Skip to comments.Ray Briem dies at 82; all-night radio host in L.A.
Posted on 12/14/2012 1:54:09 PM PST by mgstarr
Ray Briem, the longtime KABC-AM talk show host who ruled all-night radio for nearly three decades with his phone calls to the famous and the quirky and his opinionated banter slamming liberals, championing conservative causes and extolling the big-band music he loved, died Wednesday at his Malibu home. He was 82.
The cause was cancer, said his son Bryan.
Briem spent most of his life on the radio, reaching his largest audience as the host of a popular midnight-to-5 a.m. talk show on KABC from 1967 to 1994. During those 27 years he helped set the mold for what has become a major radio genre.
"We consider him one of the most important radio talk-show hosts of all time," said Michael Harrison, publisher of Talkers magazine, the main trade publication for the talk radio industry
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Briem was a class act. He was a great advocate during the Clinton nightmare. His bumper music was the best ever, 1930s swing, jazz, and other. I will continue to miss him being on the radio.
During the years of my divorce, I spent a lot of time listening to Briem in the middle of the night. His slot was midnight to 7:00am.
RIP, Ray Briem. You were really something.
I talked with him a couple times on the air, and saw him in person at the fundraiser for Rogan’s reelection campaign.
He was one of the good guys.
I listened to him mostly when he moved over to KIEV.
George Putnam and now Ray. Sad.
Those two owned KIEV at the time.
Briem was widely respected in LA when he was on KABC. He was an institution.
BTW: Yes, very sad...
It’s been years since I thought of Ray. What a talent.
RIP my friend.
Oh, my. I met Ray and got started with political limericks on his show. One night he asked for a limerick about Paula Jones. So I got this on the air:
That Paula, he thought, was some filly
When pants dropped, she thought him quite silly
But then later she’d file
And he soon lost his smile
He shouldn’t have whipped out old Willie
I then did a limerick almost every day incorporating his word of the day and he read it on the air.
RIP, my friend. What a great voice he was for truth and freedom.
Include me in this also. I still have a radio from Ray's advertisment from C Crane (The yachtboy 3000) or something like that. Also include Jim Healy & Chick Hearn. Those were the days.
I always looked forward to your calls to George and Ray and the limericks. It was there that I was introduced to a crazy website called FreeRepublic in the late 90’s.
And here we are.
Sorry to hear this. He was one of the greats. (Great bumper music too.)
OH MY i listen to him in the 60’s as a kid
Because I listened to his show after getting off work at midnight, I heard him talking about the place one night and I called him to tell him what it was all about. That led to our first 2AM meeting in KABC's studios in the mid-80's.
He was a lot of fun to talk to, and was among the greatest of all politically active conservatives.
I think of him every once in a while. He and George Putnam were great guys. It’s sad to see them go. RIP indeed...
I remember your limericks!! Always looked forward to them.
Ray was the first of a long line of conservative 'talkers' - few of which have been near as good as he was.
I didn’t realize you had a friendship with him RonC. I always felt like I knew him, because I spent so much time listening to him, and then met him a few times.
Sorry for your loss bud. I will share it with you.
Radio gets pushed to the back most of the time, but guys like Briem and Putnam made it clear there is still a big need for radio, especially talk radio.
Briem did it better than just about anyone. He was a gentleman. Didn’t get quite as passionate on the air as others, but he sure got his point across.
IIRC, he was also big on amateur radio, RIP, Mr. Briem, SK.
RonC, while we’re talking about Briem and Putnam, we should also mention Terry Anderson. His show was more short lived than the other two men, but he had a message to get out there and he did a good job of doing it. I respected him a great deal too.
For those who don’t know, Terry was a Black man that truly got it. He had a great big heart and a great family, boys who loved him a lot. I miss him also.
I met Terry a couple of times - he was great on the air too... but there for all too little time. Terry turned the heads of many blacks around and brought many of them into the Republican Party.
George Putnam was what I’d call a first - but he often irritated me and other conservatives, yet he was a soul mate we always tuned in to listen to. And, once in a while he showed up at GOP meetings to speak!
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He could be abrasive, no doubt about it. His heart was in the right place, and for his age he was running circles around me.
His string of presidential interviews was considerable. I believe it was 11, although my memory may be playing tricks on me.
He came from a different generation, one we are paying for losing.
Ray was a real gentleman. I miss Ray and George, and your calls. Time flies, life is short.
A sad day, today, all around.
for his age he was running circles around me.
George P in his eighties had the mental quickness of a 25 year old.
Ray was the first of a long line of conservative ‘talkers’
Yeah, that was back when a conservative “talker” was relegated to past midnight. During the day we had to listen to liberal Michael Jackson with his clipped accent. I remember his glee in jumping on the last-minute hit against Bruce Herschensohn’s senate campaign.
Where is Michael Jackson today?
You ruined my day! I had completely forgotten about that liberal Michael (jacka**)Jackson.
Yes, Michael Jackson was an arrogant, leftist, ahole, who thought his wit was so funny. It wasn’t.
Yeah, he was a sharp old dude. ;^)
Yes, Michael Jackson was an arrogant, leftist, ahole, who thought his wit was so funny. It wasnt.
And that accent? Real or phony?
In March, 1989, KFI hired Rush Limbaugh and placed him opposite Michael Jacko**. Within a few months, Michael was history.
I didn’t hear Briem very often because I was usually asleep while he was broadcasting. But when I did, I especially enjoyed him when he crossed swords with lefties who would regularly call in such as Lefty Louie, Lefty Louise, Moscow Mary, and the Documentation Person, aka Doc. Louie, Mary and Doc also called George Putnam’s show during the afternoon.
Dennis Prager had nothing but good to say about him today.
I remember all the chatter about Ray and George on the old Prodigy White Water Board. Always was a little envious of the LA folks who could listen to those guys. (Long before streaming was popular AND available)
Brings back old memories doesn’t it.
During the Whitewater days, Ray and George were two of the few people saying much about Clinton scandals on radio.
They covered all of it A-Z too.
George was the first guy I heard mention the steps in the evolutionary process of Republics. In those days I marveled at the idea we were entering the final phases. I couldn’t believe it.
Well, here we are...
I liked the Prodigy WW Board, until Free Republic came along.
Thanks for the mention.
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