Carey Brothers ends 35-year radio career


More than three decades after the launch of “On The House with the Carey Brothers,” Morris and James Carey are permanently shutting down their microphones after their last radio show aired on Christmas Day.

Sitting in their Brentwood home studio on Tuesday before recording their final segment, widely recognized homebuilding and home improvement experts looked back on their radio and television days. They recently sold their media franchise to Danny Lipford of “Today’s Homeowner Radio,” who will incorporate their work into his programming starting January 1.

Lipford, who hosts the two-hour weekly “Today owner” radio program and podcast, will take over the Careys website (, digital content, social channels and followers to create a solid resource for people looking for home improvement advice.

“They are legends in the field and we will miss them. I am happy that they had such a successful race and I am grateful to be able to carry on their tradition and media legacy, ”said Lipford.

Morris Carey called his radio / TV stint “amazing” and reflected on 35 years on radio and shorter stints with his brother on local and national home improvement TV shows in Los Angeles, New York and elsewhere.

“I spoke with Burt Reynolds for half an hour on the phone,” said Carey, 75. “I danced with Phyllis Diller. I’ve listened to the comedy from so many great people and had such great experiences, I’m so grateful for it.

“We played with everyone from Kenny Rogers and Captain & Tennille to Jack Palance and Arnold Schwarzenegger,” added James Morris, 63. “The list goes on.”

But the Careys say they are even more grateful for being able to provide advice on building and renovating homes to such a large audience. They give up media work to focus on their home renovation / design business, they said.

“I’m so grateful that I was able to share my knowledge with people all over the country, all over the world, and I hope I was of help while I did,” Morris Carey said.

This included the weekly homemade recipe offering, like how to get rid of mold (a third of a cup of powdered laundry detergent, a quart of liquid bleach and three quarts of lukewarm water) and a tip of the day.

James Carey said his fondest memory was being able to become a resource for those who needed help making informed decisions and making their homes safer.

“I think nothing could have been better than this,” said young Carey. “And to know that I could have so much fun and live my dream as a frustrated artist and do things to help people. I’m grateful.”

The Carey’s foray into the media industry while running a successful outsourcing business was not part of their initial business plan, which Morris Carey started in Pittsburg in 1981. His brother joined him. three years later.

But the early use of computers by the elder Carey led to an invitation in 1985 to write a monthly computer column in the magazine “Remodeling Contractor”. And, after receiving some 1,500 letters a month, his brother decided to continue writing his own journal column. But without any experience in journalism, he didn’t get very far in the beginning. Not the type to give up easily, he set his sights on the radio and asked his reluctant older brother to join him.

The Careys began their radio show on January 2, 1987 on KCBS Bay Area Radio. Four years later, they moved to KNBR, where they then unionized nationally until the station moved to an all-sports format. After that, the Careys rented a studio from KQED but quickly decided to cut down on their trips to San Francisco by building their own studio in their home town offices of Pittsburg before moving it to Brentwood, where the two had moved.

At its peak, the Careys’ show “On the House” was broadcast to over 300 affiliates. To date, it includes over 1,800 weekly radio shows with some 5,000 hours of programming and over 50,000 calls from listeners.

With their radio success, the Careys made a column in the “On the House” newspaper, starting with the Contra Costa Times – now the East Bay Times – in 1998, which was then picked up by The Associated Press and lasted two decades in 750. newspapers across the country. They have also written countless other magazine and newspaper articles as well as popular “Dummies” books on home improvement.

On top of all of that, they’ve made regular appearances on network TV shows such as “Hallmark Home and Family Show” and morning shows on CBS and ABC networks and more for 25 years.

Over the decades, the Careys have also made personal live appearances and remote shows at major industry trade shows, local consumer events, and even a White House event – and nearly all of them in. their signature, matched with dungarees in bright colors.

They also recorded nearly 2,500 entertaining and informative daily tips for homeowners that are currently broadcast on hundreds of radio stations nationwide. The last tip of the day will air on December 31, and they plan to donate their radio equipment to the Pittsburg Historical Society for educational purposes.

But even with the media work behind them, the Careys will be no less busy, said James Carey, noting that he now runs the booming construction business.

“We put 100% of our energy in our design / construction / renovation business, Carey brothers remodeling, “he said.” It is a joy to make home improvement dreams come true for the people of our area. “


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