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October 6, 2008 | Lee Margulies
After 10 months of going it alone, Mark Wallengren will be teamed again with a female co-host on the morning show at KOST-FM (103.5). Kristin Cruz, an L.A. native who spent five years working as a DJ at KYXY-FM in San Diego, will join Wallengren today in the weekday 5-to-10 a.m. slot. Her presence will not come as a complete shock to listeners: Cruz has been part of the on-air morning crew since May, although she was on maternity leave for a time. Wallengren has been the official solo host since December, when KOST opted not to renew the contract of Kim Amidon, thereby dismantling what had been the longest-running morning team in Los Angeles radio.
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February 23, 2011 | By Steve Carney, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The flashing lights, inflatable Santas and desiccated Christmas trees have all come down, and so have the gaudy ratings numbers for KOST-FM (103.5) ? annual home of nonstop holiday music. Once Christmas was over, KOST returned to its normal playlist of adult-contemporary music and dropped from first to second in the January ratings, according to figures released this week by the Arbitron ratings service. The station ? which every year since 2001 has converted to constant carols for the holidays and seen a subsequent bump in its popularity ?
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February 23, 2011 | By Steve Carney, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The flashing lights, inflatable Santas and desiccated Christmas trees have all come down, and so have the gaudy ratings numbers for KOST-FM (103.5) ? annual home of nonstop holiday music. Once Christmas was over, KOST returned to its normal playlist of adult-contemporary music and dropped from first to second in the January ratings, according to figures released this week by the Arbitron ratings service. The station ? which every year since 2001 has converted to constant carols for the holidays and seen a subsequent bump in its popularity ?
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October 6, 2008 | Lee Margulies
After 10 months of going it alone, Mark Wallengren will be teamed again with a female co-host on the morning show at KOST-FM (103.5). Kristin Cruz, an L.A. native who spent five years working as a DJ at KYXY-FM in San Diego, will join Wallengren today in the weekday 5-to-10 a.m. slot. Her presence will not come as a complete shock to listeners: Cruz has been part of the on-air morning crew since May, although she was on maternity leave for a time. Wallengren has been the official solo host since December, when KOST opted not to renew the contract of Kim Amidon, thereby dismantling what had been the longest-running morning team in Los Angeles radio.
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April 2, 1989 | DENNIS McDOUGAL
There's a war going on each morning for the hearts and minds and ears of Southern California radio listeners. The battle cries go something like this: "Wake me up, Ken and Bob Company, wake me up. . . ." "Rick Dees in the morning! Live all over Southern California!" "This is Jay Thomas, Power 106, at 6:55 in the morning. . . ." "Hello, this is Mark and Kim along the KOST. . . ." "Pirate Radio. Welcome to the jungle. . . ." Nine million listeners populate the Los Angeles radio market.
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November 24, 2007
ALTHOUGH KOST-FM host Mark Wallengren claims one of my car radio buttons is set to their "guilty pleasure" station ["It's Been a Smooth Ride for KOST Radio," by Steve Carney, Nov. 14], I can assure him that's not so. Why should I bother, when KOST is already playing everywhere else? At malls, restaurants, doctors' offices, banks, airports and gas stations, customers are bombarded with KOST music. Silence is the real guilty pleasure these days, and the only way to indulge it is to stay home.
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December 17, 2009
Universal Studios Hollywood has enlisted L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca to help kick off its 13 Days of Grinchmas attraction by arresting the Grinch at a media event this morning for "crimes against Who-manity." The character won't be taken into custody, however, because he'll still be around to have his photo taken with visitors to the theme park from Saturday through Dec. 31, in an area that has been dubbed Grinchmas Winter Wonderland and features snow, a 60-foot Christmas tree and sets used in the film version of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
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December 1, 2007 | Steve Carney
Kim Amidon, half of what had been the longest-running morning show in Los Angeles radio, has been taken off the air at KOST-FM (103.5). She and Mark Wallengren hosted the "Mark and Kim Morning Show" for nearly 22 years, but when their contracts ended, only his was renewed. Friday morning, flying solo, Wallengren choked up as he told listeners, "We are a family here, and we feel like part of us is gone. Kim Amidon is no longer with the show." Greg Ashlock, L.A.
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October 18, 1987 | PAUL GREIN
The record on the radio begins softly. . . . Familiar piano rolls lead up to to the clear, unmistakable voice. It's Whitney Houston singing her recent No. 1 hit, "Didn't We Almost Have It All." But wait: These aren't the right lyrics: Remember when nobody knew my name But now I am a big star Tons of fame. I can make a hit song in a minute Taking no chances All I do is scream like I'm insane. Then the chorus kicks in--and that's when parody really starts to sting.
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April 15, 2013 | By Steve Carney
Pop station KIIS-FM (102.7) regained sole possession of first place in the local radio ratings for March, and its Ryan Seacrest-hosted morning show also jumped into the top spot, according to figures released by Arbitron. In February, KIIS had been tied for first with sister station KBIG-FM (104.3), the soft-rock station known as "MyFM. " And even though KBIG improved in March, increasing its share of the Los Angeles-Orange County audience from 5.4% to 5.5%, KIIS jumped even further and claimed 5.8% of all listeners ages 6 and older, Arbitron said Monday.
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April 2, 1989 | DENNIS McDOUGAL
There's a war going on each morning for the hearts and minds and ears of Southern California radio listeners. The battle cries go something like this: "Wake me up, Ken and Bob Company, wake me up. . . ." "Rick Dees in the morning! Live all over Southern California!" "This is Jay Thomas, Power 106, at 6:55 in the morning. . . ." "Hello, this is Mark and Kim along the KOST. . . ." "Pirate Radio. Welcome to the jungle. . . ." Nine million listeners populate the Los Angeles radio market.
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August 30, 2011
VMAs set MTV marks Bigger than "Jersey Shore" — that's how big Sunday's record-breaking Video Music Awards on MTV were. The 2011 VMAs — featuring performances by Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and Lil Wayne, not to mention a strange cross-dressing act kept up all night from Lady Gaga — delivered 12.4 million viewers, making them MTV's most-watched telecast ever, according to the Nielsen Co. The audience was up 9% compared with last year's VMAs....
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August 23, 2002 | Steve Harvey
Joseph Young of L.A. read in the Big Bear Grizzly's Sheriff's Log that someone had contacted authorities about "three males with fake beards and fake mustaches in a room next to him and his family." An investigation found that the "three middle-aged men [were] attempting to see if one of the wives was cheating on them." Something's coloring their attitude: With the strike deadline nearing, I sneaked out to the Dodgers' day game Thursday (though I forgot my fake beard and mustache).
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