It's good to see so many of Bill's friends and RKO/DC alumni (remembering him) tonight -- et al. He would have loved (the) gathering.
And Bill Earl, he would have hoisted a bourbon and coke.
There are some people who are supposed to live forever, and Bill Drake was one.
11/30/2008 4:56 PM
Thank you, Gary. You were always one of MY favorites going back to 1964 on KRLA. And you were ALWAYS a CLASS ACT.
Bill E. (Advisor to this site)
Vic may hold the record for the most name changes (3) in one market, i.e. L.A./Burbank....Vic Gee, Vic Grayson, and finally Jim Carson, which he still uses today on KRTH 101.1 FM in Los Angeles...which CAN be heard in San Diego.
The only other two I can think of is Johnny Yount who was "Spanky Elliott" at Oxnard's KACY, "Big John Carter" at San Diego's KGB, and "Johnny Yount" at Car Radio KHJ in 1984, and Jay Stevens at KRLA, Steve Jay at K-Earth, and Steve Janwick at KFXM...THREE different names in the Southern CA region.
But Gee used THREE names in ONE market. I think THAT is the record.
I am in complete shock. It was Bill Drake and "Boss Radio" that led me to a long career in radio. A highlight came in 1973 when I got to work for him at KIQQ (K100) in Los Angeles. His voice will forever be heard...He was number one then....and will be number one now in rock and roll heaven. I'm sure that he's already been in touch with Morgan and Steele.
Rest in peace...
You were one of kind, Bill.
Saturday, November 29, 2008 11:49:00 PM PST
- Bill Earl said...
Late last summer and early fall, I used the name "PHIL HERON" on Manteca's KXOK...Phil Heron was a name I made up in 1966, as a tribute to Mr. Drake, in a play I wrote back in high school. "Phil Heron" is currently on the beach, but we know Bill Drake is in radio heaven downing his famous "winkiepoos." Sad that we lost Morgan, Steele, and now Drake to lung cancer. They all smoked non-filters back in the day. Here's a winkiepoo toast to the man who changed the face of L.A. radio, and I just happened to be home from school on April 28th, 1965 (with a broken collarbone) to hear it... the birth of Boss Radio 93/KHJ.
Sunday, November 30, 2008 6:24:00 AM PST
- Anonymous said...
(In regard to Drake's death from lung cancer)
I smoked unfiltered Lucky Strikes for about 30 years. I quit 22 years ago.
When I was hanging out with Drake trying to get on at KHJ, and technically did for about 24 hours,
he was smoking unfiltered Pall Malls. Don Steele (years ago) smoked Alpine cigarettes which were filtered menthols. I don't know what he smoked later. Don did quit smoking but Robert W. Morgan never did.
I read that Drake had quit several years ago but it appears the damage was done.
So many in our generation smoked and it sure has taken its toll. I also think smoking in the confinement of the small on air studios, where your "own" second had smoke stayed in the air and the sound proofing acoustical tiles containing asbestos didn't help the situation.
Time and "bad habits" are catching up I guess."
Sunday, November 30, 2008 8:02:00 AM PST
Because he was best known to Southern CA Top 40 audiences as "Vic Gee", it would be a no-brainer to once again be "Vic Gee" on 136/KGB, which he joined in the summer of 1967, right?
We were told that the KGB PD (Les Turpin?) just didn't like the name "Vic Gee", so when VIC GEE joined KGB his new manufacted-by-management air name would be "JIM CARSON."
Pictured here is "demo" artwork NEVER PUBLISHED by KGB showcasing just HOW a summer 1967 survey cover might look like IF they HAD allowed Vic Gee to use his Los Angeles Top 40 airname...VIC GEE.
It was at KPPC that the "news team" released a Capitol Records LP that featured some of their best material from their last days at KRLA, including their 1969 "Woodstock" festival spoof, "Woodschtick."
We'll be displaying "an interrupted run" of very rare KRUX (Phoenix AZ) survey folders (all sides) from 1964 theu 1966 starting as early as this weekend.
EXCLUSIVE to this site.
If anyone else had them, they would have displayed them by now on the internet.
WATCH for the first one this weekend!
Ted Quillin also was part of "XEPRS" during the soul format in 1972, after leaving country KFOX.
The XEPRS transmitter was in Rosarito, south of Tijuana in Baja California, Mexico.
Some jocking indeed took place from Rosarito from their ocean-view "board."
(Edwards, Christian, and Quillin mostly jocked from the 6th and Western in Los Angeles studios)
Sometimes pre-recorded taped shows (such as Laboe) were played from that site, too, on the reels seen in these photos.
The powerful "border radio blaster" could be heard in 7 states, we were told.