with Radio Guide & KIIS-AM
I would like to clarify and refute your "K-Ace
Enjoys the Radio Guide" heading from the Vol 2, No.
your 'zine, particularly because of your obvious lack of
respect for any of the urban stations (until recently
with your story on KJLH-FM!) Misspelled names and wrong
I have to admit that you have gotten a little better
since you stopped KIIS-ing up so much. Speaking of
KIIS-AM, the sports talk format in this market is again
doomed if those management mensas don't drop all that
freaking syndication, especially the Not-so-Fabulous
Sports Blob, Fumblin', Stumblin' Bob Golic and those
idiots at night! You guys have a long way to go as well!
George Moore, host of "The
'70s Show" on KACE 103.9 & 98.3 FM
Make DX List of Frequencies
My friends at the Daily Breeze gave me a copy of L.A.
Radio Guide, and I found it very interesting and
useful. Naturally, I have some suggestions. I live on a
hill that [overlooks] Catalina. It makes it possible to
bring in two stations with strong signals: KFMB AM 760 in
San Diego and KCBS AM 740 in San Francisco.
Reception of KCBS is only possible [after dark] because
it is zapped by KBRT during daylight hours. I have
resided in both San Diego and San Francisco, and I enjoy
hearing local conditions and news from those cities.
Besides, they are linked with KNX and have national
services. I would like to suggest you have an overall
list of stations in order of frequencies to make it
easier for us channel- surfers to identify stations. How
about a DX list of stations by frequency -- including
L.A. receiver locations -- a neat hobby!
Mitchell Dazey of Palos Verdes
A Howard Stern World
Just another piece written about Stern [cover story
Vol 2, No. 8] with nothing more than hearsay and
newspaper clippings ( I guess). I was listening the
morning of Stern's supposedly insensitive remarks
following Selena's death. What I heard was a full (or
more?) hour of "Tejano-style" music-bashing,
and I may add it was done in an incredibly hilarious
fashion. (I neither like or dislike Tejano.) One thing's
for sure, I happen to enjoy Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix
immensely. If some disc jockey dislikes it and pokes fun
at this style of music trust me, I will not be offended.
Also, if Selena's movie had been released two weeks prior
to Howard's, could we also say Howard pushed her movie
off the charts? Or would Stern be insensitive for pushing
it off the charts?
Not even Bill Handel has it right. ("It's mostly
about fart jokes") My job puts me on the road a lot.
I dislike some of the things Stern does. However, I find
him incredibly funny most of the time. He almost always
puts a smile on my face. What's wrong with that? In
closing, I would like to point out that if this world was
inhabited with nothing but Howard Sterns, it definitely
would be a better world to live in. The man does have a
conscience. As for Mark and Brian, they did nothing! But
it was funny that they were exposed as Howard Stern
copycats. No one should dispute that! Keep publishing
that nice Radio Guide.
Rick Morell of La Verne
To Thom Looney: Hendrie vs.
You may be the smartest man in Los Angeles. First,
baseball is my favorite sport, so you understand why I
don't listen to the Dodgers. I am a dedicated Mr. KABC
minion. But when those no-good Dodgers are on the air, I
have no choice but to listen to Phil Hendrie.
This guy is a genius. Take the show for what it is --
comedy. I love them both. Mr. KABC is always my first
choice, and I hope we can all get along someday.
Your fan, V.J. of Toluca Lake
P.S. To Scott and
Casey: If you try to make a real show, they will want
Enjoying KFI's Sanchez &
I want to thank KFI for taking Tammy Bruce off
weekends and putting her on at midnight during the week.
I enjoy Sanchez and Walker, who took her spot on
weekends. Since I turn my radio off at midnight, it works
well for me.
Jo of Bloomington
Dreaming of a Past Show
Hello! I always enjoy reading your magazine, and I hope
you can help me find an answer to an admittedly vague
question. A few years ago, I used to listen to a program
of vintage music called "Don't Wake Me Up, Let Me
Dream" late on Sunday nights. I cannot recall the
station or the host; do you happen to know if this show
is still on the air? If so, where and when? I hope you
can help. Keep up the good work!
Wyatt Doyle of Hollywood
Joe Monte hosted the show Sundays from midnight to 2 a.m.
on KPCC 89.3 FM. It featured dance band music from the
'20s and went off the air after the station dropped the
American Standards format in favor of rock and news/talk
Decline of Talk
AM talk radio is deteriorating; it is no longer the
proverbial "breath of fresh air" or the
"pulse of the city." Let one unusual item
appear in a large-circulation newspaper, and all stations
grab that article and first shred it to pieces; then
patch it back together, from early Monday a.m. to Friday
p.m. The said item will be discussed, manipulated, torn,
twisted,. mended by our talk jocks of the kilohertz band.
It will be reprised by the weekend M.C.s, trying to
populate their deserts.
The talk jocks themselves, as the cards in a deck, are
shuffled from one station to another. They disappear a
while, then reappear. They're fired and rehired; now you
see them, now you don't. It reminds me of the French
federal ministries: Each time there is a change in
government, the person who lost his job as Secretary of
Defense is named; Secretary of Agriculture while
Agriculture's head is switched to Foreign Affair, the
latter to replace Education's minister, and so on. The
same with talk stations: switch hours, switch stations,
but keep the same tired jokes, guffaws, special effects
Ladies and gents: We do need fresh air!
Many talk show hosts, attempting to sound literate,
often invent their own outrageous expressions to replace
perfectly adequate exisiting words. I have penned some of
those malapropisms, to wit: more healthier, most worst,
and why, Mister and Madam Host, do you say
conceptualization when concept is sufficient,
exploitativeness instead of exploitation? Why utter
authenicness for authenticity? abhorrational for
abhorrent? Summarization for summary? Commentating for
commenting? Do you know there is a difference between
continually and constantly? Incredulous and incredible?
We have a good, easy language, why torture it? I am also
disturbed by the surge of superfluous vulgarities spoken
by quite a few talk radio jockeys. I hear:
damn/damned/damn, bucket of slime, pond scum, sleaze
balls, "You're a friggin' idiot," "Wait a
frickin' second," "I'm pissed off,"
"Go to hell."
Why, boys and girls, why such unrefined vulgarities? And
please, cut off the repetitive "You know, and the
"And you know what" that pepper your dialogues
with callers (I hesitate to write "dialogues,"
as they are most often screeching orations, interrupting
callers' sentences, hanging up abruptly on the latter
before speaking ill of them once they are no longer on
the line. I thought that uncouth practice had been swept
away with Joe Pynes' demise. Yes, it is is sad that
today's talk radio has lost its imagination, its
diversity and its intelligence. 'Cause, you know what?
The listeners get, like, tired, you know, and start
migrating to the FM band. And you know what, they find it
more healthier, and you know, more educationated.
Michele Mooney of Silverlake