Richard Beebe

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Richard Beebe in the original line-up of Lew Irwin and The Credibility Gap (left to right): John Gilliland, Thom Beck, Len Chandler, Richard Beebe, and Lew Irwin from An Album of Political Pornography

Richard Paul Beebe (December 5, 1929[1] – August 29, 1998)[2] was an American radio personality who was on the air for five decades in Los Angeles and won two Golden Mic Awards. A founding member of The Credibility Gap,[3] his experience and wit were key to most versions of the group. He was an original Beatnik still working and being creative in the late 1960s when he discovered Harry Shearer, David L. Lander, and Michael McKean, all much younger than he. Most of their early work can be heard at The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles and New York City.

Beebe performed the voice of Dewey Phillips on the Pop Chronicles documentary.[4]

An Air Force veteran, he died of lung cancer in 1998.[3]

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