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Book details
  • Genre:BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • SubGenre:Entertainment & Performing Arts
  • Language:English
  • Pages:600
  • eBook ISBN:9780988412613

Hullabaloo!

The Life and (Mis)Adventures of L.A. Radio Legend Dave Hull

by Dave Hull and Bill Hayes

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Overview
Dave Hull, “The Hullabalooer,” is recognized as one of the most iconic of all the Top 40 DJs to ever spin the wax over 50,000 watts of AM radio power. Hull rocked L.A.’s legendary KRLA as its number one personality during the station's premier years. He went on to rock, honk, spin, and giggle at other giants like KFI, KGBS, and KMPC. The Hullabalooer had his own massive fan club, a nightclub named after him, and even a hit song written about him. From Dave's honorary title of the "Fifth Beatle" for his insider involvement with the Fab Four; to his ground-breaking Lovelines show; to stunts like "Hulloween," the junky parade float, and the hot air balloon promotion that didn't exactly "fly"; to his KFI years with the Dodgers and the Pete Rose voodoo doll; to the "cry-in" after his KRLA firing—it's all here in Hullabaloo! The book also features contributions by Dave's notable colleagues and costars, including a Foreword by radio and TV legend Bob Eubanks, and sidebars by baseball hall-of-famer Wes Parker, KFI sportscaster Rich Marotta, media mogul Gary Kleinman, and Mousketeer-turned-maniac, author J.J. Solari, who helped to turn Dave's Lovelines show into a nearly certifiable radio circus. With its revealing look into the inner circle of Los Angeles radio during the golden years of AM, Hullabaloo! is a must-have for any fan of radio, music, or just plain fun!
Description
Dave Hull, “The Hullabalooer,” is recognized as one of the most iconic of all the Top 40 DJs to ever spin the wax over 50,000 watts of AM radio power. The Hullabalooer lived every wacky plotline that we laughed with on WKRP in Cincinnati; he was there as the drama of personalities like Alan Freed changed the industry forever; and Dave Hull was integral to the revolution that brought the Beatles—and the rest of the British Invasion—to prominence in America’s society-changing sixties. Dave’s life behind a mic began on Armed Forces Radio. In the mid-1950s Dave went “pro” at a small station under the shadows of flying saucers in Roswell, New Mexico. Then it was “up and down the dial” from Dayton to Detroit to Tampa before settling in Los Angeles where he became the undisputed number one at the legendary KRLA during the station's premier years. He went on to rock, honk, spin, and giggle on other L.A. giants like KFI, KGBS, and KMPC. The Hullabalooer had his own massive fan club, a nightclub named after him, and even a hit song written about him. From Dave's honorary title of the "Fifth Beatle" for his insider involvement with the Fab Four; to his ground-breaking Lovelines show; to stunts like "Hulloween," the junky parade float, and the hot air balloon promotion that didn't exactly "fly"; to his KFI years with the Dodgers and the Pete Rose voodoo doll; to the "cry-in" after his KRLA firing—it's all here in Hullabaloo! - Countless inside scoops never-before-heard tales of mayhem and mischief! - Priceless vintage photos and graphics - Contributions by Dave's notable colleagues and costars, including a Foreword by radio and TV legend Bob Eubanks! - Dave's story in all its tube-torturing, transistor-twisting detail is complemented with crazed confessions from those who knew him best, including: - Baseball hall-of-famer Wes Parker - KFI sportscaster Rich Marotta - Media mogul Gary Kleinman - Mousketeer-turned-maniac, author J.J. Solari, who helped to turn Dave's Lovelines show into a nearly certifiable radio circus - Original founder of the Dave Hull Fan Club, Dr. Linda Thor With its revealing look into the inner circle of Los Angeles radio during the golden years of AM, Hullabaloo! is a must-have for any fan of radio, music, or just plain fun!
About the author
Dave Hull first rode the audio airwaves in the mid-1950s. With horns honking, laughter booming, rock ‘n’ roll blasting, and listeners chiming in, the “Hullabalooer” established his own revolution. Radio would never be the same! The broadcasting bug bit Dave when he was just seven years old and his mother took him to a live national radio show airing from Columbia Square in Hollywood. He was hooked immediately! His first time behind the mic came in the Air Force, stationed in the exotic ambiance of Nouasseur Air Force Base in Casablanca, French Morocco, North Africa. Airman Hull started things off with a bang turning a militarily regimented and staid classical music show into the first forum for the crazed chaos that would become his radio signature. After the military, Dave's commercial radio career began at KGFL in Roswell, New Mexico fittingly, the universal hub for fascination with flying saucers, extra-terrestrials, and all manner of wacky weirdness. Then it was on to WONE, Dayton; WQTE, Detroit; WTVN, Columbus; WFLA, Tampa; and then into the major mega-market of Los Angeles. KRLA, KFI, KGBS, KIIS, KMPC, KHJ, KRTH, and KIKF all became hosts for his hysterical hullabaloo. The later years saw Dave move slightly east, to peaceful and pastoral Palm Springs where he spent over fifteen years at KWXY before his eventual retirement. The Beatles years at KRLA, the Lovelines years at KGBS, the Dodgers years at KFI, and so many more entertainment milestones have made the life and career of Dave Hull one of the most colorful of all the legendary jocks the untamed 50,000-watt wildmen who made radio a monster medium.
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