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Radio Waves Podcast #208

2/16/2018
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Radio: February 16, 2018 Over two decades ago I asked for a new modem -- remember those? -- for my Macintosh 5200 for one reason only: I wanted to be able to access the files stored at Uncle Ricky’s Radio Repository, also known as www.reelradio.com. A virtual museum of recordings -- airchecks -- focussing primarily on radio’s top-40 heydays, though there is a smattering of other material, ReelRadio is my guilty pleasure. Via RealRadio, I can transport myself to the 1960s and hear the early...

Duration:00:11:20

Radio Waves Podcast #207

2/8/2018
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Radio: February 9, 2018 For years we have been told that radio consolidation has been a good thing. Allowing a few companies to own the majority of the stations would lead to cost savings, more creativity, and more formats. Those not wearing tin foil hats knew the consolidation promises were lies, intended only for early investors to build a portfolio and cash out, leaving investors, employees and even listeners holding the bag as the pyramid scheme could not sustain itself. Prior to...

Duration:00:18:07

Radio Waves Podcast #206

1/18/2018
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Radio: January 19, 2018 Amp Radio (97.1 FM) is finally getting a new morning show. Former morning man Carson Daly left the station in July to (supposedly) spend more time with family, though I think money had much to do with it as former owner CBS was cutting numerous positions all last year. Regardless, the station has been without an “official” morning show since Daly left, and numerous observers speculated that perhaps Amp would simply go without. Putting those rumors to rest, Amp...

Duration:00:12:34

Radio Waves Podcast #205

1/10/2018
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Radio: December 12, 2018 One of the weekend highlights of the former classic rock station The Sound (now religious KKLQ, 100.3 FM) was Mimi Chen’s Peace, Love, and Sunday Mornings, an eclectic musical program that truly harkened back to the days of KMET (now KTWV, 94.7 FM) or even KNX-FM (now KCBS-FM, 93.1). When The Sound found God, her show was without a home. At least for a while. The obvious place for her show is the new 88.5 FM, formerly known as KCSN. And that’s exactly where she...

Duration:00:17:04

Radio Waves Podcast #204

1/4/2018
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Radio: January 5, 2018 My grandmother listened to Hilly Rose for years on various radio stations; her enthusiasm for his show made me a fan too. I found his programs informative, educational, and entertaining ... one of the best of the first generation of talk shows as heard in Los Angeles. Rose passed away December 27th of natural causes. He was 91. Prior to his many years in Los Angeles, Rose perfected his craft in San Francisco at KCBS, KGO and KNEW; he was also heard (and seen) on...

Duration:00:13:52

Radio Waves Podcast #203

12/28/2017
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Radio: December 29, 2017 Longtime Los Angeles radio personality Cliff Winston passed away December 19th due to a heart attack. He was 63. His Los Angeles debut was in 1986 on KJLH (102.3 FM) where he stayed until he got an offer from the original 100.3 The Beat, KKBT in 1990. He returned to KJLH is ’93, went back to The Beat in 2006, and stayed through the transition to V-100 (KRBV). He remained at V-100 until the station was sold to Bonneville in 2008. He was The Beat’s original...

Duration:00:09:22

Radio Waves Podcast #202

12/21/2017
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Radio: December 22 For the 8th consecutive year, David Grudt -- a regular reader of this column -- is programming Sounds of the Season that will once again be heard on Ken Borgers’ internet tribute to the original KNOB (now KLAX, 97.9 FM). You can find it at www.JazzKnob.org. It’s a 36-hour program that starts at noon on December 24th, Christmas Eve and ends at Midnight on December 25th, Christmas day. The show features jazz instrumental and vocal interpretations of holiday music...

Duration:00:10:56

Radio Waves Podcast #201

12/14/2017
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Radio: December 15, 2017 LA Oldies K-SURF (1260 AM, 105.1 digital HD2) has been moving up the ratings in spite of a signal that struggles to reach much of Los Angeles and little promotion. The latest Nielsen ratings had the station at 0.7 overall, and I am told that weekends are even more impressive. Now you can show your support for the only station in town that focusses on early (earlier) rock and roll from the 1950s through the early 1970s. As announced on the K-SURF website: “The...

Duration:00:12:58

Radio Waves Podcast #200

12/8/2017
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Radio: December 8, 2017 The ink had barely dried on last week’s column regarding the financial problems with Cumulus Media -- owner locally of KLOS (95.5 FM) and KABC (790 AM) -- when the media giant officially, finally, declared bankruptcy. The move comes a month after the company defaulted on a payment of nearly $24 million of principal and interest on more than $2 billion the company has in debt. If approved, the bankruptcy -- pre-arranged with the majority of debtholders -- will cut...

Duration:00:15:31

Radio Waves Podcast #199

11/30/2017
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Radio: December 1, 2017 I promise that I was going to let go of the CBS Radio-Entercom merger, in spite of my concern of what the merger may mean to the radio industry. But then I read something on Don Barrett’s LARadio.Com that I couldn’t let go without comment: “We are done apologizing about radio,” said David Field, CEO of the new Entercom. “(It’s) America’s #1 reach medium, which is massively undervalued.” This one quote says volumes about Field and what is wrong with radio....

Duration:00:14:53

Radio Waves Podcast #198

11/22/2017
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Radio: November 24, 2017 The end finally came for The Sound 100.3 FM, Thursday, November 16. It came after weeks of goodbyes, allowed due to the unknown timing of the transfer of ownership of the station from Entercom to EMF, and Entercom management allowing the staff to stay on until the end, a rare gift that was truly appreciated by the Sound staff and listeners alike. Entercom management does deserve kudos for that, in my opinion, even though they made the decision to sell the wrong...

Duration:00:14:06

Radio Waves Podcast #197

11/16/2017
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Radio: November 17, 2017 Troubled Cumulus Media is the owner of over 400 radio stations nationwide including KLOS (95.5 FM) and KABC (790 AM) locally. The company, which has been trying for years to figure out a way to stay afloat amidst a Titanic-level of debt, decided to forgo payment of about $23 million in interest due on loans totaling over $2 billion. The decision was made earlier this month by the company Board of Directors. Some claim it is a hardball push to get lenders to agree...

Duration:00:12:45

Radio Waves Podcast #196

11/8/2017
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Radio: November 10, 2017 I’ve been talking with Dave Beasing, programmer of The Sound, about doing either a My Turn segment on the station for almost as long as the station has been on the air. For various reasons we never did it, until last month just after the announcement that the station was being sold. Honestly, neither of us knew it would ever air when it was recorded in early October when I visited the station, due to the station’s impending sale and unknown format-change date. It...

Duration:00:14:14

Radio Waves Podcast #195

11/2/2017
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Radio: November 3, 2017 By now I am sure you’ve heard about the night that panicked America. Seventy-nine years ago this week -- October 30 1938 -- was the night that Orson Welles scared the nation into believing that the earth was being taken over by martians through his presentation of a radio adaption of H. G. Wells’ book, War of the Worlds, on his CBS program Mercury Theater on the Air. I’ve heard about it for years. In 1975, ABC Television aired a television drama depicting the...

Duration:00:15:56

Radio Waves Podcast #194

10/26/2017
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Radio: October 27, 2017 An early morning fire threatened the Observatory as well as numerous broadcast towers on Mount Wilson on October 17th. Many of the most popular and powerful radio stations along with most if not all local television stations transmit from the area. The fire broke out sometime around 4 a.m. and smoke could be seen from quite a distance. Saul Levine’s Go Country 105 was one of the radio stations that was potentially threatened by the fire; Levine told me that he was...

Duration:00:17:03

Radio Waves Podcast #193

10/19/2017
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Radio: October 20, 2017 One of my radio dreams is to take an AM station and program it. Not program it the way most current owners do -- syndicated talk, sports or some other lame format. No, I want to take an AM station and show that you can, indeed, program an AM station to attract actual listeners. Make actual money, serving the community with either programming you can’t find elsewhere or programming done better than any station in town. Of course I don’t have a few million dollars...

Duration:00:14:39

Radio Waves Podcast #192

10/12/2017
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Radio: October 13, 2017 Joe Reiling started his Los Angeles radio tenure in 1977 when he was hired by KLOS (95.5 FM) in 1977. In 1981 he launched the station’s long-running “KLOS Local Music Show” (later called “Local Licks”) that played unsigned acts. He left for KMET (now KTWV, 94.7 FM) in 1982; to moved KNX-FM (now KCBS-FM 93.1) in for a time in 1983; and returned to the Los Angeles airwaves on KLSX (now KAMP, 97.1 FM) from 1988-1990. He worked for Armed Forces Radio, produced shows...

Duration:00:12:58

Radio Waves Podcast #191

10/5/2017
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Radio: October 6, 2017 The news last week that Entercom will sell The Sound (KSWD, 100.3 FM) to a company that will play satellite-delivered Christian pop music caught people by surprise. Even more surprising is that the buyer - EMF - got the station for a song. The Sound, two other full-power stations and two FM translators made for a total of $57 million; in comparison, The Sound alone sold for over $100 million in 2008. Not proof, but certainly a worthy allegation, that Entercom CEO...

Duration:00:29:38

Radio Waves Podcast #190

9/26/2017
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Radio: September 29, 2017 Helen Borgers started her tenure at KKJZ (88.1 FM) long before it WAS KKJZ. Before it was even owned by the Cal State Long Beach Foundation. The station was KLON and it was owned by Long Beach City College when Borgers joined in 1979. Such an expert on jazz and blues, Borgers earned the reputation among many as a jazz educator. She managed to stay on board for almost 40 years until she was let go from the jazz station last June. Cost cutting, I believe, but that...

Duration:00:11:49

Radio Waves Podcast #189

9/21/2017
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Radio: September 22, 2017 Radio transmitter towers can be quite high. The top of KFI’s (640 AM) tower was at one time 760 feet off the ground, before a small plane hit it, causing it to collapse. It is now “just” 654 feet tall. Radio stations have it easy. Some television towers can be as tall as 1500 feet ... or more. yet all towers must be equipped with a lighting system so that they are not -- or are at least less of -- a hazard to aircraft that may be in the area. The lights must be...

Duration:00:14:12

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