Art Laboe (born Arthur Egnoian on August 7, 1925) is an American disc jockey, songwriter, record producer, and radio station owner who is generally credited with coining the term "Oldies But Goodies".
Through his "Original Sound Records" company, Laboe put together the first-ever record album to feature hit songs by various artists from more than one label. Titled "Oldies But Goodies," the album stayed on Billboard magazine's Top 100 LPs chart for over three years.
For decades, Laboe was in the West Coast music scene, and worked on such stations as KPOP, where he broadcast a live show from Scrivener's Drive-In in Los Angeles, and KRLA in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, all the way through to the present. The city of Los Angeles declared July 17, 1981 to be "Art Laboe Day" when he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Art Laboe memorabilia can be seen at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum's interactive Rock and Radio exhibit in Cleveland, Ohio.
Laboe continues in music as an MC, promoter, and Internet disc jockey. His "Killer Oldies" show can be heard every Sunday night in select cities across the West Coast. In 2006, Laboe announced he would also do a nightly show (Monday through Friday) for select stations that already carried his Sunday night show. Stations such as KDES-FM in Palm Springs, KAJM-FM, MEGA 104.3 in Phoenix, Arizona and XHRM in San Diego have already signed on with more expected to follow. Though Laboe resides in Los Angeles, his radio programs are now based out of Fresno, CA (KOKO-FM 94.3).
Laboe's Sunday evening dedication show on Hot 92 Jamz has been rated #1 consistently across many demographics for the past several years.
Laboe has organized several charity benefits and concerts, and is also founder of the "Art Laboe Foundation." This organization has given annual scholarships to Los Angeles area and Fresno/Kerman area high schools, as well as supports other charitable organizations such as the Wildlife Way Station and the American Humane Society.
On January 30, 2009, Laboe was honored with Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters' "Diamond Circle Award", given to PPB members who have made an important contribution to the development of broadcasting during their 75+ years. He also achieved the honor of being featured in a front page LA Times article on November 12, 2009 for being an inspiration to his listeners. Laboe received the LA Radio Lifetime Achievement Award on January 30, 2010, for his incredible radio career and impact in the Los Angeles area.
- Palm Springs Walk of Stars by date dedicated
- Bermudez, Esmeralda (November 12, 2009). "At 84, Art Laboe's an oldie but still a goodie". Los Angeles Times. Column One.