January 16, 1999
KRLA's claim to be the "new" talk radio in Los Angeles while transforming itself into a homeless shelter for KABC cast-offs is ludicrous ("Jackson Returns Today to Daily Radio" by Judith Michaelson, Jan. 4). KRLA obviously hopes Michael Jackson will be the jewel in its "new" crown. To me, however, Jackson is the epitome of style over substance. Indeed, The Times consistently uses terms like "silver-toned" and "eloquent" to describe his style. Whenever I hear his brand of Westside liberalism delivered in that ersatz British accent (he's South African)
January 31, 1998
Judith Michaelson just can't get beyond the fact that Michael Jackson is no longer on weekdays on KABC. Her obsession with Jackson borders on the ridiculous. In her Jan. 15 article, "Howard Ascendant," why is his name in the same paragraph with Ronn Owens and Rush Limbaugh, when the piece was about weekday morning ratings? When KABC made the switch from Jackson to Owens, I was very resistant to the change. Over the months, however, I've become a big Owens fan. I've found his talk show to be a breath of fresh air. Michael Jackson's weekday show is history, Ms. Michaelson.
May 3, 1998
Sophie Thomas, reader: "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter," by Carson McCullers (Bantam). "I'm Australian, and people there rave about this book. Maybe because it's about unusual people, outcasts. I was a bit put off at first because it's pretty black, but I'm determined to get through it." **** Karen Casey, church consultant: "A Simpler Way," by Margaret Wheatley and Myron Kellner-Rogers (Berrett-Koehler). " 'A Simpler Way' is an astonishingly simple book about a complex issue.
April 5, 1998
I enjoyed your article on the decline of local talk radio in favor of nationally syndicated programs ("The Decline of the Local Hero," by Judith Michaelson, March 29). I always find it entertaining to hear self-appointed guardians of the "public interest" wail in agony when the "public" decides not to cooperate and demonstrates a different "interest." KCRW-FM's Warren Olney rejects audience preference for national programs and calls for government intervention to require local programming.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1997
Re "It's Vintage Jackson on Last Daily Show," July 4: I was deeply saddened to hear Michael Jackson was being relegated to a weekend slot and replaced by a simulcast from San Francisco. I discovered Jackson some 25 years ago and have been a loyal listener since. Jackson has always had his finger on the pulse of L.A. He has kept us informed and entertained. He has always been the crown jewel of KABC. In the past couple of years I've listened to many changes at KABC and have come to the conclusion that senior management doesn't know what it's doing.
July 13, 1986 |
Lyndon LaRouche, designer of a state initiative that could lead to the quarantine of everyone carrying the AIDS virus, said on a radio talk show that the acquired immune deficiency syndrome is spread through the air and by mosquitoes. LaRouche made his remarks, which are believed to be his first public comments about the measure that has qualified for the November ballot, during a telephone interview Friday with KGO radio talk show host Ronn Owens.