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September 19, 1999
The Times' Sept. 13 editorial on the lack of diversity in radio was accurate in calling for the FCC to open up the airwaves to smaller, community-specific stations. In mass-market L.A. radio, the lack of diversity is particularly distressing. FM radio has been hijacked by corporations owning more than one station, which insist on "branding" their outlets to appeal to demographics based on purchasing power. No matter where you flip on the dial these days it seems you can get nothing but static in the form of entertainment.
February 24, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela - Protests continued Monday across Venezuela amid growing reports of police repression and scarcities of basic goods, which provoked rare public criticism of President Nicolas Maduro by a political ally. Jose Vielma Mora, governor of the western state of Tachira, the scene of street violence and protests, told a radio interviewer Sunday night that the military had displayed "excess" in responding to the disturbances. Vielma Mora, a former army officer who was a longtime supporter of the late President Hugo Chavez, singled out repeated overflights by government fighter jets and called for a change in the military command.
November 14, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Bill O'Reilly can breathe a little easier. Last week while speaking about the reelection of President Obama, the Fox News commentator said, "The white establishment is now the minority. "  But when it comes to who owns the nation's TV and radio stations, whites -- and white males in particular -- are still the majority. The Federal Communications Commission just released its report on the ownership of commercial broadcast stations which reveals that as of 2011, whites own 69.4% of the nation's 1,348 television stations.
December 26, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Listeners tuning in to KCSN's new HD2 radio station will notice something once unheard of but increasingly common in American culture: Spanish and English being spoken - and sung - together, almost interchangeably. One day recently, for example, the Cal State Northridge public radio station played "Hypnotized," an erotically chill trip-hop track by the British band Morcheeba, sung in English, with Chile's Ana Tijoux adding a Spanish-language rap. A quarter-hour later, KCSN fired up "Cinco Minutos Con Vos" (Five Minutes With You)
December 29, 2010 | By Steve Carney, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Pop purveyor KIIS-FM spent 2010 at the top of the charts, leading all Los Angeles-Orange County radio stations in the ratings since January. But at year's end, adult-contemporary station KOST-FM treated it like grandma with the reindeer, according to figures released Tuesday by the Arbitron ratings service. In the period from Nov. 11 to Dec. 8, KIIS-FM (102.7) barely lost ground from its No. 1 showing the previous month, either in its share of the radio audience ages 6 and older, or in its total of weekly listeners.
Disney-owned ABC Radio announced two major moves Monday that will give one of its stations, KSPN, a big boost in the battle for supremacy among Los Angeles sports-talk radio stations. KSPN next season will replace KLAC (570) as flagship station of the Angels as part of a five-year deal worth an estimated $25 million. Also, effective Jan. 1, KSPN will switch signals with sister station KDIS, Radio Disney, going from 1110 on the dial to 710. Radio Disney will go to from 710 to 1110.
May 25, 2011 | By Matt Pearce, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Radio host Rob Meyer — homeless and haggard since a tornado destroyed his house Sunday — had another shift coming up soon. He had slept for only five of the previous 48 hours, filling the rest with coffee and soda. And talk. Hours and hours of talk, in fact, many with the confused and enterprising residents of Joplin. Callers' voices broke as they asked if anyone had heard news about their daughters, friends and nephews who had disappeared during the storm or its aftermath. Others asked seemingly unanswerable self-help questions, such as: If the bank is destroyed, how can I get my safe-deposit box?
March 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Government troops raided three independent radio stations in the capital, seizing equipment, forcing the stations off the air and arresting one journalist. The raids in Mogadishu came a day after at least 14 people were killed and 30 wounded in fighting that pitted soldiers and their Ethiopian allies against suspected insurgents.
April 22, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Hundreds of commercial radio stations have stopped streaming their broadcasts over the Internet, citing a dispute with advertisement actors who want to be paid extra to have their voices played online. Once the domain of computer geeks, streaming audio Webcasts drew 35 million home Internet surfers in December, compared with 21 million a year earlier, said Jennifer Fran of Nielsen-NetRatings, an Internet traffic-measuring company.
October 8, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Susquehanna Media is in talks to sell its radio stations to a group of investors including Cumulus Media for more than $1 billion, the New York Times reported. The company is also nearing a separate agreement to sell its cable TV operations to Comcast Corp. for close to $750 million, the newspaper reported, citing executives involved in the talks. Susquehanna, the largest privately held U.S. radio broadcaster, owns more than 30 stations in the biggest U.S. markets.
December 24, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
Brenda Schmitz and her youngest son, Max, then 2 years old, shared a favorite song: "Over the Rainbow. " At the time, Schmitz and her family hadn't seen rain - let alone a rainbow - for five weeks when the wife and mother of four was hospitalized at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines for ovarian cancer. But on the day of her death, in September 2011, a large, bright double rainbow cast across the sky. Her husband, David, said this was the first but certainly not the last time Schmitz would give her family signs that she was watching over them.
December 5, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Rush Limbaugh's radio tirades will have a new home on Los Angeles airwaves next year. KFI-AM (640) is losing the conservative host's three-hour show, long a fixture on the station, to KTLK-AM (1150), which owner Clear Channel is hoping to pump up as an outlet exclusively dedicated to right-leaning chatter.   The company, which also owns KFI, will use Limbaugh's audience to anchor the new lineup for KTLK, which is being dubbed "The Patriot" and will also feature national shows by Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity.  PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Clear Channel is making similar changes in San Francisco, where Limbaugh will leave its KKSF-AM (910)
December 2, 2013 | By Meg James
In a move aimed at recapturing past ratings glory, Univision Radio has unveiled a new morning show called “El Bueno, La Mala y El Feo” (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly), which emphasizes popular Regional Mexican music and banter by a trio of hosts. The four-hour Spanish-language program, which debuted Monday on Univision's Los Angeles station KSCA 101.9 FM, fills the time period previously held by Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo. Sotelo once was the most popular personality in Spanish-language radio.  But in July, Univision yanked Sotelo's program from its schedule amid allegations of sexual harassment, which Sotelo has denied.
November 25, 2013 | By Lee Margulies
It pays to play the hits. Just ask Top 40 station KIIS-FM (102.7), which on Monday finished No. 1 in the Arbitron radio ratings for Los Angeles-Orange County for the third month in a row by featuring the music of such pop stars as Katy Perry, One Direction, Miley Cyrus, Pitbull, Lady Gaga and Imagine Dragons. The station averaged a 5.4% share of the audience, according to the survey of listeners ages 6 and older between Oct. 10 and Nov. 6. More than 3.8 million people tuned in for at least five minutes each week.
November 14, 2013 | By Joe Flint
The Federal Communications Commission wants to encourage more foreign ownership of television and radio stations. Currently, there is a 25% cap on a foreign company or individual when it comes to owning a stake in a broadcast property. While the cap is not being loosened per se, the FCC said on Thursday that if an investment exceeded 25%, it could still be approved. "The ruling potentially removes obstacles to new capital investment, which will support small business, minority, and female broadcast ownership, and spur innovation," the FCC said in announcing that it was clarifying its foreign ownership policy.
August 23, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The Grand Theft Auto gaming franchise is one of the most lucrative entertainment brands in history, a multi-million dollar juggernaut whose highly anticipated upcoming fifth installment -- and the first since 2008 -- will arrive on Sept. 17.  Landing a track on the game's soundtrack is one of the most coveted licenses in the industry, as it feeds music into the receptive ears of obsessive gamers looking for new music and eager to share -- and delivers hard earned cash and exposure to talented artists.
July 27, 2005 | From Reuters
Univision Communications Inc., the No. 1 Spanish-language broadcaster in the United States, said it agreed to purchase two radio stations from Entravision Communications Corp. for $90 million. Univision said it expected to pay for the transaction with Entravision shares it owns, part of a commitment to reduce its stake in Entravision to 15% under the company's 2003 purchase of Hispanic Broadcasting Corp. Univision will purchase stations KBRG-FM (100.
August 9, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
CLEVELAND - Albert Pujols angrily denied Jack Clark's accusation that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his early days with the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Angels slugger said Friday night that he will take legal action against Clark and the radio station the former major leaguer works for. "It is irresponsible and reckless for Jack Clark to have falsely accused me of using PEDs," Pujols, who is on the disabled list and did not travel with...
July 25, 2013 | By Meg James
Univision Communications has officially confirmed that it has ended its 10-year association with Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo, the popular longtime host of Univision Radio's morning show, “Piolin por la Mañana. " "After a 10-year run, Sotelo and Univision have agreed to part company," Univision said in a brief statement on Thursday. The company declined to provide a reason for Sotelo's sudden departure . Radio stations unexpectedly learned Monday that Univision was no longer distributing Sotelo's Spanish-language radio show.
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