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I was on Boss City in 1967, Brook Brenton was the guest... Walked out front after the show and ran into Sam Riddle. He walked with me and my bf down Melrose Ave for a bit. He was so down to earth...such a nice guy. I've searched in vain for tapes... Oh I wish there were tapes..

Doesn't every entertainment union have issues with Sam for non payment? It's quite public information.

I dated Sam when he was in college at Texas Tech
Loved him. He was a truly decent man and so much fun.

I went to Paschal High School with Sam when he was a senior and I was a sophomore (1956.) At the time he had his own show on a station that I believe might have been in Cleburne, TX. He introduced me to Kent Burkhart who was a DJ at KXOL in Fort Worth in 1956. He assisted me with making demo taps for a proposed teen talk show with another teenager from another high school in the area. The show never got out of the proposal stage but Sam had a big impact on my life. I would love to make contact with him if that were possible.

I spent some years in the music department and program department of KHJ radio and yes those were amazing times at KHJ radio. "Boss City"..and going to Lucy's El adobe across the street where Governor Brown and Linda Ronstedt and others often were there... the disc jockeys at KHJ were huge celebrities at the time and then Paul Drew from New York entered the scene and changed the format and downgraded the disc jockeys. I recall helping Don Steele pack up his desk when he quit. that is how sam riddle also came about when he was discharged from the military he had a broken leg and had to emcee a rock event on stage and was in some discomfort but he was such a professional and emceed the concert and my sister and I watched the event from side stage and he delivered the evening as though his leg was just okay and recall him as talented and really really down to earth nice! rock on all of those that experienced those fabulous days! the music was great and the scene in L.A. was great.."the good ole days".

I served in the Air Force Reserves with Sam in the 60's. We became friends. Just like to see how he is doing now Joe

I originally met Sam in NYC, in the 70's. I would like to talk to him again. I am not in business in my family's original location, but have the same business in Clarence, NY.

He was such an important part of the music scene. He later became involved with a small radio station, possibly in Santa Monica. I remember driving down the coast, perhaps in the summer of 1971, in Big Sur, when I turned on the radio and heard a live broadcast that he was hosting, with up and coming John Denver, who finished off his set with "Country Roads". Such a great memory.

I believe he closed his radio program with the words, "Mamma, get out those peanut butter and banana sandwiches. I'll be home in 10 minutes. So long, music lovers."

I remember Sam Riddle as Producer of many Music Variety programs like Star Search and the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars. Very talented as a writer and Voice-over artist.

Sam has moved to Palm Desert according to Randy of The Challengers. I met him at a Teen Fair in the 60's as a dancer and ended up dancing on his shows. Such a nice man. He took me on a tour of the recording studio next to where he filmed one of his shows and gave me a history of the studio and all of the #1 hits recorded there and by whom.

I remember watching Sam with Cass Elliott on "Get It Together." I wish someone would release the show on DVD as there were great guests and insightful interviews. I remember seeing Ringo interviewed on the set of Magic Christian and the Ides of March performing "Vehicle."

Oh, WAIT A MINUTE !!! I meant that previous comment for Paul Rasch... Sorry.

Howard, I can give you Sam's contact... e me at: ticds@sbcglobal.net

@Chuck Terry I also was "14 in 1967", and living in The Valley, listened to all the Boss jocks, including Sam Riddle on the radio stations. I now remember the name "9th Street West" but had completely forgotten about it. Plus all the other TV dance shows that came & went. Those times were really cool, whether or not we thought they were in the moment back then. I found this on YT, 9th Street West clip https://youtu.be/cIAlNy6hboY Rock on!

Back in "the day", Sam and I were good friends. And, as time went on, I left L.A. and moved across the country, we lost contact and, well, you know the story. If there is anyone reading this stuff that could put me in contact, I would appreciate it. He is a great guy.

i remember sam from kfwb, khj , hollywood-a-gogo, 9th street west and boss city....where has he been

I remember listening to him on KHJ , and his TV show "9th Street West" .

I was 14 in 1967 and went with friends to Boss City hosted by Sam Riddle. I only saw the tape once. Sure wish those old shows had been saved!. Mark Lindsey was the performer. Great memories!

I was on Boss City, I believe it was 1967. Mark Lindsey performed. S Riddle was the host. I wish there were videos of those teen dance shows! We had so much fun!

Who sang the song till at your wedding?

The"whatever happened to Sam Riddle" question is easily answered. Sam is still in LA, and after the long run of "STAR SEARCH" ON TV,(Sam created the show hosted by Ed McMahon)he has pursued different TV concepts. and is currently very close to finalizing his latest TV Project which will be announced within a few weeks.

I believe it was 1969 when Sam left KHJ for the second time. He had left briefly in late 1965 to focus on the TV show he had been doing on channel 9 (KHJ-TV) when KHJ changed format in May, but he returned a few months later. He stayed until the end of the Ron Jacobs era, after which he went to KDAY and then the launch of KROQ. Then he ventured into other areas of entertainment. (Sam did return to KHJ in the mid-1970s, though). He was a writer for “Star Search”, and I believe he was involved with other productions as well, including starting his own television production company. During the radio days he also appeared in the movie “Hollywood Knights” and Elvis’s movie “Clambake”.

Sam riddle,that tape of your show from Hollywood a go-go involving dancing to let'dance-Chris Montez is my favorite music video.could those young people dance and what a song!sam,thanks for the great show:the best to you.james t. Renaud

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