Ladd, let go Tuesday from his third stint at rock station KLOS (95.5 FM), tells the Register's Gary Lycan that he was stunned to be told he was laid off. "My disappointment is I didn't have a farewell show," Ladd says. "I have been through this before, but it is always traumatic." The last song he got to play after 14 years at this stay with KLOS was "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" by Pink Floyd.
Ladd is still associated by many radio listeners with KMET, L.A.'s legendary Mighty Met, where he began in 1974 and stayed through most of the '80s. He hosted the nationally syndicated interview show "Innerview." For many, Ladd's role as cultural guide for music fans in the hours and days after the 1980 murder of John Lennon is still remembered. [Yes, upside down.]
Video: Ladd interviews Lennon friend and former L.A. deejay Elliot Mintz in 2010.