The local management and others at KIIS should have been at the luncheon – at least that is what I believe.There was a time in Los Angeles when radio people bonded and became friends and were supportive of one another.
The real Simms threatened a lawsuit but Waits later explained that he used the name as a tribute and had no idea Simms was still in radio. He deserved to be in whatever Halls of Fame the radio industry concocts. The Gaye family charges Thicke and Williams illegally copied protected elements of Got to Give It Up when the duo wrote their number one song.
Robert Wiesbuch, former president of Drew University, has written a book titled Hitbound chronicling the careers of Simms, Joey Reynolds, Woody Roberts and other radio personalities. He was a true original and a shining example of how radio could be great. Since the recording wasn’t deposited with the Copyright Office in the 1970s, the dispute is whether Gaye’s copyrights were limited to elements presented in the sheet music composition.
In new papers, the Gaye family asserts the judge is misreading copyright law to the extent that it could have “drastic and devastating consequences for intellectual property” and “allow infringers to steal classic portions of the songs by Marvin Gaye, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, and every other iconic artist whose works were created before 1978.” Born Arthur Egnoian in 1925 in Salt Lake City, he began his career at age 13 by assembling a ham radio and playing records for his local neighborhood.
In 1943 he landed a one-hour late-night show at KSAN-San Francisco and changed his name to Laboe after the station’s secretary.
Good jocks are those that do good, unexpected things.”In 1973, KRLA went MOR, and Lee was teamed with Johnny Hayes in morning drive.