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KPLS-AM(830), the Southland's first all-talk Spanish-language radio station, today becomes the Southland's first 24-hour, all-children's radio station. KPLS vice president and co-owner Jim Villanueva said the decision to drop the Spanish-language format in favor of becoming an affiliate of the English-language Children's Satellite Network was made "mainly for economic reasons."
August 12, 2013 | By Meg James
Spanish-language radio star Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo is borrowing a page from Howard Stern. Three weeks after severing ties with Univision Radio, Sotelo has made a deal to bounce to SiriusXM satellite radio. This fall, Sotelo will launch a Spanish-language entertainment channel on the subscription service called Piolín Radio, which will be anchored by a live four-hour morning program that Sotelo will broadcast from Los Angeles. "I am honored SiriusXM believes in me," Sotelo, whose nickname means "Tweety Bird," said in a statement.
June 16, 2002 | MARY DAILY
The first voice many Southern Californians hear on Sunday is Andrea Leonard's. The host of 89.9 FM KCRW's "Morning Glory," from 5 to 7 a.m., delights adventurous gospel music lovers with an eclectic array of spiritual music. "It's a looser interpretation of gospel, beyond the traditional," she says. "It's anything with a religious theme, from jazz to alternative rock." With contemporary gospel easy to find, Leonard, 35, plays more off-the-beaten-track selections.
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.
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 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
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 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
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.
It sends Pasadena advertising executive Paul Skermetta "up the wall." But Phyllis Anka, owner of a day-care facility in the Silver Lake area, finds it a "pleasant surprise." They are among the thousands of captive adults who, during morning and afternoon commutes, react with either a wince or a smile as kids tune in to their very own radio station, Radio Disney.
Determined to tap into the "truly huge" Latino market, KLYY-FM (107.1) will begin broadcasting contemporary Spanish hits on Monday, including rock en espanol and ballads, said the station's general manager, Sean O'Neill. It has been an English-language alternative rock outlet. The new format is aimed at listeners 25-34, said Bryan Subotnick, executive vice president of Big City Radio, which owns the station.
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.
November 1, 2011 | From a Times staff writer
Beryl Davis, a British-born singer who became a star in America performing with Frank Sinatra and Benny Goodman during the big-band era, died Friday in Los Angeles. She was 87. The cause of death was complications from Alzheimer's disease, according to family spokesman Greg Purdy. The daughter of English band leader Harry Davis, she was born in Plymouth, England, on March 16, 1924, and began performing with her father at the age of 3. At 12 she was appearing with Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt in their all-string jazz band, Quintette du Hot Club de France.
May 15, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Charles McPhee, the self-proclaimed "Dream Doctor" who decoded dreams on his nationally syndicated radio show until Lou Gehrig's disease forced him off the air in 2006, has died. He was 49. McPhee died May 8 at his Woodland Hills home of the neurodegenerative disease also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, his family said. Through his radio show, McPhee "made dream interpretation more present in pop culture," said Cynthia Richmond, a behavioral therapist and dream counselor.
March 1, 2010 | By Carla Rivera
Gene Chenault, one half of a pioneering team that helped to revolutionize rock radio programming in the 1960s with the "Boss Radio" format, first at KHJ in Los Angeles and then coast to coast, has died. He was 90. Chenault died of non-Hodgkin lymphoma Tuesday at Providence Tarzana Medical Center, said his wife, Susan. In the 1960s, Chenault partnered with Bill Drake to launch a phenomenally successful radio format that turned poorly performing stations into ratings winners and made household names of radio personalities such as Robert W. Morgan and "the Real" Don Steele.
September 28, 2009 | My-Thuan Tran
Annie Mai knows what it's like to be the only Vietnamese student in class. She understands what it is to have parents who work long hours and are unable to help their children with schoolwork. And she can relate when a child must translate for her parents during teacher conferences. Mai was 7 when her family arrived in Orange County in 1979 and was immediately confronted with such challenges. Now an education consultant for the Garden Grove Unified School District, she knows that Vietnamese families still face many of the same difficulties.
December 6, 2008 | associated press
Popular cable TV host Bill O'Reilly will step down as the host of his syndicated talk radio show early next year, saying he can "no longer give both TV and radio the time they deserve." "The Radio Factor" -- which began in 2002 and runs on more than 400 radio stations, as well as satellite operator Sirius XM Radio Inc. -- will end in the first quarter of 2009, Fox News Channel said. Locally, the show airs weekdays 9-11 a.m. on KABC-AM (790). O'Reilly will continue hosting "The O'Reilly Factor" on the Fox News Channel and writing his weekly newspaper column.
Cyberspace may be sexier, the information highway more intriguing, but old-fashioned radio broadcasting is hot right now. Radio properties are selling like Picassos at an auction, fetching fantastic prices and driving up the shares of the companies that own them.
October 20, 2008 | Deborah Netburn, Times Staff Writer
It's somewhere past 6 p.m. in the middle of the gas-guzzling commute home from work, and certain Southland residents with certain types of radio presets are used to passing this time pleasantly enough with "All Things Considered" on KPCC-FM (89.3). Except today (and for the last couple of weeks), people are not so interested in the first woman who ran for president in 1872 or this week's installment of "This I Believe." They want the juicy stuff -- news about Fed Chairman Ben S.
April 9, 2008
KRBV-FM (100.3) introduced a new format Tuesday morning, a mix of classic and current rock that management is calling "The Sound." The playlist ranges from Pearl Jam, the Raconteurs and the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Van Morrison, David Bowie and Peter Gabriel. The station has had several incarnations in recent years, most recently as V-100 with an R&B format, which had struggled in the ratings. Last month Radio One agreed to sell the outlet to Bonneville International for a reported $137.
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