February 14, 2003 |
The walls of Hyder Akbar's bedroom reveal a conflict of identity uncommon to most suburban teenagers, even those like him -- ethnically Afghan but culturally American. Two large U2 posters consume one wall, and a group photo of his Concord High School graduating class is tacked near the door. But in a corner next to his stereo, Akbar has created a shrine to his family's battle-weary native country.
November 3, 2003 |
"The Drama Hour," a staple for two decades on KNX-AM (1070) and the modern-day home to Jack Benny, the Shadow and other voices from radio's Golden Age, bowed out Friday with its broadcast of Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds." Pat Duffy, who oversees both KNX and KFWB-AM (980) as the local AM vice president of their parent company, Infinity Radio, cited the Iraq war, the recall election, labor strikes, wildland fires and other breaking news as the reason to end the 9-10 p.m. broadcast.
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September 23, 2001 |
The pouches under Omar Khatab's puffy eyes are from pure fatigue. His voice is weak, his speech slow. Twenty minutes is all he needs. Time for meditation and quiet, time to close his eyes. Then, he says, as if willing it so, "I'll be fine." Khatab, 46, runs one of the country's longest-running Afghan radio programs. Operating out of studios in Orange and Canoga Park, he buys time on the airwaves in Southern California, Toronto and Washington, D.C., for his weekly show, Radio Payame Afghan.
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October 13, 1997 |
Waving rainbow banners and American flags, Orange County gays and lesbians celebrated National Coming Out Day on Sunday and protested what they said was a death threat made against them on a local radio show. About 200 people at Main Beach held signs and waved at passing motorists, many of whom honked to show their support. The group stood across the street from a movie theater showing "In & Out," a coming-out comedy starring Kevin Kline.
March 17, 1997 |
"Ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the main event. Let's get ready to rumble!" That bravado introduction and its accompanying musical flourish blared from radios all over the country last week as listeners tuned in for what they thought would be their daily fix of talk show host Oliver North. Instead, they were treated to the mischievous-sounding voice of a former legislator who boldly reminded them he is not down for the count. "I'm in the air! I'm flying!" proclaimed former Orange County Rep.
December 8, 1994 |
Shock-radio personality Howard Stern, contacted by cellular phone by a man threatening to leap from the George Washington Bridge, kept the man talking during his Wednesday morning show until police could seize the would-be jumper. "Once I determined this was a jumper, I said: 'I have to keep this man laughing . . . until the cops get there,' " Stern told a news conference. "Who better to help someone who is psychologically disturbed than Howard Stern, who himself is psychologically disturbed?"