A silence has descended on Los Angeles' AM radio band. On April 2, KABC's longtime morning man, Doug McIntyre, acquiesced to his management’s request that he no longer program jazz. Although he hosts a current events show 5 to 9 a.m. weekdays, McIntyre represented the last vestige of AM jazz, with his variety of big band bumper music, full songs and on-air interviews of jazz personalities.
The station apparently sees jazz as hindering its bid for a wider audience. In its place, rock music now serves as McIntyre's bumper music.
McIntyre's sadness about the decision is tempered by a degree of philosophic pragmatism. "I understand that Cumulus wants to attract a larger demographic,” he says. “The company has a lot of money on the table. It’s a $2-billion operation with 500 stations around the country. L.A. is a very competitive radio market.”
KABC program director Jack Silver would not speak to the matter, nor would the station’s parent company, Cumulus in Atlanta.
McIntyre's sense of community had been notable during his 16 years on L.A. radio. He marked the passing of trumpet ace Uan Rasey by playing his feature on the theme to "Chinatown." He has talked jazz with session pianist Mike Melvoin (“Good Vibrations” by the Beach Boys,” Sinatra’s “That’s Life”). “So much of the world’s great music is made here,” McIntyre points out, “and it’s made by jazz musicians.”