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February 19, 2003 | From Associated Press
A group planning a liberal-leaning radio network says the idea hasn't caught on in previous attempts because it wasn't marketed properly and wasn't entertaining enough. Venture capitalists from Chicago and an Atlanta radio executive are behind an effort to start just such a radio network that would offer an alternative to conservative talk show hosts such as Rush Limbaugh. "We believe this is a tremendous business opportunity," Atlanta radio executive Jon Sinton said.
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February 28, 2013 | By Steve Carney
The man who made a fortune bringing the Super Bowl, Bill O'Reilly and Grateful Dead concerts to listeners nationwide via their local radio stations has returned to programming. But now he's bypassing conventional radio. Norman J. Pattiz, who created and turned Westwood One into one of the biggest and most recognizable radio networks in the country, is this week launching PodcastOne.com, a one-stop site that offers shows from hundreds of online broadcasters for listeners to browse and download.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 1987 | DENNIS McDOUGAL, Times Staff Writer
Westwood One Inc. gobbled up all three NBC radio networks on Monday for $50 million cash and a stock option, making the Culver City-based radio syndication company the second largest producer and purveyor of radio programming in the country. Only ABC/Capital Cities, which operates six specialized satellite radio networks to serve target audiences ranging from teens to senior citizens, has a larger share of national radio advertising and audience.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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December 20, 1995 | SHELBY GRAD
Funding for an $80-million emergency radio system was approved Tuesday, but officials of some cities that will share the costs of the countywide network said they are not pleased with the plan. Half a dozen cities have expressed misgivings about the funding plan, according to the Orange County City Managers Assn., saying it places too large a financial burden on municipalities.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2006 | Claire Hoffman
Days after the parent of the liberal Air America talk-radio network filed for bankruptcy protection, its co-founders launched a new network. Longtime Democratic fundraisers Anita and Sheldon Drobny's Nova M Radio Inc. expects to air the network starting Oct. 30, broadcasting initially from stations in Phoenix and Little Rock, Ark. The Drobnys sold Air America in 2003 to a group of investors. The Drobnys, along with Mike Newcomb, will serve as principals.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 1993 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Juan Andres deHaseth has made a midlife career switch that would give most people whiplash. "I spent the last 25 years in cosmetics," said the Laguna Beach resident, holding up the tip of one finger. "We made 180 items for that little area of the body right there." Shifting from fake fingernails to broadcasting, he now works from a corner office of Hollywood's CNN building as president and owner of Radio LABIO, the nation's first Spanish-language talk radio network. Launched Nov.
SPORTS
September 5, 1991 | Associated Press
ESPN and ABC Radio will jointly launch an all-sports national radio network in January of 1992, the two networks said Wednesday. The network will provide 16 hours of programming weekly, with weekend shows and weekday reports during morning and afternoon drive times. The weekend programming will concentrate on live news, interviews, game reports and magazine-style programming, ESPN said. The network will be called "ESPN Radio Network."
NEWS
December 12, 1998 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is late afternoon, but here in the studios of Radio Free Asia, Jenny Choi is reading the 7 a.m. news--to North Korea. Speaking softly in Korean, she and a co-anchor report on long-running Korean negotiations, an upcoming visit by an American envoy and discuss the mysterious deaths of 71 cattle shipped to the famine-stricken nation. Every story is about North Korea. "Today we have so much news!" program director Jaehoon Ahn says happily.
BUSINESS
April 16, 1990 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Their favorite albums rarely make the charts, but children are now getting plenty of attention from the music industry. Walt Disney Co., a Wisconsin book publisher and a Cleveland broadcaster are making new forays into children's music, challenging the market's domination by A&M Records: * Walt Disney Records early this year hired the director of children's marketing at A&M. As vice president, Mark Jaffe will develop new artists for Disney's 33-year-old children's label.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 2011 | James Rainey
Big Bird, Elmo and their pals made huggable toys and helped turn "Sesame Street" into a durable worldwide brand. One man who got much of the credit was Sesame Workshop Chief Executive Gary E. Knell. He strengthened the financial platform for the venerable children's show, even amid exploding competition. Now Knell faces what appears to be an even tougher task: securing the long-term fiscal underpinning of NPR, where he takes over Dec. 1 as president and CEO. Since no one appears to be champing at the bit for dolls of Nina Totenberg and the "Car Talk" guys, Knell must devise some other way either to "liberate public radio from untenable reliance on fed dollars" — the unexpected recommendation expressed recently by his predecessor — or persuade skeptics in Congress that the national radio network deserves taxpayer support.
OPINION
March 17, 2011 | Meghan Daum
Oh, NPR, won't you please state your game? Are you liberal? Are you neutral? Are your employees secret socialists? Do their screensavers feature slideshows of Noam Chomsky? Do your office Christmas parties serve only free-range eggnog? Do your parking lots offer preferred spaces for vehicles with "Free Tibet" bumper stickers?" Yes? No? Tell us, NPR! Was former fundraising executive Ron Schiller repeating the boardroom chitchat when he was caught on tape trashing the "tea party" and clinging to that chestnut about middle Americans clinging to their guns?
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2011 | By James Rainey, Los Angeles Times
National Public Radio's admission that it botched the handling of Juan Williams' termination last year, resulting in the resignation of its top news executive Thursday, seems certain to reignite a push by conservatives in Congress to cut government funding for the news organization. The sponsor of a bill to eliminate NPR's taxpayer support ? as well as a proposal to stop federal money for all of public broadcasting, including TV ? said the re-airing of the Williams affair this week would put more heat on institutions already unpopular with congressional Republicans.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2010 | James Rainey
It would be an understatement to say that National Public Radio's firing of analyst Juan Williams for his comments about Muslims has created a furor. Commentators across the political spectrum have slammed the radio network. Internet message boards have been jammed. Cable TV and talk radio cannot get enough. Appearing on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" Monday night, Williams said he worries when he sees people in "Muslim garb" get on an airplane. "I think, you know, they're identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims," he said.
NEWS
October 21, 2010 | By Matea Gold, Tribune Washington Bureau
As NPR weathered a storm of criticism Thursday for its decision to fire news analyst Juan Williams for his comments about Muslims, Fox News moved aggressively to turn the controversy to its advantage by signing Williams to an expanded role at the cable news network. Fox News Chief Executive Roger Ailes handed Williams a new three-year contract Thursday morning, in a deal that amounts to nearly $2 million, a considerable bump up from his previous salary, the Tribune Washington Bureau has learned.
BUSINESS
July 1, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
CBS Corp., the U.S. broadcaster controlled by Sumner Redstone, completed its $1.8-billion acquisition of CNet Networks Inc., becoming one of the 10 largest website companies. CNet, along with existing Internet businesses, will form a new digital division led by Quincy Smith, New York-based CBS said. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves sought CNet, owner of GameSpot.com and TV.com, to add Web businesses that are growing faster than the company's television and radio networks.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 1990 | From Times wire services
KCBS radio of San Francisco won the Grand Award for best news program for its coverage of the 1989 earthquake at the International Radio Festival of New York awards ceremony Wednesday night. The British Broadcasting Corp. won 11 gold medals--the most of any nominee. Westwood One Radio Networks and its NBC Radio Networks subsidiary were next with four. Capital Cities-ABC and the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. each received three gold medals.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2006 | Claire Hoffman
Days after the parent of the liberal Air America talk-radio network filed for bankruptcy protection, its co-founders launched a new network. Longtime Democratic fundraisers Anita and Sheldon Drobny's Nova M Radio Inc. expects to air the network starting Oct. 30, broadcasting initially from stations in Phoenix and Little Rock, Ark. The Drobnys sold Air America in 2003 to a group of investors. The Drobnys, along with Mike Newcomb, will serve as principals.
BUSINESS
October 14, 2006 | Claire Hoffman, Times Staff Writer
Red ink finally got the better of the nation's blue-state radio network. The parent of Air America Radio, plagued by management and financial problems since its inception, filed Friday for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The filing in New York by Piquant, the network's parent company, became necessary after negotiations with one of the privately held company's founding creditors broke down, said Air America spokeswoman Jaime Horn.
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