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Thanksgiving Hear Ache
(November 22, 2017) Mark Levin has a few, new surprises for his new FOX News Channel program, Life, Liberty & Levin, set to debut in February and air Sunday nights … KLAA’s Roger Lodge has been upped me for another year to continue The SportsLodge in afternoon drive. He will also continue hosting the Angel pregame show and doing play-by-play fill-in from time to time … Most of the Della Reese obits praise her work in Touched By an Angel, but I remember her first big hit fondly, And That Reminds Me. In the midst of the new rock ‘n roll on Top 40 radio, the song was kind of haunting … Cumulus Media stock (owners of KABC and KLOS in LA) has been delisted by NASDAQ. Stock traded below the required $1 per share mark for the past month … KFI has set a date for the annual #PastaThon to benefit Caterina's Club people. It takes place on Friday, December 8. Bill Handel begins the broadcast day live from Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove.


Hear Ache 

(November 21, 2017) Last week, the LA Times devoted almost a half-page to the Helen Borgers obituary. It was a VERY nice send-off who they described as having “a booming voice and an easy laugh.” The story provided details about her radio career began. “Almost 40 years ago, Helen was doing volunteer work at K-JAZZ, (then known as KLON), while studying literature at Cal State Long Beach. Her brother Ken Borgers was program director at the station and one day he asked her one day to fill in for a deejay who was ill. The deejay never returned, and she never left.” One day in June, without warning, Helen was let go from K-JAZZ for budgetary reasons. She described it as “a bolt out of the blue,” when Helen was let go for budgetary reasons.

In other news: “We are done apologizing about radio,” said David Field, ceo of the new Entercom. “(It’s) America’s #1 reach medium, which is massively undervalued.” Within 24 hours of taking over the CBS stations, Field took great pride in making three major format changes within the Top 5 markets, though nothing in L.A. Wonder how many people from those three stations lost their jobs as a result of the changes? … Didja hear that most of the L.A. Angels owned KLAA let go of most of their sales staff? … Larry Wachs left the latest incarnation of “The Regular Guys” at WFOM-Atlanta … Versatile BJ Dahl has moved from CBS Radio t0 television. "A 16-year old me began my career as a promo kid, eventually producing a morning show, directing promotions, having an on-air shift and running a digital department," Dahl wrote. "It’s been a great and surreal adventure and it comes to a close. Now, I finally get to focus all my time and energy in ONE brand. One company - CBS Television. One office instead of three. I’ve graduated. Here’s to the past and the future to come!" ... Warm prayers and thoughts to Bob McCormick who goes in for spinal fusion surgery today. He’s suffered a lifetime with excruciating pain. Can’t wait to hear the good news that he will soon be pain free.

Pope is Hot in the Mix 
(November 20, 2017) Former KGGI morning host Jeff Pope has exited Mix 106-San Jose after three plus years. But it didn’t take long for the talented morning man to find a new home. “I got one hellava sweet deal to come back to the IE and do mornings for All-Pro Broadcasting’s Hot 103.9 in San Bernardino and simulcasted on 101.3 The Mix in Temecula,” emailed Jeff.

“Ironically, I started doing their news and traffic in the 90s – and twice they ask me to leave Metro Networks and be their morning guy, but their offers weren’t any good. They tried again right before I left for San Jose. This time, they called with an amazing offer the day after I was let go. So my unemployment lasted 24 hours. And they are owned by NFL Hall-of-Farmer Willie Davis, not a damn corporation that’s millions in debt looking to cut salary. That’s the main reason I said YES.”

Jeff starts next Monday. They are already in escrow on a house in Riverside! “This is after we were outbid on three different homes up in the Bay Area - including one month before I got let go.”


Sunday Nostalgia - 13 Years Ago Today 

Howard Stern: the King of All Marketing 

(November 19, 2004) Say what you will about Howard Stern, there is no denying he is arguably the most prolific one-man marketing machine. He is able to create headlines and ratings without spending a penny. Yesterday, surrounded by strippers and cheered by thousands of fans, Howard launched his campaign to promote his switch to Satellite radio at a rally where he handed out free boom boxes and satellite subscriptions.  

"Down with the FCC!" Howard told his fans. "They have ruined commercial broadcasting." The fans agreed, screaming "Howard rules!" His supporters spilled into the streets surrounding Manhattan's Union Square, stopping noontime traffic throughout the neighborhood.  

Across the square on Fifth Avenue, the culture war took on another slant, with fans of the rival satellite radio XM staging their own rally, hoisting placards touting the shock jock antics of its "Opie & Anthony" radio team. Stern has hinted on his morning program that his January 2006 start date at Sirius could be pushed up. His current employer, Infinity Broadcasting, has ordered Stern to cut back on his on-air references to his move. But Stern said, "Once you start listening to [Satellite], it's like crack," Stern said to cheers. "You will be addicted."  

Stern personally handed out a free Sirius boom box to the first 500 fans, while he had another 20,000 redeemable certificates for free radios. The equipment allows listeners, for $12.95 a month, to receive 120 channels of commercial-free music, sports, news, talk, entertainment and traffic. The certificates must be redeemed online by Wednesday, and the redeemers must sign on for a year of Sirius - which would leave them just short of Stern's January 2006 debut.

Later in the day he appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman to promote Sirius as a Christmas gift and to encourage everyone to join him in his new venture with Sirius. No jokes. No gimmicks. It was all about the FCC and the role the organization played in forcing him to leave his "empire" and join the new technology. Letterman gave up three segments to allow Howard to pitch, pitch, and pitch Sirius. This was Howard's 14th appearance on the Letterman tv show.

Sirius lost $169.4 million in the third quarter, but said it was on track to sign up 1 million subscribers by year's end. Competitor XM Satellite Radio has 2.1 million subscribers.

But the signing of Stern and his apparent willingness to tub-thump the service before his contract begins could boost subscribers faster than originally projected.

Karmazin Gets Sirius. Sirius Satellite Radio announced yesterday (bulletin sent to subscribers) that Mel Karmazin would be joining the company as ceo. This reunites Karmazin with Howard Stern. Howard has been vocal over the years about the enormous support he received from Mel during their time together at Infinity. 

Satellite Reaction. “So what do you do about Howard Stern if you're Viacom?” asked KABC’s Dan Avey. “He is now doing your morning show in some 80+ markets, spending much of his air time promoting the fact he is moving to Sirius Satellite on January 1, 2006. Sirius is delighted, of course. It has committed to paying Stern 100 million dollars per year. It now has 700,000 subscribers, and says it must recruit one million more subscribers to pay for Stern. Howard's Viacom show is invaluable free promotion.” 

What to do? “If I'm Viacom, I take Stern off the air - pay him - like KIIS is paying Rick Dees - but take him off the air. This gives Sirius two equally bad courses of action to choose from. One, assuming Stern can buy himself out of his Viacom contract, Sirius puts him on the air immediately. The problem, of course, is that may bankrupt the company.  Sirius does not now have: a) 100 million dollars a year to pay Stern, or b) the one million new subscribers needed to raise that money.” 

Avey continued: “Sirius's second choice would be to wait for Howard until 2006. That may be worse. Thirteen months from now, his listeners may have gone elsewhere. To replace Stern's absence from Viacom stations, Sirius might have to buy air time and print space to keep Howard's memory [and demand for him] alive. By the way, how many listeners in the Los Angeles market are going to pony up the hundreds of dollars for the hardware, plus the monthly fee and whatever extra fee that will be charged for Howard? [Opie and Anthony cost an extra $1.99 per month] 10,000?  25,000? That's pretty far short of one million.”   


Ryan Seacrest Denies Behaving “Inappropriately” To E! Stylist 

(November 18, 2017) As more and more allegations of sexual harassment and other misconduct emerge in Hollywood, KIIS' Ryan Seacrest took the preemptive move of denying acting badly before an accusation went public, according to a story at Deadline.com. “Recently, someone that worked as a wardrobe stylist for me nearly a decade ago at E! News, came forward with a complaint suggesting I behaved inappropriately toward her,” said the past and future American Idol host Friday. “If I made her feel anything but respected, I am truly sorry.”

E! is investigating the allegations internally, the outlet says. The anonymous accuser wanted a “substantial amount of money to keep quiet,” a source close to the situation tells Deadline. Weary of the implications of guilt baked into acquiescing to such a financial demand, Seacrest refused and decided to go public, we hear.

“I dispute these reckless allegations and I plan to cooperate with any corporate inquiries that may result,” the Live With Kelly and Ryan co-host went on to say in his statement. “I treat all my colleagues with kindness, dignity, and understanding, as this is a principle that’s core to who I am. Throughout my 25 years in the entertainment industry, the majority of my co-workers have been women, and I’ve endeavored to foster a positive work environment of mutual respect and courtesy, as that’s how I believe it should be. I’m distraught that anyone or any situation would call that into question. I’m proud of my workplace reputation, and believe my track record will speak for itself. I’m an advocate for women. I will continue to support their voices,” he concluded.

Seacrest hosted E! News from 2006-2012. Seacrest’s response lands just less than five months before the ABC version of Idol is set to debut March 11.

Art Laboe Marshall for East LA Christmas Parade

(November 18, 2017) Broadcast and music pioneer, Art Laboe, is is the Legendary Marshall for the 2017 East Los Angeles Christmas Parade, which takes place tomorrow on Whittier Boulevard in Whittier. “East LA has always held a special place in my heart, ever since doing dance and show events in El Monte from the 1950s through 1970s.  And it's an honor to be taking a cruise down Whittier Boulevard as the 2017 East Los Angeles Christmas Parade Legendary Marshal. I'm excited to see the people of East LA and our listeners and the joy on their faces as we usher in the holidays and Santa!" said Art.

The parade will include spectacular floats, lowriders, marching bands, horse squads, folklorico groups and celebrity guests including the Grand Marshall Oscar De La Hoya, Celebrity Marshal Danny Trejo, East LA favorites and Chicano Soul Legends Thee Midniters, talent from Telemundo and ABC7 and Cece Valencia from 93.5 KDAY.

Art and 93.5 KDAY are scheduled to present the Chicano Soul Legends concert featuring East LA legends Thee Midniters with Little Willie G, Tierra and many more on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 at Honda Center Anaheim and Art hosts a 2nd Annual Latin Jam concert on January 20th, 2018 at Spa Resort Casino Palm Springs.

Email Saturday, 11.18.17 

** Beasing Man of the Hour

“Thanks for continuing to be the heart, soul, and ‘watering hole’ for L.A. Radio.

To Dave Beasing:  You are the man of the hour. Your testimonial to all that graced The Sound over the years was heartfelt and selfless. You put it together, kept it together, and in the competitive radio world of Southern California, that is truly an amazing feat.  Some would have launched a giant F…U to the sale of the station and dismantled the whole thing as you were walking out the door. You did the exact opposite. You made the last month or so a real Love Letter to the fans, to the staff, and also to all who worked for you over the years.

Continued success to you and the entire crew, who made for a great radio station.” – Jeff Gonzer

** The Sound Was Our Friend

“Even with the industry’s downward spiral in recent years, the last few weeks have proven that radio can still be a powerful force in uniting a community. It seems everywhere I go, people of all political persuasions are lamenting the loss of 100.3/The Sound.  Of course, part of that is because this became perhaps the longest goodbye in the history of L.A. Radio, but it’s something more.

Yes, it’s sad that a station that became our ‘friend’ is leaving us. But it’s refreshing to know that radio still has the power to be a positive force in bringing us together, and can be so much more than a faceless corporate money machine.” – Ken Davis                                                                                   

** Sound Music Front and Center

“Thank you for the lovely article about The Sound and their untimely exit from LA Radio. While I didn't always like when they tried to go for style over substance [Larry Morgan and Sheri Donovan, Mark Thompson, etc.] the music was always front and center. My sister in particular is very upset about losing The Sound to a ‘Christian’ station. We both understand about it being a business and also what is going on with the current political climate, but it doesn’t make it easier.

Thanks for always making it about who makes our radio waves matter, and have a great holiday!” - Julie T. Byers, Arcadia

** Jazz Dj

“Sad to learn of Helen Borges’ passing. Loved her enthusiasm.” – Don Graham

** Borges Passing

“Although I never listened to Helen Borges, I admire her thirst for knowledge and desire to share it with others. The Magic of Radio. Helen had been challenged with health issues for years but kept on giving. 

I would like to share with you all something I have learned from trying times. Pray for everyone! I find it especially healing to pray for those who appear to be against you. It's a win-win.  All this because Helen passed. God Bless her and RIP.” – Pat Paraquat Kelley

** Scully Scolded

“I have to question what we as a nation have become, when someone is not allowed to express his opinion without being viciously attacked for it. When that person is Vin Scully, and the attackers are alleged sports fans, I begin to feel ashamed of being an American.

Vin, like every citizen of our [once-great]) nation, has every right to express himself. I happen to disagree with him, but it is a polite disagreement, and I am certain he would respect my right to politely disagree with him.

How low must we sink before we can respect ourselves again?” - K.M. Richards

** GO Birthday

“Thanks for running the picture of Gary Lycan in your column. Saturday would have been his birthday.” – David Schwartz

** Franken Woes

Al Franken should have stuck to his gay character, Stuart Smalley. Then he could have groped Kevin Spacey and everyone would be happy.’ – Bob Scott 

** Times They Are A-Changin'

"God, it’s awful to watch our industry as we knew it die.  Ugh.” – Rich Brother Robbin


KABC Morning co-Host Says Al Franken Groped Her

(November 17, 2017) Leeann Tweeden, KABC morning co-anchor with Doug McIntyre, posted on the KABC website that Senator and former KTLK (1150AM) Talk show host Al Franken kissed and groped her without her consent.

"Franken had written some skits for the show and brought props and costumes to go along with them,” Leeann wrote. “Like many USO shows before and since, the skits were full of sexual innuendo geared toward a young, male audience. As a tv host and sports broadcaster, as well as a model familiar to the audience from the covers of FHMMaxim and Playboy, I was only expecting to emcee and introduce the acts, but Franken said he had written a part for me that he thought would be funny, and I agreed to play along.

"When I saw the script, Franken had written a moment when his character comes at me for a ‘kiss’. I suspected what he was after, but I figured I could turn my head at the last minute, or put my hand over his mouth, to get more laughs from the crowd. Franken and I were alone backstage going over our lines one last time. He said to me, “We need to rehearse the kiss.” I laughed and ignored him. Then he said it again. I said something like, “Relax Al, this isn’t SNL…we don’t need to rehearse the kiss.”

"He continued to insist, and I was beginning to get uncomfortable. He repeated that actors really need to rehearse everything and that we must practice the kiss. I said ‘OK’ so he would stop badgering me. We did the line leading up to the kiss and then he came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth.  I immediately pushed him away with both of my hands against his chest and told him if he ever did that to me again I wouldn’t be so nice about it the next time. I walked away.
"All I could think about was getting to a bathroom as fast as possible to rinse the taste of him out of my mouth. I felt disgusted and violated. At the time I didn’t want to cause trouble. We were in the middle of a war zone, it was the first show of our Holiday tour, I was a professional, and I could take care of myself. It wasn’t until I was back in the US and looking through the CD of photos we were given by the photographer that I saw that he groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep. I felt violated all over again. Embarrassed. Belittled. Humiliated.

How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it’s funny? I’m no longer afraid. I’m still angry at what Al Franken did to me. I want the days of silence to be over forever."

Franken, who has been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate, almost immediately released an apology to the Tweeden. After initially apologizing without fully acknowledging all of her accusations, he then released another lengthier, more contrite statement that contested nothing.

 

Fan of 100.3/The Sound

Essay by Alan Oda, senior correspondent at LARadio           

(November 16, 2017) As The Sound prepares to hang up the headphones, I join the many mourning the loss of “Southern California’s Classic Rock.” There are many stations playing good tunes, yet The Sound was different. The music was the soundtrack of my formative years, which likely biases my affection for their playlist. But I found I could leave my radio on 100.3, even sitting through (the relatively short) commercial blocks, and it wasn’t just the records (wow, that word dates me) they played.

To many, the repeated lament about the “old days” of radio is likely tiresome. Millennials don’t have fan clubs for their favorite radio djs – heck, besides morning talent (and even then) I wonder if a millennial can name a current dj? Still, there are those of us still alive who grew up with ourfm receivers (what a novelty it was to have an AM and FM radio in your car back then) and not only enjoyed the music, but the friends behind the microphones and turntables who entertained us.

When the late, lamented KMET disappeared from the L.A. airwaves in 1987, listeners mourned, really mourned its passing. It wasn’t just the eclectic mix of tunes, it was the djs who did more than read liner cards. They shared stories, gave glimpses of their own life journeys, even offering words of comfort when the outside world was getting a bit crazy.     

Then came The Sound. Our friends on the radio were back! Dave Beasing put together a ridiculously amazing lineup – Andy Chanley, Uncle Joe Benson, Cynthia Fox, Rita Wilde – heck, this was a station where Mimi (the Flower Child) Chen and Mary Price were weekenders. Add Gina Grad, Tony Scott, Tina Mica and Steve Hoffman and you had a powerhouse of personalities all under one fm roof.

It would be truly wonderful if The Sound – or something like it – could find another Los Angeles radio home. I’ve already mentioned I’ll miss the music. That being said, my bigger, personal void will be saying goodbye to the live and local veteran djs – the people who made The Sound such a special place on the radio – on a station programmed exclusively for Southern California listeners. We’ll never hear this lineup of talent together again on L.A radio. The cold reality is the current direction of the business precludes this possibility.

Since I’m not a psychic, I hope I’m wrong. I would truly be happy to offer a future retraction.

 I mentioned many listeners still have great affection for KMET, even three decades later. The Sound now joins the “Mighty Met” as one of the best L.A. radio had to offer. Even so, it’s unfortunate I now have to refer to 100.3/The Sound in the past tense. 



End of The Sound

(November 15, 2017) For almost a decade, 100.3/The Sound captured the imagination of a dedicated fan base. KSWD was alone with its own take on Classic Rock music and an eclectic group of personalities to take us along on the ride. 

The station ends its run tomorrow, making way for a format dedicated to Christian music. Before the Sound ends its run, this morning, Dave Beasing, the ringmaster, sends a love letter to the staff (on and off-air) and to you.


Love Letters to The Sound Air Staff

by Dave Beasing, Program Director at 100.3/The Sound

Let’s go left-to-right in the photo backstage at the Greek, surrounding Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham...

Dear Cynthia Fox: You’ve ably carried on the musical tradition of KMET, that’s a given. But more importantly, you’re the keeper of KMET’s conscience. You care deeply about people, fairness, and our community.  Southern California is a better place because of you.

Dear Gina Grad: You are the best “sidekick” in radio. (No offense, Robin Quivers.) Your greatest talent is making other people’s talents shine. You contribute so much to a conversation without derailing it. And that laugh! Who wouldn’t sound funny with you sitting next to them?

Dear Katie Thompson: Your dad helped you get the job, but you kept it on your own. Listeners love seeing the world through your eyes, so please continue to just be yourself. Your wide-eyed wonder will take you far.


   

Sean McNamara, Emily "Emo" Morenz, Jeffrey McAndrew, Trey Livingston, Tim Meikle, Ernie Rodriguez 
(Sound crew members not pictured: Amanda Acevedo, Charles Conoly) 

Dear Rita Wilde: What an amazing career you’ve had so far. From the greenest kids in the business to the biggest rock stars, to know you is to love you. Because we know you love us back.

Dear Joe Benson: Let’s set the record straight, Joe.  It wasn’t your idea to be introduced as “America’s favorite classic rock DJ” on the 10 at 10, that was me.  If anyone’s ego is hurt by that, tough.  I’ve learned that what sets air personalities of your stature apart isn’t just talent.  It’s sweat and persistence.  You work as hard today as at any time in your career.  The Sound was honored to borrow the “Uncle Joe” brand for a short time.  My goal was always to return it better than we found it. 

(photo: Uncle Joe Benson, Cynthia Fox, Mimi Chen, Mark Thompson, and Rita Wilde)

Dear Andy Chanley: When you were mobbed by fans as you arrived at the “Mark In The Morning” anniversary show at the Saban Theatre, that was the moment I realized: Others we’d hired had become stars earlier in their careers, whereas you’d become a true star on The Sound. You earned it. 

Dear Mimi Chen: Your “Peace, Love & Sunday Mornings” show was #1 6+ in Nielsen for a time, but that’s not what matters in the long run. Thanks to your positive outlook on life, your musical inspiration, your smile, and your courage to share your fight with cancer...  you saved lives. 

Dear Sam Farmer: In the LA Times, you’re an amazing sports writer. Turns out you can tell a story just as well without typing it first. I look forward to more fascinating conversations, and I won’t mind a bit if we’re momentarily interrupted by a text from Roger Goodell or John Madden.

(photo: Tony Scott)




(Chris Santoyo, promotions director and producer Mike Sherry consult with Joe Benson, Todd Donoho, and Andy Chanley posing with fans)

Dear Mike Sherry: The audience knows you as “Mike TV” or “Producer Mikey.”  But I think of you as a program director’s dream. It’s amazing enough that you got everything on that daily “to do” list done, but you did it all so well. 

Dear Steve Hoffman: You sounded great. For me personally, your biggest contribution was when I was tired and frustrated. As a former program director who had left the business except on weekends, you frequently reminded me that The Sound is, as you put, “my happy place.” No one seems to love working in radio more than the people who don’t anymore. Thank you for helping me appreciate every day.

Dear Tina Mica: Could you come in right now, be here in an hour? You never said, “No.” You’ve always appreciated and maximized every opportunity, and you’ve grown so much. You also were our ambassador to the community, making so many friendships by booking and hosting our public affairs programming with empathy and sincerity.

Photo: Dr. Demento and Rita Wilde


Not pictured in the group photo because they were back at the station at the time...

Dear Tony Scott: People who’d worked with you before said you’re an extremely talented, affable, creative, coachable dj. They way undersold you. Wherever you land next, I will encourage students of radio to listen and take notes. You share fascinating (partially truthful) behind-the-scenes stories using theater-of-the-mind, and you make every shift sound totally “in the moment.” 

Dear Mary Price: No one is more conscientious about executing your program director’s vision – to the letter. What listeners hear is truly you, one of the nicest people in the world.

Dear Josh Fleeger: The official “programming assistant” job description didn’t include being on air. But it happened for a reason. You never asked for the spotlight, but your hilarious way of looking at life was just too good for us to keep to ourselves.

Dear previous air staff: Sorry you got away. To avoid leaving anybody out and keep from abusing this invitation, I’m not mentioning you by name. But you know who you are, and I sincerely hope we keep in touch. I respect and appreciate you.

Dear salespeople: No! We’re not doing the stupid promotion your client requested, but we’ll come up with something they’ll like even better. Thank you for believing me when I said that.

Dear promotions staff: When I made controversial decisions, you were on the front lines, taking the abuse. Then again, our listeners were passionate and wonderful – and usually understanding. I’m glad I got to know some of you, but – unfortunately – we didn’t always have long conversations. I chalk that up to shyness – mine. Despite the low hourly wage, you cared a lot, and I did notice. Thank you.

Dear social/video people: You did as much to keep The Sound alive as any dj. I’m proud that we found a modern way to market radio, one that few others have yet to discover. 

I’ll write personal notes to many others, including Greg Solk and Peter Burton who gave me this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but there’s one last very public love letter I must send...

Dear Sound listeners: I have mostly stayed off the air until recently. I didn’t care if you remembered my name, but I realized I just had to tell you: There is absolutely nothing anyone could ever do that would mean more than what you’ve done for me. You accepted a piece of my heart, and I am grateful.



The Mark In the Morning team: “Mike TV” Sherry, Gina Grad, Katie “Chick on the Street” Thompson, Mark Thompson, Andy Chanley, Jackie Delgado, Daniel Mizrahi; Mary Price, and KMET reunion on The Sound... Ace Young, Jeff Gonzer, Sound pd Dave Beasing, Cynthia Fox, Jim Ladd;
 Larry Morgan
and Sheri Donovan celebrating Freddy Mercury day




                             Entercom Take-Over Disrupts Neighbors to the South

(San Diego from Chris Carmichael: Entercom takes over two stations and spins one off in the market this week. KSON will move from 97.1 FM to 103.7 FM. The Country station will be placed on a signal that reaches North County San Diego. The main reason is that KSOQ 92.1 FM that relays KSON's format, willl become part of the satellite-delivered EMF stations. 

KEGY-FM, known as "Energy" will adopt 97.3 as their new home. Meanwhile, the San Diego Padres' current home of 94/9, KBZT's future as an alternative rocker, is called into question. The numbers have not aligned well for the station since the Padres have been on board. Entercom may turn this into sports outlet. The radio dial changes are expected once the deal closes on CBS Radio. KyXy 96.5 FM and 103.7 KEZY will join KSON, KBZT, and 98.1 KXSN in a new facility near the iHeart cluster. Nearby will be NBC own KNSD and Telemundo, making Granite Ridge a broadcast home for a majority of TV and radio outlets.  Joe Nelson will have complete details at
http://SanDiegoRadio.org.


                                                                                                      Scully Scolded
 

(November 14, 2017) Vin Scully, who turns 90 at the end of the month, said something to get himself into hot water. According to the New York Post, Vin “had the audacity to protest the protesters. He thus was condemned as an ‘Old Retired White Man’ on a popular, but reckless, often dishonest and vulgar sports website featuring cheap-shot artists who make snap, no-research bad guesses to mischaracterize and defame.”

At a symposium, Scully calmly answered a question about NFL take-a-knee national anthem protests. He said he’s so upset by them, he’ll never watch another NFL game. Scully: “I am so disappointed. I used to love, during the fall and winter, to watch the NFL on Sunday. And it’s not that I’m some great patriot. I was in the [World War II] Navy for a year — didn’t go anywhere, didn’t do anything. But I have overwhelming respect and admiration for anyone who puts on a uniform and goes to war. So the only thing I can do in my little way is not to preach. I will never watch another NFL game.”

In speaking his mind and interpretation rather than avoid the risk — he became an immediate target to be tainted or branded a “racist.”

In other news, former KFWB news anchor Penny Griego starts a new job today. She is Media Relations Specialist at L.A. Care Health Plan, the largest publicly operated health plan in the country, serving 2-million members in L.A. County.

Helen Borgers, Jazz Radio Personality, Dies 

(November 13, 2017) Helen Borgers, a decades-long mainstay in LA Jazz radio, died at high noon on Sunday. Here is the Facebook passage from the family.

'Helen, the woman who inspired and enriched the lives of thousands of people in art, literature, music, theatre and so much more, who followed her passion in spite of what anyone thought, took her last breath today, at high noon, after a long, brave fight with the many health issues she faced. We will soon share more information about a celebration of Helen's life. Thank you to everyone who has loved her, supported her, and been there for her during her life. With Love and Light, The Family'

A personal message from Dave Grudt: “I knew Helen well for nearly 35 years from our days at KLON on the campus at CSULB. Along with her brother Ken, I worked side-by-side with both of them in the programming department. I have so many wonderful memories of this special one-of-kind woman. She could so easily make me laugh.... and boy did she have the laugh that could be heard now.... all the way to the angels! I was fortunate to be there at the end. A truly unique experience.”


Field of Dreams

 
(November 13, 2017) David Field will be a name often mentioned in the coming year. It is Field who orchestrated the merger of his company, Entercom, with CBS Radio. The takeover will take place sometime this week.

Over the weekend, Field gathered 135 membership of the new Entercom leadership team in Chicago. “World class team!” tweeted Field. “Ready to launch. So fired up!!!”

There will be some things to clean up this week. When Entercom takes over, perhaps on Friday, their station in L.A., 100.3/The Sound will be taken over by Educational Media Foundation. “K-Love” is the new moniker for contemporary Christian music radio programming.

Before the week is out, LARadio readers will experience a history of the last decade, at 100.3 by the one person who has experienced it all.

Meanwhile, in a related Tweet, Chuck Hayes has been a listener to fm since the '70s at WSUB in Groton, Connecticut. He has loved the on-air freedom afforded the personalities at The Sound, knowing the end was near. “Your last three weeks may have been the greatest run of music in the history of radio,” wrote Hayes.


Sunday Nostalgia - 19 Years Ago Today
(November 12, 1998) The meltdown at KRLA started yesterday at 10 a.m. Southern California’s longest running commercial radio format (39 years) will be no longer by the end of the month. The dismantling process started at the end of Huggie Boy’s show at 10 a.m. when he signed off. KRLA has been jockless ever since. Many readers express their sorrow at KRLA’s demise at this Web site on Saturday…The press conference yesterday at the Museum of TV & Radio announcing that former KABC veteran Michael Jackson is joining a new Talk line-up at KRLA had a chilling effect on Michael’s PR people. According to a Museum executive, not one tv station covered the event. Why? For one thing, it was old news. With the speed of news being transmitted over the Internet, what more could Michael add that was newsworthy? They waited too long. But more important, CBS, which owns KRLA, is on a synergy kick. TV actors on CBS shows with no marquee value are being forced as guests on local CBS radio stations. Why wasn’t KCBS/Channel 2 covering this event and giving some publicity to this format change? Very strange. GM Bob Moore must be screaming…With Michael Jackson’s departure from KABC, the weekend line-up at KABC has adjusted. The late afternoon popular computer show has now moved into the Sunday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. slot. When computer show host Marc Cohen met Gloria Allred, she commented. "You’re much less nerdy than I thought you would be." Now, is that a compliment, Marc?…Sam Rubin, former LARP at KNX, KMPC and KTZN, has been suspended from his entertainment reporting on KTLA/Channel 5 Morning Show. According to the Times, "he failed to heed repeated warnings concerning his practice of making on-air jokes and comments about station executives and management decisions."…Ellen at the SCBA is looking for Craig T. Ashwood who is supposed to have worked in Los Angeles radio. Do you know him or his whereabouts?…You know you’re a dj if people who ride in your car exclaim, "How in the hell do you listen to the radio that loud!"…Paul Crosswhite, morning man at "the Wave," reports that Hulk Hogan is considering running for office following the success of Jesse Ventura, the Minnesota wrestler who just won his bid for governor. Paul and KTWV news director and morning sidekick Sandy Kelley certainly make the mornings smooth and informative. There is enough Kenny G to go around. Sandy is planning an April 18, 1999, wedding. She emailed: "Even though it's a second wedding for both of us, neither of us had a formal wedding before and that's what we're planning. We're keeping it small and intimate but still there are a lot of details to be ironed out." Sandy is a big animal lover and has trained and shown Golden Retrievers for a number of years…Beginning next week, you will read what song is associated with Los Angeles Radio People’s first kiss. It’s a hoot and I think you will find many surprises about your favorite personalities. The answers are charming and in some cases, revealing. You can read a sneak preview of the responses this morning in Steve Harvey’s tasty column in the LA TimesChuck Madden was one of the casualties on the KABC morning show recently. Last weekend he was helping out with sports at KNX…KABC pd Drew Hayes was a "screener" for Larry Elder yesterday afternoon…Remember "Banana Joe" Montione at KHJ, KUTE or KIIS? He’s the new morning man at "Magic 102"-Dallas…KABC’s Stephanie Miller commented on OJ Simpson’s dilemma that he may have another custody hearing. Stephanie thinks he’s just trying to get in the papers again. "He’s up for that role in Pinocchio, isn’t he?" she asked…Former gm at KIBB/KCMG, Bob Visotcky is headed to Denver for similar duties for five stations...At 8 this morning, I will be a guest with Larry Marino on KIEV’s "Morning Magazine."


Email Saturday

** Radio Missing

“Recently I had occasion to be stuck in Yucca Valley on a job. I say stuck because there was a multi fatality accident on 29 Palms Hwy, and traffic did not move for hours. I saw no less than 8 ambulances on the shoulder driving past me. And would you believe not one radio station had anything about it?” – Bill Schwarz

** Executive Promotions in LARadio

“Wow - it's like the early nineties. People moving and shaking.” – Keri Tombazian

** KABC Towers

“I’m including three different links for views of Tower 2 coming down. This was at the end of February: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEPMNJDRyWc ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxp8-Qpg0cc; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHLPI6xWSY4.  Thanks.” – Tim Ahern

Hear Ache

(November 10, 2017) The FCC has formally approved the merger of Entercom and CBS Radio, another giant step closer to the creation of the radio industry's second largest company. The merger combines Entercom's 127 stations with CBS Radio's 117 stations ... Charlie Van Dyke (photo w/ wife Ingrid) has been tapped to be the imaging voice of the new 100.3 when The Sound flips to K-LOVE, a contemporary Christian music format, sometime next week. Additionally, Charlie will be the voice of the entire Educational Media Foundation, which includes hundreds of stations and translators ... Lisa Bowman is all set for her first book signing on Sunday. It will be held at Nan Rae's Art Studio in Burbank, from 2-5 p.m. There will be valet parking. If someone is interested, they can email her at LBowman9@gmail.com for details. Her book is entitled, Shattered Peacock, and is an historical novel taking place during and after the fall of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi in 1979. Her pen name is Lisa Di Vita ... Mark Wallengren kicks off the KOST Christmas music for the holidays this afternoon at 5 p.m. For 16 years, KOST has benefitted from the early holiday jump on 24/7 Christmas programming ... SAG-AFTRA will host a members-only panel discussion next week about sexual harassment and abuse in the entertainment industry. The panel will be led by attorney Gloria Allred … Gil Perez, part of the production team at iHeartMedia, was let go yesterday … Pasadena station KPCC 89.3 is one of four public radio stations benefiting from a $1.5 million grant given by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to American Public Media (APM), to lead a new investigative journalism initiative … Alfred Liggins, ceo of Urban One, complains that the industry “has one player that’s so big, they’re able to advantage themselves over smaller players.” Assume it is iHeartMedia. Liggins wants a more level playing field … David Gaines was looking for KPPC airchecks. After our posting, he claims to have unearthed some decent archival recordings of djs from that era. He is still looking for more. You can reach him at: dscgaines@gmail.com … On March 17, 2018, KFI’s George Noory will be among the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame’s 2018 class of inductees … KDAY presents “Kings of The West" featuring Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and Cypress Hill on Friday, December 1 at the Microsoft Theater, located in L.A. LIVE.

Jim Duncan, Decades-Long with Clear Channel/iHeartMedia, Exits 

(November 10, 2017) Jim Duncan has worked in the majors for most of his 51 years in the radio business. His latest gig as production director at iHeartMedia’s eight-station cluster has come to an end, as a result of budget downsizing. When reached by phone this morning he seemed accepting about the news and was thankful for his multi-decades with Clear Channel/iHeartMedia. “I plan to spend time with my wife Judy (married 48 years), who recently retired from her job, and our kids and grandchildren. Who knows, maybe you’ll find me doing a weekend show in some small market.”

Born on a naval base on Mare Island in Northern California on October 7, 1948, his Navy father gave him a transistor radio from Japan. It was love at first hearing. His first job was on the campus radio station at San Diego State. At one time, Jim worked for four San Diego radio stations at the same time under the names Jim Chandler, Jim Morgan and Jim Duncan. At KSON-San Diego, Jim moved into morning drive at the age of 19, and he later became pd.

Bob Wilson hired Jim to be the Country editor in the early days of R&R, a position he held for a decade. Being on the air became a hobby as Jim started hosting and producing many of the Westwood One shows, including "Live From Gilley's" and "The New Faces of Country." Besides radio, Duncan owns his own successful production company. In 1994 he produced the "Radio Across America" video to open NAB's Programming Convention in Los Angeles. He is active with the CMA, serving as a vp.

His early influences were the "Boss Jocks" and production masters Terry Moss and Bobby Ocean. From 1974, Jim has worked at KFOX, KLAC, KHJ, and KZLA, as well as his voice work at KFI, KEIB, KIIS, MY/fm, Alt 98-7, KOST, and KRRL. He also was the imaging voice for the Lakers and Angels over the years. Jim can be reached at ezbaby11@hotmail.com and by mobile: 661.993.4293

LA Times' Robin Abcarian is a LARP 

(November 9, 2017) Where will the next generation of Talk Radio personalities come from? In the past  the new talent came from the fields of sports, legal, traffic reporting, entertainment reporters, teachers, addiction specialists, and car experts.

In 1996, Robin Abcarian took a leave of absence from writing a twice-weekly column in the LA Times Life & Style section to join Tracey Miller in the fall of 1996 in morning drive on Talk-formatted 710/KMPC. And they did an admirable double woman-double whammy show on an underrated station that ran out of steam two years later.

In the early 1980s Robin was a columnist for the Daily News. She moved briefly to Detroit before joining the Times. Robin left KMPC/ KTZN (“The Zone”) in late summer of 1997, when the station switched to all-Kids “Disney Radio.” Robin has been with the LA Times off and on for almost 20 years. And she is a WONDERFUL writer. Look for her byline. Her stories are always riveting and interesting. Last Friday the story she told was of a family who experienced unbelievable scars from the recent fires. Tough to read without a tear.


Greg Ashlock Promoted to President of the iHeartMedia Markets Group 

(November 8, 2017) Greg Ashlock has been promoted to president of the iHeartMedia Markets Group, moving up from President of iHeartMedia Markets Group West Division. He will now manage the entire iHeartMedia Markets Group, including all 850-plus radio stations in over 150 markets.

When LARadio polled the Best Off-Air LARP of the Year, Greg was always on the list. Many years we would run his incredible story. For all the new readers, enjoy. For those who read it in the past, enjoy the re-run. Greg is one of the most respected people in the radio business and deserves this promotion. He’s had quite a heady run.

Greg earned a Master's degree in communications management from the USC Annenberg School of Communication with a minor from the Business School.

Beginning in 1994 and for the next three years he worked for the LA Dodgers as a corporate sales manager. In 1997, he joined Jacor as an account executive for KXTA / XTRA Sports 1150, focusing on Dodger radio sales. A year later he became the sports sales manager.  

In 2001, as part of the AM/FM merger, Greg was named general manager of the AM properties; KFI, KLAC and KXTA. A year later he was named co-market manager for the Clear Channel [now iHeartMedia] cluster with Roy Laughlin over their eight radio stations. In 2005, he was made president of the L.A. market. 

When Greg first arrived in Los Angeles, he had $500 to his name. “The Dodgers had a position that paid $7 an hour,” said Greg. “They had interviewed me on the phone, but told me they could not hire anyone without a face to face meeting. I had just graduated from college a week earlier and was at home in Malakoff, Texas [population 2048]. I thought, ‘what the heck,’ and packed my 1987 Sunbird, withdrew $500 from a checking account, which was all I had and headed to sunny California. If it didn’t work out, I'd chalk it up as mini-vacation.”  

Greg made a deadhead drive and after 29 hours, he arrived in Santa Ana. “One of my friends was doing some missions work in Orange County and told me that the family he was staying with would let me crash there for a few nights before they went on vacation. By the way, this was on a Wednesday. On Thursday, I had my interview with the Dodgers. The meeting went great and they offered me the job. The offer was followed with a couple of questions, ‘Do you have a place?’ and ‘Can you start Monday?’ I replied, of course, ‘Yes and yes.’” 

Greg spent the next day making the rounds of local churches asking the ministers if someone in the congregation would be willing to rent him an inexpensive room until he got on his feet. “Remember, I grew up in Mayberry and this was what people did small-town USA. Good Southern hospitality. Needless to say, everyone I talked to was rather skeptical and I couldn't find any takers.”  

The pressure was on. It was Saturday and he was going to start with the Dodgers on Monday and he had no place to stay. “I spent all day browsing the papers looking for a cheap place to rent [really cheap],” remembered Greg. “I found a place downtown for $200 per month and called the landlord to set up a walk-through. He showed me the place around 3 p.m. and my ‘would be’ room-mates [about 10 of them] were all still asleep. So here was Howdy Doody about to move in with a large group of questionable characters in a place that screamed ‘crack house.’” 

Greg continued: “I told the guy I needed until 6 p.m. At that point, I walked down to the corner 7-Eleven and took one last shot with the Yellow Pages. I called the First Baptist Church of Beverly Hills. C’mon, Beverly Hills. Surely, someone could lend me hand for a few months until I could cash in those huge checks I would be making from the Dodgers. The pastor answered the phone. He told me that he couldn't think of anyone in his congregation that could help, but he might me able to give me some suggestions if I wanted to swing by. He gave me directions and I was on his doorstep in 30 minutes. We hit it off. He was a Dodgers season ticket holder of 30 years. After a long chat and agreeing to help out with the youth group and to do odd jobs around the church, he offered to let me rent the house next to the church that they used for the nursery on Sunday mornings. It had a shower. A kitchen. And a porch. He charged me a whopping $100 per month. I worked him down to $75 [just kidding]. I took it and unpacked my car on the spot.”  

Greg and the pastor, Tom Stringfellow, became really good friends. Strange how things work out. That pastor is now Greg’s father-in-law. “God's grace was in full effect. It all worked out,” said Greg.  


Huge Moves Announced for Soon-to-be Merged Entercom and CBS Radio 
(November 7, 2017) An internal memo from Entercom coo Weezie Kramer used a sports description to announce changes. “From day one of the merger announcement, we have said that we wanted to assemble the best team in the business. Regardless of whether you wear an Entercom jersey, a CBS jersey, or one from the opposing team – we want to make sure that we have the best starting line up on opening day.”

In addition to promotions tor all Entercom market managers, Dan Kearney is out of his current position as head of all CBS/LA stations and will take over as svp/market manager in Las Vegas. Susan Larkin, who has been regional president of Riverside, Sacramento and San Diego, will add Entercom/ San Francisco to her duties.

Jeff Federman (photo) is returning to the Southland as the new svp/market manager of Los Angeles. He spent the last 9 years in technology.  Specifically, he co-founded a card linking platform that is used by millions of consumers today and a social media filter that has 1000’s of local merchants engaged every month. He also mentored start-ups in Los Angeles.

Jeff was appointed general manager at "Arrow 93" in late 2003. Station flipped to JACK/fm on St. Patrick's Day 2005. Jeff became market manager for CBS/LA in early 2006. He exited the company in late summer 2008. Federman joined CBS from Emmis Communications where he served as vp/DOS for the company's two radio stations in Los Angeles, KPWR and KZLA, for almost five years. During his tenure, he oversaw all sales operations and also was responsible for many of the stations day-to-day operations. 

Federman also worked as sales manager for KBIG and KLAC (1996-99). Prior to that, he was director/sales and marketing for KROQ (1995) where he served as the liaison between the sales, programming and promotion departments.  From 1992 to 1995, Federman was nsm for KFMB-AM/FM in San Diego. He began his career at KKLQ-AM/FM in San Diego where he served in various capacities, including account executive, nsm and marketing/promotion director from 1988 to 1992. 

Federman was born and raised in Los Angeles. He graduated in 1988 with a degree in journalism and advertising from San Diego State University. 

In Chicago, Jimmy deCastro is the new svp/market manager. Jimmy was most recently the president and gm of WGN Radio and is the former ceo of AMFM, Inc.   

Bob Bolinger will take on the svp/market manager responsibilities for the combined CBS/ETM stations in San Diego. 


Radio TV Announcing One of Top 10 Worst Jobs for the Future, per Kiplinger Newsletter



Total number of jobs: 33,202

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: -10.0%

Median annual salary: $32,383

Typical education: Bachelor's degree

More radio disc jockeys, talk show hosts and podcasters are under threat of being silenced. Consolidation of radio and television stations, as well as the increased use of syndicated programming, limit the need for these kinds of workers. Plus, streaming music services offer fierce competition to radio stations and their workers. On the upside, online radio stations may provide new opportunities for announcers.

Alternate Career If you're committed to this career track, consider addressing even smaller audiences and becoming a party DJ or emcee. These other types of announcers make up a small field of just 17,326 workers currently, but are expected to grow their ranks 6.0% by 2026. They typically earn slightly less with a median $32,177 a year, but only require a high school diploma to get started. Read more at Kiplinger 


Hourly Countdown Until the Music Dies on The Sound

(November 6, 2017) The mainstream media is hardly a fan of radio, though there is the periodic offerings. Richard Wagoner writes a weekly column for the Daily Breeze,  syndicated in a number of area newspapers. Over the years, Richard has been a big fan of local radio, especially the AM dial. Last month he wrote about the upcoming demise of 100.3/The Sound with a provocative headline: ‘With its end near, The Sound 100.3 turns to Jesus (literally) in its promos.”

Tom Burfield sent me a link to the Orange County Register’s big story on The Sound. Here’s a link that you can check out. http://www.ocregister.com/2017/11/02/as-the-sound-100-3-prepares-to-go-silent-its-classic-rock-djs-prepare-for-the-end-of-the-fm-station/.

Meanwhile, the Santa Monica Daily Press wrote an early obit: “GOODBYE (sniff): For 10 years at 100.3/fm, you heard some excellent rock and roll programming, not adventuresome but with good taste and not much repetition, my #2 pick on the dial. They’re playing a countdown to oblivion now of their favorite 2000 songs, alphabetically. Oblivion? The station’s been sold and possibly by the time you read this you will hear ‘contemporary Christian love songs’ dripping out from 100.3.”

The sale of KSWD (The Sound) is expected within hours. It is tied to the complicated deal with Entercom and CBS Radio. LARadio.com is expected to have a very unique insight into The Sound between now and the day the music dies.


Nostalgia Sunday - 16 Years Ago Today

Ex-KROQer Commits Suicide  

(November 5, 2001) Larry Groves committed suicide yesterday in Longview, Texas, according to long-time friend Mike Jacobs. Larry’s career intersected with Rick Carroll at KKDJ, KEZY and he was with KROQ for a decade as apd/md. Larry was an active part of shaping the early sound of KROQ. He was with Rhino Records before joining KKDJ. Larry earned a journalism degree from Cal State University Sacramento, where he graduated with honors. When Larry was in college in Sacramento, he was associated with Rick at KNDE. Larry had left the radio business and was working at a CD store in Longview, Texas. Larry was believed to be in his early 50s. He leaves behind a wife and two small children.

"Larry was the stabilizing factor behind Rick Carroll's music," said Darrell Wayne, former pd at KROQ. "Larry was pretty quiet and kept to himself back in the music library most the time. He always wore dark shades, a five o' clock shadow and a cigarette. Nice guy, non-confrontational, not a big ego guy." T. Michael Jordan remembered: "Larry was an extremely bright, loyal, hard working guy! Those attributes along with his love of partying is why he and Rick Carroll were so close."


Email Saturday
** Sad Losing The Sound

“I think it’s a sad day for radio in losing KSWD. I feel that the loss was magnified on that Monday at the end of September, when Tom Petty died and we were all shocked by the tragedy in Las Vegas. A station like KSWD is the place to turn to for comfort on a day like that. It’s always good to have familiar voices on the radio in times like that.  I don’t feel like there is anything else like KSWD on the radio dial.  

Sirius should be able to fit into that spot, but their formats seem as constricted as an iHeartRadio station. I grew up in New York where we had WNEW as the KMET equivalent. It was the place to turn to for events and happenings in the rock n roll community. Even though it never achieved the broad success of WABC or KHJ, it served a purpose for fans of the music. KSWD is the closest thing to it I have heard in over 25 years. Let’s hope the suits at Entercom/CBS can figure out a place to let The Sound continue. The classy exit they are providing shows that this company may actually about something more than just numbers.  Cumulus has made KLOS a poor shell of a Classic Rocker. Just tuning into KABC or WABC shows their disregard for quality.” – Cary Levine
** World Series Call

“My only thought about those complaining about Charley Steiner and his World Series style is that’s what happens when you jump on the bandwagon at the last minute – the rest of us have had all year to get used to it … :-)” – Stan Ecklund
** LARadio Hacked

“As wondrous and magical and hi tech our fairly recent computers and mobile devices are, they have brought out the outrageous cheating underhanded criminality of some of our soulless selfish citizens with absolutely no conscience or moral values. So shameful.” – Bruce Chandler
** Engineer John Davis Remembered

“I read your obit of John Davis on your radio site and was saddened to see it, and I send my condolences to his family through you. While you spoke of his engineering prowess, you didn't mention his on-air work, both with and without his wife Deanne. I looked to refresh my memory of it at your bio links up top of the website, but he isn't there. So I have to stretch my memory some 50+ years.

John had a Saturday morning folk music show from the early 60s [I found him about 1963/64] on either KCBH/fm or KRHM/fn on Saturday mornings until the station was sold or changed formats. He then went over to KPFK for many years, at least until the late ’80s plus or minus a couple of years.

I think I remember that he did his show one morning in the '60s, and went to marry Deanne straightaway. She eventually joined him in doing the KPFK show until it went off the air. Perhaps Deann could be more precise sometime in the future.” – John Hindsill, La Crescenta
** New Years Eve with the Fatman

“I was in Harrah’s Tahoe on New Year’s Eve when, at midnight, the curtains opened and there he was, in-person, to start 1969 this way." – Bill Kingman, Lake Tahoe
** Final Broadcast at KLOS

“To add to the memories of the former KABC/KLOS property, I was fortunate to be on hand for the very last broadcast emanating from the KLOS studio. The honor of saying farewell fell to Breakfast With The Beatles host Chris Carter (c).

With a handful of other friends and Beatles fans, we all cherished being there one final time. The studio facilities were vacant. One studio guard on hand as the moving vans had yet to arrive when I showed up at the facility a few minutes before the 9 a.m. broadcast, I took the opportunity to stroll the empty hallways and sales department. An eerie quiet inside this building. Except for the faint sounds of the radio broadcast still being piped into a few office speaker phones, I made my way thru to the very back of the building where Chris Carter was set to begin his broadcast.

After I arrived a few others joined in and we celebrated what many of us new to be a solemn but historic day. The last day.” – Sal Gomez

 ** Demolition of KABC

“The pictures of the KABC demolition made me absolutely SICK! Having grown up listening to the likes of KABC, KFWB, KMPC, KRLA and KFI, I never dreamed that I would ever have the honor of working at any one of them. Gratefully, I eventually worked at three.

As a consultant to KABC in 1992 and pd from ‘93 through ’96, it was a real joy moving from the rat-infested building along La Cienega, to that new state-of-the-art Talk Radio palace. KABC was one of the pioneering stations of the Talk Radio format, and truly deserved it. Working hand-in-hand with Joe Talbot and the crew from Pacific Recorders was a dream come true, having a small part in designing details for those fabulous studios. There were four of them: Studio K, Studio A, Studio B and Studio C. We would start with the Ken & Barkley show in K and move over to A for Michael Jackson, then Ping-Pong back and forth the rest of the day. Studios B and C were a production director’s dream! Studio K eventually became the main studio for KMPC, after CapCities purchased it from Golden West.

Later, when I became a consultant for the Frasier tv series, our studios became the model for the radio station sets on Paramount’s Stage #25. The first broadcast from the new digs was an all-nighter, during the Clinton inauguration festivities, and it was so great to be able to pull in everything we wanted, from everywhere and quickly turn it around for air. In 1993, we held an open-house, with hundreds of LA’s radio-elite attending the catered event in a giant circus tent in the parking lot, and then taking guided tours of both KLOS and KABC. I designed a little attraction that allowed guests to leave with a recording of themselves, interacting with KABC personalities. These were KABC’s golden years and one of the years I was there, we became the second highest billing radio station in the country, just behind WGN. I could write a book [and it looks like I almost have] about the place and the wonderfully talented people I got to work with there, on and off the air. Those years were truly the happiest times of my 45+ years programming radio stations, all over the country. But now, it hardly seems like it ever existed.” – Bok K

** Remembering 5 Years Ago

"Thanks for the mention at the end of the Jai Rich story. Didn’t know I’d told you about that. I idolized those guys; listened to ‘em all day every day.  Several of them, especially Jai, Tolly Strode, and Tommy Bee (not Chuck Niles, of course) had standard things they used every day and I memorized ‘em all. Anyway, thanks for bringing it all back.

Loved the group pic, too. Man, that really was a well-integrated staff—probably more than anyone then, and few since." - KenBorgers

Airborne Reporter in SigAlert Crash on the 101 

(November 3, 2017) Jeff Baugh is our daily traffic friend (KNX, KFWB, and now KFI) as he reports from the sky the SigAlerts, congestion and bottlenecks of our daily commutes. We hardly thought he would or could be involved in a freeway accident. But there he was on the 101 the other morning on his way to the Van Nuys Airport to do his airborne reports for KFI.

Boom! Without warning he was tagged and he spun out banging into other cars and ending up in the center of the freeway. He called 9-1-1. The offender took off. The CHP listed as a hit and run, but Jeff won’t have the details until he secures the accident report next Tuesday.

Jeff was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. He was released a few hours later with a very sore back and an achy breaky neck. “It could have been so much worse. My car was totaled but that is easy to replace,” Jeff told me by phone.

“My life is now complete after driving the same freeway in the same lane for the past thirty years. I was a SigAlert.”

Is KFI's Bill Handel in Trouble? 

(November 2, 2017) There’s a national campaign to fire KFI’s Bill Handel (photo), according to a story in Radio Ink. Handel is being targeted for calling U.S. Representative Frederica S. Wilson a whore. “The group Color of Change is coming after the host. The group has 1.2 million members and has started a petition asking iHeart to fire the host.”

According to L.A. Weekly, “Handel, who is white, called Wilson a ‘cheap, sleazy Democrat whore.’ They were recorded and distributed by political commentator Jasmyne Cannick, who also posted follow-up on-air remarks in which Handel says he should have used the term ‘media whore’ instead of just ‘whore.’” There is some irony in that Bill is to be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame tonight.

In other news, Chuck Blore, one of the pioneering program directors who launched the Top 40 format in Los Angeles on KFWB Channel/98, checked in. “I find retirement pretty boring,” wrote Chuck.  “Although a couple of years ago the publisher of a beautiful children’s book asked me to write and direct a version of his book for tv. I did of course and, guess what, I was nominated for an Emmy.  Didn’t win, but it was a wonderful adventure.”

He’s been doing a lot of tv writing. “Of course, I think they’re all great but when I finish one, I just put it away and start another. There is one I finished a long time ago, but almost every day I’m still polishing it ... again and again. It’s a musical version of the bible as told by children with songs by Roger Miller. It’s called, God And The Other Kids.”

Hear Ache

(November 1, 2017) KABC’s Michael Catherwood (Psycho Mike) married Rules of Engagement’s Bianca Kajlich in late 2012. They have a daughter, born in 2014. Bianca was featured in a full-page story in Variety on the selling of her house (1940s cottage) FOR $2.9 million, $200, 000 over asking. She bought the house in 2010 for $1.3 million … Speaking of KABC, Ira Lawson took a peak at the ratings for the Talk station (tied for 37th with KKJZ Jazz, Christian contemporary KFSH and Oldies 1260 KSUR), wondering why Cumulus hangs on. “I realize they’re heritage call letters, but at some point you gotta cut your losses,” emailed Ira … Sean Hannity tops Cable news in October with the second largest crowd ever after his move back to 9 p.m. … Todd Schnitt, former syndicated host heard on KFWB, has exited WOR-New York’s morning show … After seven months as separate formats for two separate areas of Southern California, Murelo Media is restoring the full-time simulcast of Classic Hip Hop KDAY-Redondo Beach/LA with co-channel KDEY/Ontario-San Bernardino … Jeff Wyatt, former KIIS pd/personality and pd at KPWR (Power 106) has announced his retirement from day-to-day programming, according to a story in AllAccess.com. He had been an svp with iHeart Media’s Baltimore cluster … Jessica Rosenthal, former news anchor/reporter at KFI, will be co-anchoring The Fox News Rundown podcast, offering a rundown of top stories plus deeper dives into the news … KABC middayer Dr. Drew Pinsky is tackling the timely topic of America’s opioid crisis. He’s co-hosting a multi-part docuseries that puts America’s opioid epidemic under the microscope, broadcast date to be announced … Brad Cramer of La Habra Heights isn’t the only one upset with Charley Steiner’s World Series call. “I’m sure Charley Steiner is a very nice man, but listening to him call a game while driving is painful,” posted Rhonda Kramer on her Facebook page. “Please learn the game, give the scores often and at least get the players’ names right,” continued Rhonda. “When you have to ask Siri what the score is every 10 minutes, you are NOT doing a good job. Remember, we can't see the game or the scoreboard from our car! UGG rant over.”


KBIG Almost Two Points in Ratings Lead

(October 31, 2017) MY/fm (KBIG) pulls almost two points ahead of the three stations tied for 2nd: KIIS, KOST, and K-EARTH. Power 106 (KPWR) suffered a big drop from 3.1 - 2.3, while KTWV (The WAVE) was down almost a point. English language increases included: Talker KEIB and Oldies KSUR.

1. KBIG (MY/fm) 6.0 - 6.4

2. KIIS (Top 40/M) 4.6 - 4.5
     KOST (AC) 4.3 - 4.5
     KRTH (Classic Hits) 4.8 - 4.5
5.  KTWV (The WAVE) 5.2 -4.3
6.  KFI (Talk) 3.5 - 3.9
7. KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.2 - 3.6
      KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.5 - 3.6
9.  KRRL (Urban) 3.5 - 3.4
10. KLAX (Regional Mexican) 2.9 - 3.2
       KNX (News) 3.1 - 3.2
12. KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.9 - 3.0
13. KAMP (Top 40/M) 2.9 - 2.9
14. KKGO (Country) 2.8 - 2.6
       KLOS (Classic Rock) 2.5 - 2.6
       KROQ (Alternative) 2.8 - 2.6
17.  KYSR (Alternative) 2.5 - 2.5
18.  KPWR (Top 40/R) 3.1 - 2.3
19.  KSCA (Regional Mexican) 2.1 - 2.2
        KSWD (Classic Rock) 2.0 - 2.2
        KXOL (Spanish AC) 2.6 - 2.2
22.  KXOS (Regional Mexican) 1.9 - 2.1
23.  KPCC (News/Talk) 1.7 - 1.9
24.  KBUE (Regional Mexican) 1.9 - 1.7
25.  KCRW (Variety) 1.4 - 1.4
        KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 1.4 - 1.4
27.  KJLH (Urban AC) 1.4 - 1.3
28.  KSPN (Sports) 1.0 - 1.2
        KUSC (Classical) 1.2 - 1.2
30.  KSSE (Spanish Oldies) 1.0 - 1.1
31.  KDAY (Rhythmic AC) 1.0 - 1.0
        KEIB (Talk) 0.7 - 1.0
        KLAC (Sports) 1.0 - 1.0
34.  KRLA (Talk) 1.0 - 0.9
        KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 1.1 - 0.9
37.  KABC (Talk) 0.6 - 0.7
        KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.7 - 0.7
        KKJZ (Jazz) 0.6 - 0.7
        KSUR (Oldies) 0.4 - 0.7

We Should All Be So Lucky
by Mary Lyon 

(October 30, 2017) Joe Reiling had the kind of departure any of us would want – passing peacefully in his sleep, and having a long line of loved ones eager to step up to the chapel podium and talk about him.

If you want to leave behind a beautiful portrait, have your friends create the word picture. The service at Eternal Valley Memorial Park in Newhall Sunday morning was a modified Catholic Mass, but in place of a sermon came a multitude of entertaining and emotional testimonials. I lost count of how many family members, friends, and colleagues spoke. About his youth in Ohio, about his "Dolby Joe" days early in his career, WVUD Dayton and then KFIG out here ("WVUD West"). Fellow Ohioans and close relatives weighed in. KLOS alums reminisced with great fondness. Friends from Armed Forces Radio shared how his voice eventually reached to hundreds of millions of listeners around the world and took him physically to the very edge of North Korea and back.

It was like a mosaic portrait of Joe Reiling. He wasn't there to pose for it, but everybody had a piece of the portrait to contribute. This rendered such a deep and rich picture of him, viewed from so many different perspectives. Gentle-hearted, loving, strong as an ox (able to lift whole mature trees out of the backs of cars), massively talented, hilariously funny, compassionate beyond imagining – and man, that smooth bass voice. At least one guest humbly offered an imitation that made everyone smile through tears.

People came from across the country, from a variety of areas and arenas, from neighborhoods and national networks, but we all had one thing in common: Just how damn cool it was to have Joe Reiling in one's life, and how much we'll all miss him. Joe died October 7th after a long illness. He was 65. (Thanks to Mary Lyon for chronicling Joe's Celebration of Life and for her photos: (l) Kellie Sue Peters, Kelly Cox - (r) Stan Milander, Jane Platt)  

Email Monday

 
"It’s great to have the Dodgers back in the World Series for the first time in 29 years. It would have been greater to have Vin Scully behind the mic. But, alas, that did not happen  From all I hear, Charley Steiner is a terrific guy. He just sounds totally unprepared to broadcast a game with the importance of the World Series. Listening to Sunday night’s five-hour marathon I heard Steiner misidentify players who were in the game, not inform the audience when reserves had been substituted for, become confused whether a Dodgers player caught the ball in fair or foul territory and incorrectly count how many outs were in an inning.

He characterized the game as similar to the fight between Tommy Hearns and Marvin Hagler. That fight took place over 32 years ago. He also referenced a movie released in 1969 called They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? That movie was about the last person standing at a Depression-era dance marathon. The overwhelming number of people listening probably weren’t even born when those pop culture moments happened.  I can understand if it was an almost 90-year-old Vin Scully referencing those moments, but Steiner is nearly 25 years younger. 

Scully always came to the game over-prepared with tons of information. Steiner sounds like he read the game notes prepared by each team’s PR department and that’s all he needed. In a game like last night, Scully would have let the drama build and expand upon it [maybe give examples of previous back-and-forth WS games]. Steiner has absolutely no sense of history and even when the Dodgers came back, Steiner seemed overmatched. With one of the most memorable World Series games in the books, I was looking forward to interviews on the post-game show by the KLAC reporter who travels with the team.  Well, forget about that. Since the Dodgers were flying back to LA right after the game, the KLAC reporter couldn’t stick around to conduct interviews because he would miss the team flight. Guys, it’s the World Series. There are flights from Houston-to-LA tomorrow, you know. Sorry for venting, but it seems like Dodgers fans deserve better. Heck, I hear Ross Porter is available." -
Brad Cramer, La Habra Heights
 
 


Nostalgia Sunday - 5 Years Ago Today

Jammin’ Jazz Jai Rich Dies

(October 29, 2012) Jammin’ Jai Rich (James Richardson) was involved in the LA jazz scene for decades, mostly working for Saul Levine's jazz-programmed stations. He passed away on Friday. Colleagues thought he was about 75.

He started at KBCA in 1969. In the early 1970s, Billboard magazine's Radio Response Ratings listed Jai 2nd most influential jazz deejay. A year later he was listed as the major dj influencing jazz record sales. Jai (center with Tommy Bee and Saul Levine) also spent time at KJLH and later KKJZ. He also managed all the Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles restaurants in Los Angeles until returning to radio at all-Jazz, KKJZ in the spring of 2007.

“Jai worked for me as an on-air dj for about 20 years,” emailed Saul Levine. “He was a part of the original jazz air staff that became nationally famous and dominated fm radio in LA. The others were Rick Holmes, Tollie Stroud, Chuck Niles, Jim Gosa, and Tommy Bee. Jai left to accept a position from Stevie Wonder.”

Saul continued: “I am sending you several pictures of Jai taken about 1964. Also a picture of the entire 105.1 staff taken in 1971. It is not generally known but I helped integrate LA radio, and the large picture shows Jai second from the left top, and includes African Americans, Gosa, a Native American, Kogi, a Japanese, and Richard Leos, Hispanic, as well as Caucasians. My star djs had no prior radio experience. Jai Rich and Rick Holmes were a house painter, and a postal clerk. I forget in which order. But I hired them for their enthusiasm.”

Ken Borgers was a regular listener to Jai, as well as a colleague briefly. He remembered Jai’s sign-off: “Well, I see by the old clock-on-the-wall that it's time to crawl right on OUT of here.  Time to head on back to my little old shack down Tobacco Road in the HEART of hobo flats, but here's reminding all of you: no matter where you go, no matter what you DO. . . ALWAYS be a swinger DON'T YOU RAIN ON THAT PARADE! ... Just keep right on PUSHIN' 'cause everything's gonna be all right.  And so until come some 7 in the A-M this is Rosina's little boy Jai Mr. Kicks himself, saying bye bye. . . so long ...  ta-ta... I guess I better catch you in the futher, my little ol' brother!”


Email Saturday, 10.28

** KABC Moves

“It was indeed a small twist in the gut seeing those photos of the former KABC/KLOS facility on La Cienega, especially painful were the looks of the term room [the site of a strong boost to my self-taught technical education], and the remains of the AM towers. Didja know the tall, guyed tower dated back to KEHE in 1938? It may have been then owned by the old Evening Herald-Express. The shorter self-supporting job was erected around 1954 when KABC received a nighttime power boost to 5,000 watts Directional, up from 1,000 watts ND.

For KABC we see this, along with the toilet-dwelling 2017 audience figures, as nearing the ultimate culmination of the Disney project destroying ABC Radio in Los Angeles [and similar results in many other markets, as well]. Of course, Disney bailed out of these two local stations altogether, selling out to Citadel around ten years ago, which was then swallowed by current owners Cumulus. The original studios stretched along the La Cienega sidewalk for decades, built as an ever-growing expansion to the ex-KEHE transmitter building, and the move of the main studios [then KABC AM & FM] from Vine Street, down to the AM-tower site. This occurred sometime around 1960, give or take a couple of years.

In 1992, we moved it all across the parking lot to the brand new circular facility that has now been demolished.  Man, I was there when a fly landing on any surface in the new building would slide off and break his neck! The moving cargo consisted mostly of carts and files [paper, not cyber]. In my own case, it was rolling a two-layer high metal file cabinet crammed with around 300 carts and a few 7" reels, across the rough asphalt, somehow without splitting one of the casters in half!  [And thank you again pd Diane Cridland, for supplying that to me.] New control room equipment all the way around, complete with overhead-racked monitors and transmitter controls, the rooms linked together by a cool new SAS routing system [a little nerd-talk there], most of it grandly conceived by chief engineer Norm Avery. Working a shift in the control room gave one the sense of piloting the USS Enterprise, feeding a large audience at warp speed. Yes, thems WAS the Days, thems was!” – Greg Hardison

** Pave the Parking Lot

“They paved paradise and put up a parking lot. RIP KABC, La Cienega. The memories and friendships created there remain cherished.” – Shelley Herman

** Less Local is More?

FCC eliminates listeners.  

Taking the cue from Clear Channel Radio who said years ago that the only purpose for their frequencies was to deliver their advertisers' messages, the FCC today eliminated the need for radio stations to have listeners.

Since the Public Interest & Necessity has not been addressed in decades, and the old 7-7-7 rule has sparked syndicated, pre-recorded programming and national contesting, listeners no longer play a part in broadcasting today.

Cumulus plans to turn their Los Angeles properties into giant Fidget Spinners, whereas Entercom has announced that Mount Wilson will be transformed into a Cannabis Farm and that Marijuana Modulation, or MM, is now the preferred method of reaching an audience.” – Mike Wagner

** Empty Buildings

“It's sad to see, hear and think of abandoned buildings that once held thriving media outlets. I’ve been doing this in one form or another since I was a teenager. I can picture the dozens of stations I worked for that are now boarded up, torn down or a mere shadow of what they once were. Many of us know that radio has always been a fluid business. Consolidation certainly added to it, but even before that, stations were bought and sold. Studios were built and moved. Talent was hired and fired. Formats were established and changed. 

When technology arrived, it was inevitable that it would begin to control the business. Randy Michaels was one of the architects in the 80s who brought digital storage and remote voice tracking to the business. He didn’t intend for it to replace local talent. He wanted to see his cadre of professionals bloom and assist each other. 

You just listed the Inland Empire radio dial. We’ve seen the same kind of changes happen in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco...you name it. 

KLAC played Country. (570)

KFI played Top 40. (640)

KMPC had awesome talent – Gary OwensWink Martindale and the rest. (710)

KHJ was arguably the #1 station in the country. (930)

KFWB was arguably #1 and then #2 when KHJ hit the airwaves. (980)

KGBS was trying all along with the likes of Bill Ballance and Hudson & Landry (1020)

KRLA carved out a niche of its own. (1110)

KIIS-AM was caught in the crossfire between AM and FM (1150)

KGFJ was a huge influence on the African-American community (1230)

KDAY was also an Urban powerhouse.  (1580)

Have I missed a few? Probably. What are these AM stations doing now? Other than sports, not much to attract a general audience. 

My point is that our industry always changes. The loss of KSWD is a real shame. The talent on that station is awesome and doing their best to keep the stiff upper lip, but knowing that a syndicated format is about to hit from 100.3 is a painful reminder of the flowing river that is the radio industry.  It’s a shame that it’s gotten to this point – money over creativity. Entercom proved its worth in keeping the station going for as long as it could and made a smart move in selling to a non-competing entity in EMF. We hope the music/format choices won't diminish more on the fm dial as they did on AM for the general public. I hope the folks from The Sound find new arenas to play in. They deserve it because you’ve shown us their love for the craft that is radio.

Thanks. I had to say it.” – Dave Mason

** 25 Year Gap

“Seeing Letterman's name made me want to share this with you!

When I was in New York and doing a lot of performing, Broadway, etc., I must have done 100 industrial shows, for Ford, Cadillac, Purina Dog Chow, etc. A producer on this show, about 25 years ago, when he was looking for unusual music came across an album for, I think of The Ford Show. He became intrigued with the industrial musicals. They were huge in the 60’s and 70’s and I did so many. It was great fun and great money .

Most people have no idea about this area of show biz. Well, his name is Steve Young and he wrote a book about the golden age of industrials, Everything’s Coming Up Profits! They are now in the process of finishing the movie, which David Letterman is producing and Sundance is mentoring. We did the finale on the Warner Brothers lot about 6 weeks ago. I saw so many old friends that I had performed with. It is a first class production – A+. Here is a short clip about it. I am not sure when the premiere is but I will let you know. It is pretty funny with all of us singing and dancing about bathrooms and dog food and cars. They were multi-million dollar productions back when most industry was here in the US. Boy has that changed.” – Melody Rogers

** Mentoring

“On a rainy night in December of 1962, I was driving home from a Battle of The Surf Bands at the Pismo Beach Vets Hall back to San Luis Obispo. I turned on the radio to KFWB and heard for the very first time, Bobby Dale. I immediately realized how much better than the other ‘good guys’ that we heard on the radio in the early ’60’s.

KRLA was MY station, but when the weather conditions were right, I could get KFWB up on The Central Coast, so I took advantage of the rain that night, and discovered the greatest jock I’d ever heard, up to that time. I would go up to San Francisco in the summer. In July of ’63, I took my tape recorder to San Francisco and air checked Bobby’s shows on KEWB-Oakland, where he did 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Two years later, during Easter break of ’64, I went to the City, and called KEWB and set up a visit to meet with Bobby. I drove over to Oakland and visited the Bermuda building and met Bobby, and he took me downstairs to the restaurant and bought me lunch and we talked about his history for about an hour.  Then, he took me back upstairs to the station and arranged for me to stand in the engineer’s booth from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and watch him, thru the glass, do the first hour of his show. 

It was one of the true thrills of my life. I was 18 at the time, and had just started a few months earlier doing Sunday mornings at KSLY in San Luis Obispo. Two years later, in June of ’66, I got to go to work at KFRC in San Francisco as a board engineer/producer.  My first day on the job, at 12 noon, I broke in with … Bobby Dale. It doesn’t get any better than that. Yadda-Yadda.” – Joe Collins

** More Mentoring

“I’m one of the founding members of a volunteer group, Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio.  When Radio Ink began doing its ‘Most Influential Women in Radio’ list 19 years ago, several of us on the list gathered together and decided to start a mentoring program. We wanted to be able to share our knowledge and our spotlight with other women in management positions to help them advance up the ladder. At that point, there were virtually no women in ceo positions or on the RAB Board of Directors. The percentage of women at senior management levels in radio companies was woefully low, and the number of female program directors was almost non-existent.

The group has changed as the years have gone by – several of the original group has retired. But there are 10 of us on the Executive Board and we still mentor 3 to 4 women each year.  We have developed sponsored mentoring programs like ‘Rising Through the Ranks,’ a new program with Nielsen Music 360 to help women on the programming/music side of radio. Several of our mentees have gone on to great heights – one is the market manager of iHeartMedia’s group in San Francisco. And there are great examples throughout the ranks of our mentees. 

We also report, each year, on the percentage of women in the ranks of management of each of the radio companies and for radio as a whole. 

I am happy to say we have helped make a difference, not just in the lives and careers of more than 50 women in radio, but in diversity in radio’s management makeup. 

Mentoring is a great thing.  Very few of us would be where we are or have been without having had mentors along the way.” – Mary Beth Garber

** K-SURF Oldie Idea

“Maybe if Saul Levine wants to have some live, local talent on 1260, he could hire Johnny Hayes. I have no idea if Johnny is available or interested but it is sure a nice thought. An Oldies station that sounds like KRLA did in 1985, complete with a countdown show at noon on weekdays would be terrific. I’d sure listen.” – Bob McGehee


Hear Ache 

(October 27, 2017) Howard Fine drives by the old KABC studios on La Cienega on a regular basis. He emailed to say the old location has been completely demolished. “Dirt lot the last time I went past it. Sad.” … World Series is now tied. Bob Scott thinks Dodger manager Dave Roberts was too quick with the hook in the second game. “It could come back to bite,” Bob posted on his Facebook page … KLAC received much free publicity with strategically placed signage promoting “AM 570,” especially during the Vin Scully opening in Game 2 … Lotsa LARP at the 29th Annual National Radio Hall of Fame Induction ceremony next week. This year, Entercom president/ceo David Field will induct his father, Entercom founder Joseph Field. Former orchestra leader of Pirate Radio, the legendary Scott Shannon will induct Premiere Networks (and former KABC personality) Sean Hannity. iHeartMedia West president Greg Ashlock will induct KFI morning personality Bill HandelBrad Martini Chambers is planning another last ditch effort to save his Internet radio station. Royalty issues have put him behind the eight ball. On a personal note, he’s expecting his 9th grandchild on Halloween … Condolences to Leon Kaplan on the passing of his wife Dixiebelle. She passed away Wednesday. Leon, known as The Motorman, has been at KABC for 37 crankshanking years … Bill Gardner spends his two-hour Rhapsody in Black Saturday show tomorrow on KPFK saluting Fats Domino … KLAC’s Dan Patrick launches a sportscasting school next year.

Empty Spaces at KABC/KLOS

 
(October 26, 2017) Spoiler alert for engineers ... this will be a very painful column to view. KABC, home to thousands of dedicated workers and personalities over the decades on LaCienega Boulevard, is no longer. Cumulus has moved KABC and KLOS to Culver City while the original location is demolished. Take at last look at what once was.

Sales area Stew Herrera's Studio M
Terminal Room Towers down and ready for recycle


Voiceover World Presented by Randy Thomas 

 
(October 25, 2017) Randy Thomas, superstar voice who made history as the first woman to announce The Academy Awards, The Emmy Awards, The SAG Awards, and The AFI Awards, is sharing her voiceover craft at the VOMastery event this Saturday. If this is a world you are in or thinking about going into, this two-day event is for you. “Click the artwork,” emailed Randy. “We do have a few seats left. Your readers can save $50 with the code VOICES50” … Ain't That a Shame? Fats Domino dies at 89 ... KNX news anchor Bob Brill has put together a video book trailer on his latest novel, Al Kabul; Home Grown Terrorist … Following game 1 last night, Fox's Jason Smith said that Clayton Kershaw may be the best pitcher in the last 25 years. The LA Times headlined the win: Special K ... Carol Schilling is looking for Pete Moss. “The Pete Moss I am talking about worked KDWN AM 720 in Las Vegas,” emailed Carol. “I listened to him every night and wondered if he has a radio program.” You can reach Carol at carolynschilling7@gmail.comMeg McDonald, widow of LARP Brent Seltzer, has just posted her podcast Episode #18 “Internal Clock.” You’ll find a direct link to the page.  Click on MEG! at the top or scroll down and click on her picture … KLOS’ Frankie DiVita sent a link for Joe Reiling's obituary and service. “The service is this Sunday at 10 a.m.,” emailed Frankie. “It would be great to see a nice crowd out there honoring him.”  … Interesting graphic during one of the NFL games last weekend – the first NFL tv broadcast was on October 22, 1939.


Howard Stern Worth a Half Billion $$ 

(October 24, 2017) Howard Stern tops the Forbes list of highest-paid radio stars. In a story by Hayley Cuccinello, Stern’s income from June of 2016 to June of this year is reported at about $90 million. Even though his fortunes aren’t what they used to be, Premiere Networks’ superstar Rush Limbaugh (KEIB locally) placed second with Forbes estimating his salary at $84 million. At third is KIIS/fm’s Ryan Seacrest with a reported $58 million earned during the period. Fifth was Sean Hannity with a reported $36 million annual paycheck. Glenn Beck came in sixth with $10 million. Forbes guestimates that Stern has a net worth of $450 million. The magazine based its earnings estimates on data from Nielsen, NPD Bookscan, and PollstarPro, as well as interviews with industry insiders. All figures are pretax; fees for agents, managers, and lawyers are not deducted.

In other news, former CBS/LA director of sales, Peter Bowen, exits the vp/market manager slot with Cumulus in Chicago …  It is so much fun to hear Rich Fields on WRBQ in Tampa. I loved his weekly interviews on Sunday nights at KODJ.

Hack Off. Over the weekend, LARadio got hacked. And by all accounts, by a very professional bad guy. K.M Richards wrote to say this a variation on the "phishing" scam. “A list of email addresses is acquired -- maybe they got their hands on those old pages you used to post with our addresses? -- then a fake email is constructed to be sent to those addresses. The link for the funds request is to a bogus site and the scammers hope people will go there and leave personal information, such as bank account information, passwords, etc.” K.M. said he has exposed a lot of these to law enforcement and/or companies whose identification was used (largely banks, PayPal, credit card companies) and have gotten to the point where he can smell one of these a mile away.

Vacation LARP Buddies Chat About Life

(October 23, 2017) Two big radio-loving guys spent almost an hour together the other night on network tv. Howard Stern was a guest on Live With Jimmy Kimmel. The ABC late-night host was in Brooklyn, so he looked to book Brooklyn-centric guests like David Letterman and Billy Joel.

Letterman showed up still sporting his beard-disguise. Apparently when Letterman left his late-night show, he had given Jimmy a box of his ties when he retired. The next night, Stern complained he watched Kimmel “fawning all over Dave.” Stern brought a trash bag filled with underwear, socks, and T-shirts and dumped it on his desk.

Stern and Kimmel vacation together every year and they are very fond of each other. Still, that didn’t stop Stern from teasing Jimmy. “Somehow I thought I had a bigger influence on you,” said Howard. “I thought I was your hero, not Letterman. “When I was on regular radio sex talk and outrageousness was the thing, because you were breaking all the taboos,” declared Howard. “I got fined by the United States government, millions of dollars, for saying the word ‘penis.’ And now ‘penis’ comes out of my mouth and your mouth so easily. It was shocking back then,” Stern reminisced.

When the conversation turned to the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal, Howard wondered: “First of all, when did this guy have time to make movies? I thought movie making was hard!” “This big fat guy goes, ‘Listen, I’m going to get into the shower. I want you to watch me nude.’ There is no girl on the planet that wants to see Harvey Weinstein naked. If I’m Harvey Weinstein, I wear a burka and say, ‘Listen, you don’t have to look at me’. If you looked at me naked you would throw up.”

Nostalgia Sunday - Five Years Ago Today

An Unknown Mentoring Situation Comes to Light

(October 22, 2012) Over the past 17 years we have initiated numerous essays about the importance of mentoring. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to have been blessed in life, I believe we have a certain obligation to help others. The most important man in my life, former president of Heftel Broadcasting, Earl McDaniel, took the time with a 15-year-old to encourage him to pursue his dreams of being in radio, but, more importantly, he taught concepts and principles for life.

The following may seem a little self-serving, but I assure you it is not. It is shared with you as an example of how a simple act can have ramifications far beyond anything you can imagine.

I saw your name listed on the FB page "Former PR Colleagues."  We've never met - and I'm sure you do not remember me - but in 1990, while finishing up my graduate work at the University of Dayton in Ohio, I sent more than a few resumes to the various movie studios, seeking employment in the field of marketing/PR.

I will never forget the day you called me - you told me that the reason you singled out my resume and cover letter was very simple: I did not have any typos :)

You gave a piece of advice that I took to heart. Quite simply, you said: "You need to move to Los Angeles, to be where the jobs are." I never forgot that.

So, after graduating that fall, I moved.

Long story short: I spent about a year working as a tour guide at Universal Studios Hollywood - and as luck would have it, I met two executives at Amblin (Steven Spielberg's company). Jurassic Park had just wrapped, The Flintstones was in pre-production, and one thing led to another and I spent nearly ten years at Amblin.

After five years at Sony Animation/Imageworks, I decided I missed my DreamWorks family - so I returned to DreamWorks Animation.

I've often thought about the time you took to make the phone call to me - and every time I receive an email or a note from someone asking for advice, I think of the positive impact your simple call had on me.

So, I guess I'm trying to say "thank you" for that call back in 1990!!!!

Do you have a mentoring story?



Email Saturday, 10.21

** Empty Spaces

“You asked if we have had similar experiences with empty offices, pods, and buildings. 

For several years, I had an almost-loving relationship with a couple of producers at Time-Warner Cable's Chatsworth studios, for a decent amount of V/O work.  They knew they could call me in a pinch, ask if I could be there in 30 minutes and I'd tell them 20, jump in the car and we'd knock out whatever had to be covered, usually all within the hour.  I also had mostly regular weekly work with these fine folks, for local productions. 

One day in 2004 or so, I received a call from my favorite producer, who spent a good fifteen minutes on the phone, practically in tears, telling me about ‘changes’ that were being made, forcing him to stop using me.  A week or so later, I stopped by the studio unannounced, to at least maintain contact. My experience was eerily similar to that of Joe Collins.  The difference was, I ran into one person whom I didn't know, who explained that all producers had been let go, and all the work was now being done either fifty miles south in O.C., or else back in Michigan somewhere. This was also after I'd let myself in through a utility door, seeing no sign of the usual facility receptionist, or any other familiar faces. 

Luckily I don't ‘have to work’ either, but I would have gladly held onto the working relationships I had there until I was dead and gone. This all coincided with the purchase of Time-Warner's cable operation, by some heretofore obscure unknown entity, away from the original company.  Interestingly, their consumer service also went to hell at around the same time.  As a cable customer, I ‘pulled the plug’ for good, a month or two later.” – Greg Hardison

** Sound Gear Down

“Speaking of empty radio stations, here's my take on the end of the trail at 100.3/The Sound LA.

It is a casualty of consolidation. It is not a failure of vision or a failure to find an audience. The Sound LA is a high-quality product that works on terrestrial commercial radio. And yet, it is being swallowed by conglomerate shedding and conglomerate buy-out. Its demise adds to the homogenization of the airwaves. Its loss is our loss as listeners and yours as radio professionals.   

If there is any place that deserves and can sustain live, local radio that should be Los Angeles. The Sound LA put together a unique platform for showcasing music and artists of a particular type, and gathered an outstanding air staff that loves that genre. The djs [ok, air personalities] are sharp-witted, clever, and knowledgeable, but more than that they are each in their own way charming, sharing their stories and emotions in what feels like an intimate level. They are the friends you want to have along on your commute, in the kitchen while preparing meals, in your home just hanging out. 

The silver lining to this particularly cloudy time is that the station is giving everyone the rare chance to say goodbye. Hearing the honest gratitude and regret in the voices of the air staff is profoundly moving. Hearing their selections of music when they are given more freedom is great fun, and it shows respect for these professionals by the management staff.

I know these things happen, and will keep happening. This listener appreciates the way The Sound is handling this insane time. Shine on, you crazy diamonds.” - Karen Martin (Photo: Uncle Joe Benson, Cynthia Fox, Mimi Chen, Mark Thompson, and Rita Wilde)

** Daughter of Steve Gonzalez

“I wanted to express my sincerest thanks for acknowledging the death of my father, Steve Gonzalez. One of his dear friends, Steve Kindred, brought it to my attention and stopping to read the post on your site put a smile on my face, which is a welcomed treat during this time of mourning.” - Natalie Tavares (Steve's middle daughter)

** World Class

Vin Scully is the absolute best. The Justin Turner homer? Scully would let the crowd do the talking. The new announcer is setting up every scoring situation like it's going into the Broadcast Hall of Fame.  It's all about him. That's how I see it.” - Pat Paraquat Kelley


** Open Letter to Gloria Allred

“How about coming up with a REAL solution to the Casting Couch? Instead of waiting for another sickening example to emerge so you can get your face on television, then allowing the subject to go dark for a few more years, take action that will really make a difference!

The discussion shouldn't just be about Harvey Weinstein, Woody Allen, or Bill Cosby. It should be about the S.O.P. in Hollywood, which protects MCP producers and others who have been exploiting young women for a hundred years and the stars who are too greedy, selfish, and apathetic to blow the whistle. The Casting Couch is a way of life, not just a piece of furniture.

This suggestion would include hard, unprofitable work in between your media appearances.

Every major feature film ends with an advisory that no animals were hurt during its production. It's time to establish the same protection for the performers who make you rich. 

Gloria, here's what you should do: Demand that an independent committee be set up to monitor the on-set conduct of directors, producers, writers - anyone attached to the project - not just on the set, but during any business that involves making their product. It's a simple concept: treat the actors as well as you treat the animals. You are in a position of power and clout. Use it!” – Steve Kindred


**Inland Empire Radio Reminiscing

“Early 1983 - Here's a snapshot of the Riverside/San Bernardino radio market. This is terrific because it's all local. What a difference. Take a look at these old call letters. This was a great area to break into radio. No more... Six out of 10 are still playing English-language music. Also, this was a great market to break into radio. Back then - not now!

Let's go down the list:

KDUO (97.5) is now Spanish KLYY (Jose-FM)
KCKC (1350AM) is now FOX Sports radio KTDD
KGGI (99.1) - still playing the hits
KCAL-FM (96.7) - Classic Rock (about the same as it was then)
KQLH (95.1) Became Country KFRG in 1989
KOLA (99.9) Classic Hits
KFXM (590AM) Long gone - is now Salem Talk station simulcast
KBON (103.9) - Many formats later - hot adult contemporary KHTI
KDIG (1240AM) - now Spanish
KNTF (93.5) - Now hip-hop KDEY simulcast with 93.5 (KDAY) near LA
Three other stations not in the Top 10:
KMEN (1290) was Oldies. Is now Spanish
KHNY (92.7 K-Honey) - Mix A/C-Hits. 92.7 was re-allocated to the high desert (no longer in Riverside)
KWOW (1600) - Oldies. Today - foreign language” - Gary West/Man From Yesterday


Traffic LARPs Awarded Golden Pylons

(October 20, 2017) The coveted Golden Pylon Awards were handed out to the Southland’s top traffic reporters recently. The awards honor the reporters who keep the region’s traffic moving by promoting rideshare options such as carpools, vanpools, bicycling, walking and public transportation. (Photo: Officer Kevin Tao, California Highway Patrol, Phil Hulett, Dianna Olea, Robin Banks, and Kelly Jones) … Dodger Fever! Bill Plaschke of the LA Times and former KFWB morning wrote: "So this is what happens when a group of locals finally reaches baseball's biggest stage after 28 years of wandering around its darkened back hallways. It's cool. It's fun. It's soaked in relief, seeping with redemption, and awash in awe" ... A burned body has been recovered in the area of a wildfire on Mount Wilson, after the family of a Sylmar teen said the young man was believed to have gone to the mountain. Authorities could not confirm if the fire was responsible for the death … Saul Levine, owner of LARadio stations with a corporate name –  Mt. Wilson FM Broadcasters – said that KKGO escaped any damage in the fire. “Our auxiliary back-up transmitter on Flint Peak above Glendale is safe and ready to be turned on if Mt. Wilson fails,” emailed Saul. His 1260 AM transmitter is in Mission Hills … Mike Huckabee, former KABC Talk host, is looking to buy a radio cluster in Branson, Missouri … Will the iPhone offer fm radio? Here’s a confusing story for you … I loved this description of the El Monte Legion area that appeared in The New Yorker: “in the late nineteen-seventies, East Los Angeles swelled with decade-old soul records; Mexican-American teens cruised to Oldies in low-rider convoys, forging a youth subculture that was both nostalgic and new.” Only thing missing was a reference to 11-10 KRLA along with Art Laboe and Huggie Boy… Some fun Email Saturday contributions tomorrow.

Empty Spaces 

(October 19, 2017) Joe Collins lives and works in Fresno. He has worked at KFRC-San Francisco and KMET. Currently he works at KOKO and owns an ad agency. We all lament the downsizing in the radio business, but Joe had an experience that will scare the pants off you.

“I just went into a tv station about an hour ago that I buy regularly for two different clients of mine and to pay one of the ad bills for August for a bike shop I've represented now for 30 years,” Joe wrote. “I went to the front desk, door was locked with a sign to enter thru the side door [for shipping mostly], and walked into the station. The front office was dark, I looked into the main sales room, the room was dark, walked down the hall to where the master control is, and I ran into my friend, Terence, who I worked with for 10 years when I was an account rep for that station. He's now the ONLY engineer at the station, to oversee the main programming board. All the other board techs have been let go as they are now outsourcing, all the board changes that need to take place now are controlled from some remote location. They've let go of most of the office help, secretaries, etc. The one remaining lady there took my check to give to accounting, lamenting that, ‘this is not the same place.’  It's happening everywhere. Thank God, that I don't HAVE to work, but because I'm accountable, I GET TO work. I'll be 72 in January, and it's been a great ride. Thank God I can still put a complete sentence together.”

Have you had a similar experiences with empty offices, pods, and buildings?

Fire Threatens TV and Radio Transmitters on Mt. Wilson 

(October 18, 2017) Lisa Bloom (l), daughter of Gloria Allred and former LARP, was part of the Harvey Weinstein scandal until she wasn't. She represented him but got out early ... The fire on Mt. Wilson yesterday morning threatened to damage an array of broadcast towers. Before daylight, a fire broke out below the parking lot of the Mt. Wilson Observatory. Authorities evacuated at least a dozen people from the 10 buildings in and around the observatory. More than two dozen antenna towers cluster on the peak of Mt. Wilson. Authorities estimate that hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of communications equipment were at risk, including federal and county facilities used for emergency communications, commercial television facilities and radio transmitters. Damage to the communications towers can disrupt cellphones, television and radios, as well as interrupt some communications for emergency responders … The first-ever iHeartRadio ALTer EGO concert set for the Forum in January stars Mumford & Sons, Cage The Elephant, Beck, Spoon, WALK THE MOON, and The National and Dashboard Confessional. Alt 98-7 is sponsoring the event … KTLA/Channel 5’s Sam Rubin paid a visit to 100.3/The Sound yesterday as the Classic Rock station heads to the finish line, with the Classic Rock set to change format next month. Sam talked about cruising in his green Capri and listening to Dire Straits. Uncle Joe Benson and Cynthia Fox played some Dire Straits for Sam … If you are a subscriber to LARadio.com, you got to read the full story on what Vin Scully would have said when Justin Turner hit the Dodgers’ most famous home run since Kirk Gibson’s in 1988. Scully told the LA Times that he wouldn’t have said much. “I would have just said, as always, ‘It’s gone,’ and then shut up. I do my best saying nothing.” … Does LARadio have its own inclusive problem? How many woman work afternoon drive? One less, since KNX moved Diane Thompson to evenings. Can you fill up the fingers on one hand counting the women?

LARPs in a Firestorm 

(October 17, 2017) Former Gene Autry radio executive Michael O’Shea owns stations in fire-savaged Santa Rosa. How is he and his stations doing? “I am OK. “I’m trying to sleep in a cold dark house without electricity for going on five days. At least I have an office and studio complex with good quality filtered air to go to 14 hours each day. The smoke is absolutely choking. I heard on my news talk KSRO today that the suspended particulates in our breathable air is the worst quality air ever measured in history in the SF Bay Area.” … In a related story, a Facebook post had Lynn Anderson Powell, ex-general manager at KIIS/fm, dying in the fire. Not true. “First, I am very much alive. Michael and I have been evacuated from our home, but are safe and like so many thousands of people affected by this horrendous disaster, we are simply waiting and praying. In error, it was reported that Lynn Anderson Powell of Santa Rosa had perished in the fires. We are trying to rectify this error, or determine if there is another person with my [former] name, or if this is a case of identity error or even identify theft. Thank you to all who have reached out and thank you for your prayers for us and especially all of those who have already suffered and lost lives and homes. God Bless us all.” … In other news, Pat “Paraquat” Kelley (photo), legendary personality at KMET, is now completely paralyzed due to the progression of his MS. A GoFundMe fundraiser campaign has been established. You can help with Pat’s caregiver needs by clicking the artwork ... Halloween is around the corner. Starbucks' cult-favorite Pumpkin Spice latte, introduced in 2003, has driven a $414-million-a-year market for the flavor, according to Nielsen estimates. Boo!

John Davis, Longtime Engineer, Dies at 84 

(October 16, 2017) John Davis, chief engineer for Saul Levine’s Mt. Wilson FM Broadcasters, died last week on October 9, as a result of complications of pneumonia coupled with a virulent lung infection. A nicer guy you will never meet.

John was my first hire after I had been hired to run 100.3/fm in the early seventies. Investors had purchased KFOX/fm, which was housed in the “Tootsie Roll” building in Long Beach, even though the city of license was Los Angeles. Once the FCC approved the sale, we had to build studios from scratch and move the 100.3 antennae to achieve line-of-sight with a tower in Coldwater Canyon. John orchestrated that move and the building of our studios on the 11th floor at 6430 Sunset Blvd.

Within a few months, we launched KIQQ (K-100/fm).

Saul engaged the services of John in 1970 to handle the engineering of KKGO/fm, 105.1 and later to concentrate on the station’s transmitter site. John also acted as engineer for launching KRTR/fm-Honolulu and CH 26 UHF TV-Honolulu on the air for Levine’s Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters. “John and I pioneered FM and UHF TV in Hawaii,” said Saul. John continued his services for Saul Levine to the present time.

John and his wife, Deanne, made Sierra Madre their home for 50 years. They loved seeing deer wandering in the street. John was born in Los Angeles on June 16, 1933. His parents knew he would be some sort of engineer. They supported him in whatever he needed to do, including drilling holes in the walls to rewire certain areas to work the way he wanted them to. He attended USC where he received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in 1955 and his Masters in Engineering in 1959.

  

 

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In 2013, he started as the radio columnist for the Orange County Register.

Barrett's Southern California roots (Santa Monica) include a bachelor's degree from Chapman University. He also earned a master's in psychology. He spent 10 years in radio working as a disc jockey, program director and general manager (W4-Detroit and WDRQ-Detroit).

He launched KIQQ (K-100) Los Angeles in the early 1970s.

In the mid-1970s Don joined the motion picture business, working as a marketing executive at Columbia, Universal, and MGM/UA. Barrett was part of the marketing team that released E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Back to the Future, Thelma and Louise, Rocky and James Bond movies.

He also represented a number of films at the Cannes Film Festival.

He was the first recipient of TALKERS Magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award. Don has been honored with an honorary Golden Mike and Special Recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists. 


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