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A Profile of Radio Personality Lowell Ponte


Lowell Ponte, Radio Personality

Lowell Ponte, Radio Personality

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Radio: Lowell Ponte began his Radio career in 1967 on KUSC in Los Angeles. His award-winning "Rapline" weekday morning talk show featured musician Frank Zappa and many other Hollywood and other personalities.

In 1969 he moved to Pacifica Radio KPFK in Los Angeles, where his show would air for the next 11 years.

In 1980 KCRW, the Los Angeles National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate in Santa Monica, invited Ponte to host a weekly science program that continued until he and his wife moved to San Diego in 1985.

KABC radio, the ABC Radio-owned station in Los Angeles, aired Ponte from 1983 to 1986 as co-host, with Bill Jenkins, of "The Open Mind" show on Saturday nights.

In San Diego, Lowell co-hosted "Night Talk" on KCEO from 1985 to 1991.

In 1991 Ponte began hosting a nationally-syndicated program adjacent to Michael Reagan on the American Entertainment Network (AEN). It continued until AEN closed in 1996.

In 1997 Ponte was hired to host a national program for Talk Radio Network (TRN), a corporate spin-off from Premier Radio Network that also airs Michael Savage.

His TRN show continued until 2000 and was heard on more than 200 stations.

In 2000 Ponte moved his program to Talk America radio network, acquired two years later by the billion-dollar telephone company IDT and in 2003 renamed Liberty Broadcasting.

Television: Ponte from 1970 until 1974 was a commentator and reporter for KCET-TV, the West Coast Production Center for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). His producer there was Taylor Hackford, later to direct such films as "An Officer and a Gentleman" and "Against All Odds."

Journalism: Ponte has done reporting from 33 countries, from Indonesia to Israel and Communist Cuba. He has also worked as a reporter in Washington, D.C.

From 1980 until 1995, Ponte was Roving Editor for Reader's Digest Magazine.

He has appeared as a guest on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The David Letterman Show and other venues.

His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and other publications.

He is presently Contributing Editor at FrontPageMagazine.com.

Claim to Fame: The best-looking man on American talk radio, at least according to his wife of 29 years Ellen, whom he met through radio.

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