July 16, 2007 |
Fifteen years ago, in the immediate aftermath of the Los Angeles riots, Warren Olney, a former local television newsman with a keen interest in politics and a mind that had been hidden behind a teleprompter, bolted across the threshold of public radio and established himself as a sudden star at KCRW-FM (89.9). The show was called "Which Way, L.A.?" and it was a response to the historic civil unrest that had shaken the city to its core.
October 22, 2000 |
HIS WORKPLACE DOESN'T LOOK LIKE A THERAPIST'S OFFICE. FOR ONE thing, there are no comfortable chairs, just a large octagonal table that takes up most of the room. For another, there are never any patients present; the caregiver sits alone at the table, gesturing as he talks, as though to ghosts. Yet to watch Warren Olney moderate the public-issues talk show "Which Way, L.A.?" on KCRW-FM (89.9) is to observe a master of civil inquiry and the elucidation of underlying truths.
September 20, 2000 |
"Which Way, L.A.?" host Warren Olney soon will be discussing more than just "the issues Southern Californians care about," as he takes his round-table radio talk show national, starting next month. KCRW-FM (89.9) will announce today that it is launching in national syndication a new show, "To the Point," which will follow the format of its 8-year-old signature series, the hourlong "Which Way, L.A.?" The show debuts Oct.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1999
Re "A Loss for Local Programming," July 25. I am writing in utter disgust to this dictatorial and ugly decision taken by KCLU-FM management. To not give any notice to these fine moderators who are volunteers is shameful at the least. It is a disgrace to not let the listeners say goodbye to their favorite radio people. The real reason for the quick firing is, of course, to stop the avalanche of public outcry that would develop into a tsunami if given the time. Thanks to your fine editorial and coverage, I hope KCLU will: 1. Bring back all the talk shows; 2. Just like KCRW-FM, start broadcasting local city council meetings; 3. Broadcast the fine KCRW program "Which Way, L.A.?"
April 25, 1999
Kona Coast, Hawaii When I was a kid, I did play the ukulele and sang, "I want to go back to my little grass shack on Kealakekua Bay," and that's exactly where we ended up, on the Big Island. There are 14,000-foot mountains at the back of Kona and if you drive up to the top of one, you can see the peaks of all the other islands. Discovery: There's a monument to Captain Cook that you can kayak out to with fabulous snorkeling around the base.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1997 |
We local political junkies were condemned to a boring nightly commute when public radio station KCRW-FM dropped the 7 p.m. rebroadcast of its respected discussion show "Which Way L.A." The hourlong show, hosted by veteran television journalist Warren Olney, who happens to be a friend of mine, will continue live, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, featuring discussions by participants and outside experts on events stretching from Los Angeles to, as was the case Wednesday, Israel.