Loveline began in 1983 as a Sunday night segment on Los Angeles radio station KROQ, hosted by DJ Jim "Poorman" Trenton and DJ Swedish Egil (Egil Aalvik). About a year later, Trenton added a segment called Ask a Surgeon, hosted by his friend Dr. Drew Pinsky, who was not yet a doctor but a fourth-year medical student at the University of Southern California. The two segments soon merged into their own show, co-hosted by Trenton and Pinsky. In February 1992, the show went from airing solely on Sunday nights to five nights a week (Sunday through Thursday). Over the years, Trenton's relationship with the station grew rocky, and in August 1993 he was replaced by former MTV VJ Riki Rachtman. Dr. Drew and Rachtman were joined by Adam Carolla in October 1995, just as the show was first being syndicated nationally. The trio hosted together for several months, but Carolla and Rachtman often competed for airtime, leading Rachtman to resign in April 1996. From that point, Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew hosted the show until Carolla's departure on November 3, 2005.
The popularity and reach of the show increased dramatically during the "Pinsky/Carolla" years. The two had a natural chemistry, in which Carolla's jocular tone emphasized Pinsky's reasoned expertise. Together, they refined the format of the show, and capitalized on their growing popularity with speaking tours, a television show, a book, and cameo appearances on television shows and in movies. Carolla left the show on November 3, 2005 to prepare for hosting a new morning radio show in 2006.
Loveline follows the call-in question-and-answer model with the primary goal of helping youth and young adults with relationship, sexuality, and drug addiction problems. As a practicing internist and addictionologist with training in psychology, Dr. Drew's answers have medical credibility, but the addition of Adam Carolla's humor and insight resulted in a program with entertainment value as well. Carolla repeatedly stated his role on the show as something of a trojan horse: He lured listeners with dirty jokes and wisecracks in hopes they'd learn something that could improve their lives. Actors or members of popular bands often participate as guests.
Since Carolla's departure in November 2005, the show has continued with celebrity co-hosts and guests, some of whom have announced their hope to be hired as Carolla's replacement. From July 23, 2006 through April 30, 2009, KROQ disc jockey Stryker served as co-host with Pinsky.
As of March 2010, KROQ's very own Mike Catherwood took over the co-hosting duties, bringing a unique viewpoint to the show as both a recovering addict and comedian.
Dr. Drew Pinsky
One of the most listened to doctors in America, Dr. Drew is the host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Loveline" where he has been taking calls from listeners since 1984. He is the host of "Dr.Drew" on HLN which he joined in December 2010. He will also host "Dr. Drew's Lifechangers" on the CW in the fall of 2011.
Many people do not know that Dr. Drew is a practicing physician who is board certified in internal and addiction medicine, still runs a private practice, is on staff at Huntington Memorial Hospital and is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Keck USC School of Medicine.
Dr. Drew and Vh1 teamed up for the first reality TV series to depict the process of overcoming addiction. Now in its fifth season, "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" was critically acclaimed by the addiction community for pulling back the veil of secrecy about what goes on in rehabilitation programs. "Sober House" chronicled the sober living process, and "Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew" looked at the struggles and treatment of those dealing with serious sex addictions.
Using the media to deliver information, Dr. Drew often appears on national and international television and radio to talk about sex, relationships, and addiction. He frequently guest hosted for CNN's Larry King Live and is a regular contributor on the Today Show. Dr. Drew has stopped in to visit Oprah, Ellen, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson, Conan O'Brien, and Chelsea Lately to name a few. He has been profiled in GQ, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Muscle & Fitness and was named one of the top 10 Real Sexiest Men by O Magazine, and one of the top 10 Silver Foxes by OK Magazine.
Dr. Drew is the author of the New York Times bestseller "The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism is Seducing America" (Harper-Collins) and "Cracked: Putting Broken Lives Together Again" (Harper-Collins). Dr. Drew co-authored the first academic study on celebrities and narcissism. The study was published in the "Journal of Research in Personality" (Elsevier) and received worldwide press coverage.
After receiving his undergraduate degree from Amherst College and his M.D. from the University of Southern California, School of Medicine, Dr. Drew continued with USC for his residency. He then became chief resident at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena. Dr. Drew's professional activities in the medical field are numerous. He is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Medical Association, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the California Medical Association, the American Society of Internal Medicine, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and Fellow with the American College of Physicians (FACP.)
Dr. Drew enjoys playing sports, working out and spending time with his wife Susan and their triplets.
Mike "Psycho Mike" Catherwood
Radio and television personality Mike Catherwood is one of the most beloved names in Los Angeles' top rated radio market. Known to listeners as Psycho Mike, he has created some of the most well-received characters for the groundbreaking KROQ radio program The Kevin and Bean Show in recent memory, a show which also launched the careers of Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla and Carson Daly.
A Los Angeles native of Mexican/Irish decent, Mike studied Theatre briefly at Rutgers University before opting out of the college scene to immerse himself in the world of punk and rock music and developing a knowledge and appreciation that would help propel him to the heights of popularity as a radio personality. In addition to his work with The Kevin & Bean Show, Mike is the co-host of Loveline Radio (Westwood One) with Dr. Drew Pinsky.
While primarily known for his radio talents, Mike's recent guest hosting stint on Regis and Kelly, where he subbed in for a vacationing Regis Philbin, showcased his on-camera talents and was in part, responsible for his being cast on Season 12 of Dancing with the Stars, America's highest rated television program.
Michael has also done successful voice over and commercial campaigns for many clients such as Major League Baseball, TNT Network, The Discovery Channel, and AT&T.