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Remembering radio hosts Lohman and Barkley

Remembering radio hosts Lohman and Barkley

On April 7, 1972, Roger Barkley, left, and Al Lohman, hosts of KFI’s “The Lohman and Barkley Show,” pose with a 1922 transmitter built by KFI founder Earle C. Anthony as part of a promotion for the radio station’s 50th anniversary.

This photo by former Los Angeles Times staff photographer Mary Frampton was published in the April 16, 1972, Los Angeles Times accompanying an article on 50th anniversary celebrations for radio station KFI-AM (640).

But since I spent many a morning stuck in traffic laughing with Lohman and Barkley, I want to share more on the guys. Here’s a June 21, 2010, bio by Diana Solomon for the Los Angeles Times’ Hollywood Walk of Fame database:

For 25 years, morning listeners in Southern California could count on starting their day with the comedy radio show “Lohman and Barkley.” The production’s mix of music, news, commercials, banter and improvised comedy won fans with its off-the-wall and wacky humor. Al Lohman’s zany silliness and Roger Barkley’s dry wit and common sense were the key ingredients.

The Iowa natives met in Los Angeles, where they began their show at KLAC-AM (570) in 1968. The show also ran on KFWB-AM (980) before moving to its long-standing home, KFI-AM (640). There, its popularity grew in the late 1960s and early ’70s. For a time, Lohman and Barkley expanded their reach with a weekly television show and live comedy performances.

The show was a hit through 1985, when the team received its Walk of Fame star. A year later, Barkley abruptly quit the show, shocking Lohman and disappointing fans. KFI’s program director described the show’s termination as “the end of an era.” Lohman and Barkley continued to work in radio, but never again together.

Barkley died Dec. 21, 1997, in Duarte of pancreatic cancer.

Lohman died Oct. 14, 2002, in Rancho Mirage of complications from bladder cancer.

My favorite characters were “Maynard Farmer” and “Dominic Longo.”

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1 Comment

  1. March 30, 2014, 6:59 pm

    Thanks, Scott. Lohman and Barkley were my favorites for years. When I moved to New York in 1968 there was nothing like them there and I sincerely missed them. When my wife and I were married in 1972 and returned to Long Beach, she became as big of a fan as I was. We used to drive up the Harbor Freeway every morning roaring with laughter — all of it good, clean fun.

    We loved all the characters. Ted J. Baloney, W. Eva Schneider Baloney, Leonard Leonard, Maynard Farmer, Leonard Leonard, I do an online old time radio show and I am going to start featuring episodes of "Light of My Life."

    Thanks again for the great memories! Bob Bro;


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