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March 7, 1990 | CLAUDIA PUIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A radio format that was once dismissed as being too ethnic to achieve widespread popularity is now No. 1 in Washington, D.C, Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta and is in the top five in New York, Boston, Dallas and Miami. The radio format known as "urban contemporary," which plays primarily black artists and encompasses rhythm and blues at one end of the spectrum and rap at the other, is taking the industry by storm, marked by the proliferation of new stations and dramatic ratings success.
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December 13, 2006 | From a Times staff writer
Friday will be nationally syndicated radio host Tom Joyner's last morning on the air at KKBT-FM (100.3), according to the station's program director Kevin Fleming. Joyner, who will still be heard in 80 other markets across the country, lasted less than six months at the Los Angeles station, which has undergone major management and format changes this year.
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October 8, 1989 | CLAUDIA PUIG
It was two days before 58-year-old classical music station KFAC was to die and FM-92 KKBT was to be born. The new general manager, Jim de Castro, had his sales staff assembled to watch a 10-second TV ad hyping the station's new incarnation, "Rock With a Beat." The ad featured a crowd staring down at a sleeping baby. One man in the crowd wore a Dodgers cap, another looked like a surfer, still another appeared to be a Latino immigrant. Suddenly there was a bang and the baby's eyes opened.
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March 29, 2001 | ERIN TEXEIRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Steve Harvey is preaching. Preaching to a caller, a girl with a tiny voice talking on live radio at KKBT-FM, the station that calls itself The Beat. She has phoned to compliment Harvey's morning program, but he brushes her off. How old are you? he demands. Why aren't you in school? "I got kicked out of Henry Clay Junior High last week," says the 12-year-old caller, D'Angela. She had violated the campus dress code.
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October 12, 1997 | FRANK B. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Glowing with pride on a day reserved just for them, sisters, mothers, aunts, wives, daughters and grandmothers showed up downtown Saturday for a special powwow. Nearly 500 women, some clutching note pads and others juggling babies, attended the first day of a two-day conference called "Universal Woman '97--A Celebration of Diversity." Sponsored by KKBT-FM (92.
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December 13, 2006 | From a Times staff writer
Friday will be nationally syndicated radio host Tom Joyner's last morning on the air at KKBT-FM (100.3), according to the station's program director Kevin Fleming. Joyner, who will still be heard in 80 other markets across the country, lasted less than six months at the Los Angeles station, which has undergone major management and format changes this year.
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September 20, 1989 | CLAUDIA PUIG, Times Staff Writer
Today the half-century old tradition that is KFAC-FM (92.3) dies. In its place will be a contemporary-hits radio station that will debut with a $2-million advertising blitz announcing its entry into the crowded field of rock stations. Musical selections by such venerable composers as Strauss, Shostakovich and Haydn will give way to danceable tunes by Paula Abdul, Fine Young Cannibals and the Rolling Stones.
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March 2, 2001 | TERRY McDERMOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A local activist Thursday called on radio station KKBT-FM (100.3) to drop a popular syndicated show hosted by Snoop Dogg because of the rap star's participation in a newly released pornographic video. KKBT is part of Radio One Inc., a Maryland-based company that owns stations across the country. It was founded by Catherine Hughes, who has repeatedly said she does not wish her stations to play music that is derogatory toward black women.
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September 15, 2000 | STEVE CARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Comedian and sitcom star Steve Harvey doesn't just want to start people's day--he wants to wake them up. That should be easier now that Harvey has added yet another day job to his hectic schedule--morning-drive deejay for KKBT-FM (100.3). "You've got young people going down the wrong path. I really think I can make a difference in making peace out here.
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August 8, 1990 | JUBE SHIVER JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER and Compiled by David (Doc) Robinson
A few weeks after Los Angeles radio station KKBT-FM (92.3) switched from rock and began playing rhythm and blues this spring, superstar Stevie Wonder went on the air at rival KJLH-FM (102.3) and began telephoning his celebrity friends to counter the new competition. Wonder--who acquired KJLH from a Los Angeles undertaker in 1979--departed from his station's usual mix of music and deejay chatter and traded yarns with everyone from the Rev. Jesse Jackson to singer Little Richard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2001 | TERRY McDERMOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A local activist Thursday called on radio station KKBT-FM (100.3) to drop a popular syndicated show hosted by Snoop Dogg because of the rap star's participation in a newly released pornographic video. KKBT is part of Radio One Inc., a Maryland-based company that owns stations across the country. It was founded by Catherine Hughes, who has repeatedly said she does not wish her stations to play music that is derogatory toward black women.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 2000 | STEVE CARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Comedian and sitcom star Steve Harvey doesn't just want to start people's day--he wants to wake them up. That should be easier now that Harvey has added yet another day job to his hectic schedule--morning-drive deejay for KKBT-FM (100.3). "You've got young people going down the wrong path. I really think I can make a difference in making peace out here.
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June 17, 2000 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There are going to be some changes to the Beat. And it's not just that R&B/hip-hop station KKBT-FM is moving up the dial from 92.3 to 100.3 in a swap of signals with Latino-targeted "jammin' oldies" outlet KCMG-FM that is expected to take effect around the end of June. The tone and focus of KKBT will likely have some dramatic changes under new owner, Maryland-based Radio One Inc., which is buying the Beat format and the 100.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1997 | FRANK B. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Glowing with pride on a day reserved just for them, sisters, mothers, aunts, wives, daughters and grandmothers showed up downtown Saturday for a special powwow. Nearly 500 women, some clutching note pads and others juggling babies, attended the first day of a two-day conference called "Universal Woman '97--A Celebration of Diversity." Sponsored by KKBT-FM (92.
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May 6, 1995 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Asian media advocacy group Friday denounced a local morning radio program and a newly published book, demanding apologies for what it called insensitive and racist portrayals of Asian Americans in the O.J. Simpson murder case. The Media Action Network for Asian Americans blasted "John London's House Party" on KKBT-FM (92.3), saying that the show twice aired a skit about criminalist Dennis Fung having dreams about his testimony in the Simpson trial.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 1990 | JUBE SHIVER JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER and Compiled by David (Doc) Robinson
A few weeks after Los Angeles radio station KKBT-FM (92.3) switched from rock and began playing rhythm and blues this spring, superstar Stevie Wonder went on the air at rival KJLH-FM (102.3) and began telephoning his celebrity friends to counter the new competition. Wonder--who acquired KJLH from a Los Angeles undertaker in 1979--departed from his station's usual mix of music and deejay chatter and traded yarns with everyone from the Rev. Jesse Jackson to singer Little Richard.
NEWS
May 6, 1995 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Asian media advocacy group Friday denounced a local morning radio program and a newly published book, demanding apologies for what it called insensitive and racist portrayals of Asian Americans in the O.J. Simpson murder case. The Media Action Network for Asian Americans blasted "John London's House Party" on KKBT-FM (92.3), saying that the show twice aired a skit about criminalist Dennis Fung having dreams about his testimony in the Simpson trial.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2000 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There are going to be some changes to the Beat. And it's not just that R&B/hip-hop station KKBT-FM is moving up the dial from 92.3 to 100.3 in a swap of signals with Latino-targeted "jammin' oldies" outlet KCMG-FM that is expected to take effect around the end of June. The tone and focus of KKBT will likely have some dramatic changes under new owner, Maryland-based Radio One Inc., which is buying the Beat format and the 100.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 1990 | CLAUDIA PUIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A radio format that was once dismissed as being too ethnic to achieve widespread popularity is now No. 1 in Washington, D.C, Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta and is in the top five in New York, Boston, Dallas and Miami. The radio format known as "urban contemporary," which plays primarily black artists and encompasses rhythm and blues at one end of the spectrum and rap at the other, is taking the industry by storm, marked by the proliferation of new stations and dramatic ratings success.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 1990 | CLAUDIA PUIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Less than five months after knocking classical music off the air in favor of rock music, KKBT-FM has had to change formats because of dismal ratings. KKBT(92.3), which rose from the ashes of classical KFAC last September, had called itself "rock with a beat" and played contemporary hits.
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