October 8, 1993 |
Radio station KMPC, seeking to boost sagging ratings, has hired longtime Los Angeles radio personality Charlie Tuna to serve as host of the station's morning show. Beginning Monday, Tuna will replace Fred Wallin and Paola Boivin, who will both remain at the station on a part-time basis. KMPC also is bringing back Brian Golden and Doug Krikorian full time beginning Monday. They will work together as co-hosts of the midday show, replacing Tony Femino, who will move to weekends.
October 15, 1993 |
Charlie Tuna has been going around all week saying, "I've died and gone to radio heaven." He is ecstatic about his new job as the morning host at radio station KMPC, and station management is equally pleased. Tuna is just what the doctor ordered. He is pleasant, upbeat, professional, and with his 26 years in Los Angeles radio, brings credibility to a station that has had declining ratings ever since switching to an all-sports format 1 1/2 years ago.
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July 18, 2005 |
Tom Rogers, a retired advertising copywriter whose beret- and sunglasses-wearing hipster tuna became an icon of pop culture, died June 24 in Charlottesville, Va., where he lived with his son's family. The 87-year-old Rogers drowned while swimming alone in the family's backyard pool. Charlie the Tuna was the likably obtuse deep-sea striver who never lived up to the taste standards of Starkist Tuna. ("Sorry, Charlie. Starkist wants tuna that tastes good, not tuna with good taste."
November 7, 2006
"Boss Radio" will live again -- at least for a few hours -- when XM Satellite Radio pays tribute to the old KHJ-AM on its 1960s channel. Every Friday, the XM show "Sonic Sound Salutes" resurrects a station from the '60s era, playing jingles and clips of the DJs and taking calls from listeners who remember it. This week, from 1 to 6 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2004 |
Iceal "Gene" Hambleton, a U.S. Air Force navigator who became the focus of the largest rescue operation for one man in Air Force history after his plane was shot down behind enemy lines during the Vietnam War, has died. He was 85. Hambleton, a retired lieutenant colonel whose harrowing ordeal was chronicled in two books and was the basis for the 1988 movie "Bat 21," starring Gene Hackman, died of pneumonia related to lung cancer Sept.