At the end of the day – a life more troubled than idyllic.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Michael Jackson death – Farrah Fawcett death – June 25, 2009
Further evidence this day in history has been busier than most. Hard to believe it’s been four years since the tragic news came that Pop Icon Michael Jackson had died. An already troubled figure working on what would have been a comeback tour, the finale came in the guise of a drug overdose, and a storm of questions amid the sorrow that another celebrated and much-loved figure in the world of Pop Music had gone in a way far too many had before him.
But also on this day, taking a distant backseat, was the news of another Pop-Culture icon, Farrah Fawcett who succumbed to a long ordeal with Cancer at the age of 62 only hours earlier. Fawcett was probably best known as one of Charlie’s Angels in the hit TV series, as well as one of the more popular pinups of the 70s whose trademark hairstyle made her one of the most imitated of that decade.
Fawcett had died around 9 that morning, on the 25th of June. The news on Michael Jackson would come around 3:30 that afternoon.
Here are both news reports from June 25, 2009 via KNX in Los Angeles and KCBS, San Francisco.
The none-too-friendly yet all-too-familiar sign this day in 1979.
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If you owned a car, this May 9th in 1979, you were no doubt preoccupied with what number your license plate ended in. Because gas rationing was being enforced and was strictly limited to odd numbered or Personalized license plates on this day.
And of course it was topic A in conversation for most everyone, especially if you lived in Los Angeles or anywhere around Southern California. Los Angeles had no efficient public transit system to speak of then. And since many people lived in the suburbs surrounding Los Angeles, people relied almost exclusively on their cars in order to get to work.
Lines snaked around gas stations. Gas stations closed unexpectedly. Fights broke out. People forgot what day it was. In short, it was a mess.
So on this day, the news was given over to reports in the field from various communities in Southern California, as reported on KNX-AM in Los Angeles. There was other news – it was looking like the SALT II treaty was going to ratified. The Hillside Strangler case was moving along and the Middle East was smoldering as usual.
And I’ll be you forgot about this day in 1979, didn’t you?
From April 29, 1992 and many days afterwards; a familiar sight.
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One of the most costly and destructive riots in history. The beating trial of Rodney King by four Los Angeles Police Offers, who were handed not-guilty verdicts on this day in 1992. Within minutes of the verdict‘s reading, disturbances erupted all over the city, culminating in the Flashpoint at Normandie Avenue.
Here is part of the continuing coverage, as the riot unfolded less than an hour after the verdict reading by way of KNX-AM in Los Angeles.
On April 29, 1992 – it was a good night to stay in the house. And it only went downhill from there.
Bob Crane – When Personality Radio ruled most daily life.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Bob Crane Show – Feb. 24, 1960
In retrospect, it really wasn’t that long ago that radio was a veritable hotbed of Personalities – every station and every format seemed to have those people whom the audience stuck to like glue and who were fixtures in our daily lives and who weren’t particularly interested in making you paranoid, seething or schizophrenic and had little or no political axes to grind. Every city and town that could be reached by the somewhat archaic technology of broadcast radio, boasted their own personalities, and where you lived pretty much dictated who you were a fan of.
The major metropolitan areas like L.A., New York, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco had an embarrassment of riches in the Radio Personality department. It was cause for stiff competition. One of the most popular in Los Angeles was Bob Crane.
Probably best known now via the 60’s TV series Hogan’s Heroes, Crane was a radio personality many years before he entered TV. His daily morning show on KNX in Los Angeles was almost required listening if you lived in L.A. at the time. His rapid fire delivery, the staccato sketches and the veritable who’s who of guests made him one of the most listened to Personalities in radio throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s.
Here is a sample by way of an audition for a proposed evening version of his daily morning show from February 24, 1960.
Yes, radio was very different then.