November 5, 2011 |
Jim Ladd can drop rock-star names like nobody's business — no surprise considering music's been his business for four decades. Or it had been until late last month when the new owners of L.A. rock radio station KLOS-FM (95.5) gave the boot to Ladd, who had been holding court behind a microphone there for the last 14 years. And that was just his latest stint at the station. Ladd logged a total of 20 years during three separate tours of rock 'n' roll radio duty at KLOS. A fixture on the Southern California airwaves, Ladd also chalked up nine years at the defunct station KMET-FM before it dumped rock for an easy-listening format dubbed "The Wave," as well as time at L.A.'s short-lived KEDG-FM ("The Edge")
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March 1, 2010 |
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.
October 7, 2008 |
Oasis Dig Out Your Soul (Big Brother) * * 1/2 Oasis has long worn its psychedelic influences on its sleeve, and on its latest album, "Dig Out Your Soul," released today, the band often sounds as though it wishes it were 1969 all over again.
January 23, 2005 |
Bright Eyes "Digital Ash in a Digital Urn" (Saddle Creek) *** 1/2 Unlike Bruce Springsteen and Guns N' Roses in the early '90s, Conor Oberst isn't releasing separate albums on the same day just because he had too much similar material to fit onto a single disc.
January 12, 2005 |
You flip the radio dial and hear a blurry wash of rock guitars. Ah, it's one of the season's signature rock songs, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day. No, wait -- isn't that Liam Gallagher's wavering, nasal voice? The song must be the Brit-pop classic "Wonderwall" by Oasis. Hold on -- now it sounds like Travis and, uh, can that really be Aerosmith? Don't adjust your radio or bother trying to sing along. You're caught in a mash-up.
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March 19, 2004 |
J.J. Jackson, a longtime Los Angeles rock-radio personality who made pop culture history more than two decades ago as one of the original MTV VJs, has died. He was 62. Jackson died of an apparent heart attack Wednesday in Los Angeles, according to friends and former business associates. "J.J. Jackson's deep passion for music, his ease and good humor on air, and his welcoming style really set the tone for the early days of MTV," MTV officials said in a statement released Thursday.