Radio Waves: 9/21/18

Big Boy hit by drunk driver

Real 92.3 (KRRL) morning man Big Boy — aka Kurt Alexander — and a friend escaped serious injury due to the effectiveness of their seatbelts when they were hit from behind at a red light.

“I heard a screech, but not long … and everything from the back of the car went to the front,” Big Boy told KABC-TV’s Eyewitness News.

At first Big Boy suspected that the driver of the car that hit them was using a cell phone. He was shocked to discover that the driver was drunk … and still drinking.

“As we were sitting here talking to him, he gets his bottle of vodka and he’s just sitting there. Just dazing, just drinking,” he said.

While the seatbelts helped save their lives, being hit may have saved the lives of others, as the area they were stopped at was near a school, and the accident could have been far worse had a pedestrian been hit.

The other driver was identified as an on-leave employee with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Video shows him drinking from his vodka bottle while still in the car after the accident.

That story caused me to flash back to my own high school days when my friend Dean and I were waiting at a light in my super-cool 1974 Chevy Vega GT hatchback. We heard a screech and suddenly – bam – a motorcycle hit the back of my car and the driver landed on my hood. No damage to the Vega, though the front forks of the motorcycle were bent.

The driver of the motorcycle — a student at my school — said later that it had to be our fault, even though we were stopped for a red light. “I wasn’t drunk of stoned or anything” he told us, “that morning.”

Mr. October Radio

Reggie Jackson — yes, that Reggie Jackson — has returned to SiriusXM to host a new show on Mad Dog Sports Radio, Channel 82. Called “Swing Away with Reggie Jackson,” the show made its debut on September 15th in time for the 10th anniversary of the channel and will air Saturdays from 8 to 9 a.m. local time.

A member of the baseball Hall of Fame, Jackson says his show will cover more than baseball, as he is a lover of all things sport. “Like many fans out there, I’ve had a passion for all sports my entire life. I’ve also had a lot of great experiences in college and professional sports. So I’m excited to dive in each week and drive a discussion on anything and everything from around the sports landscape, share my thoughts on things, and talk to many of the great sports figures I’ve met along the way,” he said in a press release.

Jackson’s baseball career spanned over 21 seasons, and he was an All-Star for four different teams: Athletics, Orioles, Yankees and Angels. At an early age he excelled in baseball, as one would suspect, but he also was known for his accomplishments in football, basketball and track & field as well. 

He was recruited by numerous colleges for football and he accepted a scholarship to play at Arizona State University. While there he was asked to join the baseball team and the rest, as they say, is history. 


Reports have surfaced that Entercom has sold the property at 5901 Venice Blvd in Los Angeles that once served as the transmitter site for the legendary KHJ (930 AM) and later, the studios for KHJ, KRTH (101.1 FM), and most recently, Jack-FM (KCBS-FM, 93.1) and KROQ (106.7 FM). The part of the property where the old KHJ broadcast towers were located was sold in 2013 and now features single-family houses in the area where Boss Radio once made its way into the airwaves.

Jack and KROQ will now join the rest of the former CBS-owned cluster on Wilshire.