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August 6, 1992 | CLAUDIA PUIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a departure from his role as half of the top-rated duo of morning drive-time funnymen on KLOS, Brian Phelps is scheduled to tackle the issue of unemployment on ABC-TV's "Home" show this morning. Last week on KLOS' "Mark and Brian Show," Phelps told listeners that his father, Art Phelps, had lost his job a few days earlier after 27 years as a supervisor at a grain elevator company outside of Moline, Ill.
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August 31, 2012 | By Steve Carney
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)
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August 31, 2012 | By Steve Carney
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)
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August 17, 2012 | By Steve Carney
Fans of the "Mark & Brian" show on KLOS-FM (95.5) have steeled themselves for weeks that Mark Thompson planned to retire after 25 years; during Friday's show - the duo's last together - they found out Brian Phelps is leaving as well. Phelps had been in talks with the station's parent company, Cumulus Media Inc., but said he broke those off Thursday when the sides hadn't come to terms. He announced during the farewell morning show that instead he's launching a podcast with actress and comedian Jill Whelan, known from "Airplane!"
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August 16, 2012 | By Steve Carney
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.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2001 | Chuck Philips
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."
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November 27, 1992 | CHRIS WILLMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1988 | TED ROHRLICH, Times Staff Writer
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.
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December 18, 1989 | CLAUDIA PUIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 2012 | By Steve Carney
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.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2001 | Chuck Philips
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."
NEWS
August 22, 2000 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
August 25, 1999 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1995 | LESLEY WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With tap-dancing turkeys, whip-cracking dominatrixes and straight-laced marching bands, radio talk show hosts Mark and Brian brought their irreverent Day Before Thanksgiving Day Parade to Orange County for the first time Wednesday. The Macy's parade it wasn't. But most of the 10,000 fans and spectators who filled the Old Towne traffic circle and surrounding streets in the wee hours couldn't have cared less.
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June 24, 1994 | MARK SABBATINI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was the speech no one was supposed to hear. Now tens of thousands have heard it. Brad Bjelke, 18, graduated at the top of his Saugus High School class with a grade-point average of 4.44 (he got extra points for taking honors classes). But Brad never got to deliver a valedictory speech. School officials eliminated the honor this school year because, according to the principal, "it was a tradition that we didn't think had enough positives."
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June 24, 1994 | MARK SABBATINI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was the speech no one was supposed to hear. Now tens of thousands have heard it. Brad Bjelke, 18, graduated at the top of his Saugus High School class with a grade-point average of 4.44 (he got extra points for taking honors classes). But Brad never got to deliver a valedictory speech. School officials eliminated the honor this school year because, according to the principal, "it was a tradition that we didn't think had enough positives."
NEWS
August 22, 2000 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 1993 | CLAUDIA PUIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Defying those who said its success was a fluke, Spanish-language ranchera station KLAX-FM (97.9) remains at the top of the ratings heap, making for a year of being in first place, according to the latest Arbitron figures released Tuesday. In contrast, the hotly contested morning-drive ratings race saw an upset with KLOS-FM (95.5) duo Mark Thompson and Brian Phelps jumping ahead of KLSX-FM (97.1) New York-based personality Howard Stern.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 1992 | CHRIS WILLMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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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