A Tribute to B. Mitchel Reed: 95.5 KLOS Los Angeles | March 19, 1983

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!
Become an Airchexx Supporter and help keep this resource online. Click here to find out how!

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.


Steve West is a 39 year veteran of broadcasting. His air work as a Jock and News Anchor includes six radio markets and over two-dozen radio stations. Steve currently works on-air for the Super Radio USA media group out of Minnesota. Steve is the founder of the Airchexx Media Group and manages Airchexx.com and Airchexx Live - the official station of Airchexx.


Tomy Williams
July 22, 2014 at 2:53 am

Steve, For some reason I am unable to listen to this tribute to BMR. By the way, his name is spelled Mitchel (only one l not two). Thanks for all the airchecks you have made available through the years. Tony

    July 23, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Tony, what browser are you using? I’d suggest using a different browser (Firefox, Chrome, Commodo Dragon, Safari all come to mind as good browsers, although FF has had some issues in the last couple of updates).

Tomy Williams
July 24, 2014 at 9:57 am

Steve, I was using Firefox, but I figured out the problem. Thanks.

Tony Williams
July 24, 2014 at 12:22 pm

B. Mitchel Reed – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

B. Mitchel Reed (June 10, 1926 — March 16, 1983) was a successful American disc Jockey on both Top 40 and album-oriented rock radio stations, working in …

Ironically, I just noticed in my post above I spelled my name Tomy instead of Tony.

A quite interesting tribute to BMR. Jane Fonda, when she was growing up, said BMR was her favorite DJ as well as thousands others. I wish we had more airchecks of his.


August 15, 2014 at 10:52 pm

the BMR was a very important man

Joan Thomas
November 20, 2017 at 9:13 pm

He was my very favorite at KMET and I still get nostalgic thinking about that time…1970, 71 or so. He was the best.

January 15, 2018 at 11:09 pm

BMR briefly had a late night slot at KRLA-AM for awhile, playing underground type radio. I remember hearing Interstellar Overdrive on that show. Here are some of my favorite songs he used to play on KMET; cocaine blues, dave van ronk. christo redemptor; charlie musselwhite. 49 bye-byes; the frozen noses.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.