Ray Briem papers, 1904-2011

Overview of the Collection

Briem, Ray, 1930-1912
Ray Briem papers
1904-2011 (inclusive)
13.5 linear feet, (7 boxes)
Collection Number
ACCN 2728
The Ray Briem papers (1946-2011) contain papers and materials relating to Briem's tenure as a radio host in Ogden, Utah, and Los Angeles.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
Telephone: 8015818863
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Ray Briem (1930-2012) was born in Ogden Utah. Briem began what would become his lifelong career as a radio broadcaster at the age of fifteen, when he and his friends developed a fifteen-minute radio drama titled The Adventures of Vivacious Vicky. Briem and his friends convinced KLO, a tiny radio station in Ogden, Utah, to air the show. He graduated from Ogden High School in 1947.

At the age of 19, Briem enlisted in the Army, taking up public information work. Briem assigned to with the Armed Forces Radio, broadcasting the Hometown Mailbag show to military troops stationed in Korea and Japan.

Briem moved to Los Angeles after finishing his military service. There, Briem was hired as a DJ by KLAC radio. In 1967 Ray moved to KABC radio, where he remained until his retirement in 1994. During his tenure at KABC, Ray performed his nationally syndicated midnight-to-5 a.m. show. Briem is remembered as an influential conservative radio host, garnering the support and backing of famous conservatives such as Ronald Regan.

Briem was honored for his distinguished career with a bronze star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He died at the age of 82 in 2012.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Ray Briem papers (1946-2011) contain scrapbooks, correspondences, and clippings relating to Briem's 49-year tenure as radio host at various stations, such as KLO in Odgen, The Armed Forces Radio, and KABC in Los Angeles. Also included in the papers are scrapbooks pertaining to Ray's family, newspaper clippings, and promotional material.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

Preferred Citation

Collection Name, Collection Number, Box Number, Folder Number. Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Arranged by subject

Processing Note

Processed by Suzanne Catharine in 2014.

Separated Materials

Photographs and audio materials were transferred to the Multimedia Division of Special Collections.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1-2 Family Scrapbook 1953-2011
1 3 Yearbooks 1946-1997
1 4 Armed Forces Materials 1950-1995
1 5 Ray Briem, publications 1970
1 6 Short-wave Radio Dispute
1 7 Music Tape Log, 215-409
2 1 KLAC Job Contract, Press Releases, Memorandums
2 2 KLAC Promotional Materials
2 3 KABC Listener Research, Master Log
2 4 KABC Promotional Materials
2 5 Word Of The Day/Guest Log
2 6 Correspondence
2 7 Emphemera
2 8 Newspaper Clippings, Ray Briem
2 9 Newspaper Clippings
3 Ogden High School Alumni Directory 2002-2007
4-7 Scrapbooks 1946-1997

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Disc jockeys--California--Los Angeles--Sources
  • Disc jockeys--Utah--Ogden--Sources

Personal Names

  • Briem, Ray, 1930-2012--Archives

Corporate Names

  • KABC (Radio station: Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • KLAC (Radio station: Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • KLO (Radio station: Ogden, Utah)

Form or Genre Terms

  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Scrapbooks