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(January 17, 2017) Ben Shapiro is leaving the morning show at KRLA. This makes an opening at the conservative talker ... Speaking of conservative talkers, Laura Ingraham (KPLS, 2002-03; KRLA, 2003-08; KGIL, 2008-09; KFWB, 2009-12) is eyeing a Senate run in Virginia and a challenge to Hillary Clinton's running mate, Senator Tim Kaine, according to a number of sources. Her backers have begun buying website domains for Ingraham to use should she decide to move forward. It includes: ingrahamsenate.net, ingrahamsenate.com, ingrahamforvirginia.com and ingraham2018.com. ... Apparently ESPN is moving ahead with plans to move Mike Greenberg from the ESPN Radio morning show he’s co-hosted with Mike Golic (KMAX, 1995-96; KWNK, 1996; KXTA, 2000-01; KMPC, 2001-03) since 1998 and place him at the helm of the new morning show on cable TV’s ESPN ... Ken Levine has started a weekly podcast, which he says will be an irreverent look at show business and life.  "I’m calling it HOLLYWOOD & LEVINE and here’s the link they can go to: http://po.st/QuZyDc." If it is as much fun as his blog, it will be a hoot ... iHeart coming up with huge retention bonuses for top execs.

Frosty, Heidi & Frank Add Nights 

(January 16, 2017) KLOS has struggled to find the right combination for the morning show starting with Heidi Hamilton and Frank Kramer a few years ago, while Frosty Stilwell dipped his toe into Talk radio in San Francisco. Last year, the Classic Rock station reunited the successful threesome by adding Frosty in order to capture some magic from the Triplets very successful run following Howard Stern at KLSX (now AMP/Radio) for over a decade.

KLOS has now developed "The Frosty, Heidi & Frank Night Shift," according to a story at AllAccess.com. The "new" show will air Monday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., which might give some momentum to the next morning's live show. The new show will feature a mix of “best of” material from earlier in the morning as well as new content never before heard from the show.


LARadio

2016 News

Compiled and Written by Don Barrett
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January: Charlie Tuna dies; March: CBS announces pursuit of alternatives for its radio division; KLAC new home for Clippers; Passing parade includes John Rook (former KFI pd), Ron Jacobs (pioneer of Boss Radio); April: Xmas music gone but KOST still #1; Doug Banks, Steve Julian, and Dr. Toni Grant die; May: Mars/fm dj Don May dies; June: KSPN official home of the Rams; July: Gerry Cagle Peterson reminsces about radio; Scott Shannon hosting Marconi Awards; Nicole Sandler has cancer; Pat O'Brien is a Business Rockstar; Kris Ankarlo joins KFI as reporter/anchor; Karen Tobin loses battle with cancer; KSPN's Max Kellerman joins First Take; Tonya Campos exits KKGO; John Phillips joins CNN; longtime voice of USC sports, Tom Kelly, dies; Tim Conway, Jr. and The Woody Show nominated for Marconi; Larry Scott, KLAC dj and Hall of Famer, dies; October: Regis gets PPB Roast; Neil Rockoff, former KHJ gm, dies; KFWB sold AGAIN; Scully stories; 1260 AM is Unforgettable; former KFI newsman Jay Lawrence ... we lost Jim Meeker, OC radio veteran; Melissa Carbone is set to scare you; Kimmel hits a homerun; Radio bankruptcy issues; You give us 22 minutes and we'll give you the world; Polka's Dick Sinclair dies; Remembering Roz Larman; November: Longtime KIIS CE Mike Callaghan dies; Red Mountain, Bill Shearer and Bob Nelson join the Passing Parade; Jim Carson leaves K-EARTH after 22 years; Frank Bull on Sports; Tami Heide exits CBS/LA after decades; Bill Handel returns to #1 in mornings 6+; Florence Henderson dies

About the Publisher of LARadio.com, Don Barrett

As publisher of LARadio.com, Don Barrett chronicles radio news and lists 6,000 people in Los Angeles who work or have worked in radio in the past 50 years. Barrett is a historian of contemporary Los Angeles radio history and author of Los Angeles Radio People, published in 1994. He published a second volume of the book a year later, along with the launch of a daily website column.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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