Radio veteran and music legend, Art Laboe, coined and trademarked the phrase â€śOldies But Goodiesâ„˘â€ť. In September 2018, he celebrated 75 years on air as an active radio performer, marking the longest continuous period of broadcasting service.
Art was one of the first DJs to play Rock and Roll on Los Angeles/West Coast radio in the 1950s, was the first to do dedications on the radio, and the legend continues with his current nightly syndicated radio show, The Art Laboe Connection, which is heard on 93.5 KDAY Los Angeles Sundays 6pm-Midnight, also Monday-Friday 9pm-Midnight on KOCP 104.7 Oxnard/Los Angeles, KQIE 104.7 Riverside/San Bernardino, KMRJ Jamminâ€™ 99.5 Palm Springs, and many stations throughout the Southwest. He is also heard nationwide on the Internet through www.935KDAY.com and www.OldSchool1047.com. Art Laboe is widely known for creating the oldies format in radio, and in music he innovated the compilation album with his Oldies But Goodiesâ„˘ 15-volume album series.
In connection with his radio show, Art hosts annual concerts throughout California, Nevada and Arizona. His many awards include: A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Radio; Art Laboe Day, declared by the City of Los Angeles on July 17, 1981; inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2012; Art Laboe Day proclamation by the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors on August 4, 2015; the 2005 Hollywood Arts Council Charlie Awards Media Arts Award; the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters Diamond Circle Award; National Hispanic Media Coalition Lifetime Achievement Award; and Palm Springs Walk of Stars honoree.
Art's dream is to become an author in the coming year or two, by releasing a book he has been working on for decades. He continues his humanitarian work through his Art Laboe Foundation with donations to animal charities and scholarships for many high school students.