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.
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 22, 2000 |
Walt Disney Co. has agreed to pay $2 million to a former employee to settle a racial discrimination lawsuit stemming from its involvement in a radio promotion called "The Black Hoe." The action comes barely a year after Disney blasted the suit as meritless and vowed to fight it in court.
August 25, 1999 |
Capitulating to the demands of civil rights organizations, Walt Disney Co. publicly apologized Tuesday for its role in an "inappropriate and unacceptable" radio promotion called "The Black Hoe," but critics rejected the gesture and said they will go forward with a boycott against the Burbank firm.
September 4, 1997 |
Mark Thompson and Brian Phelps are on the air, trying to figure out just what to have listeners of their weekday morning "Mark & Brian" program on KLOS-FM (95.5) do to win front-row seats for Fleetwood Mac's reunion concert. A few suggestions are tossed up for consideration, each with a rhyming description: "Throw out your back for Fleetwood Mac" . . . "Have a heart attack for the Mac." Nothing sticks.
February 13, 1996 |
Just past 9:30 on a recent morning, Mark and Brian, co-hosts of the morning show on KLOS-FM (95.5), were schmoozing on-air with singer Kenny Rogers about his farm in Georgia. A little farther up the dial, at KLSX-FM (97.1), the conversation took a less bucolic turn.