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 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.
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.
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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.