October 17th, 2011: Los Angeles, CA -- Masters of Sound (mastersofsound.net) the multi-channel brand dedicated to documenting the work of recording engineers and producers, today announced that legendary radio personality, Jim Ladd is joining their team to host a weekly television series currently under development.
The Masters of Sound television series will bring together recording engineers and producers, and the iconic pop and rock artists they worked with. They'll tell the first-hand stories about what really happened in the studio as they created the musical soundtracks to our lives. Some for the first time together on film, some reunited for the first time in years, and with the insight and reflections that only time can provide. All brought to life with rare archival footage and recordings from those precious moments. Please visit MastersofSound.net to see a video of Jim Ladd introducing the show.
"Ask any of the great musicians out there and they'll tell you that it never would have happened without the team of people who had the vision to help bring their gifts to the world," said Jim Ladd. "And recording engineers and producers, they're some of the most crucial. Not only do they help capture the magic, but they also bring out new directions in artists and help them reach their true potential...and oh, the stories they can tell. One of the reasons why Masters of Sound is so appealing to me, is that it's an untapped cultural goldmine and I'm excited to see what we'll discover."
"Jim not only knows many of the people we're featuring on Masters of Sound, he's developed a close friendship with them over the years," said Robert Ballantyne of 4-Track Productions, the Executive Producer / Creator of Masters of Sound, "when you combine that genuine warmth, with his in-depth knowledge of popular music and superb interviewing skills, you've got a winning combination that's guaranteed to make great television. We're thrilled to have him on board."
About Jim Ladd
JIM LADD has been a top-rated nighttime air personality in the greater Los Angeles market for over three decades (1972-2011), having championed free-form rock radio on KMET-FM, KLSX-FM, and KLOS-FM, but over his illustrious career his reach has extended far beyond Southern California.
Jim first went nationwide with Innerview, a 12 year running, weekly radio program that aired on over 160 radio stations, offering in-depth pieces with artists including: John Lennon, U2, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, The Eagles and Led Zeppelin. He increased his reach to international audiences as co-host of legendary concerts including The Who's 25th anniversary of Tommy; Knebworth 1990, featuring Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Phil Collins, and Pink Floyd; and The Wall in Berlin, the largest theatrical rock event ever, with a 300,000 in-person audience, and over 1 billion people viewing on world-wide television.
More than playing popular music and interviewing the people who create it, Jim has contributed to and influenced major musical works himself. In 1987, Jim was asked by Roger Waters Radio K.A.O.S. and more recently was credited by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers as the influence for the title song on their album The Last DJ.
Jim has been recognized countless times for his contributions to broadcasting, receiving the Media Arts Award from the Hollywood Arts Council, "Air Personality of the Year" by The Los Angeles Music Awards, named one of the "120 Most Influential People In The Music Industry" by Album Network Magazine, nominations for Rock Radio Personality of The Year from Radio and Records and Billboard magazines, and culminating in 2005 with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in honor of the first 38 years of his ground breaking career.
Jim Ladd can be heard Mon-Thurs from 10 pm-2 am, and Sundays at 9 pm with a special show called Theme of Consciousness on 95.5 KLOS-FM, Los Angeles.
About Masters of Sound
MASTERS OF SOUND is a multi-channel brand, currently developing a weekly television series to bring the producers and engineers of recorded sound from behind-the-scenes and into the spotlight. Largely unrecognized for their contributions to popular culture, these individuals were there first hand to help make the magic happen on the music that has shaped our lives. Together with the iconic pop and rock artists who they collaborated with, they open their studios, dig into the archives, and tell the stories of what it's like to create musical history. Masters of Sound is a co-production of 4-Track Productions and Collective Entertainment, headed by Robert Ballantyne and film composer Shawn Clement.