"THE GORILLA" was a voice character created by KFI air talent Jack Armstrong, and heard heavily on Armstrong's show, during 640 AM's late 70s/early 80s Top 40 format.
For baby boomers, gorillas have always been cool.
WE used to always like TVs "Great Grape Ape" cartoons by Hanna-Barbera.
It is conventional wisdom that when Dick Sainte left the program director chair in 1971, had production/weekender JIM MEEKER taken over as the new P.D. INSTEAD OF Shadoe Stevens, arguably KRLA COULD HAVE lasted as a major Top 40 station in Los Angeles for as long as KHJ did (to 1980) possibly longer.
We'll never know, but those who were "there" (under Dick Sainte) have made comments like these for many years.
KRLA morning man Dave Hull had accumulated much vacation time by September 1968, so he took a few weeks off in early fall 1968, leaving cutting-edge comedian MURRAY ROMAN to take over the morning-drive shift during Hull's absence. Roman was a personal favorite of KRLA program director Cecil Tuck.
Elwell returned to KRLA (after leaving in early 1963) in July 1968, replacing Johnny Hayes in the voice-tracked 10am-3pm shift. He left KRLA in late December 1968, replaced by voice-tracked William F. Williams in the midday shift.
In January 2006, a new blogsite called "BILL EARL" (http://billearl.blogspot.com/) edited by the twice-published TPB author & recognized longtime research archivist was launched, starting out as a mix of radio memorabilia, non-radio reviews of all kinds, op/ed politics, & pop culture scrapbook images.
After the op/ed politics was removed, & the various kinds of non-radio reviews dropped, the site (keeping the original URL) was renamed "BOSS COOL STUFF," a blend of radio & pop culture.
But as radio images became the most popular feature, all the pop culture (non-radio) images displayed since January 2006 were deleted, & the site (still keeping the original URL) became ALL-radio oriented in December 2006 under the title "WHEN RADIO WAS BOSS - VOLUME 2 - THE E-BOOK," an internet follow-up to the long promised "Volume 2" of the once-planned TPB scrapbook series (made obsolete by the color internet & printers) with a team of eleven contributors, including Kelli Rosenfeld (the daughter of KROQ-AM's STEVE SANDS) & KRLA 1110's JOHNNY ST. THOMAS.
The site was closed on Friday, June 27, 2008.
On Monday, June 30, 2008 (after two days "dark") this "scrapbook"-esque net site was opened up, featuring all the best images that were saved from that defunct site, PLUS almost all cartoon characters drawn by an Arcadia CA teenager (between age 12 and 16) from 1963 thru 1966 for a proposed newspaper comic strip about DJs & their radio station.
On Wednesday, May 27, 2009, this site reached the then-1024MB gratis image display space then allowed by the site host, Blogger, and became static, but with clickable links posted on the home page for "satellite sites" that would be able to display MORE classic DJ & radio station images that this site at that time could no longer display.
As EXCLUSIVES to this site, you'll find both
> "Commemorative Images"
These are where faded, yellowed, or just plain dull looking B & W radio memorabilia images were "freshened up" or "colorized" with computer screen-friendly bright, fresh colors for today's viewers who expect to see colorful visuals on their computer screens.
> "Artistic Re-Creations"
These are original image displays that were created by graphic artists. The best way to explain "Artistic Re-creations" would be like what is seen in the dealer's room at today's Beatles conventions....bright & fresh new "retro"-style items for sale that LOOK like they came from the 1964-1966 Beatlemania days, but were created today so collectors could have more items for their collections at reasonable prices, unlike the NEMS stuff from 1964 at huge $$$ amounts. Because "Silver Age" printed DJ & radio station memorabilia IS already so limited & rare, & seemingly getting rarer every year, in order to "spread the joy," graphic artists were commissioned to created fresh, new image displays to INCREASE the shrinking & already very limited amount of "Silver Age" printed material & memorabilia in circulation.
Several frequently asked questions.
Q. Can I just rummage through page by page? A. THAT is the BEST way, as for some reason the "search blog" link does NOT show ALL of the over 2,600 images we've displayed. So if you want to see everything, or find a particular DJ or radio station, the best way to do that is to look at the bottom of each page, where you can "scroll" back to OLDER POSTS, & if you keep doing that, you'll eventually reach the very last display (B. Mitchel Reed on KFWB in 1962) & then you've seen it all. You can ALWAYS rummage through the "Archives Vault" link on the right column of our home page (see above).
But just don't go by the "search blog" link. It just doesn't connect to ALL we've displayed.
Q. Can I print out anything you display?
A. YES. In fact, you are ENCOURAGED to use your COLOR printer & print out for your OWN scrapbooks, collections, or archives any image you find here. We don't want ANY of this to go extinct.