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The Faces of Successful Organ Transplant
(December 10, 2013) LARadio has followed the amazing kidney transplant story involving two CBS/LA colleagues, Bean (r) of the KROQ Kevin & Bean morning show and Scott Mason (l), head engineer for the West Coast.
It has been a year since the transplant and we recently conducted a follow-up interview with both of them. Outside of a minor set-back in Scott’s recovery a few months ago, they both are doing very well. They recently shared a meal backstage at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas concert over the weekend and the guys smiling in the photo would suggest a very successful transplant.
The procedure has captured the attention of many who had no idea they could do something similar. “I have heard from several listeners – no kidding- who have donated kidneys to friends in part because of following my experience,” emailed Bean.
“I made it a lot less scary for them. Now I just get mad when I see people dying needing one when virtually everyone they know has two.”
Here is a link for more information about organ transplants: www.organdonor.gov
Frosty News. In the shifting of Rush Limbaugh’s radio station in the Bay Area this week, Frosty Stilwell (formerly part of Frosty/Heidi & Frank) is also moving. “As of January 1st my show on Talk 910-San Francisco moves from noon to 3 p.m. to its new slot from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., replacing the Rush Limbaugh show at 10 a.m. Rush has been moved over to a sister station KNEW that will be where the conservatives can now go for their right-wing fix with Rush, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity. KKSF Talk 910 has evolved into a much more ‘entertaining’ news and issues talk format without any particular agenda, definitely not a right wing political station [where Rush really belongs].”
Tyrone is Timeless.
Tyrone DuBose is one of those tireless young men who
seem to be defying all odds in making it in the entertainment business.
He grew up in Cincinnati and was fascinated with Casey Kasem’s unique countdown show, American Top 40. It wasn’t only about the music, but Tyrone loved music trivia.
He started out in Barstow at the Highway Stations, KHWY. You probably remember that tedious drive across the desert to Las Vegas. The two stations on the fm dial would provide timely info about Vegas and the road conditions to get there during the lonely all-night hours. It would have been one of the Highway Stations keeping you company.
When the Highway Stations closed down live programming, Tyrone decided it was a perfect time to pursue his original dream – an original countdown show. Timeless Traxx is a one hour syndicated radio program that counts down singles that peaked in the top 30 on the national r&b singles chart over the last six decades, with some history about the artists.
As a one-man entrepreneur writing and producing the show, he is also the syndicator. Starting modestly with some stations in very small markets, Tyrone is ready for primetime in Los Angeles. The show is carried in Sacramento, Palmdale, Atlanta and Sweden, among two dozen markets.
Tyrone has one of the largest African American shows on
tv, Unsung, seen on TV One Network. “It’s the biography of r&b groups of the past and I’m a
music contributor on the show, seen by over 10 million each week,” said
His star continues to shine bright and he figures out how to overcome the obstacles placed in his path. Tyrone DuBose can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Way to San Jose. Jeff Pope, a 24-year veteran of Inland Empire radio, is headed
for mornings at KEZR-San Jose "Mix 106.5."
He says, “I will still look forward to reading all about LARadio, even though I will now be a SJRP.”
“After an extensive six month search to fill the void left from the passing of Bay Area legend, Bill Kelly, former Clear Channel, KGGI, Riverside/San Bernardino morning host, Jeff Pope, will join the Mix 106.5 morning show,” announced Mix 106.5 brand manager, Dana Jang. The new Mix 106.5 morning team, Pope and Marla Davies, is set to debut Monday, December 30th.
"Jeff Pope possesses all the attributes we were looking for to pair with Marla Davies. His track record of a winning morning show in the Inland Empire makes him the perfect morning host to entertain listeners in the Silicon Valley," said Jang.
Hear Ache. With the format change at KTLK, Stephanie Miller not only lost her Los Angeles outlet, but she lost her broadcast studio. Apparently, her syndicator will build a studio in her home. "All I know there are a lot of boxes at my house. I don't know what they are, but there are a lot of friggin' boxes," Stephanie said this morning ... As New York juggles talk hosts and talk stations, KFI’s John & Ken two-hour rebroadcast (9 p.m. - 11 p.m.) on WOR-New York will come to an end. "We agreed to do it for one year to help out," emailed John Kobylt … Steve Harvey, mornings at KJLH, television host and best-selling author, will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame in April … Power 106 is taking its sold-out Cali Christmas concert this weekend to the people, via the Internet at; power106.com/calichristmas/livestream.
Dees Robbed. From
TMZ.com: “Famed radio dj and Disco Duck singer Rick Dees
just got taken to the
cleaners -- TMZ has learned someone allegedly broke into his L.A. home and stole
roughly $100,000 worth of jewelry.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, the burglary went down recently while Dees was out of town.
We're told RD's window was smashed in when he got back home ... and his large jewelry collection was missing.
So far, no arrests have been made, but the LAPD is pouring over surveillance tapes for leads.
Do your thing, Duck.”
Sales Training a Success. The SCBA announced a record number of Radio Sales graduates from its fall 2013 Sales Training Classes. SCBA Certification Awards were presented to 31 new or newer sales professionals, sales assistants, and individuals seeking a sales career in Southern California Radio.
“The SCBA is firmly committed to helping our members train the next generation of professional Radio Sales Executives,” said SCBA president Thom Callahan. “Our complete 10-week training curriculum covered the most essential programs including New Business Development, Strategic Selling, Building Client Relationships, Interactive Selling, Cold Calling Techniques, and much more.”
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In the following pictures you see women with a range of facial expressions.
Study the expressions, and try to imagine what is taking place? Any idea?
They all are about to sneeze.
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** Voice Suggestion for KFI
“I'm in agreement that a strong, local L.A. voice and someone who can attract Women demos, is what is needed to fill the 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. vacancy on KFI beginning in January. I believe that person is KFI weekender, Lisa Ann Walter.
Many have been the time that I've heard her fill-in for Bill Carroll during vacations and long holiday stretches. Much as I enjoy Bill, I never want to get out of my car when I'm driving and listening to Lisa. She is very topical and engaging, with a riveting ability to be funny one minute, and serious the next. If anyone has been a trooper and truly paid their weekend dues on that station, and deserves full-time status, it's Lisa Ann Walter.” - Vince Daniels , former weekend host, KCAA/San Bernardino
** KRKD History
“Regarding KRKD and Jim Hilliker's article. there is something missing.
In 1959, Jack Feldmann, Frank Oxarart [the father of Frank Oxarart who managed KFWB and KCBS-San Francisco], and Al Zugsmith owned KRKD and the fm counterpart. Zugsmith put together a leveraged buy-out and they were financed by the Bank of New York.
I was asked to join the new company as general sales manager with a 10% ownership [it cost me $10,000] as the new company was capitalized with a base of $100,000]. Bob Yeakel , the car dealer had 20% and there were some additional parties with ownership that added up to 51% and Feldmann, Oxarart and Zugsmith owned 49% in the new corporation.
I joined the company and decided to reposition the station and came up with the name of ‘The Album Station - KRKD 1150.’ The station shared the nighttime frequency with KFSG, which was operated by the church [Four Square Gospel]. However, playing cuts from MOR albums gained some audience and the station began showing up in Pulse - which was the radio rating service along with Nielsen. During that time, I traveled to Chicago and met with Nielsen and asked why KRKD did not show up in their rating service. They told me that the station did show up above the minimum audience necessary but they always waited six months to determine if the audience would stay at the necessary level. I told them what they were doing wasn't right and they were not reporting properly the listening audience. Not long after that, Nielsen got out of the radio rating business [now, after their recent purchase of Arbitron, they are back in that business].
After we had some success, the church decided to purchase the share time frequency and the fm frequency from us. Morrie Buchen, a minister with the church, came over as the general manager. He was a very decent person and very supportive. About six months later, I received an offer from RKO General and I left KRKD. It was an interesting and challenging time and I learned a great deal from the experience with KRKD. I wonder why Jim Hilliker did not include our ownership of KRKD in his article? By the way we sold the station at a profit to the church and all of the investors came out whole.” - Bob Fox
** Loss Of Progressive Voices
“What a disgrace about the upcoming programming changes at KTLK. This is Los Angeles.
In our last election, we replaced a Democratic mayor with - guess what? Another Democratic mayor. The only two candidates who even got enough votes to matter in the run-off were - Democrats. We are, thankfully, a blue state led by a Democratic governor [guess what, Pope Francis-haters - Jerry Brown is Jesuit-educated] and Democratic state legislature [blessedly devoid of any ‘effective’ GOP blockages, obstructions, and other assorted constipations-of-progress] which has helped lead us out of a tidal wave of red ink at long last.
WHY then is this HUGE listening block no longer being served by ANY progressive talk? WHY is there this much disrespect for and neglect of the liberal/progressive listener here? WHY are we an audience segment that deserves to be totally ignored, under-served, left out, and therefore muzzled? WHY must the only commercial progressive outlet here in L.A. move over to all-Limbaugh/limbots-all-the-time? WHY is there no effort whatsoever to respond to the wishes and preferences of listeners like me?
Could it be that they think if they force-feed nonstop conservative crap to listeners like me, we'll somehow see the light [and somehow magically be converted to the Dark Side - hint: don't bet on it]?
Do they think we have no money to spend so we're not worth pursuing or presenting to advertisers [hint: wrong there, too]?
I've been a regular and loyal listener to KTLK, but as soon as it's turned into what is laughably being called ‘the Patriot,’ I'm outta there. I learned during the Watergate era not to buy books by crooks. In the same spirit I will never listen to or support wrong-wing talk radio! I guess the only satisfaction I have in this, and it's rather miniscule, is that it is KTLK with its lousy signal and coverage and rather embarrassing lack of commitment to consistent programming where the conservative talkers will soon all be corralled.
It takes me back to California Primary night in 2008 - which was a HUGE news night with not only statewide but national implications, what with its one big final Hillary Clinton/Barack Obama Clash-of-the-Titans, basically concluding primary season. And mind you, it was the California Primary - that of the largest state, with the largest population, the largest fast-growing demographic [the Latino population], the largest Congressional delegation, and the largest mother lode of electoral votes, no less.
California's size and demographics make us, more than any other, the state most profoundly affected by ANYTHING that goes on in Washington DC. And on that night, when I switched to KTLK to hear progressive talk and coverage of the California Primary, what were they airing? A hockey game. Seriously? And this was on the second-biggest political news night of the year, after the November elections themselves? Seriously?
NOBODY in programming could have seen this coming and made accommodations for it? Seriously? NOBODY in programming, locally or in syndication, knew when the California Primary was set - or had been following the accelerating political drama between the two campaigns? I realize there were contracts and commitments in place to carry sports - but seriously? Even just that one particular game on that one particular night could not have been tape-delayed? So if Limbaugh and friends are relegated to a station like that, I guess I can take some small comfort. In my opinion, a fitting place for that nauseating a lineup is on a station with a lousy signal and spotty coverage of its broadcast area. Hopefully it'll just turn off more of their audience in frustration.
Frankly, in my opinion, someone as willfully hate-mongering, dishonest, and divisive as Limbaugh [not to mention all his fun little clones] deserves not to be heard on any station at any time. Perhaps this, then, would constitute a small step in the TRULY ‘right’ direction.” – Mary Lyon
** Too Many Commercials
“Much of the discussion in this Facebook group is the usual memories of radio stations, management, and listeners.
Today, someone brought up the subject of too many commercials, so I thought I would pass this along. The Facebook page is: I WAS A DJ WHEN DJs JOCKIED DISCS... AND I DON'T MEAN CDs Someone came up with the topic of excessive spot load on the air:
The Set Up: Hey, since we have on air types, programmers and an occasional manager or two in here, here's a general question. I ask it because a letter writer to our local newspaper today suggested we are all 'enriching' ourselves by the large number of spot loads the FCC is 'allowing us' to air. His suggestion was that the FCC was in collusion with the station groups to allow we on the air to get rich at the expense of 'the enjoyment of the people' who listen to us.
Now, that's crap and you and I know that. But, let's ask: How many minutes of commercials an hour do you think a station has to play to make a profit? Hmmm? Let's state for the record that in terms of 'minutes per hour' the commercial loads of today are actually smaller, in some cases quite a bit smaller than they were in the 60's and 70's when stations generally aired 18-21 minutes per hour.
What is bigger is the number of spots per hour [or units per hour]. But that's because advertisers these days are demanding shorter...and cheaper...commercials!
Answer 1: .. 20-21 min an hour in drive [particularly AM] 'cause it was an "average" of 18 min [don't remember if NAB or FCC limits] and management crossed fingers and took a chance during Christmas. The biggest job a jock had was trying to make the load SOUND lighter than it really was.
Answer 2: I remember when 5AM-Midnight changed to 24 hours temporarily just to be able to keep the average to 18 minutes per hour during Christmas and political times. Those Christmas Greetings got recorded in 2 ½ to 3 min lengths and an awful lot of 'em aired after midnight. The scheduling department spent a huge amount of time trying to figure out how to rotate 'em to follow contract requirements. Kind of interesting.” - Mike Femyer, Phoenix
** Trinity Founder
“I know that much of the national media has ignored the passing of Paul Crouch, but I thank you and the LA Times for your coverage. I don’t want to get into the religious aspect of his empire or other legal issues, but focus on what I think was a great American story. This man came from nothing and built one of the largest media empires on record. He did not rob or murder anyone or take government handouts but instead he built his business on his own tireless work and his brain.
His is a great American story who achieved great success through hard work. For that I will always respect him.
Rest in Peace.” - Steve Chang, Venice
Twilight Zone Gives Saturday Nights the Jitters
(December 9, 2013) We were back in Los Angeles on a recent Saturday night for a holiday party. On the way home to Santa Barbara, we came upon a radio drama at KFWB. Huh? It was an updated version of Twilight Zone, running between 10 p.m. and midnight on Saturday nights. Is this a new addition to the eclectic programming at KFWB?
Turns out KFWB has been broadcasting the Twilight Zone radio dramas for a little over three years. “We thought it would be fun to offer KFWB listeners something a little different late Saturday night and radio drama seemed like the answer,” emailed Andy Ludlum, program director KFWB and KNX. “This is a nationally syndicated radio series. Many of the stories are adaptations of Rod Serling’s scripts from his 1960s television show. They’ve been updated with contemporary references and are recorded with modern digital technology. The shows feature a full cast, music and sound effects and certainly have the spirit of the classic radio dramas.
Some of the big names who have been in the updated Twilight Zone since Stacy Keach (plays Rod Serling) began the project include: Stan Freberg, Jason Alexander, Blair Underwood, Jane Seymour, Lou Diamond Phillips, Kate Jackson, Luke Perry, and Fred Willard.
Does CBS/LA market the show like the old nightly Drama Hour at KNX? “I wouldn’t say we promote the Twilight Zone like the KNX Drama Hour which was a nightly appointment to relive the classic dramas of the 30’s and 40’s,” responded Andy. “Since these are all dramas recorded since 2002, we promote the Twilight Zone experience and whole the late-night radio vibe.” Ludlum concluded: “I’ve always tried to support modern applications of drama on the radio. Nothing beats the theater of the mind!”
Rush Move By Clear Channel. Much of the response to moving Rush Limbaugh off of KFI after a quarter of a century to the subordinate signal and newly rebranded KTLK 1150 AM seemed to follow political lines. Chuck Collins of Yorba Linda poses an interesting question. “Is this change really a heavy weight move by the current administration in Washington to silence these guys? KFI is a clear channel broadcast and reaches more people than KTLK could ever hope for. The move smells to me.”
A conspiracy theory is not an idea that I had entertained, but it is one thought. I’m more on the wavelength that most decisions are money-driven. The follow-the-money approach seems to drive most decisions.
Consider that there is an eroding cume with Rush’s cume declining from 541,800 to 338,400 year to year. Additionally, the station has been losing Women in droves since Dr. Laura left in 2010. Not quite recovered from Dr. Laura’s departure, the Sandra Fluke story pretty much put the nail on the coffin for Rush and Women, though KFI remains strong with Men 35-64.
Perhaps KFI management is looking far down the road, as opposed to holding on to the rich present. Rush does have a loyal following, and that will be good for KTLK. They were in last place cume in the last book – under 150,000 cume total week. One has to make the assumption that whatever Clear Channel does at 1150 AM, it has to be better than what the station – running Progressive Talkers for the most part – has done.
Something else worth noting, Clear Channel has come under heat for not having progressive voices on KFI. They seemed to mollify the latest controversy initiated by the Hispanic Media Coalition by putting black and brown voices on KTLK. No more. Clear Channel seems to have wiped the slate clean of liberal voices on commercial radio in L.A., and created a new bastion of conservative voices at 1150 AM.
Where will the liberal listener go? Perhaps they will go away from terrestrial radio. Maybe they will go to NPR stations. With L.A. county as one of the most liberal in the country, it seems there should be at least one commercial radio station offering the progressive POV.
The most interesting anticipatory part of the story is who KFI will bring into the vacant 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. slot. Management has not shared their vision for the future, but there is much emphasis in its press release that the station will be LIVE and LOCAL from 5 a.m. – 10 p.m. A strong, local L.A. voice seems to be needed and someone who can attract Women demos. Perhaps it is a woman. Doh! No woman as a co-host but as the main host. The person hired should be a likeable, smart, endearing, informative, engaging and funny woman.
|The main reason Jhani Kaye quit CBS/LA (besides the business not being fun anymore) was to spend some quality time with his dog. “And, once again, my timing was right. Sammy was diagnosed with diabetes Thanksgiving evening and now I'm his caregiver. We've got him stabilized and are enjoying our days together.”||Jhani Kaye was one of the most successful program directors in L.A. history leading KOST to a two-decade winning streak and turning around K-EARTH.|
“Audio compression is driving me crazy watching live Sound of Music.” (Dean Goss, Facebook)
“Football is gone and it ain’t coming back. Someone down the road will put together a ‘football as you remember it’ league and they’ll get traction.” (Dennis Miller, KRLA)
“I know the economy seems to be selectively booming. That’s a controversial statement and the conservative diehards are saying things have never been worse – the sky is falling. But I look around and it seems we’re living in boom times again.” (Michael Savage)
"OJ’s lawyers are filing yet another appeal with the Nevada Supreme Court. Their apparent motto: If the verdict doesn’t fit, you must acquit." (Ira David Sternberg)
"Is Bing still around?" (Bill Handel, KFI)
"In another week I will have been married 19 years." (Don Imus, KCAA)
"We are so lucky to see that many great bands on one weekend. Unbelievable." (Bean, KROQ, on Almost Acoustic Christmas concert)
“Dan Patrick plays off guests well and plays off producers well. He generally needs an accompaniment to be at his best, but that's not a bad thing.” (Colin Cowherd, KSPN)
|You Herd Me. KSPN morning
Cowherd has the right idea about being more than just being a host, he’s a brand. Colin talks about
all things Colin on Larry Gifford’s podcast, Radio Stuff. “Colin talks about the
importance of extending his brand, the danger of too many spots, why he wrote
the book You Herd Me! and what he thinks of some of his peers,” said Gifford,
former program director at KSPN.
ON HIS BRAND: “If I can get you to think about me once-a-day when I'm off-the-air that's not a bad thing. I've got a book now, you'll think about me during the holidays. I've got a twitter account. I've got a radio show. I've got podcasts. I do a tv show on Sunday.”
ON TOO MANY SPONSORS AND COMMERCIALS: “I have said Mike & Mike isn't a radio show, it's an obstacle course. Radio is visceral, it’s real, and it’s very human. It's not a piece of paper. It's not somebody in a box. You know you're talking about a bunch of stuff that is very personal and laughing, no teleprompter. BUT, if you create too many spots and ads you force hosts into abrupt change of direction. It can kill really lively topics and conversations, so it's a delicate balance of commerce and commentary.”
WHY WRITE A BOOK? “There were things I wanted to burrow in on and topics I wanted to go deeper on and sort of prove that I am more than a bloviating radio guy.” You can check out Larry’s podcast at: www.radiostuffpodcast.com
Busy as a Fox. When Bob Fox is not writing poignant essays on LARadio, he volunteers as a speaker. Last week he spoke for the 7th consecutive year at his grammar school, Horace Mann in Beverly Hills. “I talked to them about Pearl Harbor Day and my recollections of that event and our lives during WWII as students. The kids are great - no cell phones, etc. and very attentive and well mannered. They ask good questions and as in the past quite a few of them come up to meet me and talk to me when my talk has ended. There were about 90 of them in the eighth grade class who will graduate to high school in Spring. We have a four-year high school in Beverly Hills. I am glad I can do it.”
Hear Ache. Sources inside Premiere Radio Networks report there were "significant" lay-offs last week. The number of those losing their jobs range between 3 and 17. Many of the show prep services are being eliminated ... Condolences to KTWV afternooners Deborah Howell on the passing of her father. Over the weekend, she visited her dad one last time in sub-zero Minnesota. “He was kind enough to wait until I got there so I could say a true goodbye.” … After close to 2 ½ years heading up promotion with the WAVE and K-EARTH, Patty Pastor sent an email saying “I am moving on to the next adventure!” Her last day was Friday. “My husband and I have re-located to the Inland Empire … and well … quite frankly that 4+ hour daily commute from Rancho Cucamonga to L.A. and back every day would eventually drive me nuts." … Michael Jackson is killing it in the graveyard, reports TMZ.com. The King of Pop made $160 million in the past year – more than any other celebrity, dead or alive. Can a theme park be far behind?
Funnie. Thanks to Lyn Fisher for this morning's funnie.
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** Phillips Ready for Prime Time
“Good idea for Rush and the other Neanderthals to be put on the far right station where soon they will fall off the spectrum. Finally, talk radio has a shot at regaining listeners who like general interest shows. John Phillips is ready for a huge bump - there's no one smarter and funnier. He captivates his audience!” - Dawna Kaufmann, Los Angeles
** Where is Savage?
“I enjoy your site LARadio.com. I haven't seen any announcements of it anywhere and I’m wondering if you know if Michael Savage will be carried on KABC in January 2014?” – J Jenkins, Los Angeles
**Wanted: Real Sports Talk
“I don't listen to KFI or 1150 AM. I wish we had sports talk like Geoff Witcher, Stu Nahan and Bud Furillo.” – Jack Naimo
** KTLK Resembles a Nut House
“’The Patriot’? It looks more like the ‘Nut House.’ Glenn Beck is certifiable. He reminds me of the late televangelist, Dr. Gene Scott [who was crazy like a fox]. He put the fear of God into you and confused every one with lots of gobbledygook.
Sean Hannity is nothing more than a talking dummy for the RNC. Rush, as I have stated before, has turned into a noxious gas bag and is losing credibility. Can't wait to see how this all turns out.” – Tom Bernstein
** KFI Making Huge Mistake
“KFI giving up Rush is a huge mistake. Hidden agenda: could it be KFI hoping to return to number 1 with liberal listeners? KTLK signal is not a rating builder.” – Roger Carroll
** KFI Vacancy
“Not sure who Robin Bertolucci is going to put in that 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. spot on KFI, but if I had to guess, I think she might put in Neil Saavedra. As you know, he currently hosts the Jesus Christ Show and The Fork Report. I think he’s an excellent jock. He’s got great mechanics, witty, smart and knows how to keep listeners engaged.” – Damien Lewis
** Conservatives as Only Patriots
“I can't seem to suppress my laughter whenever I think of Clear Channel's decision to call Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity ‘The Patriots’ in their new iteration of KTLK-AM. Of course, the implication is that if you do NOT think Sandra Fluke is a slut, that feminists are Nazi's, that Muslims worship Satan, that all gay men are pedophiles, that immigrants come to America primarily for food stamps, that Obama is a Kenyan Socialist, that more guns are always better, and perpetual war is best ... then you just don't love your country.
I can't wait to hear the new KTLK's bumpers, cross-plugs, and on-air promos. Bet they'll claim the flag as theirs, too.” - Michael Benner, The Ageless Wisdom Mystery School, Verdugo City
** Where is Bill Wade?
“Finally something came up on Bill Wade, who holds a special place in my heart. It would be so nice to know where to continue to look, if he is still alive. In the late 60's I was a teenage beauty queen in San Diego and Bill was irresistible, a womanizer and an amazing lover. Those brown Irish eyes knocked 'em dead. Molti grazie.” - Ann De Benedetti, email@example.com
** History of 1150 AM
“I saw your Friday piece on Rush Limbaugh moving from KFI-640 to KTLK-1150 on the AM dial. I would like to send along a minor correction for the part where you wrote, ‘1150-AM has always struggled with success, going back to when radio preacher Aimee Semple McPherson owned the station as KRKD.’
Aimee Semple McPherson never owned KRKD-1150. She owned KFSG [Kall Four Square Gospel], the radio station she put on the air in February 1924 from Angelus Temple at 1100 Glendale Blvd. in the Echo Park section of Los Angeles. Sister Aimee died in 1944 at the age of 54. Her son, Dr. Rolf K. McPherson [1913-2009], took over as leader of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel and was also President of KFSG radio. In 1961, the church Aimee Semple McPherson founded, the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, bought KRKD-AM 1150 and KRKD/fm on 96.3 Mhz. for $1,500,000 [$11.8 million in 2013 dollars].
I believe the confusion as to whether Mrs. McPherson owned KRKD was because of the close relationship KRKD had with KFSG. KFSG was broadcasting with unlimited time 6 days a week on 1080, 1090 and 1190 kilocycles/kilohertz. from 1924 to 1928. KRKD [now known as KTLK-1150] went on the air in 1927 as KMIC-Inglewood, call letters chosen because James Fouch, KMIC's owner, also owned the Universal Microphone Company. The call letters changed to KMCS for Christie Metropolitan Studios in 1930. In 1932, new owners moved the station to the Arcade Building in downtown Los Angeles and chose the call letters KRKD.
But, since 1928, KFSG had been forced by the Federal Radio Commission to divide its air time with KMIC/KMCS/KRKD on 1120 and after March 29, 1941, on 1150-AM. This gave KRKD most of the broadcast hours each day, with KFSG on the air only 3 times on Sundays and from roughly 7 or 7:45 p.m. until midnight Monday through Friday nights. Also, KRKD decided it would save them money to share KFSG's transmitter and antenna at Angelus Temple after both stations were granted power increases to 2,500 watts day and 500 watts at night, later 1,000 watts at night. This started in the mid-1930s and lasted until KRKD built a new transmitter and tower site in Montecito Heights, when KRKD was granted 5,000 watts day power by the FCC in the late-1940s.
Before the church bought KRKD-1150 and 96.3/fm in 1961, KFSG had been a non-commercial religious station. Some of the cost of running KFSG was funded by donations from the Angelus Temple congregation and KFSG listeners. With the purchase of KRKD-1150, the church took KFSG off the air and its call letters and AM station license were deleted by the FCC. This made KRKD-1150 a full-time station with unlimited hours for the first time in 32 years. The church also decided to operate KRKD AM and FM as commercial music stations. So, the daytime KRKD hours were combined with the old KFSG nighttime hours, and 1150-AM continued to air religious programs from Angelus Temples each evening from 7 p.m. to midnight and on Sundays.
In 1970, Rolf McPherson sold KRKD-1150 for $4,525,000 ($27 million in 2013 dollars). The new owners of 1150-AM changed the call letters to KIIS. Meanwhile, Dr. McPherson decided the church should keep KRKD/fm, and he changed the 96.3 fm call letters to KFSG, the same call letters his mother requested in 1924, after the government assigned the calls KFNC to the Angelus Temple station. KFSG-96.3/fm was a commercial Christian music station, which also programmed Bible teaching programs. In November 2000, Spanish Broadcasting bought KFSG 96.3 FM for $250 million. KFSG moved its signal to 93.5/fm in Redondo Beach and Ontario, which the church leased from Spanish Broadcasting. The lease eventually ran out and Spanish Broadcasting took the 93.5 frequency back, with KFSG's last broadcast at midnight on February 28, 2003. KFSG was off the air after 79 years broadcasting on two different AM station licenses from 1924 to 1970 and on the fm band on two frequencies between 1970 and 2003. The church had also tried fm broadcasting from 1948-51 with KKLA/fm on 97.1 Mhz., not related to today's KKLA/fm on 99.5.
Dr. McPherson was head of the ICFSG until 1988. While he lacked the charisma of his mother, he brought stability and growth to the church and KFSG and later KRKD and again with KFSG/fm. Yes, Aimee Semple McPherson did not own KRKD, but her church did between 1961 and 1970. I can't prove it, but I'll bet Sister Aimee helped sell a lot of radios in the 1920s when KFSG first went on the air. She was only the second woman to own a radio station in the United States and just one of six women to own a U.S. radio station during her lifetime. She also belongs in the Radio Hall of Fame; another reason we need a Los Angeles Radio Hall of Fame.” - Jim Hilliker, Monterey
Orange County Register
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