Beatles radio show host Chris Carter hits 10-year mark on Sept. 4
“Breakfast With the Beatles” host Chris Carter will mark his 10th anniversary at the helm during Sunday’s edition of the long-running radio show on KLOS-FM (95.5), for which he'll be joined by Buddy Holly’s widow, Maria Elena Holly.
Carter took over in September 2001 after the death of the show’s original host, Deirdre O’Donoghue, and subsequently expanded the program beyond the original studio group and solo recordings that O’Donoghue played each week. Now, the show routinely features outtakes, alternate mixes and Beatles material as performed by a wide array of other musicians. Three years ago, the show joined the lineup on Little Steven's Underground Garage channel on Sirius XM Radio, and in April, Carter notched his 500th "Breakfast With the Beatles" show.
Carter also has hosted visits from and interviews with many Beatles-world figures, including surviving members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr; the group's longtime producer, George Martin; John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono; George Harrison’s widow, Olivia, and their son, Dhani; former Beatles drummer Pete Best; keyboardist Billy Preston; engineer Geoff Emerick; Tom Petty; Brian Wilson; members of the satirical Beatles comedy group the Rutles; and numerous others.
Maria Elena Holly is joining Carter in conjunction with activities next week surrounding what would have been her husband’s 75th birthday on Sept. 7. In the 1970s, McCartney bought the rights to Holly’s publishing catalog because all four band members were huge fans of the Texas singer, songwriter and guitarist’s music, and the Beatles even modeled their name on that of Holly’s group, the Crickets.
-- Randy Lewis
Photo of Ringo Starr, left, and "Breakfast With the Beatles" host Chris Carter. Credit: HBO Productions.