Thursday, April 21, 2011

Rick Dees Returns To LA Wake-Up Duty

Rick Dees, legendary Los Angeles radio personality, and host of the internationally syndicated radio show, The Rick Dees Weekly Top 40, joins rhythmic adult contemporary station Hot 92.3 KHHT as morning show host on Wednesday, May 4, 2011.

According to a posting on and Hot 92.3 websites, Rick Dees in the Morning returns with features like Candid Phone, Dees Sleaze and Joke of the Day. Rick quickly rose to the top of LA radio after his debut in 1981 on 102.7 KIIS-FM, where he was a market leader for more than two decades.

Dees has received just about every entertainment accolade available including the coveted Marconi Award, National Radio Hall of Fame Award, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Billboard Radio Personality of the Year ten years in a row, induction into the National Association of Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame, Grammy Governor’s Award, People’s Choice Award and BMI Award.

In making this announcement, Clear Channel Los Angeles Market Manager/President, Greg Ashlock said, “Rick is synonymous with radio in Los Angeles and this genre of music is perfect for him as he introduced many of these artists that ultimately paralleled his career path of popularity.”

Clear Channel Los Angeles head of Programming, John Ivey commented, “We asked Hot 92.3 listeners who their favorite radio personalities were and the two most mentioned were Art Laboe and Rick Dees!” Ivey continued, “So, with Rick starting the day with his infectious humor and old school hits and Art ending the day with requests and dedications, we are going to have some very happy listeners.”

Dees commented, “I am proud to be welcomed back into the number one radio market in the world, playing some of the best music ever recorded and especially getting the opportunity to reunite with a long list of Clear Channel friends.”

Rick will begin his mornings at Hot 92.3 on Wednesday, May 4th with a naming rights partner, Valley View Casino & Hotel, already in place.

To celebrate his return, Dees will be throwing out the first pitch for the Dodgers/Cubs game at Dodger Stadium at 12:10pm after his debut show. In keeping with the old school theme, the day will feature Dodgers players in throwback jerseys and rolled back concession prices.

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