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Where Are They Now - Richard Blade

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LA's airwaves have been blessed with legendary personalities over the years - Chick Hearn, Vin Scully, Jim Ladd, and Rodney on the Roq just to name a few. Just as important was Richard Blade who for decades educated LA over KROQ's air by spreading the good news of Depeche Mode, The Smiths, Duran Duran, The Cure and so many of our favorites from the '80s when KROQ ruled the world.

His "Flashback Lunch" hour on 106.7 was one of the best things to hit the noon hour on the local FM dial in years. If only to hear that familiar voice and those golden oldies of the '80s.

In fact if you're old enough you may remember Blade from the short lived music video tv show MV3, or perhaps you remember the cute Karen Scott?

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A few weeks ago Star 98 decided to replace Blade, their most recognizable personality, and release him from the 7pm-midnight slot of death.

But if you subscribe to Sirius Satellite radio you can now hear Blade again as he is now the morning host 6am-noon of Sirius' "1st Wave" channel (channel #22) and he can also be heard twice a day on Sirius' "Big '80s" channel (channel #8) doing short features called "Behind The Big '80s".

Here we see him looking impressively young with '80s singer Josie Cotton ("Johnny Are You Queer?") hyping her new cd Invasion Of The B Girls, who also looks great. How do you think they do it?

Anyways it's good to see Sirius take advantage of Clear Channel's huge error.

After the jump check out Richard Blade being Richard Blade way back in the day.

Interviewing the Bangles in 1983

Counting down on MV3

Introducing Berlin in their first nationwide appearance

top photo Courtesy of Luck Media & Marketing, Inc.