December 30, 1989
In the face of KFI-AM's recent problems with the Federal Communications Commission, we as a community ought to look twice at what we consider "good listening." Whether liberal, conservative or otherwise, KFI's "personalities" are loud, foul-mouthed, self-righteous and frequently demeaning of callers. Tom Leykis spends much of his air time discussing such timely issues as sexual organs and cutting off callers who question his opinions. Rush Limbaugh, laughingly and outrageously called a "conservative," claims to be God's gift to our bedraggled citizenry and callously belittles those who are out there working for the welfare of the have-nots.
November 1, 2011 |
More than 70 years after Orson Welles panicked thousands with radio reports of a Martian invasion in Grover's Mill, N.J., another spoken-word broadcaster shook up the status quo Monday, at least regarding radio ratings in Los Angeles and Orange County. Talk station KFI-AM (640) finished first in October, according to Arbitron figures released Monday, knocking pop station KIIS-FM (102.7) out of the top spot for the first time all year. KFI last won the local ratings race in September 2009.
April 18, 2012 |
Riding wave after wave of pop hits that carried the station into more radios than any other in the market, Top 40 outlet KIIS-FM (102.7) dominated Los Angeles-Orange County ratings for most of the last three years. Now another station has finally started its own winning streak. After already claiming January and February, talk station KFI-AM (640) - home of commentators such as Bill Handel, John Kobylt, Ken Chiampou and Tim Conway Jr. - placed first in the March ratings, released Monday.
May 16, 2012 |
Now that the king of pop radio has reclaimed its throne, is KIIS-FM (102.7) beginning another long reign, or are the Los Angeles-Orange County airwaves about to see a roundtable of stations vying to rule the ratings? KIIS, the home of Top 40 artists such as Katy Perry, Rihanna and Justin Bieber, had been the top station in the market for most of the last three years and retook first place in April, according to figures released Monday by the Arbitron ratings service. In the survey of listeners from March 29 to April 25, KIIS garnered 5.1% of the audience age 6 and older.
October 10, 1992
While KFI's management might be excited about its new Limbaugh-Gates weekday lineup, its listeners will soon learn that one-sided political discourse does not make for "more stimulating talk radio." RON KOBAYASHI, Tustin
May 29, 1993
Thank you, Claudia Puig, for the somewhat overdue look at KFI radio's shift to the far right ("KFI: Turn On, Tune In, Turn Right," May 20). Although Puig considers balance for Rush Limbaugh, she fails to follow up on the fallacious allegation that "the media" has a liberal bias. Obviously, it is possible to turn on TV, radio or to pick up a newspaper or magazine and find a "business-oriented" perspective or something that the U.S. government would like the public to believe. However, only by seeking out small-circulation "alternative" publications is it possible to find out, say, American Communist Party views on labor issues, or what our government does not want us to know.