KLIF 1190 Dallas – London & Engleman – December 1978
Courtesy: Robert Nicholson If you know about the history of Top 40 radio, then you know the name Gordon McLendon. McLendon was the owner of 1190 KLIF, and was considered the man who perfected Top 40 radio on KLIF. In 1954, the era when network radio was fading away because of TV, McLendon introduced the Top 40 format to the station and, as a result of this change, KLIF enjoyed dominance of the Dallas radio ratings in the 1950s, 1960s, and into the 1970s. At one point, more than half of the people listening to the radio in Dallas, were listening to KLIF! KLIF had a tight playlist, exciting promotions & contests, and bigger than life DJs. Some of the legendary personalities that worked at KLIF include… Jimmy Rabbitt, Paxton Mills, Michael O’Shea, Dick Heatherton, Chuck Murphy, Ron Chapman, Johnny Dark, Hal Martin, Rod Roddy, Cizzin Lennie, Brant Miller, John London, Randy Robbins, Russ Knight, Jim O’Brian, Chuck Dunaway, Ken Knox, George Michael, Deano Day, Gary Mack, Jay Lawrence,Gary Owens,and the voices heard on this aircheck, London & Engelman.
John London & Ron Engelman met at KLIF in 1973. They two eventually teamed up and worked at several stations together, most notably KWST, KMGG, & KRTH Los Angeles. -Ellis