“Huggy Boy” (Dick Hugg), 1st Show, KRTH Los Angeles | December 4, 1998

The late Dick Hugg, better known to his listeners as “Huggy Boy”, is captured here at the start of his first show on the legendary K-Earth 101! Hugg was known not only as an early and heavy influence in promoting Do-Wop music, but he heavily influenced 60s & 70s Latino (Chicano) artists. He had his own music label, Caddy Records. He even had his own Television show!

Hugg was best known, however, as a disc jockey. Starting in 1951 on KRKD, he blew through most of the major radio stations in the L.A. area finishing with this gig here on K-Earth 101.

At first listen, you wouldn’t think this was a man who had spent most of the previous 47 years on the air. He gets off to a rough start, blowing the Top Hour Kickoff… but after a while, you get the sense that this man LOVES radio, music and his listeners. There’s a real warmth here that is very rare in format radio, even on the great K-Earth 101.

There’s a lot more information available on the web, and of course, our site visitors are full of a wealth of knowledge that I’m sure they will share. Click on Comment below to add your opinion.

You are cordially invited to listen to 15 scoped minutes of “The Godfather of Oldies”, Huggy Boy!

Courtesy of new Contributor Jeffrey Holland!

101.1 FM Los Angeles KRTH K-Earth 101 KHJ-FM Jonathan Steve Scott Brian Bierne Mr. Rock and Roll Pat Evans Ronert W Morgan The Real Don Steele Huggy Boy






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6 Responses

  1. calradiopd says:


    I think this was Huggy Boy’s first night at KRTH. He’d been at KRLA, and they’d just dumped music.

    Keep in mind when judging his performance, this man was 70 years old at the time this was recorded.

  2. Ed Bennett says:


    I used to listen to him on XERB at midnight after Wolfman jack. Would like to hear more airchecks of him. This is great.


  3. Huggy Boy, one of my Favorties, also Hunter Hancock, another relic from the past.. I visited him at Dolphins Of Hollywood when he was broacasting in the window after midnight in the 50′s he was on from 12 pm to 4 pm…I always wanted to get his theme song. something like :It ant’ what it usta be” the music was my soul and I am a white chick now 75, from East L.A. and still listening on the internet to Blues and the Roots..The Memories are delicious!!! they are all gone now..but you cant still hear the music!!!

  4. Fred Roth says:


    As a teenager Huggy Boy was my life. There was nothing cooler that to ride around in my car listening to KRKD. I can still hear him singing along with the Joe Huston Favorite All Night Long. Another staple was Buick 59 by Vernon Green and the Medalions. One night, I had the pleasure to drive him from Bob’s in Toluca Lake to his radio station and then to watch him do his show. The man could not stay in his seat!!! We touched bases over the next 30 years as I never quit listening to him. I always felt Dick never got his just deserves as he was as big on the west coast rock scene as Alan Freed was in the east. Those two men did more to break down the race barrier than anybody in this country. Long live your memory, Dick. You just keep them rockin in heaven ALLLL NIGHT LOOOONG!!!

  5. Fred Roth says:


    Hey Suma, Yes I listened to Hunter in the afternoons, Art Laboe and also Johnny Otis. I met Wolfman Jack also at a car show I attended also. BUT Dick was the coolest around. I have always felt so bad that he has not received the recognition he really deserved. Went to the R&R hall of fame in Cleveland and he was not even mentioned while Alan Freed was all over the place. I talked with the jocks at the hall of fame and one had even worked with Dick. She promised me she would get some stuff up on him. I have never had the chance to return to see if anything happened. Huggy Boy deserves to be remembered in a MUCH bigger way then he has been. I will e-mail this to you so we can exchange addresses.

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