September 4, 2013 |
The new elites of Los Angeles-Orange County radio raised their stature even further in August, as both KBIG-FM (104.3) and KLAX-FM (97.9) widened their leads against rivals, according to ratings released Tuesday by Arbitron. KBIG - the "hot adult-contemporary" station that mixes pop and rock, new and not-so-recent, and features artists such as Katy Perry, Peter Gabriel and Taylor Swift - held sole possession of first place for the third time in the last five months. But after more than a year of battling with Top 40 station KIIS-FM (102.7)
April 23, 2013 |
Harry Shearer is wondering what went wrong. His Sunday morning satire program, "Le Show," is syndicated to about 100 public radio stations nationwide and is also available on shortwave radio, NPR Worldwide and as a podcast on iTunes. Yet the station where "Le Show" has originated for more than 29 years, KCRW-FM (89.9) of Santa Monica College, kicked him off the air last week. Instead, it will stream the program over the Internet. KCRW General Manager Jennifer Ferro cast the move partly as a simple matter of math: She's trying to make room for new voices while hanging on to some old ones by putting them online.
December 12, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before seeing if the Dodgers need a tweeter. The Skinny: There is a great article in today's Wall Street Journal about all the distractions people face every day at work. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one with ADD. Wednesday's stories include a look at the Screen Actors Guild nominations, speculation about who will run satellite radio broadcaster Sirius XM and obituary of Ravi Shanker. Daily Dose: Fox Business Network still likes Don Imus in the morning.
November 14, 2012 |
Music is the most mathematical art form, but for classical music station KUSC-FM (91.5), the radio world's arithmetic has turned hostile, spelling nothing but trouble for its ratings. Arbitron, the company that surveys radio listeners to calculate how many tune in to each station, says KUSC has lost more than half its core audience over the last 20 months. Ratings declined moderately during 2010 and the first half of 2011, then went into a tailspin. According to Aribtron's reports, KUSC's average core audience has sunk from nearly 26,000 listeners in 2009 to 9,500 in its latest report - a 63% fall.
October 23, 2012 |
Sirius XM Radio Inc. Chief Executive Mel Karmazin will resign from the satellite radio broadcaster on Feb. 1. The move was not unexpected. Liberty Media, the largest shareholder in SiriusXM, is in the process of taking control of the company and Karmazin had previously indicated he would likely leave as a result. Karmazin's contract with SiriusXM expires at the end of this year. He said he is staying on an additional month to ensure a smooth transition. He will also resign from the SiriusXM board.
October 15, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before topping Felix Baumgartner's jump. The Skinny: I don't want instant replay in baseball. Just putting that out there since a lot of fans are now screaming for it after a blown call in Sunday's Yankee-Tiger game. Monday's headlines include a box office recap, a profile of Clear Channel chief Bob Pittman and a look at NPR's "Morning Edition. " Daily Dose: Ben Affleck's "Argo" has a great soundtrack. There's only one problem. The Rolling Stones song "Little T&A" wasn't technically released at the time his thriller about the rescue of six Americans from Iran in the midst of the hostage crisis takes place.