Ted Quillin

Ted Quillin
Birth name Theodore Quillin
Born (1930-02-17)February 17, 1930
Oklahoma City
Died April 20, 2011(2011-04-20) (aged 81)[1]
Las Vegas
Station(s) KFWB and KRLA in Hollywood
Country United States

Ted Quillin (born Theodore Quillin: February 17, 1930 in Oklahoma City April 20, 2011) was an American radio personality who worked at KFWB.[2]

He was one of the original "Swingin' Seven DJ's" who brought rock and roll into its first major market at KFWB in Hollywood. The year was 1958. He was in radio for over 60 years and was honored by the Nevada Broadcasters in 2005, when he was inducted into their Hall Of Fame.

Early life and radio career

Born in Oklahoma City, Quillin moved to El Paso, Texas where he finished high school and attended Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy now known as UTEP. During this time, while still in high school Ted started his broadcast career at KEPO, an ABC station in El Paso. He started as a ‘gofer’ on a morning show from 6 to 7 AM, before he went to school. He graduated to staff announcer. After that he took a job in Corpus Christi, Texas at KSIX. The program director from KXYZ in Houston heard him, and hired him as a staff announcer. From there he went to WACO in Waco, Texas. Ted moved to KELP-El Paso which was a Gordon McClendon station, doing top 40. This is where he met Chuck Blore and when Chuck got the call to Hollywood he took Ted with him and Ted became one of the original "Seven Swingin’ Gentlemen", who took Rock and Roll into its first major market, at KFWB. His listeners became known as the "Quiverin' Quillin Clan."

Later radio career

Quillin's years in radio include: KFWB–Hollywood, 1958–61; KRLA–Pasadena, 1962–64; KORK–Las Vegas, 1964–1966, KFI- L.A, 1969; KFOX-Long Beach 1969-71; XPRS-1972, and finally, KORK-Las Vegas, 1972, when he became a permanent resident of Las Vegas. Ted was at KORK for several years and during this time he opened an advertising agency there. During the days at his agency he did months and sometime years of DJ work on several local radio stations, including KLAV. People in broadcasting in Vegas knew Ted and would call him when they got in a ‘pinch’ to fill in for them, and sometimes this ‘fill-in’ would last for a year or more. During this period he taught a class on communications at Las Vegas City College.

Ted did a show for Armed Forces Radio & Television Network for many years and was heard on 530 radio stations worldwide. This show was broadcast while he was in Hollywood as well as after he moved permanently to Las Vegas. Years later the Armed Forces Network was re-broadcasting Quillin's shows on their radio stations.

In his later years Quillin still kept his hand in broadcasting with a Classic Country show which he did for KDSS in Ely, NV and a show on the Internet on Rockit Radio, which could be heard online at Rock-it Radio.[3] Ted always signed off any of his radio programs with his trademark slogan “Blue Skies and Green Lights.” Quillin died April 20, 2011, in Las Vegas.


Ted was rated #1 Personality Disc Jockey nationally, by the C. E. Hooper Audience Corp. while at KFWB. In 2005 Ted was inducted into the Broadcasters' Hall of Fame in Nevada. He received a standing ovation when he was called to accept his trophy. He was revered and respected by his peers. Don Imus spoke of him with admiration on his show.

Fictional portrayals

Quillin was portrayed in the film La Bamba by Rick Dees. During the late 1950s he became something of a mentor and advisor to the young Ritchie Valens.


  1. "Obituaries - Ted Quillin". Los Angeles Times. 22 April 2011.
  2. Michael C. Keith (2001), Sounds in the dark: all-night radio in American life, Wiley-Blackwell, p. 52, ISBN 978-0-8138-2981-4, retrieved 2009-08-30
  3. http://www.palmsradio.com/rockittext.htm Rockit Radio
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