Art Lebow, a well-known “Oldies but Goodies” disc jockey who passed away on Friday, is mourned by the Los Angeles music and radio communities.
The radio icon passed away at his Palm Springs home at age B after battling pneumonia, according to the Instagram page for his syndicated programme, “The Art Laboe Connection.”
The Instagram post read, “Art Lebow’s legacy will survive as his crew continues to produce his current nightly request and dedication syndicated radio show, The Art Laboe Connection.”
For more than 70 years, Lebow’s voice flooded the airwaves of Southern California. He was renowned for introducing rock ‘n’ roll to the West Coast and compiling the album “Oldies But Goodies.” Because of his call-in devotion show, which first aired on HOT 92.3 FM and afterwards on KDAY-FM, he became a popular character for generations of fans, especially for Latinos (93.5).
The Los Angeles radio veteran will have a memorial, which will be announced later. However, personalities from the city’s local radio stations have already posted tributes online.
KCRW DJ Candace Silva-Torres tweeted, “RIP to the one and only #ArtLaboe.” The era’s end. I stayed quite late to hear those dedications.
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The KCRW broadcaster Tyler Boudreaux tweeted, “Art Lebow was one of the best DJs and it was a beautiful Sunday habit to listen to his love songs radio show.”
RIP to the one and only #ArtLaboe 💕 The end of an era. Staying up late, listening to those dedications🙏🏼
— SiLVA (@DJSILVAOFFICIAL) October 10, 2022
The co-host of KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic,” Anthony Valadez, tweeted a picture of Laboe and wrote, “No one could ever give shout-outs like this O.G.
Laboe was referred to as “our longtime family member” by KDAY in his departure speech.
The station tweeted, “Thank you for all the many years and fantastic times you spent with us here at 93.5 KDAY!
The “Morning Show” co-host Romeo Mastin honoured Lebow, his “longtime Friend and Mentor,” in a video tribute posted to Instagram. In the video, Mastin and Laboe can be seen laughing and telling radio jokes backstage.
Mastin captioned his photo, “I Thank You for Believing in Me, Encouraging Me, and Allowing Me to Be a Part of Your Amazing Journey.” “Over the years, we have shared a lot of experiences, and you have always encouraged me by saying that “I have that THING” that will make others happy and never stop grinning.
“This City, the World, and everyone who listens to the @artlaboeconnection LOVE YOU, therefore I know you are grinning from Heaven! Mastin continued, “And I’ll make sure to do my part to carry on your Legacy.
Lebow was also recalled by the hip-hop station Power 106 on Twitter, who noted that “his mainstay Sunday night show on our sister station @935kday won’t be the same.”
Amoeba Music also posted about Laboe on social media. The well-known music retailer posted a picture of one of Laboe’s “Dedicated to You” CDs on Twitter.
The tweet from the business read, “Rest In Peace Art Lebow.” The longtime host of “Oldies but Goodies,” a broadcasting veteran known as the “master of dedications,” passed away at age 97.