Plus Gary Owens, Ken Draper, Harry Hare Martin, Dick Biondi, Joe Finan, Dick Clark, Jack Armstrong..and on. In the book, La Barbara confesses to making a mistake when he left WLW. David Moorhead, general manager of KMET-FM, Los Angeles. It was not unusual to hear the bones in his ribs and legs snap as the cancer ate them away. Prostate cancer was a battle he should not have had to fight. If he had the PSA exam, he might have lived to meet the grandchildren and great grandchildren who came into the family after his death.
I've just read this when, viola, who walks in my door but Kenneth "Dan Clayton" Wolt, now a citizen of Las Vegas. And I gather he had permission from George Duncan, president of Metromedia, though I don't know this for a fact. His death made me a zealot for getting my own PSA exams and encouraging my friends to do the same.
He has a son and daughter and lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife Sally.
My thanks to Director Phil Brown for this opportunity to share my broadcast experiences and to pass on my knowledge to students who want to learn the profession. I met him again when Billboard tossed one of those exceedingly boring corporate meetings in the Cincinnati area. I' TS THE BEST BOOK I"VE READ BY A DISC JOCKEY.
Years ago I was a adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati & Xavier University. Except, of course some of us still bask in that glow of success that once was. After I quickly told other employees how great I was, I joined Bill Randle for a drive through town. When I got off at ten, one of the new guys who had been with us a few weeks, Chuck Dunaway, took over. Anyway, Jim La Barbara writes about that whole scene--and later about Buzz Bennett at the awards dinner. LABARBARA WRITES WELL AND HE EVIDENTLY KEPT NOTES ABOUT EVERYTHING. It will look good in your bookcase and impress the devil out of your friends and relatives. by Claude Hall La Barbara said that Big Joe Mc Nay "was bigger than life.
He has such a well-known voice," says WNKR-FM owner Jeff Ziesmann.
"He's the Music Professor, not the Rock 'n' Roll Professor.
Understand this: All that Top 40 came to be may have been because of Bill Randle. But in this world and maybe the next, nothing is definite. Jim also covers with flair and accuracy Randle's role in the careers of Elvis Presley, Johnny Ray and others. Clayton pleads with him not to leave: Clayton is to be the new program director. Atkins deserted, coming past me he leaned down and said, "Don't you ever do this to me again! Dad fought prostate cancer with a courage that amazed everyone.
We accumulate information, postulate, wait for additional information. Jim doesn't just discuss Bill Randle, he mentions countless names from Sonny & Cher to Tony Orlando, Bobby Vee, Buddy Holly, the Supremes..get the idea? He even mentions Jane Scott, a reporter with the Cleveland Plain Dealer who also was a stringer for Billboard; I ran several stories that she wrote; she was great. La Barbara, however, goes to Denver for a year before rejoining WLW. After the one at the Century-Plazza in Los Angeles with the help of L. A tall and powerful man, he went from 228 pounds to 140 pounds, but kept fighting to the end.What Gary Owens was to Los Angeles - still is - that is Jim La Barbara to Cincinnati. He told me some while back that he was writing a book - "Jim La Barbara: The Music Professor"- - focusing on his countless interviews with recording artists and was going to include a chapter on Bill Randle. He had not placed his name on the 45 rpms for fear that other disc jockeys might not play the records. What he said was true, I could learn from him, but to say that to me was just being a jerk."That's what Jim La Barbara is all about - stories. At least there are two of us who think Chuck Dunaway is a jerk. I learned how to deal with people from watching the master. PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) tests were not common when dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1992.I asked if I could have the chapter on Bill Randle. Just one of these groups he produced was the Crew-Cuts, which Jim La Barbara mentions in his book, along with other acts. The stories that La Barbara tells are based on his radio interviews over the years. I've just read about La Barbara throwing a huff and quitting when Dan Clayton joins WLW. A world famous physician was in dad's inner circle and dad went for regular checkups. Dad was a former athlete in tremendous health, worked out seven days a week and enjoyed every moment of life.Jim La Barbara, known as the Music Professor for nearly three decades on WLW-AM and WGRR-FM, now can be heard 10 a.m.-2 p.m.on Classic Country WNKR-FM (106.7) and streamed at 1067wnkr."I'm telling stories about those great songs and singers," says La Barbara, who started Monday."It's a privilege to put Jim on the air.It was founded in 1992, and moved to 106.7 from 106.5 about 10 years ago.