Radio’s Barkley dies at 61

Radio and television personality Roger Barkley, who teamed with Al Lohman to entertain Southern California radio audiences for 25 years, has died following a battle with cancer. He was 61.

Barkley died Sunday at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, said family spokeswoman Barbara Strawn on Monday.

Barkley teamed with Lohman in 1961, and the pair entertained radio audiences for a generation with a cast of comical, mythical characters from a soap opera town that they dubbed “Pine City.”

The pair stayed together until 1985. During that time they also made frequent appearances on such national TV shows as “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “Hollywood Squares.” They also made stage, nightclub and movie appearances and had their own NBC network gameshow, “Name Droppers.”

In 1990, Barkley began a six-year run on KABC’s talkradio station in Los Angeles.

During his career, Barkley volunteered his talents as an auctioneer and emcee to raise funds for charities, youth and service organizations.

Barkley is survived by his wife of 42 years, Nila, a son and daughter, two grandsons, a brother and sister. Family services were to be private, with a public memorial set for Jan. 7 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale.

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