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Frosty Stilwell.

It’s one ‘L’ before the well.  I’m amazed at all of the media reports that spell his name wrong.  It could be that he changed it at one time and it’s not clear what the correct spelling could be.  I’m going by the spelling on his own Facebook page.

So, now we’ll take a quick trip down the Google highway to find Frosty in Snippet-Land.

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Passing through Hwy 1990s:

(The Jamie, Frosty and Frank Show):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamie,_Frosty_and_Frank_Show

Some excerpts:

“The show was originally called “Frosty and Frank” with Jamie White reading traffic and weather. Than the show was renamed to “Frosty, Frank, and Jamie”, but audience members mistook “Frosty Frank” as a single person so they renamed the show to “Frosty, Jamie, and Frank”. Shortly before the show was moved from Denver to Los Angeles, under contract negotiations, Jamie White had her name moved to first placement.”

Frosty Stilwell was quieter than his coworkers, a funny, friendly, overweight nerdy type who was frequently the butt of their jokes. He was older than they were, a great fan of Star Trek and an admirer of character Captain Kathryn Janeway(played by veteran actress Kate Mulgrew on Star Trek: Voyager). He was sometimes teased about being secretly in love with Frank.”

(What the-?  Could Sebastian Kunz be doing the hiring over at Talk910 in addition to reporting the news and filling in for traffic and weather?)

Okay, more excerpts:

“Each show ended with Jamie, Frosty, and Frank apologizing to anybody and anything they’d potentially offended during that particular broadcast while Brenda Lee‘s “I’m Sorry” played in the background.”

“On September 15, 1999, Frosty and Frank were suddenly and inexplicably removed from the show and replaced with Danny Bonaduce, former child-star. Fans of Jamie, Frosty, and Frank protested, and even Jamie herself referred to the change as “a forced decision”. Frosty and Frank were quieter but obviously displeased, stating, “Yes, there is a lot to the story, but we can’t say much” and “I could be better, but that’s a long story, and if I told you, I wouldn’t get paid”, respectively.”

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Hwy 2000s:

Same Wiki article, more excerpts.

“In 2000, Frosty and Frank joined Heidi Hamilton, a former traffic news anchor they had met at Star 98.7, to form the Frosty, Heidi & Frank show, which aired on 97.1 FreeFM and later on 790 KABC Talk Radio in Los Angeles. On January 4, 2007, Frosty and Frank invited Danny Bonaduce onto the show and the three of them traded behind-the-scenes stories about the drama that had unfolded at Star 98.7. All three of her former co-hosts alleged that Jamie was an extremely difficult and demanding person to work with, that she schemed behind the scenes to have her co-workers fired, and that she didn’t even want to share a toll-free number with the other hosts to take callers. Bonaduce called her a “Texas Chainsaw Massacre of a personality… the worst experience of my life” and Frosty and Frank said she was a “witch” and “excruciating.””

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YouTube video of Frosty’s last day with Frank and Heidi:

(Note, it might take a second or two to begin so be patient.  This is hard to watch after we, in San Francisco, had to go through this type of transition with our former KGO hosts.)

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If you prefer to watch it on YouTube, here’s the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvvsKbldDRY

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A comment on that YouTube page by iammckenna puts in all in perspective:

“LOL! Frosty SUCKS at lying! They ended the show on a Friday and he practically started with KFI on Monday! :P”

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Hwy 2011:

This excerpt explains the name.  It’s included in a radiodiscussions thread titled ‘Re: Does anyone know what has happened to frosty stillwell on kfi???’.

Here’s a link to it:

http://radiodiscussions.com/smf/index.php?topic=190878.0

“Not that this would have made a difference, but after his KABC gig was done, he took the he took the “y” off of his name. I think he said that was to make his on-air name closer to his real name, or at least what his friends and family actually call him. Then a few months ago, I think he came to the realization that changing your on-air name and trying to find a new full-time gig at the same time is not a particularly good strategy, so he went back to being Frosty. Now, even more listener confusion sets in.”

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More of that discussion follows:

« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2011, 08:22:35 PM »

I don’t know why but it sort of depresses me. At one point these three were pulling in hundreds of thousands of dollars each at KLSX and it seems like in a blink of an eye, Frank lost his home, Heidi was selling stuff on Ebay and now Frosty gave up a weekend gig and may be moving out of town since nothing full time is coming his way. It sucks being that age and realizing the world around you has changed and there are no jobs around for guys (and gals) in that age range.

« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2011, 01:37:33 P »

“STILWELL’S PLANS

“Frost Stilwell, ex-KFI/640 AM weekends, has not announced his future plans yet, but he may be considering Denver for his next opportunity. He e-mailed LARadio.com’s Don Barrett, “I’d expected to head back to Denver, a city I love, when the FHF (Frosty, Heidi & Frank) show ended at KABC. I stayed around for the part-time gig as long as I could. But spring is about to become summer, and my ‘semi-retired’ label has an itch underneath it too strong to ignore much longer.

“Maybe it’s time to sell the ridiculously expensive Hollywood Hills home and get back to work, wherever work can be found these days in our industry. My beloved Denver is in my sights once again and I am happily moving in that direction. Stay tuned.””

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Hwy 2012:

Here’s someone on Yahoo looking for a lost Frosty Stilwell quote:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120604113003AAzx4he

And one more excerpt from the same Wiki link posted earlier:

“On June 1, 2012, Star 101.3 in San Francisco announced that Frosty Stilwell would join Sandy Stec in hosting the stations morning show.”

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Hwy 2013:

Finally, the Frosty Frank (hee hee, I love that name – sorry Frosty!) ends up in our backyard.  He announces it on his Frost Stilwell Facebook page (a page he set up during the time he tried to change his radio name, remember that radiodiscussions excerpt I posted earlier when he tried to get rid of that pesky ‘y’?).  I think it’s his fan page.

https://www.facebook.com/froststilwell

“San Francisco, Ca. – June 3, 2013 – Clear Channel Media and Entertainment San Francisco announced today that well-known Talk Radio personality, Frosty Stillwell, will now host middays on Talk 910 KKSF-AM from 12-3:00 p.m. PST, effective Tuesday, June 4.”

He also has a Frosty San Francisco Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Frosty-San-Francisco/151619138189638

Here’s a link to his page on Talk910:

http://www.talk910.com/pages/frosty.html

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Frosty says he’s happy to be back on talk radio.  I haven’t been able to listen much in the past few weeks, it’s been so busy at work, but I have him on in the background.  I hear him give out the number to call.  Says he wants to take calls.

I haven’t heard many callers.  He says it doesn’t matter what topic he’s on, if someone wants to call and talk about something he brought up as a topic earlier in the show, he’ll take it.

So, now it’s time for those who want to support talk in the Bay Area.  He’ll take calls!

I know many are reluctant to call talk shows, they think they don’t know much about politics or policies or national security …

Frosty doesn’t seem to be focused on specialized topics.  His show is opinion-based, if he reads something or if something happens to him, he’ll give his opinion.  He welcomes other opinions.

That’s right, he’s not expecting callers to offer expertise or high-level training on any one subject.  Yes, he still brings experts on the show, but he’s also asking the listening audience to express their own opinions.

As an example, one day he talked about a guy who approached him in the parking lot of a grocery store and asked for a donation to his charity.  When Frosty didn’t give him any money for the homeless, the guy screamed at Frosty, berating his physical appearance and commenting on the bags of grocery in his arms.  It’s a situation we can all relate to and comment on.  I can’t locate the podcast, don’t recall what day or hour it aired.

I did find a podcast where he admits to letting a Facebook comment get under his skin (it begins around 9:00 on this podcast):

http://www.talk910.com/player/?station=KKSF-AM&program_name=podcast&program_id=frosty.xml&mid=23345548

(I remember when I saw the beginning of that guy’s comment on Facebook saying something about kissing L…, and that’s where it cut off.  I was curious but couldn’t read the rest of the comment because I don’t have a Facebook account.  Now I know.)

I love to hear callers.  I even miss the John Lennon guy sneaking in on a conversation.  Let’s take back what we’ve lost.  I miss voices from the Bay Area, all voices, joined in conversation.

On Frosty’s show, you don’t have to be married to the guy to be allowed to talk… he’s not talking only to his wife or some Politico, he’s talking to us.  Talk Back!

Talk 910 Listener Line: Frosty – 1.800.345.5639

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