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QuickCheck: Russ O’Hara, KRLA Los Angeles | June 12, 1969

1969 was a good year for Top 40 radio in Los Angeles. KFWB was still around, albeit more like a Middle of the Road station, 93/KHJ was at the top of it’s game, and then there was KRLA. Never the powerhouse hit station that other AMs were, past or future, it was a warm and cozy station that played current music and featured warm personalities. You’d probably call it your parent’s music station. Russ O’Hara is filling in for Rob Foster (KFRC) here. Russ is a laid-back jock, one you’d perhaps find on a late 70s/early 80s Soft Rock FM station. Its a cozy aircheck, and shows that KRLA was certainly not going to try and beat KHJ at its own game.

Tom Konard’s “Aircheck Factory” Presents: Gene Weed, 980 KFWB Los Angeles | November 23, 1958

Date of Recording: 11.23.1958 Station: 980 KFWB Los Angeles (Slogans: “Color Channel 98”, “All News 980”, “The Beast 980”, “Desi 980”, “Mera 980”) Format (at time of recording): Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Gene Weed b 1935 d 1999 (WQAM/KFWB/AFRTS/Dick Clark Productions) Contributor: Anonymous (per request) Airchexx Entry: 1,484 Sixty-five degrees in the land of the KFWB Fabulous Forty… Known as the “Weedy One” at KFWB, Gene Weed did radio in Dallas, Omaha and Miami (at WQAM) before arriving in Los Angeles. Weed was serving in the U.S. Army, assigned to the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service in L.A., and while still on duty, began working part time at KFWB. Eventually, he became the Assistant Program D...

Bill Ballance, KFWB Los Angeles | August 19, 1959

Here’s one that barely needs any introduction. Bill Ballance was a legendary Deejay from the dawning days of AM Top 40 radio. The format hadn’t been around that long in 1959, but KFWB was on top of the ratings in those days. KFWB began doing Top 40 a year earlier, in 1958. Programmed by Chuck Blore, The station was known on the air as “Color Radio, Channel 98” and at that point in time, the format was relatively loose, with the Deejays pretty much picking the music to play themselves. KFWB might actually have been the first radio station in the U.S. to employ Disc Jockeys. History records that as early as 1946, Maruice Hart and Martin Bloch were brought in from New York City by KFWB as Deejays. With no established Top 40 format, these two gentlemen picked their own ...

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