September 07, 2006

Radio Dots & Dashes (September 7 Edition)

Sean Demery, who helped craft the sound and style at Live 105 (KITS) for the past four-plus years, has resigned as the station's program director, citing personal reasons.

As reported by FMQB on Thursday (September 7), Demery said "I love Live 105 and I love the people I work with. It's a good, good crew all around. GM Steve Dinardo makes it a fun place to work. What more could you ask for? But it's still time to go."

According to a follow-up report in AllAccess, Live 105's assistant program director/music director Aaron Axelson has been tapped to serve as the station's PD on an interim basis...

It was a pleasant surprise a few weeks ago to spot Monty Stickles looking hale and hearty in a TV ad for Walnut Creek's Varsity Painting. It was just a cameo appearance — maybe three seconds worth — but it was one of those "Hey! I wondered whatever happened to that guy" moments.

This past Sunday (September 2), the former 49er tight end and KGO/810 sports director passed away from heart failure following a brief illness. Monty Stickles was 68 years old.

Having earned the well-deserved reputation as the filthiest player in pro football, Stickles spent 1960 through 1967 with the Niners before playing one final season with the expansion New Orleans Saints in 1968. After hanging up his cleats, he was hired by Les Malloy to be sports director at KEST/1450, where he hosted a daily call-in show and handled the play-by-play for University of San Francisco Dons basketball.

In 1973, he moved up to KGO as sports reporter and color analyst on Raiders and Cal Bears football broadcasts, and also anchored weekend sports segments on KGO-TV (Channel 7). He worked alongside Bill King during his tenure at KGO and was in the radio booth for the legendary call of the "Holy Roller" play in 1978...

First came the rumor that Fay Carmona, sidekick on the Wild 94.9 (KYLD) "Strawberry In The Morning" show, had been fired last Friday. Then talk turned to Strawberry himself getting the old heave-ho, followed by speculation that The T-Man Show from KUBE-FM/Seattle would be satellited in as the replacement.

And that's why I love the rumor mill: sometimes it works. Fay was bounced from Wild, Strawberry will be moving back to his previous evening slot on the station and, starting in two weeks (September 18), T-Man gets the Wild morning gig...

At Energy 92.7 (KNGY), which is audible in San Francisco and the Eastbay when the wind is just right, Forrest Bueller has been imported from Bakersfield's Kelly 95.3 (KLLY) to work the night shift and serve as Energy's assistant program director. He was known simply as "Bueller" in Bako, although he answered to "Party Boy," too...

KNTS/1220 has worked out its scheduling conflicts and will no longer wait until 6 p.m. on weeknights to broadcast Oakland A's baseballcasts. Will that help you hear the games any better on the radio? Probably not, so hope that Len Shapiro's impassioned pleas to A's broadcast chief Ken Pries to add Free FM 106.9 (KIFR) to the team's network bring positive results. You can help by calling the A's offices yourself at (510) 563-2269 and letting them know...

And, while you're at it, call the San Jose Sharks and let them know that those of us in the Diablo Valley and up in the Northbay can't hear Team Teal on the radio at all. If they believe otherwise, quickly disabuse them of the notion because it ain't true...

I got a funny feeling seeing that the Oakland Raiders will be carried on KABL radio this year. Yeah, KABL/960 is dead and gone and obviously ain't coming back, and the call letters are rotting away down in Salinas on 1460 AM. Apparently the jackasses at Clear Channel don't realize what those letters mean around here. Meanwhile, for that swell Adult Standards sound, "Music Of Your Life"-style, I tune to The Vine (KVIN) on 920 AM from Modesto, owned by my old pals Jim Bryan and Doug Wulff. Jim and Doug once operated the late and lamented KCRK School of Broadcasting, of which I am a proud dropout...

The leading proponent of Pachuco Soul in Southern California, Dick Hugg, has died. Huggy Boy, as he was known forever on L.A.'s airwaves, was 78 and had been playing the greatest hits of the Fifties and Sixties for the homeboys and homegirls of the Southland for six decades. Along with Art Laboe, Huggy Boy was the living embodiment of the cruisin' era in SoCal radio.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fay from wild949 was fired because the girl was a drunk and made a complete fool of herself during the events they had,its about time they got rid of her send her ass back to miami but the bitch is still here ain't no one gonna hire her after what she has done shes worse than that damn producer Rick Delgado aka sidevoice! AA should be her next job!!

September 13, 2006 7:25 AM  

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