The Kevin & Bean Morning Show, hosted by Kevin Ryder and Gene "Bean" Baxter debuted on KROQ in Los Angeles on January 2, 1990. It is now the longest-running morning drive show in Southern California. In April, the duo will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. CBS Radio President and CEO Dan Mason said, "Kevin and Bean have been dedicated entertainers and broadcasters in Los Angeles for more than two decades with their own sense of humor that will never be duplicated. This award is truly a well-deserved recognition of a job well done. I couldn?t be happier for them and the entire team."
In the winter of 1987, Ryder and Baxter met at the legendary Top 40 KZZP Phoenix, Arizona. Ryder had been working as one of the station's nighttime DJs, and Baxter was the music director. After establishing a fast friendship, they teamed on air for a show called Saturday Night Party Patrol, but their interest was in doing a morning show together. The duo later created a morning show demo, which they shopped around to radio stations. Andy Schuon, the then KROQ Los Angeles program director, took notice of the demo and soon after offered Ryder and Baxter the morning drive slot. Their show began January 2, 1990, and continues to this day.
"The talented team of the Kevin & Bean Show is a true radio success story," said NAB Executive Vice President of Radio John 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."
The induction will be Tuesday, April 14 in Las Vegas at the NAB Show Radio Luncheon.
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