If you’re from L.A., you probably remember Carson Daly not for his MTV exploits, but rather for his time on the air at KROQ-FM (106.7). Radio was a springboard for Daly, one that launched him high indeed.
From L.A. radio, he went on to host Total Request on MTV, one of the remaining shows that played music videos while the station focused on reality programming. In 1998, it was merged with MTV Live and re-branded Total Request Live. He remained a VJ on that program, which became MTV’s flagship show, until 2002. It even spawned a country music spin-off show on CMT.
From there, he moved on to NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly, beginning a long association with that network.
In addition to regular hosting gigs, Daly has helmed a number of prominent specials including Macy’s 4th of July Spectacular and NBC’s New Years Eve with Carson Daly. (According to the trades he’s signed on to repeat the New Years Eve show again this year. ) As if that’s not enough, he also co-founded 456 Entertainment, an independent record label. Oh yeah, and he recently had a child.
So what’s a busy and successful guy like Daly do to break new ground? He returns to the airwaves as a radio host on Morning Drive Time from 6:00 – 10:00 AM. That’s quite a turnaround as he will still be hosting Last Call, which airs at 1:35 AM. Still, come January 4, he’ll be kicking off his premiere show on 97.1 AMP Radio (KAMP).
FMQB reports Daley as saying:
“It is very exciting to be back on the airwaves doing mornings on AMP Radio and to be back in business with my friends at CBS Radio,” said Daly. “Now, not only can people fall asleep to my late night show on NBC, but they can wake up with me on the radio too. I’m thrilled to join a thriving new station in my own hometown.”
I love watching things like this come full circle, and I’m sure L.A. loves the fact that he’s returning to the airwaves!