The O&F Studios™ offers radio features spotlighting the artists who helped create the unforgettable music from the 1970s and 1980s. Through interviews with singers, songwriters, musicians, producers, disc jockeys, authors, etc, we provide an inside look into music and radio from that time. Additionally, we produce original spotlights on new albums from artist connected to the ’70s and ’80s as well as features that help document the sound of the era.
The O&F Studios was created by Robert Neil and originally ran as a small, quasi, underground radio show in the 1980s as a way to highlight stories and the history of popular music. That concept has now been polished and updated for the internet, where computers and digital sound have replaced the old cassette tapes and vinyl records once used.
The O&F Studios’ name derives from the Oscar & Flannigan Show™ with Mark Towner and Robert Neil, a two-man comedy team occasionally featured on the O&F Studios. Brief portions of those shows are at the O&F Studios Archives page.
About Robert Neil
Robert Neil is a journalist and broadcaster with more than 25 years of experience in the U.S. and Asia. His career began right after high school at KRLA radio in Los Angeles, where, among other things, he answered the request phone lines for legendary disc jockey Art Laboe. Around this time Neil also received mentoring advice from Al Lohman of the classic Los Angeles radio team Lohman and Barkley, who encouraged Neil to pursue a college degree while working to break into radio.
After graduating from San Diego State University with a degree in journalism, Neil worked at the 24-hour newsradio station XTRA in San Diego as a news writer and editor under veteran radio journalist Hal Brown.
Neil has worked for various print publications, and during his 5 ½ years in Asia he wrote for the Japan Times and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council’s business magazine International Market News. He was praised for his article on a leprosy colony, located on an island in western Japan, where patients lived under a law requiring them to remain separated from the rest of Japanese society. Neil visited the island and wrote an article that helped spotlight the outdated tradition of isolation, and after more publicity came out about the practice, the Japanese government eventually changed the law. (click to read the article: Japan Times – Leprosy Patients) During his time in Japan, Neil also did voice over work for various projects.
In the U.S., Neil has earned a solid reputation as a healthcare business writer and public speaker with expertise in digital health and diabetes. (click to read the article: The Artificial Pancreas: A Race To The Finish, written for the trade publication Medtech Insight and hosted at the JDRF website.)
With the O&F Studios’ website, Neil says he’s “bringing the same high standards I’ve adhered to in the past to the work we present on this site. We’re not interested in fluff or fashion – just great stories about the music. We plan to start slow and grow, but mostly we plan to have fun.”