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On a cold Saturday night at KPCC-FM (89.3), the Pasadena City College radio station, a silvery-haired disc jockey sits hunched over a microphone and launches into an odd form of rap found nowhere else on the FM dial. "We're here on the airwaves of Aztlan, that's A-Z-T-L-A-N," he says. "You don't know what that means? Look it up! Naaah, it ain't in the dictionary, man, it's too hip to be in the dictionary.
February 1, 2013 | By Janet Stobart
LONDON --Two Australian disc jockeys who called a London hospital impersonating members of the royal family as a hoax three days before a nurse's suicide will not face any charges, British prosecutors said Friday. Prosecutors said there were no grounds for charges of manslaughter against Mel Greig and Michael Christian in the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who was found hanged Dec. 7. The Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement “that there is no evidence to support a charge of manslaughter and that although there is some evidence to warrant further investigation under the Data Protection Act and the Malicious Communications Act ... any potential prosecution would not be in the public interest.” The CPS said there was no possibility of extradition from Australia for the potential offenses and that the original intent of the call was “a harmless prank” even though “the consequences were very sad.” Greig and Christian phoned the King Edward VII hospital Dec. 4 asking about the pregnant Catherine, the duchess of Cambridge.
August 2, 1993 | Researched by JANICE L. JONES / Los Angeles Times
Name: David Byrd Company: Invisible Touch, Orange Thumbs up: "It's great fun watching people enjoy themselves to their favorite music. We try to get everyone out on the dance floor at least once. There is constant exposure to new music, people and social situations. We go from heavy metal to big band in the course of a few hours. I also like helping people plan a really important event like a wedding, and making sure everything goes right."
November 16, 2012 | By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times
TAMPA, Fla. - When Tampa radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge said he would "deep-fat fry a Koran" in response to deadly protests against U.S. troops for the accidental burning of the Muslim holy book in Afghanistan, Jill Kelley was on it. "I just got off the phone with Gen. Allen and Adm. Harward," the Tampa socialite emailed the mayor of Tampa in March, referring to Gen. John R. Allen, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, and Vice Adm....
September 26, 1991
A cocktail lounge linked in a sheriff's report to several violent crimes last year will not be allowed to expand its entertainment to include disc jockeys. The City Council on Tuesday voted 4 to 0, with Mayor Charles H. Storing abstaining, to deny the necessary permit to Pedro Sandoval, who took over operation of the Hi Brow Lounge in June. The council action limits Sandoval to providing dance music with a jukebox.
December 9, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The death of a radio disc jockey last month was a homicide, Kern County officials said after analyzing a series of medical tests. Karen Garcia, 34, was strangled in her home, according to the county coroner's office. Her body was discovered Nov. 7. Garcia, who worked at country station KUZZ-FM, lived alone. Police have said there were no signs of a break-in at her home, which was found locked by friends searching for her after she missed a shift at work.
April 21, 1987
The 21-year-old cousin of slain Los Angeles disc jockey Rodolfo Garcia Cortez was sentenced last week to 15 years to life in prison for the 1986 beating death of the popular KWKW announcer. Gustavo Garcia Aguilar, a Mexican national, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder after admitting that he struck Cortez, 43, on the head with a metal pipe and stuffed his body in a trash container.
June 4, 1988 | ELLEN MELINKOFF
June is "The World of Radio" month at the Los Angeles Children's Museum. Disc jockeys from 11 local radio stations will be at the microphones at the museum's Lou Adler Recording Studio and talk to kids about broadcasting. It's a chance for children who think they might want to be radio announcers and disc jockeys to ask questions about the profession as well as to just meet the people behind the voices they have been hearing. Today from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
October 7, 1995
Alison Steele, 58, the New York disc jockey known as the "Nightbird" for her pioneering all-night radio show. She developed a loyal following as one of the first female disc jockeys in the United States and received numerous accolades, including membership in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Through nearly three decades, she entertained late-night listeners with her sultry voice, accompanied by her dog, a French poodle named Genya, as she fielded calls.
March 25, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Pedro Gonzales, a Mexican American social advocate and one of the first Latino disc jockeys in the United States, has died at the age of 99. Gonzales, a longtime resident of the San Ysidro section of San Diego, died March 17 at Delta Convalescent Hospital in Lodi, near Stockton. He had moved to Lodi about three years ago. Gonzales' life was as colorful as it was long.
October 13, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
A series in Sunday Calendar about what Times writers and contributors are listening to right now... In early 1964, Jerry Lee Lewis' career couldn't have been in worse shape. The Beatles had exploded on U.S. shores, igniting the British Invasion that rendered the seminal American rockers who preceded - and profoundly influenced - them virtually obsolete. In addition, Lewis was a pariah in many circles for having married his 13-year-old cousin Myra, leaving him off-limits to disc jockeys, TV show hosts, record company executives and many fans who had originally supported him a few years earlier when he was one of the prime architects of rock 'n' roll.
November 13, 2011 | By E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times
The gig : Steven W. Streit is founder and chief executive of Monrovia-based Green Dot Corp., the nation's largest provider of prepaid debit cards. Customers, mostly people without bank accounts, buy the cards at retail outlets, load them with cash or direct-deposit paychecks and use them like bank-issued plastic. They are branded under the Green Dot name and also branded for Wal-Mart Stores. Past life : Streit was a disc jockey (Streiter with the Heater; the Ayatollah of Rock 'n' Rolla)
July 18, 2011 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
Kang Hyun-min remembers the first time he slid an album from its cardboard jacket and delicately, almost reverently, placed it on the turntable. It was 1979, and Kang's father had made the record player off-limits to the 10-year-old. But home alone one day, the young Kang gave in to his curiosity; he flipped through his brother's album collection, thinking he might for once take control of that magical music player. Unable to read English, he knew musicians only by their album-cover art. He knew he had to hurry — someone could arrive at any minute.
January 2, 2011 | By Steve Harvey
The arrival of the new year is traditionally an occasion for making predictions ?- often faulty ones, if an expert is doing the crystal-ball gazing. In 1931, for instance, The Times asked several prominent individuals to guess what life would be like in 1981. Sir Oliver Lodge, a British physicist, declared that "science and religion will be completely reconciled and we will be communicating with our departed dead. " Carmaker Henry Ford saw a society in which poverty was "no longer a reality.
November 12, 2009 | Esmeralda Bermudez
The disc jockey smiles when he hears Juanita Santos' raspy voice. "Art," she says from her small town near Fresno, "I want you to tell my husband, Juanito, 'You're my Chicano king. I'm your bootylicious. I can't live without you. I'll never let you go.' And I want you to blow him a big kiss for me and play 'You're my Shining Star.' " "OK, Juanita. Here goes that kiss . . . . Muaah !" Phone lines flash six nights a week inside a dimly lit Hollywood studio where Art Laboe sits before his microphone, faithful to his old-fashioned format: playing sentimental oldies and making dedications.
May 4, 2008 | Wayne Niemi
At a recent wedding, DJ Danno Metoyer sensed that the song he had cued up on his laptop wasn't right for the moment, so he made an on-the-spot swap to Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack." Like kismet, a guest walked up to request that very song just as it began to play. Call it intuition or premonition--it's that kind of connection Metoyer forms with his clients, who have been known to plan their wedding dates based on his availability. "There is an impact that needs to happen to give everyone in attendance a lifetime of memories," he says.
November 9, 1988 | JOHN SPANO, Times Staff Writer
The friends of Lee Selwyn came out Tuesday night to pay tribute to the popular young disc jockey, to remember his contributions to local music, and to help find the man who killed him. Selwyn, 26, died Oct. 8, just days after he had achieved his goal of opening a music club he could call his own. Police said that while Selwyn rode his motorcycle, he was stalked by an unknown man driving a pickup truck and run down from behind on a Wilshire District street. Police have no suspects.
Cheryl Bess leaned toward the microphone to let radio listeners know whose horn was blowing. "From David Sanborn to Norman Brown, keeping you jazzed, KSBR-FM," Bess said coolly while preparing for the next round of songs in a small booth at Saddleback College. Bess, 25, hopes to follow in the path of KSBR-FM alumni who dot the Southern California radio landscape with success. "The deejays on the air are students, but they sound like professionals," she said.
May 1, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
"Big Ron" O'Brien, 56, a disc jockey who spent more than a decade in Los Angeles radio and was host of a weekday afternoon show on KIIS-FM (102.7), died Sunday from complications of pneumonia, Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia announced on its website. O'Brien had been hospitalized in Paoli, Pa. Since 2002, he had worked at WOGL-FM (98.1), a Philadelphia station that plays classic pop. Don Barrett, publisher of, called O'Brien "one of those passionate radio people who electrified his audience every time he flipped on the microphone."
June 8, 2007 | Lee Margulies
Two once-familiar voices will return to the Southland radio airwaves Monday. Dennis Bartel, who hosted the morning show at classical KUSC-FM (91.5) from 1975 to 1980, is returning to host the weekday 5-10 a.m. shift there. And Bubba Jackson, who spent eight years with jazz station KLON-FM, will be back to fill the weekday 6-9 a.m. slot at the renamed KKJZ-FM (88.1).
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