|Morgan Man||'Zone' Shuffle|
|KFI Doctors' Orders||Hosts Get Hitched||Amazonian Nights|
|Winter Ratings||Which Way, L.A.?||Home for 'Big Joe'|
|Tom Hall Dies||KACE Takes Over||Stephan on KIEV|
|Song Parodies||News 98 Update||Icon Awarded|
||Spanish on 97.5
|Y-107's New Man||Rocky Wave||KIIS Turns Topsy|
|KMEN Goes Standards||KACE Takes Over||KLON's Niles Gets Star|
|New Westwood Networks||Clarification||Got Some News?|
KPWR 105.9 FM
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In a move that has caused
consternation among his large and dedicated following,
management moved KABC talk radio icon Michael Jackson from his daily mid-morning shift
and transferred him to a weekend position. KABC/KTZN
operations manager/program director Dave Cooke announced that San Francisco talk
Owens will take
over the 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. slot July 14. Jackson's new
schedule, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
starts at the end of July. "Ronn Owens is the only
talk show host in a major market to consistently beat Rush Limbaugh in the ratings," Cooke said.
"We are confident Ronn will be just as successful
here in L.A. Our decision to move Michael to the weekends
and hire a new weekday personality was strictly a
business decision. It's a different approach to attacking
the competition both weekdays and weekends. Our objective
is simple: Beat the competition in the ratings seven days
In June legendary KRTH-FM
morning man Robert W. Morgan announced to a stunned radio audience that
he had lung cancer and was taking time off from his
morning show to recuperate. His recorded statement was
played during his morning-drive show, during which
K-Earth weekend personality Jim Carson is serving as temporary host.
"I have lung cancer," Morgan said. "My
doctors aren't quite sure what caused it but suspect
those two packs a day for 35 years might be a
The only daytime guy on the "It's not-just-a-guy-thing-anymore station - Joe Crummey - and sidekick Merrill Markoe, an Emmy-winning writer, were pushed back to the earlier slot, 9 a.m. to noon on 710 AM. Stephanie Miller took the afternoon driver's seat from the witty team with the good chemistry. Yolanda Gaskins handles calls from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m, followed by a repeat of Dr. Toni Grant's noon to 3 p.m. psychotherapy advice program. Doug McIntyre transferred from weekday evenings at KTZN to Sundays on KABC from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. "Zone" weekender Kevin Rossalso jumped to 790, hosting Saturdays from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Adding an hour certainly
can't help but add to her already impressive body count:
Every week 18 million Americans tune to Dr. Laura
L.A. affiliate and flagship station KFI extended her
daily broadcast to 3 p.m. The station's medical doctor, Dr. Dean Edell, moved to Saturdays from
noon to 3 p.m. and Sundays from noon 'til 2 p.m. Ex-KTZN
midday host Turi Ryder has found a new perch on AM 640, taking
calls weekend evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. "Bitchin' with
Sanchez and Walker"
is spicing up the weekend afternoons on Saturdays, 3 p.m.
to 6 p.m. and Sundays, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The female duo
take on issues such as personal relationships and alcohol
consumption during pregnancy.
KFI Nightime talk personality Phil Hendrie and weekend talk host Maria Sanchez invited their listeners to their wedding on the Queen Mary July 11. The wedding wascarried live. Hendrie, known for hoaxes and impersonations, created a stir when he filled in for morning host Bill Handel. The prankster declared that KFI's morning man had been fired. But all's forgiven; Handel presided over the ceremony. In April, ex-weekend personalities Scott and Caseyt ook their part-time gig in L.A. and turned it into an afternoon-drive show five days a week at Orlando's WDBO-AM. Will they become the John and Ken of Florida?
The former Mr. KFI wouldn't hear of it, and he left to
KABC. But KFI's
weekend feminist icon Tammy Bruce has accepted the midnight to 3
a.m. weekend gig. She's in charge of KFI 640 AM's first
live overnight show since 1988. It's the only daily,
local and live overnight talk show on commercial radio in
L.A. Over at KLSX 97.1 FM, Lisa Goich left the night-owl post - the pre-Howard Stern shift. Now Conrad &
are heard from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m.
L.A.'s newest Spanish
station, KSCA-FM, made a brilliant ratings debut with a
station overall. Its sister FM station, Spanish soft-pop
KLVE, held on to the No. 1 position. The KKBT-FM
("The Beat") morning show, "The House Party" with John London, edged out shock kingpin Howard Stern as the No. 1 English-speaking 6
a.m. to 10 a.m. show. Stern tied at No. 3 with KFI's Bill Handel (including the first hour of Rush
Five years after the L.A.
riots, the radio show that was created as a response to
the civil unrest - Warren Olney's "Which Way, L.A.?"- was
temporarily cut back from its twice-daily schedule and
relegated to its 1 p.m. live broadcast. But then, the
unthinkable happened: Ruth Seymour, KCRW 89.9 FM's indomitable
general manager, blinked in the face of opposition. In
this case, public radio's iron lady restored the 7 p.m.
rebroadcast of the award-winning public affairs talk
"The Big Nasty" Joe McDonnell took his act up the dial to Extra
Sports 1150 KIIS-AM, replacing the syndicated Bob Golic in the 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. weekday
slot. McDonnell was co-host of KABC's SportsTalk 790
From Jan. 1978 until his
death from leukemia at age 57 in April, KABC 790 AM
weekend talk host Tom Hall was a class act: well-informed and polite.
According to the station, Mr. Hall had consistently
earned high ratings during his 19 years with KABC. His
gimmick was to allow listeners to express their views on
the air without interrupting or humiliating them. He was
last heard Sundays from midnight to 5 a.m.
KACE Takes Over
"On the Road" with Van Earl Wright is now a regular Friday-morning feature. Wright broadcasts sports from different locations, such as the L.A. County Zoo and golf courses. He meets listeners, gives away prizes and has fun.KFWB worked with KMEX-TV channel 34 reporter/anchor Jesus Javier to cover Mexican national elections July 6. The "98 Days of Summer" means that the "RV 98" will head to beaches and special events in different communities through the summer.
"We play the superstars," KSSE Program Director Nestor Rocha said. "Our core artists are Enrique Iglesias, Shakira [who sounds a lot like Morissette], Fey, Mana, Caylo and Christian." Excel Communications purchased KVAR-FM from Embarcardero Media in March.
heard on the weekend rocker are: Better Than Ezra, Depeche Mode, Meredith Brooks and Jewel.
Considering KSCA's ratings during its former identity, it's surprising to see so many stations vying to claim the triple A crown from the defunct rock station. Public stations KCRW 89.9 FM and KPCC 89.3 FM both devote large chunks of their airtime to alternative rock and eclectic music.KPCC Music Director and evening personality Shana LiVigni has composed a wide-ranging playlist that includes new work from artists such as James Taylor, Etta James, John Fogerty, the Indigo Girls and Michael Penn. Casting the widest net is KCRW, which ismore pop/eclectic than rock.DJs Chris Douridas, Mike Morrison, Tricia Halloran, Tom Schnabel, Jason Bentley, Gary Calamar and others feature artists such as the Boo Radleys, Charlie Parker, Genocide II and Richard Buckner, making the Santa Monica station a required preset for music industry trend-watchers.
"It's 50 years of popular music," KMRZ program director Harley Davidson proclaimed. "It sounds a bit more contemporary than KLAC. We play hits from the Andrews Sisters to Elvis and the Beatles. Every pop hit - all eras, including the '80s and '90s." Davidson admitted to taking "a crash course" in standards hits to program the station locally and not use one of the syndicated services. KMRZ continues to air the "Imusin the Morning Show."
When Cox bought KACE 103.9
FM in 1994, the company opted not to buy the
Riverside/San Bernardino portion of the signal from
All-Pro Broadcasting, leaving them with just the
Inglewood transmitter. KCXX 103.9 FM, an alternative rock
station based in the Inland Empire, now occupies the dial
position. After purchasing KRTO 98.3 FM in April, Cox
increased its eastward coverage by simulcasting their
R&B oldies format on the West Covina station.
Jazz KLON 88.1 FM's Chuck Niles is scheduled to receive his own
star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame in 1998. The afternoon
host booked a 70th birthday celebration at the Musicians'
Union in Hollywood July 12, according to a station
spokesperson. Niles is in his 41st year in radio. In
other KLON news, Alfredo Cruz became the new morning host, replacing Ken Borgers, who takes on weekend midday
announcing and production duties. The straight-ahead jazz
station also added a lineup of syndicated public shows: Marian
Taylor's Jazz at
the Kennedy Center, Jazz from Lincoln Center, Jazz
Profiles with Nancy Wilson and Jazz Set with Branford
see the listings section for exact times.)
Westwood One, the largest
radio network in America, announced it will debut three
new networks this fall. Each is targeted to a particular
demographic category. The NEXTnetwork is aimed at adults
Source Network will focus on attracting men 18 to 34 and
will be heard on KRTH-FM. The third revives the venerable
NBC Radio Network, targeting men and women in the 25 to
"We will continue to build our vast portfolio of
sports, news, talk and entertainment programs,"
senior corporate VP and chief operating officer Mike D'Ambrose said. "Brand-name projects
like 'The Tom Brokaw Report' and 'Ask Martha with Martha Stewart' and the rollout of The Source,
NEXTnetwork and The NBC Radio Network reinforces the
leadership position held by Westwood One as the one-stop
solution for advertisers in need of the most effective
and efficient national radio buys available." Owned
by CBS, Inc., Westwood One provides programming to
Former KIBB ("B
by the dance music station and has traded his on-air
duties for some behind-the-scenes work as producer for
"Romance After Hours with Chaka Khan." BY
Former KIBB ("B by the dance music station and has traded his on-air duties for some behind-the-scenes work as producer for "Romance After Hours with Chaka Khan."