L.A. Radio Legend ‘Humble Harve’ Miller Passes At 85


courtesy All Access Music Group    June 4, 2019
  • Humble Harve

    “HUMBLE HARVE” MILLER, a legendary LOS ANGELES disc jockey, who was brought over from KBLA on FEBRUARY 1st, 1967 “to bring a more progressive feel to nights” at KHJ at the dawn of FM radio, passed away at the age of 85 at his home in CAMARILLO,CA.

    Known as the BOSS JOCK, HUMBLE HARVE ruled the L.A. Pop airwaves for years after beginning his illustrious career in 1958 at radio station WHAT-A in TRENTON, NJ. MILLER then switched to WIBG-A in PHILADELPHIA, where he worked from 1958 to 1962.

    HUMBLE HARVE subsequently moved to L.A. in 1965 and initially established himself in the market at KBLA/BURBANK (AM 1500) then achieved his greatest fame working as the nighttime disc jockey for “Boss Radio” KHJ. He narrated the counterculture documentary “Mondo Mod” in 1967.

    In 1971, MILLER murdered his adulterous wife MARY and wound up serving a stretch in prison for manslaughter. He was hired by KKDJ after getting out of jail. Among the other L.A. radio stations he has worked for throughout the years are KIQQ, KIIS, KUTE, KRLA, KRTH, KCBS-FM, and KZLA. In addition, MILLER also worked for WIBG in PHILADELPHIA in 1985 and KVI in SEATTLE, from 1986 to 1989. Moreover, he has lent his smooth voice to countless syndicated radio specials.

    HUMBLE HARV appeared in two movies for director FLOYD MUTRUX as a disc jockey: he’s Dr. J in “The Hollywood Knights” and the Beard in “There Goes My Baby.” In 1995 Miller was inducted into the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME. His last on-air job was for KHTS/LOS ANGELES.

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  1. I have a recording of “Raw and Alive – The Seeds in Concert” from the late ’60s… Humble Harv introduces the group. I enjoyed hearing more about his history.


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