Don Steele born Donald Steele Revert ; April 1, — August 5, was one of the most popular disc jockeys in the United States from Various - Live From The 60s with the Real Don Steele middle of the s until his retirement for health reasons in May Brown hoped the moniker would click with listeners and make him stand out from other radio personalities. Shortly thereafter, Steele began his radio career working outside of L. When the popularity of AM radio gave way to FM stereo in the s, Steele continued to remain a popular personality at the station.
In the book Los Angeles Radio PeopleSteele recalled the beginnings of Boss Radio in "We were standing literally at ground zero, then the radio format became a huge giant. It was like a mushroom cloud that went up -- heavy on the mushroom. Steele also gained additional notoriety due to an ill-fated promotion which KHJ undertook on behalf of Various - Live From The 60s with the Real Don Steele show during the summer of On July 16,two teenagers attempting to track Steele by car at speeds of roughly 80 miles per hour forced another car into a highway center divider, causing the death of Ronald Weirum.
Weirum's family sued various parties, including KHJ, asserting that the tragedy was a foreseeable consequence of the recklessness inherent to the nature of the "Super Summer Spectacular" promotion. The family's lawsuit eventually reached the Supreme Court of California, which held for the Various - Live From The 60s with the Real Don Steele. The Court's opinion in the case, Weirum v. RKO General, Inc. Steele was never one to analyze the evolution of rock radio.
In a interview, he insisted, "Look, you take the Motown sound and the British Invasion and you throw in Elvis and Roy Orbison, and you have a music mix that's hard to beat at any time or any place. He flew down from San Francisco. I was a little leery because I had heard he was kind of a crazy man, but it turned out he was very dedicated to his work.
He recorded commercials and at one time had a successful, nationally syndicated radio show. That show, "Live From the 60's", was created by Steele along with friend and contemporary M. Each hour of the show profiled a certain year from that decade. It was written and performed in present tense, and peppered with audio clips of news events, presidential speeches and TV shows that In Hell With An Angel - Stuart Owen - In Hell With An Angel / B.J.
The D.J. with that particular year. The show ran in syndication, and was marketed and picked up by over radio stations with an "Oldies" format from until Repeats of earlier shows aired in some markets as late as Steele died of lung cancer on August 5,at the age Seen That Look - Bing Ji Ling - Doodle Loot Doot Doodle A Doo A poll seeking the top 10 disc jockeys in Los Angeles from to rated Steele second behind Gary Owens among the personalities nominated.
The ballot was printed by Don Barrett in his book, and results are published in the second volume of his book. Rick Dees said of Steele in Barrett's book, "Pure, raw energy and focus. And he still has it every day. That's amazing! Boyd R. He epitomized energy on the air. It was very difficult for him to hear in a group. That made his natural speaking voice almost as loud as his on-air voice. I've never stopped. I've never changed.
I never did anything else. This is the music of my life. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 3, Starting as Boss City inthe Saturday 6 p. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the Australian cricketer, see Donald Steele.
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