Cliff Winston, a giant in L.A. radio and famed morning drive announcer who worked for several years at KJLH in Inglewood and did two stints at KKBT in L.A., passed on Sunday, December 17 after suffering a massive heart attack at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 63.
Winston had been downtown at the L.A. Courthouse for a deposition when he suffered chest pains and was transported to the hospital. An autopsy has been scheduled. Winston’s father had died from a massive heart attack at age 54.
“Cliff was the quintessential radio guy,” said KJLH program director Aundrae Russell, who was hired by Winston. “He was one of the best. He knew the ins and outs of programming like no one else. I learned a lot from him,”
An official statement from KJLH read as follows: “We pause to acknowledge the wisp of time known as life, for we are tremendously saddened by the news that our friend, our colleague Cliff Winston passed away yesterday. Suffice to say that Cliff is an indelible signature in the life of KJLH Radio. For decades you heard him and the Home Team on our airwaves guiding you to work or wherever you were going each morning.”
“Sad to hear,” wrote musician Boney James on Facebook. “He was always a pleasure to hang with and super supportive in my early days. My thoughts are with his family.”
Actor-comedian D.L. Hughley also offered condolences, posting on Facebook, “I was his side kick on KJLH and learned so much about radio from him! He was a gem of a human being!”
Winston, a Dorsey High School graduate, grew up in Southern California, with his sights set on broadcasting.
“I would be up in the middle of the night listening to the radio,” Winston has said of his childhood.