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Sam Riddle, Famed L.A. Disc Jockey and ‘Star Search’ Producer, Dies at 83



Sam Riddle, the famous Los Angeles “Boss Radio” deejay of the Nineteen Sixties who went on to supply the Ed McMahon-hosted TV expertise display Star Search, has died. He changed into 83. Riddle died Monday at his domestic in Palm Desert after a warfare with Lewy frame dementia, a publicist announced. In an generation while radio disc jockeys exerted large impact on income and pa culture, the Texas local commenced out in L.A. radio on KRLA and jumped to KFWB earlier than touchdown at KHJ-93, in which he have become one of the founding jocks in the back of the “Boss Radio” format. By distinctive feature of his impact in charting hits, he seemed as a race announcer withinside the Elvis Presley starrer Clambake (1967). On television, Riddle hosted ninth Street West and Hollywood a Go Go, which showcased such acts as The Rolling Stones, James Brown and Sonny & Cher. The latest HBO documentary Tina confirmed him introducing Ike & Tina Turner earlier than their first huge TV appearance. On the syndicated Star Search, which ran from 1983-95, Riddle gave profession breaks to such destiny stars as Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Dave Chappelle and Christina Aguilera. Riddle changed into born on Dec. 12, 1937, in Fort Worth, Texas. After his parents, Robert and Juanita, divorced, his stepfather, Sam Hand, who owned a dairy farm and marketed in neighborhood radio, helped get Riddle his first activity at the radio at age 16. He served withinside the Air Force Reserves for the duration of the Vietnam War and labored as a deejay for stations in Arizona and San Diego earlier than coming to Los Angeles. Riddle’s generating résumé covered the indicates Boss City, Aloha a Go Go, Get It Together (with Mama Cass), Almost Anything Goes, The Lou Rawls Parade of Stars, Supermodel of the World, Out of the Blue, It’s Showtime on the Apollo, Livin’ Large and The Ultimate Poker Challenge. He additionally oversaw the early introduction and manufacturing of specials and collection for Telemundo and Univision and controlled acts for such labels as Sony/BMG and EMI Latin.


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