The Goldman’s originally purchased AM-1220, when it was KBET in 1990 building it into a powerhouse during the 1994 earthquake and throughout Santa Clarita’s recovery. They sold the station to Clear Channel in 1998. In 2003, the Goldman’s re-purchased AM-1220 from Clear Channel, turning on KHTS AM-1220.
Carl has worked in radio since 1974. His experience includes seven years at a major Los Angeles radio station, KIQQ-FM. In 1980, he and his partner, President Nixon attorney, John Dean started their own radio syndication business, which they sold in 1983 to the Transtar Radio Networks (now Westwood One Radio Network). Carl remained at Transtar until he and Jeri moved to Santa Clarita in 1990.
Jeri began her career in radio in 1980 at the Los Angeles radio station, KZLA. In 1986 she became the Director of Finance and Human Resources at the Westwood One Radio Network.
Carl, along with his wife Jeri and their two sons, Ryan (28, West Point Graduate now stationed as a Captain at Fort Carson and Kyle (21) have remained residents of Santa Clarita since 1990. They continue to be very active members in the community, serving on numerous Boards throughout our Valley.
Jeri was named Santa Clarita Valley’s 2005 Woman of the Year. She spent many years on the Board of Providence Holy Cross Hospital, where she spearheaded many projects. She is passionate about her work with Providence.
In 2006 she created Providence’s Art of Healing campaign which involves the entire Santa Clarita Elementary Public School System. The program places student’s artwork throughout the cancer wing at Providence Holy Cross and at Providence’s Santa Clarita facility. Her involvement on the Providence Board also led Jeri to donating a statue of an angel, created by artist Steven Lavaggi, fulfilling a dream of Dr. Sanani to have an angel greet all cancer patients when entering Providence. It’s a legacy left by her for her Mom, who battle ovarian cancer at Providence. Jeri also commissioned Santa Clarita muralist Frank Rock to paint a wall of angels in the Providence/Holy Cross hospital entrance.
When most hospitals were closing down, Jeri raised half a million dollars for the expansion of Providence/Holy Cross hospital, adding 140 beds.
Jeri and Carl were two of the original founders of the Michael Hoefflin Foundation, assisting children and their families impacted by cancer in the Santa Clarita Valley. Jeri created the Hoefflin Foundation’s anchor fundraising gala, “An Evening Under the Stars,” hosting the first one at her home, then Chairing the next seven annual events.
Jeri has co-chaired the SCV Youth Project’s Sweet Charity Cake Auction. She’s on numerous other advisory boards, including the Performing Arts Center Advisory Board.
Jeri chaired Taste of the Town, the main fundraising event for the Child & Family Center for two years. She was on the board for the Sulphur Spring’s PTA and served on Site council for over ten years while her children went through elementary school.
Through KHTS, Carl and Jeri created the Non-Profit spotlight. Hosted by SCV 2009 Woman of the Year Nominee Janice Murray, the spotlight features a different local non-profit each week on the radio from the KHTS Kiosk at the Westfield Valencia Town Center. KHTS donates hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising to these organizations throughout the year through the Spotlight, on-air radio commercials, signage and handouts at the kiosk and advertising throughout the KHTS website, www.hometownstation.com.
Since moving to Santa Clarita, Jeri has been on the Board of the Santa Clarita Theatre Project, along with serving on a number of boards, including Carousel Ranch, Child & Family Center. She, along with Sand Canyon resident Diane Green originated the concept for the Santa Clarita Valley Disaster Coalition, currently chaired by her husband.
As owners of the only local radio station, the Goldman’s have been a vital link to the Valley during major emergencies. After the 1994 earthquake AM 1220 (then KBET-AM) broadcast non-stop emergency earthquake coverage for six months as the Valley recovered from the damage. Since then, AM-1220, KHTS has broadcast emergency coverage during our major fires, floods and the freeway tunnel explosion.
Along with his work with the Disaster Coalition, Carl also was Chair of the Santa Clarita Council of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Red Cross, sitting on its Board for many years. He served on the Executive Board of the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, as Vice-President, Government Affairs. He currently serves on the William S. Hart School Districts WISH Foundation Board and the Action Family Counseling Foundation.
In 2005, Carl spearheaded an idea he and then California State Assemblyman Dr. Keith Richman created to bring Santa Clarita community leaders to Sacramento. The concept has evolved into a powerful annual lobbying road trip. Now in its 11th year, over 120 Santa Clarita community leaders journey to Sacramento for two days of lobbying for our schools, roads, water, health care and other issues impacting our Valley, in partnership with California Assemblyman Scott Wilk and his staff. In September, he is re-launching a similar annual lobbying trip to Washington DC working with our Congressman Steve Knight.
Carl revived the annual Congressional Art Award in 2006 in cooperation with our Congressman, Howard “Buck” McKeon. The annual event for local High School art students features the winning piece on display for one year at the nation’s Capitol Building in Washington DC. The annual program has continued now under Congressman Steve Knight.
Carl was named Santa Clarita Man of the Year in 2008.
Carl & Jeri also donate their 1948 Antique Mack Firetruck to many of our non-profits on an annual basis. Carl spends his weeks before Christmas driving families around to view the holiday lights, raising thousands of dollars for local charities.
Carl & Jeri created a project under Habitat for Humanity umbrella. In 2011 they launched Habitat for Heroes, providing housing and other support for Santa Clarita Veterans. The program refurbishes Santa Clarita Veteran’s homes with a “Brush for Kindness.” Currently the program is working on building an entire village of housing for Veterans in Santa Clarita. Habitat for Heroes established clubs in our local High Schools and created programs for our Santa Clarita elementary and Junior High Schools. The first set of veterans moved into homes in 2015. Upon build out over the few years, around 80 homes will be built.
In 2012 Jeri became the Chair of the Action Family Foundation, coaxing Carl to also join the board. Since then, Action has launched the first of its kind Sober High School connected with our public school system, the William S. Hart School District. They also launched a second program with the District, TIDE, working with kids who were suspended and expelled from school, assisting them with special intensive classes and workshops instead of sending them home. Currently the organization is developing “The Experience,” a traveling mobile home that will serve as a memorial and deterrent to Santa Clarita youth who have been lost their lives to drugs. The Experience will launch in 2016.
Currently the Goldman’s are forming their own non-profit, The Santa Clarita Coalition with details to be released in the next few months.
During their twenty six years in Santa Clarita, Carl & Jeri are honored to be connected to so many wonderful people and organizations.
Santa Clarita Woman of the Year (2005-Jeri)
Santa Clarita Man of the Year (2008 – Carl)
Santa Clarita Leaders Of Character – Boy Scouts
American Cancer Society Community Volunteers of the Year
Signal Newspapers “51” (numerous years)
Assembly District Santa Clarita Business of the Year (Assemblyman Keith Richman)
Santa Clarita Small Business of the Year (Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce)
College of the Canyons
Providence – Mother Gamelin Award
Woman of the Year (Jeri) – 2015 California State Assembly