Radio Goes Hollywood!

You’re in for a treat.   The Museum thanks Ken Levine for granting us permission to post these podcast interviews with the nation’s leading radio personalities.   Their stories give great insight as to what it was like to be “that guy on the radio.”

We think you’ll learn a lot; we know you’l laugh a lot.   After all, these are disc jockeys. . .

We begin with Shotgun Tom Kelly,   a radio star who was given his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame:

 

Next Ken talks to Neil Ross, a Modesto Radio Museum contributor, and Ogden Radio School 1963 graduate.  Neil’s  stories range from Roller Derby fisticuffs to backstage with Jim Morrison and the Doors:

Bonus:  Neil talks about going to radio school:

 

Charlie Van Dyke, you hear him everyday as the voice of TV and radio stations across America.    Listen in and you’ll recognize the man Ken calls, “The Voice of God”:

 

Ken Levine himself was quite a YES Man.  He knew to say Yes when the Hell’s Angels requested a song; he said Yes when the FBI asked to enter his studio, and Yes when asked to fill in for Wolfman Jack:

 

Ken’s  personal radio favorites are put on display.  Here’s Ken Levine’s Mount Rushmore of Radio Personalities:

Vin Scully
The Real Don Steele
Dan Ingram
Gary Burbank

 

 

 

 

When did stations start playing Christmas Music 24/7?   Jhani Kaye, 1967 Ogden Radio School graduate, was the first major market program director to go “All Christmas, All the Time!”

 

The Best DJ no one ever listens to: Deke Duncan has been spinning the hits for 45 years.  No one listens.  No one can.  He’s following his bliss.   We all should be so lucky.

 

 Ken Levine is a creative giant with at least four huge careers:   Comedy writer for MASH, CHEERS, FRASIER, AND WINGS, among others;  Broadcaster of Major League Baseball for the Orioles, Mariners, and Padres;  prolific writer of books, plays, movies, and one of America’s most-read daily blogs.  His Career Number Four:   Radio Personality!  Yes, it all began with radio.   His podcast, Hollywood and Levine, focuses on Entertainment, Pop Culture, and, of course, all things radio.

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