Best On-Air Talent Ever In The City Of Angels
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    Cool Best On-Air Talent Ever In The City Of Angels

    Lots of greats have called Los Angeles home over the years. Who would you consider the best of all time in The City Of Angels? Name/Call Letters/Years The only rule....no syndicated shows piped in from other places.

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    Vin Scully is Number 1. Everyone else is playing for runner-up.

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    Don Steele, Gary Owens & Whittinghill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChannelFlipper View Post
    Vin Scully is Number 1. Everyone else is playing for runner-up.
    I wouldn't consider Casey Casem a runner-up to anyone. KRLA, 1963. No one will likely ever eclipse the sheer recognition or success that Casem built throughout his career. If we're speaking only of those that stayed in LA for the majority of their career, then yes, Vin Scully. I didn't see any specific qualifications pertaining to such. Casem was indeed syndicated, but he didn't start off that way.

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    Robert W,Charlie Tuna,Don Steele and Gary Owens.

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    Absolutely! You'll get no arguments here. A very strange and sad ending to his story though. Rest in peace Casey, wherever you may be.

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    Vin Scully certainly gets the longevity award and also is tops talent-wise in his field, sportscasting. But who today remembers Andy Mansfield, who with his wife Virginia used his encyclopedic music knowledge not only on KFI but the worldwide armed forces network? He was the Vin Scully of pre-rock and roll radio and his "Turn Back the Clock" program (utilizing his own music library augmented by that of KFI) featured music that stretched beck to the depression era. And then of course there was the comedy team of Lohman and Barkley before talk radio took over KFI. Not to mention the Ladies Day program hosted by a team headed by the venerable Dave Shaw (who later moved ion to KFAC after Cox bought KFI). All of these broadcasters were AM stalwarts fifty years ago, but their contributions deserve to be remembered..

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    Quote Originally Posted by benale View Post
    Robert W,Charlie Tuna,Don Steele and Gary Owens.
    I'd have to agree with that. I didn't appreciate Morgan at the time - I preferred Lohman & Barkley and Dave Hull. Robert W. was a bit too low-key for me in the morning...uh...morgan. Odd thing to say about a Top 40 jock on Boss Radio. But I've listened to a lot of his air checks at Reelradio the last decade or so, and can now really appreciate his talent.

    RE: Casey Kasem - KRLA was considered the "hip" AM station in the late 60s, and Casey, who was doing his countdown show only locally and then was the fill-in guy, came off as the squarest of the square...at least among my hippie friends. It was funny listening to him fill in for Jimmy Rabbit at night - who threw away the playlist and played what he wanted. The best "The Caser" could come up with was the long version of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. We were a bit flabbergasted when he hit the big time with AT40.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Landing View Post
    Vin Scully certainly gets the longevity award and also is tops talent-wise in his field, sportscasting. But who today remembers Andy Mansfield, who with his wife Virginia used his encyclopedic music knowledge not only on KFI but the worldwide armed forces network? He was the Vin Scully of pre-rock and roll radio and his "Turn Back the Clock" program (utilizing his own music library augmented by that of KFI) featured music that stretched beck to the depression era. And then of course there was the comedy team of Lohman and Barkley before talk radio took over KFI. Not to mention the Ladies Day program hosted by a team headed by the venerable Dave Shaw (who later moved ion to KFAC after Cox bought KFI). All of these broadcasters were AM stalwarts fifty years ago, but their contributions deserve to be remembered..
    And I am glad you brought these broadcasters to our attention. Radio does a terrible job of remembering its past.

    I listened to Lohman and Barkely when I was a kid and they were indeed very funny, although I just considered them to be the KFI morning guys, just like everyone else has a morning show. At that time I didn't really know of or appreciate their longevity. The only difference to me was that they were on the best signal in town, meaning you could literally hear them all over Southern California and most of central California, even during the day. The rest of the names you mentioned I have heard of, but have never heard any sample of their work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChannelFlipper View Post
    And I am glad you brought these broadcasters to our attention. Radio does a terrible job of remembering its past.

    I listened to Lohman and Barkely when I was a kid and they were indeed very funny, although I just considered them to be the KFI morning guys, just like everyone else has a morning show. At that time I didn't really know of or appreciate their longevity. The only difference to me was that they were on the best signal in town, meaning you could literally hear them all over Southern California and most of central California, even during the day. The rest of the names you mentioned I have heard of, but have never heard any sample of their work.
    I'm dating myself, but for most of my high school years (66-69), Lohman & Barkley were on KFWB, which was Top 40 at the time before going All News in '68. I didn't follow them to KFI, because that was one of my parents' stations...though I made an exception for Dodger broadcasts with Vin Scully and Jerry Doggett on KFI.

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