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December 3, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
"Guest star to the world" is how Jay Thomas, the abrasive tabloid-TV host Jerry Gold on "Murphy Brown," describes his career. "It's almost like I have this fit for three hours every morning--and then go to work," Thomas said in the Dec. 8 issue of TV Guide. Los Angeles radio listeners know Thomas as "The Morning Zoo" host on radio station KPWR-FM. On his weekday "nothing is sacred" show, he trashes everything, including his Emmy nomination for "Murphy Brown."
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January 7, 1996 | Jane Hall
Don Buchwald is never heard on the air and there's no picture of him in Howard Stern's photo-filled bestseller "Miss America." But he's a growing presence in the media world as the agent who makes the deals for the most controversial guy in radio. The publicity-shy Buchwald's wheeling and dealing will play a pivotal role in 1996 as the raunchy comedian seeks to expand his media conquests beyond radio, books and the E! cable channel to movies and possibly late-night TV. Stern describes Buchwald as "advisor, savior, business partner" and credits the agent with taking him "out of the gutter of radio with the dream that I could cross over and sit on the throne as the King of All Media."
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January 14, 1990 | HARRY SHEARER
THERE ARE PEOPLE, hundreds of them, who now live in Chicago's O'Hare Airport. It's warm, it's open 24 hours a day and it's relatively safe. Now that the '80s are over, it's clear that Ronald Reagan was right: The safety net is still in place. It's just been moved to the airport. But, aside from those people, most of us perceive air terminals subliminally, as the blurthat rushes past us as we try to get to the plane or the parking lot.
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September 23, 1993 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Don't get Jay Thomas wrong. He's very pleased with his day job: the male lead in CBS' "Love & War." It's the lack of a daybreak job that's giving him fits. Thomas is still fuming over his firing last June from the morning deejay job at KPWR-FM (105.9), where he had worked since 1986. While waiting for action in his $1-million lawsuit against the station for breach of contract, he's applied for other morning spots on the radio dial. "I'm having withdrawal symptoms," Thomas said.
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August 2, 1992 | JERRY BUCK, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Jay Thomas says when he won an Emmy for his role as Jerry Gold on CBS' "Murphy Brown" he thought he would be inundated with offers for work. It didn't work out that way. "I was waiting for the calls to come in," he says. "I thought I'd be offered a movie of the week, my own show. I finally got a call. It was for 'Circus of the Stars.' I ate fire and laid on a bed of nails." Thomas figuratively has been eating fire and lying on nails for a long time.
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September 23, 1993 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Don't get Jay Thomas wrong. He's very pleased with his day job: the male lead in CBS' "Love & War." It's the lack of a daybreak job that's giving him fits. Thomas is still fuming over his firing last June from the morning deejay job at KPWR-FM (105.9), where he had worked since 1986. While waiting for action in his $1-million lawsuit against the station for breach of contract, he's applied for other morning spots on the radio dial. "I'm having withdrawal symptoms," Thomas said.
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May 17, 1993 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Over and Out: KPWR-FM (105.9) said that Jay Thomas' contract as a morning deejay has been "terminated." The Friday announcement followed a three-day suspension. The station added that Joe Servantez will do morning drive "on (an) interim basis." Thomas, who has been with the station since 1986, stars in the CBS comedy series "Love & War" opposite Susan Dey. Doyle Rose, KPWR's president and general manager, said the station is "not releasing any information. It's still between us and Jay Thomas. .
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 1989 | CLAUDIA PUIG, Times Staff Writer
KPWR-FM(105.9) is still ruling the airwaves as it has for the past two years, according to the latest quarterly audience survey, released Tuesday by Arbitron Ratings Service. And Jay Thomas, morning drive-time deejay for the station that calls itself "Power 106," has overtaken Rick Dees of rival KIIS-FM (102.7) as the Los Angeles area's top-rated morning personality. Overall, KIIS slipped from No. 2 to No. 4 in the ratings, slightly above the newest rock station, KQLZ-FM "Pirate Radio" (100.
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October 18, 1988 | PAUL VARGAS
"We apologize this morning for Jay Thomas . . . ." "Power 106" bus billboards on RTD chariots seen throughout the city advertise a generic apology for morning drivetime personality Jay Thomas, whose East Coast-style brickbat humor often hits below the belt in the tradition of such "shock jocks" as New York's Howard Stern and Washington's "The Greaseman." But recently, the station genuinely has been having to apologize for Thomas.
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September 18, 1993 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The old saying goes, "All is fair in love and war." But whether CBS' "Love & War" will fare well after its battle-scarred first season is another story. Despite a tumultuous season marred by behind-the-scenes turmoil and a disappointing reception, the romantic comedy returns to CBS Monday at its same coveted time slot--immediately following "Murphy Brown" at 9:30 p.m. Armed with a new leading lady, a new emphasis on the supporting cast and a new direction, series creator and co-executive producer Diane English and CBS hope they can erase the bad memories of the maiden season.
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May 17, 1993 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Over and Out: KPWR-FM (105.9) said that Jay Thomas' contract as a morning deejay has been "terminated." The Friday announcement followed a three-day suspension. The station added that Joe Servantez will do morning drive "on (an) interim basis." Thomas, who has been with the station since 1986, stars in the CBS comedy series "Love & War" opposite Susan Dey. Doyle Rose, KPWR's president and general manager, said the station is "not releasing any information. It's still between us and Jay Thomas. .
NEWS
August 2, 1992 | JERRY BUCK, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Jay Thomas says when he won an Emmy for his role as Jerry Gold on CBS' "Murphy Brown" he thought he would be inundated with offers for work. It didn't work out that way. "I was waiting for the calls to come in," he says. "I thought I'd be offered a movie of the week, my own show. I finally got a call. It was for 'Circus of the Stars.' I ate fire and laid on a bed of nails." Thomas figuratively has been eating fire and lying on nails for a long time.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
"Guest star to the world" is how Jay Thomas, the abrasive tabloid-TV host Jerry Gold on "Murphy Brown," describes his career. "It's almost like I have this fit for three hours every morning--and then go to work," Thomas said in the Dec. 8 issue of TV Guide. Los Angeles radio listeners know Thomas as "The Morning Zoo" host on radio station KPWR-FM. On his weekday "nothing is sacred" show, he trashes everything, including his Emmy nomination for "Murphy Brown."
MAGAZINE
January 14, 1990 | HARRY SHEARER
THERE ARE PEOPLE, hundreds of them, who now live in Chicago's O'Hare Airport. It's warm, it's open 24 hours a day and it's relatively safe. Now that the '80s are over, it's clear that Ronald Reagan was right: The safety net is still in place. It's just been moved to the airport. But, aside from those people, most of us perceive air terminals subliminally, as the blurthat rushes past us as we try to get to the plane or the parking lot.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 1989 | CLAUDIA PUIG, Times Staff Writer
KPWR-FM(105.9) is still ruling the airwaves as it has for the past two years, according to the latest quarterly audience survey, released Tuesday by Arbitron Ratings Service. And Jay Thomas, morning drive-time deejay for the station that calls itself "Power 106," has overtaken Rick Dees of rival KIIS-FM (102.7) as the Los Angeles area's top-rated morning personality. Overall, KIIS slipped from No. 2 to No. 4 in the ratings, slightly above the newest rock station, KQLZ-FM "Pirate Radio" (100.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 1996 | Jane Hall
Don Buchwald is never heard on the air and there's no picture of him in Howard Stern's photo-filled bestseller "Miss America." But he's a growing presence in the media world as the agent who makes the deals for the most controversial guy in radio. The publicity-shy Buchwald's wheeling and dealing will play a pivotal role in 1996 as the raunchy comedian seeks to expand his media conquests beyond radio, books and the E! cable channel to movies and possibly late-night TV. Stern describes Buchwald as "advisor, savior, business partner" and credits the agent with taking him "out of the gutter of radio with the dream that I could cross over and sit on the throne as the King of All Media."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 1989 | DENNIS McDOUGAL
There's a war going on each morning for the hearts and minds and ears of Southern California radio listeners. The battle cries go something like this: "Wake me up, Ken and Bob Company, wake me up. . . ." "Rick Dees in the morning! Live all over Southern California!" "This is Jay Thomas, Power 106, at 6:55 in the morning. . . ." "Hello, this is Mark and Kim along the KOST. . . ." "Pirate Radio. Welcome to the jungle. . . ." Nine million listeners populate the Los Angeles radio market.
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