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On the Radio Dial

January 3, 2010 |  1:00 pm

 Jan. 3, 1960, Radio
Jan. 3, 1960, Radio 
Jan. 4, 1970, Radio

Jan. 3, 1960: Don Page, The Times' longtime radio critic, compiled end of the year lists that ran at the start of the next year about the bests in L.A. radio. So I compared the columns from 1960 and 1970 to see how his view changed from 1959 to 1969.

Let's look at three categories awarded by Page -- best disc jockey, best newscaster and best sportscaster.

Newscaster: Hugh Brundage of KMPC in '59, Ben Chandler of KMPC in '69.

Sportscaster: Vin Scully in '59, Dick Enberg in '69. Wonder how many years Scully won it in between.

Disc jockey: Dick Whittinghill of KMPC in '59, Jimmy Rabbit of KRLA and Paul Compton of KGIL in '69.

Page said the biggest development in 1959 was "the return of good music and the diminution of that terrible musical cancer known as rock 'n' roll." Ten years later, he wrote that radio was "still alive ... but the state of its health is questionable."

Any Daily Mirror readers out there remember any of these folks not named Scully or Enberg? And any guesses what Rabbit's real name was?

--Keith Thursby