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Bonnie Grice's Departure
In an effort to set the record straight on Bonnie
Grice's departure from KUSC, it should be known that
Bonnie was neither forced nor asked to leave the station.
She tendered her resignation before Wally [former General
Manager Wallace Smith] resigned. When Bonnie's
resignation became public, we decided to move forward
with the planned programming changes and granted her a
leave of absence for her final few weeks. This is
standard procedure throughout radio, and it allows for
the smoothest transition for the station and listeners.
Raves for Rachtman
Since I moved here from Boston, I have found your
magazine very helpful in finding good radio. Could you do
a story about Riki Rachtman on Real Radio 97.1? His show
is so funny, and he makes my brutal drive from Orange
County bearable. He is a fresh breath in the stale air of
talk radio. Keep up the good work at your magazine!
KFI's Hendrie Panned
To Thom Looney at the "Looney Point of View": I do not agree with you when you say that KFI's Phil Hendrie is a "snicker a second." I thought that KFI was a talk radio station. Hendrie does not belong in the same league as KFI's [Bill] Handel, John and Ken and [Wayne] Resnick. They are talk pros as was Mr. KFI. Phil Hendrie's program is too contrived. With all the character voices he uses, talking to a caller or guest may not be real. To me, this is not talk radio. Hendrie is foul-mouthed, rude and obnoxious. Has KFI now become a station of amateur comedians? Hendrie should pack up his dog and pony act and head back to Miami.
Bev of Irvine
KFI is a failed entity as far as we are concerned:
three very stupid women on weekends and they put on Phil
Hendrie - a real flop. He may play well in Miami, but
look at the crowd he played to: old people who thought
his lounge act was for real. The younger set in L.A. and
L.A. County don't want an old guy who sounds like he is
snorting coca powder, smoking all the while. He sounds
like an old drunk. This is a tired old act from the '50s.
It was not good then, and we are all over shock radio.
This guy is just a boor. We will just listen to other
stations and stop taking the many sports teams in our
care such as Little League etc., to the Green Burrito.
Anyone who sponsors this idiot won't be a part of our
It all started a couple of days ago during a telephone
conversation with a friend of mine. Somehow, talk radio
and Paul Harvey's name came up as a topic of
conversation. I lamented the fact that KABC had moved the
"noon Harvey" (as we called it when I worked
for an ABC Radio affiliate years ago) to some other time
slot, and I wasn't sure where. I went on to say that
except for the great Michael Jackson, I couldn't stand to
listen to them anymore. And since their sister station
KMPC had dropped Tom Leykis, fired Joe Crummey and went
on a reactionary right-wing bent, I had taken them off my
car radio altogether.
Ratings a Plus
I enjoy your magazine very much and find it very
Angeles Radio Guide because I spend a lot of time
listening to radio talk shows. I am very interested in
the latest Arbitron ratings for the local radio stations.
Jackson: Preferred Gentleman
I've been Michael Jackson's program director; and I
can tell you he's the first thing I think of when I hear
the word "gentleman." Thank you for saluting
Michael; he's the best!
Support Your Radio Guide
I am a full-time housewife (domestic engineer). This
allows me to be a loyal radio talk show listener. Being a
listener and a caller wasn't enough, so I subscribe to
the L.A. Radio Guide. Why? Because this little magazine
is the only way to get to know about the stations and the
hosts. The Radio Guide also puts pictures of the
hosts in the magazine. It tells me who is going to be on
and at what time. The little magazine even tells me where
former radio hosts have gone, why they left, or if they
First, to the publishers and editor: Are you
guys rich or just out of your minds? Tell me, I need to
know. Why do you put out information on these radio
stations and staff members? You not only write about one
or two stations; you write about every last one of them.
To the stations, all of you: As a listener to talk radio we want and need the L.A. Radio Guide. It gives lots of information about you guys that maybe you don't tell us - some good, some bad. I bet the editor is reading this and saying to herself after the second page, who in the world is crazy enough to even think that we are going to print this manuscript. I can live with that.
Are you guys crazy or what? Why do you promote
and advertise for stations that don't mention your
magazine? To the stations and hosts: Why don't you back
the only radio magazine you've got?
Bruce Bites on the Air
I can't understand why KFI keeps Tammy Bruce on the
air. She is so quick to rush to judgment. She will spend
an hour telling how guilty and awful someone someone
might be and a week later it comes out the subject is
quite innocent. She does not do much research on the
topics and quite often is misinformed. If a caller is
better informed on the topic, Bruce hangs up on them.
Plus, she has the tacky habit of eating while she is on
the air. Yuucck!
Nothing against Peter [Tilden], but what on earth was
KABC brass thinking of when they fired Roger [Barkley]?
And why did Ken go along with them? Roger was a perfect
fit with Ken. I miss him.
Thank God for Radio
Thank you for making this information available to us.
And thank God for radio. Except for Sunday and Thursday
evenings television can wither and die. I cannot,
however, exist without radio.
Oldies Radio Critique
In regard to "Sounding Off" Vol. II, No. 6:
Tom Adams is 100 percent correct! So-called
"oldies" radio in L.A. suck! K-Earth does play
the same stale songs over and over and over and over
again. What a waste of airtime. With all the songs of the
'50s and '60s, it seems like they play the same 25 over
and over, etc. Stale! I was forced to listen to it at
work until I could not take it anymore. I had to buy a
pair of AM-FM headphones. Plus, I make my own tapes and
play those over the PA system. The people at work now
agree, K-Earth's format stinks. Tom stated they play the
same 200 to 300 songs...I don't think they have that
many! His record library had over 5,000 oldies! Now
that's a radio station!