About the O&F Studios
The O&F Studios ™ produces the radio-documentary series Documenting Popular Music, which spotlights stories about the unforgettable music from the 1960s, 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’ll regularly produce spotlights on new albums from artist connected to the 70’s and 80’s as well as features that help document the sound of the era. The style has been inspired by the stories Casey Kasem used to tell and the high quality productions Bill Drake and Gene Chenault used to produce.
The O&F Studios was created by Robert Neil and originally ran as a small, quasi, underground radio show in the 1980’s as a way to highlight stories and facts about 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 will be posted on this site from time to time.
About Robert Neil
Robert Neil is a songwriter and journalist/broadcaster with more than 25 years of experience in the US 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 L.A. radio team Lohman and Barkley, who encouraged him 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.
He 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 He was praised for his story on a leprosy colony, located in western Japan, that helped spotlight an outdated custom of isolating patients from society – a tradition the Japanese government later changed after more publicity on the practice came out. During his time in Japan, Neil also did voice over work for various projects.
In the U.S., Neil earned a solid reputation as a healthcare business writer, and his coverage of the development of an artificial pancreas for diabetes patients has been a standout.
Notable songs Neil has written include “The Lady in Black (Just Let Me Dance),” produced and performed by Scott McDavid featuring Stephanie Love, as well as “Winter Blue,” co-written with McDavid specifically for jazz singer Sarah Partridge, who performs the song in her winter concerts.
With the O&F Studios and Documenting Popular Music, Neil says he’s “bringing the same high standards I’ve adhered to as a journalist throughout my career. We’re not interested in fluff or fashion – just great stories about the music.”