Oct 18, 2022 - World

Pioneering DJ Art Laboe's oldies show will continue after his death

DJ Art Laboe sits behind a stack of letters from inmates seeking dedications on his show.

Art Laboe in 2018. Photo: Russell Contreras/Axios

The syndicated radio show led by the late Art Laboe, a pioneering DJ who read song dedications to generations of loyal listeners, will live on.

Driving the news: Joanna Morones, a spokesperson for Laboe's production company, Dart Entertainment, tells Axios that 14 radio stations in California and Arizona have committed to continue to air his syndicated show.

  • Dart Entertainment will also use recordings of Laboe's oral histories of songs and occasional on-air dedications, Morones said.
  • Laboe's co-host, Old School Becky Loo, will read dedications over the air and host the show. She had been co-hosting with Laboe in recent months.
  • "We will keep going as long as we have listeners," Morones said.

Laboe died on Oct. 7 after developing pneumonia. He was 97.

  • Laboe had been on the air for nearly eight decades and was one of California's first DJs to play R&B and rock 'n' roll.
  • Laboe is credited with helping end segregation in Southern California by organizing live DJ shows at drive-in eateries that attracted white, Black and Latino listeners who danced to rock 'n' roll.
  • He maintained an avid following among Mexican Americans in California and served as a communication vehicle for families with loved ones in prison.

What's next: "The Art Laboe Connection Show" will air on stations like 93.5 KDAY Los Angeles and KOKO Jammin' 94.3 Fresno on Sunday nights from 6 pm to midnight PT.

  • Listeners can also stream his show online and through various apps.
  • Morones said the production company is preparing to sell new Laboe merchandise to keep his memory alive.
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