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February 3, 1985 | DENNIS McDOUGAL
IF NICE GUYS FINISH LAST, WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT RICK DEES? Two years ago he was just another L.A. morning deejay. But now KIIS' fun-loving boy wonder is the hottest disc jockey in Los Angeles--and the country. He's everywhere--hosting "Solid Gold" and two syndicated radio shows, doing commercials for Chrysler and Michelob. He's cut a pair of comedy albums and even has a movie development deal in the works at Paramount.
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April 21, 2011 | By Steve Carney, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Rick Dees, a morning-radio fixture for two decades at KIIS-FM (102.7), is returning to the L.A. airwaves May 4, when he takes over a.m. duties at KHHT-FM (92.3). "To be given this opportunity is just overwhelming," Dees said Wednesday. "To be on here and actually be able to broadcast to 2 million people is a little slice of heaven. " Executives at "Hot 92.3" decided the morning show wasn't performing as well as the station overall, and when they surveyed listeners for a new host, Dees' name came up often, even unsolicited.
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April 21, 2011 | By Steve Carney, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Rick Dees, a morning-radio fixture for two decades at KIIS-FM (102.7), is returning to the L.A. airwaves May 4, when he takes over a.m. duties at KHHT-FM (92.3). "To be given this opportunity is just overwhelming," Dees said Wednesday. "To be on here and actually be able to broadcast to 2 million people is a little slice of heaven. " Executives at "Hot 92.3" decided the morning show wasn't performing as well as the station overall, and when they surveyed listeners for a new host, Dees' name came up often, even unsolicited.
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April 13, 2009 | Alicia Lozano
An old-fashioned Kentucky thunderstorm is coming down around him, but Rick Dees doesn't mind -- he's on a mission to start something new. Crackling through a bad cellphone connection while preparing to board a plane from Louisville back to Los Angeles, the popular radio host explains that he has been out promoting his new Web channel, All Number 1 Hits, with teen sensation Miley Cyrus.
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July 15, 1990 | Daniel Cerone
For Rick Dees, the wisecracking morning host on KIIS-FM (102.7) who scraped past his competitors in the last Arbitron ratings to regain his position as L.A.'s top drive-time radio personality, the competition is getting even stiffer. Ken and Bob will be the least of Dees' concerns Monday at midnight, when he's up against much bigger names--Johnny, Arsenio and Dave--in his new Monday-through-Friday show on ABC, "Into the Night Starring Rick Dees."
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February 23, 2004 | Dick Anderson
Is morning-drive radio ready for an extreme makeover? That question will be answered Thursday, when KIIS-FM (102.7) -- home to "Rick Dees in the Morning" since REO Speedwagon topped the charts -- turns over its prized 5-10 a.m. slot to Clear Channel Worldwide's new go-to guy, the ubiquitous Ryan Seacrest. "I love Ryan Seacrest!" says one male listener in KIIS' breathless promos. "He's really cute!" adds a female fan. True enough -- but this is radio.
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February 12, 1994 | CLAUDIA PUIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a business where popularity is fickle and disc jockeys on top can quickly find themselves on a plane bound for Poughkeepsie, Rick Dees has remained a fixture on morning radio here for more than a decade. After starting out nearly 20 years ago at small stations in the South, Dees gained fame in 1976 when his novelty song "Disco Duck" sold 2 million copies. He was hired at KIIS-FM (102.7) in Los Angeles in 1981 and ranked as the top-rated morning host from 1983 to 1988.
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March 20, 1991 | CLAUDIA PUIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury determined Tuesday that radio and television personality Rick Dees and his business manager acted with "malice and oppression" in diverting profits from Dees' Top 40 countdown program and awarded the pair's former business partner a total of more than $10 million. Cos Cappellino was awarded $3.5 million in compensatory damages for profits the jury decided were owed Cappellino since the syndicated radio program's debut in 1983.
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June 28, 1990 | RICK DU BROW, TIMES TELEVISION WRITER
Television's late-night battleground is about to flare up again with new contenders trying to emulate Arsenio Hall's success and fill the gap of Pat Sajak's defunct CBS talk show. Los Angeles disc jockey Rick Dees enters the arena the week of July 16 with a new ABC variety series that will follow Ted Koppel's "Nightline."
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October 17, 1990 | TIM WATERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former sidekick to popular morning radio personality Rick Dees filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that she was fired because the station perceived her as too family oriented and not young or sexy enough to suit Dees. Liz Fulton, who was let go from her job at KIIS-FM about six months ago, also contends in the suit that she was often the object of Dees' on-air sexual jokes while employed at the station. Dees frequently referred to her on the air as Liz (Rugburn) Fulton, she said.
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April 4, 2009 | Alicia Lozano
For the second time in less than three months, a local English-language radio station is switching to Spanish-language programming. KMVN-FM (93.9), the home of deejay Rick Dees, is handing the microphone over to Grupo Radio Centro, which owns 14 stations in Mexico, on April 15. "The station is certainly improving its ratings, but is currently not profitable," Ryan Hornaday, a spokesman for Emmis Communications Corp., said Friday.
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September 23, 2006 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
RICK DEES was asked about his proper place in the history of Los Angeles radio. Leaning into the studio's microphone, he answered with his familiar rounded-edge drawl: "Every great artist has to go out on the stage and say, 'I'm going to be the best ever.' And so I go out on the airwaves and say I'm going to commit myself to be the best ever...."
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August 18, 2006 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
The Southland on Thursday lost its only country radio station, long-running KZLA-FM (93.9), which introduced a new pop format known as Movin 93.9, where veteran radio personality Rick Dees is poised to return to the local airwaves as the station's morning host. A date has not been set for Dees' debut at the new station, which will replace the twangy hits of Toby Keith, Shania Twain and Tim McGraw with dance-ready music of Beyonce, Gwen Stefani, Gnarls Barkley and other R&B-minded performers.
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April 1, 2006
April 1, 1996: For a few hours on April Fools' Day, Mayor Richard J. Riordan swapped jobs with Rick Dees, morning deejay at KIIS-FM (102.7). At the Burbank radio station, Riordan spun records and chattered away -- betraying his age by describing his favorite singers as Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra and "the modern ones," Frankie Avalon and Bobby Sherman. "I hope I didn't destroy your ratings," he told Dees.
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February 23, 2004 | Dick Anderson
Is morning-drive radio ready for an extreme makeover? That question will be answered Thursday, when KIIS-FM (102.7) -- home to "Rick Dees in the Morning" since REO Speedwagon topped the charts -- turns over its prized 5-10 a.m. slot to Clear Channel Worldwide's new go-to guy, the ubiquitous Ryan Seacrest. "I love Ryan Seacrest!" says one male listener in KIIS' breathless promos. "He's really cute!" adds a female fan. True enough -- but this is radio.
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May 11, 2000 | JUDITH MICHAELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Call it "Revenge of the Veterans." In the Arbitron radio ratings world, this was the season, from Jan. 6 to March 29, when there was a significant surge on two signature Southland morning drive shows and at long-standing rock oldies station KRTH-FM (101.1). The shows are Rick Dees' "Rick Dees in the Morning" from 6 to 10 a.m. on Top 40 station KIIS-FM (102.7), heard in the Los Angeles/Orange County market since 1981, and Kevin Ryder and Gene Baxter's "The Kevin & Bean Show," from 5 to 10 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1999
Re "Knott's Pays the Price for 5-Cent Promotion," May 6: Though the incident proved unfortunate for Knott's and the city of Buena Park, let's look at who's really to blame here. The parents of these kids should be held to blame, as well as that blowhard disk jockey Rick Dees and radio stations KIIS and KMEX. If the parent don't have better control over their kids, then the school district should stop sniveling and charge each absent student's parent to cover the loss they claim to have suffered.
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May 13, 1999 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, E. Scott Reckard covers tourism for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7407 and at scott.reckard@latimes.com
At Knott's Berry Farm's Cinco de Mayo debacle promoted by KIIS-FM DJ Rick Dees, the rowdy youths were mainly outside the park--those who didn't get in on the 5-cent admission. But a similar promotion at Disneyland for Halloween in 1994 produced not only horrifying gridlock, brawls and frustrated customers outside the Magic Kingdom but a crime wave inside. "It was a nightmare," recalled Deena Ipolito, a sales clerk at the Emporium on Main Street that day.
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