KFWB 98 Los Angeles – Elliot Field – January 9 1959
From 1925 to 1950, KFWB was owned by Warner Brothers. (In the open of the video, I mention they also owned KDWB & KEWB. I later learned that was incorrect) By 1956, KFWB was purchased by Crowell-Collier Broadcasting, and two years later in 1958, KFWB became L.A.’s first full-time Top 40 rock and roll station!
Over the years some legendary names graced the KFWB microphones. Gary Owens, Wink Martindale, Jim Hawthorne, Sam Riddle, Gene Weed, Jimmy O’Neill, Roger Christian, Larry McCormick and at the end of its music years, the team of Al Lohman and Roger Barkley.
In 1966, Group W Westinghouse Broadcasting bought KFWB, and on March 11, 1968, the station dropped the Top-40 music format and changed the its programming to all-news. it had a lot of success with that format at some other stations in the Group W Chain, Like 1010 WINS New York, & KYW Newsradio 1060 in Philadelphia.
This aircheck features KFWB’s Elliot Field. He spent most of his time at KFWB hosting afternoon drive, as part of the KFWB 7 Swinging Gentelman. He even spent time doing cartoon voice work while on air at KFWB. His published book, “Last of the Seven Swingin’ Gentlemen,” talks about his days at KFWB, and about his broadcast career. Elliot also spent time on air at KLIF in Dallas, KTSA in San Antonio, KILT in Houston.. -Ellis