Anita Garner Bio, continued from the Disc Jockey page
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“It was the behind-the-scenes stuff I loved best and it’s writing that still has hold of my heart. What was fun
at KROY was creating commercials with strong characters, then putting these characters into stories that
involved the product, and getting the whole thing across in 30 or 60 seconds. Anything I could imagine,
Bud Zumwalt (B. Winchell) could bring to life,” Anita said.
“Someone suggested that I become KROY’s “floater” jock, filling in on various shifts. They named me
‘Lovely Nita’ and my I.D. music had to be, of course, the Beatles’ “Lovely Rita” meter maid," Anita said.
“When listeners least expected it, I popped up on someone’s shift, spinning the records and hoping the female
fans outside the window on Arden Way wouldn’t revolt and tear the rubber bands off my two ponytails.
Sometimes I took down my hair, hiked up my mini-skirts and went out with jocks as KROY’s ‘Miss Money,’
handing out handfuls of cash at every stop.”
After leaving KROY Anita became owner of an advertising agency for which she served as creative director,
before relocating to Southern California. There she established herself as a voice-over announcer, most notably
as the in-house female announcer for Los Angeles PBS television station KCET. “I’ve recorded promos for all the
major networks, and for regional and local television stations all over the nation. I record narration of all types,
including documentaries, biographies, and corporate presentations — everything from lighthearted stories to serious teaching projects,” Anita said. She additionally became a prolific ghostwriter. ”I edit, sweeten and co-write screenplays, stories, articles and books,” she explained.
Before she turned her story “The Glory Road” into a book, she composed it as a stage play that was produced in Los Angeles. Here’s an excerpt describing her travels with her parents, who were itinerant evangelists and gospel music singers and musicians working their way through the Deep South during the 1950s: “It was Saturday night versus Sunday morning when a provocative teenage honky-tonk singer married a young country preacher and set out traveling the tent revival circuit in the Deep South in the 1950s, stopping at every radio station along the way. Sister Fern wanted a recording contract and a pink Cadillac. Brother Ray wanted to settle in a small town to pastor a church. Their two thoroughly unwilling children, Leslie Ray and Nita Faye, plotted to get away from the gospel gypsy life.”
Anita’s long list of accomplishments includes hosting the afternoon drive program on Los Angeles FM radio station KBIG, and co-hosting the nationally syndicated MCA-Universal program “The Great Starship” with former KROY air personality “Uncle” Byron Paul.