April 29, 2000
KABC-AM may be in a historic ratings slump, but current management cannot blame it on letting its old-timers go more than a year ago ("KSCA, KIIS Remain at Top; KABC Hits 40-Year Rating Low," by Judith Michaelson, April 26). I note that KRLA-AM, which hired KABC castoffs Michael Jackson, Ken Minyard and Ira Fistell in order to become L.A.'s "new" talk radio station, has "stayed put in 32nd place." That may not give KABC program director Drew Hayes any comfort as he assesses the current ratings, but it vindicates Maureen Lesourd's original housecleaning at KABC.
December 31, 1998 |
Get ready for "Minyard & Minyard"--Ken and Rick, father and son. On Monday, they join the lineup of new talk station KRLA-AM (1110) in the 3-7 p.m. afternoon drive slot. But the question is, will you be able to tell them apart? You already know Ken Minyard, the easy-mannered morning-drive guy for more than 25 years on KABC-AM (790)--partnered 17 years with Bob Arthur, nearly six with Roger Barkley and for two, until November when their show was terminated, with Peter Tilden.
November 19, 1998 |
In another step toward overhauling the station and boosting its sagging ratings, KABC-AM (790) has canceled its morning "Minyard and Tilden" show. Hosts Ken Minyard and Peter Tilden told The Times in separate interviews Wednesday that their services on the topical 5-9 a.m. show were being terminated. Minyard--for more than a quarter-century the morning-drive mainstay on KABC--said that he will be leaving the station on Friday.
September 21, 1996
KABC Talk Radio's decision to unceremoniously dump Roger Barkley ("KABC Fires Barkley as a Morning Host," Sept. 18) is not only a mistake but yet another indicator as to just how far the station's owner, the Walt Disney Co., has strayed from its core values. Increasingly, the Disney corporate mentality seems determined to put profits over quality entertainment, with the listening and viewing audiences ending up the big losers. In this instance, an apparent overreaction to a recent decline in ratings has prompted the disbanding of an extremely popular and consistently winning morning team, and in doing so, has risked the loss of loyal listeners like myself.
September 18, 1996 |
Roger Barkley, the basso-voiced co-host on KABC-AM's (790) popular morning "Ken and Barkley Company," has been fired and will be replaced by the younger, more frenetically funny Peter Tilden, who had been the morning co-host on sister station KMPC-AM (710). The changeover--announced late Monday by KABC, and then during each hour by Ken Minyard on Tuesday's 5-9 a.m. show to the dismay of what sounded like a preponderance of callers--will take place Monday.