KHJ 93 Los Angeles – Rick Dees – May 9 1979
Back in the late 1960s & early 1970s, 93 KHJ was a Top 40 powerhouse in SoCal. It was so popular, “Boss Radio“ was practically the soundtrack of Los Angeles. For many years, “personality” Top40 radio, dominated by lots of deejay chatter and & long jingles. In 1965 legendary radio programmer Bill Drake, along with program director Ron Jacobs, changed that when they brought the streamlined ”Drake Format“ to KHJ, & transformed it into Southern California’s must listen to radio station.
The station cranked out the biggest hits of the day, larger than life promotions & contests, and some of the greatest jocks in the country!
KHJ’s DJ roster read almost like an all-star list, with such talent as Charlie Tuna, Johnny Williams, Machine Gun Kelly, Billy Pearl, Bobby Tripp, Mark Elliott, Bill Wade, Robert W. Morgan, Bobby Ocean, Humble Harve, Jerry Butler, Sam Riddle, Charlie Van Dyke, Gary Mack, The Real Don Steele, and the voice heard on this air check, Rock Dees. Before his long run on KIIS-FM, Rick had moved to Los Angeles to take over mornings at KHJ. -Ellis