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SPORTS
October 8, 2003 | Jason Reid, Times Staff Writer
News Corp.'s protracted efforts to sell the Dodgers took another turn Tuesday as word emerged that Boston real estate developer Frank H. McCourt is on the verge of completing a purchase agreement, baseball executives said. The Dodgers' parent company, frustrated in its inability to finalize a deal with one of three previously identified bidders, has quietly negotiated for weeks with McCourt, 49, who failed in attempts to purchase the Boston Red Sox in 2001 and the Angels this year.
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BUSINESS
January 22, 2005 | James S. Granelli, Times Staff Writer
Before his appointment to the Federal Communications Commission, Kevin J. Martin worked for the Bush-Cheney transition team. Now the speculation is that the president may help Martin himself transition into a new job: chairman of the FCC. With the announcement of Chairman Michael K. Powell's long-expected resignation, Martin is believed to top a short list of candidates that also includes Bush allies Pat Wood and Rebecca A. Klein.
BUSINESS
May 30, 2005 | Jube Shiver Jr., Times Staff Writer
Radio and television station owners, already grappling with a government crackdown on sex and profanity, expect to face new scrutiny soon over excessive violence in programming. Broadcasters are bracing this year for a Federal Communications Commission report on media violence ordered by Congress that some fear will be used to push for new restraints on violent programming.
BUSINESS
November 24, 2004 | Jube Shiver Jr., Times Staff Writer
The nation's third-largest media company agreed Tuesday to pay the federal government a record $3.5 million to settle complaints that it broadcast sexually explicit material on its radio and TV shows. The pact between Viacom Inc. and the Federal Communications Commission comes amid growing concern by regulators, politicians and viewers that broadcasters have pushed too far in lacing shows with sex, violence and graphic language.
BUSINESS
August 20, 2006 | Charles Duhigg and Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writers
Cowboy crooners know that more country music is sold in Los Angeles than anywhere else, a distinction on display Thursday night when singers Faith Hill and Tim McGraw opened the first of three sold-out shows at the Staples Center. But Los Angeles listeners would have trouble finding Hill, McGraw or any other twangy troubadours on the radio dial: On Thursday, the city lost its last country music broadcaster when KZLA-FM (93.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 2002 | STEVE CARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A menacing cloud that radio broadcasters saw looming over their industry--in the form of stricter FCC enforcement on the airwaves--seems to be dissipating, now that the agency has rescinded a fine it levied last year against a radio station it accused of broadcasting indecent material. In June, the Federal Communications Commission fined KKMG-FM, a Top 40 station in Colorado Springs, Colo.
SPORTS
April 5, 2003 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
Tampa Bay Buccaneer owner Malcolm Glazer's bid to buy the Dodgers appears to be part of a larger plan to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles, either through the expansion market or the relocation of an existing team. Sources say Glazer, 74, has been telling people that "Los Angeles is a $1-billion market for the NFL," and that he is interested in building a new football stadium on the Dodgers' 300-acre Chavez Ravine site.
BUSINESS
November 8, 2002 | Chuck Philips, Times Staff Writer
Among radio broadcasters across the country, Hilary Duff's sugary pop tune "I Can't Wait" has fallen completely flat. A single station -- in Albuquerque -- has played the song just one time, and that was back in September. There is, however, a glaring exception: the Radio Disney empire. On its 52 stations nationwide, "I Can't Wait" is ranked No. 1, with Duff getting more airplay than Britney Spears.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2011 | James Rainey
One editor from Los Angeles Magazine's salad days, in the 1980s, recalls a publication full of "a lot of fluff and nonsense and fun," with some serious journalism squeezed in between. That formula had been turned slightly on its head in the first years of the new millennium, as L.A.'s namesake magazine leaned toward earnest storytelling, with service features occasionally feeling tacked on. Los Angeles celebrated its 50th anniversary this month, with a smaller staff and fewer pages than the fat, happy days when the likes of Farrah Fawcett and Orson Welles graced its cover and revenue was so abundant that some advertisers could be turned away.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2004 | Bob Baker, Times Staff Writer
For four weeks Howard Stern has been sounding like Lenny Bruce crossed with James Carville. The sexually obsessed talk-show host, who reaches between 8 million and 9 million people a week, has been regularly interrupting the off-color juvenility of his show to rail against President Bush and urge listeners to vote for -- and send money to -- rival candidate Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.). Stern, who supported Bush effusively for his response to Sept.
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