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July 27, 2003
With the many reasoned and qualified voices ready and able to represent the liberal position on talk radio, why did KFI hire an inexperienced musician, Johnny Wendell ("Colloquy With a Screaming Liberal," by Nelson Handel, Metropolis, July 6)? Could the station's conservative owners be setting him up for failure? Isn't this a cynical and bad faith effort to "show" the station's liberal and moderate listeners that they have no credible position or spokesman? Diana Homer Northridge
April 6, 2005
Return trip: For the second year in a row, MTV has decided to use Miami as the staging site for its annual Video Music Awards show. The event will be held Aug. 28. * Local talk: KTLK-AM (1150), the L.A. outlet for the liberal Air America talk-radio network, is adding some similarly minded local hosts to its Saturday lineup, beginning this weekend: Johnny Wendell (10 a.m.-1 p.m.), Steve Young (1-4 p.m.) and Cary Harrison (following Clipper basketball games from about 7 to 9 p.m.).
July 20, 2003
Thanks to your article about KFI host Johnny Wendell ("Colloquy With a Screaming Liberal," by Nelson Handel, Metropolis, July 6), I can now safely tune in--for a few weekend hours anyway--to the medium I gave up when I grew bored of the steady barrage of angry conservative men. Good for KFI for making a baby step in the direction of progress. Now maybe they will find a woman who can talk about topical events instead of just disseminating advice or recipes. Pam Quinn Montebello Wendell claims that talk radio is "fully orchestrated by the Republican National Committee."
February 16, 2006 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
For days, the White House press corps has pounded the Bush administration, demanding to learn more about Vice President Dick Cheney's accidental shooting of a hunting companion Saturday. Cheney finally addressed the incident Wednesday, but the forum in which he chose to do so -- in an exclusive interview with Fox News host Brit Hume -- quickly became another source of contention.
July 6, 2003 | NELSON HANDEL
Johnny Wendell is stretching his wings on an unlikely perch for a passionate liberal Democrat: KFI-AM (640), home to conservative talk radio giants such as Rush Limbaugh and Dr. Laura Schlessinger. The weekend slot occupied by Wendell, whose job history includes stints as a punk rocker, actor and journalist for publications such as the LA Weekly, is a plankton of liberalism in the sea of conservative radio commentators nationwide.
July 12, 2003 | Steve Carney, Special to The Times
When the leftist Pacifica radio network packed up its offices and left Berkeley for Washington, D.C. one night in January 2000, critics said it was the most tangible evidence yet that the organization had abandoned its radical roots. But by the end of the month, Pacifica will be back in Berkeley, where it was founded by a peace activist after World War II and where it pioneered listener-supported radio.
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