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November 24, 2009 | By Ching-Ching Ni
The caller sounded as if he had just won the lottery. After years of trying, he had finally reached the disc jockey at his favorite radio station, KAZN-AM (1300). "I've been listening to your program for 10 years. This is the first time I got through," the caller said, adding that he was listening from work and that he and his buddies would love to hear the Mandarin oldie, "Do You Know I'm Waiting For You?" A few minutes later, DJ Steve Kuo played the romantic ballad. It sounded a little like something by the band Air Supply, except the singer was crooning in Chinese.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Streaming music apps may be hot these days, but it will be a long time before they top the old-fashioned radio dial.  Traditional AM/FM radio is still the most popular way for people to listen to music, news and talk, even as digital music offers more control and becomes easier to use on the go, according to a study by media agency MediaVest and Clear Channel Media & Entertainment, the nation's biggest radio company.  According to the study,...
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 1989 | CHRIS PASLES, Times Staff Writer
As KFAC-FM bit the dust as a classical music radio station Wednesday, the announcers and their supporters are looking to find a new and more amiable spot on the radio dial. "A group of us are trying to determine the possibility of starting a full-time classical music station in Southern California," KFAC announcer John Santana said Wednesday. Sound familiar? A similar plan was announced with much local brouhaha in 1987.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Less than three months after Harry Shearer's long-running radio program "Le Show" was dropped from the airwaves by its longtime Los Angeles area host, KCRW-FM (89.9), the Santa Monica public station's smaller crosstown rival KCSN-FM (88.5) has announced plans to resume broadcasting the show in the same 10 a.m. Sunday slot it occupied at KCRW. "I'm pleased and proud to have 'Le Show' carried on a station (and associated online stream) that really wants it," Shearer told The Times on Tuesday by email from London.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1992 | DANNY SULLIVAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dear Street Smart: In some places along the freeways, I see signs saying to turn to radio 530 AM for traffic information. All I ever get is static. It would be wonderful to tune to a radio station that constantly discloses the location of accidents so that drivers could avoid those areas. Is this station operational?
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 1989
There is now a void on the radio dial in Los Angeles. I hope it will be filled soon. I feel as though I have lost a special friend, just as we were really getting to know each other. PAUL JENSEN Valinda
ENTERTAINMENT
May 25, 1991
Hilburn's review of Whitney Houston was balanced and fair. I felt significant relief to see her half-emptiness defined. My bias may be hopeless. Whenever I hear Houston I hear only bombast; I lunge for the radio dial, trying to keep an eye on surrounding traffic. As for her Super Bowl patriotics, as bombs began bursting in Baghdad air, I knew what was coming. I lunged for the channel changer and will continue to do so until Houston sneaks up on me with gentler sincerity. KEITH FAHEY Encino
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 1988 | JOHN VOLAND and STEVE WEINSTEIN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Nostalgia of a sort is flourishing elsewhere on the radio dial, however: After more than 50 years, the Marx Brothers were back on the radio Sunday. National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition" broadcast a variety of sketches culled from recently discovered scripts of the 1932 radio show "Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel," in which Groucho played the wisecracking attorney Waldorf T. Flywheel and Chico starred as his inept assistant Emmanuel Ravelli.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2009 | Lee Margulies
Classical music is returning to the AM radio dial, right where K-Mozart used to be. Starting on Saturday, KGIL-AM (1260) will devote a four-hour block every Sunday to the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony. The orchestras' broadcasts will air back to back from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. And beginning Feb. 16, there will also be a classical music interlude from 8 to 9 on weeknights: "Exploring Music With Bill McGlaughlin." KGIL used to be classical outlet KMZT. It changed call letters and went to a mostly talk format in October 2007.
OPINION
April 26, 2013
Re "Off the air, on the line," April 23 Granted, satirist and actor Harry Shearer's humor is an acquired taste, but it has been acquired by many since he first came on the scene in the mid-1960s. I became a fan while at UCLA, where he wrote very original and funny pieces in Satyr, UCLA's humor magazine. I have followed his work ever since. I could understand Shearer's "Le Show" being taken off KCRW's live-broadcast Sunday lineup if, after five decades, his output had begun to run stale or had become less relevant.
OPINION
April 26, 2013
Re "Off the air, on the line," April 23 Granted, satirist and actor Harry Shearer's humor is an acquired taste, but it has been acquired by many since he first came on the scene in the mid-1960s. I became a fan while at UCLA, where he wrote very original and funny pieces in Satyr, UCLA's humor magazine. I have followed his work ever since. I could understand Shearer's "Le Show" being taken off KCRW's live-broadcast Sunday lineup if, after five decades, his output had begun to run stale or had become less relevant.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2013 | By Steve Carney
Harry Shearer is wondering what went wrong. His Sunday morning satire program, "Le Show," is syndicated to about 100 public radio stations nationwide and is also available on shortwave radio, NPR Worldwide and as a podcast on iTunes. Yet the station where "Le Show" has originated for more than 29 years, KCRW-FM (89.9) of Santa Monica College, kicked him off the air last week. Instead, it will stream the program over the Internet. KCRW General Manager Jennifer Ferro cast the move partly as a simple matter of math: She's trying to make room for new voices while hanging on to some old ones by putting them online.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 2011 | By Steve Carney, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Three years ago, radio stations in Los Angeles and Orange County thought they knew who was listening to them, and where they stood in the horse race among their competitors. They found out differently. In August 2008, the Arbitron radio ratings service published numbers for this market from a new survey method, ditching a decades-old diary system that relied on participants recalling from memory what stations they had listened to, and for how long, over the previous week. In its place came Portable People Meters, or PPMs, pager-sized devices that automatically registered everything the wearer heard — whether it was a favorite station they listened to in the car, the radio blaring at the corner café or a broadcast streamed over the Internet at work.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2011 | By Steve Carney, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The race for No. 1 tightened a little, but KIIS-FM (102.7) maintained a comfortable lead as the top radio station in the Los Angeles-Orange County market, according to May ratings released Monday by Arbitron. The pop station, featuring a playlist of Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas and others, garnered 5.4% of the listening audience age 6 and older — an increase from its 5.2% share in April. But second-place KFI-AM (640), the talk station that is home to Rush Limbaugh and Bill Handel, enjoyed an even bigger bump, swelling its audience share from 4.5% to 4.9%, based on the survey of listeners from April 28 to May 25. Adult-contemporary station KOST-FM (103.5)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2011 | Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19): Today, you won't exactly be doing battle, but you will have an opponent, and you should listen carefully to decipher truth from fiction. Taurus (April 20-May 20): You will enjoy working with others and will seek activities that put you in public favor. It's not because you need to be liked, but because you are liked and desire to build on that foundation. Gemini (May 21-June 21): If you ask a question that seems deep and complicated, you will likely get a very simple, practical reply.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2009 | By Ching-Ching Ni
The caller sounded as if he had just won the lottery. After years of trying, he had finally reached the disc jockey at his favorite radio station, KAZN-AM (1300). "I've been listening to your program for 10 years. This is the first time I got through," the caller said, adding that he was listening from work and that he and his buddies would love to hear the Mandarin oldie, "Do You Know I'm Waiting For You?" A few minutes later, DJ Steve Kuo played the romantic ballad. It sounded a little like something by the band Air Supply, except the singer was crooning in Chinese.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 1989
I was puttering around my kitchen in East Syracuse, N.Y., the other morning, without the slightest hint that the sky was going to fall. The announcer on the local public radio station began talking about KFAC, AM and FM. I grew up in Los Angeles, and I also grew up listening to the programs on KFAC. My mom kept the radio dial glued to KFAC, partly because she enjoyed the music, and partly, I suspect, to instill a little culture in me . . . well, it worked. I grew to love the music I heard on that wonderful station.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Streaming music apps may be hot these days, but it will be a long time before they top the old-fashioned radio dial.  Traditional AM/FM radio is still the most popular way for people to listen to music, news and talk, even as digital music offers more control and becomes easier to use on the go, according to a study by media agency MediaVest and Clear Channel Media & Entertainment, the nation's biggest radio company.  According to the study,...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2009 | Lee Margulies
Classical music is returning to the AM radio dial, right where K-Mozart used to be. Starting on Saturday, KGIL-AM (1260) will devote a four-hour block every Sunday to the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony. The orchestras' broadcasts will air back to back from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. And beginning Feb. 16, there will also be a classical music interlude from 8 to 9 on weeknights: "Exploring Music With Bill McGlaughlin." KGIL used to be classical outlet KMZT. It changed call letters and went to a mostly talk format in October 2007.
SPORTS
December 27, 1997
Mike Downey [Dec. 22] merely touched the tip of a brutalized iceberg. The most overused and meaningless word in the English language is "situation." As in, here is the traffic situation, the weather situation, a first-and-10 situation, a punting situation, ad nauseam. Also: "He's going to kick it away." Geez, I thought he was going to kick it toward him or over his own head. And how did the indefinable expression "I'll tell you what" evolve? You'll tell me what? Don't tell me what, just tell me, in your opinion, of course.
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