And it wasn’t smarmy, it wasn’t, ‘Heyyy!’ — a Top 40 thing — he was focused, very intelligent, and very, very funny. Raymond “Ramondo” Banister, who cracked jokes and spun records as co-host of the KROQ-FM/106.7 morning show for much of the ’80s, died on Dec. 24 after a long battle with brain cancer, according to former colleagues at the station. “Ramondo, you were always a good friend to me. Not only did Stryker and Klein take over a show with some controversy, it was also during a time when they were told they could no longer be in the studio together. Los Angeles, CA, October 2020 ... Sting, and Elvis Costello, and is sometimes credited as the first DJ on KROQ to play The Offspring’s “Come Out and Play” in 1994 and Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” in 2008. Can LA talk radio find the next Rush Limbaugh to bring back listeners? Banister did the surgery needed and was off air for four or five months to recuperate and rehabilitate. ... 2020. We are all grieving tonight.”, “So sad to get this news,” wrote Tami Heide, a longtime KROQ DJ, on Facebook. Jimmy Rabbitt, a pioneering freeform radio DJ who helped expose outlaw country music to Southern California, died of natural causes on Nov. 25, according to Robbyn Hart, a longtime friend … I write in my book (the memoir “World In My Eyes”) that he was my Obi-Wan Kenobi. Arizona hired Jedd “the” Fisch, the former KROQ DJ? And Violent Femmes he was always happy to reach for. in Communications Journalism and minored in Political Science. “Some of the negativity bums me out … but I loving the challenge,” Stryker said. 24/7 For FREE On RADIO.COM. Blade said neither he nor Evans knew exactly how ill their old on-air partner was. Fan after fan would ask to see the DJ, and it was … “He loved live music,” Blade said, remembering his love of wild and wacky performers like Lene Lovich and others. Stryker is working out of a spare bedroom in the home he shares with his wife as well. “Some have gone from swearing off ever listening again to saying ‘OK well, I heard one or two things that were decent,’” Klein said. “When I first found out the Klein and I were going to move to mornings, I was so excited, but then I found out that Kevin Ryder was going to be let go along with that team and, mixed in with the pandemic, there was only about 30 seconds of celebration,” Stryker said during a recent phone interview. “It’s about 90 percent error and 10 percent trial right now,” Klein, who does the show secluded from his wife and kids out of a closet in his home, admitted. Banister, who joined KROQ in 1980 and early in the decade was half of the Ramondo and Evans show with Mike Evans, brought Richard Blade on board after Evans left the station a few years later, Blade said on Monday. Graduated from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore. with degrees in English and Communications. “And then he said, ‘Raymond never told me about the tumor.’ I said, me too. The original KROQ version of the program was launched by Anthony Valadez (a.k.a. “[Dr. Drew] said to Raymond, ‘If you don’t get your leg fixed, it’s going to end up amputated,’” Blade said. Producer/engineer and disc jockey Jed the Fish became a celebrity as he hosted afternoon drive time on KROQ-FM in Los Angeles. KROQ-FM/Los Angeles launches "Alternalido," a new Latin alternative show. “When I heard, I called Mike Evans and he was like, ‘Oh my gosh,’” Blade said. (Photo by Emma McIntyre, Getty Images for KROQ), KROQ DJs Ted Stryker (second from left) and Kevin Klein (far right), pictured interviewing rock band Twenty One Pilots at Almost Acoustic Christmas at Honda Center in Anaheim in 2019, went from their time slot in the afternoon on the Los Angeles rock radio station to the new co-hosts of the “Stryker & Klein Morning Show.” Their first morning show aired on April 6. They had that quirkiness.”. “We wanted to make it very clear that we’re not replacing ‘Kevin & Bean’ because there is no replacing ‘Kevin & Bean,’” Klein said. We might permanently block any user who abuses these conditions. Klein cut his teeth at several radio stations in New York and a couple of SiriusXM shows, hosted a morning show for ALT 105 FM in San Francisco and would serve as an occasional co-host on Dr. Drew Pinsky’s “Loveline.” He was in between gigs after a morning show failed to launch in San Diego when he met Stryker. Rodney Bingenheimer is a dj from Mountain View, California, USA. “My brother would record you guys on cassette tape for me and send them to me in Korea when I was stationed there,” Craig Stone tweeted back to Blade. [third-party source needed] On August 20, 1993, Trenton was a victim of a prank played by morning DJ Gene "Bean" … News with Kevin and Mike,” with co … It’s funny and interesting… and Kroq really screwed up cause the rating now are horrible. “I was working in Long Beach at KNAC-FM doing overnights, and on the long drive to Sherman Oaks at 6 a.m. I’d listen to their morning show, our competition, and thought they were so great,” he said. Former KROQ … Born in Hoboken, Ken had a deep history with KROQ. “Deep down, it’s just such an honor to be on KROQ,” he continued. Based at KROQ … Stryker was born and raised in Los Angeles, but hosted a morning show at 92.1 KFMA in Tucson, Ariz., before being hired at KROQ in 1999. Although we do not pre-screen comments, we reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable to us, and to disclose any information necessary to satisfy the law, regulation, or government request. There is a lot of good alternative music out there circa 2020.....but it needs to be played so it can become familiar and loved. Radio Disc Jockey on the popular rock music station KROQ who began hosting his own program Rodney on the ROQ in 1976. In April 1982, Blade talked his way into doing voiceovers and commercials for KROQ while still working at KNAC. She graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 2006 with a B.A. Banister heard his work and invited him to do some pre-recorded spots for his morning show, Blade said. Stream on RADIO.COM! LISTEN LIVE At Work Or While You Surf. Fellow KROQ DJ Freddy Snakeskin said via email on Monday that Banister — who he said was 69 when he died — eventually left that station and worked as a bus driver for special-needs kids “which he told me he really enjoyed last time I talked to him.”. Raymond “Ramondo” Banister, left, a longtime KROQ DJ — including co-host with Richard Blade in the mid-’80s of the morning show — died on Dec. 24, 2019. Catfish and the Bottlemen. If you see comments that you find offensive, please use the “Flag as Inappropriate” feature by hovering over the right side of the post, and pulling down on the arrow that appears. Earned his first newspaper paycheck at the Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat, fled the Midwest for Los Angeles Daily News and finally ended up at the Orange County Register. Updated Weekly! (Photo by Kevin Winter, Getty Images for KROQ). Former KROQ DJs Gene ‘Bean’ Baxter and Allie Mac Kay team up for a new Patreon podcast by Admin This week, two familiar voices in Southern California radio debuted an all-new podcast. “To be perfectly honest, the world provided us with a pretty good excuse not to be good right away,” Klein said. Here is the entire list and recording of KROQ's Top 106 Of 1983 Countdown: KROQ… “We clicked right away. He earned and lost multi-millions of dollars over the years. He regularly covers the Oscars and the Emmys, goes to Comic-Con and Coachella, reviews pop music, and conducts interviews with authors and actors, musicians and directors, a little of this and a whole lot of that. KROQ DJs Ted Stryker (second from left) and Kevin Klein (far right), pictured interviewing rock band Twenty One Pilots at Almost Acoustic Christmas at Honda Center in Anaheim in 2019, went … Banister loved going to concerts whether at some small venue like the now gone Perkins Palace in Pasadena or a big arena like the Forum. 1980s KROQ radio recordings, Click link and a NEW window will open-Actual audio from the "world famous" KROQ includes nostalgic commercials, drop ins and DJs Poor Man, Dusty Street, Richard Blade and others. Became a team for three-and-a-half or four years and were pretty inseparable. We might permanently block any user who abuses these conditions. He's taught one or two classes a semester in the journalism and mass communications department at Cal State Long Beach since 2006. LA and OCs Alternative Rock Station. I love the letters K-R-O-Q and the listeners are so fun and passionate. The reaction from former coworkers and listeners was both fond and deeply sad. By the end of the ’80s, Banister had moved first to the midday shift, and later left the air to work as production director. He worked at KROQ until 2004, nearly 25 years in all, before moving to Arizona. She came to The Orange County Register in 2006 after freelancing for numerous regional, national and international music magazines and has covered all things music, stand-up comedy, horror and more. Cody will serve as the primary host of Alternalido, while DJ Ethos will produce a weekly mix for the show. The station later rebranded the show after Gene “Bean” Baxter, who co-hosted “The Kevin & Bean Show” alongside Ryder since 1990, left in November. “He was never lost for a comeback. The legendary radio DJ and "Mayor of the Sunset Strip" opens up about his firing from KROQ and impending move to Little Steven's Underground Garage. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. October 14, 2020 at 7:04 a.m. “Mike was kind of a fun, wild one who was all over the place,” he said. “Latin alternative means so many things to different people,” Valdez told … During their first show they were able to give props to the on-air talent that came before them. KROQ … Joining KROQ for Night 1 on Saturday, December 7th, 2019, will be DJ Jeremiah Red. Earned a master's degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. “I’ve been here 21 years and I love Southern California … all parts of it. Over the years, we’ve all grown up together and seen the good times and bad times and I am just beyond excited for this opportunity.”, KROQ DJs Ted Stryker (left) and Kevin Klein (right) went from their time slot in the afternoon on the Los Angeles rock radio station to the new co-hosts of the “Stryker & Klein Morning Show.” Their first morning show aired on April 6. Blade was one of the first to report the news of Banister’s death on social media in the hours after his former colleague’s death on Christmas Eve. Former KROQ DJs Gene ‘Bean’ Baxter and Allie Mac Kay team up for a new Patreon podcast The pair debuted the "A Cup of Tea and a Chat with Allie & Bean" podcast via the subscription … Reply Daniel sanchez April 23, 2020 At 3:49 am We’re all pretty much into the same sort of things from the sports teams we love, to the bands we love and the shows we’ve all seen. “And slowly over the years I learned some of my humor from him. That creative fan interaction, Styker said, is something they’ll certainly continue with live meet-ups and performances where the fans, musicians and DJs can all mingle once the coronavirus pandemic is over. This format became a fast hit for KROQ, catapulting Trenton and Drew to celebrity. We invite you to use our commenting platform to engage in insightful conversations about issues in our community. Nothing makes me happier then when I see Klein fumble and it’s the same for him. ... but live DJs were brought back in December, with hosts Harry Newman, Roger Christian, Harvey Miller, ... 2020… KROQ (1500 AM) was a radio station licensed to Burbank, California, serving the Los Angeles metropolitan area. I learned so much from him. When Ramondo and Evans took a crowd of KROQ listeners to Hawaii, Blade — as well as Cassandra Peterson as campy horror queen Elvira and Danny Elfman, then of Oingo Boingo, using the pseudonym of Moscow Eddie — filled in for them on the morning show. When he returned he did middays, and later shifted into production work. KROQ’s sales … But we’re not beautiful people and there’s a lot of mess-ups and we like to make fun of each other for those mess-ups. Kelli Skye Fadroski lives for entertainment. Lately, that has included lots of interaction with fans and exposing listeners to new artists. ... Say, you start on KIIS, if you are still around after 7-10 years, you slide to KOST. KROQ morning man Raymond ‘Ramondo’ Banister, who teamed with Richard Blade, has died, KROQ/106.7 FM’s Gene ‘Bean’ Baxter will be signing off this month after 30 years on the station’s ‘The Kevin & Bean Show’, KROQ 106.7 FM’s ‘The Kevin & Bean Show’ debuts its new morning show title, Real 92.3 radio’s J Cruz talks leaving hip-hop station Power 106 for a fresh challenge, DJ Richard Blade talks love, loss, wild parties and, of course, music in his new autobiography, I write in my book (the memoir “World In My Eyes”). Angels and Airwaves. The duo, who had been hosting the afternoon time slot on KROQ, were notified of their promotion soon after management dropped the ax on longtime DJ Kevin Ryder and the morning show staff. News’ podcast. Although we do not pre-screen comments, we reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable to us, and to disclose any information necessary to satisfy the law, regulation, or government request. And a dog named Buddy. Somehow managed to get a lovely lady to marry him, and with her have two daughters. Klein admits he’s the pessimist of the duo and at times is “personally nauseated” by Stryker’s optimism, however he’s just pleased to be evoking any sort of emotion, negative or otherwise. Sometime after leaving KROQ in the mid-aughts, Banister moved to Arizona, working at KTMG-FM in Prescott. “It was one of those things. 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The pain contributed to what Blade describes in his memoir as his partner’s self-medicating with alcohol, which Blade insisted that his friend address. “He was one of the best.”. If you see comments that you find offensive, please use the “Flag as Inappropriate” feature by hovering over the right side of the post, and pulling down on the arrow that appears. “I’m not the new guy, but I feel like the new guy and what is exciting to me is that some of the people who were talking smack in the beginning are now texting us on our text line and DMing us on Instagram and telling us they checked us out and they like the show so far.”. Young the Giant. For Blade, the Ramondo and Evans show was the reason why he decided he had to work at KROQ. I remember when we would hang out with your orange kitties at your place in Burbank. KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2019 Night One. The pair are both working from their individual homes every morning, looking at each other on Zoom and just hoping the internet connection holds long enough to get them through 6-10 a.m. each day. Ken was the controversial owner of KROQ in the 70s and 80s. “Raymond said, ‘Why don’t we get the English dude?’” he said. He was so generous with me.”. Cold War Kids. The very first “Stryker & Klein Morning Show” aired on KROQ on April 6. Continue to next … (Photo courtesy of KROQ) The show airs Sundays from 8 … Peter Larsen has been the Pop Culture Reporter for the Orange County Register since 2004, finally achieving the neat trick of getting paid to report and write about the stuff he's obsessed about pretty much all his life. I would say, those KROQ DJ… Emily Guzman, long-time KROQ receptionist and programming assistant What was cool about Emily is she had good judgement about who to let in to visit. Or, contact our editors by emailing moderator@scng.com. 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