The history of the Astor Broadcast Group
is the history of Art Astor
was born into an Armenian immigrant family.After a tour in the Army Air Corps
(earning him the Air Medal with four clusters) he
took a communications degree from USC
in 1949 on the G.I. Bill. His
loyalty to the school remains apparent as he
wears the cardinal and gold colors at least once a week and carries the football and basketball broadcasts on KSPA, his
Ontario station.But that,s getting ahead of the story.
Degree in hand, he
started in TV as what he
describes as ,the Armenian Dick Clark,, but that was 50 years ago.Since then his
efforts have mostly been off the air in radio sales and management.He
has been involved in the Southern California broadcast industry ever since.Among other positions he has held, he headed the sales department at Los Angeles station KHJ during the great ,Boss Radio, days of the early sixties.
Back then, before MTV
and iPod's and CDs it was possible for one AM radio station to have 40 percent of the listening audience.
In the 1970s, while general manager of KDAY
got the legendary Wolfman Jack to come across the border from Mexico to come to work in L.A. Many of those radio tapes still exist and can be heard on the air on AM 1510 here in the Inland Empire today.But again we are getting ahead of things.
By the late seventies, he
was in partnership which owned KIK-FM, a country station out of Orange County.By 1982, he had bought out his partners and, with the purchase of an AM/FM operation in the Bay Area, he became the proud owner of the Astor Broadcast Group.
The grand traditions of Astor
,s Alma Mater, USC
, can be heard, including the recent BCS championship game.Broadcast legend George Putnam airs ,One Reporters Opinion, at noon each day.
At nearly 80, Art Astor
can still be found in one of his
offices every day.Of course which office he
can be found in depends on whether he
,s working on plans for the event center, getting ready for a major car show, developing the international syndication of the Wolfman Jack shows or planning new ideas for Ontario,s AM 1510.
Last year the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce
presented Art Astor
with a lifetime achievement award.They may have been premature.