Bruce Belland's first radio appearance was at the age of 4. His father was a radio preacher in Chicago "and would reward me with a stick of gum if I sang 'God Bless America.' "
During the '50s, Belland and his singing group, the Four Preps, were a popular recording act, with hits including "26 Miles" and "Big Man." They also appeared frequently on the popular "Ozzie and Harriet" TV show as friends of (and occasional backup singers for) Rick Nelson.
On Sunday at 3 p.m., Belland will bring a lifetime of stories to the Whale's Tail in Channel Islands Harbor, where he'll share them with a live audience and listeners to radio station KKZZ (1400 AM). It's the first episode of a projected monthly two-hour show, "Jukebox Reunion."
The idea was sparked by Belland's visit with his daughters in England, where they had their own recording group, the Voice of the Beehive. He wound up doing a radio interview, which inspired him to mount what he sees as an audio-only version of "The Tonight Show" with guests, music and audience participation.
Taking a course in radio at UCLA, Belland met Carl Goldman, a veteran of broadcast syndicator Westwood One and the owner of KKZZ.
Sunday's guest will be singer Joanie Sommers. Those interested in joining the "Jukebox Reunion" studio audience should contact KKZZ at 289-1400.