Radio Luncheon Honorees Talk Audience Relationships

Kevin Ryder and Gene “Bean” Baxter

Today’s NAB Show Radio Luncheon, welcomes guest speaker Marilu Henner; and Kevin Ryder and Gene “Bean” Baxter, hosts of the “Kevin & Bean Morning Show” on KROQ Los Angeles, will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Sponsored by ASCAP, the Radio Luncheon also includes the annual presentation of the NAB Crystal Radio Awards, which honor radio stations for their year-round commitment to community service.

A five-time Golden Globe nominee, New York Times best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio personality, Henner currently hosts the nationally syndicated “Marilu Henner Show” on radio. She also has starred in more than 30 films, six Broadway shows and two hit classic sitcoms, including “Taxi,” where she played Elaine Nardo.

Previous host and executive producer of “Marilu” and “Shape Up Your Life,” Henner also was the subject of a three-part special about Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory on “60 Minutes,” as she is one of only 12 people documented with the ability.

Marilu Henner

Marilu Henner

“Marilu Henner has achieved tremendous success in television, theater and as a writer,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Radio John David. “She is also a distinguished radio talk show host. We look forward to hearing her perspective on her enthusiasm for radio and audience relationships.”

Henner has written nine books on health, parenting, memory and lifestyle improvement, the most recent one titled “Total Memory Makeover: Uncover Your Past, Take Charge of Your Future!,” which earned spots on The New York Times and Publishers Weekly Best Seller lists.

The “Kevin & Bean Morning Show,” which is the longest-running morning drive show on the air in Southern California, began on Jan. 2, 1990, and features music and news mixed with comedy, celebrity interviews, listener call-ins and live music performances.

“The talented team of the ‘Kevin & Bean Show’ is a true radio success story,” said David. “The morning show has made a huge impact on Los Angeles with its mix of music, entertainment and humor that has resonated with Southern California listeners for decades.”

In the winter of 1987, Ryder and Baxter met at the legendary Top 40 KZZP Phoenix. Ryder had been working as one of the station’s nighttime DJs, and Baxter was the music director. They teamed on air for a show called “Saturday Night Party Patrol,” and later created a morning show demo, which they shopped around to radio stations.

Andy Schuon, the KROQ program director at the time, noticed the demo and offered Ryder and Baxter the morning drive slot. Previous NAB Radio Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees include Steve Harvey, Dave Ramsey, Bob Uecker, Gerry House, Ron Chapman, Vin Scully, Jack Buck, Harry Caray, Larry Lujack, Rick Dees and Dick Purtan.