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March 7, 2004 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
Los ANGELES had never seen an event like this before, an awards show honoring the colorful, raunchy, outrageous array of performers arising from the region's blue-collar Latino neighborhoods. This was the Grammys for the immigrant underground, artists who had built grass-roots followings in barrio nightclubs with swaggering, foul-mouthed songs about drug smugglers, fugitives, coyotes and killers, often spiced with sex and social defiance.
April 23, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
There was an open seat in Section 106 amid the sellout crowd at Staples Center. Row 10, Seat 14. It belonged to Mychal Thompson for Game 2 of the Clippers-Golden State Warriors playoff series. He wasn't sitting in it. One of the Lakers' radio voices, Thompson is better recognized these days as the father of Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson. He doesn't see his son play often in person and he didn't want to sit for Monday's game. Too nervous. The elder Thompson carved out some standing room near the tunnel by the Warriors' bench.
January 9, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Chuck Ashman, one of the country's first hard-hitting TV and radio personalities, returned to Los Angeles radio over the weekend with talk show programs Saturday (3-8 p.m.) and Sunday (2-6 p.m.) on KFI (640). The controversial Ashman was last heard in the L.A. market on KMPC in 1981.
April 21, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell and Blake Shelton have been added to the bill at the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards. Clear Media and Entertainment announced the first slate of acts for the three-hour, fan-voted show early Monday. Also slated to hit the stage? Ariana Grande, Pitbull, Shakira, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Luke Bryan, Ed Sheeran and Arcade Fire, which just closed out the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival over the weekend. Acknowledging the array of music-centric award shows that vie to be the viral, more fun alternative to the prestigious Grammys, Clear Channel's telecast is promising a groundbreaking approach to the format.
April 18, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
If you're looking to buy the iPhone 5s for cheap, RadioShack is the place to go. The electronics retailer is holding a promotion that drops the price of the 16-gigabyte Apple iPhone 5s to $99 on a two-year contract. That's a nearly 50% discount on the device, which is normally sold at $199 with a two-year contract. VIDEO: Protecting against Heartbleed Customers can save more money and get the gadget for free if they trade in an older iPhone. Fine print for the promotion says an iPhone 4s that works with either AT&T, Sprint or Verizon, is in working condition, includes its charger and has no cracks on the screen is enough to get the iPhone 5s for free.
April 15, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes
A former Compton Fire Department battalion chief pleaded no contest Tuesday to felony charges of arson of property and embezzlement by a public official. Marcel Melanson, 38, was accused of stealing valuable city-owned radio equipment, then setting a fire to cover up the theft. He is expected to be sentenced to three years and four months in state prison, a prosecutor said. Melanson must pay restitution, but the amount is still being determined, the prosecutor added. As a result of the plea, authorities dropped the more severe charge of arson of a structure and a second embezzlement count.
April 3, 2014 | By Meg James
Univision Communications is restructuring its radio division, eliminating dozens of workers at stations around the country as the company centralizes its programming functions. Univision confirmed Thursday that there had been layoffs, but it declined to say how many people had lost their jobs as part of this week's realignment. The nation's largest Spanish-language media company, which owns 68 radio stations, this week began trimming programming staff and some on-air hosts, including in Chicago, in an effort to cut costs.
March 26, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Imagine Dragons lead the nominations for the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards. Rihanna leads the pack with seven nods across five categories, including artist of the year, song of the year and best collaboration --  she competes against herself in the latter two with her Mikky Ekko-assisted ballad “Stay” going up against “The Monster,” her duet with Eminem. Timberlake scored five nominations, including artist of the year, and like Rihanna he is nominated twice in the collaboration category for two singles with Jay Z (comeback single “Suit & Tie” and Jay's “Holy Grail”)
March 19, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The four identically dressed members of Kraftwerk stood before electronic consoles, glowing lecterns outlined in strips of blue light, in a dark Walt Disney Concert Hall.  Above them, three-dimensional moving images of sleek commuter trains speeding down tracks, molecules colliding and musical notes orbiting an idealized Earth were projected onto a vast screen.  Appearing for the first and second of eight sold-out performances over four...
March 12, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Frozen," the hit Disney animated musical about a girl who tries to save her kingdom and her ice-powered sister, has become the latest Hollywood movie to rile conservative commentators, with one pastor criticizing the film for indoctrinating homosexuality and bestiality in children. On the talk show Generations Radio, Kevin Swanson and his co-host, Steve Vaughn, took Disney to task for "leading the charge" in promoting a "pro-homosexual" agenda in "Frozen. " Swanson and Vaughn referred to posts by Steven D. Greydanus for the National Catholic Register and Gina Luttrell for the liberal PolicyMic -- the former of which critiques "Frozen's" alleged gay message (the commentators agree with this one)
March 7, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
There aren't a lot of university radio stations that that can claim a Beatle among their fans, but Cal State Northridge-based public station KCSN-FM (88.5) just became one. “Paul McCartney called today to express his appreciation of KCSN and to thank us for our support of his new record,” station program director Sky Daniels tells Pop & Hiss. “He told us he was having dinner in L.A. last night and all of his 'friends were raving about KCSN, telling me how you were playing multiple tracks from the album.' " The impromptu phone call turned into an hourlong discussion about the recent 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” McCartney's latest project (composing music for an animated film)
March 5, 2014 | Steve Chawkins
Geoff Edwards, a Los Angeles radio personality and TV game show host who for years flew weekly to Sacramento to emcee the California Lottery's "Big Spin," died Wednesday at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica. He was 83. His death was caused by complications from pneumonia, his agent Fred Wostbrock said. Over the years, Edwards hosted 10 game shows, including "Jackpot" and "Treasure Hunt. " On radio, he was a clever talker who sprinkled music and news with homegrown bits like "The Answer Lady.
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