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MAGAZINE
July 6, 2003 | NELSON HANDEL
Johnny Wendell is stretching his wings on an unlikely perch for a passionate liberal Democrat: KFI-AM (640), home to conservative talk radio giants such as Rush Limbaugh and Dr. Laura Schlessinger. The weekend slot occupied by Wendell, whose job history includes stints as a punk rocker, actor and journalist for publications such as the LA Weekly, is a plankton of liberalism in the sea of conservative radio commentators nationwide.
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SPORTS
June 12, 2003 | Larry Stewart
As expected, the Lakers announced Wednesday that their new radio announcing team will be Joel Meyers and Mychal Thompson. A radio industry source said both signed three-year contracts. Meyers has been the television play-by-play voice of the San Antonio Spurs the last four seasons. He is currently with the Spurs doing a cable post-game show during the NBA Finals. Meyers and his family live in the San Fernando Valley.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 26, 2003 | Bob Baker, Times Staff Writer
What if ... ? wondered Cleveland disc jockey Shane French. What if a cat was tethered to a helium-filled balloon and launched toward the heavens, and callers to his station offered periodic reports, and finally, one gallant listener fired a gun, popped the balloon and brought the cat down gently. Would that be great radio or what? It's what passes for great radio these days. On April 29, French kept the hoax going for more than two hours, fueled by recorded "calls" from "witnesses."
NATIONAL
February 21, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The husband of a slain radio host tried to tell a judge he did not need a lawyer and wanted to admit what he had done. Judge Thea Sherry cut off Thomas Erbland Jr. twice in midsentence. She advised him of his right to remain silent and his right to an attorney. A not guilty plea was automatically entered on his behalf, and he remained jailed without bail. Erbland, 43, is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal assault in the shooting death of his wife, Nan Wyatt, on Tuesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2002 | Steve Carney, Special to The Times
After 14 years at KABC-AM (790), and with her air time ebbing, Gloria Allred vanished altogether from the airwaves last week. The disappearance of the attorney and liberal commentator didn't just change the lineup at her station; it also highlighted the overall scarcity of female voices in talk radio.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Dwight Whylie, 66, the first black radio announcer hired by the British Broadcasting Corp., died Monday, apparently of a heart attack, while visiting the Caribbean island of Barbados. A native of Jamaica, Whylie was in Barbados to be the chief judge in the Caribbean Broadcasting Union's Media Awards last weekend. He became the first black BBC announcer when he joined the corporation's domestic services in London in 1961.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Del Sharbutt, 90, one of the most familiar announcers on the air during the heyday of radio and the early years of television, died Friday in New York of unspecified causes. He retired in 1976 and had lived for many years in Palm Desert, Calif. Educated at Texas Christian University, he began his broadcasting career at WBAP radio in Fort Worth, Texas, worked briefly in Chicago, and then joined CBS radio network in New York.
SPORTS
December 5, 2001 | Larry Stewart
Fred Roggin is jumping into the Los Angeles radio sports-talk fray. Beginning Jan. 7, Roggin will have a daily weekday show, 2-3 p.m., on KMPC (1540). Roggin, who has been a sports news anchor at Channel 4 since 1980, will remain with the station and do his radio show from the NBC studios in Burbank. "I was surprised when they came to me," Roggin said, "but it certainly appealed to me. It gives me a chance to expand on what I do."
NEWS
July 9, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A popular radio host known for his caustic humor and unflinching criticism of public officials was shot to death outside his house days after he complained of receiving threats. Parmenio Medina Perez was shot three times at close range Saturday about 300 feet from his home in Heredia, six miles outside San Jose, the capital, said the Costa Rican attorney general's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2001 | From Times staff reports
TV personality Ed Arnold will be grand marshal for Saturday's parade at Garden Grove's 43rd annual Strawberry Festival, the city's major fund-raiser. Traffic will be blocked from the area bounded by Orangewood Avenue, 9th Street, Lampson Avenue and Euclid Street during the parade, scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon along Chapman Avenue and Euclid. The carnival at Village Green on Euclid will begin Friday afternoon and continue through Monday.
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