David Starling, a seasoned broadcast pioneer who began his career in Los Angeles, died Feb. 22 of a heart attack in Los Angeles. He was 84.
A native of Ohio, Starling graduated from UCLA and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He began his career as a radio actor before becoming a staff announcer for KFWB. He then joined KFI where he began a long association as an announcer for “Hit the Road,” “Ladies Day” and reading the Sunday comics from the Los Angeles Times on the air every Sunday morning.
He also served as news director, editorial director, program director and productions manager at KFI.
Following his 30-year career at KFI, Starling wrote, produced and voiced five-minute news programs syndicated in eight major U.S. cities, including “A Word on Energy,” “A Word on Tomorrow” and “A Word on the Presidency.”
Starling worked into the mid 1990s on various program projects, filling in at KFAC radio for various personalities as well as the business editor. He also did public relations every year for the Los Angeles County Fair.
He is survived by his daughter, Nancy, a sister and brother.