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KPCC Reporter Hit by Rubber Bullet While Covering Protests

 
(June 2, 2020) The violence seen in Southern California the past few days has hit home within radio newsrooms. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was shot in the throat with a rubber bullet by Long Beach police officers while covering the protests emanating from the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Under the law, reporters are specifically allowed access to protests in order to do their jobs. Prior to sending reporters into the field, KPCC had confirmed with officials from L.A. County and the cities of Long Beach, Los Angeles and Santa Monica that journalists were among those exempt from the curfew. Late Sunday afternoon, Adolfo posted his first tweet: “I just got hit by a rubber bullet near the bottom of my throat. I had just interviewed a man with my phone at 3rd and Pine and a police officer aimed and shot me in the throat, I saw the bullet bounce onto the street. OK, that’s one way to stop me, for a while.”

His next tweet described the pain he was experiencing: “The rubber bullet hit stings like a mf, and is starting to hurt, talked to doctor friends, said if not having trouble breathing then ok. Going home."

After visiting the ER: “The ER doctor said the rubber bullet didn’t do damage to my wind pipe. I can breathe. I’ll be chillin’ with the family and thinking about love, compassion, and healing.”


Chris Little
, KFI news director is also President of the Radio and Television News Association (RTNA) of Southern California. He sent out the following letter to the membership:

Dear members of the press: Over the weekend, a Long Beach police officer shot KPCC reporter Aldofo Guzman-Lopez in the throat with a rubber bullet (he’s ok). We’re trying to determine whether Guzman-Lopez was targeted, since he was standing off to the side of the protest, wearing his lanyard, and had just interviewed someone with his iPhone.

Two other KPCC reporters,
Emily Guerin and Chava Sanchez, encountered officers while they were making their way through an alley in Santa Monica. They raised their hands and yelled out that they were press, but one officer pointed his rifle at them anyway. (He was riding in a Sheriff’s truck, but we are trying to determine whether he was Santa Monica PD.) Guerin and Sanchez took off in the other direction without incident.

We’d like to know whether any of your reporters have experienced any issues with law enforcement while covering the protests. Please reach out to RTNA Executive Director Maydie Encinas at
info@rtna.org.  Thank you, Chris Little President / RTNA

KLOS Loss. There were other major stories about radio breaking yesterday. Gary Moore (l), one of the nicest guys and most talented in the business, was let go in the KLOS bloodbath. “After playing on the 95.5 KLOS team for some 22 seasons, I’ve been granted free agency!  Working at such a legendary rock behemoth with 6 pds, 7 gms and THE finest radio pros a guy could ever hope to meet has been the time of my life – so far.  But there’s still a lotta high octane in the tank – upward & onward!  Derby City looks mighty nice this time of year.” Gary is fielding your calls and emails: (310) 801-4279 garymoore44@gmail.com

There were more high profile personalities lost in the bloodbath. “Frosty Stilwell has been let go permanently,” said Frank Kramer on Monday morning during his KLOS morning show with Heidi Hamilton. Frosty joined Heidi and Frank at KLOS four years ago. But there were more. “A lot of people let go around here,” said Kramer. “A lot of people have been asked to make major lifestyle sacrifices just to keep the lights on.” Frank said he did his best to keep everything the same, keeping it normal, “but that was not going to happen. Management decided to go in a different direction. Who knows what they will decide tomorrow. It’s not something that seems to be consistent but I guess we will have to wait and see.”

Frosty wrote on Facebook: “It is now the Heidi & Frank Show, and I hope you will continue to give them your support. Don’t blame them, they had no say in this. Some of my best friends are in that room and I only wish everyone remaining on the show the best going forward.” He continued: “Apparently management's budget-cutting axe swinging also cut several others and perhaps I should feel honored to be in the same company of executed LA radio legends Gary Moore, Jim ‘JD’ DanielsSteve ‘Jonesy’s Jukebox’ Jones, and Frazer Smith (mornings at KLOS before Mark & Brian) and Anthony was also cut from the morning show.” Nighttimer Greg Beharrell was also let go.

 Many of those responding to the news on Facebook have been fans of The Triplets since KLSX days twenty years ago. “I hope you understand there was nothing I could do about this,” wrote Frosty. “So like it or not, I am off the team. I will have more to say later. But just not right now.” Listener David Munoz wrote to Frosty on Facebook: “So sorry you got let go Frosty. Thank you for making me laugh and putting a smile on my face when I drove into work. It was better than any cup of coffee I’ve ever had. God bless you Frosty and may God always look over you and Denver Dog as you turn a page in your book of life.”

Hear Ache. Power 106 morning man Nick Cannon decided he had to go to Minneapolis. He told Variety:  “I needed to be right there on 38th Street and Chicago where George Floyd’s life was tragically stolen from him. People are searching for a new normal. I don’t want to go back to our old normal — clearly that was killing us on many levels. What we need is a new normal, a new paradigm” … Adam Carolla took to Zoom last night for his popular tour show Adam Corolla is Unprepared … KFI newsman Kris Ankarlo’s experienced having his tires slashed over the weekend. “I’ve only got one full-size spare. Those were new tires too,” he wrote on Facebook. His boss, Chris Little, suggested that it comes with driving a SUV that looks like a police vehicle  … KROQ’s Kat Corbett was going on air Sunday when she wrote: “My job is to be upbeat on-air, but with what’s going on right now that’s not where my heart is. KROQ is a music station, not talk or news. I’ll play music and do my thing, but my thoughts are with the folks dealing with the incredible bullshit of racism. My neighborhood is destroyed. Everyone is talking about the looting. Protesters’ message is lost in the damage. To be clear, there were two parties yesterday. Protesters and those who came to loot and destroy. Don’t confuse the two.” … Former KOSTer Ira David Sternberg covers all things Las Vegas and wonders, once the craps games open, can the shooter blow on the dice?


With Morning Rush, The Poorman is Out of Limbo

 
(June 1, 2020) Southern Californians have seen and heard Jim Trenton for years, albeit more likely by his moniker The Poorman. From his days at KROQ including Loveline, being a regular on Rick Dees’ KIIS/fm morning show, even a year long stint doing nights at hip hop giant Power 106 (KPWR), Poorman’s Bikini Beach on tv, plus a longtime Internet presence, Poorman has always found a loyal audience.

Now he’s back on the radio, hosting Poorman’s Morning Rush weekday mornings from 7 – 10 a.m. on KOCI-Newport Beach. A friend suggested he call the station to see if they needed a surf reporter. “I called (KOCI ceo) Brent Kahlen, a great businessman and radio junkie who himself used to be a featured KROQ jock before they were ‘ROQ of the 80s.’ I went over to provide a surf report, and the next thing I know I’m doing mornings!”

It all began April 1, 2019. The station has a format of “deep cut” Classic Rock. Poorman takes his show a step further, terming it “progressive Classic Rock,” but he admits that’s not quite accurate. “My show begins with a blank easel every morning, I can play whatever I want. I often start off with a music theme – your favorite female artist, a song you’re secretly a fan of but afraid to admit, your original and favorite cover record, and so on.”

Eclectic is an inadequate adjective. “People now have the Internet, they don’t want to hear one type of music – I can hammer punk rock which could be followed by Jimmy Buffet, followed by the Chemical Brothers, followed by the Surf Punks.” He finds the progressive Classic Rock format “is interesting – programmers think older (and younger, too!) people want to hear one type of music… (yet) my program spans all generations to all genres of music – variety but not typical. I have discovered in doing the show for more than a year, because people have easy access to all types of music online, their tastes have expanded.”

“I feel Poorman’s Morning Rush is the closest thing I’ve enjoyed doing since the glory days of KROQ. It’s basically a progressive Classic Rock format combining all genres of music and all eras with plenty of listener interaction and giveaways. I take listener instant requests, real, not pre-set up. …I’m always surprised with what listeners come up with. Tons of people phone, text, email, and social media requests. It’s all about the collaboration between listener requests and my gut.”

Each day, Poorman features a “World Premiere Song of the Day” a song getting a first play ever on radio.” 

When asked how his current program compares with his past experience, Poorman said “I think this is the closest thing to the glory days of KROQ, but even KROQ had a format. For example I can play Soft Cell. I’ve discovered they have a lot of other incredible music besides Tainted Love and Sex Dwarf. We now go way beyond KROQ’s format.”

He periodically offers punk rock, something rarely ever heard on the radio. “I thought it was crap back in the day, but now I love it! A lot of people like punk rock, and many don’t realize there are quite a few punk rock classics that rarely, if ever, got played on the radio. A programmer would never play them in the morning, but I do, and it works! I’ve even played ten minute songs in the morning! The flexibility and the freedom is different than any other place I’ve worked at.”

Poorman said there are a few similarities to college radio, yet the difference is “unlike college, I mix in the hits.”

“I talk to listeners on air, and that can be pretty funny. We also feature the ‘Mayor’s Minute’ with Newport Beach Mayor Will O’Neill. We recently chronicled live on the radio his daily battle with Governor Gavin Newsom  keeping Newport and the Orange County beaches open despite the Governor’s order to shut them down during the pandemic. This battle received national news coverage, and we had exclusive access with the Mayor everyday. It was intense, great radio!”

The show also includes a Surf Report, the aforementioned “World Premiere Song of the Day,” a Loveline-themed segment, plus having sponsors “pop on the air with me.” Poorman does “a ton of giveaways, people don’t do that very often anymore – restaurant swag, the Poorman ‘social distancing t-shirt,’ hoodies, the ‘PoorManDana’ (Ed. note: These items are also available for purchase, ordering information below), gift cards, and more. BTW, giveaways, big and small, are winners! For whatever reason, radio has forgotten the audience loves stuff ‘for freeeeeeeeeeee.’”

Among the fans of Poorman’s current show is longtime LARadio veteran Kurt Kretzschmar, now Senior Director of Affiliate Sales for Premiere Networks. “I’ve listened to The Poorman for many years, starting with my days at Arcadia High School when some of the KROQ dj’s would perform at school dances, extending though my days at UCLA and after that. I was a P-1 listener of Loveline while he was the host, and watched his Poorman’s Bikini Beach show on KDOC-TV.” 

Kretzschmar said he knows why Poorman is succeeding with his latest venture. “He’s always been cool, entertaining, and knows what Southern California listeners want to hear. To his credit, he has remained entertaining to this day,” said Kretzchmar.

KOCI describes itself as “Orange County’s Community Radio,” a non-profit, low-powered fm, its 42 watts on 101.5/fm covering the southern area of the county. Still, KOCI has a potential reach of more than one million (“many affluent”) listeners, plus their worldwide live stream at www.kociradio.com

Poorman gets his own advertisers (“I’m a pretty good salesman because I have to be”). He said his sponsorship “is booming and even growing during the current lockdown. In fact, I just landed a Barber Shop sponsor, a scant few days after Orange County reopened them. It’s the Official Barber Shop of Poorman’s Morning Rush. They even want me to get a haircut!”

“I’ve kept my sponsors through the whole pandemic. I have some pretty innovative ways of integrating my sponsors into the show. From a financial standpoint, my morning show on this little station has turned into a windfall. What’s really wonderful is many of my sponsors are mainstream, big money companies. I have car dealers, financial advisors, brokerage houses, an air conditioning / heating service…I had restaurants advertising curbside service, now they’re reopening for regular business in the OC. I’ve had to think outside the box my entire career, so I do unique things with my sponsors that nobody does.”

He thinks now is an opportune time for radio. “There are no new tv shows, people have maxed out with Netflix to a certain degree…radio is live, national, local and could be slammed with sponsors. My show certainly is.”

Poorman thinks his show would be successful in syndication. “I’ve got some things that would work in the mainstream very well. It could make any market a lot of money.” Always looking at opportunities regardless of the platform, Poorman is finding ways to keep himself busy. “I’m doing two things right now. The radio show is a huge priority five days a week. In 2012, I began acting in New York. I most recently had a starring role in the Surfaces video ‘Sunday Best,’ a huge hit on TikTok, and 60 million views on YouTube. I play the grumpy boss who has the only speaking part at the beginning of the vid. I did another video for (the group) Strokes called ‘Bad Decisions.’ where I play a 70’s QVC type host trying to sell a ‘Strokes Clone Machine.’”

He also has done tv commercials, including an ad “where I’m a burned out Pepsi janitor who has discovered a secret floor remaking  Crystal Pepsi (remember the clear Pepsi experiment in the 90’s).”

I love acting as much as I love radio. It’s different.” Poorman is inviting listeners to tune in Monday, where he’ll have a “major announcement” at 8:45 a.m. “People won’t even believe what I’ve been doing during the 17 days away from the station.” If you miss the announcement, he said it will be replayed at www.poorman.com.

He continues to enjoy and appreciate his current fortunes. “I feel very humbled and honored to be back on the radio, a job that came out of nowhere when I thought I couldn’t get a job, anywhere…life is good!” said Poorman. (Story written by LARadio Senior Correspondent, Alan Oda)
(If you’d like to order a “Poorman’s Social Distancing” t-shirt or Hoodie or “PoorManDana” (bandana), here’s how:
Venmo payment at @Jim-Trenton or PayPal pooorman@aol.com Choose Sizes: 2XL, XL, L, M, S (Men or Ladies).

Choose T-shirt $15 plus $5 shipping per shirt, PoorManDana $12 plus $3 shipping, and / or choose the hoodie $25 plus $5 shipping.
Please also provide Name, Shipping Address, Size, Quantity, Phone, Email Code: 6155 Allow 10 Days For Delivery. Thanks!)


Nostalgia Sunday - 20 Years Ago Today

Southland Radio Stations Profiled

 

(May 31, 2000) After 30 years with the Los Angeles Times, Judith Michaelson has retired. In recent years she has been the lead editor dealing with the radio community. She plans to return to Birmingham, Alabama, and join her family.

In Tuesday’s Valley Business Section of the LA Times, three Los Angeles radio stations were profiled. Since the stories were not available to most of the Southland, they are being posted today. The photos (Leigh Ann Adam, Danny Bonaduce, Jamie White, Big Boy and Ed Krampf) that accompanied the stories were all quite good.

Power 106 Is Making a Big Impact on L.A. Radio Scene
Entertainment:
Hip-hop philosophy, billboard blitz and a 400-pound disc
       jockey are lifting the self-proclaimed party station to a new level.

by
KATHLEEN O'STEEN,
Special to The Times

In the world of hip-hop, Power 106 is about as big as, well, the 400-pound man who is driving the morning show. With annual revenue of about $40 million and one of the largest outdoor advertising campaigns among Los Angeles-area radio stations, KPWR-FM (105.9) is being powered to even greater heights by the growing popularity of morning drive-time disc jockey Big Boy.

"Big Boy has truly become a big personality in the marketplace," says Don Barrett, publisher of LA RADIO.COM, an online radio resource. "He has just busted through the radio." For those who haven't seen the billboards, Power 106's current ad blitz features Big Boy (he won't reveal his real name) in a number of spoof-styled poses--dressed as Austin Powers, flying like Superman, wrapped in a white towel and shower cap with a yellow plastic ducky, doing the splits (he actually can).

"Big Boy is a big friendly person," notes Dianna Obermeyer, director of marketing and promotions for Power 106. "We wanted to get that across in this campaign. We think you don't have to be a specific age or race to like him or discover him." Obermeyer, an East Coast transplant who describes herself as a big woman, says she decided to celebrate Big Boy's "bigness" because everyone else in L.A. is "so thin."

It apparently is working. The billboard blitz, which is costing the station well into seven figures, can be seen gracing the city's freeways, high-density areas and places where people go to have fun, including Old Town Pasadena and Hollywood Boulevard. And Big Boy, 30, is now finding himself to be the celebrity of the moment, often doing guest stints on such shows as KTLA-TV's morning news show. "His image is definitely out there," says Michael Suman, research director for the UCLA Center for Communication Policy.

The station also keeps its brand out there through sponsoring concert events--Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dog will appear June 16 and 18 at Anaheim Pond--and through its nonprofit fund that raises money toward the education and employment of Latinos. One recipient of such money has been Homeboy Industries, which hires former gang embers. For 106 executives, keeping the station's image of fun is key. Program Director and Vice President Jimmy Steal describes Power 106 as a youth-targeted party station. "There's no in-office listening for us," he says with a smile, referring to stations that urge people to listen to them at work. "We're out to entertain people, to make them happy. We're saying it's OK to enjoy yourself."

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Owned by Emmis Communications, an Indianapolis-based company that has other radio and TV stations and recently bought Los Angeles magazine, Power 106's programming philosophy is simple. Keep the music in the urban, hip-hop genre (heavy on the rap) and target young Latinos, ages 18 to 34. "Latinos aren't really a niche anymore," says Val Maki, the station's vice president and general manager. "They are the general market here. Probably the census will show about 50% Latinos. The position in our marketing is that Latinos are Southern California's new mainstream." The philosophy has kept 106 in the top five among L.A.-area stations, moving it way beyond the early 1980s, when it was known as Magic 106 FM and featured such morning deejays as the late Robert W. Morgan. In a recent report from Arbitron, which rates radio stations, Power 106 was listed as third among L.A.-area English-language stations, charting listeners ages 12 and older. But in its target demographic of 18- to 34-year-olds, Power 106 rated No. 2. About 1.5 million people tune in every week.

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"To our audience, we have every bit of the kind of mass appeal of a station like KIIS-FM," Steal contends, "and even though people may not be aware of it, the influence of hip-hop sells an incredible amount of music, movies, apparel. We are what's happening in pop culture." As the program director, it's Steal's job to keep the music on the edge. In addition to a staff of music directors, he works with eight to nine mixers--many of whom are stars in their own right in the world of rap and hip-hop. "The mixers themselves are a draw," Maki says.

Big Boy began working as a disc jockey because he was friends with the then-morning disc jockeys. "At one time, I was the audience. I've always been a guy who had his hands in at the street level," he says. "I used to hang with these guys and they suggested that I should give radio a try." After two overnights of guesting stints, he was hired to do the night show. In 1997, he was moved to the station's most-sought-after spot, working 6 to 10 a.m. Most radio listening occurs during the morning drive, Maki says. "But for a station like ours, afternoon drive is also very, very huge." The station's afternoon deejays are Tha' Good Fellas, better known as DeJai and Romeo (3 to 7 p.m.). And while Power 106 is hitting strides with its targeted demographics, Maki says it continues to attract more and more blue-chip advertisers. "This is considered the No. 1 revenue market for radio in the world," she says. "Revenue is up 32% over last year, to over $800 million in this market. More advertisers are using radio and the advertisers who were using radio are putting more money into it. And the dot.coms have certainly added to it too."

There are bumps on the horizon for Power 106, though, namely the challenge to get its Web site fully operational and the station's eventual conversion to digital, which should get underway in the next 12 to 36 months. "We have an Internet site and it has lots of content, but we are not to the point where we are fully promoting yet," Maki admits. "But Emmis has set aside the budget to staff the site, which we're currently doing, and get it to where we want it in three to four months."

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Those kinds of worries hold little concern for Big Boy. His show is right where he wants it. "I don't worry about competition or numbers," he says. "I'm more of a self-challenged person. I put the challenge on myself and the ratings will fall in line." Copyright 2000 Los Angeles Times

They're Playing Our Songs
       Star 98 Calls Core Group Weekly to Find Out What It Wants to Hear
by
CONSTANCE SOMMER,
Special to The Times

BURBANK--They're programming my songs. They know that my girlfriends and I, growing up in the Valley in the '80s, listened to KROQ-FM (106.7) and KIIS-FM (102.7). They understand our need to still feel hip and edgy, but that we need it tempered with mellowness these days. They realize we will listen enthusiastically to the goofy, bubble gum and discordant, angst-ridden tunes of 15 years ago, because it brings back memories, but that playing today's teen fads will only prompt us to change the station.

The folks at Burbank's Star 98 (KYSR-FM [98.7]) are programming my songs, and predictably, I'm tuning in. In the business of radio, Star 98's business is women, ages 25 to 34, mostly white, affluent, college-educated and either married with young kids, or headed in that direction. I fit somewhere in that description, and it is disarming to discover that your musical tastes can be predicted and presented like data spewing from a computer printer. But over in the leopard-print and purple-accented studios at 3500 W. Olive St., people aren't so much unnerved as pleased. Years of fine-tuning and on-air personality juggling have produced a format that's easily understood and embraced by advertisers. As at so many other stations these days, the money drives the music, and no one shies away from admitting it. "The beauty of the modern adult contemporary format is it's a very advertiser-friendly market," said station Vice President and General Manager Ken Christensen, adding that Star 98 is one of the easiest stations he's ever had to sell. "A lot of buyers at the agencies are in our target [audience]. They get it."

They're not the only ones. Star 98 is the most closely watched station in its format in the country, said Tom Taylor, editor of M Street Daily, an industry newsletter. From its chatty, confessional female morning disc jockey, Jamie White, to its carefully targeted promotions, to its delicately balanced playlist, it's succeeding at being more than just another radio station, he said. "It's about an attitude, a mind set, a lifestyle," he said.

White, the morning-drive deejay, makes her listeners feel like she's one of their girlfriends, in the car with them, gossiping on the drive to work, analysts say. Promotions like plum tickets to the MTV Movie Awards appeal to women who would not be caught dead at the latest teen idol crowd crusher at the Greek Theater. And a format that sprinkles in the KROQ sounds of their youth offers such listeners just the smidgen of nostalgia they like to remind them of the past without making them feel like old fogies, closed off to new sounds.

"Some stations are built around the music," Taylor said. "This one is built around what the target audience is doing." The trick the Star 98 staff concentrates on is keeping the presentation current while still appealing to that core audience that is, according to Christensen, 65% female and more than 70% white. The station's strongest markets tend to be the Westside and the rest of the coastline, stretching to San Juan Capistrano, Simi Valley and Valencia, he said. The San Fernando Valley, with its ethnic melting pot and wide range of incomes, does not do as well for the station, he said.

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A couple of years ago, the formula seemed easy enough to whip up: "We were the Lilith Fair station," said Angela Perelli, Star 98's program director. But these days, the folksy female artists who headlined the summer concert tour and gave the sound its name are not topping the charts like they once did. In fact, it's getting harder to predict what Star 98 listeners want to hear, and Perelli finds herself cautiously giving the nod to, what for this station are, some extremes.

The station regularly internally ranks its top five hottest songs, or "powers," and Perelli noted that "this is the most eclectic group of powers I've ever seen." The latest list includes Santana's Maria, Maria, a "rhythmic" song with a repetitive beat that Star 98 usually steers clear of; "I Try" by Macy Gray, an offbeat singer Perelli is happily surprised to learn her listeners like; Creed's Higher, a harder rock song that might not have landed on the playlist but for the enthusiasm of the office staff; Sting's Desert Rose, a tune Perelli describes as more "world music" sounding than she usually plays; and Vertical Horizon's Everything You Want, the one alternative rock song that reflects the station's usual sound.

"We're getting to music styles that are more extreme," she said. "It does make it more challenging."

* * *

Still, the rules haven't changed too drastically. A listener calls deejay Lara Scott at 11:30 a.m. on a Tuesday, asking for a song by the Backstreet Boys, a teen pop group Christensen describes as too "rhythmic" for the station. "Sorry, we don't play that, but I'll write it down anyway," answers the cheerful Scott. Later, she explains: "The goal is never to say no. If we get a billion calls for the Backstreet Boys, maybe we'll start playing them."

Has that happened? Well, not yet, she says. In fact, if she were to put a Backstreet Boys song on right now, she adds, somebody would surely call to complain, saying that's not the sound they expect from this station. Star 98 doesn't just rely on phone calls and staff intuition, though, to figure out what people like me want to hear.

It calls L.A.-area residents weekly to play them snippets of songs and see if they'd want to hear more. And it pores over Arbitron ratings, which lately show that Star 98's afternoon show, with deejays Ryan Seacrest and Lisa Foxx, is its most popular, ranking ninth overall among L.A. radio stations, with a 3% share of the listening market.

The morning show, with White, rankled some fans last year when former "Partridge Family" child star Danny Bonaduce replaced Frosty Stillwell and Frank Kramer. The station felt that while the trio's ratings were increasing, a Bonaduce-White combination could do even better, Christensen said. That show currently ranks 14th in the market, with a 2.5% audience share, but the latest ratings show it's ninth, with a 2.9% share, among the coveted 25-to-54-year-old set.

It all jells as a package, radio experts say. "Any time I listen to Star, I regret I don't listen to the station more," said Tomm Looney, a local disc jockey and the author of a weekly Web newsletter on the state of Los Angeles radio. "I love the sound of the station, the production values. Whoever does the imaging of the station does a great job."

Star 98, along with KBIG and KOST, is owned by AM/FM Inc. But AM/FM is in the process of being acquired by Texas-based Clear Channel Communications Inc., which owns KIIS-FM (102.7)--yet another station that caters to young adult women. The acquisition could result in even more fine-tuning of the playlist--a process that, because of its uncanny accuracy, leaves me feeling utterly obvious. I'm almost ready to charge to my car radio right now, and defiantly program classical, jazz, clanging hard rock, twangy country and sports talk radio stations on the preset buttons.

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But here's the thing: Sometimes, a woman (between the ages of 25 and 34, white, college-educated, with discretionary income) needs a little Macy Gray, with a touch of Depeche Mode, to keep her day humming along. Copyright 2000 Los Angeles Times

KBIG Tunes In to Likes, Needs, Habits of Women Demographics:
Special events, giveaways, advertising
and music targeted to
its niche audience
has paid off with a 5.2 ratings share
in the 18-34 age bracket.

By
CHRISTOPHER WOODARD,
Special to The Times

   

GLENDALE--When disc jockey Leigh Ann Adam gave birth to her son, Caden Chase, live during KBIG-FM (104)'s morning show in April, Ed Krampf, the person, was deeply touched. "I got to tell you, I cried as it was happening," he said. But Ed Krampf, the station manager and businessman, had a more calculated view. He knew that the delivery--broadcast live from the hospital and photographed for posting on the station's Web site--would grab the station's core audience: Women.

"You can't believe the response we had. We received 6.4 million hits on our Web site the day of the delivery," he said. "I had one woman call to say she had to pull her car off the road, so she could wipe away the tears. We just overwhelmed them with emotion." With more than 80 stations competing for an estimated $700 million in annual advertising revenue, Los Angeles has one of the most intensely competitive radio markets in the country. To survive, a station has to find a lucrative niche, and in the case of Glendale-based KBIG, that niche is 30-something women.

"Let's face it, women make all the purchasing decisions, even if they aren't the end buyer," Krampf said. "Women decide what beer to buy, what clothes to buy. And in her child-bearing years, when she becomes more family- and nesting-oriented, a woman decides what furniture to buy and how to fix up the house. It's a very, very lucrative time for advertisers."

For years, KBIG existed in the shadow of KOST-FM (103.5), one of the city's top stations and a trendsetter in what's known in the industry as adult contemporary programming. "For years, KOST and KBIG battled each other. This was one of the great adult contemporary wars in the U.S.," said Mike Kinosian, adult contemporary editor for Radio & Records, an industry trade publication.

But all that changed in 1999, when KBIG's parent corporation, AM/FM Inc., agreed to acquire KOST. The deal has not yet closed, but already AM/FM has taken over management of the station. AM/FM also owns KYSR-FM (98.7), a Burbank station that appeals to younger adult females. With the acquisition of KOST, publicly traded AM/FM gained greater control of the lucrative female audience.

"Now that KOST, KBIG and KYSR are owned by the same company, the object of the game is not to step on [one another's] toes," Kinosian said. The dynamic is about to change again. AM/FM is being acquired by Texas-based Clear Channel Communications, which owns another adult contemporary powerhouse, KIIS-FM (102.7).

During the most recent survey by Arbitron, KBIG had a 2.6% share of the 1.7 million Los Angeles listeners ages 12 and older, placing it 11th overall, along with KYSR and another station. KOST came in third, behind Spanish-language adult contemporary stations No. 1-rated KLVE-FM (107.5) and No. 2-rated KSCA-FM (101.9).

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But in the important female 18 to 34 market, KBIG enjoyed a 5.2 share, compared with KOST's 5.0 and the 5.6 posted by KYSR. Los Angeles radio observers say the three stations have their own niches, with KYSR geared more to women in their late 20s, KBIG to women in their mid-30s and KOST to women in their late 30s and 40s. In his mind's eye, Krampf can picture the typical KBIG listener: She's 32 to 34, married and has 1.5 kids. She works, so she has to balance her home and professional lives. She drives a minivan or a Ford Taurus or Volvo station wagon to shuttle her kids to school and soccer. She listens to the radio at work.

As would be expected, the station's advertisers reflect that demographic: clothing retailers, such as Old Navy and Macy's, grocery stores such as Ralphs, and home improvement centers such as Home Depot. "It's a real sexy demographic that all the advertisers want to hit," Kinosian said.

To keep track of its audience's tastes, program director Jhani Kaye conducts an extensive phone survey each week. "It tells us if our listeners are getting tired of a certain song or artist," he said. What the listeners appear to want is upbeat, peppy music that makes them feel good, said Kaye, a veteran of Los Angeles radio who serves also as a programming consultant for KOST.

Regulars on the station's play list include such artists as Faith Hill, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, Santana, Backstreet Boys and N Sync. To attract and retain listeners, the station also offers prizes, such as a Caribbean cruise. KBIG is careful to keep its content family-oriented, and the disc jockeys often chat about the travails of raising kids and working or, in Adam's case, what it's like giving birth.

"At first, some people thought I was insane, but once they tuned in, I think they changed their minds," said Adam of allowing her April 10 Caesarean-section delivery to be broadcast live over the air and Internet. "We made sure it was very tastefully done, and it turned out to be an incredible experience."

It's too early to tell what that particular event will do for ratings, but the station's formula has allowed KBIG to boost its audience and revenue.

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Since last summer, the station's weekly ratings among all listeners between ages 25 and 54 increased from a 2.7 share to 3.5. Among women in that age group, the station's share increased from 3.4 to 4.7 during the same period.

Krampf, who also oversees KLAC-AM (570) from the same Brand Boulevard office suite, expects combined revenue from the two stations to reach $55 million in 2000, up from $43 million last year. The two stations have about 65 employees combined.

He attributes the growth not only to improved ratings, but also to a healthy economy that has advertisers pumping more money into radio. "I think they've discovered radio is a very effective tool, especially for dot.com companies looking to reach people at work," Krampf said.

Stations like KBIG face a significant challenge building a listener base in an environment where people can pick up radio programming from all over the world via the Internet. Krampf concedes the Internet has created a new challenge for his stations. "We were competing in Los Angeles, and all of a sudden we've been thrown into worldwide competition," he said. Still, listeners seem to prefer local stations for local news and traffic updates.

Perhaps a more ominous threat to stations like KBIG is competition from the Spanish-language adult contemporary stations, said Kinosian, of R&R. KOST for years was at the top of the heap in the women's market, but a few years ago, Spanish-language stations KLVE and KSCA surpassed it. "You don't want to do anything that's going to alienate such a large group," Kinosian said.

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Trying to appeal to Spanish-speaking listeners, on the other hand, is a challenge faced by all English-language stations in Los Angeles. By carefully surveying its audience, KBIG is able to reach bilingual listeners with programming they want to hear as well, Krampf said. "L.A. arguably is the most competitive marketplace in the world," he said. "But our strategy of going after the 30-something woman has been paying off for us, handsomely." Copyright 2000 Los Angeles Times

"K-Earth Top 300 of All Time"

KRTH Memorial Day
Top 300
1998

20. Return to Sender, Elvis Presley
19. Earth Angel, Penguins
18. Sherry, Four Seasons
17. Under the Boardwalk, Drifters
16. Blue Moon, Marcels
15. You Send Me, Sam Cooke
14. Walk Like A Man, Four Seasons
13. Up On The Roof, Drifters
12. Only the Lonely, Roy Orbison
11. My Girl, Temptations
10. It's All in the Game, Tommy Edwards
9. When A Man Loves A Woman, Percy Sledge
8. My Guy, Mary Wells
7. Dream Lover, Bobby Darin
6. Oh, Pretty Woman, Roy Orbison
5. Tears On My Pillow, Little Anthony
4. Shoop Shoop Song, Betty Everett
3. La Bamba, Richie Valens
2. Stand By Me, Ben E. King
1. Unchained Melody, Righteous Brothers

 

KRTH Memorial Day
Top 300
1999

20. Born to be Wild, Steppenwolf
19. Something, Beatles
18. Time Is On My Side, Rolling Stones
17. Respect, Aretha Franklin
16. California Dreamin', Mamas & Papas
15. I'm Still In Love With You, Al Green
14. You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling, Righteous Brothers
13. La Bamba, Ritchie Valens
12. We Can Work It Out, Beatles
11. Rescue Me, Fontella Bass
10. Stand By Me, Ben E. King
9. Just My Imagination, Temptations
8. And I Love Her, Beatles
7. When A Man Loves A Woman, Percy Sledge
6. Shoop Shoop Song, Betty Everett
5. Ooh Baby, Baby, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
4. My Girl, Temptations
3. Black Magic Woman, Santana
2. Unchained Medody, Righteous Brothers
1. Baby I Need Your Loving, Four Tops

 

KRTH Memorial Day
Top 300
2000

20. Every Breath You Take, Police
19. Oh, Baby Baby, Linda Ronstadt
18. Stand By Me, Ben E. King
17. Can’t Buy Me Love, Beatles
16. That Lady, Isley Brothers
15. Rhythm of the Rain, Cascades
14. Tears of a Clown, Miracles
13. Nowhere to Run, Martha & the Vandellas
12. Imagine, John Lennon
11. Black Magic Woman, Santana
10. Unchained Melody, Righteous Brothers
9. Reach Out, I’ll Be There, Four Tops
8. I Say A Little Prayer, Aretha Franklin
7. Baby, I Need Your Lovin,’ Four Tops
6. When a Man Loves a Woman, Percy Sledge
5. Rescue Me, Fontella Bass
4. Something, Beatles
3. Evil Ways, Santana
2. Oh, Pretty Woman, Roy Orbison
1. My Girl, Temptations


Email Saturday, 5.30.2020

** Remembering Terry Nelson

Terry Nelson was my boss at two radio stations in Sacramento, KROY and KXOA. He was my mentor and a good friend. He was also ultra-smooth on the air. Terry worked at some great properties, 99X in NYC, KFRC in San Francisco and of course KFI in LA.

When he was doing mornings in New York City, he and his old roommate would put each other on the air doing bits. Of course, the RKO execs at 99X hated it as did the NBC execs at 660, but since it was Don Imus, what could they do?

Terry was more than my friend, he was one of my idols and taught me a lot about life and radio. I will miss him terribly.” – Bryan Simmons

** Nelson was First-Rate!

“I worked side-by-side with Terry Nelson doing the morning show on KCTC/fm, Sacramento for nine years at Tribune Broadcasting, beginning in 1981. This was after he returned to Sacramento from KFI and 99X radio in New York City because he and his wife Patti wanted to raise their young daughter in the area where they were raised. Every morning we were together, he as the host, and I as the news director / anchor.

He was a first-rate talent who was extremely generous and always encouraged me to be more than just the ‘newsman.’ We pulled some real stunts in those years. We claimed heavy rainfall caused the runways at Metro Airport to shrink therefore some planes could not land or take off. And yes, the tower at the airport got phone calls asking about flights in and out.

We started one Monday morning announcing that the International Date Line had snapped and landed in the middle of the Sacramento River. Of course, if the listeners lived on one side of the river, it was still Sunday and they did not have to go to work. If they lived on the other side, it was Monday and yes, they had to go to work.

We co-hosted a fundraiser for the Leukemia Foundation and auctioned off Rush Limbaugh for an afternoon lunch to the lucky winner. Rush said he listened to us every morning before he started his show at 9 a.m. on KFBK. During that time

Terry and I were about as close as two men could get as friends and co-workers...or should I say co-conspirators in the crazy world of Radio Broadcasting. Oh, and after the ‘International Date Line’ stunt, I received a call from a certain woman in San Francisco saying she was the news director of a certain radio station and she wanted to know ‘why she had not seen the story on the wire!’

One final thought. At the end of each morning show Terry would come down the hall, stick his head in my office and with a twinkle in his eye say ‘well DB we fooled 'em again!’ Fun-loving, extremely creative, blessed with a great set of pipes, and full of humor always...that was Terry Nelson! RIP!” – Dennis Baxter

** R & R Founder

“I wonder how many people remember that Radio and Records was founded by Robert Kardashian?” – Gary Bryan

** Jazz in LA

“The article on Richard Leos brought back wonderful memories about the history of KBCA (105.1). Commencing in 1960, KBCA became the world’s first 24-hour all-Jazz radio station. Richard was an important part of KBCA. Providing him an air shift to present Latin Jazz was a lucky inspiration. It was always a pleasure to work with him with his low-key style and his love of the format.

It was part of the process in providing an outlet for some of LA’s greatest undiscovered talent, many of whom were minority persons looking for an opportunity to break into local radio. In 1985, KBCA was honored to receive the award for the Los Angeles Business Achieving the Greatest Contribution to the Minority Community. As an aftermath to the Watts disturbances, the Award was never issued again.

The beginning was in 1960 when Daddy-O-Crump came to my office and asked for a chance to present Jazz nightly midnight to 6 a.m. I took a chance on Daddy-O, and within days Tommy Bee [the best Jazz dj ever] asked for the chance to present Jazz from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every afternoon. A fortunate move as Tommy’s theme, Miles Davis playing Miles Ahead was played over and over.

Soon Jai Rich appeared, and although his experience was limited to being a house painter, Jai was provided morning drive, and Rick Holmes, a postal clerk, was given the 6 p.m. shift. Tolly Stroude was hired for evenings [Tolly made history with his slogan, ‘In the Middle of the Freeway’]. Next came Charlie Niles [‘Bebop Charlie’] and then Sam Fields, who was working in a deli, got an air shift. Jim Gosa, a sophisticated and all-time great dj joined the air staff.

Others to join the station: Kogi Sayama, a City employee, presented Jazz from Japan; Barbara Fouch. an African American lady began with Community Report, and of course, Hispanic dj Richard Leos joined KBCA for Latin Jazz.

KBCA now had a diverse staff of African Americans, Native American, and Japanese. Fouch was perhaps the first African American female on general market LA Radio. (Jesse Jackson came by to be on her program) We even featured a Jewish dj trainee, Stuart.

Richard Leos is missed.” – Saul Levine, president, KKGO (formerly KBCA), consultant to KKJZ

** K-EARTH Personality

“Thanks for adding my personal comment to your ‘before & after’ photos. It balanced what Rich ‘Brother’ Robbins had to say re. same topic. 

And, what former K-EARTH gm Pat Duffy had to say about K-EARTH’S success over the years is ‘right on.’ Thanks for hiring me to be a ‘voice’ on the greatest fm station in the land back in the summer of ’97.” – Larry McKay

** Robert W. Morgan Boss-o-graphy

“The Robert W. Morgan Boss-o-graphy video is terrific! Our special thanks to Kevin Gershan, producer and narration by Casey Kasem. It was a marvelous reminder of LARadio at its very best.” – Don Graham

** Boss Mornings

“Thanks for the picture of Lon Thomas and Liz Fulton from KIIS/fm, just before the introduction of ‘Rick Dees in The Morning" in 1981.

I vividly remember that control room in the mid to late 70s! It was on the 19th floor of the First Interstate Bank Building [formerly UCB / United California Bank] at 6255 Sunset Blvd, in Hollywood. I visited there a number of times, just before I just started my own carrier in LARadio. I was in shock and mesmerized out of my brain to see in ‘inner-workings’ of L.A.’s #1 pop station at the time. 

The Sunday morning board operator, ‘Darrell Weisser,’ who by the way, played back Watermark Inc.’s syndicated American Top 40 with Casey Kasem three LP set directly off the turntables, invited me up to the control room at that time. This was a few years before Pat Garrett hired me at KWST in 1981, ironically, located almost directly across the street! KWST was situated in The Crocker Bank Building, at 6430 Sunset, today’s CNN/Los Angeles Headquarters. – Anthony Ochoa, Camarillo

** Poska Memories

“Working in the PR business since the late 1950s, I had dealings with many Los Angeles radio personalities. I had become worker-friendly with a late-night talk show host on KFI named Al Poska. He’d often use my clients for his lengthy, and I must say highly intelligent, interviews.

Poska dressed immaculately in a dark blue or black pinstripe suit with a starched white shirt, button-down collar and conservative tie. He looked and dressed a bit like the late actor Adolphe Menjou. He was a model of sartorial perfection.

One day in the early 1960s, I ran into him at some sort of SCBA or advertising industry event. We chatted while sipping a pre-luncheon chardonnay when he was approached by an older woman who was obviously smitten by Mr. Poska. After a moment or two, the woman reached up and thoughtfully plucked a stray, curly black thread from his white collar.

Poska immediately yelped and feigned grabbing his crotch in pain. The woman nearly fainted and I damn near collapsed in laughter.” – Bennett J. Mintz, Chatsworth

** How I Got My First Job in Radio

“I called the local station protesting that their delivery did not do justice to their Classical format. Chief announcer called me in to the station. He administered the standard Classical announcer test to demonstrate that correctly pronouncing the names of composers, conductors, and performers in 15 languages was not easy. I aced the test. He hired me.” – Laura Brodian Freas Beraha


Terry Nelson, ex-KFI, Dies of an Apparent Heart Attack 

 
(May 29, 2020) Terry Nelson, a veteran of KFI in the late seventies, died this week (May 26), of an apparent heart attack. He was 73.  

Terry grew up in Modesto and attended Columbia College and Modesto Junior College in Modesto. Prior to arriving in Southern California, he worked at KFIV (1360AM) in Modesto and KJOY-Stockton with Don Imus. He was part of Top 40 KROY-Sacramento and WXLO (“99X”)-New York where he worked both drives.

While at “99X” from 1975-77, he was nominated for Disc Jockey of the Year. He had previously won the award for small market radio. In 1979, Terry left the 50,000-watt giant KFI for KFRC-San Francisco. He eventually returned to Sacramento and served as the apd at KXOA. Terry then worked at KYMX- Sacramento until 1996. He was in sales at KWIN-Stockton for many years until his retirement several years ago.  

Jeff March, a lifelong friend and colleague reacted to Nelson’s passing: “I’m still numb about the passing of Terry Nelson. I’ve known him for nearly 48 years, when he was a disc jockey (and soon to be music director) of 1240 KROY radio in Sacramento. I worked behind the scenes at the station as production manager (which meant I wrote copy for local commercials, assigned spots to jocks to voice and produce, and I voiced some spot tags and newscasts). Terry was a popular personality on the station, a big contributor to KROY’s consistent market-leading ratings.
I keep trying to replay in my mind the phone conversation that I had with Terry five weeks ago, on April 20. It was nothing remarkable, just kinda catching up with each other and talking about the shelter-in-place situation. I am glad that during the course of the conversation I made a point of telling Terry that I will always remember him for a kindness that he did for me in November 1972, shortly after he and I had first met.

When I started working at KROY, my wife Marsha and I were living in a duplex a couple of blocks from the rail yard in Roseville. We had chosen that location because it was a good halfway point for both of us when I was in my previous job at KAHI in Auburn and Marsha was a student at Sac State. One morning in mid-November ’72, my car ran rough the whole distance from Roseville to KROY on Arden Way. It was a bright yellow 1970 Plymouth Barracuda — an appropriate color because it was a real lemon. Something always was going wrong with that car.

Well, that particular morning, I parked in front of the station and lifted up my hood, hoping that I would see something really obvious (not that I knew what I was looking for, other than maybe a loose distributor cap or a dangling spark plug wire or something like that). Terry pulled up his red Volkswagen station wagon right behind my car and asked what was going on. I told him that something was wrong with the engine, but I was completely unfamiliar with Sacramento auto repair places.

Terry suggested a KROY advertiser, a repair shop on Folsom Boulevard east of Power Inn Road. He told me he would follow me there and would drive me back to the station. Consider two things: (1) Terry barely knew me then; and (2) this was shortly after 8 a.m., and Terry’s air shift started at 9. But he said, ‘let’s go,’ and off we went. The repair shop was about six miles away, all on surface streets. We hauled over there as fast as we could, I dropped off the car at the shop and quickly described the problem, and then I piled into Terry’s car and he raced back to KROY barely in time to begin his shift. At the end of the day, when the repair work on my car was done, Terry drove me back to the service shop. I was the new guy at KROY, he didn’t have to do that for me. But he did. THAT was the Terry Nelson who I will always fondly remember.

His talent took him to major markets. He left Sacramento in the spring of 1975 to join the on-air staff at WXLO (99X) New York. In a 2009 email message that I still have, Terry wrote ‘When I first went to 99X, I worked with Walt ‘Baby’ Love there. Walt broke me in at the station — he taught me the format, who was cool, who to watch out for, what I could and could not get away with.’ He returned to Sacramento in the summer of 1977 to become program director of KROY, then went to rival KXOA Sacramento, then worked at KFI and KFRC, before returning to his home turf here in the Central Valley. So long, old friend.” – Jeff March

Terry’s wife Constance posted the following on social media: "We would like to thank everyone for your outpouring of love and condolences. We can’t tell you enough how much it means to us. Terry passed away at home on May 26. It was unexpected but quick and with a happy belly. He had enjoyed a great day all the way into a dinner he said was incredible (winner winner Salisbury dinner). We are currently planning a memorial celebration of his life and would love to gather some stories and pictures from all of you. We will post details for submitting photos, audio, etc. shortly."

Hear Ache. Just when I rhetorically muttered ‘How long is this going to last?’ another month is ready to pass. June and here comes summertime … Jim Duncan saw the R&R covers in yesterday’s column. He sent a link to all of their issues over the years, which you can access here
 ... Prominent KCBS/Channel 2 anchors Jeff Michael and Sharon Tay, along with meteorologist Garth Kemp, were cut late Wednesday amid sweeping corporate layoffs … Radio stations are playing more uplifting music these days, according to a social media post. So, if you feel like you’ve heard Good as Hell by Lizzo more than usual, it’s not just in your head … Fun to hear Sluggo on KLOS, sitting in for Gary Moore. Yesterday Sluggo took a call from a listener in the High Desert, emphasis on High. “I just like it because it is High,” Sluggo told listener Lisa ... California listens to podcasts more than any other US state, according to Stitcher.


Two LARP Appear in LA Business Journal Most Influential People Issue

 

(May 28, 2020) The Los Angeles Business Journal's fifth annual LA500 list, honoring the most influential leaders and executives in Los Angeles, includes two LARP – KCRW’s Jennifer Ferro and iHeart’s Kevin LeGrett. The survey was done before Covid-19 and spotlighted the leading figures from the city’s business community.



Jennifer Ferro said that Santa Monica-based NPR affiliate KCRW will continue its commitment to cutting-edge music programming,
which receives substantial airtime on the station. To that end, in January the station announced it had promoted longtime KCRW DJ Anne Litt to music director.
Litt is the fifth person to hold the influential post since it was created in 1979 and the first woman in the job.

Ferro joined public radio station KCRW in 1994. Since starting as a volunteer, she has held various roles including assistant general manager
and executive producer of the “Good Food” program. She has also worked in development, membership production, operations and marketing.
In 2019 KCRW left its basement digs and moved into a new 34, 000-square-foot, three-story glass structure built at a cost of $21.7 million
on the Santa Monica College campus. Ferro is a senior fellow for the UCLA Luskin School of Public Policy and serves on the board of Zocalo Public Square.

 

Kevin Legrett is the Division President, Los Angeles and Division President of the West iHeartMedia
In a January restructuring, iHeartMedia grouped its markets into four divisions. LeGrett and Scott Hopeck co-led the Regional Division.
LeGrett now oversees the company’s West Coast region division, taking responsibility across some of the country’s largest markets.
He has been the market president of Los Angeles since 2015, overseeing the sales, programming, digital and event teams in L.A.
iHeart has eight radio properties in L.A., including KIIS/fm, home to Ryan Seacrest.

LeGrett began his career at CBS Radio. In 2003 he moved to Citadel Broadcasting to serve as the company s president.
LeGrett joined iHeart in 2010 as vice president and market manager for Rochester, New York.
He became senior vice president of operations for iHeartMedia’s regional markets in 2012, overseeing more than 220 radio stations
and more than 50 markets in the Northeast and Midwest regions. LeGrett moved to Southern California in 2015
when he took on the role of market president for Los Angeles. In 2017 he assumed the added responsibility of president of the company’s West Division.
LeGrett is a board member of California Broadcasters Association.

 
Hear Ache. After announcing the Presidential Inauguration Parade and Voices of the People Concert at the Lincoln Memorial in 2017, Steve Ray (KRCI, KGRB, KRLA, K-Lite, KMPC, Westwood One Oldies Channel) has been named the primary Live Event Announcer for the RNC Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina this coming August. He’s taking a short sabbatical from anchoring at WBAL-Baltimore during that period to maintain news credibility … KEIB’s Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday that the current cycle of treatment for his lung cancer is “kicking my ass.” He told his listeners “for the last seven days, I have been virtually worthless, virtually useless. I haven’t left the house” and that he does “not have the energy that I used to have.” ... Gallery photo above is a look at KIIS/fm prior to the arrival of Rick Dees. Lon Thomas and Liz Fulton were in morning drive.

 

Douglas Brown provided some classic covers from Radio & Records


Scully Sports Icon Winner

 
(May 27, 2020) Over the years anytime we have asked you to vote for your favorite LARPs, Vin Scully is always at the top or close to it. A number of years ago we replicated March Madness with our own brackets, pitting personalities against each other. After weeks of voting and elimination, Vin Scully won that competition. Looks like someone else decided bracketology can be fun. Houston Mitchell of the LA Times has been having readers vote for favorite sports icons. The Times held a month-long March Madness-style tournament in with 128 entrants were divided and seeded into four 32-person regionals (baseball, basketball, football and wild card.

Vin Scully easily won the baseball regionals and then defeated the legendary Rams defensive unit of the late 1960, The Fearsome Foursome. It got down to Magic Johnson versus Scully. With 45,000 votes cast for the final, Vinny received 62.1% while Magic Johnson received 37.9%.

Mitchell reiterated Scully’s final words as a Dodgers broadcaster at the end of the 2016 season and they feel equally comforting today and worth repeating: His final words as a Dodgers broadcaster: “You know, friends, so many people have wished me congratulations on a 67-year career in baseball, and they’ve wished me a wonderful retirement with my family, and now, all I can do is tell you what I wish for you. May God give you, for every storm, a rainbow; for every tear, a smile; for every care, a promise; and a blessing in each trial. For every problem life seems, a faithful friend to share; for every sigh, a sweet song, and an answer for each prayer. You and I have been friends for a long time, but I know, in my heart, I’ve always needed you more than you’ve ever needed me, and I’ll miss our time together more than I can say. But you know what, there will be a new day, and, eventually, a new year, and when the upcoming winter gives way to spring, ooh, rest assured, once again, it will be time for Dodger baseball. So, this is Vin Scully wishing you a pleasant good afternoon, wherever you may be.”  

Hear Ache.
The group Runaway June has been tapped to “take over” middays on Go Country 105 (KKGO) for the month of June. “As a California native, I listen to Go Country every time I am in the car or at home, so I am so excited that the girls and I will be hosting the show,” said Jennifer Wayne of  … Congratulations to former 93/KHJ jock Walt Baby Love who has been syndicating Gospel Traxx for 25 years … Versatile LARP Stephanie Miller is taking her Sexy Liberal Tour into your home. Purchase online tickets at: SexyLiberal.com/Tour.

Seacrest Misses TV Assignment. There were renewed fears for Ryan Seacrest Monday after he was once again absent from the airwaves, according to Page 6 of the New York Post. A week and a half ago during the finale of American Idol, Ryan slurred his speech during the broadcast. When he skipped the next day’s Live with Kelly and Ryan broadcast, his rep said Ryan suffered exhaustion, not a stroke. He returned to co-hosting duties with Kelly Ripa for the rest of the week. But he was missing from the show once again on Memorial Day. “Page Six is told that Monday’s episode was pre-taped last week when Seacrest was exhausted, but it was noticed by fans on Twitter when the show aired. Ripa’s husband, Mark Consuelos, stood in for Seacrest for the second straight Monday.

Mark Alyn (center) and John Darin from one of many projects they did together. Barbara Valentine was host-producer. 
"For more than 20 years John and I worked on a variety of projects - radio and TV - on one project he would be the host and I would direct.
Photo is on set in Santa Barbara where I was directing and then the next project he would direct me and I would host.
He was always funny - or should I say punny," emailed Alyn.  


New Morning Show at Go Country 

(May 26, 2020) KKGO Go Country 105 beefed up its morning show this week with the addition of Adam Bookbinder to their AM drive, joining Country singer Tim Hurley. "We could not be more excited to have Adam join Tim in the mornings on Go Country 105,” said pd Michael Levine.

“Adam is a seasoned professional who has worked extremely well with Tim over the last year. We look forward to an exciting and entertaining show from the both of them.”

Adam joined Go Country 105 three years ago as digital director. Prior to KKGO, he spent 14 years as digital content manager at CBS Radio’s 94.7 The WAVE and K-EARTH 101. Adam’s on-air experience includes KBBY-Oxnard/Ventura and WPST-Trenton/Philadelphia.

In 2014 Tim was discovered singing Karaoke at a bar in Playa del Rey. Just two months later, he was performing onstage for the first time, opening for John Michael Montgomery at Fort Bliss in El Paso. After a tremendous reception, he decided to pursue a career in music. Originally from Rhode Island, Tim was raised on a variety of musical genres, but in college, the songwriting and lyrics in country music won him over.
 
Hear Ache
. The fall out continues from the ‘Death of KROQ’ Variety story. Jed the Fish wrote on Twitter: “The reason I lost interest in KROQ was because the big group in 2009 was the antithetically-named ‘Fun.’” … Podcast news from PodNews: Amazon will be delivering podcasts soon, replacing TuneIn as the default podcast experience for Alexa speakers …  Have and Have Nots in Podcast world. 86-year-old Larry King, has signed a deal reportedly worth $5m for his first-ever podcast. And will Joe Rogan really get $100 million to take his podcast to Spotify?
 

ROBERT W MORGAN BOSS OGRAPHY (Narrated by Casey Kasem) ... thanks to Kevin Gershan

 

 






Books written by Los Angeles Radio People:

Howard Stern Nancy Plum Neil Ross Steve Fredericks Ken Davis Harvey Kern Dave Zorn Johnny Olson

       
      Hettie Lynne Hurtes                       Rob Archer Richard Blade J.J. Johnson Neale Blase Rob Archer

Archives May/June 2020: Passing Parade: Richard Leos, Gary Price; Sports mics silenced; Kat Corbett grew up with a double life; Time is NOW to prepare for the New Normal; Little Richard couldn't help it; KFI Talks to #1; Time for Los Angeles Radio Hall of Fame


Archives March/April 2020: Passing Parade: Matt Holzman; Bob Howard; Jerry Bishop; Willie Davis Jack Hayes; Tom Storey is flying high; Frankie DiVita/Ken Anthony launch podcast; Anne Litt puts variety into KCRW; Guy Davis has rectal cancer; Can radio be saved? #MeToo reaches new plateau; Zapped by Robert W; Jonesy's Jukebox plugged in; Planet Pootwaddle celebrates 14 years on the Internet; 7 words with Megan Holiday; Lee Barry's dream; Coronavirus turns radio upside down; KFI news anchor may have had deadly virus; Bill Martinez Live; New show from Tammy Trujillo; Ellen K and Dr. Seuss; Frosty furloughed; Scully waiting to hear the crack of a bat; Kevin Ryder and KROQ morning team upended; Dr. Drew apolgizes; Eric Rico Reed calming voice during '92 riots; Cumulus in furlough box; K-EARTH on top; Series on how radio will sound after the pandemic; Magic Matt saws Rick Dees in half; Wrapping his arms around Rhapsody in Black



Archives Jan/Feb 2020: Passing Parade: George Moore; Raymond Bannister; Don Imus; Boyd Harvey; Dirck Morgan; Phil Gonzalez; William F. Williams; Purely Personal; Chris Berry Upped; Year-end review; Chick Hearn's legacy; Sports salaries; iHeart shuts down LARadio; Are DJs headed for extinction? (Bruce Chandler); LARadio covers Kobe crash; Lee Abrams podtificates; Kevin "Slow Jammin'" James voices concern; Gary Mack first KHJ Boss Jock hired; Podcasting in the PodCave; KCRW Litt named music director; No clues in Rick Dees burglary; Go FISH for lunch; Mann up to Boss Radio jingles; Lakes voice on Kobe; Owners of KHTS quarantined on cruise ship; Missing Pete Turpel; Jim Duncan inducted into Country Radio Hall of Fame; Kevin Weatherly ends 30-year run with KROQ; Mike Landa ponders podcast; Vicki Cox retires after 47 years; Neale Blaze book; Charlie Van Dyke journey; Carl Goldman quarantine; All-girl radio; KCLU celebrates 25 years



Archives Fall 2019: Passing Parade: Phil Jennrich; Terry Grieger; Art Gould; Howard Lapides; Joe Smith; Ron Fairly; Bruce Seratti; Bob Kingley; Gene Brodeur; Lucky Pierre; Bob Bunnell; New night show at KRRL (Real 92.3); Tribute for Joe McDonnell on his anniversary; Lisa Bloom off the Rose; New Cali Reggatae morning show; Entercom explores mental health; Roger Nadel has news; Lisa Bowman is a sport; Franken launches comeback on SiriusXM; K-Frog welcomes Bugenske for mornings; New look for PPB; Where have all the VJs gone; Angels annoucer has heart attack; Noah Eagle new Clippers announcer; State of News Radio in the desert; Casey's saga continues; Kathy Kiernan's farewell essay: Yolando Gaskins' eclectic life; K-EARTH's Legendary Station of the Year award; Angelica Vale joins Reggaeton y mas; Wendy Williams receives Star; Kevin Ross celebrates 10-years on the bench; Howard Stern proposes; Bob Kingsley steps down; Meet KLOS' Greg Beharrell; Earl Trout tale; Trip to town and a trip down the dial; Fire escape; RIP#Bean; Who was that Masked Man?; Bob Eubank's exerciser; RadioHOF induction; Simon T puts out fire; Bean's departure; New mornings at KUSC; Challenges at 88.5; Lisa May departs LARadio after 30-years; Rita Wilde podcast; Journalists and mental health issues; Jeff Federman promoted to local Prexy; Bill Dudley on the record; On Sundays, Andrew Siciliano turns red; Nadel joins Mr. Master; KROQ Holiday prank; KABC fires almost entire live staff .. moves to syndication; After 4 decades, Bill Wright retires; Fly Jock grounded; KLOS farewell to Lisa May; Cooper Rummell gets what he wants; Is KFI the New England Patriots of radio; Diane Thompson honored by SPJ



Archives Summer 2019Passing Parade: Humble Harve; Reb Foster; Gregg Hunter; Roger Carroll; Bo Leibowitz; Cheryl Whitaker; Dwight Case; Murray Westgate; Jim Newman; Revenue changes for LA stations; Jhani Kaye get MVP for May ratings leaders; Radio Hall of Fame nominees; Phrase that Pays; NY Times word usage, Buckets of Money; Ashley Paige syndicates The Ranch; Nick Cannon joins mornings at Power 106; Alan Oda to Japan; LARPs in Heavy Hundred; Gayle King new Queen of CBS; Dave Beasing Has Another Sound in Him; Corporate.FM is a Must-See documentary; Muhammad takes over programming at KJLH; Osburn new boss at 88.5/fm; Michael Jackson breaks up fight at 30,000 feet; Podcasting challenges; Is KABC next to be sold; Franken is frank; Bob Ray inducted into Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame; Takes a bunch to tango these days; Hollywood landscape on up and up; Chris Hughes Out; Earthquake king Popejoy is remembered; Mookie Kaczor new pd at 88.5/fm; Radio Hall of Fame voting begins; David G. Hall celebrates 30-years in business. Andy Chanley new md at 88.5/fm; Reggae and Mas moving to 93.9; KGIL reunion; Kevin James' internal Quiet Storm; Carlucci on the move; Dennis Prager lead story in LA Times; Sluggo now at bat for KLOS; Purely personal


Archives April/May 2019: Passing Parade: Chuck Cecil; Brad Messer; LARPs win AllAccess Awards; Series on Podcasting; Bob McCormick exits California; Bob Eubanks dazzles telling Beatles stories; Ken Levine on podcasting; Mark & Brian reunite; Past and present music intersect; Mighty 1090 not so mighty; Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Radio Station - Nothing; J Cruz cruises to iHeart; KLOS sold to Meruelo; Ralph Lawler signing off; Talaya's Last Ride on The WAVE; Looney thoughts on LARadio; Steve Swenson to Tennessee NPR; New days for KCRW; Charlie Van Dyke reflections; Dave Hull returns to radio; Mark & Brian reunite; Money winners for 2018; Kat Corbett exits KROQ; Jim Rondeau to Northwest; Uncle Russ; Perry Michael Simon's essay on weekend news coverage; Dan Patrick health scare; Kevin Klein joins KROQ; Fight on for 'ol SC; Emily Valdez new KNX anchor; Erica Farber Woman of the Year; Rick Dees' cookbook; Tim Conway, Jr. loses his father; Thom Tran to MC Army event; Dave Zorn's book will make your heart go pitter-patt; KXOS Movin' to Meruelo; George Green looks in rearview mirror; Howard Stern doing what he does best; Melinda Lee out of the kitchen and busier than ever; Nathan Roberts comes out of retirement to join KNX; K-SURF flashes back to the 80s; Radio Santa Ana on the Air; Gamble for New York Radio Personalities

Archives 1st Quarter 2019: Passing Parade: Sylvia Chase; Eva Ross Kilgore; David Horowitz; Richard Kimball; Super Dave Osborne, Harvey Mednick; Bruce Williams; Let's Go Trippin' with Dick Dale; Larry Van Nuys jumps into the (K)Surf; KABC shuffles line-up; LARP who died in 2018; Art Laboe set for PPB honor luncheon; Jaime Jarrin honored; Marketing lesson from Fiji Water Girl; Cindy Dole out styling; Saul Levine essay on his 105.1/fm beginnings; How will a recession hurt the radio biz?; Update on KFI reporter Hanna Scott; Series to preserve radio archives; Golden Night; 1,000 homes on site of KLOS/KABC; Video in cars; Jimmy Steal to Chicago; New head of Southern California Public Radio; Celebrating Scott St. James; Laughs are on Phil Hendrie; Afternooner like no other; Art Laboe honored by Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters; Wendy Williams show postponed indefinitely; KNX vet Diane Thompson set to retire; Delilah tells all; Motown at 60; Martoni's; Steve Harvey and Mo'nique in kerfuffle; It's news to Steve Gregory; Auspicious start for 88.5/fm; Triplets 10-year anniversary; How Pete Weber made the hockey team; We Will Rock You; Randy Keith is the piano man; Triplets partner in hope; History of Gary Theroux; New news from Diane Thompson; John Batchelor reveals he has cancer; Bean announces in leaving KROQ morning show; Actor Sal Mineo was a LARP; Sky Daniels retires from 88.5/fm; Ask Dr. Ruth; USC broadcast rights; Buzzards return to Hinckley, Ohio; Nancy Plum's new book; Elaine Perkins perks up the news; Podcast with Passion



Archives 4th Quarter 2018: Classic win for K-EARTH; Ellen K doubles down; Rachel Maddow profile; Imus lawsuit thrown out; Jeff Baugh's book; Gary Thompson was at right place, at the right time; Don Elliot reports from NAB/RAB Radio Show; Rocio Rivera gets more time at KFI; Johnny Gunn's new book gets dressed down; New life for KNX/fm; Passing Parade: Scott St. James; Hal Pickens, Ed Crook, John Lyle Campbell, Mike Parker, Dave Roberts; Bill Dudley plays a record; Invisible LARP; RJ Curtis hits jackpot; LA Times beats up Charley Steiner; KBIG begins with Poole; 93/KHJ gets benched; Allie MacKay's Journey; Al Wisked Away by Dallas;What did music stations talk about during World Series; Heaven is in Your Mind; Brother John source material; Gary Moore stands up for cancer; Jillian Barberie diagnosed with breast cancer; What's in your berry bag, Wolfman?; Flash! Bohemian Rhapsody is a Smash!; Mornings growing at 870/KRLA; Another Southern California Inferno; Ingraham transitions to podcasting; Nobody knows anything; Casey Kasem counts backwards to 48 Hours; Jim Hawthorne would have been 100; Best Broadcaster ever!; Wink a heavenly treasure; 2018 rearview review; Scott St. James remembered; Bob Cole to hell and back; VO artists sing for kids; KLAC raises 1/4 $; Highest paid radio people; Doug McIntyre is set to leave KABC after 22 years; Wally Clark falls; Vic the Brick feelin' you; KABC, By George Green; Art Vuolo's farewell party

Archives 3rd Quarter 2018: Anniversary of AT 40; Passing Parade: Ed Schultz, Johnny Morris, Fred Beaton, Dave Zorn; New Role for Kelli Gates; Art Laboe is One-of-a-Kind; Savage as Supreme; Vic the Brick is Feelin' You; Rita Pardue a thing of Senior beauty; Marcellus Wiley jumps team; Doug Dunlap has the keys to happiness; Highest paid LARP; Martoni LARP Noms; Former KIIS GM retires; Sad Sage Sylvester story; Carlucci, voice of Russia World Cup Games; Is there a Smart Radio? Springsteen on KMET; Is podcasting for you?; Rick Dees slated for Yucapia station; Time for a Southern California Radio Hall of Fame; National Radio Day; Big Boy makes unwanted news; Judging Amy Lewis; Jim Rome looking for LARadio home' K-SURF adds morning personality; What keeps Kevin LeGrett up at night? Alex Cohen moving to new Specrum; Silver celebration at NBC Sports Radio; Jo Jo Wright takes his KIIS show to Beijing; Paxton Quigley, armed and strong with a new radio show; Mt. Rushmore of sports; Neil Ross pens new book; Highest paid radio people; Looney looks to add game show host to eclectic career; Burt Reynolds apologizes with a twinkle; Traffic reports won't be so Rosie (Wedel); Voice of Trojan basketball headed for Thunder; the night Elvira spent with Elvis


Archives 2nd Quarter 2018: Michael Benner's new book; Brian Beirne in concert; KNX celebrates 50 years; Uncle Joe to Townsquare; Amp says Yes to Yesi; Click and Clack to automotive Hall of Fame; When is an Oldie Not an Oldie? Passing Parade - Mark Morris, Bill Watson, Dex Allen, Dick Orkin, Bill Jenkins, Don Bustany, Arnie McClatchey, Mark Morris, Roger Collins, Art Bell, Mike Walker, Frank Bresee, Warren Duffy, John Mack Flanagan; 3 LA stations in revenue Top 10; NAB nominations and voting; Kimmel in People; Ted Leitner diagnosed with cancer; PPM re-issue issue; Lady LARPs of Grace; Dick Biondi out of WLS after six decades; 6-minute commercial load too much; Purely Personal with son's graduation and daughter's marriage; Len Chandler songs for Credibility Gap; Alfonzo Ortiz @KNX; THR award to Harvey; Stern cut and he's not happy; 2 LARPs on Time list of 2018 Most Influential; Ladd is back and Tribe thrilled; Larry Gifford diagnosed with Parkinson's; Is Savage being set-up; Walker needed for pd; Good Time Steve Mitchell to Georgia HOF; LARPs nominated for HOF; Marriage of Alexandra Barrett; Lyon Queen; David Viscott king of psych Talker; Debunking myths of a dj; New day for Sue Fruend; Adam Carolla is driven to buy; Is the Bloom off the rose?; Paul Newman's cars; One of a Kind LARPs Series with Jim Ladd, Jim Healy; K-EARTH's Locks of Love excellent promotion; Good Day LA crew reunites at KABC; Baseball ratings; Jersey Boys interruption; Rita Wilde interview; LARPs inducted into Radio Hall of Fame


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 60+ 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 (Man of the Year, 1964). He also earned a master's in psychology. He spent 10 years in radio working as a disc jockey, program director, national program director (Gordon McLendon Corp) 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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