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January 13, 2006 | Martin Miller, Times Staff Writer
It's only 345 more days until Christmas and KOST-FM (103.5), and hundreds of other radio stations around the country, can barely wait. Like more than 300 other radio stations across the country, KOST-FM flips to an all-Christmas music format in November, and for the first time many of them rode it to the top, according to the Arbitron ratings released earlier this week. In its fifth year of adopting the holiday format, KOST-FM rocketed from 10th place to first in the quarterly ratings.
July 2, 2005 | Charles Duhigg, Times Staff Writer
KCRW-FM General Manager Ruth Seymour was getting her teeth cleaned in February when her dentist suggested the station adopt a new technology called podcasting. Seymour was unfamiliar with the software that allows listeners to download audio programs to such portable devices as iPods. Now she knows, and has plenty to smile about. Apple Computer Inc.
March 8, 2005 | Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer
When Tavis Smiley walked away from his National Public Radio show in December, it highlighted the problem of personality-driven programming: When the personality disappears, so does the program. Only in Smiley's case, the problem wasn't merely the celebrity vacuum his departure created for the 86 stations that carried it, but the glaring hole it made in minority-oriented coverage on public radio.
December 4, 2004 | Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer
Public radio has an incredibly educated community of listeners, some of whom know more about the subjects of certain stories than the reporters. The challenge is finding those listeners and tapping their knowledge. The solution, according to Minnesota Public Radio, is "public insight journalism," an interactive news-gathering model that systematically roots out new sources, fresh story angles and emerging trends through town hall meetings and Internet surveys.
September 17, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Clear Channel Communications, the largest U.S. radio broadcaster, said Thursday that it planned to convert as many as 25 stations to a Spanish-language format, capitalizing on the fastest-growing population segment in the U.S. The number of stations broadcasting in Spanish will climb from 18 in the next year, San Antonio-based Clear Channel said. Spanish-language stations will account for about 2% of its 1,200 stations.
July 22, 2004 | Steve Carney
Howard Stern registered a big jump in his local morning radio audience this spring, according to figures released by Arbitron this week, but KLSX-FM (97.1) can't brag about it. The station's parent company, Infinity Broadcasting Corp., severed ties with the ratings service last month in a fee dispute. While the ratings service will still include Infinity stations in its rankings, none of the chain's 185 stations nationwide can cite new, or even previous, ratings figures in any context.
July 25, 2003 | Steve Carney, Special to The Times
It's a tense moment in National Public Radio's Culver City studios as the staff of "Day to Day" attempts to work through the endless challenges of producing a major new show. NPR veteran J.J. Sutherland is guiding his crew through the details of completing one of the final dry runs for the first weekday news magazine NPR has launched since "Morning Edition" was created 24 years ago.
July 17, 2003 | Steve Carney, Special to The Times
Hip-hop radio station KPWR-FM (105.9) took first place in local radio's ratings for the fifth straight quarter, extending its lead over alternative outlet KROQ-FM (106.7), while talker KFI-AM (640) jumped to third, according to figures for the spring quarter, released Wednesday by the Arbitron ratings service. Driving KFI's move up the rankings was a.m.-drive host Bill Handel, who claimed the top spot among morning shows by rising from third place and pushing the former No.
July 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
An AM radio station has become the first to begin targeting San Diego's Asian community, introducing a format of music in Mandarin Chinese and Vietnamese. New York-based MultiCultural Radio Broadcasting Inc. last week reached an agreement with Jefferson-Pilot Broadcasting, owner of the AM 1240 station. The channel previously broadcast the youth-oriented Radio Disney.
May 27, 2003 | Jeff Leeds, Times Staff Writer
With a sinister laugh, an on-air promotion for Viacom Inc.'s WZNE-FM rock station has been tipping listeners in Rochester, N.Y., to the parent corporation's dark purpose. "Our company has a master plan for world media domination," an announcer says. He quickly adds: "We're not part of it." In the age of media consolidation, corporate radio is beginning to wrestle with a brand-new worry -- an audience that might actually care who owns the station.
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