AP names Dave Williams and Vicky Moore 'best anchor team'

[Feb. 2, 2006]     Dave Williams and Vicky Moore, weekday morning co-anchors on KNX radio (1070 AM) in Los Angeles, have won Mark Twain awards from the Associated Press Television-Radio Association of California and Nevada (APTRA). They won for "Best Anchor Team," and their morning-drive program additionally was among the finalists in the category of "Best News Broadcasts" longer than 15 minutes. Williams and Moore each will receive an 11-inch trophy of marble and pewter in the likeness of author Mark Twain at a ceremony on March 25 at Disneyland's Paradise Pier Hotel in Anaheim. Williams was a KROY personality from 1970 to 1973.


[updated June 2012]

Dave says, "I am delivering News & Information in the Morning on News/Information KLIF, Dallas, Texas."

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Former KROY Salesman Mike Hamiel Appointed Regional Editor for GOLF TODAY

[March 27, 2007]     Mike Hamiel, a former KROY sales representative, has been appointed regional editor and advertising sales representative for Golf Today magazine.
“I write golf course reviews and other sundry golf anecdotes. You can read my review of Stanford GC in April’s edition on-line,” Hamiel said. “The publisher claims 300,000 readers, which is about the same number of listeners that KROY had.” The magazine’s circulation encompasses California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah. The 20-year-old magazine is available at golf courses and golf shops throughout the four-state region.
“Former KROY jock Barry Salberg [known to listeners as Shane and Barry Cannon] is an occasional contributor, and I might add, a damn fine writer who could write for a national golf magazine any day of the week,” Hamiel said.


KROY-AM General Manager Dwight Case Receives Major Award

[May 11, 2006]     Former KROY General Manager Dwight Case was among four veteran broadcasters to be honored with 2006 Broadcast Pioneer Awards from the Broadcasters’ Foundation Board of Directors. The award was presented to Dwight at the Broadcasters’ Foundation Breakfast during the annual National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Convention in Las Vegas, Nev. In addition to Dwight, the 2006 honorees included John Conomikes, Hearst Corp. director and former president and CEO of Hearst Argyle Television; Gary Fries, president of the Radio Advertising Bureau; and K. James Yager, CEO of Barrington Broadcasting. Richard A. Foreman, president and CEO of Richard A. Foreman Associates, received the 2006 Chairman’s Award. The awards were presented April 26 at The Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.
After masterfully guiding KROY throughout much of the 1960s and into the early 1970s, Dwight joined RKO Radio, of which he rose to president.  AP names Dave Williams and Vicky Moore ‘best anchor team’
[Feb. 2, 2006]     Dave Williams and Vicky Moore, weekday morning co-anchors on KNX radio (1070 AM) in Los Angeles, have won Mark Twain awards from the Associated Press Television-Radio Association of California and Nevada (APTRA). They won for “Best Anchor Team,” and their morning-drive program additionally was among the finalists in the category of “Best News Broadcasts” longer than 15 minutes. Williams and Moore each will receive an 11-inch trophy of marble and pewter in the likeness of author Mark Twain at a ceremony on March 25 at Disneyland’s Paradise Pier Hotel in Anaheim. Williams was a KROY personality from 1970 to 1973. You can listen to Dave and Vicky live on weekday mornings through the KNX Web site.



KROY’s Brian Davis scores top ratings in L.A. as 
Top Ratings for Former KROY Disc Jockey


[Jan. 22, 2006]     Former KROY Disc Jockey Brian Davis, now known to radio listeners in Los Angeles as Bryan Simmons, has achieved top Arbitron ratings for the fall survey period among the target audience group for his station, KOST (103.5 FM).
Simmons’ program was ranked No.1 in the afternoon drive time slot among people from 25 to 54 years of age. His 5.0 audience share—up sharply from a 3.7 rating in the summer ratings—is a commandingly high rating in the intensely competitive Los Angeles market.
The latest ratings, released in mid-January, also ranked Simmons’ program No. 1, with a 6.5 share (compared to 5.5 last summer), among women aged 25 to 54.
He ranks No. 1 among all women 18 years and older with a 6.5 share (up from 5.0 last summer).
In addition, he scored a 58 percent increase in listenership among all listeners age 12 and over, with a 5.4 share (up from 3.4 during the summer).
You can listen to Simmons’ program through the KOST Web site.


[update Feb-2017]
By the way, I'm now in Albuquerque and am the Program Director and PM Drive at KMGA-99.5 Magic FM, and have been here two weeks now.

Martin “Wonder Rabbit” Ashley Leaves Radio  Behind – Sort Of

[June 29, 2005]     Martin Ashley, affectionately remembered by KROY listeners as the “Wonder Rabbit,” has more than left the building. After a career spanning 37 years in radio, he’s left the broadcasting industry to accept a position offered to him at the state Capitol. Ashley is now working down the hall from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, in the Capitol Radio Studio of the California State Senate and Assembly. He is working with former KROY-FM program director Bob Brulte who was known as Bob West to KROY listeners. Brulte is former state Sen. Jim Brulte’s brother. The Radio Studio records interviews, “sound bites” and commentaries by legislators, and produces audio feeds for radio and television stations.
Ashley said his departure from radio followed considerable reflection about the broadcasting industry.
“Over the past decade I have had seemingly endless discussions regarding the changes to radio broadcasting,” said Ashley. “Some changes have been good, but many have been—in my opinion—bad changes. And just like outgrowing the fun and excitement of your first bicycle, the ‘business’ of radio has overtaken the fun and excitement for many folks like me—dedicated, career-minded, lifelong professionals. Corporate bean-counters, localism issues, radio becoming a commodity, as well as ‘do more with less’ corporate attitudes have diluted what radio once meant to me. The time has come for me to move on and leave my once-proud profession to others.”
We can only guess who will be the first legislator to walk into the radio studio and say, “Eat a banana, Wonder Rabbit.”


Bryan Simmons Returns To KOST, Los Angeles

[June 15, 2004]     Bryan Simmons, whose voice was the first one heard when Los Angeles FM station KOST shifted to a “soft” adult contemporary format in 1982 — and who remained with the station for 19 years before joining LA’s KBIG — has returned to KOST. Simmons replaced long-time personality Carolyn Gracie, and the transition took place in a highly unusual environment — before an admiring crowd during a live remote broadcast from Universal Studios. Simmons returned to the KOST afternoon-drive helm on June 14, 2004, after spending about two and a half years at KBIG hosting a weeknight dance music show called “Boogie Nights” as well as weekend afternoon air shifts.
Sacramento listeners knew Simmons under different names. When he made his debut on KROI (FM) in 1976, he was known as Brian Mason. He shifted over to KROY (AM) in 1977 as Brian Davis, a name he retained when he moved to KZAP in 1979. He used the same name at KXOA from 1980 to 1982, but changed the spelling of his first name to Bryan. He’s been Bryan Simmons since making the move to Los Angeles in 1982.
“I’ll miss KBIG as it was the closest in format to my days in Sacramento radio, but it’ll be nice to have my weekends off again,” acknowledged Simmons.


[update Feb-2017]
By the way, I'm now in Albuquerque and am the Program Director and PM Drive at KMGA-99.5 Magic FM, and have been here two weeks now.




First KROY Female Disc Jockey Anita Garner Writes Stage Play

[Jan. 24, 2004]     Anita Garner—known to KROY listeners in the late 1960s as “Lovely ‘Nita”—has written “The Glory Road,” a vibrant play about the Jones family of Pentecostal evangelists and gospel singers who toured the Deep South in the 1950s. The drama is enriched by a musical score chronicling the then-emerging rockabilly music phenomenon. “Salvation,” Anita explains, “was offered with a Honky-Tonk beat.” The story line is especially compelling because it is an autobiographical account that documents and dramatizes Anita’s own childhood experiences.
Traveling and appearing at tent revivals and churches in the South, and singing gospel songs on radio broadcasts, the Jones troupe members were part of a vanishing breed whose old-fashioned preaching constituted family entertainment in those dwindling days of a simpler era, before television so dramatically changed the American way of life. Through their travels, Brother Ray and Sister Fern Jones try to mold their children, Leslie Ray and ‘Nita Faye, into evangelists—”but both children resist the family business,” explains Anita.
Actual musical recordings that Anita’s family made during that era form the play’s soundtrack. She describes the play as “ultimately a universal story about family and the deals they make to keep from coming apart.” Following three initial readings of “The Glory Road” in Los Angeles, the script is now undergoing writing refinements under supervision of a noted theatrical director in preparation for a more stellar theatrical premiere. Visit Anita’s beautifully crafted Web site for more information about the play.
Anita, previously an on-air personality for KBIG in Los Angeles and host of a nationally syndicated radio program, now is the female voice for PBS television outlet KCET in L.A. and continues to do commercial voice-over work.


Former KROY Disc Jockey Makes Move in Los Angeles Radio

[Jan. 24, 2004]     Former KROY personality Dave Williams is now morning drive host on Los Angeles news powerhouse KNX (1070 AM). He presides from 5 to 9 am weekdays over the morning news team, which includes news anchor Vicky Moore, sportscaster Randy Kerdoon, business news specialist Bob McCormick and traffic reporter Jim Thornton. KNX, the signal of which is among the most potent in Southern California, is the oldest station in the region, dating to Sept. 10, 1920. The 50,000-watt station covers most of Southern California, and is heard throughout the West at night and in the predawn hours. Williams joined the station in December after working at co-owned KFWB, another L.A. news station since August 2002. He also spent a year as morning co-host at KABC Los Angeles, following a 15-year stint as morning news anchor at KFBK Sacramento. Dave made his debut on KROY in 1970, when he was hired by Bob Sherwood, and he remained with the station for three years until he shifted to KRTH in Los Angeles.

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