Say Goodbye To The Old KHJ/Los Angeles Tower
February 28, 2013 at 4:08 AM (PT)
The historic radio tower that broadcast the hits on KHJ to the LOS ANGELES area as "Boss Radio" in the '60s was taken town with the help of a bulldozer YESTERDAY (2/17). The crew that toppled the tower spent four days planning the event.
KHJ, now owned by LIBERMAN, brodcasts a Ranchera format.
WIKIPEDIA notes, "In APRIL 1965, programming consultant BILL DRAKE was brought in to craft KHJ's new Top 40 format. DRAKE hired PD RON JACOBS, who had created formats in HAWAII and CALIFORNIA. The new format featured a very 'tight' sound built on a restrictive music playlist and restraints on on-air commentary by the announcers (although a few superstar announcers, such as ROBERT W. MORGAN (produced by WALT 'FAILSAFE' RADTKE), CHARLIE TUNA, HUMBLE HARVE (produced by DEX YOUNG), and THE REAL DON STEELE (produced by JON BADEAUX) were allowed to develop their own on-air personalities).
Also part of the format, which came to be known as "Boss Radio," was a package of memorable jingles performed by the JOHNNY MANN SINGERS. "Boss Radio" subsequently spread throughout the nation and brought high ratings and acclaim to stations such as KFRC in SAN FRANCISCO, WFIL in PHILADELPHIA, KGB in SAN DIEGO, WQXI in ATLANTA, CKLW in WINDSOR, ONTARIOand WRKO in BOSTON. BILL DRAKE, teamed with GENE CHENAULT, brought up many of their "Boss" announcers through the stations in other cities, which they used as a proving ground for talent."
The call letters KHJ stood for kindness, happiness and joy.
Watch the towers fall here.