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February 21, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The husband of a slain radio host tried to tell a judge he did not need a lawyer and wanted to admit what he had done. Judge Thea Sherry cut off Thomas Erbland Jr. twice in midsentence. She advised him of his right to remain silent and his right to an attorney. A not guilty plea was automatically entered on his behalf, and he remained jailed without bail. Erbland, 43, is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal assault in the shooting death of his wife, Nan Wyatt, on Tuesday.
November 8, 2002 | Steve Carney, Special to The Times
After 14 years at KABC-AM (790), and with her air time ebbing, Gloria Allred vanished altogether from the airwaves last week. The disappearance of the attorney and liberal commentator didn't just change the lineup at her station; it also highlighted the overall scarcity of female voices in talk radio.
September 19, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Dwight Whylie, 66, the first black radio announcer hired by the British Broadcasting Corp., died Monday, apparently of a heart attack, while visiting the Caribbean island of Barbados. A native of Jamaica, Whylie was in Barbados to be the chief judge in the Caribbean Broadcasting Union's Media Awards last weekend. He became the first black BBC announcer when he joined the corporation's domestic services in London in 1961.
May 1, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Del Sharbutt, 90, one of the most familiar announcers on the air during the heyday of radio and the early years of television, died Friday in New York of unspecified causes. He retired in 1976 and had lived for many years in Palm Desert, Calif. Educated at Texas Christian University, he began his broadcasting career at WBAP radio in Fort Worth, Texas, worked briefly in Chicago, and then joined CBS radio network in New York.
December 5, 2001 | Larry Stewart
Fred Roggin is jumping into the Los Angeles radio sports-talk fray. Beginning Jan. 7, Roggin will have a daily weekday show, 2-3 p.m., on KMPC (1540). Roggin, who has been a sports news anchor at Channel 4 since 1980, will remain with the station and do his radio show from the NBC studios in Burbank. "I was surprised when they came to me," Roggin said, "but it certainly appealed to me. It gives me a chance to expand on what I do."
July 9, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A popular radio host known for his caustic humor and unflinching criticism of public officials was shot to death outside his house days after he complained of receiving threats. Parmenio Medina Perez was shot three times at close range Saturday about 300 feet from his home in Heredia, six miles outside San Jose, the capital, said the Costa Rican attorney general's office.
May 23, 2001 | From Times staff reports
TV personality Ed Arnold will be grand marshal for Saturday's parade at Garden Grove's 43rd annual Strawberry Festival, the city's major fund-raiser. Traffic will be blocked from the area bounded by Orangewood Avenue, 9th Street, Lampson Avenue and Euclid Street during the parade, scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon along Chapman Avenue and Euclid. The carnival at Village Green on Euclid will begin Friday afternoon and continue through Monday.
September 10, 2000
Bob "Shamrock" Shannon, 79, longtime radio and television announcer. Shannon began working as a radio announcer in his hometown of West Allis, Wis., in 1938, while he was still in high school. He got his big break at WTMJ in Milwaukee announcing for Heinie and the Grenadiers, a locally well-known polka band. He came to Hollywood after military service in World War II and was a CBS network announcer in the late 1940s.
June 5, 2000
Jim Lowe Jr., a pioneering radio announcer and disc jockey who for more than 40 years was the voice of Big Tex, the 52-foot-tall mechanical cowboy at the Texas state fair, died May 28 at his home in Dallas. He was 73 and the cause of death was cancer. Born in Fort Worth, Lowe began his radio career in 1947, the same year he graduated from high school. He spent most of his career at WRR, an AM station in Dallas, where he originated an innovative rhythm and blues program, the "Kats Karavan" show.
April 4, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Two gunmen shot and killed Haiti's most prominent radio journalist as he pulled into the courtyard of his radio station for a morning newscast. Jean Dominique, who was in his 60s, died at a hospital in Petionville, where Radio Haiti Inter is located. A station worker also was killed in the attack, said Radio Haiti journalist Assad Volcy. There were no immediate arrests. The U.S. State Department said it was deeply troubled by the slaying of Dominique, a strong advocate of a free press in Haiti.
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