Shortly after the death of B. Mitchel Reed, KLOS‘ Gail Murphy hosted a live tribute to the legendary deejay, featuring recorded interviews and a couple of very short samples of his earlier work. Apparently, there were not many original recordings of early Top 40 radio around back then. Imagine if Airchexx had been online in ’83! Perhaps, being that KLOS was an Album Rock station, they were reluctant to remind their audience of screaming Top 40 jocks.
This is mostly interviews. In fact, its kind of a dry presentation, but very informative. What about YOUR memories of BMR? Please post your recollections in the comment section at the bottom of this page!
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And what is the legacy of B. Mitchel Reed? He started his career by playing Jazz records before the first Top 40 stations came along. Rock and Roll had not yet really been born. Then Elvis happened. KFWB shook off the mantle of Big Band and Jazz music and flipped to “Color Radio”, the idea being that, if you have Color Television all shiny and new, then Color Radio would be the newest thing! (Unlike some descriptions heard elsewhere and not mentioned here, Color Radio had nothing whatsoever to do with Rock and Roll being thought of as ‘black’ music, in the very beginning). It was 1958. KFWB “Color Radio 98”, Rock and Roll and B. Mitchell Reed started at about the same time.
The credits, those people interviewed is pretty long, and rather than duplicate them, look under ‘tags’ below this post.