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July 27, 1991 | CLAUDIA PUIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the time it took KCRW-FM (89.9) to find a new music director, the former music director had left his new job and come back to the Santa Monica-based public-radio station. The station completed its drawn-out search for a music director this week when it announced that Chris Douridas, the host of its "Morning Becomes Eclectic" program, would fill the post last held by Tom Schnabel.
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May 1, 1991 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Feeling the sting from falling corporate and public contributions, National Public Radio has cut back its hourly newscasts by 25%. The decision to reduce the programs from 24 per day to 18 was quickly implemented: Top management told affiliated stations about the cuts April 23, and they went into effect Sunday night. "It just became financially impossible" to do the newscasts, said NPR spokeswoman Mary Morgan. The turnaround was so fast that some programmers didn't even know about it.
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March 18, 1991 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Santa Monica public-radio station KCRW-FM (89.9) enters its spring pledge drive this week bolstered by increased listenership--thanks to the Persian Gulf War--but facing a string of obstacles ranging from the slow economy to increased competition from its neighbor to the northeast, KPCC-FM (89.3) in Pasadena.
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January 6, 1991 | SEAN MITCHELL, Sean Mitchell is a regular contributor to The Times.
If the names Rene Engel, Isabel Holt, Terry Gross, Ian Whitcomb, John McNally and Marian McPartland mean anything to you, then chances are you are someone who has listened to KCRW-FM (89.9) in the past and remember them as familiar on-air personalities whose voices disappeared from the Santa Monica public-radio station over the last few years.
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October 12, 1990 | CLAUDIA PUIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tom Schnabel, host of "Morning Becomes Eclectic" on KCRW-FM (89.9), was at a local record store this week when a woman browsing in the New Age section mistook him for a store employee and asked for assistance. Schnabel responded as only a true music aficionado would. "They were busy and I know where everything is, so I helped her," he said. "She wanted to get this record that was really bad, and the record next to it was really good. I wanted to say to her, 'Why are you getting that? Get this.
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October 1, 1990 | LEE MARGULIES
Mornings may still be eclectic, but for many KCRW-FM (89.9) listeners, they'll soon be very different. Tom Schnabel, the station's music director and morning-show host for the past 11 years, will be departing Oct. 12 to take a job with A & M Records. Over the years, Schnabel built a devoted following with his "Morning Becomes Eclectic" program, broadcast weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon, in which he lived up to the title by presenting music that spanned both history and the globe.
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August 16, 1989 | JULIE WHEELOCK
Emmy-winning television writer-producers Allan Burns and Dan Wilcox may be the quintessential public radio fans. Avid listeners and supporters of KCRW-FM (89.9), Santa Monica College's eclectic public radio station, they have willingly anted up during the fund-raising drives that fuel such non-commercial operations. And this year the MTM Enterprises team dug a little deeper and came up with . . . a new comedy series loosely based on characters and situations at their favorite station.
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December 26, 1988 | KRISTINE McKENNA
The paradox of maverick Joe Frank is that Frank, the most innovative radio dramatist in Los Angeles, has nothing but negatives to heap on the concept of radio drama. "Those programs seem so artificial and the minute one comes on, I can tell I'm listening to a radio play and must suspend my disbelief to enjoy it," says Frank, whose "Work in Progress" airs twice weekly over KCRW-FM (89.9) (Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 11 p.m.).
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December 26, 1988 | LORI E. PIKE
Puritan-era adolescents shriek accusations of witchcraft. Ruby the futuristic detective sniffs out clues. Grandfatherly John Avery Whittaker teaches his young employee a few things about friendship. The Lone Ranger gallops off into the sunset. Scenarios from books? Television series? No. It's part of the renaissance of radio drama and comedy, old and new, available for the hearing in Southern California and beyond.
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July 20, 1988 | ZAN DUBIN
Humorist Harry Shearer, who has used his caustic wit to assault most contemporary politicians, has come to the Democratic National Convention armed with his emblematic sense of irony and irreverence. "The single funniest thing going on here is that taxpayers are putting up something like $9 million to finance both the conventions, which amount to nothing more than spectacular four-day commercials which the TV networks are trying not to broadcast," he said.
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