The Los Angeles Daily News has written a nice memory of Diamond.
It seems I am writing too many obituaries lately. Just after the news of the loss of veteran newsman Lee Marshall (the voice of Tony the Tiger), along with the man who brought talk radio to Los Angeles via KABC, Ben Hoberman, word comes of two more deaths.
One of the few remaining Boss Jocks from KHJ’s (930 AM) Top 40 days passed away last week, just a week after Boss Radio’s 49th anniversary (April 27, 1965). Dave Diamond was the second jock to take to the KHJ airwaves at 6 p.m. that day, following the Real Don Steele; he died May 6 after being hospitalized for pneumonia.
Diamond didn’t last long at KHJ, as he decided to move over to then-new KBLA (later KROQ, at 1500 AM but now off the air), where the format was a little looser and he could play some album cuts. His other local radio gigs included shifts on KFWB (980 AM), the original KRLA (now KDIS, 1110 AM), KIIS (1150 AM) and KFI (640 AM).
His musical roots are strong. Don Barrett of LARadio.com says that among other things, he published Strawberry Alarm Clock’s “Incense and Peppermints,” a No. 1 hit in 1967. Even bigger, he is credited in the book “Can’t Get Out of Here Alive” as the founder of the Doors. His work on KRLA was during the station’s attempt at playing more album cuts. Music was obviously a big part of Diamond’s life, and the “Diamond Mine” show heard on some of his stations showcased that love.