L.A. Radio Roundup


StarOne-On-One Sports AM 1540

Long anticipated, now finally realized, One-on-One Sports went on the air Sept. 30 on L.A.'s KXMG 1540 AM. It marks the first time in recent memory, that a Southland signal has flipped from Spanish to English. The 6-year-old network owns stations in L.A., Boston, Chicago New York and Miami.

The talent lineup of the Chicago-based sports talk network - with more than 380 affiliates - is familiar to listeners of the late KWNK 670 AM, (now the Spanish language Central American KVCA). The day starts with "Guy Talk" with Steve Czaban', who answers every call with two questions: "What is your name?" and "What is your quest?" - from a North Carolina native who hitched to Los Angeles to break into sports radio. (His first gig was providing reports from L.A. Clippers games for San Bernardino's KMEN 1290 AM- for free.) Former ESPN radio and ESPN 2 weekend host Peter Brown is on middays, making way for the "Fan's Bill of Rights" author, "Papa" Joe Chevalierat started out as an unpaid reporter for XTRA Sports 690, serves up the evening menu of conversation, and Bob Kemp gives night-owl fans their fill from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Brown believes that One-on -One Sports offers Angelenos a different kind of sports talk radio.

"One-on-One will give L.A. a real rounded national voice," he said. "Not everyone in L.A. is a Dodgers fan. It's a global game now. When I was growing up, I wanted to hear about every team."

Brown promised to put his listeners in the middle of breaking sports news, calling upon his many contacts in professional sports to get the inside story.

Oldies Icon Dies

KRTH 101.1 FM afternoon personality The Real Don Steele died in his sleep at 11:20 a.m. from lung cancer in his Hollywood Hills home Aug.

His 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekday program was No. 4 in the spring 1997 Arbitron ratings among listeners 12 and over.

Mr. Steele was the "boss of bosses" among top 40 radio DJs. He played a pivotal role in introducing the "Boss Radio" sound to Southern California in 1965 as the afternoon host. His program garnered a delivering a level of energy barely matched by his younger competitors on Power 106 and KIIS-FM. He joined the oldies outlet in 1992 and played a key role in making KRTH the city's No. 1 radio moneymaker.

Born in Hollywood in 1936, the hometown DJ attended Hollywood High. His radio career took him to stations in Omaha and Portland, Ore., before he landed a gig at KEWB-AM in Oakland, Calif., where he worked with another giant of top 40 radio, Robert W. Morgan. On May 3, 1995 - the 30th anniversary of the start of Boss Radio on KHJ - the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

During the '60s and '70s, he hosted a television dance show, "The Real Don Steele TV Show." His syndicated radio program, "Live From the Sixties," aired from 1988 through 1993.

Even in the early days of his career at the giant KOIL-AM in Omaha, the veteran DJ developed a distinctive, rapid-fire style of delivery, combining tough-guy irony with impeccable and loud elocution. His concise brand of humor enabled him to transition from the chatterbox personality radio of the early '60s and to thrive in the tight-lipped Drake style of top of the '70s. He was one of the few radio talents capable of establishing a vivid personality over the brief instrumental introductions of a hit record.

Steele's Replacement

The new afternoon personality at K-Earth has a similar background to his predecessor, The Real Don Steele."Shotgun Tom" Kelly, who started his new job Sept. 18, has been a San Diego household name for decades, spinning records on KCBQ, B100, KOGO, KGB, K-BEST 95 and KFMB. Like Mr. Steele, he worked on a "Boss Radio" station - KGB 1360 AM (now KPOP) - during the heyday of AM top 40 radio.

But landing the job at the L.A. oldies powerhouse is the capper of his 25-plus years in radio.

"It will be the last radio job of my career," Kelly said. "Once you work at a station like K-Earth 101, you don't need to go anywhere else. It is the finest radio station in America."

Kelly is a Billboard magazine "Air Personality of the Year" winner.

Play Zone 710

The short-lived female-oriented talk station KTZN 710 AM - "The Zone" - was replaced by "Radio Disney" Aug. 26. The end came swiftly, without fanfare, following an Angels baseball broadcast, surprising talk radio listeners who expected to hear the syndicated radio therapist Dr. Toni GrantShow replay.

The Dallas-based Radio Disney offers a live, fast-paced, music-driven style of radio, peppered with DJ chatter, contests, news' for kids and phone calls from youngsters. Now heard in the nation's top 15 markets, the their families. Although Disney cartoon character's voices and songs from Disney movies are frequently heard, the network falls short of serving as a full-time Disney infomercial. Radio Disney plays songs such as an alphabet rap number sung by Elmo of "Sesame Street" and an amusing version of the Beatles' "Hello, Goodbye" with Warner Brothers' Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny.

The format offers programming previously unavailable to the general L.A. market: a station that adults can put on in the car when younger kids are with them. The other local children's radio station, "Aahs World Radio" KPLS greater Los Angeles. The Minnesota-based network is planning to sell the Orange County outlet later this year, according to a KPLS spokesperson.

"Zone" personalities Stephanie Miller, Joe Crummey, Merrill Markoemoved to sister station KABC 790 AM. Miller stepped into the 7 p.m. to Jim Gott. Joe Crummey and Merrill Markoe are now on the KABC weekend schedule. Robin Abcarian, who teamed with Tracey Miller in the morning, has done some substitute work on 790 but has no permanent show. Miller is now the news anchor for the Conway & Stecklershow on KLSX 97.1 FM.

The Zone's poor performance in the ratings contributed to its demise. For the last few years, the during most parts of the day in the age12 and over category ( a least five minutes during a 15-minute period).

Summer Ratings

It was a bounce-back summer for L.A.'s two biggest AM talk stations. KABC's morning show with Minyard and Tilden returned to the top respectable 3.1. KFI bounded from a 3.7 to a 4.1, making it the No. 4 station. Bill Handel's wake-up show rose from No. 8 to No. 4 in the overall rankings, based on the Arbitron estimates of listeners 12 and over tuning in for five minutes or more during an average quarter hour, Monday, 6 a.m. to Sunday at midnight.

Renanof Spanish-languageKSCA scored the biggest with his new morning show, edging out KLVE's Pepe Baretto for No. 1. Power 106's Baka Boyz dropped three-tenths of a share and out of the top 10. Howard Stern remains the most popular English-speaking morning man in L.A. with a hefty 4.8-share on KLSX-FM. Handel comes in second in the English department, followed by John Londonand the House Party on KKBT, KROQ's Kevin & Bean, Robert W. Morgan and friends on KRTH, the unflappable Rick Dees on KIIS, Minyard and Tilden at No. 9 and KOST's happy radio couple, Mark and Kim, finish off the top 10 wake-up shows.

Other notable developments in the overall station rankings were: the strong growth of Spanish-language top gain; and the relatively strong showing of Spanish KXMG-AM - its last book before going Anglo sports talk - with a 1.3, up four-tenths from the spring.

In the afternoons, folks were tuning in to the memory of the The Real Don Steele on KRTH, keeping it a strong No. 4. KLVE's Pio Ferro continues to rule in this department, followed by KPWR's Big Boy, who displaced the Beat's Theo in the No. 2 position. Afternoon substitute Chris Leary - and later permanent personality Gary Spears - kept KIIS station strong at No. 4. KOST-FM and KTWV-FM tied for No. 6; KROQ went down two notches to No. 8, followed by KSCA-FM and KYSR-FM.

Arrow 93 Gets Uncle Joe

Further proof of Arrow 93 KCBS 93.1 FM's solid growth in the past few years and its firm position as a favorite among rock music fans was the winning over of KLOS 95.5 FM icon Uncle Joe Benson to take over the morning-drive position. Benson and afternoon DJ Bob Coburn, both KLOS alums, bring a more classic rock sound to the rock oldies station.

"Over time, a radio station has to grow and change," Arrow 93 Program Director Tommy Edwards said. "We now have two legends in the field who fit our music-intensive approach and can communicate succinctly. Joe knows most of the musicians we play [personally]."

Edwards added that Arrow 93 strives to be the kind of music station you can flip on and consistently hear your favorite music with a spark of entertainment between songs, such as an interesting story about the artist.

The rock oldies station's format is a Los Angeles original, created by Edwards in 1993 to carve a niche between K-Earth 101 and then-classic rocker KLSX-FM.

Edwards, who worked at the seminal rock station WOR-FM in New York from 1969 to 1972 before joining Chicago's top 40 powerhouse WLS for a 14-year stint, cites those stations as the main influences in the formation of the Arrow 93 sound.

'KLOS' New Fall Lineup

Jim Ladd returned to L.A. radio on a revamped and refocused KLOS 95.5 FM Sept. 23, taking over the weekday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. slot. FM rock veteran Garth Kemp plays the rock in the late afternoons. Music director Rita Wilde stepped into middays, and Chuck Moshontzis back as the Mark and Brian Program newsman. Former KMET-FM (now KTWV) DJ Raechel Donahue is heard on weekends. She was married to the late Tom "Big Daddy" Donahue, one of the original 1968 KPPC Pasadena DJs considered to be the father of "underground" FM rock radio. Suzanne Ansilio is currently the 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. host followed by overnight regular Al Ramirez.

Program Director John Duncan announced the changes at the Sept. 20 KLOS "Summer Send-Off Celebrating Mark & Brian's 10th Anniversary" free concert at the Blockbuster Pavilion.

Ladd, another FM rock radio pioneer, joined the staff of KLOS in 1969 and remained there until moving to KMET in1975. From 1991 to 1994, he was the evening DJ on KLSX-FM. KLOS is making more headway in its back-to-basics AOR (album-oriented rock) direction. The format will not be as strict as classic rock KLSX. Listeners can expect to hear new releases mixed with the old, a formula Ladd said made his KLSX ratings leap, even though he wasn't sounding like the "rest of the day."

Gary Spears-Heads Afternoons on KIIS

KIBB 100.3 FM morning man Gary Spears (a.k.a "Spearman") joined top 40 KIIS 102.7 FM as the new 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. host Aug. 4, filling the slot vacated by "Magic" Matt Alan in June. The move reunites Spears with KIIS program director Dan Kiely, who was promotions director at Chicago's WBBM-FM when Spears worked the afternoon-drive shift.

"I like fun, edgy radio," Spears said. "I like a station that, when you tune down the dial, you recognize it immediately."

Since 1993, Spears has hosted the weekly disco program "The Retro Show" for Westwood One. Before going to B-100.3, he handled the microphone while Star 98.7 listeners drove home.

Spears likes to dream up his own stunts. At Star, he sent his writer/sidekick to the home of Aaron Spelling after reading that the TV mogul planned to renovate his home. Spears asked his listeners to guess the number of steps it took his assistant to walk around the posh estate. Spelling, who heard the bit, was amused and agreed to a rare 10-minute interview live on the air the next day.

DJ Returns to Star 98.7

Following a seven-month hiatus on San Francisco's K101, Ryan Seacrest returned to spinning alternative adult contemporary hits afternoons on KYSR 98.7 FM (Star 98.7).

"I left my heart in L.A. when I moved to San Francisco," Seacrest said. "I knew I eventually had to come back."

The DJ, who began his radio career at Atlanta's Star 94, is also blessed with telegenic appeal as host of the Merv Griffin Entertainment syndicated teen game show "Click" and hosts SciFi Channel's "The New Edge."

In other Star 98.7 changes, Gary Thompson moved from afternoons to evenings, replacing Mark Goodman, who departed in September.

'Groove Radio' Skips

Program Director/afternoon drive personality "Swedish Eagle" signed off from dance music KACD/KBCD 103.1 FM at the end of July and was temporarily replaced by mid-morning air talent Mohammad Moretta. With him went the dance station's moniker "Groove Radio," which Eagle - real name Egil Aalvik - owns. The station now refers to itself as "Groove 103.1."

On Sept. 18, the station switched its intensely dance-oriented format to a more conventional "rhythmic CHR" (contemporary hit radio) sound. Groove listeners greeted the change with howls of protest.

"We were trying to narrow it down now, to make it more listener friendly and more female-friendly," Director of Programming and Operations Manon Hennesy said.

Hennesy noted that the electronic/reggae music championed by Aalvik was drawing an overabundance of males and core "underground" listeners. Consultants Bob Mitchell - now gone - and Ken Anthony - still helping with research - were supposed to tweak the format to attract more females, but the result was a radical departure from the original Groove Radio sound.

"Ultimately, the people made the change," she said. "They called and jammed the phone system. They took the license plates off the station van, left notes under and on the doors. The Spice Girls stunt, playing 'Wanna Be' for 24 hours, is something you do [to signal] a format change, not a tweaking."

The top brass restored the original format - which debuted in June 1996 - Sept. 25 at noon. Gone for good, though, was morning man Jim "Poorman" Trenton. Former KRLA late-evening DJ Kiki Melendez now starts the day with temporary co-hosts Pete Lorimer - a business partner with Power 106's Richard "Humpty" Vission - Freddy Morales and Tony Armstead. Holly Adams stays in middays, followed by Moretta in afternoons. Christian B. takes it in the evening, and Special Ed keeps 'em groovin' all night.

On Oct. 7, the Spanish-language newspaper La Opinion published an article stating that Groove 103.1 was poised to become the area's first bilingual radio station. According to Hennesy, 103.1 will have a "Spanglish" flavor but will not be strictly bilingual.

"We attract the clubbers, and about half of our audience is Latino," Hennesy said. "But we are not going to be 50-50 Spanish and English in our programming. We are the mixing station. We are the house music station. We have much better access to the music than the other stations, and we haven't got enough credit for it. We are going to be taking hold of that in the future."

To that end, Groove's Steve Tsepelis stays on board as music director.

In September, Tom Bell became the station's new general manager after working at Spanish-language KRTO-FM. Manuel Canales, who worked at "Energy 108" in Toronto, is strategizing with Bell to formulate Groove Radio's business strategy.

Show Tunes on

KGIL 1260 AM ended its seven-month Beatle format July 19 at 5 p.m. and commenced playing music from "Broadway to Hollywood." The last day of the Fab Four extended radio fest was hosted by Martin Lewis, longtime Beatle fan and host of the weekly show "Un-Beatle-Able." Lewis donned official Beatle attire, prepared and ate official Beatle food - the "jam butty" - while fielding farewell phone calls from celebrities such as "Weird Al" Yankovich, Martin Landau, Lynn Redgrave and Tom Arnold. Kathy Bates stopped by in person to recall her teenage infatuation with the four lads from Liverpool.

Jim Roope remains as program director at the San Fernando AM, which has gone from adult standards to all-news to all-Beatles to show tunes in less than two years. The Mt. Wilson Broadcasters outlet has recruited a distinguised list of names for on-air duties at the new station. TV personality Stephanie Edwards starts the day, followed by well-known classical announcer Rich Capparella. Ex-K-Joy personality and radio icon Gary Owens is back as the afternoon voice, and TV star Florence Henderson hosts in the evenings. Roope rounds out the schedule through the wee hours.

'Fly Jock' Back on KACE

Once again, the well-known urban adult contemporary ABC Radio Networks morning personality Tom Joyner is back in the Southland on KACE 103.9 FM. Before "K-Ace" changed to R&B oldies in 1994, Joyner's show had started the day for the urban AC station. Former morning man Rico Reedhandled the local announcing chores such as weather and traffic. Current morning man Bill Sharpe stays on as the local voice of weather and traffic, while George Moore delivers the news. Joyner's show was carried by sports talk KMAX 107.1 FM before that station became modern rock "Y-107."

In the mid-'80s, Joyner was dubbed the "fly jock" when he accepted simultaneous positions as morning man at KKDA-FM in Dallas and afternoon-drive personality at Chicago's WGCI-FM. His daily round trip between the two cities generated lots of publicity, and he proclaimed himself "the hardest-working man in radio."

More of KFI's Hendrie and Bruce

Does KFI 640 AM Phil Hendrie need the audience lead-in from the highly-rated John and KenShow to maintain his standings against the man he replaced, now his rival up the dial, Mr. KABC?

"Moving Phil's show earlier in the evening exposes him to the tail end of afternoon-drive," KFI Program Director David G. Hall said. "It's a time when people are shifting. They've have had their fill of news and traffic and are looking for more entertainment. Phil's our answer to network TV prime time. As for Tammy's show, it's getting stronger every week. Adding the extra hour is a very easy decision."

Hendrie's new hours now begin right after afternoon-drive, at 7 p.m. Tammy Bruce follows him at 11 p.m. Wayne Resnick, formerly in the 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. slot, was relegated to Saturdays from 9 p.m. to midnight.

New Dawn at KFWB

All-news station KFWB 980 AM changed its morning team Aug. 4, bringing afternoon-drive anchors Judy Ford, Paul Lowe and Ken Jeffries into the all-important 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. slot. Former early-risers Dan Avey and Ron Kilgore moved to the p.m. commute, joining Tammy Trujillo. John Brooks went to middays, keeping abreast of the news with Bob Howard and Jack Popejoy. Carol Ramos went to KABC 790 AM to anchor for Minyard and Tilden's morning show.

KNX News

The Emily Post of the '90s, Martha Stewartnow has a berth at KNX AM 1070 as host of "Ask Martha." The daily feature is heard at 10:25 a.m. and offers helpful hints on homemaking and entertaining.

Bob McCormick is now the new midday anchor at the news station, replacing Barry Rohde, who retired in June. McCormick arrives from the CBS San Francisco all-news affiliate, KCBS 740 AM.

KNX morning traffic anchor Jim Thornton has put his collection of "Traffic Tie-Up" neckties for display on the station's website.

"I have enough for every day of the month, every mood and every traffic condition," Thornton said of his collection of 40 ties, including one made from rubber tire tread, and another with a parking meter with a real quarter stuck in the coin slot.

Rachtman: Fighter and a Lover

Its one of those cruel ironies of life that KLSX 97.1 FM evening personality Riki Rachtman, who made his name as host of a show called "Loveline," should lose his job because he punched another talk host in the face.

Rachtman had traded insults over the air with KLSX's Doug Steckler, co-host of the midday "Conway and Steckler" show. The exasperated Rachtman then challenged Steckler to a boxing match in response to some unkind remarks Steckler made about Rachtman's girlfriend. The quarrel escalated when the two encountered each other at the station Sept. 8. It was there that Steckler received his black eye and Rachtman was arrested and sent to jail.

The next day, Conway went on the air, described the event and its aftermath in detail, adding the fact that he had been told by management, not to discuss any of it with his listeners. He said that Steckler's left eye was swollen shut and that he suffered a contusion on his left jaw.

"I've never seen anything like that," Conway remarked. "Where words will cause something like that."

After a about a half hour, he was taken off the air and tapes of earlier Conway and Steckler programs were run instead.

A few days later an embarrassed Rachtman was given his pink slip.

Leykis & Nastyman on 97.1

KLSX 97.1 FM Program Director Jack Silver - who replaced Jay Clark in August - is putting his stamp on the talk station. The "Real Radio"/ "Alternative Talk" menu that marked the station's transition from classic rock to talk in August 1995 now offers more conventional talk radio fare after Howard Stern, calling itself simply "The FM Talk Station." Following his back-to-basics philosophy of radio, Silver hired veteran radio personality Tom Leykisto host afternoon-drive and replaced Riki Rachtman with ex-KIIS-FM DJ Chuck Naste, a.k.a. Nastyman, as the evening host.

"I have two rules for hiring a radio host: experience and ratings," said Silver, who produced the Rick Dees show on KIIS-FM from 1987 to 1991. "I view this as morning shows all day; that's my vision for the station: shows that are fun - personality talk for people 25 to 50."

Leykis was elated to be back on the air in Los Angeles. Before landing the 97.1 gig, No. 6-ranked Detroit was the biggest market where the Westwood One host was heard. Leykis did several L.A.-only broadcasts on KLSX-FM, marveling about how his voice sounded in stereo, compared to the mono AM stations that normally carry his show.

For Silver, bringing Leykis on board was a "no-brainer."

"Here's a guy sitting in Culver City [Westwood One studios] who does great, compelling radio," Silver said. "In his first four weeks here, he received more calls from L.A. than he did in a year and a half on KMPC. He does not give [KFI's afternoon hosts] Johnand Ken a day off."

Marv Albert on

Some cynics might interpret the move as pure publicity-seeking, but it appears that there's a lot of manly compassion behind the microphones at Sports Radio L.A. - KXTA 1150 AM (formerly KIIS-AM). The sports talk station announced it was "in negotiation" with Marv Albert to host his own talk show. The offer from KXTA President/General Manager Roy Laughlin came on the heels of NBC's decision to fire the well-known sportscaster after he plead guilty in a sex scandal case.

"We don't think we are biting off more than we can chew," Laughlin said. "A long time ago ABC had the 'Wide, Wide World of Sports'; today we have the wild, wild world of sports, and it's only on AM 1150 Sports Radio L.A."

Sound like biting sarcasm? Try listening to KXTA's true wild man and host of "In the Jungle," Jim Rome.

Dills Fills Bill at KIEV

Longtime KABC restaurant critic Elmer Dills, who was more recently a Sunday host on the short-lived "Zone" (KTZN), has found a new spot to chew the fat. Now the knowledgeable nosher is helping diners find the best cuisine on his "Good Life Report," Sundays on KIEV 870 AM, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

'Savvy Traveler' Debut

The highly acclaimed Public Radio International (PRI) program "Marketplace" introduced its first spin-off show, "The Savvy Traveler," in September. Hosted by Washington-based journalist/radio personality Rudy Maxa, the show offers the same off-beat, literate reporting style that has made "Marketplace" a notable program since its inception in University of Southern California, both nationally syndicated shows run at a somewhat faster pace than public radio staples "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered." Producer Jim Russell hopes to capitalize on many of public radio's demographically attractive audience (i.e., high income and education level), making it a magnet for funding from the booming leisure industry.


Brenda Pennellwas named the general manager of public station KUSC 91.5 FM, filling the spot vacated a year ago by Dr. Wallace A. Smith. The Cary, N.C. native most recently served as general manager of Cincinnati's classical public station, WGUC-FM.

National Awards

At the National Association of Broadcasters convention in New Orleans Sept. 20, the organization singled out Marconis awards.

Los Angeles resident Dr. Laura Schlessinger - whose show airs locally on KFI 640 AM - was named "Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year." Don Imus was hailed as "Major Market Personality of the Year." Imus, who is also syndicated, is heard weekday mornings on KLAC Stern, despite the fact that his critically-acclaimed movie, "Private Parts" reached No. 1 at the box office in March.

L.A. ratings leader KLVE 107.5 FM - "K-Love" - was named "Spanish Station of the Year."

Emperor' Dies

"Emperor" Bob Hudsondied in his sleep at his Monrovia home Sept. ruling class in the '60s and early' 70s, holding sway from thrones on KRLA, KFWB, KBLA, KEZY, KGBS, KFI, KIEV and XPRS. He came to power replacing Bob Eubanks as morning man on KRLA in 1963. He dubbed himself "Beautiful Bob" and bridged the "Generation Gap" with his gruff working-class wit and penchant for put-ons. He once exhorted his followers - "Hudson's Commandos" - to straighten out Sunset Boulevard for its conversion into a bowling alley. An army veteran who got into radio while stationed in Alaska, he once solicited mail on behalf of a local soldier serving in Vietnam, and 176 girls sent in letters.

In the early '70s, Hudson teamed with Ron Landry, and the two formed a potent morning combo on KGBS (now KTNQ). Hudson retired in 1988.

Joe Frank Retires

KCRW 89.9 FM's "radio noire" entertainer Joe Frank announced his retirement from radio Aug. 23. He made the announcement alongside a group of actors with whom he has worked with over the years during the public station's summer pledge drive. He said he would no longer produce his weekly one-hour dramatic monologues and sketches heard on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. KCRW continues to air tapes of his programs.

Tom Nixon Benefit

KPFK 90.7 FM DJ Tom Nixonsuffered a personal setback when his Silver Lake apartment building went up in flames in June, destroying much of his extensive collection of records and CDs. In October, friends of the eclectic music host held a "potluck benefit bash" to help rebuild his library. His show, "Global Village," is heard Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon. If you would like to help him continue to champion the L.A. music community, call Ms. Patti at (213) 960-7889 or L.A. Ell at (213)


Brenda Pennellwas named the general manager of public station KUSC 91.5 FM, filling the spot vacated a year ago by Dr. Wallace A. Smith. The Cary, N.C. native most recently served as general manager of Cincinnati's classical public station, WGUC-FM.

KKGO Gets New Music Boss

Classical KKGO 105.1 FM announced the appointment ofBlanton Alspaughas program director in September. A musician and conductor whose experience includes producing radio broadcasts for Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera, Alspaugh said he is excited by the vibrant classical music scene in California. In one of his first programming moves, he scheduled Pacific Symphony live broadcasts for Thursday nights.

Former Program Director John Santana stays on as the afternoon host.

New Spanish Station

KWPA 1220 AM stopped simulcasting with motivational talk station KYPA 1230 AM in August and is now Spanish oldies KMIA.

Wave Wages

There's still no resolution in the contract negotiations between CBS Radio and the air personalities at KTWV at AFTRA, the union that represents the announcers, CBS is holding at a 3 percent wage increase.

"[KTWV's] labor costs are among the lowest in the city," Daley said. "These guys are making tremendous profits, while the wages and working conditions are below market."

The summer ratings showed KTWV-FM gaining two tenths of a share, raising it from No. 10 to No. 9 among L.A. stations.

K-BIG and KZLA Trading Places

Chancellor Media, the new owner of country music KZLA 93.9 FM exchanged programming and promotions with Bonneville's adult contemporary KBIG 104.3 FM. KZLA-FM now broadcasts from the KBIG studios on Sunset Boulevard and is a Bonneville-run station. KBIG-FM broadcasts from KZLA's studios in Glendale and is operated by Chancellor. The on-air, programming and promotions staff remain essentially the same at each station, according to Bonneville's Dave Ervin, who is now general manager for KZLA.

Another recent Chancellor acquisition, KIBB maintains offices in Los Angeles on Wilshire, just a few floors down from KKBT.

Breakfast with Big Boy

Power 106's drive time stars switched place Oct. 13. Big Boy is now the morning man, along with DJ Ray and Shaun Juan, while the Baka Boyz took their frenetic morning act to afternoon drive on KPWR 105.9 FM.

"Everyone here is very excited about the change," KPWR Program Director Michelle Mercer said. "We have great talent here and we wanted to share them in a new way with our listeners."

Mercer offered "no comment" when asked if the decision was influenced by the Boyz dropping out of the top 10 morning shows in the summer Arbitron ratings.

In other Power 106 changes, Cherry Martinez arrived from Philadelphia's Power 99 on July 14 to take over evenings for the hip hop/rhythmic CHR station. Lee Cadena from "Hits" magazine now plays the "Low Rider" oldies from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.