Radio Broadcasting History
Radio People by Name (Y)
Kelly Yaksich aka Kelly Randall
KKUA [Honolulu HI] 1986-1987
Now: Kelly says (1/07), "I am now a lawyer in
Denver, Colorado where I have done weekend shows over the last 10 years at Alice 106,
Jamming 92.5 and KISS-FM." And check out Kelly David, recording artist.
WKWF [Key West FL] 1962-1976 - Ole Duke
WIIS [Key West] 1978 - Duke in the Afternoon
WAIL/WKWF [Key West]
1982-1983 - Old Duke/The Duke
WQCS [Ft. Pierce FL] 1999-2002 - The Duke:
Now: Duke (Emilio Yannacone) says (5/09),
"I moved back to Florida in January 2009; am living in the City of Oviedo, which is a few
miles northeast of Orlando."
WADS [Bridgeport CT] 1989-1991
Now: firstname.lastname@example.org says (4/11), "I discovered Dick
Yash on the back of Polka LP by Joe Twarog; due to the power of Google, I found him still
alive but retired; he filled me in on his resume and it turned out that he's been all
over my home state spinning not just polka but country and rock n' roll for 30+ years;
he's even done news -- he's just one of those unsung all-purpose radio men who shouldn't
KJJO [Minneapolis MN] 198?
KSTP [St. Paul MN] 1987
KFAN [Minneapolis] 1996
WEZU [St. Paul] 2002
Now: Mornings at Nostalgia WEZU,
KTRH [Houston TX] 2003
Now: David says (10/06), "I host talk shows in Dallas and
Houston covering home improvement."
WTMC [Ocala FL] 1958
WCKR [Miami FL] 196?
WQAM [Miami] 1965
WABC [New York] 1968
WCBS-FM [New York] 1969
WHYI [Miami] 1973 - fired after first day
WMYQ [Miami] 1974
WKAT [Miami] 1987
WFUN [Miami] 1993
WMRZ/WAXY [Miami] 1993
Roby Yonge died July 18th, 1997 (heart
attack, 54 years old) in Miami, Florida. See Roby Sherman's tribute to Roby Young,
the Big Kahuna.
[Ventura CA] 1964 - Dennis Young
KZAP [Sacramento CA] 1968
KMET [Los Angeles] 1971
Westwood One [Los Angeles] 1982 - Host: Ace & Friends
CNN Radio [Atlanta] 1984
WINZ/WINZ-FM [Miami] 1986
WNWS [Miami] 1988
KKBN [Twain Harte CA] 1993
KQMT [Denver CO] 200?
KWYO [Sheridan WY] 2003
Now: News Director
for Sheridan Media, Sheridan, Wyoming; and site administrator for Yosemite/Gold Country
Ace says (12/95), "I delivered 2 million petitions to President Carter at White House to stop
government funding of chemical spraying of marijuana plants with Paraquat. I also led the
effort to bring relief supplies to Indians held up behind the blockade at Wounded Knee, South
KTRE [Lufkin TX] 1956
WACO [Waco TX] 1957
KTRE [Lufkin] 1958
KOIL [Omaha] 1960 - Bill
KDOK [Tyler TX] 1961
WACO [Tyler] 1965
KILT/KILT-FM [Houston] 1966
Bill Young Productions [Sugarland TX] 1981-1996 - owner
Bill Young died May 31, 2014 (age 74) in Houston,
Texas. See Houston radio legend Bill Young remembered by friends, co-workers
(Houston Chronicle); and R.I.P.: Radio, Voice-Over Artist Bill Young Has Died (Media Confidential).
JWNote: Make sure you check out Bill's inside story of music radio from a programmers perspective: Dead Air: The Rise and Demise of Music Radio;
and/or the Kindle version: Dead AIr - The Rise and Demise of Music Radio.
WBGG [Miami FL] 2004
Now: Courtney says (3/05), "I'm living large
in Miami, Florida ... my dream come true; rocking the beach scene middays at Classic Rock
WBGG-FM (Big 105.9). This crazy business still makes me giddy and happy to get out of bed
KHJ [LA] 1947
KHJ-TV [LA] 1984
KCAL-TV [LA] 1990-1997
Now: Dexter retired in 1997 after 50 years with
KHJ/KCAL; he died July 17, 2006 in Orange County California.
WLAC [Nashville TN] 1966-1967
Now: John says (5/11), "I'm in the Nashville
area, having moved my voice-over business from Atlanta in 2009; voice of 40+ TV stations,
radio, and networks. When Ted Turner grabbed me to do his promo voice and TV work for
TBS/TNT/CNN while in Atlanta, it changed it all; they seduced me from radio but opened
doors with many opportunities; working harder than ever but loving every minute."
WAVL [Apollo PA] 2000
Now: Randy says (2/03), "I host of the
morning show on Religious WAVL and then go home and put on a suit and come back to
be GM (my real job)."
KWXY [Palm Springs CA] 1999
Now: Ron says (2/07), "I am currently
living in Palm Desert, California; am Sales and Marketing Director for Originamics
Television Productions (local TV shows and national TV production); and I do fill-in
and weekends for Easy Listening KWXY-FM and do numerous voice-overs around the U.S."
CJET [Ottawa ON] 1973 - Neil
CFRA [Ottawa] 1974
CKLC [Kingston ON] 1975
CHIQ [Winnipeg MB] 1976
CJFM [Montreal Québec] 1977
CITI [Winnipeg] 1979
CJAY [Calgary Alberta] 1985
KISW [Seattle WA] 1989
WNEW-FM [New York NY] 1995
WAXQ [New York] 1999-2000
Steve Yound died Dec 8, 2008 (heart attack while
on a cruise in Mexico); see Dial Global
Senior Programming Consultant Steve Young dies, Veteran Programmer/Consultant Steve Young Dies, and R.I.P.: Steve Young.
KWUN [San Francisco CA] 1975-1978
KAAR [Vancouver WA] 1983-1984
Now: Steve says (1/17), "I am
still doing some freelance work, but mostly retired in Lincoln City, Oregon. KWUN
(K-15) was the highlight of my career as part of a super creative, innovative,
and successful production team that included Tom Wilson, John Hawkins, Don Defesi,
Jim DiLeonardo, Melissa Foster (Wilson), Ron Hall, and others. We loved to create
top-level, effective advertising for our local clients."
KSO [Des Moines] 1958
W??? [Florida] 1965
KIOA [Des Moines] 1966-2008
KRNT [Des Moines] 2008-2009
Dic Youngs died Sep 30, 2009 in
Des Moines, Iowa.
KPRI [San Diego] 1966 -
Jack Owens (fired after 1 day)
KNAK [Salt Lake City] 1967 -
KSTN [Stockton CA] 1967 -
KUDU [Ventura CA] 1968 -
KACY [Oxnard CA] 1968 - Spanky
KEZY [LA] 1968 - Spanky Elliott
KYNO [Fresno CA] 1969 - Big John
KGB [San Diego] 1970 - Big John
KFIG-FM [Fresno CA] 1972 - Big
KCBQ [San Diego] 1972 - Big
KCPX [Salt Lake City] 1972 -
KPOI [Honolulu] 1974 - Maxx
KHJ [LA] 1975 - Big John Carter
KBDF [Eugene OR] 1975 - Charlie
KEZY [LA] 1976 - Big John Carter
KHJ [LA] 1984 - Johnny Yount
Jayman Productions [Fresno CA] 1986-2005 - Jay Crosby, owner
John Yount aka Big John Carter aka Jay Crosby
died (brain infection) Aug 24, 2005 in Fresno, California. Norma Aamodt McKim (Escondido, CA) says (8/26/05), "John
Yount went by many names to his radio fans - probably most remembered as Big John Carter.
For years he belonged to Viking Net for alumni of La Jolla High, and for us he was and always
will be Johnny Yount; our brilliant, funny and immensely talented friend."
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