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June 4, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The Lakers expect to make changes this off-season. General Manager Mitch Kupchak indicated as much in last week's exit interview after expressing disappointment in the Lakers' semifinals exit to the Oklahoma City Thunder. But that thought process won't apply to their broadcasting team. The Lakers signed radio play-by-play announcer John Ireland and color analyst Mychal Thompson to multiyear deals. Ireland took over the team's radio play-by-play duties last season at 710 ESPN after announcer Spero Dedes left to accept the New York Knicks' radio play-by-play position for its flagship station, the Madison Square Garden Network.
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November 13, 2012
Thomas Cassidy Longtime classical music radio announcer in L.A. Thomas Cassidy, 95, an announcer who was the longtime host of classical music programs on the now-defunct KFAC radio station, died Nov. 5 at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, his daughter Peggy Friedman said. The cause was not given. From December 1943 until January 1987, Cassidy was the host of KFAC's "Evening Concert" series. He also hosted the station's "Musical Masterpieces" and "Luncheon at the Music Center" shows for many years.
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SPORTS
July 19, 1996 | PAUL McLEOD
Radio announcer Lew Stowers, fired less than two weeks ago by the Bullfrogs, will be back in the broadcast booth tonight when Anaheim plays a Roller Hockey International game at San Jose. Stowers was let go after the July 8 broadcast of the league's all-star game because he refused to take a one-third pay cut as part of cost-cutting measures instituted by the Silver family, which owns the Bullfrogs.
SPORTS
June 4, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The Lakers expect to make changes this off-season. General Manager Mitch Kupchak indicated as much in last week's exit interview after expressing disappointment in the Lakers' semifinals exit to the Oklahoma City Thunder. But that thought process won't apply to their broadcasting team. The Lakers signed radio play-by-play announcer John Ireland and color analyst Mychal Thompson to multiyear deals. Ireland took over the team's radio play-by-play duties last season at 710 ESPN after announcer Spero Dedes left to accept the New York Knicks' radio play-by-play position for its flagship station, the Madison Square Garden Network.
SPORTS
May 28, 1999 | BILL SHAIKIN
The Mighty Ducks have fired play-by-play announcer Brian Hamilton, team officials confirmed Thursday. Analyst Darren Eliot, the other half of the Ducks' radio team, will return next season. "Brian will not be coming back," said Bob Wagner, vice president of advertising sales and broadcasting. "We have not extended our agreement with him." Wagner declined to comment on why the Ducks did not retain Hamilton. The Ducks are searching for a replacement, Wagner said.
SPORTS
August 31, 2007 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
No surprise here, but college football takes over sports viewing on Saturday, and perhaps topping the list of matchups is Tennessee at California. The game, which pits the No. 15 Volunteers and the No. 12 Golden Bears, is the only Week 1 matchup of top 25 teams and is the headliner on ESPN on ABC, Channel 7 at 5 p.m.
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September 9, 1997 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Outrageous and loud talk from such personalities as shock jock Howard Stern is the order of the day at KLSX-FM (97.1). But on Monday, the station's prime-time host decided to let his fists do the talking. Riki Rachtman, the host of "Riki Rachtman Radio" or, as he calls it, "The Triple R," was arrested on suspicion of battery after punching another host, Douglas Steckler, at the Wilshire Boulevard radio station near Koreatown, police said.
SPORTS
October 4, 1992 | HELENE ELLIOTT
Angel radio announcer Al Conin, who will call his final game today after nine years in the booth, issued a statement to thank fans for their support. He and broadcast partner Bob Jamison were not rehired for 1993. "You have reaffirmed my long-held belief that a radio baseball broadcaster . . . has an unwritten trust to uphold, too, a trust to be honest and open, whether the message is good or bad," it said in part. "The experience has been heart-warming and down-right humbling."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 1988 | JOHN VOLAND
There's a new Wave on Los Angeles radio today. The original version of the Wave programming--launched with great fanfare and considerable controversy in February, 1987--featured no live announcers, a radically different playlist of New Age, lite jazz and soft R&B, and occasional little comedic exchanges between the music selections. But the new Wave--aired not only locally on KTWV-FM (94.
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November 11, 1989 | ALLAN PARACHINI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Artists in all media confront a dreary future of more competition for diminished rewards, a collection of new studies finds. Hamstrung by a decline in real earnings nearly five times that of professions in general and with more and more people entering creative fields, artists vanish uncounted and unaccounted for into such occupations as restaurant waiter or waitress and taxicab driver.
SPORTS
April 5, 2011 | By Broderick Turner
The Lakers would not comment on media reports that team television play-by-play announcer Joel Meyers will be replaced by radio play-by-play announcer Spero Dedes at the end of the season. Dedes would become the third Lakers television announcer since the death of Hall of Famer Chick Hearn. Paul Sunderland took over for Hearn after Hearn's death in August 2002. "All of our announcers are under contract and we're not going to discuss that situation until the end of the season," said Lakers vice president of public relations John Black.
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December 29, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Lina Romay, whose role as a lead singer with Xavier Cugat's orchestra in the early 1940s led to a career in the movies and a stint decades later as a Spanish-language radio announcer for Hollywood Park, has died. She was 91. Romay died Dec. 17 of natural causes at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, said her son, Jay Gould IV. As Cugat popularized Latin music in North America, he made sure that he had "beautiful ladies who could sing fronting his band," including Romay ?
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January 15, 2010
Jay Reatard Punk rocker in Memphis Jay Reatard, 29, a punk rocker known for performing shows and releasing singles at a breakneck pace, was found dead in his bed early Wednesday in Memphis, Tenn. Memphis police are investigating his death, but police spokeswoman Jennifer Robinson said foul play is not necessarily suspected. Friends of Reatard told the Commercial Appeal newspaper that the singer had been complaining of flu-like symptoms. An autopsy was performed Wednesday and the results are pending.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2008 | Susan King
Radio station KGIL-AM (1260) on Monday is replacing veteran talk-show host Michael Jackson with Laura Ingraham. Ingraham will be heard on KGIL weekdays from 6-9 a.m. The British-born Jackson began on L.A. airwaves in 1963 and was heard on KABC-AM (790) for three decades. He came out of retirement last October after five years to take the gig on KGIL. The conservative Ingraham, the most listened-to woman in political talk radio, is currently heard in 23 of the top 25 metropolitan markets.
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May 17, 2008 | From a Times staff writer
Veteran talk-show host Al Rantel, who has been absent from KABC-AM (790) since Jan. 14 to undergo treatment for lymphoma, said Friday that he would return to work May 27. In an appearance on "The Larry Elder Show," Rantel said chemotherapy had sent his cancer into remission. When he returns, he'll be heard weekdays from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
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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August 23, 1993 | SUSAN BYRNES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
He calls himself the Rush Limbaugh of the Afghan community. By day, Farouq Tamiz is a real estate broker in Van Nuys, but every Tuesday night, his voice booms controversy into the homes of thousands of Afghan immigrants living in Southern California. In the eight years since he created the Radio Voice of Afghanistan on KFOX 93.5-FM to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the 47-year-old Kabul native said he has endured threats, nasty letters, even a monthlong suspension by the station.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 1995 | CLAUDIA PUIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As an announcer on classical music radio, Gail Eichenthal was perhaps best known as the voice of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. For 14 years she hosted live national broadcasts ofconcerts on KUSC-FM (91.5), providing what she likes to refer to as "play-by-play" commentary for the musical and backstage goings-on. These days she is doing play-by-play of another kind. And in a setting not nearly as highbrow.
SPORTS
August 31, 2007 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
No surprise here, but college football takes over sports viewing on Saturday, and perhaps topping the list of matchups is Tennessee at California. The game, which pits the No. 15 Volunteers and the No. 12 Golden Bears, is the only Week 1 matchup of top 25 teams and is the headliner on ESPN on ABC, Channel 7 at 5 p.m.
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April 28, 2007 | Nicole Gaouette, Times Staff Writer
John and Ken, the Los Angeles-area radio talk-show hosts, were on the air. They discussed claims by the Homeland Security secretary that more guards had been stationed along the Mexico border. "Outright blatant lies!" John said. They trashed the Border Patrol chief. "A cardboard bureaucrat," he added. From the back of a crowded hotel conference room here, where the pair was broadcasting on KFI-AM, one listener couldn't contain himself. "You betcha!"
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