may have been the ultimate radio contest: Who would win the coveted
morning show position at K-Earth 101? Last spring, the oldies
station auditioned a number of radio notables, including Charlie
Tuna, the "World Famous" Tom Murphy, Charlie Van Dyke,
Dan Ingram and Dave Diamond. Except for Ingram, who is one of
the of New York leading top 40/olies DJs, all are proven Los
Angeles radio personalities. Van Dyke made his name as a morning
man on KHJ-AM in the '70s.
"Charlie has one of the greatest voices in radio," KRTH Program Director Mike Philips said. "He brings tremendous talent to K-Earth 101 and a very familiar voice back to Los Angeles."
After finishing up at Phoenix' '70s and '80s rock KGLQ-FM, Van Dyke joined KRTH Aug. 31. Joni Caryl remains as co-host/newscaster and Jim Carson is back on weekends. Huggy Boy, who has been broadcasting rock 'n' roll and R & B in L.A. since the '50s, moved to the powerhouse oldies station at the end of November. The self-described mayor of East L.A. who has held his own at night in the ratings, spins mostly "barrio soul" music.