Carey Brothers finish 35-calendar year-prolonged operate on the radio

More than a few decades given that launching “On The Home with the Carey Brothers,” Morris and James Carey will switch off their mics for very good after their final radio application airs on Xmas Day.

Sitting in their Brentwood residence studio on Tuesday in advance of recording their remaining segment, the greatly identified household creating and renovation industry experts reminisced about their days in radio and Television. They not too long ago sold their media franchise to Danny Lipford of “Today’s Home-owner Radio,” who will incorporate their perform into his applications starting Jan. 1.

Lipford, who hosts the two-hour weekly “Today’s Homeowner” radio plan and podcast, will consider about the Careys’ web site (, digital information, social channels and subscribers with the aim of generating a strong source for people today trying to get house advancement advice.

“They are legends in the enterprise and will be missed. I am happy they’ve liked these a productive operate, and grateful that I’m equipped to carry on their media custom and legacy,” Lipford said.

BRENTWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 21: The Carey brothers, James, remaining, and Morris, ideal, share a chuckle all through the very last recording of their radio demonstrate “On The House” at their studio in Brentwood, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021. The Carey Brothers are retiring right after 30-five decades of broadcasting, journalism and private appearances that earned them recognition as the remodeling and house improvement gurus for millions of householders nationwide. Their previous recorded clearly show will air on Dec. 25. (Ray Chavez/Bay Space Information Group) 

Morris Carey referred to as his radio/Tv operate “amazing” and mirrored on 35 several years in radio and shorter stints starring with his brother in local and countrywide home advancement Tv displays airing in Los Angeles, New York and in other places.

“I talked with Burt Reynolds for a 50 percent of an hour on the mobile phone,” the 75-yr-previous Carey mentioned. “I danced with Phyllis Diller. I listened to the comedy of so many wonderful folks and experienced this sort of very good activities, I’m so grateful for that.”

“We performed with every person From Kenny Rogers to Captain & Tennille to Jack Palance to Arnold Schwarzenegger,” James Morris, 63, included. “The list goes on.”

But the Careys say they are even additional grateful for the option to give tips about house making and renovations to these a significant viewers. They’re supplying up the media operate to concentrate on their household reworking/style company, they said.

“I am very grateful for getting been able to share my expertise with men and women all more than the region, all in excess of the world, and I hope that I was a assist even though I was carrying out it,” Morris Carey said.

That provided providing weekly homespun recipes, like how to rid mildew (a third of a cup powdered laundry detergent, a quart of liquid chlorine bleach and 3 quarts of heat h2o) and a tip of the day.

BRENTWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 21: Co-host Morris Carey, still left, his spouse and producer Carol Carey, co-host James Carey, video producer Dave Weingarten and main engineer Danny Bringer pose for a photograph following recording the remaining installment of their “On The House” radio show at their studio in Brentwood, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021. The Carey Brothers are retiring after thirty-5 yrs of broadcasting, journalism and personal appearances that acquired them recognition as the remodeling and home improvement gurus for tens of millions of owners nationwide. Their very last recorded show will air on Dec. 25. (Ray Chavez/Bay Location News Group) 

James Carey stated his fondest memory was in getting in a position to turn into a source for those who desired help making knowledgeable conclusions and making their residences safer.

“I believe that practically nothing could have been much better than that,” the younger Carey explained. “And to know that I could have so substantially fun and dwell my desire as a discouraged entertainer and do items to support persons. I’m grateful.”

The Careys’ foray into the media business even though running a profitable contracting small business was not a portion of their initial enterprise system, which Morris Carey launched in Pittsburg in 1981. His brother joined it 3 a long time afterwards.

But the elder Carey’s early use of computer systems led to an invitation in 1985 to generate a regular monthly laptop or computer column in “Remodeling Contractor” magazine. And, immediately after he obtained some 1,500 letters a month, his brother made the decision to go after crafting his have newspaper column. But with no journalism expertise, he did not at first go far with that. Not 1 to give up quickly, he established his sights on radio and questioned his then-hesitant more mature brother to be part of him.

The Careys released their radio present on Jan. 2, 1987, at the Bay Area’s KCBS Radio. Four decades afterwards they moved to KNBR, where they later on syndicated nationally until the station switched to an all-sports structure. Immediately after that the Careys rented a studio at KQED but shortly made a decision to slice their San Francisco commute by building their very own studio at their places of work in their hometown of Pittsburg right before relocating it to Brentwood, wherever each experienced moved.

At its peak, the Careys’ “On the House” software aired on more than 300 affiliate marketers. To date, it features a lot more than 1,800 weekly radio reveals with some 5,000 several hours of programming and far more than 50,000 connect with-ins from listeners.

With their accomplishment in radio, the Careys scored an “On the House” newspaper column, starting at the Contra Costa Occasions – now the East Bay Occasions – in 1998, which afterwards was picked up by the Connected Push and ran for two a long time in 750 newspapers across the place. They also wrote countless other magazine and newspaper content articles as properly as popular “For Dummies” guides on residence improvement.

On top of all that, they manufactured standard appearances on community Television set exhibits such as the “Hallmark Household and Relatives Show” and both of those CBS and ABC network morning reveals and a lot more for 25 a long time.

Over the decades, the Careys also made are living own appearances and remote broadcasts from significant industry trade reveals, nearby customer situations and even one particular from the White Property – and practically all of it in their signature, matching brightly colored bib overalls.

They have also recorded approximately 2,500 entertaining and enlightening every day guidelines for property owners that at present air on hundreds of radio stations nationwide. The very last tip of the day is set to air on Dec. 31 and they plan to donate their radio devices to the Pittsburg Historical Society for academic reasons.

But even with the media get the job done driving them, the Careys won’t be any a lot less active, James Carey said, noting he is now managing the booming construction business.

“We’re putting a person 100% of our strength into our style/construct/remodeling firm, Carey Brothers Remodeling,” he explained. “It’s a joy to make home improvement goals occur legitimate for folks in our place.”