On the music side, there's plenty of Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Beatles and early Bruce (most rock stations are on a first-name basis with Mr. Springsteen). They still give away plenty of Porsches and concert tickets and money and albums and bumper stickers during the afternoons, with a comedy seg, "5 O'clock Funnies," positioned nicely just before 5 p.m.--when it's needed most.
KLVE-FM (107.5)--On L.A.'s only FM Spanish-language station, Martha (she gives no last name on the air) handles drive-time duties like a quiet pro.
FOR THE RECORD - IMPERFECTIONS
Los Angeles Times Sunday April 20, 1986 Home Edition Calendar Page 99 Calendar Desk Type of Material: Correction
RADIO RESIDUE: The hostess of KFOX's morning drive-time show "South Bay Sex," Registered Nurse JoAnn Woodward, wrote to correct our recent afternoon drive-time radio compendium for calling KFOX (93.5) an AM station when it's really FM....Frank Martin of San Francisco griped about our picking on KROQ Program Director Rick Carroll when we should have been singing the praises of "irreverent" but subtlely "intellectual" afternoon deejay Freddy Snakeskin....Our compendium skipped KGGI-FM (99.1) of Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, noted station General Manager Steve Virissimo, who claims energized 99-One's afternoon ratings beat some L.A. outlets....Jerry Jacobs, journalism professor and adviser to Cal State Northridge's KCSN-FM, complained because there wasn't a single mention of the station's student-written afternoon news programming, which has won numerous Golden Mike awards.
She plays a lot of female singers, from Beatrice Adriana to Angela Carrasco. And while that's OK, KLVE's contemporary Spanish and Top 40 format leans toward upwardly mobile trendiness. Four or five commercials between album cuts isn't unusual, a metro traffic report is delivered almost every 15 minutes, with news headlines from squeaky-voiced newswoman Sylvia Botello at quarter to the hour.
KMAX-FM (107.1)--Beset with a weak signal, KMAX's drive-time programming is entirely in Spanish and of a dubious religious nature. On one show a preacher from East L.A. buys KMAX airtime to scream about the Pope, Protestant leaders and the Anti-Christ. Another features a Catholicism-knocking ex-priest who opens with the ironic disclaimer, "We don't want to offend anyone."
"Brother Vic" says it costs him $90 for every 14 minutes he's on KMAX. "Won't you help?" he then pleads. Less spiritual listeners might pay twice that to get him off the air.
Not recommended for the impatient or short-tempered.
KMDY-AM (850)--Comedy (as in KoMeDY) is king here every day from 5:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. When it went on the air on April Fool's Day, 1984, this was the nation's third all-comedy radio station. Now it's the only survivor, says program director Bob Zidel, who's had the last laugh on all the skeptics.
J.L. Martinez works from noon to 6 p.m. daily, though his job is mainly to introduce the next rack and then get out of the way of comedy cuts from the likes of Bill Cosby, Joan Rivers, George Carlin and taped stand-up routines from lesser-knowns. Live guest interviews add some spice.
KMDY's only weakness is its limited signal. With the station and its transmitter located in Thousand Oaks, it can only be heard clearly in Ventura County, parts of the San Fernando Valley and beach areas such as Malibu. But finding it is worth the search.
KMET-FM (94.7)--The once Mighty Met seems to be a station in perpetual transition. First it was a straight album-oriented rock (AOR) dispenser. Then, presto!--it became a heavy-metal station. Now it's yuppified album-oriented rock specializing in 1960s Baby Boomer pablum.
None of it has worked. The jocks still dare you to turn the volume up to 10, but arch-rival KLOS has nearly twice as many listeners as Club Met. Deejay David Perry at least has the mildly entertaining Pat (Paraquat) Kelly, the city's most-famed rock 'n' roll newscaster, to help. Kelly does on-the-hour newscasts, if you can call them that, and supplies other semi-newsy tidbits. A slow news day is when nobody overdoses on anything.
Ski reports still precede the local weather updates, followed by the most schizophrenic mix of album rock on the planet. Some of the heavier cuts make it easy to realize why Nancy Reagan backed out of the Concert that Counts.
KMPC-AM (710)--Wink Martindale may be best known as a cheerful, steady game show host, but his bread and butter has always been radio. as such, his middle-of-the-road voice fits in nicely with the middle-of-the-road nostalgia cuts that L.A.'s perennial Big Band station delivers during drive-time.
At 5:30, Jim Healy's weird 30-minute sports report of half-baked truths, rumor, innuendo, charges, countercharges and sound effects takes over. Everything from the front office to the playing field is fair game. No human is sacred enough to be spared the Healy knife.
Healy aside, KMPC is really the only nostalgia game in town. Since KPRZ (now KIIS-AM) dropped out, it's the only major station playing a steady diet of big bands and contemporary tunes on the dial. KMPC also has another distinction: It's the only L.A. outlet regularly playing music from five different decades.
KNAC-FM (105.5)--Sam Freeze, known affectionately around his station as "The Freeze Disease," spins what KNAC calls "pure rock." That's a euphemism for heavy metal, as in three-chord guitar riffs and primal screams loud enough to cause permanent brain damage.
It's been that way since Jan. 8, when the Long Beach station caused a minor Yup-roar by departing from its hip new-wave format of the last six years. Talking Heads and REM have blown away by such head-bangers as Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne and Motley Crue. Traffic reports start at 4 p.m. with concert news also a daily feature.