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March 5, 2014 |
Geoff Edwards, a Los Angeles radio personality and TV game show host who for years flew weekly to Sacramento to emcee the California Lottery's "Big Spin," died Wednesday at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica. He was 83. His death was caused by complications from pneumonia, his agent Fred Wostbrock said. Over the years, Edwards hosted 10 game shows, including "Jackpot" and "Treasure Hunt. " On radio, he was a clever talker who sprinkled music and news with homegrown bits like "The Answer Lady.
May 9, 1993
I was the program director at KHJ during the first five years of its "Boss Radio" format (1965-69), after which I joined former KRLA competitor Casey Kasem to co-create "American Top 40." Your story rightfully pays tribute to some great broadcast professionals, who, like the music they play, continue to maintain their appeal. As in any endeavor, much of their success derived from diligent behind-the-scenes effort. Robert W. Morgan, Don Steele and Harvey Miller are prime examples that KHJ's operating philosophy of "preparation, concentration and moderation" remains an effective dictum.
February 21, 1988
As a former KNXT staffer, I read with considerable interest "Broadcast News, L.A." However, Channel 2 was not known as KNXT in 1947. As an experimental television station (I believe it was the second in the country), it had been broadcasting since the 1930s as W6XAO, with studios and transmitter atop Mt. Lee in Hollywood, just above the Hollywood sign. When it was licensed for commercial broadcasting (that may have been 1947), the call letters were changed to KTSL, named for Tommy Lee, son of a prominent Southern California auto dealer and owner of KHJ radio.
February 3, 1987 |
Despite industry speculation, GenCorp and MCA said Monday that they're not discussing a reduction in the price of GenCorp's WOR-TV, the New Jersey television station that MCA agreed last year to acquire for $387 million. One published report said MCA might seek a lower price because of a slump in national advertising and other problems besetting independent TV stations. "If they are, we'd like to get some communication from them," said Joseph Leyden, assistant to GenCorp President A.
August 12, 1987 |
RKO General, the once-giant broadcasting company mired in a decades-old battle to defend its suitability as a license holder, suffered another blow Tuesday when an FCC administrative law judge ruled that the company is unfit to run KHJ-TV Channel 9 in Los Angeles and 13 other television and radio stations across the land. RKO immediately said it would appeal the decision and does not expect the ruling to harm its 5-month-old agreement to sell KHJ-TV to Walt Disney Co.