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L to R: Cliffie, Loyal K. King and Cliffie’s father, Herman ‘the Hermit’.” Loyal King was one of the Chief Owners/General Managers and Program Directors of the Pacific Coast Broadcasting Company radio stations, KXLA, in Pasadena. Per Cliffie’s interview: “I knew who Loyal King was because of the morning show that I was doing. One day he called me and asked me to meet him at the Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, CA. They had a 22 piece orchestra there and they played classical music at dinner time between 5 pm and 7:30 pm. However, no one wanted to sponsor them. Loyal told me he wanted to have western/country music take its place, but he was concerned about the orchestra belonging to the musicians union because they were very powerful in those days and would object to non-union musicians being hired. I told Loyal not to worry because the western/country musicians that I’d hire, as well as myself, were also in the musicians union. So this is how the Huntington Hotel and its radio station KXLA (which were on the grounds of the hotel) came into my life. Loyal was a wonderful person and a true western/ country music fan. We had a wonderful association over the years. He was always there to help and support me, my father and my musicians whenever he could.”

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