The Real ‘Big Kahuna”, Ron Jacobs And The KHJ Story

10 Jul

The best book written about radio programming is called KHJ: Inside Boss Radio by Ron Jacobs.

It is part history book, part text book.

Jacobs was one of the architects of KHJ in the 1960s who along with consultant Bill Drake and an amazing staff created one of the all time great radio stations.

He later developed American Top 40 and other long running programs for syndication.

Today’s generation of PDs can learn so much from Jacobs. He was a master showman creating some of the era’s most exciting radio promotions.

But what struck me most was his attention to detail. Nothing was left to chance.

The book covers much of the format details and systems used by KHJ. This is an amazing study of building blocks and small pieces required to build a great station.

Jacobs air staff was one of the best in history with talent like The Real Don Steele, Robert W. Morgan and Charlie Tuna. Every new jock came to KHJ from a major radio station, and all did practice shows off air before they went live.

Anyone who has spent years designing hot clocks will find this to be a fascinating study of a great station.

The information can be found at (see link to the right under ‘Great Stuff’)

Ron’s Blog is also posted under “Blog Roll”

1 Comment

Posted by on July 10, 2008 in Radio programming


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One response to “The Real ‘Big Kahuna”, Ron Jacobs And The KHJ Story

  1. Scott Larson

    July 28, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    I would recommend this book to anyone who a. wants to learn to program b. loves radio history. I use it as an inspiration to help me in my quest to finally get a shot at programming somewhere in my future

    Scott Larson/KUDL-Kansas City


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