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May 29, 2005 |
Mark Blinoff, 70, an award-winning program director for KMPC-AM radio during the 1970s who became an elementary school educator after leaving the broadcast business in 1989, died May 19 of lung cancer at his La Crescenta home. Blinoff became assistant program director at KMPC in 1968 and program director in 1972. He initiated format changes to appeal to a younger audience, playing less Sinatra and more Beatles, and brought in new personalities to give the station a more contemporary face.
March 25, 2005 |
Tony Bruno is returning to L.A. sports talk radio. Beginning April 4, he'll be the host of the morning show on KMPC (1540). Mark Willard, who took over when Roger Lodge left the station in a salary dispute two months ago, will be Bruno's co-host. The plan is to begin syndicating Bruno's show on the Sporting News radio network in three to four months. Bruno, whose syndicated Fox Sports radio network morning show was heard in L.A. on XTRA Sports, left that job in August.
November 22, 2002 |
KMPC gave Southern California the Angels and the SigAlert, but the memories at a staff reunion Wednesday night were of the talents -- on- and off-air -- that made the station a fixture on L.A. radio dials in the 1960s and '70s. Before singing cowboy Gene Autry sold the station to ABC in 1994, 710 on the AM band was where listeners could get "a little happiness, a little news," according to former general manager Stan Spero. "We tried to be everywhere anything happened.
September 29, 2001 |
Cornerbacks are supposed to have short memories, but Kevin Arbet cannot help recalling what happened when USC played at Stanford last season. The Trojans lost on a last-second, 20-yard touchdown pass to Jamien McCullum--the receiver Arbet was covering. The junior can still see that football sailing over his outstretched hand. "I replay it in my head," he says. "Not as much as I used to, but I still do."
May 4, 2001 |
USC has a new radio home, KMPC (1540), which means that XTRA (690) is out of the USC picture, and so is football play-by-play announcer Lee Hamilton. A five-year agreement between the school and KMPC was announced Thursday, ending a three-year relationship with XTRA. The call letters KMPC invoke memories of a radio station that was once the dominant sports station in Los Angeles, one that had the Rams, Angels, UCLA and Jim Healy.
April 7, 2000 |
The Kings' game tonight at Staples Center against the Dallas Stars is significant for two reasons. It is the second-to-last game of the regular season and may determine who the Kings' first-round playoff opponent will be. Also, Coach Andy Murray has agreed to wear a microphone, and some of his comments may be used live by Fox Sports Net. The key here is, Murray doesn't curse. "At least not very often," he said.