Bulletin: Sam Riddle has passed
He was one of the original KHJ Boss Jocks, later known for producing Star Search and other TV shows. Sam Riddle died Monday at his Palm Desert home.
He was born on December 12, 1937 in Tarrant County, Texas, USA as Samuel Earl Riddle. After serving in the Air Force reserves, Riddle arrived at KRLA via Texas, Arizona, and KDEO-San Diego. He was at KFWB for two years before he was recruited to join the staff at KHJ, imploring listeners "from Hollywood a Go Go 'til 12 o'clock at night, Sam Riddle is the man to make your day end right!" After five years at KHJ, Riddle worked at KDAY and KROQ before returning to KHJ in 1974. To hear Sam Riddle was to listen to a DJ who was fast-talking and fun.
For many in the entertainment world, Riddle was known more for both hosting and producing TV shows. KTLA's Sam Rubin remarked Riddle "was one of the few on radio who had the good looks for TV." Riddle hosted local programs including Hollywood A Go Go, 9th Street West, Boss City and Sounds of Now. He also co-hosted with Mama Cass Elliot the show Get It Together with Mama Cass and Sam Riddle
Another notable show was 1987 Power Hits: New Year's Eve Countdown.
include Adrienne, his wife of 54 years, his children Scott and Courtney and grandchildren Miracle and Garin. Riddle was 83 years old.