Richard Blade remembers KROQ DJ Raymond ‘Ramondo’ Banister, his former radio partner

Raymond “Ramondo” Banister, that split jokes as well as rotated documents as co-host of the KROQ-FM/106.7 morning program for much of the ’80s, died on Dec. 24 after a long battle with mind cancer, according to previous coworkers at the terminal. Banister, who joined KROQ in 1980 and also early in the decade was half of the Ramondo and also Evans reveal with Mike Evans, brought Richard Blade on

board after Evans left the terminal a couple of years later on, Blade stated on Monday. “His strength, for what audiences would certainly have listened to, was his really quick, completely dry wit,”Blade stated. “He was never — shed for a comeback. As well as it had not been smarmy, it wasn’t, ‘ Heyyy!’—

a Leading 40 thing — he was focused, extremely intelligent, as well as very, really funny.” Mike was type of a fun, wild one who was all over the area,”he said. “As well as Raymond was the one that would certainly return with the final quick zinger that wouldn’t

have actually been anticipated.”Blade was just one of the first to report the news of Banister’s death on social media in the hrs after his former colleague’s death on Xmas Eve. The response from previous coworkers and audiences was both warm and also deeply sad.

“What a KROQ legend,” tweeted Genetics “Bean”Baxte r, who left the station simply a month or 2 back. “And a sweet guy. We are

all grieving tonight.”” So sad to get this information,” composed Tami Heide, a longtime KROQ DJ, on Facebook. “Ramondo, you were always a great friend to me. I keep in mind when we would certainly socialize with your orange cats at your area in Burbank. A huge loss for the KROQ household.”

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I was posted there,”Craig Stone tweeted back to Blade.” You men belonged to such an enchanting time at KROQ,” tweeted Eric Cowden.

“He was just one of the most effective.” Raymond”Ramondo”Banister, left,

a longtime KROQ DJ — consisting of co-host with Richard Blade in the mid-’80s of the early morning show — died on Dec. 24, 2019.(Photo politeness of KROQ)By the end of the ’80s, Banister had moved first to the lunchtime shift

, and later on left the air to function as manufacturing director. He operated at KROQ up until 2004, almost 25 years in all, before transferring to Arizona. For Blade, the Ramondo as well as Evans reveal was the reason why he decided he had to work at KROQ.”I was functioning in Long Beach at KNAC-FM doing overnights, as well as on the lengthy drive to Sherman Oaks at

6 a.m. I would certainly pay attention to their morning program, our competition, as well as thought they were so terrific,”he said. In April 1982, Blade chatted his way right into doing voiceovers as well as commercials for KROQ while still operating at KNAC

. Banister heard his work and invited him to do some pre-recorded places for his morning show, Blade said. When Ramondo and also Evans took a crowd of KROQ listeners to Hawaii, Blade — in addition to Cassandra Peterson

as campy scary queen Elvira and also Danny Elfman, then of Oingo Boingo, utilizing — the pseudonym of Moscow Eddie — filled in for them on the morning show. A couple of months later, Blade said he was working part-time at the — terminal when Evans left for KMET-FM as well as he obtained the break of which he would certainly fantasized.”Raymond said, ‘ Why do not we get the English guy?'”he claimed.”We clicked right away. Ended up being a group for three-and-a-half

or 4 years as well as ‘were pretty inseparable.” I type of brought the songs knowledge and also he brought the humor,”Blade stated.”As well as gradually over the years I learned a few of my wit from him

. I compose in my publication(the memoir”World In My Eyes”)that he was my Obi-Wan Kenobi. I learned a lot from him. He was so generous with me.”Banister liked going to concerts whether at some small location like the now gone Perkins Palace in Pasadena or a huge sector like the Forum. “He liked real-time music,”

Blade claimed, remembering his love of wild and crazy entertainers like Lene Lovich and also others. “And of course, he was a significant supporter of Boingo and Dramarama. Social Distortion was one more band that he made use of to enjoy to play. And Terrible Femmes he was always pleased to reach for. They had that quirkiness. “Blade said in the later ’80s he and Dr. Drew Pinsky, the long time KROQ personality and also medical professional, organized an intervention of sorts with Banister, who had damaged his leg in 13 areas while on a motorbike for a KROQ errand in 1980, as well as never actually healed properly. The pain contributed to what Blade defines in his memoir as his companion’s self-medicating with alcohol, which Blade insisted that his close friend address.” [Dr. Drew] said to Raymond, ‘ If you do not obtain your leg fixed, it’s mosting likely to end up dismembered,'” Blade stated. Banister did the surgery required as well as was off air for 4 or 5 months to recuperate

and also restore. When he returned he did noontimes, ‘and also later on moved right into production work. At some time after leaving KROQ in the mid-aughts, Banister moved to Arizona, working at KTMG-FM in Prescott. Blade said Banister is endured by his ex-wife and also a number of children. Other KROQ DJ Freddy Snakeskin said using email on Monday that

Banister — who he claimed was 69 when he passed away — ultimately left that terminal and also worked as a bus driver for special-needs children “which he told me he truly took pleasure in last time I spoke to him. “Blade said neither he neither Evans knew precisely how ill their old on-air partner was. In the in 2015 — as well as a half, he ‘d informed them he was sick, and refraining from doing all that well, but never precisely what was going on.”When I listened to, I called Mike Evans and he resembled, ‘ Oh my gosh,'”Blade said.”And after that he stated, ‘ Raymond never ever informed me concerning the lump. ‘I stated, me as well.”It was among those things. He really did not desire to burden his buddies. “Associated Articles KROQ morning guy Raymond

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