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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[1]

Richard Paul Beebe (December 5, 1929[2] – August 29, 1998)[3] was an American radio personality who was on the air for five decades in Los Angeles and won two Golden Mic Awards. A journalist at KRLA 1110,[4][5] he became a founding member of The Credibility Gap.[6][7] 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.[citation needed] He left the Gap in 1975.[8] Some of their early work can be heard at The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles and New York City.[9]

Beebe performed the voice of Dewey Phillips on the Pop Chronicles documentary.[10] He returned to KR:A in 1991.[11]

An Air Force veteran, he died of lung cancer in 1998.[6]


  • An Album Of Political Pornography, with Lew Irwin and the Credibility Gap (Blue Thumb, 1968)[1]
  • Woodshtick and More (1971)
  • A Great Gift Idea (Reprise, 1974)
  • The Bronze Age of Radio (Waterhouse, 1977)


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Magic of JuJu: Political Porno". 2006-12-21. Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  2. "California Birth Index". Retrieved 28 March 2019. 
  3. "United States Social Security Death Index". Retrieved 28 March 2019. 
  4. Earl, Bill (1991). Dream-House: The history of a major West Coast radio station and Southern California's 50 years of "Radio Eleven-Ten"!. Desert Rose. 
  5. "KRLA Los Angeles Radio History". 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Obituaries; Richard Beebe; Local Radio Broadcaster". September 3, 1998. pp. B10. 
  7. "Lew Irwin Sets Record Straight on Origins of 1110/KRLA Credibility Gap". July 15, 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2019. 
  8. "THE REALITY BUILDING: Some Words on The Credibility Gap". 1 June 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2019. 
  9. "The Paley Center for Media". Retrieved 28 March 2019. 
  10. Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 7 - The All American Boy: Enter Elvis and the rock-a-billies. [Part 1]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries. 

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