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...Paul Wallach...??

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...Paul Wallach...??

Andrew Gore | May 31, 2004 04:43 AM

Yes, this is for the L.A. board. But, I'm afraid to ask, because I think i know what the answer will be.
I moved to Glendale in 1984, and I soon became addicted to listening to Paul Wallach's show on KIEV, with cohost Steve Knight. Paul was a great radio personality, with a remarkable deep voice. He had a great talk show that covered many subjects, but he mostly focused on cooking and restaurants. Listening to Elmer Dills' show reminds me a lot of Paul's show, except that I liked Paul much better. He became quite popular locally by the early 90's, writing a popular yearly book like "1989 Guide to L.A. Restaurants" or something like that. I also bought a book of his, "Best Hole-in-the -Wall Restaurants" that was a fun book to have. He would occasionally host dinners, several of which I attended. One was at Taix on Sunset, one was at a Chinese place in the Bonaventure, and a memorable one was at Lawry's, weeks before it closed (not the steak restaurant). Listening to the show, you really got to know him, such as his lonely childhood growing up in the old Ambassador Hotel. He seemed to zort of quickly fade away in the early 1990's. Then KIEV was sold (and is now KRLA), and Paul seemed to disappear entirely. Steve Knight, Paul's sidekick and an important part of the show, was heavily involved at KIEV and pretty much was the voice of that rinky-dink but fun station. But when it was sold, he continued on in a much more limited fashion, and now it's been months since I can recall hearing his distinctive voice. Can anybody tell me what happened to Paul Wallach and Steve Knight? Since Paul was not a young man when he was popular, I pretty much assume he's passed on now. I'd like confirmation of that, and am asking if others remember the Paul Wallach Show as I do. I can say that I am a "foodie" and Chowhound pretty much because of him, and I suspect I'm not the only one.

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