Michael Jackson Replaced

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
Casem's "Hot Spanish on 97.5 KSCA Fallout
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?

Michael Jackson

KABC talk radio icon
Michael Jackson

Maureen Les

Maureen Lesourd
KABC/KTZN/KLOS president &G.M.

Robert Morgan

Legendary KRTH-FM's
Robert W. Morgan

joe & merrill

Joe Crummey and
Merrill Markoe


Current Mr. KABC
Former Mr. KFI

Ruth Seymour

Ruth Seymour,

Tammy Bruce

KFI's weekend feminist
host Tammy Bruce

Pepe Barreto

KLVE's Pepe Barreto
still reigns as the undisputed king of
all L.A. morning shows


At The Beat 92.3: GM/Senior VP Craig Wilbraham, big winner and top-rated a.m Host Party host John London

Big Boy

KPWR 105.9 FM afternoon personality
Big Boy

Doug Stephan

Doug Stephan
now on KIEV

Y-107 Crew

Steve Blatter, Brain Mashburn and
Moniqui Powell
of Save Ferris, DJ Case

Rick Dees

Andy Garcia, Ellen K. &
Top 40's Icon Rick Dees

Chuck Niles

KLON's Chuck Niles
is to receive star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

KABC Replaces Michael Jackson

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 host Ronn 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 a week."
Owens is heard on ABC Radio's owned and operated KGO-AM, where he hosts the No. 1 talk show among listeners ages stations, spending alternate weeks in L.A. and San Francisco. His producer said he's middle-of-the-road. After 30 years at the same station and time period, Jackson's last weekday broadcast was an emotional one - on both sides of the microphone. "It's all over for brunch," one true-blue fan said, implying that the new weekend show will keep him glued to a radio.
True to his British upbringing, Jackson kept a stiff upper lip, keeping things on a positive note. "I was at a party last night, and someone asked me if he could be my first guest on the new show," Jackson told another caller. "He thought I was going to a new station - and do you know who that person was? It was Michael Eisner." On the air, Jackson revealed that he was nearly fired a year ago, but that the new management arrived and saved him. "Michael is extremely well-respected and admired by his listeners and our staff," KABC/KTZN/KLOS president and General Manager
Maureen Lesourd said in an official statement. "His skills as an interviewer are legendary. We firmly believe that his abilities will push KABC weekends to unprecedented levels of success."
Off the air, Jackson spoke with characteristic Shavian aplomb: "Is it something I planned or wanted? No. Do I think it was the right move? No. Will I make it work? Yes. I'll take it nationwide as soon as possible. I'm going to make it the best show ever." Jackson said that he had heard only good things about his replacement but wondered if Owens could conquer his former rival on Southland soil. "Anyone can beat Rush Limbaugh in San Francisco," he remarked. "How many Republicans do you know from there?" After arriving home from an intense day, Jackson went for a 5 1/4- mile run.
"I've got the energy," he said. "I want it to work. I've put half my life into KABC. I love that station; I really feel part of it."

Cancer Strikes Morgan Man

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 factor."
He thanked his listeners for their calls of concern and prayers and ended his emotional message with: "One more thing: Don't smoke, OK?" Morgan became one of Southern California's most popular radio personalities as the morning man on "Boss Radio" KHJ 930 AM during the '60s and '70s. Later, the "Good Morgan"-man was the a.m. drive host on KMPC 710 AM. In 1992 he joined oldies station K-Earth. Morgan's name graces a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and he's a National Broadcasters Hall of Famer.
Simultaneously absent from KRTH's thundering airwaves was afternoon motormouth
The Real Don Steele, who needed to "use or lose" his accumulated vacation time, according to a station spokesperson.

Mouth Shuffle at the 'Zone'

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.

KFI Doctors' Orders

Adding an hour certainly can't help but add to her already impressive body count: Every week 18 million Americans tune to Dr. Laura Schlessinger. Her 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 Hosts Get Hitched

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?

Amazonian Nights on KFI

The former Mr. KFI wouldn't hear of it, and he left to become Mr. 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 & Steckler reruns are heard from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Winter Ratings

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 Limbaugh).
Pepe Barreto still reigns as the undisputed king of all L.A. morning shows. In the afternoons, KKBT's Theo led all stations in the 12+ ratings with a Sunday, 6 a.m. to midnight audience estimates. Hip Hop/CHR Power 106 (KPWR) was the No. 3-ranked station, followed by the top-ranked talker KFI-AM. Soft jazz station KTWV-FM ("The Wave") jumped from eighth to fifth place.
Other stations in the top 10 were: modern rock KROQ-FM (No. 7); oldies KRTH-FM (No. 8); Spanish-ranchera KLAX-FM, soft rock KOST-FM and top 40 KIIS all tied for No. 9. Lite talk KLSX-FM and country KZLA each took giant steps back in the ratings after impressive gains last fall, plummeting from No. 13 to No. 23 and from No. 11 to station did away with
Art Laboe's experimental mix of R&B oldies and new releases and restored it to all-oldies.

"Which Way, L.A.?" Replayed - Again

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 show.
Fans of
Jason Bentley's skillful sets of eclectic pop music, which Seymour - hoping to attract some of the old KSCA's audience - wanted to start at the earlier time, must now wait an hour to hear him on "Metropolis." News junkies seem to have a remarkable amount of clout when it comes to public radio. Last year, KUSC 915 FM tried to drop the rebroadcast of PBS's "The Newshour," only to buckle under the pressure of its small but vociferous audience within a few weeks and restore it to the original 6:30 p.m. slot.

New Home of 'Big Joe'

"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
Jim Gott.

KABC's Tom Hall Dies

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.
KABC Program Manager
Andy Ludlum praised Mr. Hall for his ability to uncover the hidden aspects of stories making the headlines and for using his show to expose views and people normally denied access to the media. "The fact that he was universally liked by his listeners and his colleagues is a great legacy," Ludlum said. "He had the whole package."

KACE Takes Over

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. In other KACE news, program director Kevin Fleming announced that morning co-host Mother Love was leaving the show, but would be available for "special projects."

Doug Stephan on KIEV

Talk America Radio Network entertainer and former KABC host Doug Stephan returned to Southland airwaves on KIEV 870 AM May 26. The Glendale-based "Talk of the Town" station carries his Boston-based "Good Day USA" broadcast weekdays from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Radio Song Parodies

KPWR 105.9 FM afternoon personality Big Boy sings a version of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood theme song called "Big Boy's Neighborhood" every weekday at 4 p.m. Later, as the "doorbell" rings, listeners announce their "shout-outs" to friends and relatives on the urban hits station. When the Paula Jones story made the headlines, KFI 640 AM's Rush Limbaugh played a version of the 1963 Paul and Paula hit "Hey, Paula," with a vocal by President Clinton impersonator Paul Shanklin. Based in Tennessee, Shanklin has been a regular contributor to the Limbaugh show since Money" as sung by "Clinton" to the tune of the Beatles' "All My Loving" and a spoof of Napoleon XIV's novelty hit "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha Ha" as Ross Perot.

News 98 Update

It's a News 98 Surfin' Safari weekday mornings on "Surf Check" with the Cyber Kahuna. KFWB 980 AM's new feature airs weekday mornings at 5:58, 6:58 and weekends. The CyberKahuna, a.k.a Ted Deits, uses night-vision technology to check the waves in the pre-dawn hours. Ex-KABC sportscaster Eric Tracy has resurfaced on the radio dial providing weekend sports updates on all-news KFWB 980 AM. His reports can be heard Saturday and Sunday mornings from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. at 15 and 45 minutes past each hour.
"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.

Icon Awarded

Top 40 radio icon Rick Dees received honors from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science's (NARAS) Membership Awards Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel in June for his "outstanding creative and artistic talents." The KIIS-102.7 FM morning personality is also heard counting down the hits on the "Rick Dees Weekly Top 40" via 350 U.S. radio stations and in 65 countries.

The Hits According to Casey

Since KBIG 104.3 FM stopped airing Casey Casem's "Hot 20" countdown show earlier this year, the world-famous zen-master of pop has returned via two Southland stations. The new soft hits station, 92.7 FM, offers a double play of "Casey's Countdown" show - a softer version of the "Hot Sundays from 9 a.m. to noon. On weekdays, the feature "Casey's Biggest Hits" reviews past chart performers at noon. Anaheim's KEZY 95.9 FM runs "Casey's Hot 20," Sundays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Spanish CHR on 97.5

Ever wondered how Alanis Morissette would sound in Spanish? L.A.'s newest Spanish station was christened KSSE 97.5 FM, the former KVAR "Variedades." Calling itself "Super Estrella" or "Super Star," the re-formatted station hailed itself as the first Spanish Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) in the U.S. when it debuted April 14. The 72,000-watt signal features the pop stars of the Spanish-speaking world, from Spain, Mexico and South America.
"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.

KSCA Fallout

Southland native and ex-KSCA personality Julio Flores can now be heard on KLSX 97.1 FM on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. He offers a similar blend of "adult album alternative music" heard on the former rock station KSCA 101.9 FM.Another former KSCA rock jock, Anita Gevinsen, joined the KLSX weekend lineup, along with hosts Eveready Ed, Maryanne Caruso and Jim Manzo. Typical artists
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.

Y-107's New Music Man

Rock musicians, get out your Rolodexes: Mike Savage is now in charge of the playlist as the new music director at modern rock Y-107 (KLYY 107.1 FM). Former music director Sandy Horowitz was promoted to assistant program director, and will work alongside program director Steve Blatter.

Wave Negotiations Rocky

The last year has been a good one for "The Wave." In the winter Arbitron ratings, the L.A. home of "smooth jazz" jumped from No. 8 to No. 5, making it the leading English-language adult popular music station. But has it been as good for the air personalities who play the increasingly popular music? Not according to some members of the unionized announcing staff at KTWV 94.7 FM. They were seeking a new four-year contract that would bring their wages in line with its performance in the ratings. The original Wave contract was written back when the station had no air personalities. In June CBS, Inc., which owns seven other Los Angeles radio stations, brought in a federal mediator to resolve the differences. One Wave source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the AFTRA union announcers sought a 100-percent increase, but that CBS was only offering a 3-percent annual raise. According to the source, KTWV's air staff made roughly one-half the salary of the nearest adult contemporary music competitor, "soft rock" KOST TOP

KIIS Turns Topsy-Turvy

Afternoon drive-time personality Magic Matt Alan also departed less than a year after his return to the station. Dan Kiely arrived at top 40 KIIS-FM in June from Minneapolis top 40 giant KDWB-FM, filling the program director post vacated by John Cook.

KMEN Goes Standards

Last March, Riverside oldies outlet KMEN 1290 AM held a 35th anniversary reunion party, celebrating its glory days as a top 40 rocker. L.A. personalities Mark Denis and Bruce Chandler were among the many radio talents who showed up to share reminiscences with listeners. In June, KMEN took on new call letters - KMRZ - and older music, making the switch to "adult standards."
"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."

KACE Takes Over

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.
In other KACE news, program director
Kevin Fleming announced that morning co-host Mother Love was leaving the show, but would be available for "special projects." Bill Sharp became the new morning personality in June, arriving from duties as operations manager and afternoon air talent at Baton Rouge's KQXL-FM. His predecessor, Rico Reed, is now introducing soft rock records across the hall at sister station KOST-FM, while entertainment reporter Tanya Hartstays on KACE. Saturday night " '70's Party" host George Moore was promoted to full-time overnights.

KLON DJ to Get Star

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 McPartland's Piano Jazz, Billy Taylor's Jazz at the Kennedy Center, Jazz from Lincoln Center, Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson and Jazz Set with Branford Marsalis. (Please see the listings section for exact times.)

New Networks Via Westwood

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."