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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2013 | By Tony Perry
San Diego is swarming with fans assembling for Comic-Con. And the biggest story at City Hall is about Mayor Bob Filner and the accusations of sexual harassment that have led Republicans and some fellow Democrats to demand his resignation. KOGO radio has conflated the two events for a mock-warning to Comic-Con fans about a "serial hugger on the loose. " Take a listen: KOGO's PSA ALSO: Cost to fight Mountain fire near Idyllwild reaches $4 million Hollywood Boulevard workers recall frantic scene during robberies Community leader: Violent youths have 'hijacked' protest message   Twitter: @LATsandiego tony.perry@latimes.com
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2013 | By Christopher Borrelli
Jim Nayder, a longtime fixture on Chicago public radio who was best known as the host and producer of National Public Radio's "Annoying Music Show," was found dead in his Chicago apartment Friday. He was 59. An autopsy was scheduled, but his family said Nayder had a long history of alcoholism and had checked into rehabilitation centers many times. The "Annoying Music Show" - a kind of wry celebration of kitsch, from William Shatner's cover of "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" to "Muskrat Love" - ran less than five minutes and began as weekend filler on Chicago's WBEZ-FM in 1995.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Pandora's legal disputes with performance-rights organizations are heating up. BMI, or Broadcast Music Inc., one of the groups that collects royalties from broadcasters to pay publishers and songwriters, is suing the Internet radio giant in response to its attempt to lower its rates by buying a traditional FM radio station. Pandora revealed Tuesday it is acquiring a terrestrial station in Rapid City, S.D., to make a point about the rates it pays. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 Pandora has said it is unfairly forced to pay higher rates than traditional radio operators such as Clear Channel, which owns 850 physical stations and the Web streaming music service iHeartRadio . Last year, Pandora, which has 200 million registered users and 70 million active users, sued the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2013 | By Steve Carney
Sister stations KIIS-FM (102.7) and KBIG-FM (104.3) edged into a tie for first place in radio ratings for May, just a month after KBIG had grabbed sole possession of the top spot for the first time, according to figures released Monday by Arbitron. KBIG, the pop and rock station whose claim is "more variety from the '90s till now," had been No. 1 in April among Los Angeles-Orange County stations, after many months of either tying or lurking just behind top 40 outlet KIIS, the longtime ratings leader.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2012 | McClatchy Newspapers
If you were going to follow John Facenda on the air, you had to have a great voice. Maybe nobody could match the legendary Facenda, whose familiar baritone was called the "voice of God" when he broadcast for NFL Films. But Jeff Kaye brought it off. After Facenda died in 1984, Kaye became one of the voices of NFL Films, lending his own sonorous baritone to the pro-football documentary features of the Mount Laurel, N.J.-based company. Maybe not quite God, but close to it. "I can say to this day, when I look at some of the shows Jeff narrated over the years, I am still fascinated by the way he told a story," said Kevin McLoughlin, director of post-production for NFL Films.
BUSINESS
November 15, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — Tribune Co. is close to securing the regulatory approval it needs to emerge from its long-running bankruptcy. The staff of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday recommended that the agency grant the company waivers of rules that prohibit the ownership of newspapers and broadcast stations in the same city. Tribune needs the waivers for its cross-ownership of media properties in Los Angeles and four other markets. The waivers — the last major hurdle in the four-year case — would be granted Friday as long as none of the five commissioners raises serious objections, according to a person at the FCC who wasn't authorized to speak and therefore did not want to be identified.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
OPINION
November 13, 2012
Re “ Britain wrestles with free speech on the web ,” Nov. 9 Dissent is as important as civility, and Britain, unlike the U.S, at least has attempted to address some of the dangers in how speech is used and abused and how destructive uncivil speech can be. When one listens to pundits on Fox News or some talk radio stations and hears the hatred and fear that is fomented, one can understand why such speech is outlawed in some Western countries....
BUSINESS
November 6, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Federal regulators are poised to ease ownership restrictions on major-market media outlets in what could be a boost to some big players in the struggling newspaper industry. After two failed attempts to loosen its rules, the Federal Communications Commission is expected by the end of the year to approve a new proposal that would allow newspapers and television or radio stations in the 20 largest markets to consolidate. And unlike previous battles, there is little opposition this time to easing the so-called cross-ownership rules.
NATIONAL
October 25, 2012 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - It may sound like the type of acerbic election-year conversation happening in coffee shops and dining rooms across the country, but this being radio, everyone sounds a little taller, stronger and more handsome than the rest of us. "How are you going to pay for it?" program host Fernando Miguel Negron asks in Spanish, his voice taking a sonorous bounce. "How can you pay for these government programs and still cut taxes?" "Easily," his guest says. " Fácilmente . " But this is no regular talk radio conversation.
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