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Ray Briem dies at 82; all-night radio host in L.A.
LA Times ^ | 12/13/12 | Elaine Woo

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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1 posted on 12/14/2012 1:54:13 PM PST by mgstarr
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To: mgstarr

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.


2 posted on 12/14/2012 1:58:35 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and over 60 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: mgstarr

RIP, Ray Briem. You were really something.


3 posted on 12/14/2012 1:59:47 PM PST by MestaMachine (It's the !!!!TREASON!!!!, stupid!)
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To: DoughtyOne

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4 posted on 12/14/2012 1:59:57 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and over 60 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: mgstarr; doug from upland
RIP Ray.

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.

5 posted on 12/14/2012 2:00:42 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: DoughtyOne

I listened to him mostly when he moved over to KIEV.

George Putnam and now Ray. Sad.


6 posted on 12/14/2012 2:02:01 PM PST by mgstarr ("Some of us drink because we're not poets." Arthur (1981))
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To: DoughtyOne

7 posted on 12/14/2012 2:02:24 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and over 60 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: mgstarr

Those two owned KIEV at the time.

Briem was widely respected in LA when he was on KABC. He was an institution.


8 posted on 12/14/2012 2:04:06 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and over 60 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: mgstarr

BTW: Yes, very sad...


9 posted on 12/14/2012 2:04:47 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and over 60 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: DoughtyOne

It’s been years since I thought of Ray. What a talent.

RIP my friend.


10 posted on 12/14/2012 2:14:27 PM PST by Herodes
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To: mgstarr

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.


11 posted on 12/14/2012 2:18:03 PM PST by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: mgstarr
George Putnam and now Ray. Sad.

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.

12 posted on 12/14/2012 2:21:52 PM PST by Digger
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To: doug from upland

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.

Godspeed Ray


13 posted on 12/14/2012 2:22:35 PM PST by mgstarr ("Some of us drink because we're not poets." Arthur (1981))
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To: mgstarr

Sorry to hear this. He was one of the greats. (Great bumper music too.)


14 posted on 12/14/2012 2:35:02 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: mgstarr

OH MY i listen to him in the 60’s as a kid


15 posted on 12/14/2012 2:35:06 PM PST by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: mgstarr; DoughtyOne; BenLurkin
Ray was a friend that I will deeply miss. We exchanged books quite a few times, and he always loved to 'buzz' my workplace in his plane. (Those are '32 meter' antennas, about 105 feet across, top edge up there about '10 stories' tall.)

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.

16 posted on 12/14/2012 2:36:59 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: Herodes

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...


17 posted on 12/14/2012 2:37:18 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and over 60 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: doug from upland
Hi Doug!

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.

18 posted on 12/14/2012 2:41:25 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.

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.


19 posted on 12/14/2012 2:41:46 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and over 60 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: mgstarr

IIRC, he was also big on amateur radio, RIP, Mr. Briem, SK.


20 posted on 12/14/2012 2:42:10 PM PST by Nowhere Man (I miss you Whitey! (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012). Take care, pretty girl!)
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To: Ron C.

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.


21 posted on 12/14/2012 2:45:26 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and over 60 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: DoughtyOne

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.


22 posted on 12/14/2012 2:52:38 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.

True...


23 posted on 12/14/2012 2:54:24 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and over 60 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: DoughtyOne

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!


24 posted on 12/14/2012 2:58:00 PM PST by Ron C.
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25 posted on 12/14/2012 3:11:47 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: Ron C.

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.


26 posted on 12/14/2012 3:16:24 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and over 60 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: doug from upland

Ray was a real gentleman. I miss Ray and George, and your calls. Time flies, life is short.

A sad day, today, all around.


27 posted on 12/14/2012 3:24:57 PM PST by WilliamIII
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To: DoughtyOne

for his age he was running circles around me.

George P in his eighties had the mental quickness of a 25 year old.


28 posted on 12/14/2012 3:26:29 PM PST by WilliamIII
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To: Ron C.; doug from upland

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?


29 posted on 12/14/2012 3:29:41 PM PST by WilliamIII
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To: mgstarr
Sad to hear of Ray's passing. I had listened to him on KABC from the late 60's onward.
He was truly Mr. Conservative and would frequently phone "T.A.S.S." (the Soviet Unions's former national news agency) early in the morning and have some great shoot-out discussions (freedom vs. communism) with the Russian agent.
Does anyone remember the Russians name?
Ray was also a private pilot in his spare time and was a good friend of the late, former Marine & tv-talk show host, Joe Pyne (also a private pilot).
Rest in peace Ray.
30 posted on 12/14/2012 3:40:03 PM PST by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: WilliamIII

You ruined my day! I had completely forgotten about that liberal Michael (jacka**)Jackson.


31 posted on 12/14/2012 3:49:05 PM PST by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: Minutemen

Yes, Michael Jackson was an arrogant, leftist, ahole, who thought his wit was so funny. It wasn’t.


32 posted on 12/14/2012 3:52:58 PM PST by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: WilliamIII

Yeah, he was a sharp old dude. ;^)


33 posted on 12/14/2012 3:54:15 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and over 60 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: doug from upland; minuteman

Yes, Michael Jackson was an arrogant, leftist, ahole, who thought his wit was so funny. It wasn’t.

And that accent? Real or phony?


34 posted on 12/14/2012 3:57:58 PM PST by WilliamIII
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To: Minutemen
I had completely forgotten about that liberal Michael (jacka**)Jackson

In March, 1989, KFI hired Rush Limbaugh and placed him opposite Michael Jacko**. Within a few months, Michael was history.

35 posted on 12/14/2012 4:03:39 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: mgstarr

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.


36 posted on 12/14/2012 4:07:32 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Fiji Hill
What about Freddy?
37 posted on 12/14/2012 5:03:31 PM PST by ifinnegan
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To: onedoug

ping


38 posted on 12/14/2012 5:43:46 PM PST by windcliff
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To: mgstarr

RIP.


39 posted on 12/14/2012 8:50:53 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: windcliff

Dennis Prager had nothing but good to say about him today.

RIP


40 posted on 12/14/2012 10:07:53 PM PST by onedoug
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To: DoughtyOne

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)


41 posted on 12/18/2012 4:52:25 AM PST by joesbucks
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To: joesbucks

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.


42 posted on 12/18/2012 5:10:29 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Semi-automatic rifles weren't used, so lets ban semi-automatic rifles to stop the madness. /s)
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