Desperate and Tasteless:
Tom Leykis, once a towering figure in radio, has sunk to new lows in blasting Dr. Laura Schlessinger. For weeks on 97.1 he obsessed on her holier-than-thou attitude, which is fair game. But he also dwelled on intimate aspects of her private life - in lurid detail. In his attempt to embarrass KFI's advice priestess, he embarrassed himself.
Ship her back to the Rockies!
Nix on 98.7 FM's Jamie, the lone female of the breakfast trio. The blonde bombshell says dumb things, and she is deluding herself if she thinks she's a comedian. She detracts from her clever cohorts.
True Holiday Spirit All Year:
K-EARTH announcements, rather than running community-minded messages in the middle of the night.
Night Owl-Turned Rooster:
Mr. KABC's internal clock turned a somersault to rise to the morning honor seat. Night or day, he creates an illusion of neighborliness in the vast metropolis.
Just Say No to Howard Stern Genre:
Unlike the other guys heard on the FM talk station, Jonathan Brandmeier doesn't emulate their king of gutter media. "Johnny B" has set up his "showgram" in Johnny Carson style. Rather than resorting to formulaic radio rant-and-rave show, he interviews and jokes with stars of yesterday. Many jocks-turned-talkers fail to capitalize on their DJ backgrounds; Johnny B. integrates his music knowledge into his presentation.
Clever, morning mouthing on music radio:
A common practice among morning personalities is to talk about everything but the music. Exceptions to the rule are: KROQ's Kevin and Bean, Y-107's Kat Corbett and Cortland Cox, KIIS' Rick Dees, Arrow's Joe Benson and Charlie Tuna of KLAC 570 AM. These men are a complement to the music they play.
Joe Crummey of KABC has personality-plus and knows the So Cal scene. Attention, programming shoppers: Give this pro a day job.
On KFI 640 AM on the weekend, Dr. Dean Edell never fails to come up with socially significant medical issues. Recently, the talk host pointed out that some airlines advertise the availability of emergency medical equipment on board. Passengers who happened to be doctors may use the tools for fellow travelers needing urgent care. But, as Dr. Edell noted, the airlines neither pay nor provide insurance for the passengers/physicians who abide by their Hippocratic oath and volunteer their services.