKAR 1220 AM Pomona in the ’60s.

    DJ John Groove played a mix of current soul, jazz, rock hits, and oldie hits on KKAR and KSPC. He did live broadcasts from the window of John and David’s Soul City Records on Garey Ave, Pomona mall, Pomona Fair grounds, did records hops at Pomona hi schools.

    FACT: John Groove on KKAR was the first to play/broadcast many records that later on became top 40 hits across the nation and world. At a live broadcast at the the LA County Fair in the 60′s he was the first to play Say It Loud I’m Black and I’m Proud by James Brown. No other so.calif. radio stations would play the James Brown Say it Loud recording because the words was too controversial in the 60′s they felt.

    Love to hear from you radio buffs.

    Peace

    • Freeman

      You know a lot about him. Have any new updates to share

  • JuriD

    I remember John Grooves. We used to hang out at his record store and listen to his music. He would even let us be on his radio show. We lived for his Soul Sessions. He even told us about a new unknown — at that time — group he was bringing to Pomona all the way from Ohio called “The Ohio Lakeside Express” to perform at the teen club across the street called “The Back Door” — I think that was the name. Wow, what memories! Thanks.

    • Freeman

      Do anyone know what happen to k-kar radio station in Pomona . An any more info an record shop Soul city of record

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/kevland1?feature=mhw5 Kevin Lamb

    Commenting on Hal Linker’s post – I knew Fred Cote too…I was quite young and had started an advertising agency in Riverside after Al Anthony and Howard Tullis of KFXM/KDUO provided some guidance and showed me the ropes.

    I had a recording studio in the old Crocker Building in downtown Riverside across from the courthouse. I was buying time for clients on local radio and, as KOLA was just a few blocks down from me in the Mission Inn, I spent a lot of time just hanging out at KOLA.

    Fred was a tinkerer and quite an engineer – he did have the worst toupee ever but I did not perceive him to be that old…but he was younger than his wife and she was smoking hot. Fred was a super-nice guy and never would anyone suspect he had it in him to pull off a murder for hire. It sent shock waves throughout the Inland Radio community.

    That also seemed to be the beginning of the end of the individually owed radio stations here…the corporations were moving in and picking up properties…people like Tom Jones and Andy James were some of the last holdouts…Jerry Jolstead had taken a tiny religious station and turned it into KGGI which eventually became a giant…and the tiny stations like KPRO, KCKC and KMEN all disappeared.

    I think about Fred from time to time…everything seemed to change after that…and yes, the Brandin’ Iron is still kicking in San Bernardino. Not much else is left.

    Kevin

  • Steve W.

    There’s some great 16mm Kodachrome footage of KOCS-AM found in the film “Life in Ontario: You and Your Friends” (1947). Search for it on http://www.archive.org

  • Scott A

    I remember listening to KMEN and KFXM in the 60s when I was statioined at Norton AFB. They were the hot sounds in town for sure. I have an old issue of Kmenentertainer–Mar of 68. The hot thing in that issue was the Bonnie and Clyde contest-everybody was looking all over the inland empire for these two look alikes. The #1 song in the centerfold of this issue was “I love you” by The People and an ad for 4 and 8 track tapes. So are any of the old jocks like T. Michael Jordan or Phio Otis still around?

  • Andrew D.

    I was working at KOLA 99.9FM during the time that Fred Cote had his estranged wife’s boyfriend murdered. Fred had been “missing” for several days, Jane (his estranged wife who was still working at the station) told everyone that he was “sick”. One evening, as I was preparing the tapes for the overnight playback (yep – I was one of the “generously called board operators”), we hear word that Fred was just arrested in Hawaii while trying to catch a flight to Argentina.

    How funny was that? Jane, the estranged wife and former receptionist, eventually sold off the station, pocketed most of the money and left Fred to rot.

    Fred is still alive. He’s 77 years old and resides at the California State Prison, Los Angeles County (LAC) in Lancaster, CA.

    Here is his inmate information:

    Name: COTE, FREDRICK RAYMOND
    Inmate: J42098
    Age: 77
    Admission Date: 12/08/1994
    Location: Lancaster

    As recently as 2007, Fred was still trying to get his station back. He had filed a petition against the owners of KCAL alleging that they had fraudulently obtained his FCC license through subterfuge:

    http://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/prod/cdbs/forms/prod/getimportletter_exh.cgi?import_letter_id=7083

    What actually happened is these owners loaned Fred $500,000 as a float for his legal defense, and Fred spent all this money and never paid them back. They foreclosed on the station and transferred the ownership of the station to their company. KOLA was a grandfathered radio station with an output rating of close to 30,000 watts and a great frequency location (99.9). Not a bad piece of radio real estate to own.

    Let’s face it, $500,000 was a STEAL for the power, frequency and potential audience this station could reach.

    Anyway, Fred still lives and may even be able to hear his old station when the atmospheric conditions are just right.

    [This saga gets stranger and stranger. Thanks for sharing more of the story, Andrew. -- DA]

  • http://kdes.com jonny bruce

    Sadly Phil (Bobby) Ottis passed away several years ago. T.Michael Jordon is still alive but has been out of radio for many years.

  • Bob Kugler

    I worked for KOCS as a teenager in the late 1950′s. I started out as record librarian and then moved up to become a remote engineer for the various Sunday church broadcasts and later the 5 O’Clock Rush, a teenage dance show that took place in the studios downtown on West B St. Mel Hall was the DJ host at that time. All this occurred after I stopped at the transmitter and tower building located in a large open field on West 4th Street near San Antonio Avenue. I sure wish someone had a photo of that old tower and semi-circular building.

  • Mark Nordby

    I cant find anything about my dad on the internet. His name was Erik Nordby or on the air Erik North. His last job was at 1220 ktsj in pomona . He passed away in 1984 when I was 7 but I remember going to that station and hanging out. Kent Bagdasarian was the manager and he told me his family created Alvon and the chipmunks! My dad also worked for Gloria Jean Belle and the gospel train broadcast. He is the voice on their opening promo. I know my dad also worked on KMAX 107.1 and back in the day at XERB the “border blaster” with Wolfman Jack. He also worked on KPPC radio 1240AM. I remeber Roger Christian “famous dj and co writer of beach boy songs ” coming to my house a lot as a kid. Good Memories!