December 4, 2004 |
At 11 p.m., the Culver City outpost for Washington, D.C.-based National Public Radio is almost empty, except for a security guard and the skeleton crew accompanying "Morning Edition" co-host Renee Montagne, who has just arrived, perfectly coiffed, properly caffeinated and ready to report the news millions of listeners will wake up to the following morning. By 1:30 a.m., Montagne's in the studio, prerecording whatever bits of the show are possible. At 2 a.m., she's live.
December 24, 1996 |
KLAC-AM (570) exists in the pre-hip, pre-rock universe. And if hip is "dead," as some cultural pundits claim, then the road may be paved for the resurgence of square. KLAC may not embody square as far as its fans are concerned, but it is undeniably in a media world of its own. KLAC plays the "old" music, a format given the bland label of "Adult Standards" by an industry obsessed with crafting labels for every demographic bump, curl and contour as it applies to the money-spending population.
March 4, 1987 |
A man who said he was upset with a Wichita, Kan., radio station's programming crashed his 1987 silver Corvette through the front doors of the station Tuesday, one day after purchasing the $20,000 car. Roger Wilson, news director of KFH radio, said he was standing with his back to the doors, when he heard a loud crash and turned to see a shiny Corvette just a few feet away. A Sedgwick County sheriff's deputy employed by the station to do traffic reports arrested the unidentified driver.
February 22, 1991 |
Oldie Lang Syne: Charlie Seraphin, the general manager of oldies station KODJ-FM (93.1), resigned Thursday. A replacement will be named within the next few weeks, according to CBS Radio officials. Seraphin was general manager of the CBS-owned station for three years and before that was director of news and programming at KCBS, a San Francisco talk station. A CBS spokeswoman said Seraphin wanted to return to radio programming.
April 20, 1997
Assuming that the Dust Brothers and Babyface songs go well and get on the new Stones album, will Mick Jagger's radio gambit pay off? Or will having too many producers spoil the, er, Goat's Head Soup? "Voodoo Lounge" sold a so-so 1.8 million copies in the U.S., and "Stripped," despite reworked versions of some Stones classics, did just 700,000--and neither had a high radio profile.
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.