Archives, February 2014

Compiled and written by Don Barrett

Edited by Alan Oda

 


Big Changes at CBS/LA

(February 28, 2014) Today could be a big day at CBS/LA. All week there have been some significant rumors and stories that the CBS cluster, in particular in the sales area, will be announcing some big changes. The company has already experimented with some of the rumored changes in other markets.

Sales are always of great concern. Are we or are we not going to make budget? CBS has always been aggressive about making changes when they deemed it necessary. It wasn’t too long ago that the general manager at KROQ, Trip Reeb, was let go after enjoying much success, in fact, the Alternative station had experienced being the #1 biller in the country.

During a 2 ½ year period, the CBS cluster rotated five market managers in and out of Los Angeles. The rumored changes will not be with the cluster manager.

The point being that the company is not afraid to make changes.

The possible changes, perhaps being announced as early as today, will be in the arena of sales. To help cut expenses, some sales people (account executives) will be moving to a salaried position and eliminating commissions. With this change, to whatever degree, there will be a real restructuring of people and executives.

The role of the sales managers may also be altered.

Even though some inside the programming arena feel there is little room for further cuts, apparently there will be cuts. The cluster already demonstrated a few months ago by letting go the long-time evening personality at “the WAVE.”

With the economy the way it is and revenues where they are, these impending changes may be necessary and part of an on-going reassessment of how to do business better. We will know better as the day progresses.

Blackburn Leaves CBS/LA. Yesterday, Valerie Blackburn, Controller of the CBS/LA cluster and general manager at KFWB, announced that she was leaving the company, sometime in April. In a memo to the staff she indicated that the timing was right to do some traveling and reconnect with friends and family.

When she was asked if there was more to the story, Valerie commented: “Nothing more complicated than I’m just ready to take some time off.  I’ve seen you do it a few times over the years, now it’s my turn!  Timing is good right now to do some travelling and reconnect with family and friends.  I’ll wander back to radio at some point – I’ll always be a radio gal.”

Valerie has spent seven years at the CBS/LA cluster. Before joining CBS, Valerie spent seven years with Susquehanna Radio where she served as market controller before being elevated to director of business operations for the San Francisco market. Prior to that, Valerie held a similar position for 11 years with Jacor Broadcasting in Denver.

12 Years a Slave Picked by LARadio Readers. In the past Oscar seasons, the readers of LARadio have been very accurate in predicting the key races in the Academy Awards. This year the winners will be announced during the Oscar telecast on Sunday. Your picks:

12 Years a Slave Matthew McConaughey Cate Blanchett Jared Leto Lupita Nyong'o    Alfonso Cuaron

Best Picture – 12 Years a Slave with Gravity the runner up

Best Actor – Matthew McConaughey with Leonardo DiCaprio the runner up

Best Actress – Cate Blanchett with Sandra Bullock the runner up

Best Supporting Actor – Jared Leto with Barkhad Abdi the runner up

Best Supporting Actress – Lupita Nyong’o with Jennifer Lawrence runner up

Best Director – Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity) with Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) the runner up

Enjoy the show.

Talk Star. There are many ways to become a talk show host. KABC has a new twist and Rich Johnson, a longtime LARadio.com reader, has been selected as a finalist in the Next KABC Talk Star contest. “To make it to the next level I need friends to go on the link below and vote for me an unlimited number of times,” emailed Rich. “It does require you to become a KABC Insider member (no cost). This is a real opportunity for me and for my radio partners Barry and Lisa.” http://www.kabc.com/common/page.php?pt=VOTE+NOW%3A+Who+is+KABC%27s+Next+Talk+Star...&id=25764&is_corp=0

Overheard.

Hear Ache. Kenny Noble checked in from the K-LOVE Radio Network News. “We deliver new, original content,” emailed Kenny. “I have the privilege of the first story. I interviewed paralympian downhill skier Alana Nichols for the story. She leaves for Sochi Paralympics Friday, February 28. http://www.klove.com/news/2014/02/25/paralympics-alana-nichols-faith-sochi.aspx ... KCSN, which broadcasts from the campus of California State University, Northridge, is adding a new show to its Friday night line-up, Studio A, an original music series showcasing Southern California’s top musical talent. The series is produced by KCET/TV and premieres on Tuesday, March 4, at 10 p.m. on KCET. KCSN will simulcast the series Friday nights, beginning March 7 at 10 p.m. … KFWB’s Bill Seward spent last weekend in Brazil, covering the Women's Sevens World Series and their newest star, the diminutive Edna Santini of Brazil. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEEqadtEJOQ ... After 8 1/2 years of Rockin' The Empire at 96.7 KCAL Rocks, Frankie DiVita (photo) announced on Facebook that she is joining KLOS every Sunday from noon-4 p.m. "Woo Hoo!" ... Scott Shannon is making an exclusive radio interview before his WCBS/fm-New York debut. Scott reunites with his former Z100 afternoon mad man, Magic Matt Alan on Outlaw Radio tomorrow at 3 p.m.: www.outlawradiousa.com. “I am truly excited to welcome my mentor, aka the greatest CHR programmer in the history of  the format on big ol’ Outlaw Radio," emailed Magic Matt. As an homage to Scott, Matt used the name “Michael Scott Shannon” in his co-starring role with Burt Reynolds in the movie Category Five scheduled to release in May 2014. Also on Saturday’s Outlaw Radio “Live from the Lighten Up lounge in the Hills of Encino,"  legends Shadoe Stevens and Rick Dees.

Crystal Hot. The National Association of Broadcasters announced the 50 finalists for the 27th Annual Crystal Radio Awards and HOT 92.3 is on the list. Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. Winners will be announced in April during the 2014 NAB Show in Las Vegas.

Parr in Pain. "After 3 weeks in pain and no pain killers [Advil] I couldnt take it so I finally went to the Dr.," wrote Shawn Parr, former morning man at KKGO, on his Facebook page. "The doc said it was a sprained back. After an adjustment I did my radio show at NASH and collapsed. I spent a few hours in the ER and then to another Doctor. NOW I have the drugs and it should be a week or so before I finally start to feel relief. Bummed because I had BIG plans full of surprises this weekend. Still flying to L.A. for the Independent Spirit Awards but not looking forward to the flight. I'm going to be in a wheelchair for a few days but I CANT MISS THIS SHOW. Remember, even when life throws you a curve the choice is still YOURS to, get down, get depressed, or GET GOING! I choose the latter. Someday I will share how this happened but right now just too embarrassed..Love to all, God Blessed. Shawn"

Funnie. K-EARTH’s Charlie Tuna broadcast from the LA Zoo last week as part of a sales promotion. With a group of children watching, Charlie recited a poem his father told him when he was six or seven and it has stuck all these years: 

A wonderful bird is the Pelican
His bill can hold more than his belly can
He can take in his beak
Enough food for a week
Darned if I know how the hell he can

Email Thursday

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** A Different Time

“This is good, but those of us who operated under different managers and owners [who no longer exist] know that [to quote the singers Chad & Jeremy] That was yesterday and yesterday's gone.” – Scott St. James

 ** Moving Forward

“Not too long ago you had mentioned OTR.net for a place for old time radio.

 About 5 years ago the site kept going down and I contacted Ken Varga, the site owner, who explained that they needed a new server and but not have the funds to buy one.

I suggested charging for access which he did not want to do. However he did do a fundraiser and with my seed money he raised enough to purchase a new server and was back on the net.

Eventually he opened a PayPal account and set a monthly goal of $350 in donations.  He kept a little box in the upper right corner with a graph of how the donations were going. I do not recall a month in which he did not reach 100% of the goal.

For some reason he has not updated the box since April 2012. I have tried to contact him a few times with no success as I would love to purchase the site if he is not maintaining it and wants to sell it.

As Lisa Osborne noted in a recent post, LARadio provides a valuable service and have tried to monetize the site over the years which you SHOULD do. I am sure I am not the only person who feels guilty every time I get to see your hard work, knowing full well that I am getting your sweat, tears and joy without any way of saying thank you in a meaningful way.

Perhaps you might think of keeping the site free but asking for donations from those who would like to make a donation every now and then. That way those greedy bastards who would borrow passwords and act as parasites would not be a problem, but those who really appreciate your work would have a way of salving our conscious and say thank you in the way that counts the most in our society.” - Bill Mann, South Pasadena

** Lange Memories

“Thanks for the story on the passing of Jim Lange, who had a fantastic voice for radio. I remember my mom would watch the Tennessee Ernie Ford Show in '62 or so when I got home from school. It was a daily afternoon talk show on ABC, and originated from KGO/TV in San Francisco. 

Since I was seven, I really don't remember Lange on that program, but nice to know he was the announcer for it. I listened to him semi-regularly on KMPC in the '70s and '80s.  I also seem to remember he was on KFRC up here when it was MOR as Magic 61 and later in the '90s for a while on KABL-960.” - Jim Hilliker, Monterey

** Classic Dating Game Moment

“I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Jim Lange. He was truly one of those folks who helped guide the medium through those changing times.” - Bob Brill

** Lange Was a Colleague

“Sorry to hear about the passing of Jim Lange, a former colleague of mine at KMPC. Jim was the most down-to-earth great guy and fellow worker. He never complained like a lot of talent to make a sales call with a station account executive. He was  very pleasant, a true gentleman, and I might add passionate good golfer.” - Alan L. Gottfried

** Lange at “Magic 61”

Jim Lange did his San Francisco radio shows at KFRC when it was ‘Magic 61.’ That was the late 1980's thru the early 90's.  In Spring 1991, I went to a Magic 61 remote in the East Bay where Jim was the talent.  He was nice and friendly and truly a gentleman to me there. 

Jim was also morning man for the last few years playing Standards at KABL, before Clear Channel changed the call letters and went Talk at 960 AM. I believe Jim did his show there at KABL until somewhere around 2006 or 2007.

My mother, who lived in Orange County, used to go out of her way to listen to him on 710/KMPC before he went back to San Francisco. She said he was the greatest radio personality. She said that he knew how to communicate with people in an intelligent way and that he was talking to just one individual at a time.

 Jim truly was a radio personality with class.” – Dave Paulson

** Lange’s PD

“As you recall, I was Jim Lange's program director and music director at KMPC before he made his final return to San Francisco.

Jim was the most pleasant and most professional air talent I ever worked with.” – Chuck Southcott 


LARP Oscar Poll

(February 27, 2014) Every Oscar season, readers of LARadio.com vote in the Top 6 categories. No restrictions on demographics or cultural background. If you are a reader, you get to vote. Whomever picks the most correct Oscar winners wins an "attaboy" or "attagirl" and bragging rights. Your picks must be sent to db@thevine.net before 7 p.m. Thursday night.

The Academy gets it right most of the time. The Oscar nomination process is done by those who have excelled in their craft. They know the intricacies of outstanding moviemaking.

After KIQQ (K-100) was sold to the Drake/Chenault people, I was no longer general manager of the station. My buddy Irv Ivers, afforded me the opportunity to take my marketing skills to Columbia Pictures. I’ll never forget that first day in the mid-70s walking into the Irving Thalberg building and heading down the hallway seeing all the films that had won Oscars for Best Pictures: From Here to Eternity, On the Waterfront, Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, A Man for All Seasons, and Oliver. I became a member of the Motion Picture Academy in 1978.

I love how the film business embraces past successes. Radio treats their past greats like a bad memory. In fact, where the heck is the Los Angeles Radio Hall of Fame? Isn’t it a shame that our industry does not salute those who have excelled and distinguished themselves working and performing in Los Angeles Radio? There’s nothing wrong with creating the newest radio platform or creating the latest bit of technology, but how about a tip of the hat to the greats who have gone before us?

Back to the subject at hand. I have no pony in the Oscar race. There will be winners, losers, and whiners, but the selection process works. Most Academy members take the task of seeing every movie seriously and laboriously come to terms with those who excelled. This is not a popularity contest but rather recognition of one peer group recognizing excellence in their own peer group.

Best Picture Nominations

Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale (American Hustle)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

Actress in a Leading Role

Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Judi Dench (Philomena)
Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)

Actress in a Supporting Role

Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave)
Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
June Squibb (Nebraska)

Actor in A Supporting Role

Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Directing

David O. Russell (American Hustle)
Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
Alexander Payne (Nebraska)
Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Please one vote per reader. Deadline is 7 p.m. Thursday night. Send your choices to db@thevine.net  

Jim Lange Dies. Jim Lange may have been known nationally for hosting Name that Tune and The Dating Game, but “Gentleman Jim” was a popular talent on both the Los Angeles and Bay Area radio dials. He died this past Tuesday after suffering a heart attack. 

He was a dj at then-MOR station KMPC twice, from 1970-71 and 1984-89. Lange was born on August 15, 1932, in St. Paul, Minnesota, where at 15 he discovered a passion for local radio after winning an audition at a local station. “They wanted a boy and a girl," he said in a 1992 interview with the Bay Area Radio Digest. “They wanted the boy to do sports and the girl to do the dances and stuff that was going on in the Twin Cities — very sexist — and play music once a week.” He hosted that show for two years. 

Lange’s bio from the Bay Area Radio Museum states that he attended the University of Minnesota as well as doing a three-year stint in the Marines. His big break on network tv came in 1962 when Lange was made an announcer and sidekick on The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show, his first of his several tv gigs. “As much as he’s known for his television work, his real love was radio," said Nancy Fleming, a former Miss America, who Lange married in 1978. “He loved doing local radio, especially before it was computerized.”

Lange himself once told the Bay Area Radio Digest that he loved the medium because “you don’t have to worry about lighting directors and cameramen or script writers and all that. Good radio is still the most fun,” said Lange. “It always will be. Plus, you don’t have to wear makeup and you don’t have to shave.”

Jim spent over two decades in San Francisco radio, much of it at KSFO and KGO, working with Don Sherwood and other Bay Area legends. He returned to the Southland when King Broadcasting bought KSFO from Gene Autry’s Golden West, when everyone was fired on December 12, 1983. “Picture a guy there in a hangman’s hood, throwing the switch at midnight,” he said. During his second trip to Southern California radio, Jim worked middays on KMPC between Robert W. Morgan and Wink Martindale. Jim returned to the Bay Area and was back on the air in the summer of 1994, hosting a weekend show on Big Band KKSJ-San Jose. Jim also spent time in Branson, Missouri hosting the $25,000 Game Show.  

Jim was 81 years old.

Scott Shannon is a Classic Hit in New York

(February 26, 2014) When Rick Dees left his longtime perch at KIIS, there was always speculation that he would end up at K-EARTH, a natural place for him to continue playing popular music. Yet during the period after he left KIIS to make way for Ryan Seacrest, K-EARTH brought in Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton. Rick’s name was linked to K-EARTH but for a number of reasons, it never happened. Rick said he didn’t want to be associated with “OLDees.”

It’s a different story for Scott Shannon, who had no such problem jumping into mornings at Classic Hits, WCBS/fm in New York, starting next week. After apparently being unceremoniously dumped by Cumulus-owned WPLJ – where he had been for over two decades – Shannon is now where he belongs.

“I’ve always liked WCBS/fm,” said Shannon. “And I love being on the radio in New York. I want to keep that relationship that I’ve built up over the years with the listeners. I can’t wait to get started.”

“Not often does a legendary morning drive personality become available with the experience of waking up New Yorkers for more than 25 years,” said Don Bouloukos, svp/market manager for CBS Radio New York.

WCBS/fm switched to an Oldies format in 1972 and with the exception of a brief experiment with the ill-fated “JACK” format a few years ago, it has been one of the most successful stations in the country. The station has gradually moved away from early rock’n’roll, and now much of its playlist is ’70s and ’80s, with some splashes of ’60s like the Beatles and Motown.

Shannon launched “Pirate Radio” at KQLZ in L.A. in 1989. He returned to New York in 1991 to WPLJ after Pirate changed format to AOR.

Scott is in several halls of fame, including the National Association of Broadcasters and the Radio Hall of Fame.

He also created and programs the True Oldies Channel, which is syndicated in dozens of cities around the country.

Coachella Bound? Now that you have your tickets to Coachella 14, where do you stay? Brie Tennis, veteran of KOST and KTWV moved from the mountains (Big Bear)  to the desert (LaQuinta) and purchased an amazing home. She rents out part of the property for parties, weddings and events.

"You could host your Coachella music festival swag party here," said Brie. "If you click the artwork, you can see footage of my place. It's really cool!" Or you could check in and say hello to Brie at: iamfromage@yahoo.com

Best Decade for MusicMike Callaghan passed along a survey from Woot! Community with responses to the question, which decade had the best music.

 4.5% - The 1950

18.2% – The 1960s

25.1% - The 1970s

28.2% - The 1980s

16.7% - The 1990s

 4.3% - They all stunk

Casey No Longer at the Mic. In the February 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter, a six-page story about the sad, strange battle over Casey Kasem was published.

"After his Parkinson's diagnosis in 2007, Kasem rarely was seen in public. He had continued hosting the American Top 20 and American Top 10 spinoffs as his health declined, but his speaking voice was weakening. The final recording session for his last broadcasts, which aired on the 39th anniversary of the AT40 premiere, reportedly took 11 hours to complete."

"The two mysteries of this final, sorry chapter of Casey Kasem's life are how he allowed the two sides of his family to become so irremediably estranged and what Jean Kasem is thinking."

You can access the complete article by clicking the artwork.

Hear Ache. KABC’s Mark Levin will receive the inaugural Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award at the Conservative Political Action Conference next month. “Mark Levin fearlessly and passionately stands up for conservatives and everyday Americans whose voices the mainstream press often tries to marginalize or silence,” said a representative from Breitbart.

American Idol on Track to Lose $$. American Idol, one of the most successful shows in the history of tv – a show that has made BILLIONS of dollars in profits – will actually LOSE money this year, according to sources reporting to TMZ.

The reasons for American Idol going into the red for the first time all have to do with the bottom line. The show pays a fortune to the stars –Jennifer Lopez gets north of $15 Mil and Ryan Seacrest gets around that amount as well. Production spent between $5 and $7 million on a new set this year. “They are also still paying the two executive producers they fired after last season,” said a report at TMZ. “In addition we're told the show will spend at least $5 million on viewer phone calls.”

This AI bad news is besieged with lower ratings, down 26% from last season – and that translates into advertising dollars.

Funnie. An elderly couple had dinner at another couple's house, and after eating, the wives left the table and went into the kitchen.

The two gentlemen were talking and one said, “Last night we went out to a new restaurant and it was really great... I would recommend it very highly.”

The other man said, “What is the name of the restaurant?”

The first man thought and thought and finally said, “What is the name of that flower you give to someone you love? You know, the one that's red and has thorns.”

“Do you mean a rose?”

“Yes, that's the one,” replied the man. He then turned towards the kitchen and yelled, “Hey Rose, what's the name of that restaurant we went to last night?” (thanks to Jerry Lewine) 

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** Michael Jackson on the Radio

“I especially like the Michael Jackson item Tuesday morning.  I met him at UCLA in 1976 as he spoke to a noon time gathering at the law school.  As many of your recent emails reflect on meetings of their radio icons, usually in their youthful days, my meeting with Michael was already into my adult years but with that same sort of enthusiasm and awe of meeting the person that was only a voice to us before. 

His presentation offered a lot of insight and recollections from his career. I spoke with him afterwards and he was very informative giving me a lot of answers to my questions about KABC air personalities of the day that I also liked, Bill BallanceEd “Superfan” Beiler among them. 

I miss that broadcaster on the air in today’s climate of polarized radio personalities. His was a very civilized and entertaining approach to radio communication that only infrequently is encountered these days, being replaced by louder and more ‘wham bang’ styled air shows.” – Robert Guevara, Eagle Rock

** More Jackson TV

Michael Jackson had a tv show on KCET in late 1964 or early 1965 called Cinemateque. I think that the format was to show clips of new movies, and talk about them. I worked there as a technician during that time. He was a very good television host, and I remember on a few occasions, his bringing very pretty ladies to the tapings.” – Allen Latter

** 6 Reasons Why Listeners Tune Out Mornings

“This essay by Mark Ramsey is great, right on the bullseye. Thanks for sending.” – Rich Brother Robbin

** More Why Listeners Tune Out Mornings

“Nobody wants to listen to 10 commercial in a row for about 10 minutes. I remember I told you about Clark Howard and in a 17 minute segment he is on for only 3 minutes while the other 14 are commercials. I also remember when ’93-9 Movin’ went on the air. The first weekend they were on, they were running 10 commercials in a row. Anytime I heard a commercial on that station I changed it.

Then there is the quality of commercials. Years ago they had jingles, etc. Now they have people that sound like used car salesman. Good examples are KNX and KFWB. They have people who talk so fast they sound like auctioneers or they start off:  HAVE YOU been paying too much for car insurance? ARE YOUR mortgage payments too high? DO YOU have a lot of credit card debt? All these cause me to change the station immediately.

Again listening to stations in Europe or Lebanon, they never run more than 2 or 3 commercials at a time, so I don't mind listening to them. I think the problem is after de-regulation, big companies went on a buying spree, paid too much for the stations and now have all this debt and the price of stations burst like the housing bubble and they feel they can’t afford to take any chances and think they can make the most money by being afraid to take chances.” – Ron Karam

** 7th Reason Morning Listeners are Tuning Out

“A 7th reason may be that listeners just don't know you've got a new morning show BECAUSE YOU DON'T PROMOTE IT!” – Gerry Downey, Detroit

** Morning Radio

“Whotta’ great read. Where was Mark Ramsey when I needed it :}” – Brother Bill McKinney

** A Treesome

“Is the young lady holding the tree back or is the tree holding the young lady up? Huh! Oh, yes, thank you.” -  Jeff Baugh 

** Rush’s Theme Song

Rush Limbaugh's ‘theme song’ is not titled Back to Ohio, although that is part of the first lyric.

The actual title of that Pretenders song is My City Was Gone and Chrissie Hynde only allows its use so long as Rush pays a performance royalty to PETA.” – K.M. Richards


Michael Jackson was a Double Threat

(February 25, 2014) David Schwartz found this 50-year old ad from TV Guide that featured Michael Jackson. We think of Michael as primarily as the iconic talk show host for decades at KABC, but earlier in his career, he also hosted television shows.

We asked Michael what he remembers about his show.

“That’s quite a while ago, days when I had more energy and ambition, rather than much skill,” emailed Michael. “Why would TV9 have gone for me to be opposite Johnny Carson and Steve Allen?  I worked cheap is all I can suspect.”

The advertisement is from 1964. At the time, he worked evenings at KHJ/AM before the station switched to “Boss Radio.” Michael worked at the radio station from 8 p.m. to midnight and then down the hallway for his midnight tv talk show.

“I drank a lot of coffee and ate many of Mrs. Goods doughnuts to stay alert,” Michael continued. “As for guests, I’d put together odd groups of people from every walk of life and we had fun. Looking at the TV Guide ad, I think I was perceived as fairly informative, square, clever, well-mannered, and sometimes provocative.”

Michael did the KHJ/TV show for a year before moving to KABC/Channel 7 where he had a 6.30 a.m. to 7 a.m. show. “Although I think of myself as a radio broadcaster, I actually received seven Emmys for tv. I’ve never considered myself worthy of that acclaim.”

M&MMark Morris, former Mt. Wilson personality, is returning to Los Angeles from a stay in San Francisco. “An elderly relative needs me closer to home, and additionally, I’m anxious to start my new audio production and voiceover company, Muse Creative Services,” emailed Mark. “So, back on the road again and pointing the truck due south. Soon, I will truly be an L.A Radio person once again.”

Mark continued: “I’m sure you’ve heard it many times, Don, thanks again for all you do in keeping the spirit of the airwaves alive and thriving.”

Overheard.

Hear AcheLara Scott, mornings at Christian Contemporary KFSH, does a Sunday show at noon on sister station, KKLA. “It’s called The Adoption Answer Show, and I'm co-hosting with Michelle Dettman, the founder and director of Adoption Center of Hope,” emailed Lara. “We are covering all aspects of adoption, and interviewing birth moms, adoptive parents, adoption attorneys and more.”  … Jeff Schimmel is in need of a production person, preferably with radio experience. “I need someone who can be creative and put together comedy bits, sweepers, promos, etc. If they pass muster, they can land a very, very good, full time position.  I’d need a demo reel of some sort.” You can reach Jeff at:jeffschimmel@gmail.com

Hunter LocatedBob Moore, president of Sports USA announced that Sports USA has added NFL and tv personality Fred Dryer to their expanding list of Superstar Programs. “Fred is a true NFL legend and major TV star, we are excited to add Fred’s show to our growing list of Digital Audio Programs,” said Bob.  

“Sports USA is a true leader in Network Sports Radio. I'm looking forward to sharing the stage with legendary sports people like Joe Morgan, Leigh Steinberg and the rest of the Sports USA line-up,” said Fred. “Their presence in the Digital Audio Broadcast space is great and they continue to produce current, fresh and informative programming.”

In January 1969, Fred was selected in the first round by the New York Giants.  After playing three seasons for New York, Fred was traded to the Los Angeles Rams where he attained "All-Pro" honors playing right defensive end. He retired from professional football in 1981. After football, Fred decided to pursue his passion for acting and performing. His tv show Hunter ran for seven years on NBC.

Funnie. KROQ morning man Kevin Ryder “threw” out the first pitch at a 2010 Dodger game and fell flat on his face. “It WAS a knuckle ball until it hit the ground,” remembered Kevin. “Ten feet in front of me. And I’m not sure what happened next because I fell on my face. The dirt on the pitcher’s mound is very clean and tastes surprisingly good.” You can watch the pre-game show, watch the pitch and then the post-throw analysis at: http://kroq.radio.com/2010/08/09/the-dodgers-newest-pitcher-kroqs-kevin/

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** Rush to Ventura

“I just heard a promo on local 1590 KVTA-Ventura that hinted that ‘someone new’ would be joining the lineup starting on Monday, March 3. Although no names were mentioned, the background music for the spot was Rush Limbaugh's longtime theme song Back to Ohio by The Pretenders. 

KVTA has almost no locally originated programming and instead fills their day with the typical syndicated fare of the likes of Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Michael Levin – but understandably, never Rush since KFI's signal is very strong in west Ventura County. 

KEIB, however, is much weaker here, so it’s no surprise that KVTA went out and nabbed Limbaugh. I wonder if they’ll shuffle Beck to some other part of the day or just drop him.

No matter to me, I never listen to any of them. That's not a politically minded position; I just prefer ‘live and local’ programming to anything syndicated so I spend hours every day listening to KFI, and maybe a few minutes a week listening to KVTA.” – Miguel Fernandez

** Beautiful Bob’s Rolls Royce

“In 1965 sometime Bob Hudson and I were scheduled for appearances at the same event. The KFWB photographer saw Bob’s Rolls outside and suggested I get in and have a picture taken.” – Jack Hayes

**Music Radio Questions

“It has come to our attention that many radio promoters are giving faked Billboard / BDS / Nielsen / Mediabase reports [tracking] to their clients. They often make guarantees, and include large numbers of highly-rated stations for a small amount of money.

Well it turns out that these people just get tracking from another artist, and then change the HTML code so it looks like the tracking is for their client. They use a series of different reports, and change the HTML code each week based on how much the client pays.

Solution: Buy your own tracking from Billboard / BDS / Nielsen / Mediabase, so that you get your own password and you can log in directly.” – Bryan Farrish, Bryan Farrish Promotion

** Debut of Power 106

“Just read your article about Power 106. Hard to believe it’s been 25 years. Here’s a LA Radio trivia question. On Monday morning at 6 a.m., who was the first person to say the new call letters and format? He was the midday jock on Magic 106 for two years before the switch. He quit Power and went to KKHR.” – Brian Roberts

** Double Jeffs

“I first met Jeff Wyatt after a knock on the dj booth door in El Privado on the Sunset Strip, in the middle of an average insane-packed night at the then still semi private, infamous Club.

‘Hi, I’m Jeff, I’ve just started working at a local radio station and wanted to hear what you are playing,’ said Wyatt. That's how it all started for me.  Jeff would empower my life and those of others and still is I'm sure, as of this writing.

There are hours of fun stories here, all fun but here is one of my fave Power 106 tales.  I'm sure you noticed when documenting the story of that extraordinary radio station that there was an unusual number of ‘Jeffs’ employed there.

I had the life changing experience of interning there after attending LA Broadcasters and learned from the best ... from ground zero. This all started a third act career for me.  I was constantly reminded of that fact when running from the production room back towards the on-air booth to deliver something and someone would yell out from an office, ‘Hey, Jeff!’ After that, from other cubicles always came, ‘WHICH ONE?

If I was the target the reply was, ‘The Old One!’  I could go on and on. Simply put, I was somehow blessed to learn a foundation in radio from one of the best.  Thanks Jeff [The PD one].” – Jeff Baugh

** Radio Reunions

“Thanks for the piece on Emperor Bob Hudson. What a great PERSONALITY! Takes me back to the day when people listened to the radio to hear personalities. He personifies what radio should be: live and local.

I actually met him once. It was his last day at KEZY and my first. PD Arnie McClatchey introduced me to him and left the studio for a minute. The Emperor, who I had listened to at KRLA and KEZY and was one of my radio idols, looked at me and said, ‘How old are you?’ I answered back, ‘I’m 20 today.’ Because I looked about 15, he rolled his eyes and said, ‘Well, good luck kid.’ 

Your column also noted some radio reunions coming up. The last time I had contact with Arnie McClatchey, he mentioned there may be another KEZY reunion. Anybody know anything about this?” –Jim Shannon

** Emperor Hudson Teammate

“I may be wrong, which I have been about twice in my life, but I believe that Hudson & Landry recorded their albums and broke up while working for Ron Martin at KGBS. They may have even got together beginning at KGBS.” - Kevin Stern (ed. note: Not quite correct. Hudson & Landry did indeed record their albums during the Ron Martin era at KGBS, they went to KFI as a team as part of their bold, and ultimately unsuccessful all-comedy lineup - Lohman & Barkley, Sweet Dick Whittington [doing middays!], Mitzi & Charlie, and Hudson & Landry.

Hudson & Landry parted company while at KFI, with Bob Hudson stating (perhaps slightly paraphrased) "I'll tell you this - I have no beef with KFI." Landry claimed that they'd been thinking about breaking up for quite sometime. Although it was said that Landry was the one who wanted to do more tv and movies, it was Ron who remained with KFI as a solo act for a short time hosting the show "Ron Landry and Friends," this all taking place around 1976.) 


Beautiful Bob was the Emperor 

(February 24, 2014) Beautiful Bob Hudson, better known as “Emperor Hudson” was one of the iconic djs in Southern California radio for a quarter of a century. He was voted one of the Top 10 djs of all-time by readers of Los Angeles Radio People.

Bob was at KRLA four times (1963-66, 1974, 1985-86 and 1988), along with stops at KBLA, KFWB, KEZY, KGBS, KFI, KIEV and XPRS. He frequently mentioned that his jobs would end following a disagreement with management.

The entire “Emperor” shtick was pure magic to a generation of youngsters just learning about personality radio. In a short movie produced by Paul Golding and George Lucas while attending USC, Bob talked about the wondrous fantasy of radio. Bob hated personal appearances because it might ruin the illusion. “I like people to think of me the way they want. If they have an impression of me and then I come out and don’t fit the description, I think I’m hurting myself.”

Bob continued: “As long as you’re mysterious and they don’t have you figured out, they’ll follow you all the way to Tujunga. The minute they think they have you figured out, they’ll drop you like a bad habit.”

Born Robert Howard Holmes, Bob began his radio career while stationed with the Army in Anchorage with both an all-night show and a business on the side, the Tidy Didy Diaper Service – “The tops for your baby’s bottom.” After a stint on Anchorage tv as “Cowboy Bob” hosting western movies, he was back on radio at KEWB-San Francisco/Oakland before moving to KRLA in 1963.

Emperor Hudson led his morning “Commandos,” designing missions for, by his account, 40,000 Commandos. One mission was to take San Francisco, cover it with water and make it the world’s largest ice skating rink. Another project was to straighten Sunset Boulevard to create the world’s longest bowling alley.

In 1966 Billboard ranked Emperor Hudson #1 in morning drive. He was doing afternoon drive at KFWB when the music died in March 1968, to make room for Southern California’s second all-News station. 

His biggest success occurred in 1971 when he teamed in the mornings with midday jock Ron Landry. Their album Ajax Liquor was nominated for a Grammy award.

In citing the best of 1971, Don Page wrote in the LA Times that the Hudson/Landry team was “…fresh, bold and far-out funny. They have bridged the generation gap in radio, appealing to youth as well as the over-30s.”

The team went to afternoon drive at KFI until 1976, when Hudson and Landry split up their team.  Hudson then worked with fellow jock Dave Hull to do an album, the duo using the moniker “Hudson and Judson.”  The featured single on the Cream Records 1978 release was an adaptation of Who's on First, the classic Abbott & Costello routine.

In 1981 “The Emperor” traveled below the border to work at XPRS by tape and recorded Hanging in There, which became 1981’s #1 comedy album.

After a year in Seattle at KKMI, Bob returned to KRLA in 1985 and teamed with Al Lohman in the mornings in a very short-lived experiment. He left KRLA in 1986, after making a remark the station felt “thoughtless.” In the aftermath of the Challenger explosion, which resulted in the death of seven American astronauts, Bob suggested that the U.S. Space Shuttle blew up because the crew was freebasing Tang. When he left KRLA, Bob was replaced by Charlie Tuna. In 1988, he returned to KRLA for weekends, hosting “Emperor’s Gold” on Sunday nights.

Bob passed away September 20, 1997, at the age of 66. (Thanks to Todd Everett for sending along the video)

Hear Ache. Renegades from 1260/KGIL will hold a reunion on Saturday, June 7 in Sherman Oaks. “I am the primary contact and we have a KGIL Alumni Group on Facebook,” wrote Tom Patterson. Save the date (photo: Keri Tombazian preparing the chicken during the last reunion) … CRN Digital Talk Radio has announced the premiere of Wall to Wald Sports, a show that is a hybrid of sports and politics. Hosted by radio veterans Ronnie Wald and Fred Wallin, the show airs Fridays at 10 a.m. on the network’s CRN 1 channel … Jay Resnek and Jeff “Davis” Whittle are putting together a Pirate Radio 25th Anniversary celebration on March 15 at a location yet-to-be determined. KQLZ 100.3/fm was launched on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, 1989. Former Pirate staffers can email Jeff at defjeff@sbcglobal.net … Scott Ellsworth, veteran of KFI and KGBS/fm, is now broadcasting his jazz programs on line at www.scottplace.org. He broadcasts live each Saturday and Sunday from 6 to 10 p.m. … The KNX On your Corner series visits South Orange County on March 14. The all-News station will broadcast that day from the Mission Grill in San Juan Capistrano ... KABC's Doug McIntyre emceed an event, The Cinema Audio Society, over the weekend. The previous year, Sam Rubin hosted the event.  "As a throwaway I said, Sam Rubin couldn't be here because he is doing Samuel L. Jackson's laundry. That got the biggest laugh of the night," said Doug.

Dusty Facebook. “To all my FB friends, I have been fighting lung cancer since September and with the help of the Siedman Cancer Center of University Hospitals in Cleveland and my friend Rebecca’s guidance to alternative medicine I am cancer free as of today. My thanks to everyone who was pulling for me during this time.”

The good news message is from Dusty Street, best-known for “free-form,” progressive Rock who got her radio start with Tom Donahue in San Francisco. She is a veteran of KWST, KLOS, KROQ, KMET, and KLSX from 1977 to 1994.

Funnie. A blonde is watching the news with her husband when the newscaster announces that six Brazilian men died in a skydiving accident. The blond starts sobbing uncontrollably. Confused, her husband says, ‘It is sad, but they were skydiving. There were risks involved.’ After a few moments, the blond, still crying, asks, ‘How many is a Brazilian?” (Funnie joke from a beautiful woman from Esquire magazine. Sarah Roemer is on The Event and appeared in Grudge 2 and Disturbia.)

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** Trump for President?

“In response to Michael Savage's comment about Donald Trump running for President, when I read it, I laughed and laughed and laughed some more.” – Fred Wallin, Sports Byline

** Discovered Richard Beebe When Discovering Radio

“When I was seven or eight years old, about 1957, my father installed a crystal set next to my bed. Here in Santa Barbara I could only receive clearly the most powerful of the three local stations. The rest were a jumble.

Every night I would fall asleep with the headphones on and wake up the next morning to a thirty minute program of Mariachi music, then thirty minutes of farm reporting. Back then Santa Barbara was largely an agricultural community.

A few years later a ‘real’ radio came into my life. I could now clearly hear all of the local stations and discovered that there were many more out there. After another few years a shortwave radio became available to me.

A new station 1290 KACL came on the air with studios not far from my home. A ‘250-watt teapot.’ I began stopping in on the way home from school. Before long I had visited every studio in town.

The radio people were always very accommodating. They brought me into the booth while they were on the air and gave me a broadcasting yearbook to take home. Great for DXing.

In 1962 a friend introduced me to 1110/KRLA. There Richard Beebe introduced me to the news. His delivery and demeanor made the news accessible and interesting. There was never any doubt that he was telling the truth as he knew it.

My grandparents lived in Pasadena and whenever we visited there I would ride my bike over to the KRLA studios. Mecca for a kid from Santa Barbara. One day I was standing at the glass while Casey Kasem was on the air.

After some time Casey came out and asked if I would like to come into the booth. On the other side of the glass were his engineer and Bob Eubanks. I never will forget my elation on that particular afternoon.

Shortly an fm radio became available. That was my ticket to KHJ, KPFK, and the all- girl KMET. A great deal of my education is via radio. I listen every day.

Your web-site is a great resource. Reading the bios of all the folks, past and present, is very entertaining/enlightening.” – Keith Fricke, Santa Barbara

** KNX Traffic Jam

“I have been very sour on KNX since just before the turn of the year. Before I leave the house in the morning I have already read both the NY and LA Times so KNX is not that important for news. The traffic reports are what are important to me and they have been lackluster to say the least. When Tommy Jaxson was laid off that was the last straw. Although Jennifer York is OK, to have a beautiful woman wake me up in the morning was a bit disconcerting. I am too old to have strange women roaming around my bedroom at five in the morning even if it is just on the radio. I found myself listening to KUSC more and more and KNX less and less.

However, lately a strange thing has been happening. A few days ago I had to be in Glendale and I was late, which is not normal for me. In my heavy commute days years ago I was usually on time because Bill Keene and Jim Thornton, besides telling me what had happened on the freeway also told me how to get around the problem. With the exception of Tommy Jaxson, Meghan Reyes when she worked KNX and Jeff Baugh helped me on the freeways that had not been happening for a long, long time. 

At any rate, some milk tanker flipped by the 2 and 134 right where I had to be. I am not sure how he did it but Jeff Baugh was over the accident and I am sure that he was talking directly to me when he told me how to get around the problems [which were BIG problems] and sure enough I was almost on time. Two minutes late.  Not bad. After the meeting I started thinking that not only Jeff was talking directly to me but Jennie had also told me how to get around the problems.  And Thom was doing the same.  And Denise Fondo after that. And Richard Turnage. And Barbara Brooks at 3 in the morning. Everybody was telling me not only what was on the freeway, but how to get around what was on the freeway. WOW. What a difference. I am not sure if anyone else has noticed it but KNX Traffic is almost as good as it was when Bill Keene was in the booth and Jim Thornton was up in the plane.  Seldom is there a report with a problem and no solution to the problem. 

Of course no one can ever replace Bill and Jim and their puns and lightheartedness but it sure is sparkling now. I had to go back to something I wrote around 10 years ago about KNX traffic to remind myself what had happened in those years besides getting older.

This is what I wrote then: http://www.barstools4u.com/Newsletters/July04.htm

Upon reflection I realize it is not just the traffic. Although both of the great Times papers have told me what I need to know about the world, KNX has been telling me what I need to know about Los Angeles.  The interviews with David Lazarus of the Times are a great addition. Andy Ludlum, you have done a great job of making KNX LOCAL, LIVE and REAL.” – Bill Mann, South Pasadena

** Stella to Salem

“I am so excited that Stella Prado is coming to work with us at Salem. I think she is wonderful.” – Lara Scott, KFSH   

** Inventory Keeping

“Regarding the email you sent recently about taking inventory - and wondering if you will keep up LA Radio. I think your work DOES serve the LA Radio community. Many of the stories you send out [like the NY Post Cumulus/NASH story] are helpful  and your writing style is way more interesting than All Access and most of the other radio newsletters. It's frustrating that it's hard to make it a worthwhile business venture when, as you’ve said in the past, people share subscriptions.” – Lisa Osborne  


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LARadio Archives from January 2011 

25 Years of Power Radio 

(January 11, 2011) Twenty-five years ago today, “Power 106” was born. The station has become one of the killer formats created before some of the current fans of Big Boy were born. The trade publication, Billboard, declared, “At long last, Los Angeles gets an Urban outlet with a strong signal. The station was and is owned by Jeff Smulyan, head of Emmis Communications. The Urban stations at the time were KJLH and KUTE.

In early 1986, the 105.9/fm frequency was “Magic 106,” (KMGG) a hot AC station with Robert W. Morgan in the morning. At the time, Smulyan said, “We don’t know whether people will call the new format an Urban or a CHR.” 

The format flip put a number of KMGG people out of work, including Morgan. General manager Don Nelson and program director Ron Rodriguez found themselves on the beach. “They did an excellent job for us, and I would hire them all again,” said Smulyan. Jeff announced that Emmis regional vp Doyle Rose and programming vp Rick Cummings would oversee the transformation. 

The record industry was thrilled with the format change 25 years ago. Motown’s Skip Miller offered an emphatic “Yahoo!” (Guess he coined that name.) 

Deborah Howell, afternoons at KTWV, was part of the on-air launch of 'Power' in 1986 as Deb Sturges. "It was the most exciting thing ever!" she emailed after seeing the headlines last night. "It was the nation's first 'churban' format, and the phones were absolutely insane. I don't know who was more excited--the listeners, the jocks, or Emmis management. Talk about a 'worst to first' scenario - it was totally incredible! When we held the first PowerJam party, it was Hollywood's A-List trying to get tickets. Such was the Power of the JAM! Vive Le Power, forever!"

Don Kelly was hired to be the consultant to “Power” and some observers, according to Billboard,” thought the station was patterned after Philadelphia Urban leader, WUSL (“Power 99”). The Motown exec predicted that KPWR was going to “wake the town up, make it more competitive.” Mike Schaeffer was pd at KIIS at the time and commented, “We welcome the challenge. It will give us a better gauge on crossovers, but KIIS wouldn’t react immediately.” 

Within a few weeks of lift-off for Power 106 in early 1986, Jeff Wyatt was appointed program director, who had been pd at WUSL-Philly. Wyatt reflected on his three years at WUSL. “It was an automatic success and I think it will be the same in Los Angeles. It’s not a question of success. It’s a question of how big we will succeed.” 

Over the last quarter of a century, there have been many survey periods when KPWR has been #1. Happy anniversary to Val Maki, gm at Power, and the other Emmis execs. 

"What Happened at “Magic 106?” Randy West was there and reflected:

“25 years? Good Lord! 

I was hired by Jeff Salgo to be production director and swing jock at Magic 106 shortly before things got crazy. I thought Jeff was a great guy, as were his APD and music maven who taught me about the concept of programming music flow by tempo. Howard Freshman was a welcoming and friendly pro, clearly on the way up in his career. Voicing spots for me were Jeff Serr, a totally wonderful soft-spoken professional in middays, and PM Driver China Smith, who became one of my dearest friends at the time. I have fond memories of watching Lakers games at his house. 

It was a good time. Jeff Salgo's critiques of my air work were very constructive, and I learned a good deal about his programming philosophy and vision. But I guess philosophy and vision are nebulous concepts when there's debt to service. The new owner from Indiana, Jeffrey Smulyan, held a brief meeting in the lobby to tell us that great things were coming. I was excitedly optimistic because a guy who called his company "Emmis" must surely be telling the truth. Things soon became a blur. 

Some gentleman I had never met named Rick Cummings took me to lunch to discuss my long term goals; something that I thought you did with friends rather than strangers. In my naiveté, I must not have given the "correct" answers because another guy named Rick Liebert never seemed to take a shine to me. We were told his forte was synchronized music and fireworks displays, and he was given some esoteric title. One weekend when I was on the air in 1984, the Olympic torch was being run through town. Back-selling into a stop set I commented on how exciting it was to have the world visiting our city, and updated listeners on the location and route of the torch run. Every instinct I had about live and local radio said it was the right thing to do; Mr. Liebert disagreed and, after the fact, was not shy in telling me so. 

Jeff Smulyan proudly welcomed Robert W. Morgan to mornings, and the station took on new life. What a kick to be working with such a legend as our mascot. But I can only assume that the high-profile, high-budget move wasn't panning out as planned as, before long, the atmosphere seemed to become more tense. Across the hall, at Transtar, there was a far greater sense of the kind of camaraderie that makes radio fun - it was either that or the readily available cocaine. From my vantage point, there was very little spirit of camaraderie (and no cocaine) in evidence at Magic. 

I was less concerned with the daily post-show celebration of Morgan's magnificence than I was in trying to regain control of the production studio where he sat so that I could make a dent in the overflowing bin of production work. I now wish I had taken the time to mingle with that in crowd and had gotten to know producer Kevin Gershan. It turns out he's a cool guy, and not just part of the party that delayed the start of my work day.  

I was gone not too long before the Magic ended and the Power was infused. It was my first experience with big corporate radio, and I was unprepared. But I love the framed K-WEST 106 poster that was given to me when the prize closet was being cleaned out... not too long before I was cleaned out!” 

KRKD Split Frequency. Bob Fox read with interest the story on the early history of 1150-AM. Bob has a fascinating perspective because he was there for a slice of the time.  

In 1959 I joined KRKD AM as the general sales manager. I suggested we call the station, ‘The Album Station.’ The station was owned by Al Zugsmith, Jack Feldmann and Frank Oxarart [the father of Frank Oxarart who ended up as gm of KFWB and KCBS AM in San Francisco].  

Art Hogan, a financial advisor and stock broker, also was part of the above ownership, but Art had sold his interest about a year prior in order to buy KFOX AM in Long Beach. Al Zugsmith, who also produced ‘B’ movies, came up with the idea of a leveraged buyout and got the Bank of New York to loan a new corporation the money to purchase KRKD AM/FM. The AM was a share timer with KFSG. KFSG had the frequency at night and also certain hours on the weekend. Zugsmith formed a new corporation in which he and Feldmann and Oxarart could only own 49% of the new corporation. This had to do with the tax laws and allowed Zugsmith and the other two to take a capital gain on the sale.  

The new corporation included the car dealer, Bob Yeakel [unfortunately, he was killed while piloting his own airplane about a year later] who owned 20%, I owned 10% and a few others owned the balance to add up to 51%. I was a young guy and was learning a lot about finances, etc. from these guys. I was also learning how to sell without ratings. We had the prestigious law firm of Mitchell, Silberberg and Knupp that represented us. It was a heck of an experience for me.  

A couple of years into this, the Angelus Temple, which owned the night time and weekend frequency, came to us with an offer and it was a good deal and we all made a few dollars - not a lot, but I was happy to get out with my investment and also make a few dollars. The sale to Angelus Temple allowed the station to broadcast full time on the frequency. Shortly after the sale completed, I joined RKO-General as their national radio representative in Los Angeles. At this time, I had only been in the radio business about 6 years, but in those years I met some wonderful people and many of them are still my friends. I was a lucky guy.”   


Human Trafficking Is Inhumane
KFI’s Shannon Farren Tells Frightening Story

 

(February 21, 2014) KFI news anchor Shannon Farren demonstrated why AM 640 is stimulating radio, as she hosted a multi-part series on Sex Trafficking last week. Shannon traveled north to get the exclusive story on girls who are lured from malls commonplace in any neighborhood.  These girls are promised a  star-like life, yet the scenario quickly deteriorates to a despicable life of sex, requiring as many as 20 “dates” in a night

KFI is so good at taking news stories and integrating them into their talk show environment, it furthers the life of the story and interest of the subject.

How did the series get started? “Robin Bertolucci [KFI pd] approached me about the story idea around the holidays. She mentioned guys are going after these girls in suburban shopping malls and was I interested in doing a story on this. Now that I’m anchoring, I have more time to spend on special assignments like this. I don't have to turn around a story the same day.”

Robin provided a contact for Shannon. He was a former San Diego cop who has a safe house/compound for these kids up in Northern California. “I called him and he said he might be able to get one of the girls to talk with me on the phone,” Shannon continued. “I loathe phone tape and for a story like this it was out of the question. How do you get girls that have been through so much to open up to you on the phone? So, I told him I was going up there! He said that would be ok but cautioned that this place was well off the beaten track ... like turn left at the barn and drive down this barely paved one lane road for an hour.”

The interviewing process had a profound effect on Shannon (r). “The interviews were the kind that, as a reporter, reminds you that you DO still have feelings! It was nearly impossible not to cry as three girls took me though their story turn by turn. So brave. I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback on the series in terms of people wanting to help so I’m pretty happy about that.”

You can hear Shannon’s series by clicking her photo.

Moo. Three cows were crushed to death at Doug Stephan’s Massachusetts dairy farm when their feeding shelter collapsed under snow and ice. Doug, is heard locally on his weekend show at KFWB.

“The cows had been milked and were having breakfast when the metal roof buckled and gave way. This is just another example of the weather and the impact on all of us. It’s relentless and it just keeps on coming.”

Walker Mug Shot. Bree Walker, former KCBS/Channel 2 anchor and ex-wife of 710/KMPC’s Jim Lampley, was arrested in Anaheim on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI. She gained fame spreading awareness of her rare genetic condition called ectrodactyly.  

According to RadarOnline.com, the broadcaster had her pit bull (named “Petey”) with her, and the canine was taken to animal control after Walker’s arrest. She has had her past battles with the bottle, having entered an alcohol rehabilitation program seven years ago.

Overheard.

Funnie. The seat you never get on the airplane:

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** Beebe Calming in Turmoil

“I just caught up with your piece on Richard Beebe. We worked together at KRLA and KPPC for several years, and then on two records [for Capitol and Warners], and he was a wonderful, funny, and calming presence in the turmoil that was often KRLA.

 A very cool cat.” – Harry Shearer

** Kicked Out by Beebe

“You wrote a great Richard Beebe profile and remembrance.

I was 16, drove my Chevy to 1401 South Oak Knoll in Pasadena on a Saturday and found the front door of KRLA unlocked, walked in the lobby and was watching Roy Elwell cue a 45, when Richard came out of the news room and asked: ‘What are you doing here?’

I answered: ‘Just watching.’

He said: ‘Get out!’

It was the first time and hopefully the last time I get thrown out of a radio station. Richard and KRLA was my favorite before KHJ. I remember the closing news line: ‘It’s news to you and Frosty Harris too on 50,000watt KRLA, serving greater Los Angeles from Pasadena.’” – Jim Carson

** Part of Credibility Gap

“I appreciated your article on Richard Beebe. I still remember him fondly since he hired me at KRLA in 1969 when I was in- between assignments. My job, primarily, was to contribute five minutes of hard news to the Credibility Gaps’ daily 15-minute newscasts, then sit back and laugh. Richard wasn’t only talented, he was one of the fairest bosses, I ever worked for, and a hell of a nice guy to boot.” – Joe Cala

** Salute to Saul Levine

“On behalf of the SCBA and all our Southern California Radio members, I would like to congratulate Saul Levine and his family on 55 years of great Radio broadcasting on KKGO.

In an age of consolidation and constant change, Mount Wilson Broadcasting and its visionary founder, Saul Levine, has taken the path of true independence and Southern California Radio listeners are all the more enriched by 55 years of KKGO programming.

With Saul taking ‘the road less traveled,’ he and his family have provided a roadmap for other broadcasters who still believe in the power of one.

Our very best to Saul Levine for his leadership, integrity, and rock solid belief in independent Radio ownership.” – Thom Callahan, President, SCBA 


Morning Dew

(February 20, 2014) Mornings have broken with the first ratings results of the New Year. KROQ’s Kevin & Bean dominate Persons 12+ and 25-54. Power 106’s Big Boy makes a big impression coming in 1st in the January '14 Nielsen ratings in Persons 18-34.

Persons 12+

1. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)

2. Bill Handel (KFI)

3. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)

3. Vicky Moore/Dick Helton (KNX)

3. Valentine (MY/fm)

Persons 18-34

1. Big Boy (KPWR)

2. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)

3. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)

4. Kennedy (KYSR)

5. Valentine (MY/fm

5. Carson Daly (KAMP) 

Persons 25-54

1. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)

2. Valentine (MY/fm)

3. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)

4. Big Boy (KPWR

4. Don Cheto (KBUE)

January Ratings. If you want to read the Top 10 stations in the January ratings, scroll down to review the numbers posted earlier this week.

Perhaps the biggest surprise in the just released Nielsen 12+ survey for January ’14 is KYSR (Alt 98-7)’s continuing increases. The Alternative station was 16th in 25-54 four months ago, now the station is tied for 11thKennedy has been hosting a ‘more music’ format in morning drive, but a new team begins in April. Maybe Clear Channel has found the right combination and should they stick with Kennedy and see how it plays out.

There were many inquiries about 1150 AM The Patriot, the new home for Glenn BeckRush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. In Persons 12+ KEIB moved from a tie for 52nd when it was a Progressive talk station to a tie for 39th. The time frame for the January ‘14 book was January 2 to January 29. This would cover the entire period of Rush on his new local outlet, KEIB. However, for two weeks he was simulcast at KFI, which muddies the waters. We probably won’t know Rush’s full impact at KEIB until the February report is released. (Billboard in Pasadena at Colorado and Madre)

In the sports world, KSPN leads the pack in 12+ tied for 31st followed by KLAC tied at 36th.  KLAA (830 AM, the Angels station) is tied for 52nd.

  Clear Channel to Go CountryKlaudia Aresti, longtime figure at KOST, is joining KKGO. She’ll be providing traffic and entertainment news on the new Larry Morgan morning show and afternoons with Paul Freeman. Klaudia begins on GoCountry 105 Monday, February 24. 

Klaudia is a music lover. She listens to everything from Classic Rock to Pop, and Country. "I kicked off my radio career at KOST 103.5 while finishing school at UCLA," emailed Klaudia. "Since then, I have produced and hosted various radio shows on iHeart radio. I love the world of entertainment."

When she's not reading up on celebrity gossip, Klaudia is reporting on the latest entertainment news for various tv outlets including NUVOtv and CNN. "As a social media enthusiast, I plan to follow what's trending in Country and entertainment and share the latest with Go Country listeners," concluded Klaudia.

The Kasem Case. He was a member of the legendary “11-10” men on KRLA, he was known as Shaggy on the Scooby-Doo cartoons, you could hear him every time you were tuned into NBC/tv, and of course, American Top 40 was all about “Casey’s Coast to Coast.” Now, as 81-year-old Casey Kasem continues to battle Parkinson’s Disease, his medical condition recently surfaced as a national story when his wife Jean barred his children from visiting their father. This afternoon, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) is holding a press conference to announce legislation that would provide reasonable accommodations for adult children who want to visit their parents, and provide children the right to know when an ailing parent’s health becomes worse or if the parent dies. The proposed legislation seeks to protect children from previous marriages from being denied access to a parent by a parent’s future spouse or child.

Assemblyman Gatto will be joined by radio and television personality Kerri Kasem. Kerri is a former model who currently co-hosts the show Sixx Sense with Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx. Kerri is an outspoken advocate of visitation rights for adult children as a result of her struggle to see her beloved father, broadcasting legend Casey Kasem, who has struggled with poor health in recent years.

  Fox on the Prowl. Former KKGO morning man, Ryan Fox, will be celebrating one year hosting 'NOW with Ryan Fox' on the Westwood One Hot Country format. “Doing a show that is broadcast coast to coast never seems to get old,” emailed Ryan. “There's always something happening!  It doesn’t hurt that the Country format is hotter than it’s ever been right now too.  I’m packing my bags once again for Nashville to attend CRS, and I’m very excited for what the future holds.” 
 

Future LARPs. WPMD, the Internet station at Cerritos College, just got four nominations from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System, reports Casey Piotrowski, co-advisor for the station.

Awards (“Nominations?”) include: (dashes changed to colons)

Most Innovative Program: “The Asian Pop Hour with Dauvee Simon (air name:  Uta which means “song” in Japanese) and Saveon Simon (air name:  DJ Ignite)

Best Public Affairs Program: Community Corner with Gayle Parks

Best Liner/ID/Sweeper: Saveon Simon and Gildardo Aquino (air name - DJ Demo), producers

Best Community College Radio Station in America

Awards will be given out at the annual ceremonies in New York the weekend of March 7-9.

Open Email from SauI Levine.

 

“I want to thank you and all the people who sent me congrats on our 55th year of operation for KKGO/fm (105.1). It is very gratifying to receive the good wishes from so many people, many known to me personally, and others whom I have not had the pleasure to meet personally.

I don’t know where the years went, but every day has been exciting, and hopefully creative. KKGO is now entering its eighth year of operation as a Country music programmed station. Previously, in all those years, there have been only two other formats.

Country music is here to stay on KKGO. It is rewarding that we have been able to make Country music successful in a market that we were told could not support Country programming.

We have noticed a trend for many Country stations to drop local programming and go to syndicated content.  KKGO is live and local. We do not accept syndicated programming during our regular operating hours 6 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday.

Nashville is a creative place but cannot be the sole basis of our local programming. GoCountry105 is programmed for the special and local needs of Southern California. Our air personalities live locally and are your friends and neighbors. When they talk to our audience they are not a remote voice in three different time zones away.

I am fortunate that my two children, Michael and Stephanie, work at KKGO, and feel as passionate as I do about local radio and GoCountry 105. This is truly live, local and family operated.

I sincerely hope radio broadcasting returns to that kind of operation.

Saul Levine, President and General Manager, Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters, Inc.

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** Richard Beebe’s Wife Checks In

“Oh wow, Don.  Such a nice story about Richard Beebe you published on Wednesday. It brings tears to my eyes, but loving tears.  Thank you so much.” – Ann Beebe

** Richard Beebe Colleague

“I worked with both Richard Beebe and Ann at KRLA. It was such fun working there at that time, with a lot of great people, including both of them.

Thanks for sharing your remembrance Ann.” – Johnny St. Thomas

** Worked with Beebe for 20 Years

Richard Beebe was such a joy to work with! It was my good fortune to work with him for nearly 20 years – first at KRLA, then at Earth News Radio –and to maintain a warm friendship after that.

Never heard a complaint from him. Never knew he was sick. As you may recall, we had lunch together just after his trip with you to Hawaii. He looked and sounded great! It was the shock of my life when I learned a week or so later that he had died. God, I miss him.” – Lew Irwin

** KRLA Newsmen in the 60s

“I also enjoyed KRLA’s Jim Steck. I liked KFWB’s Hal Goodwin. And then there was KHJ’s 20/20 newsman Marv Howard, who later in the 70’s I had the privilege of working with at 710/KMPC.” – Alan L. Gottfried

** Agree with Fred Jacobs

“Amen, Fred Jacobs. I miss my fave jocks, too. It started back when I was a kid listening to the GREAT Tom Clay under my pillow at night when I was just a kid. And then there was CKLW-Detroit and the WLS-Chicago. And all the amazing boys at 93.1/fm until JACK/fm jacked all the jocks.

My sentiments exactly. As a radio listener, professional and just a big fan since I could understand English. Beautifully written.” – Shana

** KABC’s Dynamic Duo

Jillian Barberie and John Phillips have spontaneous combustion and the airwaves are burning with excitement! Fun and feisty, smart and sexy. Kudos to all concerned.” – Dawna Kaufmann, Los Angeles 


Colonel Splendid Was

(February 19, 2014) While our early djs played the soundtrack of the explosion of rock ‘n roll and the English Invasion, there was a group of newsmen who provided the news, some more creatively than others. One of my favorites was Richard Beebe.

He worked at a number of local stations, including KRKD, KPPC, KGIL, KMET, KABC, and KMNY. But his most memorable jobs were his three stints at 1110/KRLA. For over a decade from 1959-70 Richard was news director for the rock ‘n roll station serving L.A from Pasadena. He will be best remembered as part of the satirical news group, "The Credibility Gap.”

Richard was born in Pasadena and raised in Alhambra. He started his radio career in 1949 working as a dj/newsman in Santa Fe and then went to Globe, Arizona before joining the Air Force. He was assigned to the base radio station at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport.

Following his discharge, Richard attended Pasadena City College and the Pasadena Playhouse, graduating with a B.A. in theater arts. One of his famous classmates was Dustin Hoffman. While waiting for his "big break," Richard worked in the freight yards of downtown Los Angeles while doing relief work at KRKD.

He was in a repertory company with Dyan Cannon when he was hired by KRLA. It was 1959 and Canadian millionaire Jack Kent Cooke had just purchased KRLA. Richard remembered his instructions from Cooke when he started doing morning drive news: "I want it as fast as you can go and make it exciting." Morning man Emperor Bob Hudson had syndicated "The Emperor" idea, soon there were “Emperors” in cities across the country. Each station received custom promos featuring Richard as Colonel Splendid and Casey Kasem as Lt. Cavendish.

As a news alternative, the award-winning “Credibility Gap” was an irreverent presentation reflecting the volatile political landscape of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. We lost Richard on August 29, 1998, at the age of 69.

Richard was married to Ann Beebe, director of broadcast operations at USC and its longtime radio producer of football and basketball.  Ann shared a Valentine’s story on her Facebook page that is oh, so lovingly.

“Way back when, before we were married, he was on his way to Tampa to work the Super Bowl. The Raiders were playing. Our station carried Raider broadcasts. He had a Super Bowl jacket, so I, being on the prowl, was ironing it and making it nice. In the pockets, I placed several of those pastel Valentine heart candies, each with an appropriate Valentine thought. He did not find them until he was in Tampa. Years later, he told me how much he liked the surprise.  So every Valentine’s Day, when I see those little candies [thanks Google], I am thinking of him. Miss you, bub.”

KNAC MIA. Michele Powell is looking for Doug Adams, who worked at KNAC during the 1980's. “We were friends but he seems to have disappeared,” emailed Michele. If you know Doug’s whereabouts, you can contact her at: nedsped@verizon.net

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Hear Ache. The Academy of Country Music has announced its 2014 Radio Award winners. Lon Helton, former pd at KHJ in the early 80s won for National On-Air Personality Of The Year for his program, Country Countdown USA … KCSN has some familiar names featured during the station’s weekend programming, including Fresh Catch with Jed the FishConnections with Nic HarcourtOut On a Limb with Julie Slater, and Saturday with the Beatles with Les Perry … Veteran LA newsman Larry Van Nuys has been anchoring news for KSFO in San Francisco for the past six months or so. “I’m doing it from my home studio here in L.A.” emailed Larry. “I’m doing that in addition to all the other voice work like tv station stuff, spots...etc.  Life is good.” … New KABC midday talk host Jillian Barberie was on KTLA/Channel 5 morning show yesterday with Sam Rubin. Jillian talks about radio.

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** 55-Year Anniversary for 105.1/fm

“Kudos to Saul Levine and his kids, Michael and Stephanie.  They represent the heart and soul of radio station owners.” – Mary Beth Garber

** 105.1/fm Celebration

“55 Years! That is really SOMETHING.

Happy Birthday to Saul Levine and KKGO.  I’ve channeled him many times down through the years for things like courage, resolve, getting things done, and pride. I’ve been in the Mount Wilson Broadcasting facility, but haven’t had the chance to tell Saul personally how much I respect and admire him … maybe one day.

Again, happy 55th to your family and you for adding the deepest meaning possible to ‘family owned and operated.’” – Alan F. Ross

** Who the Hell is Singing?

“I've been listening to the new NASH/fm station in Detroit [where the rocker 93.1 WDRQ, and more recently DOUG/fm used to be], and it's non-stop Country music. The problem is that none of the tracks are identified.

For someone who’s new to Country or for potential listeners NASH/fm hopes to win over to the format, not identifying what you’re playing is a big mistake. NASH/fm needs djs, but we all know they’ll never have ’em.” – Gerry Downey, Detroit

** NASH/fm

“What a stupid idea. A national Country/Western station?  It will not sell in California, I’ll tell you that.  These idiots are working from the 20th century.” – Carol Wallin

** Midday New Talk Shows

“After one listen to the Jillian Barberie and John Phillips show on KABC and one listen to the Mark Thompson and Elizabeth Espinosa show on KFI, as a left leaning liberal I thought I would never ever say these words but I am forced to after the mess that is these shows...I miss Sean Hannity.” – Steve Chang, Venice

** Jillian Loves Radio”

“I pretty much agree with the comments about Jillian Barberie; she’s never worked in radio, now suddenly, she loves radio?

But I don’t understand the vitriol directed at Sean HannityMary Lyon seems to base her rant on the fact that she doesn’t agree with him. OK, nothing wrong with that. But I wonder if she gets this worked up at everyone who doesn’t share her liberal views? So anyone who disagrees with her politically is narrow minded, selfish, has no virtues, is not a real Catholic, doesn’t like paying taxes [most people don’t like paying taxes, by the way] doesn’t care about the community and makes no contribution…to anything?

Not a big Hannity listener, but in the few times I have tuned in, I have noticed he goes out of his way to talk to people who disagree with him. It also occurs to me that for someone who has such hatred for Sean Hannity, Mary Lyon seems to know a lot about him, so she must be listening. Personally, I wouldn’t waste time listening to someone I thought was a selfish, tax dodging, irresponsible and ‘self-professed Catholic.’ But that’s just me.” – Rick Hill

** Talk Radio Declines

“You remarked that ‘any departure from the incessant right-wing political talk that calls [for] Obama’s head every 15 minutes will be a welcome relief.’

Have you seen the January ratings? All the talk stations [excluding KCRW] combined have a lower rating than any one of the top 3 stations by themselves. There are 50+ stations broadcasting in Los Angeles, and with KFI’s lineup change, exactly 3 of them could be called ‘right wing.’ In other words, 6% of the stations in L.A. broadcast conservative talk, 94% air something else.

As for ‘welcome relief,’ I have found that the best way to get that is to simply stop listening to shows that bore or irritate me.” – Gary Moe  


105.1/fm Celebrates 55 Years of Broadcasting Under Saul Levine Ownership

(February 18, 2014) Today marks the 55th Year since KKGO (105.1) commenced broadcasting under the same ownership and management. “We went on the air with a used transmitter purchased for $1,500 from a station that went dark in Massachusetts,” said Saul Levine, owner of KKGO, “plus a garage-made piece of pipe for the antenna, which cost $500 on was mounted on a 100 ft. flag pole. I convinced the manufacturer to take in trade. There was no telephone, no studio except airing from the transmitter on top of 6,000 ft. Mount Wilson on a snowing night.”

Saul emphasized that the company uses the slogan on air ‘Live, Local, and Family owned,’ because Saul’s son and daughter work at the station. Both share the passion for radio as much as their father. Saul said that Go Country 105 has the second largest cume of any country radio station in the USA.

Top 10. The January '14 Nielsen ratings in the 6+ Mon-Sun, 6a-mid are as follows:

1. KBIG (MY/fm) 5.0 - 5.4
2. KIIS (Top 40/M) 4.9 - 5.2
3. KOST (AC) 10.4 - 4.7
4. KAMP (Top 40/M)) 4.1 - 4.2
    KPWR (Top 40/R) 4.4 - 4.2
6. KRTH (Classic Hits) 3.5 - 3.8
7. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.4 - 3.6
    KROQ (Alternative) 3.4 - 3.6
9. KFI (Talk) 3.1 - 3.1
    KNX (News) 3.0 - 3.1

Hear AcheMatt Miller, newspaper columnist, former Clinton White House aide, and co-host of KCRW show, is making his move for the soon-to-be seat of Representative Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills). Miller announced his candidacy on Left, Right & Center, his KCRW program. The last time a LARP ran for public office was Kevin James who ran for Mayor of Los Angeles … Jillian Barberie is on KTLA/Channel 5 this morning promoting her new KABC talk show that airs from noon to 3 p.m. She’s also on Dr. Drew’s tv show every night this week. John Phillips is promoting the show Thursday at Channel 11’s Good Day LA. The talent is out there promoting. Wonder if Cumulus will step up to the plate and do some marketing?

Heidi Redux. Last weekend, NBC covered the US Men’s Hockey shootout with Russia. In San Francisco, Cumulus sports outlet KNBR radio carried the coverage. Yet in the middle of the dramatic overtime shootout, the station cut off the game to go to a golf show, Hooked on Golf.

Someone must have a level head at the local level and make the right decision to carry the exciting end right to the end. Who goofed, I’ve got to know.

Funnie. GOLFER'S HONEYMOON – R Rated

A guy out on the golf course takes a high speed ball right in the crotch. Writhing in agony, he falls to the ground. As soon as he could manage, he took himself to the doctor.

He said 'How bad is it doc? I'm going on my honeymoon next week and my fiancée is still a virgin - in every way.' The doctor told him, 'I'll have to put your willie in a splint to let it heal and keep it straight. It should be okay next week.'  

He took four tongue depressors and formed a neat little 4 sided splint, and taped it all together; an impressive work of art. The guy mentions none of this to his girl, marries her, and goes on their honeymoon.

That night in the motel room, she rips open her blouse to reveal her beautiful breasts. She said, 'You're the first; no one has EVER touched these.'

He immediately drops his pants and replies, 'Look at this, it’s still in the CRATE!'

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** Teaming Chemistry

“One morning back in the 80's, I turned on Channel 9 to watch Mid-Morning L.A. only to find that the show was gone. It was on the air for such a long time, that I took it and its hosts, Geoff Edwards and Meredith MacRae for granted. 

For decades this created a real void for me during that time of day. It was a like a live radio show that was made for television. On the one hand you had this behemoth of broadcasting who came across as very cool and straight down the middle, and on the other hand you had this attractive woman that was not only easy on the eye, but would never shy away from getting in the face of a guest that got on her bad side. 

Gone was a chemistry that I thought would be hard to match – until I logged-on to KABC yesterday from North San Diego County and listened to the debut of Mid-Day L.A. and suddenly, that void was filled. There is a humor and an honesty to Jillian Barberie and John Phillips that came through from the opening moments that simply cannot be faked on radio. I’m sure that word will spread and that Jillian and John will cultivate a loyal listenership. This time I hope not to take this team for granted.” – Vince Daniels

** New KFI Co-Host

“I don't like Elizabeth Espinoza at all.  As you know, I’m a big fan of KFI and really don’t understand what Robin Bertolucci was thinking. I figured Mark Thompson would get this job – but think he’d be better by himself. 

Elizabeth is trying way too hard and trying to be someone she isn’t. Haven’t listened to the other show yet. I usually forget about KABC.

Just one person’s opinion.” – Ellen Brownstein

** Trend of Missing DJs

“Fred Jacobs hits the nails on their heads. Hopefully some ‘high level decision makers are paying attention before too much more decay of the industry takes place.” – Dave Paulson

** Jacobs Right On

“Fred Jacobs’ blog is excellent. I concur on his Missing DJs blog 100%.

Fred Jacobs and I crossed paths when I was with WXYZ/WRIF-Detroit and Q107-Washington  DC.

One side effect of the ‘less talk/fewer commercials/nonstop music’ formatting is that musical product [tracks] are played more relentlessly, and listeners get tired of hearing songs much faster.

I, myself, have found that, because less airtime is devoted to air personalities and commercials, great new tracks – like the ones by Lorde and Passenger – are played so often that I get tired of hearing them a lot sooner.” – Gerry Downey, Detroit

** Entertainment Reports on Satellite

“Last Friday, Deborah Howell wrote bemoaning the fact that ‘Sirius/XM has not one channel for entertainment/celebrity news, like a TMZ channel.’ I don't know where Ms. Howell has been but every weekday at 3 p.m. on Sirius/XM Channel 106, TMZ’s Harvey Levin holds court with an hour of the latest celeb news. It’s the type of show, according to Ms. Howell, that ‘so many people want these days.’ It's been on Sirius/XM since 2011. Additionally, the satcaster has a channel (105) dedicated to all things entertainment. It’s staffed by the editors and writers of Entertainment Weekly magazine. If these aren’t enough to satisfy ones ‘celeb/entertainment’ fix, I don’t know what is.” – Brad Cramer


John Phillips and Jillian Barberie Debut on KABC

(February 17, 2014) When Jillian Barberie and John Phillips begin their new talk show pairing at KABC today at noon, their first guest will be Steve Edwards, her co-host on Good Day LA for 18 years. After the scathing story in the LA Times by Greg Braxton last week, expect some revealing disclosures by Edwards.

KABC could certainly use a new shot in the arm with some different thinking about programming. Former KFI host Bryan Suits was recently added to the 9 a.m. to noon slot and now John and Jillian from noon to 3 p.m.

Any departure from the incessant right-wing political talk that calls of Obama’s head every 15 minutes will be a welcome relief.

While KABC attempts the new strategy, KFI hired two hosts known for their work on tv, Mark Thompson and Elizabeth Espinoza, to fill the 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. slot. They started last week.

Once you’ve tested both new shows, LARadio would love to know what you think.

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Hear AcheDr. Drew Pinsky appeared with Sam Rubin on the KTLA Channel 5 Morning Show to talk about Philip Seymour Hoffman. Good news for Sam, he didn’t once call Dr. Drew Anderson Cooper… Reports are that Phil Hendrie is leaving the production and syndication of his daily radio program after March 14 in order to fully focus on his podcast and other media ventures. “Due to the tremendous positive growth this past year owing directly to his fans, he’s decided that is the area where he should focus all his energies.” He said his daily show will continue on digital platforms … K-EARTH is promoting its current contest as having all winners local. It’s an obvious slam at Clear Channel for running national contests … Former KLAC sports host Tony Bruno is scheduled to begin making weekly appearances on Keith Olbermann’s ESPN 2 program. 

Funnie. Rick Dees said the worst job he ever had was when he worked for Hormel as a slaughterhouse chaplain. 

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** Looks Can Be Deceiving

“It's too bad rapper IceJJfish doesn't sing as well as the girl in his video looks!” – Gerry Downey, Detroit

** Former LARP Jay Thomas

“As for Sirius/XM radio, I’m a subscriber. I became one due to Howard Stern, but when he leaves I’m gone.  Stern frustrates me ’cause I never know when he’ll be there live. He’s got a Johnny Carson schedule, rightfully so. But it’s frustrating as a fan.  

The personality who I really enjoy on Sirius/XM is Jay Thomas. He’s got the perfect platform for his crazy silliness, I laughingly enjoy.” –Bob Smith, Vaughn, New Mexico

** Vox Jox Legend Checks In

“Thank you for keeping me in the loop, even though I know fewer and fewer of those you write. But KCET! How could they have possibly dropped the big connection to PBS? Barbara and I watch the local PBS station but we depend upon it.  It is a vital part of our lives.  I tape the Downtown series and Barbara devotes a morning to watching it. If they have a special presentation, we're there. We would miss the station. She also listens muchly to public radio.

And the Sirius mess. How could they do that? Disc jockeys make radio radio. I still hold Eddie Hill [WSM] and Bob Poole [New Orleans] in my heart and that was 55 and more years ago. It was Red Jones who spread Elvis into central Texas.

Prediction: Sirius will become a non-factor.” – Claude Hall, Las Vegas

** Jillian Barberie joins KABC TalkRadio After TV Mishaps and Flops

“Certainly not a very flattering piece in the LA Times, is it? Starting with the headline.

But I guess one wouldn’t expect the Times to be kind to broadcast folks.” – Bruce Harris, West Covina 


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LARadio Archives from July 2001

“Mega” Makes Mega Changes

(July 9, 2001) Benny Martinez, a veteran of Los Angeles radio since the 1970s, has been let go from his afternoon duties at KCMG, “Mega 92.3.” With his departure, the station has rearranged some of the jock slots and nine to noon will now be jockless. 

“Benny (l) was let go due to our desire to showcase a ‘more music position’ from 9 a.m. to noon,” emailed Roy Laughlin, head of the Clear Channel/LA cluster. Christina Kelley now works from noon to 5. The rest of the day includes Theo from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by Smokey Robinson from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sean Andre’s “Between the Sheets” airs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. 

“Increased music is a position that is highly valued in radio, based on the research,” said Roy. “In fact, if you read XM satellites stock prospectus, they are betting multi-millions because they believe that people like long music sweeps with very little talk. Why not give them some heavy music sweeps after a high level of talk in a morning drive show? KIIS has been #1 12+ English for 6 books in a row doing it.” Roy said that there is a ton of personality on “Mega” and now, he adds, “A little more music in the mix was requested by the audience, so we are giving it to them.” Roy indicated that the best ratings on the station for the last 2 years have been at night during the Between the Sheets program. “Talk is not high on Between the Sheets and what talk there is remains relevant to the target,” concluded Roy. George Lopez and Irma Blanco continue in morning drive.  

Morning Radio Prank. “Arrow 93’s” new morning man Bob Rivers was talking about radio promotions the other morning. “I hate to say it, usually the talent prospers when the promotion is harsh or rude. The best examples are these guys Kramer & Twitch. They said Britney Spears was dead, boom! They get a bigger job in Detroit. Mancow, remember him? Stopped traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge, boom! Off to Chicago for $3 million a year. Opie & Anthony said that the Mayor of Boston was killed in a car crash. Now they’re national. Mark & Brian in Los Angeles gave away garden implements with a racially offensive name. They are under contract negotiations now for mega bucks. I wonder what horrible thing we should do to keep our jobs,” wondered the new morning man at KCBS/FM. 

The “N” Word. Shirley Strawberry was commenting the other morning on KKBT how “inappropriate” is was for Jennifer Lopez to use the “N” word in her latest song/video. “We cannot put it out there like that,” interjected Steve Harvey, “and expect people not to pick up on it. There are white kids walking around using the ‘N’ word like it’s okay. A large portion of the white population buys rap music. Hip hop has crossed all cultural bounds, so when it comes back to you, it’s not right.” 

Potpourri. KYSR’s Buckhead is now live in L.A. and Prophetized back to Las Vegas and other markets…Didja know that KABC’s Doug McIntyre wrote an episode of Married With Children?…Recently departed “Mega” man Benny Martinez was a guest in an episode of Married With Children…Hugh Downs was a guest with KLAC’s Michael Jackson the other morning. Hugh boasted of hosting over 10,000 broadcasts. Michael asked Hugh of his earliest memory. “At age 2 in Akron, I remember my father taking me out on the back porch and pointing to a dirigible in the sky. It must have impressed me because I vividly remember that,” said Hugh…It is clear that KFI’s April Winchell has no trouble booking guests. Last week she had Jack of Jack in the Box and this weekend she had Pat Boone. Very eclectic. 

Jackson’s 1-2-3. A caller to the KFI Bill Handel Show wondered why there weren’t more liberal talk show hosts. “It looks like the conservatives are the ones who listen to the radio. The audience in radio is predominately conservative, not liberal,” Bill answered. The caller wanted to know about the audience for Michael Jackson. “What audience?” Bill shot back. “He does not have a large audience. That’s the reason why he left his last station and is now on a start-up, KLAC. As wonderful as Michael Jackson is and when they talk about the Dean of radio, Michael Jackson is that. The point is he is on a station that is a start-up that has very, very few listeners. He’s actually the cornerstone of that station.” 

Love Story
by
Buck Buchanan
 (former morning man at KRTH and son of actor Edgar Buchanan
shares the story of his recent marriage)

“Her name is Chrissy Davis Coey. She is the daughter of former LAPD Chief Ed Davis, who was known in later years as Senator Ed Davis. He served in the state senate for a dozen years. She is a 31-year veteran teacher in the Northridge area.

The week before the wedding, I was in Atlanta for business. I was sitting in my hotel room at the Marriott, watching some dumb tv program. It was so bad I decided to call Chrissy a little earlier than expected. She asked me if I would be home for the weekend. I said yes and asked her what she was doing. She said nothing. I said: ‘How about driving up to Las Vegas and getting married?’ She was stunned, accepted and the rest was close to history. That was Thursday, June 14th.  

My airplane was taking off from Atlanta the next evening at 7:10 p.m. I arrived at the airport a couple of hours early. While traveling there, I was driving through some pretty heavy thunderstorm activity. 7:10 p.m. came and went. The airplane was not even at the gate. It was in Jacksonville, Florida. No reason given. The new crew arrived. There stood the Captain, without an airplane to fly.  

At 9:35 p.m. the 767 arrived. The new crew boarded the airplane. In two minutes, the Captain was back at the counter, whispering something in the reservation person’s ear. She got on the mike and announced that the flight had been cancelled due to mechanical difficulties. She also said that there were five seats available on another airplane going to San Diego. The cattle started to stampede toward this poor woman. I got on the cell phone and called our travel agent. He got me booked on an 8 a.m. flight to LAX, obviously the next day.  

Delta gave out hotel vouchers and said that there would be a van to take us to a hotel, 13 miles away. I came to find out that the hotel van would not arrive at the airport until midnight. It is now 10:10 p.m. I got a rental car, arrived at the hotel at 11:30 p.m. The reservation clerk asked me if I would like a ham sandwich and a soda, as the kitchen was closed. What a great evening. The only good part was that the last quarter of the Laker game was showing. I watched them win the championship, called Chrissy and told her that we were still going to Las Vegas to get married, come hell or high water. The next morning, I was bumped into business class and seated a couple of rows from Little Richard. I have known Richard for years, so the flight went quickly. At 10:07 p.m., at Victoria's Chapel in Las Vegas, we became man and wife." 

Hear Wax. Smokey Robinson, the prolific songwriter and singer and evening dj at “Mega,” was talking the other night about his childhood. “I was raised by my sister. There were a bunch of kids in the house. It seemed like the night I was supposed to do the dishes always fell on Sunday. On Sundays, black people use every utensil, every dish, every pot and pan in the house.”…New KABC gm John Davison is going to wait and keep an open mind about the format and personalities, according to an interview with Gary Lycan, radio columnist at the OC Register. “I’m going to get the lay of the land before I do anything. I’ll look at the whole package and determine what we do right and should continue to do better. What we’re not doing correctly, I’ll keep my eyes and ears open. I’m a news/talk junkie.” John told Gary that he had the privilege of working with the best at KGO…“Doug Steckler is The Real Don Steele of his generation,” offered KLSX’s Sam RubinKenny Noble, ex-KOST, among other L.A. stations, now in South Miami, thinks that someday, “We'll all work for Clear Channel.”...KFWB anchor Dan Avey remembers when the Lakers arrived in the Southland in the late 1950s. “In the first year, even with rookie Jerry West and former Rookie of the Year, Elgin Baylor, they drew poorly in the Sports Arena. [Jack Kent Cooke built the Forum because the city would not allow him to sell beer at the Sports Arena.] In the Lakers first year, if you called to buy ten tickets, the reply was ‘Thank you, what time would you like the game to start?’…Rex Moore remembers hearing KNX’s Rege Cordic say in 1965: "Good morning, you lovers of good music ...welcome to yet another hair-raising chapter in the day-to-day, true-life adventures of Cordic & Company"…Bob Keisser's column in the Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that Long Beach State men's basketball road games will be heard on KRLA this coming season. Home games will only be available via the Internet, at kbeach.org. 

Doctor is OUT at KABC. Dr. Toni Grant has been off the air at KABC since May 22. The syndicator was providing pre-recorded Dr. Toni shows but most recently Doug McIntyre has been filling in from 9 p.m. to midnight. "As of late June, the network that syndicates the Dr. Toni Grant Show was still unable to give us a definitive date for her return, therefore KABC decided to exercise an option to terminate the contract with the syndicator," emailed KABC pd Erik Braverman. "With the future of Dr. Toni's show not clear, and having already missed a significant portion of the Spring ratings period, it was time make a move. Doug McIntyre will be in the 9 p.m. to midnight slot until a permanent decision has been reached," said Erik.

KNX/fm Favorite. Carolyn Aguayo with KTLA/Channel 5 just came across a miniature outdoor billboard of KNX/fm. “I was an intern when KNX/fm became KKHR and even have an aircheck of the event, as well as the second coming of KNX/fm. I remember md Dave Hall in the music library telling everyone to take whatever albums we wanted. It was an amazingly sad day and I remember thinking how little CBS Radio management [based in New York] knew about Southern California radio listeners. They thought what worked in St. Louis would work in L. A."

Laker Power. “KFWB anchor [and former L.A. Kings radio analyst] Dan Avey may have gone the ‘Leonard Tose route’ [Jim Healy fans know what I mean] when he ‘remembers when the Lakers came to the Southland in the late 50s,’" emailed Chris Hughes. “I don't know what Dan's been smoking lately, but the Lakers didn't come to L.A. until the fall of 1960! Trucking magnate Bob Short moved the team from Minneapolis with such short notice that the team didn't have any play-by-play radio broadcasts during that first season. It wasn't until the playoffs began the following spring that the team got their games on radio. KHJ was the Lakers' first radio home. The team recruited then-KRCA sportscaster Frances Hearn to do play-by-play. ‘Chick’ did it all: Pre-game, play-by-play, and post-game. There was no ‘second banana.’ 

As far as Avey's recollection that Jack Kent Cooke built the Forum because he wasn't allowed to sell beer at Memorial Sports Arena, that's just plain poppycock. The Coliseum Commission [which controlled the Sports Arena] had no problem with beer sales at both venues. Cooke split for Inglewood because the CC wouldn't make needed improvements at the Sports Arena. Ground was broken for The Forum in mid-1965. It opened for business in December 1967. The first event was a Kings hockey game.

Just thought I'd set the record straight! Maybe Dan's had one too many burritos at Rudy's Mexicatessen in La Habra?” offered Chris.

Stimulating Radio. Michael Jackson’s impressive Rolodex was no more evident than yesterday morning when Debbie Levine called in to the veteran talkmeister on KLAC to talk about her husband, attorney Barry Levine. It was clear that Barry and Michael had talked on several occasions over the years. She recounted the days and hours leading up to her husband’s suicide on Saturday. Live radio doesn’t get any more poignant, touching, sad and revealing as it did yesterday morning. 

Mickey Mouse Radio. In the midst of much turmoil at ABC/Disney with continued lay-offs, chairman Michael Eisner found time to praise Radio Disney in an email to all employee: 

Dear Fellow Cast Members:
The Walt Disney Company has an incredible range of assets, but you'll find the greatest single asset at the beginning of this sentence - the Disney name. It is the strongest brand in the entertainment industry and helps make it possible to launch entire new businesses based on the popularity and trustworthiness of "Disney."   

One of those businesses was launched, appropriately enough, on Mickey Mouse's birthday - November 18 - in 1996. I'm talking about Radio Disney. It is now broadcasting in 48 markets, representing 54% of the country. We plan to add to the Radio Disney network so that it will be reaching 75% of the U.S. in the near future.  Since you probably live in the 54% of the country that is served by Radio Disney, you've very likely heard its mix of pop music, oldies, soundtracks and kid-oriented features. This has made for an extremely popular broadcast format, with 3.5 million listeners in an average week, which breaks down to 2.5 million Kids 6-14 and 1 million Moms. In fact, Kids ratings are up 60% this year and Moms ratings are up 200% (apparently, we have to work on the Dads).

By any measure, Radio Disney is a success. The network receives more than two million calls per month to request songs, win prizes and speak on the air. There are also more than one million page requests to the Radio Disney Web site each month and thousands of emails to Radio Disney DJs. What's more, Radio Disney has become something of an attraction at our theme parks, with guests watching daily live broadcasts from Tomorrowland at Disneyland and from Disney/MGM Studios at Walt Disney World.  And, because of its widespread popularity among two key demographic groups (all those kids and moms), it has even had a significant impact on the music industry, helping to boost the careers of such performers as 'N Sync, BB Mak, Youngstown, Aaron Carter and Britney Spears (who actually got her start as a Mouseketeer on the Disney Channel). 

What's more, because Radio Disney is the only 24-hour kids radio network, it has important synergy benefits for the entire company, helping to get the word out about everything from new movies to goings-on at our theme parks to Disney record releases.

Of course, if you're a cast member living outside the U.S., you probably haven't heard Radio Disney.  But, that's going to be changing.  This past May, we launched our first non-English Radio Disney station outside the U.S. in Buenos Aires (FM 94.3 for those of you in B.A.). During the next few years, we plan to expand across South and Central America and Mexico, as well as Europe and Asia. This is significant as a business opportunity and it is significant for the Disney brand. While, of course, we already have International Disney Channels in a number of nations, Radio Disney will be an additional important way to bring Disney family entertainment to people everywhere.

All of this past and future success is due to three things: the fact we purchased Cap Cities/ABC in 1996, which gave us the ability to launch outstanding new growth initiatives such as this one; the outstanding work of the people at all levels of ABC Radio who operate Radio Disney; and, finally, that asset I mentioned at the outset of this letter ... the Disney name. As Radio Disney demonstrates, it truly knows no bounds. - Michael Eisner 

V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N. KYSR’s Jamie White and Danny Bonaduce returned from vacation yesterday morning. They are now simulcasting in Denver. “It’s been two weeks, I don’t know how to do this anymore,” ventured Jamie. “I remember how. We talk about crap for four and a half hours and then we go home,” boasted Danny. 

Ear Wax. Nasty Neil and Thrasher will guest on "The Insane Darrell Wayne's Internet Radio Extravaganza" tonight at 10 p.m. on: www.NWEZ.com…Haley Joel Osment, star of A.I., guested with Mark & Brian the other morning. Brian Phelps cracked up Haley when he asked, “When you are in the public eye, you have to keep some things personal, but could you talk briefly about your break up with Julia Roberts?”… Ralph Williams is selling cars in Wichita, Kansas these days, according to Jeffery James at Hot Talk 830 KPLS…How did the Mark Taylor and Gloria Allred team together? “The first time they worked together, Mark already had a partner [Guy Davis], with whom he was co-hosting a weekend show at KABC,” reported R&R’s Al Peterson. Mark told Al: “The pd at the time, Drew Hayes, suggested adding Gloria to the show to see what we would sound like together. Although having three of us on together didn’t really click, when it was over, I felt that Gloria and I really had some good chemistry together.” In the R&R article, current KABC pd Erik Braverman told Al that the reason he thinks the duo’s point-counterpoint style is right for early afternoon. “They are the only talk show addressing the issues of the day at that time in a balanced way. KFI and KLSX are not even doing issues-oriented talk, and KRLA is doing hard-core conservative talk.”...NBG Radio Network has completed the acquisition of Glenn Fisher Entertainment Corporation, a leading supplier of programming to the radio industry. Among other shows, NBG will be acquiring The Ed Tyll Show and KLSX's John & Jeff Show.

Prophet Thoughts. Bill Georgi, from KOLA in the Inland Empire, read the plans of Clear Channel to install the Prophet system into the weekend programming at KBIG and KOST, as early as the end of the month with interest. “Well, it has begun and I was wondering how long it would take,” wrote Bill. “It was called automation back in the 60's and 70's and here it is in 2001...such an odyssey. KWOW in Pomona did a great job with it back in the 70's. It almost sounded real.”  

Bill continued: “Had this been around in the 80's I may have never had the opportunity to work at KLAC [10 years] part-time and fill-in. I may have never had the honor of working with greats like: Harry Newman, Dean Sander, Jim Healy or Charlie Cook. I may have never gained the valuable experience learning from these folks to be able to program my own station. 

So, you see, it's kinda like a domino effect. For radio to grow, it has to grow its own talent and that's where you start. And yes, you're only as good as your part timers because they are the ones that fill the void when it's necessary. So, when it comes to making a Prophet - tread softly and don't think with your wallet too much.  Hal may be waiting to take your position,” warned Bill.    

Hear Ache. KKBT’s Steve Harvey cannot see why a person would name a movie Pootie Tang? “If you get a phrase that you think is hot, nobody knows that phrase outside of your circle. TV crowds and movie crowds are two different crowds.” Steve was commenting on the $1 million opening of the Chris Rock comedy…KFI’s April Winchell was working in the world of animation at DisneyWorld in Orlando a few years back. “Orlando is God’s arm pit.” She said the two most frequently spoken words at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando during her stay: “Shut up.” “I heard that all day, every day from big, angry, fat, hot mothers, screaming at their children in that arm pit weather…Bob Rivers, new morning man at “Arrow,” refuses to buy his 18-year-old son condoms. “My wife thinks I should slip some money for condoms. He's bugging me for gas, for ski money, I’m not buying him condoms.”…KFI’s Nick Federoff said that our muggy weather we have been complaining about has been awful for our gardens. “The disease. The insects will increase. It’s a wonderful time of year for your plants to be rotting out on you. Vegetables are going down hill. They’re not going to get better. Your garden problems are weather induced.”…Was that M.G. Kelly and Ken Levine dining at a Beverly Hills restaurant yesterday? They worked together at KHJ, “Ten-Q” and KFI. M.G., who recently began his acting career again, is currently syndicated on 200 radio stations with "The American Hit List" and "The Amazing '80s." Ken’s credits include, M*A*S*H*, Cheers, and now Fraser. Could the two be planning a project together?   


Ryan Seacrest Serves Up a Fashion Plate

(February 14, 2014) Even when Ryan Seacrest gets ambushed by TMZ, he is always dressed to the nines. He’s got two stylists when he’s working, but even at home he does an excellent job of always looking like the entertainment exec.

Now Ryan has debuted a new clothing line and the Wall Street Journal saw fit to include a story on its front page, in the paper’s Home & Dial Personal Journal section. Macy’s is buying into the launch of the line, called Ryan Seacrest Distinction, features a color-matching system to help regular guys match trousers to shirt to tie.  The Seacrest line will be in 150 Macy’s stores.

The collection is dominated by tailored clothing and accessories: Suits, tuxedos, dress shirts, ties, belts, and tie bars. Prices will range from $45 for belts to $550 for a suit.

“I’m not a designer, nor do I think I am,” Ryan told the WSJ. “I see an opportunity to help curate these different pieces for guys at an accessible level.”

The clothing comes with tags attached that are numbered 1 through 4. Each tag indicates a color family, so men can look at the number and be confident that if he wears all 1s everything will match. The color matching system, called “Style made Smart,” is modeled after the clothing system that Seacrest himself uses. In his closets each suit is on a hanger with a tie and pocket square in the jacket pocket and shoes for each outfit sit nearby. “I coordinate everything ahead of time,” he said.

Ryan wears Burberry suits on American Idol. Burberry designer Christopher Bailey is supportive. “I imagine there are many guys out there who admire his look,” he said

Hear AcheLew Irwin is in Berlin. Wonder if he is promoting his book, Deadly Times while he’s there? … What does it take for a video to go viral? Almost 4 million views and you will learn some insight into the world of viral videos by clicking the artwork ... It’s a K-EARTH throwback weekend with requests and dedications all weekend long … Stella Prado Kuipers, former pd at KOST, is joining Christian Talk KKLA (99.5) to focus on Multi-Media Marketing. She wrote on her Facebook page: "A new chapter in my life has begun and I'm proud to announce as of March 3rd, I am an employee of Salem Communications Radio Broadcasting company. I am thrilled to be a part of this company! I'm SOOOOOOOOO excited!" She may have jumped the gun since corporate hasn’t officially announced the appointment … Former KMPCer Dawna Kaufmann is finishing a book on the 50th anniversary of JFK's death, with her coauthor forensic pathologist/lawyer Cyril Wecht, who has been a life-long critic of the investigation. “Our 50th starts with the release of the Warren Commission Report, where Wecht first smelled a rat,” emailed Dawna. “He's a real player in this, so I'm taking care to make it a legacy for him. I'm half-way through.” ... The New York Daily News hints that Scott Shannon is not finished with his radio career, despite his 'retirement' from Cumulus' WPLJ-New York. "It’s not an option that I will leave radio," he told writer David Hinckley, "I retired from WPLJ, not from radio. I love radio. I love doing a morning show. I love getting to know the listeners.” ... KROQ's Ralph Garman will be on holiday next week to shoot a movie.

 Overheard.

KCET $$ Problems. Yesterday LARadio readers received an LA Weekly story about the finanal woes of KCET. Saul Levine responded:

"Thank you for publishing the article on KCET. It is incomprehensible that KCET allowed its public television affiliation to be terminated. The present condition of KCET was inevitable without a solid back up programming plan, which did not exist. In the 1960's I was involved with the Committee that helped establish KCET. One of my contributions was to steer the Committee away from its stalled efforts which revolved around raising hundreds of millions of dollars to purchase KTLA and was impossible to achieve, and instead apply for CH 26 which was available for assignment to public television. My own experience includes owning and operating two commercial tv stations in Hawaii for a decade ... (CH 26 in Honolulu, and CH 6 in Kona). I would be pleased to assist KCET if they so desired. My impression is that the proposed plans will not solve the the problems confronting KCET. I believe it will take a total rebranding and imaginative programming to pull out of the mess they are presently encountering. Saul Levine"

Click the artwork to learn how KEIB's Glenn Beck became the #1 answer on Family Feud

CBS Radio Down. When Les Moonves, ceo/president of CBS Corporation, spoke in the fourth quarter conference call, the radio segment was not part of the celebration and loss of political advertising was given the lion’s share of the blame. The radio division was flat compared to the same quarter in 2012. 

 Moonves was upbeat about the radio division saying, “In radio, we continue to put an emphasis on great, local programming, which is leading to bigger audiences. During the most recent ratings period, we had double-digit ranking gains in the highly coveted 25- to 54-year-old demo in many of our major markets, and non-traditional revenue from special events was up double digits over one year ago. Our strategy to combine the company's local tv and radio websites into a single online presence in every market also continues to pay off.”

Funnie.

Email Friday

We GET Email …

**Firing DJs Will Eventually Doom SiriusXM

“Sirius XM still has not one channel for entertainment/celebrity news, like a TMZ channel. They say they do, but when you tune into their ‘entertainment’ channels, it’s always just chatter about how to make the perfect martini or people talking about their own lives, very self-servingly, I might add. Not the breaking celeb news so many people want these days.  But they offer gobs and gobs and gobs of sports channels ad nauseum.

Take my criticism with a grain of salt. I was a Sirius host for over 4 years.  We had free Gummy Bears in the kitchen until they hired Howard Stern. Then suddenly the Gummy Bear budget was busted. I guess I’m still scarred. Lol.” – Deborah Howell

** Motley Fools on SiriusXM Firing DJs

“Daniel Kline is right – at least about me. I will dump Sirius/XM if they keep lopping off djs. I wish they’d kept Terry Young on the 60s channel. The jocks make listening fun – if they’re good – and all of them are at least very good and sound very passionate about radio and the music they play.

I don’t understand why Pandora is considered a threat to radio. It’s more like Muzak; every song sounds like the one before it. It’s boring unless you’re a masseuse and want to keep your client half asleep. I don’t listen to Howard Stern so I hate to lose the djs just to keep him on the Satellite.”  – Sandy Wells

** No Jocks, No Service

“I recently decided not to renew my Sirius/XM subscription. It was a painful experience. The first service rep hung up on me after I told him I did not want to hear about the special offers he was required to tell me about. I called back and asked for a supervisor  It took him about 15 minutes to cancel my automatic three year renewal.” – Christopher A. Bury, Pasadena

** More Music, Less Personalities

“Juke boxes never win. On the other hand, the state of ‘personalities’ available today is wanting.

Listeners regularly complain about unnecessary djs and SAY they’d be happy with just programmed music.  After a short time they stop listening because they become bored. They know something's missing, but just can't get their fingers on exactly what it is. What they're missing is simply human contact and content. That’s why juke boxes never win.” – Chuck Southcott

** KABC Bad Press

“It's somewhat telling that KTLA would not respond with comments to their co-owned LA Times, no less! KABC seems obvious as a good place to wind up, when one's career ‘fizzles.’

All Jillian Barberie has to do is find a way to cope with her no-brainer control freak boss, in her new gig. I wish her luck.” – Greg Hardison

** Jillian a Self Promoter

“Oh, what a SAD day that Jillian Barberie is back… again! She is the worst and is much too interested in promoting herself that in any of the guest she interviewed. 

I for one will not be listening to KABC radio again. 

Thanks for letting me know in advance, so I can tune my radio elsewhere.” – Joy Clevenger, Laguna Beach

** Not Much Excellence at the EIB Network

“Regarding David Bernhart’s comments on 2.12.14:  I was also listening several weeks ago to KEIB’s Clark Howard show. After the Fox Newscast, I was expecting Clark’s show to continue, but Phil Hendrie’s show came on, but just for a few minutes. Phil was a few minutes into a bit, when his voice(s) simply faded out, and up popped Clark Howard’s voice. 

Somebody at KEIB’s studios seems to have been asleep at the controls both times David and I were tuned in. And this is how a Clear Channel station is run? And they expect people to listen so they can sell air time to advertisers? 

Good luck boys.” – Steve Nieto

** Reaction to Mary Lyon Email

Mary Lyon wrote about Sean Hannity yesterday. 'Please don’t relocate here to True-Blue California! You’ll find a majority of us here to be far more inclusive, broad-minded, and tolerant than you can stand, as well. Despite what conservatives preach, selfishness is NO virtue, and you as a loudly-professed Catholic ought to know that. Hint: our Pope sure does. Since you don’t like paying taxes – as responsible citizens do and should because they care about a shared responsibility for the overall health, strength, and vitality of their communities – I suspect your ‘contribution’ to New York won’t be missed. Another hint: that's the REAL ‘rising tide that raises all boats.’ If I were a New Yorker, I’d have just two words for you – ‘Good Riddance.’

Yes, well I can certainly see what you mean by 'inclusive, broad-minded, and tolerant,' Mary." - Bruce Harris, West Covina


Email Thursday (2.13.14)

We GET Email …

** KABC Versus KFI From Noon to 3

“There is a renaissance underway in LA talk radio. In one week we have two new afternoon shows debuting on competing stations. These shows feature a teaming of experienced personalities working together for the first time.

Mark Thompson and Elizabeth Espinosa on KFI and John Phillips and Jillian Barberie on KABC. In my view, this is a tremendous improvement over what was on before. Not being a fan of Rush Limbaugh, I would turn off KFI after Bill Handel and not come back until John & Ken at 3. Mark and Elizabeth have proven themselves to be broadcast professionals and should be very successful in this medium.

John Phillips and Jillian Barberie could be the boost that KABC needs to get back in the game. I, like a lot of others, believe that John Phillips has been terribly underused by KABC, glad to see him with a regular, timely gig. Jillian is a natural talker and outstanding personality. I look forward to enjoying their respective shows. Isn’t competition great?” – Herb Redholtz, West Covina

** Women in Midday

“Wow, really?  With all the talented women in radio, Cumulus gives a prime spot to Jillian Barberie?  Ms. Barberie has no radio experience and, let’s face it, a fluffy resume.  But she gets a prime spot on a major market station?  Goes to show that great assets can still buy your way into places you really aren’t qualified for.  It also shows that radio is still a boys club.” – Karen McHale, Whittier

** Boo-Hoo for Hannity

“I am writing this while playing the world's teeniest violin in sympathy with That-Guy-Whose-Name-Rhymes-With-Vanity and his sniveling whine about having to move from New York because he no longer feels welcome.

Awwww, boo-hoo, Sean.

Please don’t relocate here to True-Blue California! You’ll find a majority of us here to be far more inclusive, broad-minded, and tolerant than you can stand, as well. Despite what conservatives preach, selfishness is NO virtue, and you as a loudly-professed Catholic ought to know that. Hint: our Pope sure does. Since you don’t like paying taxes – as responsible citizens do and should because they care about a shared responsibility for the overall health, strength, and vitality of their communities – I suspect your ‘contribution’ to New York won’t be missed. Another hint: that's the REAL ‘rising tide that raises all boats.’

If I were a New Yorker, I’d have just two words for you – ‘Good Riddance.’ – Mary Lyon   

 ** Jillian Easy on the Eyes

“RE Jillian Barberie moving to radio: Hope KABC has an in-studio webcam.” – Gerry Downey, Detroit

** New Head to Head Middays

“See, this why we need you! I listen to KFI and KABC each and every day. It’s almost as if these folks have become my friends. Where else can I find interesting articles about my ‘friends?’

Now, you’re becoming one too.” – Mike Hilburn 

** Open Email to KABC Management

"I am an avid listener of KABC radio for many years. I heard that John Phillips is pairing up with Jillian Barberie with a new talk show. Did you put a gun to John Phillips head when you informed him of this decision?  Did you check with Steve Edwards over at Fox for a recommendation on Jillian Barberie?  

The happiest day of my life and the happiest day of Steve Edwards’s life was when Foxfired both Jillian Barberie and Dorthy Lucey. Jillian Barberie and Dorthy Lucy badgered Steve Edwards on the air for years. Their treatment of Steve Edwards was harsh, liberal stupid, [not just regular stupid], hurtful, and condescending. 

Jullian Barberie’s next fashion show failed quickly. Jullian Barberie has absolutely nothing to say that Hillary Clinton or Nancy Pelosi hasn’t already said. Is John Phillips going to sit in silence as Steve Edwards did for years whenever Jillian Barberie opens her pie hole? What kind of talk radio is this?

P.S. Put up some more radio towers so I can hear the station clearly in Orange County and your ratings might go up. Bill Handel is vulnerable. He is not funny any more." - Richard Faher, Placentia


Jillian Loves Radio

(February 12, 2014) Regular viewers to Good Day LA on KTTV/Channel 11 knew that Jillian Barberie loved radio. She was always quoting from something Howard Stern had said that morning. Her love for Howard manifested itself in New York recently when she emceed Stern’s 60th birthday celebration.

KABC is giving Barberie the opportunity to have a daily spot on the medium she loves, as she now joins John Phillips for a new midday offering on the talk radio outlet.  The new show will debut on Monday and will fill the noon to 3 p.m. timeslot.

“When she talks about radio and Howard, Jillian lights up like a Christmas tree,” said John about his new broadcasting partner. “She knows more about the radio industry than she does about tv, which is odd considering she made her career in tv. She follows it very closely.”

John added: “Generally when tv people do radio it’s always like a step down for them and you can tell there is a certain level of bitterness. I think with her it is the direct opposite.”

Phillips is very optimistic about the new show. “She's gonna come in like a whirlwind and the audience will love her." 

Steve Edwards, himself a KABC veteran, sat on the Good Day LA stage with Jillian for her 18 years. “Jill is unique, funny, and unpredictable and a lot of people in LA will be tuning in,” emailed Steve. “She and John already have great chemistry and this should be a show that will, in the very least, generate a lot of talk and excitement.”

Anatomy of KABC Hire.  So what’s the story of how this new partnership of Phillips and Barberie came into being?  Eric Weiss is a super-agent, representing many LARP. Several months ago he was thinking about how KABC was going to offer new opportunities for live and local at KABC as management moved the syndicated Sean Hannity and Geraldo Rivera programs off of the station. “I was trying to think of someone who had the following criteria: great name value in LA, a fresh face to the medium of radio, who would be highly relatable to both men and women and was a dedicated user of social media,” said Eric.

“And I realized it was Jillian for all of those criteria,” continued Eric. “I didn’t know her, but contacted her to discuss the possibility. She loved the idea and said she loved the freedom of the medium and had always wanted to do a daily radio show. I arranged a meeting for us with John Dickey who immediately understood that she was a perfect fit for KABC and had a natural chemistry with John Phillips.”

Well kids, that’s how it is done.

Rubin on Jackson. “I never thought I would be the lead story on Entertainment Tonight,” said KTLA/Channel 5’s Sam Rubin. Sam was making reference to his satellite press interview with Samuel L. Jackson. Sam had a senior moment confusing Jackson with Laurence Fishburne. Sam was interviewing Jackson and the interview started badly and got worse.

“There must be a very short line for your job,” said Jackson. When Sam wanted to talk about RoboCop, the reason for the interview to begin with, Jackson said, “Hell, no.”

You can see the cringe worthy interview by clicking the artwork. Later in the day, Sam had issues with how TMZ handled the story and told Harvey Levin so in this clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axq1pKLZhB8&feature=youtu.be

During Tuesday’s KTLA Morning News, Sam said that he learned “it’s easier to report the news, than to be the news.”

Hear AcheMichael O’Shea flew into Dallas earlier this week to take part in a live, on-air (tv) surprise 50th birthday party for Glenn Beck. “It was a magical and fun day for me,” said Michael, former pd at 710/KMPC. “I hired Glenn when he was 15 for part-time dj work at KUBE-Seattle. It was a tremendously fun hour show.” … Brad Cramer thinks he may know why Elizabeth Espinoza took the KFI midday job with Mark Thompson. CNN Latino, where she has been working, is shutting down just a year after its launch. “CNN Latino was not able to fulfill our business expectations and we are discontinuing the programming this month,” a CNN spokesperson said in a statement … Tom Julian is looking for a part-time radio producer for his Christian program with music and talk that airs every weekend on KPXQ-Phoenix. You can reach Tom at: frankguilante@yahoo.com714.270.1603

A Nebraska Visit to L.A. Live. Having just recorded a podcast with Ben Lyons for ESPNLA.com, Bruce Dern was brought over to the KSPN microphones during the Mason and Ireland program.

“Dern is a legend, nominated for Best Actor at this year's Oscars for Nebraska. Plus, he’s a walking sports almanac and a big sports bettor!” said Steve Mason on his Facebook page. Dern recalled stories about watching the Lakers both in Minneapolis and Los Angeles, with a special nod to Elgin Baylor. “He would leap up and hang in the air for seven seconds … had Elgin been playing now, he’d be a huge star on ESPN
."

Overheard.

Hannity Moving? Sean Hannity, now on KEIB, may be making plans to leave New York. He has put his Long Island estate up for sale, asking $3.6 million, according to a report in Newsday.

Hannity said last month that he would leave his home state after Governor Andrew Cuomo said on  a radio program that Republicans who are “right-to-life, pro-assault weapons, anti-gay … have no place in the state of New York because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”

Cuomo’s supporters said he was referring only to political candidates and not to individuals. But Hannity and others said they didn’t feel welcome either if the governor believed candidates who share their views aren’t welcome.

“Gov. Cuomo, I’m going to leave and I’m taking all of my money with me – every single solitary penny,” Hannity said at the time.

Hannity’s house is a 4,824-square-foot brick Colonial, built in 2001 and sits on 2.05 acres. It is gated and has a pool, observation deck, stairs to the beach and six fireplaces. The annual property taxes are $56,989.

Fellow conservative talkers Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck already have fled the high-tax state for two without state income taxes. Limbaugh has been in Florida since the 1990s and won’t work even occasionally in New York to avoid paying tax there. Beck, more recently, moved to Texas.

Funnie. The presidential faces on Mount Rushmore are as high as a five-story building, about 60′ from chin to top of the head. The pupils of eyes are 4′ across and the mouths are 18′ wide. The carving took 14 years, from 1927-1941. The total cost was about $990,000. A total 450,000 tons of stone was removed. There are always at least two sides to a story and you know, there are some things that you just never think of like, Mt. Rushmore from the Canadian Side. 

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** John Phillips and Jillian Barberie’s New Show

“HURRAAAAAAAAAAAAY FOR JOHN PHILLIPS!!!!!” – Carmelina Montante, Paramount Pictures

 ** Whotta Pair

“Finally, after ALL  these years,  John Phillips gets his due: noon – 3 p.m. AND, he’ll be teamed with the one and only Jillian Barberie. What a pair. Competition, watch out.

John and Jill you will rule the slot. Go, go, go!” – Alan F. Ross

** Double Voices

“So glad you’re carrying on with the column, Don. Where else could I turn to let people know that an entire segment the other night of the Clark Howard show on 1150 AM The Patriot was enhanced by the countdown to the Fox News bottom-of-the-hour report going out over the air simultaneously: ‘Stations, you are eight minutes away from a Fox News update’ ... ‘Stations, you are seven minutes away from a Fox News update.’

It was very entertaining.” – David Bernhart, Burbank

** Rush Limbaugh’s Move

“It has been so fantastic to have you online during the Rush Limbaugh move to AM Siberia. I have been waiting for 26 years for that day and to have you there covering the story made it all the more beautiful. Finally a downsizing I can get behind!

It always makes me smile when I see your email. You could always do it when the mood strikes or if you feel particularly passionate about a story. It doesn't have to be every day/week/month. Surprise us on occasion if you’re feelin’ it.” – Terry Legorreta 


New KABC Midday Show 

(February 11, 2014) Jillian Barberie, best known as co-host of Good Morning LA for 18 years, joins John Phillips for the new Mid-Day LA with Jillian Barberie & John Phillips show, beginning next Monday.

The sassy, Canadian-born Barberie has made a career out of hanging with the guys. While hosting Good Day LA, she also spent a decade on the Fox NFL Pre-Game Show working opposite Curt Menefee, Howie Long and Terry Bradshaw.  

“Jillian’s energy, experience and love for Southern California are unmatched. We’re absolutely thrilled that she’s joining the TalkRadio 790 team in this important role,” said John Dickey, evp/co-COO of Cumulus.

"I am so excited to be partnered with John Phillips," said Jillian. "I couldn't be happier to be a part of the KABC team, which is such a great place with incredibly talented people. I've always felt that there is something unique and liberating about doing radio.” (Photo: Dorothy Lucey, Steve Edwards, and Jillian Barberie)

“Jillian is not only a high-energy broadcasting star, she’s a real-life mom and trend-setter – and has an opinion on everything. We are going to give the listeners a reason to take a long lunch everyday. It's going to be a blast,” Phillips said.  


KFI Begins Next Level of Personality

(February 11, 2014) With bumper music proclaiming I jumped so high I touched the clouds, Mark Thompson and Elizabeth Espinoza began a brand new era at KFI from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. “Wow, this is our maiden voyage and it is very exciting,” said Thompson at 1:05 p.m. yesterday. Espinosa added, “It is. It’s real.”

Thompson and Espinosa have been staples on Southland television for years. Thompson, a multi-Emmy Award winner, was the nightly weather anchor and environmental reporter for KTTV /FOX 11 for years. Elizabeth is a multilingual multi-Emmy Award-winning CNN and KTLA/Channel 5 reporter and anchor. Currently, she is the host of Sin Limites on CNN Latino.

What drew Robin Bertolucci, pd at KFI, to hire the pair? “Our goal at KFI is to put together an eclectic collection of interesting people,” responded Robin. “Mark Thompson and Elizabeth Espinosa fit the bill beautifully.”

Robin said that she has followed Mark's career for years and is no stranger to KFI. He's been involved with KFI both as a fill in host and as a regular Tuesday night contributor to Tim Conway Jr.'s show.

“Mark's smart, irreverent and has a wicked sense of humor,” added Robin. “Elizabeth and I met in person a couple years back, after having watched her for years. She's got a great personality, grew up right here in Southern California, and she's a well-known news goddess. We are thrilled to have them both on our team.”

Thompson praised Espinosa’s news background. “Through all of Elizabeth’s pleasantness and charm, she has tremendous news cred. She can get anybody on the phone in this city. She can talk with a great depth about so many things related to things in Los Angeles and Southern California. It is such a cool luxury to have you here.”

“We are thrilled to bring Mark and Elizabeth onboard the KFI team – what a great addition to KFI's programming lineup," said Greg Ashlock, president/market manager for Clear Channel/Los Angeles. “Fantastic talent that are equally comfortable talking about everything from hard news to Hollywood.”

News during the show will be covered by KFI’s news director Chris Little

Shannon Out of MorningsScott Shannon was the originator of the “Morning Zoo” format at Z100 (WHTZ) New York.  In 1989, he arrived in Los Angeles to bring Pirate Radio (KQLZ) to the local airwaves, the biggest format launch since Boss Radio.  He returned to New York two years later to host the morning show at Z100’s crosstown rival, WPLJ, partnered with Todd Pettengill for over two decades.  Last Friday, Shannon abruptly announced his retirement, leaving Pettengill to be the solo morning host.

“Of course I’ll miss being a part of the morning show here on PLJ and I might even pop back in from time to time and try to get Todd to play a Rascals song or two,” said Shannon.

“Scott’s contributions to the industry and the station are incalculable and we thank him for his many years of amazing service and dedication to his many morning listeners,” said Cumulus evp/co-coo John Dickey about the departing morning man.

The platitudes aside, it’s possible the parting was less than amicable.  “He was forced out and it was ugly,” wrote Jerry Del Colliano.  Published at his online Inside Music Media website, Del Colliano speculated Shannon got too expensive for Cumulus (owners of KABC and KLOS locally) and they parted ways. (Thanks to NY Daily News for photo)

Good Morgan. Larry Morgan is the new morning man at KKGO, “Go Country.” He begins next Monday morning.

“I couldn't be more excited to be part of the Go Country 105 Team,” said Morgan, most recently co-host of the morning show at 100.3/The Sound. “Everyone at Go Country 105 has created such a great environment. It feels like family there. And the chance to once again wake up Southern California is going to be fun. The opportunity to play a ton of great Country music is a gig I could not pass up."

In addition to working at the Sound, Larry was on KYSR and was also svp of American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest. Larry appeared in the movie Grudge Match this past Christmas.

“Go Country” will add an associate for Larry presenting traffic and entertainment features. 

Money 101 Expands. Another hour will be added to Bob McCormick’s Money 101 later this month, as the news/talk station adjusts its daytime hours to fill the spot previously held by Dave Ramsey. Ramsey and his Financial Peace University jumped ship to KEIB, 1150 AM The Patriot last month.  Bob’s personal finance issue-oriented show will air 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. beginning February 24. His topics also cover a wide variety of issues including financial planning, technology, the workplace, shopping and saving, health, energy, taxes, and Social Security.

“Our listeners are going to enjoy hearing more of one of the most useful and interesting programs on the radio,” Valerie Blackburn, KFWB general manager, said.  “Bob is incredibly informed and totally in-touch with the money issues we all face. This show provides invaluable information we can all use every single day.”    

“We have enjoyed a great relationship with Dave Ramsey and his team,” said Andy Ludlum, pd of KFWB. “They are consummate professionals and Dave did a great job for us. It was a good partnership, but the opportunity to add more local programming to super serve our listeners prevailed.

 As part of the expansion of Money 101, LA’s Morning News with Penny Griego and Phil Hulett will now be heard from 6 a.m. – 10 a.m.  Following McCormick at 1 p.m. will be Business Rockstars with Ken RutkowskiLA’s Afternoon News with Maggie McKay andMichael Shappee from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. KFWB is also the flagship station of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Hear Ache. Former KFWB talk show host Michael Smerconish is joining CNN for a weekly tv show … Rush Limbaugh will be joining the on-air line-up of Talker AM 590 The Answer in the Inland Empire. “This is a great time for KTIE. We couldn’t be more excited to offer his show to our listeners in Riverside/San Bernardino and across the Inland Empire. Rush Limbaugh will be an excellent addition to the Salem line-up of hosts,” says Terry Fahy, gm at KTIE … Clear Channel has promoted Michele Laven to president of partnerships and local activation. She will continue to create strategic alliances and marketing programs with key distribution and content partners, while expanding the capacity of Clear Channel’s local market sales organizations to develop multi-market revenue opportunities, according to a CC press release … Sports talk personality Dan Sileo – who’s been working at stations in Florida for the past several years – joins Broadcasting Corporation of the Americas-operated XEPRS, San Diego “The Mighty 1090” where he’s the new morning drive host.  He takes over the morning show at “The Mighty 1090” from market pro Lee “Hacksaw” Hamilton who will remain with the station in another capacity … Lon Helton (photo) has have been nominated by the Academy of Country Music (ACM) as a finalist in the “National On-Air Personality of the Year” category.  The winners will be announced at the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Lon was pd at KHJ during its Country days in the early 80s. He is publisher of Country Aircheck, an industry trade magazine.  He won the ACM “National On-Air Personality of the Year” in 2009 and 2011…Tom Calococci, former pd at “The BEAT,” has exited his pd slot at Top 40 WFLC (Hits 97-3) in Miami.

Overheard.

  • “Peyton Manning looked old and unathletic. He looked slow.” (Colin Cowherd, KSPN)

  • "The WAVE is the perfect escape from the Super Bowl game where only one team has shown up so far!" (Mike Sakellarides, KTWV)

  • “This minimalist movie tells us nothing at all about who Redford is. Why he’s alone on this boat. Is he trying to reconnect with a loved one back home? Or any other detail that would help you connect with this mysterious character. Two-and-a-half stars for All is Lost.” (Michael Medved, KRLA) 

  • “Does Russia think all their male figure skaters are straight? Seriously.” (Stephanie Miller)

  • “Fox has a triple A farm team of blondes. And we’re never going to run out either.” (Don Imus, KCAA)

  • “Wow Scott Shannon retired but one would have to think in this radio climate that it has a hell of a lot more to do with an accountant’s numbers than it has to do with Scott’s age or ratings numbers.” (George Johns, radio consultant)

  • “The Olympics started with the five rings being shown but the fifth ring didn’t show up when snowflakes turned into rings. The guy responsible for snowflake #5 is probably dead or shipped off to a Gulag. This guy no longer exists.” (Peter Tilden, KABC)

  • “NBC is not firing on all eights, so why would they get rid of the #1 show?” (Tim Conway, Jr., KFI, on Jay Leno leaving the Tonight Show)

Breakfast With the KozDave Koz (center) appeared on a KSBR livecast of Breakfast with Gary & Kelly.

“It was one of our largest studio audiences,” said Gary. “One of the many kind comments that Dave made after the show was about how great the audience was.”

Funnie. Indians got it right.  

Indian Chief 'Two Eagles' was asked by a white government official, 'You have observed the white man for 90 years. You've seen his wars and his technological advances. You've seen his progress, and the damage he's done.'

The Chief nodded in agreement.

The official continued, 'Considering all these events, in your opinion, where did the white man go wrong?'

The Chief stared at the government official for over a minute and then calmly replied. “When white man find land, Indians running it, no taxes, no debt, plenty buffalo, plenty beaver, clean water. Women did all the work, Medicine man free. Indian man spend all day hunting and fishing; all night having sex.'

Then the chief leaned back and smiled. 'Only white man dumb enough to think he could improve system like that.'
 

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** Listening Conundrum

“If somebody doesn’t tune in to Bill Handel or John & Ken anymore, how would that person know that Bill, John or Ken no longer have anything interesting to say’?” – Tomm Looney

** PSA Load

“I've noticed a LOT of PSAs [birth control, pet rescue, etc.] from the Ad Council running during Rush Limbaugh’s show on KEIB.  I presume these are free, or very low revenue, and wonder what that says about Clear Channel’s ability to generate revenue during such a nationally popular program.” – Roy Allen

** Kaci Christian’s Silent Project

“Great item on Kaci Christian.  My compliments.” – Claude Hall

** Magnus in LV

“If memory serves [and these days it serves at its own discretion], Johnny Magnus hosted a program in Las Vegas on KDWN (720AM) for several months before returning to Southern California.  I believe it was in the late 70’s or early 80’s.  You might call it Relocation with a Beat!” – Ira David Sternberg

** Super Bowl Commercials

“I’ve never seen so much money spent by some many irresponsible, uncreative people in control of too much money. Nobody is watching the watchers. The decision makers are inexperienced and totally out-of-control.

Zero spent on creative... millions spent on the buy. Too many pockets along the way.

What do I see? Opportunity!” – Don Elliot

** Rush Fans in a Dither Over Pre-emption

“I can't believe all these ditto-heads with their panties in a twist over 30 minutes of one Rush Limbaugh show on 1150 AM being preempted for a rare matinee Kings hockey game. Limbaugh used to get preempted regularly on KFI for any type of breaking news, from shootings, fires, etc. 

I seriously doubt that his show will be preempted on 1150 for anything less than a 9/11 scale national event, or maybe a very large earthquake here in So Cal, so even with one or two weekday daytime Kings game interruptions per year, there will still be a lot more consistently uninterrupted Rush than there ever was on KFI.” – Miguel Fernandez, Oxnard

** Future of Radio

“I too am concerned for the future of our business.  I asked my 18 year old daughter who her favorite radio personality was. She replied, "What's a radio personality"?   

 There was a very popular song back in the late 70's, when MTV was actually Music Television, by the Buggles called "Video Killed the Radio Star".  Well, come to find out video didn't kill the radio star...Pandora did.

My 22 year old son sent me a fantastic piece of music and I asked him where he heard it, 'The Internet dad, it's a wonderful magical place. You should try it sometime.'

I'm truly grateful for the time I spent at 105.5 KNAC and to have been a small part of a great radio station. When it seems that radio and the music it played mattered.”  – Norm McBride

** Radio McDonald’s

“I think with all the consolidation, radio has become boring.  If I can go to the airport and listen to JoJo on the radio in Los Angeles and get on the rental car shuttle in Cleveland and here was JoJo on the radio again who pretends he’s in Cleveland. US radio doesn’t have much to offer. Other than all-News stations, most of my music listening is on stations in Europe and Lebanon where radio stations don’t sound all alike.

If you decide to keep LARadio.com, it might be interesting to write about some of these stations in other countries just to offer something nobody else who writes about radio is doing. Since Canada is close by and is more similar and have may have radio personalities who may have worked in the US, it might be one to start with.” – Ron Karam

** Orange County Register Drops Radio Column

“I thought that the new owners of the Orange County Register were expanding their coverage rather than contracting it.

But I do think that people have lost interest in radio, and probably for good reason. When’s the last time you heard any really fresh, creative use of the medium? Why would anyone want to put up with all of the ads when they can plug their iPods into the car speaker system or stream their favorite music into it via mobile broadband on their smartphones? Without smart entertainers to accompany us on our commutes, what’s the point of listening to the radio?

Certainly not for news — except for NPR, occasionally. Local news is deadly dull, empty calories of police blotter items, celebrity tidbits, personal-finance tips, 'human interest' morsels, sports, traffic and weather. Is there anyone who steps out of a car feeling informed after listening to an all-news or talk station on the way to work?

I do believe that the only loyal listeners to radio these days are the members of the far right. But even they represent an old, dying audience, many of whom have not gravitated to the Internet yet to vent their spleen because they haven’t gotten the hang of spelling.

Ah, radio. Like live, black-and-white television, it was a wonder while it lasted.” – Lew Irwin STUDIO BRIEFING

** Say It Ain’t So, Joe

“To paraphrase some kid a long, long time ago in a faraway galaxy...’Say it ain’t so Joe.’

I've enjoyed reading your column for over a decade, it's like a friend coming over for coffee each morning to ‘chew the fat.’ But I certainly understand you questioning the relevance in these times we live in. Yet a part of me thinks it’s more important today than yesterday because of the challenges we face. You taking the time, which is a very precious commodity, to keep your reader base informed is a stamp of validation that radio is still the viable medium it always was. People just need to search a little more to find the good stuff out there and you can continue to be their guide.

Every Saturday I’m blessed because I get to play records for my ‘friends’ both real and imagined and in spite of the alternatives out there, these ‘friends’ choose to share their day with me instead, because I add value to the music I select and that is not available on Pandora, Spotify or anywhere else.

Whatever you decide, I consider you a friend and not the imagined kind.” – Bob Goodman, KSBR 


Sunday Funnies

One day, a man came home and was greeted by his wife dressed in a very Sexy nightie.
'Tie me up,' she purred, 'and you can do anything you want.'
So he tied her up and went golfing.

**

A woman came home, screeching her car into the driveway, and ran into the house..
She slammed the door and shouted at the top of her lungs, 'Honey, pack your bags. I won the lottery!'
The husband said, 'Oh my God! What should I pack, beach stuff or mountain stuff?'
'Doesn't matter,' she said. 'Just get out.'


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Top Radio CEO's Address the LARP Community

(February 1, 2008) The ballroom at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel was jammed yesterday morning for the radio ceo-stacked panel discussing the “Status & Future of Audio-Anchored Advertising.” LARP from all walks of L.A. radio, representatives from the leading ad agencies, and radio clients enjoyed an early buffet breakfast followed by a two-hour program.

Acting as moderator was Kyle Acquistapace, executive vp and director of media planning for Deutsch LA. The program was co-sponsored by the Southern California Broadcasters Association (SCBA) and thinkLA. (Photo: Dan Mason, Gary Stone, John Hogan, Acquistapace, Farid Suleman, Jeff Smuylan, Mary Beth Garber) 

Mary Beth Garber, president of the SCBA, offered her opening remarks to the advertising world: “You could be turning to existing media for guidance. Because just like you, we’ve been re-evaluating, restructuring, and re-imagining our businesses to meet your clients’ needs. 

Your agencies are staffed by smart, experienced and creative people. So turn them loose to work with us. As others have already done. 

Instead of laying out more of your corporate dollars…invest your time and learn how others are already learning to work with us to create exciting, new media solutions by merging existing media together to create new media ideas. Because that’s really what your clients are asking for. Not  new media. But new media ideas that target and involve their marketing needs in ways never before imagined.” You can read the full text of Mary Beth’s remarks. (R&R's Cyndee Maxwell and Mary Beth Garber)

Each of the five ceo’s, in alphabetical order, had ten minutes for opening remarks, followed by questions from Acquistapace and the audience. 

John Hogan, president/ceo of Clear Channel Radio went first. “Radio today for consumers is a terrific medium. It is a vibrant, robust, ubiquitous, easily accessible, reliable, high quality source of entertainment and information,” said Hogan. He said that radio today, like a lot of traditional media, is challenged. “There are more choices for consumers. Technology has put more control in the hands of consumers.” 

(CBS Radio's Jeff Federman, Dan Mason, Dan Weiner; Farid Suleman and John Hogan)

Hogan said that radio is up for the challenge. “Performance and capability are not a problem. Our problem is one of perception. Radio today is perceived very differently than it actually reports. There is a disconnect between what radio does and can do and what it is perceived of being able to deliver.” 

Radio is the envy of a lot of media, according Hogan. “It is more than the power of a terrestrial signal. Radio is very much into the digital age with the rollout of HD and HD2 providing more choices and more opportunities.” He said the challenge today is one of perception and the goal of everyone is to narrow that gap between perception and reality. “We have to stop thinking of ourselves being in the radio business or just radio, but really to think of ourselves as being in the content creation and distribution business. That’s what radio does really, really well and the fact we have had the benefit of AM and FM signals for a long time we have the future benefit of a wide variety of distribution platforms.” 

Citadel's John Davison and Clear Channel's Greg Ashlock; Marcie Mills [manager CCU], Bob Moore [CBS/LA director of sales], Michael Weiss [president CBS Radio sales],
Marcy Elenbogen [vp media Fox TV networks] and Kathy Begley [vp media Fox tv station group]

 

Dan Mason, president/ceo of CBS Radio, used a word – engagement – that permeated through a number of the presentations. “Radio is the only engagement tool. I’ve known since I was 12 years old that this was the medium I wanted to be in. I was always impressed by the effect that disc jockeys had on the listening audience. I was always impressed how radio stations called people to action for a community event. I was always impressed always served their purpose in times of emergency.” 

Mason spoke to the importance of the new technology or ratings gathering, “We’ve worked with an antiquated diary system that is 30 years old. It is time that radio is measured with electronics.” Using New York as an example of good news for radio, the cumes are considerably up compared to the traditional diary method. “The top 5 stations in New York with the paper world had a cume of 6 million people. Top 5 stations in the PPM world have 12 million. That is bigger than the top three major New York papers and ten times the amount of XM and Sirius subscribers in New York.” 

If I listen to one more analyst or if I listen to one more Satellite advocate saying that radio doesn’t work, I’m going to turn into a werewolf,” said a passionate and fired up Mason. He cited numerous non-CBS Radio examples of how radio works really well. (Photo: Smuylan, Stone, Suleman)

Mason talked about the KLOS blood drive, which has resulted in over 100,000 pints of blood for people of Los Angeles. He talked about his southeast stations where tornadoes and hurricanes threaten the area constantly. Clear Channel has a better fuel distribution system than FEMA, said Mason. He talked about WWL-New Orleans being the only voice during Katrina. “Do you think those people were listening to iPods?” asked Dan rhetorically. “If there was a catastrophe, every one of you would get up, go to your car and turn on a radio station.” 

“We’re going to use technology to engage our audiences and advertisers,” offered Jeff Smulyan, chairman of the Board, president/ceo of Emmis Communications. “We’re not hiding from technology. We’re driving technology. You might not know that one of the hottest selling features with the iPod is an fm tuner.” 

Marc Germain; KABC's Matt Mallon, KRTH's Karen Tobin; and Emmis' Rick Cummings

Smulyan outlined some of the goals for the future. “In the next five years, our goal to have your radio tuner in every portable phone sold in the United States. He said he wants  to reach 400 million new devices and make sure that everyone listens to radio.” 

“What we will do,” concluded Smuylan, “is we will drive home to the public the incredible relationship that this medium had had for almost 100 years. We will do it with radio, on-air, television, print, outdoor, social networks and blogs. We believe radio has the ability to engage people, to make their lives better, their communities better and, yes, to move goods and services.” 

Gary Stone (l) is the president and coo of Univision Radio. “Spanish Radio continues to be dynamic as the exploding consumer base. The Hispanics engage in media is to play to their culture, values based on family, hard work and trust. They are passionate about life and everything they do reflects that passion. This makes the Spanish more connected to media than their non-Spanish counterparts.” 

Ten years ago, Univision didn’t have a single station in the top ten. Five years ago they had one station in the top five. Stone said that today it is not unusual to have two of the top 5 stations across key demographics in the general market in major cities like Los Angeles and Chicago.

Stone talked about the role of Spanish radio in the communities where radio is the only means of communicating. “Radio responsiveness is a beacon in times of natural disasters. It is the only medium to spread valuable information about governmental agencies in times of crisis. This is something iPods just can’t do.”

“The Radio will make a dramatic comeback in future years as this paradigm of radio changes as broadcasters embrace the new technology,” predicted Stone. “Radio, much like the housing or credit industries – which look rather bleak – will resurface as a smart place for advertisers to get the results needed to move their products or services. Radio has huge reach and targetability. It is the last thing you hear before you get out of your car to go into a business to make a purchase. Creating desire is what radio is great at. It doesn’t matter what the product looks like, smells like or cost. Use the power of the listeners imagination. Invest in radio now so the advertiser can go from being a good company to a great company.” 

Bob Moore and Ellen Brownstein; KPWR pd Jimmy Steal and Maureen Lesourd

At the end of his opening remarks, Gary Stone declared that he was no longer in the radio business. “Instead, I consider myself to be in the audio delivery business marketing platforms to marketers. I hope all of you will join me.” 

Farid Suleman noted that he was the last speaker. “Perhaps next time we can go in alphabetical order by company name. I think we all know what the advantages of radio are. We all talk there is a problem with perception, not in reality. I tried that with my shareholder’s last week with my revenues not growing. I said it was a perceptual problem. They didn’t buy it.” 

Emmis' Jeff Smulyan, Val Maki, Jimmy Steal;
 and CBS Radio's Dan Weiner, Jhani Kaye, Shotgun Tom Kel
ly

Suleman asked when this problem with perception start? “It started about six years ago around 2001 and it coincided with the massive consolidation that occurred in radio. Why did radio revenue stop growing when we owned multiple stations in a market?” asked Farid. “I think it coincided with a complete disregard for all the creativity that radio had to offer as a marketing solution. Instead, the focus moved to pricing. Essentially you had groups coming and pricing as a group. Use me for 100% of the buy and I’ll give you a discount. I think it started a downward slide in pricing. What we needed were effective marketing solutions to get radio to grow.” 

Radio One ceo Alfred Liggins, had a scheduling conflict and wasn’t able to attend the program. 

Chapter two will appear in Monday’s LARadio.com, which includes an outburst from a guest in the audience. 

Hendrie Returns to LA Radio. Lots of changes ahead for the local progressive talk station. Rachael Maddow from MSNBC steps into the KTLK afternoon drive slot following the departure of Marc German. Rachael is no stranger to the station, previously an evening host for the station. Mike Malloy will return to the station from 6 – 9 p.m., then the popular veteran Phil Hendrie (l) will be on from 9 p.m. – 1  a.m. 

Two of the shows will offer time exclusively for their Los Angeles listeners. Phil will do a local hour from 9 p.m. – 10 p.m. Likewise, Rachael will do an L.A. only hour from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Ed Schultz will be exiting the station due to the show being tape delayed. “In this current explosive political environment KTLK cannot afford to be tape delayed,” emailed KTLK program director Don Martin. “There is too much breaking all the time.” 

KOME Spot in San Jose. A number of readers, including Ted Alvy, emailed to point out that Dusty Hill, Frank Beard and Bill Gibbons were members of the band ZZ Top in this KOME-San Jose photo from the '70. Top: Ed Romig (pd), Dusty Hill, Frank Beard, Billy Gibbons, Dana Jang (md), Kenny Reuther with London Records - Back: Geno Michellini, Jona Denz, Captain Reif. 

ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 15, 2004, according to Alvy.

Hear Ache. Every Friday Long Beach Press-Telegram master columnist Tim Grobaty presents his "Friday Playlist" consisting of ten songs that represent an event, a holiday, something going on in the community or in his neighborhood or household. Tomorrow  Tim brings his "Friday Playlist" to WPMD.org's "Rock 50" show from Cerritos College. The show is hosted by Mike StarkJennifer Burns reported on the first born in Orange County shortly after midnight on New Year's day. The newborn’s 3-year-old sister wasn’t happy, reported Jennifer. She told her mother and father that the baby stays in the hospital ... Wonder why KKGO (Go Country 105) isn't giving the vacant afternoon drive slot to veteran Paul Freeman? He's terrific. Paul plays a 5 @ 5 segment with the playback of the Top 5 Country songs of the day. Curious about #1? Garth Brooks and Huey Lewis doing Working for a Living. 

Overheard.

  • “Electile Dysfunction: The inability to become aroused over any of the choices for president put forth by either party in the 2008 election year.” (Chuck Wilder, CRN)

  • “Scouts Inc ranks 156 Super Bowl players from Tom Brady down. I love lists. Guys collect stuff. Patriots have the top two players – Tom Brady and Randy Moss. Patriots have six of the top 10 players and ten of the top 15. Once you get to #20-50 it is very evenly split.”(Colin Cowherd, KSPN)

  • “Buzz Aldrin, the man on the moon, an alcoholic who quit drinking the morning of his launch.” (Boyd R. Britton, Doc on the ROQ, KROQ)

  • “If JACK/fm can’t quiet the vices in your head, at least we can give them a soundtrack.” (JACK/fm liner)

  • “Why is Kwame Brown starting?” (Vic the Brick, KLAC)

  • “MyKRTH.com and look for the morning show page. Go there. The #1 most searched page in radio in LA because of Lisa Stanley’s pictures.” (Gary Bryan, KRTH)

Dr. Laura Continues Relationship. Premiere Radio Networks announced it has renewed its long-term contract with Take On The Day LLC to continue providing ad sales and satellite distribution of The Dr. Laura Program, the #1 radio show in Los Angeles from noon – 3 p.m. “We’re excited to continue our relationship with Dr. Laura,” said Premiere president Charlie Rahilly in a prepared statement.  

LARP Rewind: February 1 

  • 1934 - Bob Shane, founding member of the Kingston Trio, born in Hilo, HI.

  • 1937 - Don Everly born in Brownie, KY; he and Phil, the Everly Brothers, charted 37 hits.

  • 1948 - Rick James (Super Freak, You & I, Mary Jane, Cold Blooded) born in Buffalo.

  • 1975 - Elvis Presley arranges meeting with Elton John for daughter Lisa Marie's 7th birthday.

  • 1986 - KHJ becomes "Smokin' Oldies" KRTH/am, featuring the hits of 1955-65.

  • 1988 - The Cars announce their breakup after 12 years of performing together.

Story Behind The Song: Don't Stop The Music by Yarbrough & Peoples debuted at #86 on the Hot 100 on this day in 1981. Born in Dallas, Calvin Yarbrough and Alisa Peoples had sung together in a choir, studied music in college, and performed with a group called Grand Theft before forming a duo in 1977. While singing at a local club, they were discovered by Charlie Wilson of the Gap Band and signed to Mercury. Don't Stop The Music, the debut single from their first album, The Two Of Us, peaked at #19 but reached number one on the r&b chart. Yarbrough and Peoples would marry in 1985. 

Jumping Frog Baby. Brandon Castillo and his wife Diana (l) are expecting their first child. Brandon is the producer of the K-FROG Morning Show in the Inland Empire and former morning show producer at K-EARTH. “He/she is due on 8-8-08! Diana and I are truly blessed and are inviting everyone to check out our journey.. we’re keeping a blog that we will be updating with all the craziness and happiness that this brings! You can view it here: http://babybullfrogblogger.blogspot.com/

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** PPM Only Mentioned Once at SCBA Confab
"While I admire all of the group heads for addressing new ways of generating revenue with all of our new technology, I felt the most important new technology was barely discussed at yesterday's SCBA breakfast.
(Photo: Tony Novia, Anthony Acampora, Duane Davis at yesterday's SCBA confab)

PPM is going to dramatically change the way we do business in Los Angeles and Riverside starting this fall. Dan Mason mentioned it, but there was very little discussion of it. That is the technology that is - without a doubt - what will affect radio more. With so many buyers of radio in the room, that's something I wish the group had discussed more in depth." - Anthony Acampora, Radiocrunch

** Hired Pacheco
“Great story by Manny Pacheco on the SAG Awards. I hired Many when he was at KRLA for an appearance at the Cycle World Motorcycle Show in Long Beach. He was a complete pro and a pleasure to work with. Glad he's still among us.” – Larry Huffman 

** KRKD QSL Card
“I thought I'd send along this old KRKD QSL card from 1933. Interesting to me is that the name of the DXer who reported hearing KRKD in York, Pennsylvania is the same guy who heard KWIK-1490 in Burbank 17 years later in 1950. The card has a nice artsty-looking shot of one of the KRKD towers looking up into the clouds. 

This QSL card was scanned for me by the same nice folks who sent me the KPPC QSL two years ago. It's from the Library of American Broadcasting at the University of Maryland, where they have a huge archive of old radio verification cards and letters.” – Jim Hilliker, Monterey

 

** Hullabalooer Perfect Performer
“In a perfect world, a performer like Dave Hull would have an honored place on the air somewhere for as long as he wanted to stay in the business. Really, there are only a handful of talents of that caliber in the history of LA radio. I hope you're back on soon, Hullabalooer!” – Jack Boxer


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