June 27, 2001 |
Walt Disney Co. is angling to re-sign KLOS-FM talk-show hosts Mark Thompson and Brian Phelps to a five-year deal estimated to be worth $15 million, company sources said. The move comes after Disney paid more than $3 million to resolve racial discrimination lawsuits stemming from a 1998 KLOS promotion called "The Black Hoe," during which the deejays gave away black plastic gardening tools as gag prizes on their top-rated "Mark & Brian Show."
August 31, 2012 |
Like thousands of other Angelenos, Heidi Hamilton was listening to the final "Mark & Brian" show on KLOS-FM while driving to work Aug. 17, and heard a tearful Brian Phelps announce that he - following in his partner Mark Thompson's footsteps - had decided to leave the station. For most listeners, it signaled the end of an era. Hamilton realized she'd just gotten a new job - Brian's. "Oh, my God," she recalled thinking. "I think my life's going to change in a big way. " Hamilton and her partner, Frank Kramer, will debut the "Heidi & Frank" show on KLOS-FM (95.5)
November 27, 1992 |
It stood to emerge as a titan battle of evil against good, malignant vs. benign, venom vs. virtue, Thor against Jason and an Argonaut. . . . Or maybe just Fartman versus the Hardy Boys. This week, morning-radio pit bull Howard Stern viciously took on rival lap dogs Mark Thompson and Brian Phelps, who took the high road by refusing to return the nasty favor.
August 16, 2012 |
Mark Thompson started his radio career at 16, as a janitor at a station in his hometown, Florence, Ala. On Friday, in his white Mercedes convertible, he'll pull away from KLOS-FM (95.5) on his own terms, having finished his final stint as co-host of the "Mark & Brian" show. " "It's just time," said Thompson, now 56. "Guys my age, they're dropping dead. There are other things I want to do. " His departure will mark the end of what is the longest-running morning radio show in the Los Angeles-Orange County market - one that has consistently been among the most popular for more than two decades, a collection of comedy bits, banter and celebrity interviews.
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July 22, 1988 |
The Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith charged Thursday that Los Angeles radio station KLOS-FM frequently broadcasts "racist and anti-Semitic commentary" by its morning comedy team, Mark Thompson and Brian Phelps. The league said it had complained to the station's program director and to the station's owner, Capital Cities/ABC.
December 18, 1989 |
It was dramatic: A caller to KLOS-FM's popular "Mark and Brian" morning show had his wife on the line and was telling her he wanted a divorce because he knew she'd been cheating on him with his best friend. Listeners heard the whole encounter. It was "real-life and hard-core, one of the most talked-about bits ever," one of the hosts said later. It turns out to have been a hoax. The segment was part of a regular feature on the KLOS (95.