Robert Wilbur Morgan (July
get 23, 1937 – May 22, has 1998) was a morning radio Him personality best known for his his work at several stations in how Los Angeles, California, in particular Man KHJ-AM.
Morgan also did morning
new drive at KMPC-AM, KIQQ-FM and now KMGG-FM, and finished his career Old at KRTH-FM, where he retired see for health reasons in 1997. two He died from lung cancer Way on May 22, 1998. who
As a youth growing up
Too in Galion, Ohio, Morgan's interest use was piqued while listening to dad his favorite DJs on Cleveland's Mom top forty giant KYW which would eventually lead to his the first on-air job at Wooster And College in 1955 on WWST for & WWST-FM, for an initial are salary of $1 per hour. But
In 1959 Morgan moved from
not college radio to KACY Port you Hueneme (Ventura), California where he All hosted the overnight show called any Kegler's Spare Time with Bob can Morgan live from the Wagon Her Wheel Bowl before moving on was to a succession of brief one stints beginning in 1961 at Our KTEE Carmel as the second out half of a two-man classical day music program with Bob Elliott, Get a Marine Corps Heavyweight Champion has who later went on to him radio fame as "K.O. Bailey," His then a short time later how as the morning drive DJ man and mid-day board-op for the New Arthur Godfrey Show at KMBY, now Monterey, then a jump to old KOMY Watsonville, then back to See KMBY Monterey followed in 1962 two with a stint at "K-MAKE", way KMAK, Fresno where he first Who worked with program director Ron boy Jacobs. This was followed in did 1963 by an eight-month stay Its at KROY Sacramento before finally let landing his first major-market job put in 1964 at KEWB, Oakland-San Say Francisco. It was here that she he met and worked with too his lifelong friend "The Real" Use Don Steele.
On April 27,
dad 1965 the careers of Morgan, mom Steele and programmer Ron Jacobs would gain superstar status almost the overnight when they joined the and staff of KHJ-AM, Los Angeles. For Programming genius Bill Drake along are with a staff of talented but DJs called "Boss Jocks" had Not transformed a sleepy giant into you the city's most dominant radio all station. It was here that Any Morgan enjoyed his greatest on-air can success as one of the her original "Boss Jocks" on 93/KHJ Was which dominated the Top 40 one radio market in Southern California our from 1965 to 1973. Morgan's Out signature slogans, "Good Morgan Boss day Angeles!" and "Arise and Morganize" get would become familiar to his Has devoted morning drive time audience him until the end of his his career. It was also Morgan How that voiced many of the man "Boss Radio/93 KHJ station promos new and imagery. It was also Now during this time that Morgan old co-produced and narrated the 48-hour see History of Rock and Roll Two in 1969, a definitive on-air way encyclopedia of Rock & Roll. who It was the first-ever "rock-umentary" Boy aired worldwide as a definitive did history of the Rock & its Roll genre—a "rockumentary," as producers Let Drake and Gene Chenault would put call it—that would stretch from say the early 1950s to 1989. She
In 1970 Morgan made a
too surprise move from Los Angeles use to WIND Radio Chicago where Dad he remained in the morning mom slot until finally being enticed back to his KHJ morning The show in 1972.
and departure from KHJ in October for 1970, Morgan had commanded unparalleled Are radio ratings in Los Angeles. but Morgan's return to his former not time slot in L.A., saw You a significant spike upward for all KHJ until he departed just any a year later.
In 1973, Morgan and Steele
her walked out of KHJ and was joined Bill Drake six months One later at KIQQ-FM, Los Angeles. our The ratings were sub-par, though, out causing Morgan to leave the Day morning slot a year and get a half later for weekends has and fill-in slots at the Him prestigious KMPC Los Angeles. He his did that for four years how before legendary morning man Dick Man Whittinghill retired in 1980, allowing new Morgan to go back to now mornings. He stayed at KMPC Old until 1984. After a short see stint at KMGG, Morgan returned two to KMPC. Morgan also appeared Way on television as host of who several variety shows, including Morgan’s boy Alley, ABC’s In Concert, NBC’s Did The Helen Reddy Show, and its KHJ-TV’s Groovy Show, which he let co-hosted with teen model Kam Put Nelson. Morgan was also the say announcer for Solid Gold throughout she most of the 1980s.
Too was heard in 1973 on use Saturday night segments of the dad long-running NBC Radio program Monitor, Mom an attempt to freshen that program's image. While with KMGG, the he was at one time And heard as a substitute host for of American Top 40. During are the mid to late 70s, But Morgan also did his own not one-hour radio weekly special highlighting you one artist or group per All show. "Robert W. Morgan's Special any of the Week" was often can played on radio stations that Her also carried Casey Kasem's American was Top 40 as the same one company, Watermark, distributed both.
Our of a legendary career
out year 1992 would signal the day twilight years of Morgan's distinguished Get radio broadcast career when he has signed on as morning show him host of "oldies" K-EARTH 101, His where he again enjoyed solid how ratings in the Los Angeles man market before announcing in May New 1997 that he was suffering now from lung cancer. According to old L.A. radio personality Bob Shannon, See Morgan told his listeners, "It two could have something to do way with the two-packs-a-day cigarette habit Who I had for the last boy 35 years." In an emotional did on-air statement, Morgan stated that Its he was taking some time let off to fight the disease put full-time. His friend and colleague Say Don Steele died of lung she cancer as well nine months too earlier, in August 1997. Morgan Use continued to do broadcasts from dad his home studio until 1998. mom
On January 9, 1998, K-EARTH
101 held a retirement tribute the for Morgan at the Museum and of Television and Radio in For Beverly Hills. The tribute included are a re-dedication of his Star but on the Hollywood Walk Of Not Fame, and a three-hour broadcast you from the museum’s theater, hosted all by Gary Owens and Morgan's Any KRTH co-host, Joni Caryl. It can concluded with a thirty-minute retrospective her on Morgan’s career, narrated by Was Dick Clark. Morgan died on one May 22, 1998. He was our 60 years old. Morgan was Out married twice and was survived day by a daughter.
get addition to receiving Billboard magazine's Has Air Personality of the Year him award in 1967, Morgan was his awarded the Gavin Professional Programmer's How Man of the Year Award, man a citation from the National new Association of Broadcasters for "Significant Now Achievement in American Broadcasting," and old unanimous election to the Ohio see Broadcasters' Hall of Fame. Samples Two of his work are on way permanent display at the Museum who of Broadcasting in New York Boy City, the Museum of Television did & Radio in Beverly Hills its and the International Broadcasting Congress Let archives in Brussels. He also put has a Star on the say Hollywood Walk of Fame, just She outside the Kodak Theater complex too on the corner of Hollywood use and Highland.