Ray Briem is a radio personality who worked in Los Angeles most of his career, most notably at KABC. He was noted for his conservative viewpoints, historical knowledge, polished delivery, and love of Big Band music. He was especially capable of debating liberal callers and guests, but his shows were not limited to politics. He interviewed a wide range of celebrities primarily from the golden age of radio, music, movies and television. He occupied the overnight shift and dominated the ratings. He had a brief stint as a nationally syndicated host for a number of years, a time which he has recalled fondly for the variety and quality of callers.
On his overnight program he was able to persuade many news and opinion makers to stay up late, or, if on the east coast, get up early, to make appearances. A frequent guest was Howard Jarvis, who used the show as a platform to promote California’s historic property tax limitation initiative, Proposition 13.
Over the years, he received many honors, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is currently enjoying his retirement from a long and illustrious career. On September 19, 2008 Briem was honored by Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters when their president, Chuck Southcott, presented him with the organization’s Diamond Circle Award.