PIONEER OF BOSS RADIO SOUND PASSES
William Mouzis, whose sound and production techniques helped to launch 93/KHJ Boss Radio to national prominence in the 1960's, died January 7, 2013. He was 90.
Mouzis began his broadcasting career in 1947 at KPAS in Banning and KIST in Santa Barbara under the on-air name of Bill Manning. In 1951, he joined KHJ radio and television (currently KCAL-9) in Hollywood, where he remained for 26 years. During his early years at KHJ, he worked on programming such as Family Theatre, Queen For a Day and Major League baseball. He also worked on various live network shows, including California Melodies, Sons of the Pioneers, Hawaii Calling, The Green Hornet and Wild Bill Hickock.
When KHJ changed their format to 93/KHJ Boss Radio in 1965, he worked as the production director and engineering supervisor, working closely with Boss Jocks such as the late Robert W. Morgan and The Real Don Steele. One of his most notable projects was the award-winning original 48-hour History of Rock and Roll, which debut in 1969, where he served as the engineering and production director. Taped copies of this work are in the Library of Congress, the UCLA College Library, the Records Archives at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, and the Julliard School of Music in New York. The late Bill Drake, who conceived the Boss Radio concept, characterized Mouzis as his "secret weapon."
For the last 14 years of his career, Mouzis worked at ABC and at 710/KMPC. He produced the Gene Autry Story, which continues to be available on two-hour audio cassettes at the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum in Los Angeles. Mouzis was generally considered to be the premier audio production engineer in the country before he retired in 1990. After formal retirement, he continued to consult radio stations and program directors in the industry.
Mouzis was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1922. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1940 at age 18, and served the country during World War II as a radioman on the USS Texas, flagship for the Atlantic Fleet, the ammunition ship USS Kilauea, and the heavy cruiser USS Augusta, the flagship for Operation Torch, the North African invasion. He suffered service-connected injuries and was medically discharged in 1944. Thereafter, he settled in Southern California. He remained an avid golfer until a few years before his passing.
Mouzis is survived by his wife of 64 years, Nancy; his children, Patricia Cornell, Gerald Mouzis and Thomas Mouzis; by several grandchildren; and by one great grandson, Dylan.
A burial Mass will be held at St. Bridget of Sweden Catholic Church in Lake Balboa at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 12, 2013, followed by burial at San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills.
Published in Los Angeles Daily News from January 10 to January 11, 2013