One of the most iconic radio personalities, Art Laboe needs no introduction. He is credited for popularizing, ‘Oldies But Goodies’ format in radio and his stellar career is highlighted by many incredible achievements such as becoming the first DJ to play both white and black artists. In addition, he was the first radio presenter to play rock music on the West Coast airwaves and has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Art Laboe loves his job which is why he is still playing live shows all over the globe to this day. In fact, he will soon be seen performing at the Valentines Super Love Jam which is scheduled to take place in February. So, what are you waiting for? Make the best out of it and catch him live by getting your Art Laboe tickets.
Falling in Love with Radio
Art Laboe was born Arthur Egnoian in Salt Lake City, Utah. He became obsessed with radio at the age of eight after his parents brought home the device. Laboe recalls,
“I was 8 years old and we plugged it in, and I told my mom, 'Mom, the box is talking! And after that, she couldn't tear me away from this radio.”
Art Laboe then moved to Los Angeles and later studied radio engineering from Stanford University. In 1949, he decided to become a disk jockey and started to broadcast his own show from the Scrivner’s Drive-In. While hosting the show, teenagers would often show up and make on-air song dedications. This helped him in making a list of songs which were most frequently requested. He later thought of using that list to make a compilation album and released, ‘Oldies But Goodies’ which was released by, Original Sound Record Company, Inc. The record remained on the Billboard’s Top 100 Albums chart for more than three years.
In 1990, he spawned ‘Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 2’ which contained songs by The Beach Boys, The Everly Brothers, The Murmaids, Mel & Tim, Paul Anka and The Teddy Bears. It also received four stars out of five from AllMusic. Since then, he has gone on to extend the Oldies But Goodies series by churning out thirteen more volumes.
Running His Own Record Label
Art Laboe is not only a successful radio presenter but also the owner of a record company, Original Sound Entertainment (OSE). Founded in Los Angeles, California, this label has released many songs by popular names including, Teen Beat by the Santa Monica based rock drummer, Sandy Nelson. Other artists who have released their tracks through this label include, Preston Epps, The Music Machine, Dyke & the Blazers and Bobby Mac.
Moreover, OSE has contributed several songs to major Hollywood flicks including ‘Lethal Weapon,’ ‘Dirty Dancing,’ ‘Good Morning Vietnam,’ ‘Almost Famous,’ ‘La Bamba’ and ‘Born on the Fourth of July.’ The label has also placed tracks in some of the famous television series like, ‘American Dreams,’ ‘Ally McBeal,’ ‘Beverly Hills 90210,’ ‘The Wonder Years’ and ‘The Simpsons.’
There Is No Stopping Him
After spending decades in the radio business, Art Laboe is still going strong. He is currently hosting two radio shows which are aired on southwest. The first is, ‘The Art Laboe Sunday Special’ which started in 1991 and can be enjoyed on stations including, KHHT Hot 92.3 in Los Angeles, Wild 97.7 in Albuquerque and Magic 92.5 in San Diego. His second show is called, ‘The Art Laboe Connection’ which he started in 2006. It can be heard on stations like, KOKO 94.3 in Fresno, KDES-FM 98.5 in Palm Springs and Mega 104.3 in Phoenix.
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Over the years, Art Laboe has won many accolades. In 2004, he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by The National Hispanic Media Coalition and a year later, Laboe received the Media Arts Award at the Hollywood Arts Council Charlie Awards.
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