Larry Daniels

Past Radio Hall of Fame Inductees
2007

 

Larry Daniels' induction into the Country Radio Hall of Fame coincides with his 50th anniversary in the radio industry. His career began while in high school in 1957 at KGEN Tulare, California. A couple of years later, the station switched to the Country genre and he was named Program Director of the station. From then on he worked exclusively in the Country format. He worked as afternoon drive personality, and was soon named Program Director of KUZZ Bakersfield, California, where he served from 1961 to 1968 . He later became morning drive personality. Buck Owens purchased the station in 1965. He was named Music Director of KMAK Fresno, California where he worked from 1969 to 1970. He rejoined Buck Owens as Program Director of KTUF and KNIX Phoenix, Arizona in 1971. Within a year he switched KNIX to Country, at the time that FM was becoming available in automobiles. KNIX became the perennial number one radio station in Phoenix. He won Billboard Radio Awards as Major Market Program Director of the year in 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999. He was recognized as Program Director of the Year by Radio and Records in 1998. He won the Gavin Reports' Program Director of the Year award in 1986, 1990 and 1997. In 1999. in when KNIX was sold to Clear Channel, he formed his own consultancy. He served on the Country Radio Seminar Agenda Committee, and performed two terms as President of the Country Radio Broadcasters. He received CRB President's Award in 2005.