In 1997, Lee was contacted by Steve Rivers Simms, by his own recollection, worked at 35 stations in 22 markets and was fired 25 times because he “never accepted an insult from anyone.” While at WPOP in 1966-67, Simms would often break format and go on lengthy tirades to complain about long hair, sloppily-dressed teenagers, rude people and other annoyances.He told an interviewer from the Hartford Courant, “I don’t like anything, including Hartford.”Simms was outraged in 1986 upon the release of an Indie film, Down by Law. District John Kronstadt abruptly changed his mind on a key issue and then denied an attempt to delay the trial for an appeal.Laboe’s favorite song: Since I Don't Have You by the Skyliners. KFI and nationally syndicated weekend host of Red Eye Radio) is bringing his unique brand of Talk Radio to KXNT FM/AM-Las Vegas all next week from 6-9 p.m. I haven’t been in touch with Lee Simms since I worked with him in the 70s but I always admired his exceptional creativity and wit. He and his lady took me out to eat in Honolulu on my first trip there in 1977 and I first met him when he was considering a gig at TEN-Q.(LARadio Rewind is meticulously prepared by Steve Thompson). I’m so sorry to hear it and my heart goes out to his family and friends.” – Shadoe Stevens Lee Simms was at KCBQ when I arrived at KGB in San Diego. One night, I was fascinated by a rather lengthy story he was sharing about a James Taylor song he was about to play. “At the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters luncheon last week that honored Rick Dees, there were about 300 attendees.
He also made brief stops at KROQ and KTNQ (Ten-Q), the latter for two nights.The real Simms threatened a lawsuit but Waits later explained that he used the name as a tribute and had no idea Simms was still in radio. He deserved to be in whatever Halls of Fame the radio industry concocts. The Gaye family charges Thicke and Williams illegally copied protected elements of Got to Give It Up when the duo wrote their number one song.Robert Wiesbuch, former president of Drew University, has written a book titled Hitbound chronicling the careers of Simms, Joey Reynolds, Woody Roberts and other radio personalities. He was a true original and a shining example of how radio could be great. Since the recording wasn’t deposited with the Copyright Office in the 1970s, the dispute is whether Gaye’s copyrights were limited to elements presented in the sheet music composition.In new papers, the Gaye family asserts the judge is misreading copyright law to the extent that it could have “drastic and devastating consequences for intellectual property” and “allow infringers to steal classic portions of the songs by Marvin Gaye, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, and every other iconic artist whose works were created before 1978.” Born Arthur Egnoian in 1925 in Salt Lake City, he began his career at age 13 by assembling a ham radio and playing records for his local neighborhood.In 1943 he landed a one-hour late-night show at KSAN-San Francisco and changed his name to Laboe after the station’s secretary.