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March 7, 1997 | LARRY STEWART
XTRA, XTRA: Are two XTRAs better than one? Beginning Monday, there will be XTRA sports 1150 in Los Angeles, to go along with San Diego's XTRA 690. Kiss KIIS-AM 1150 goodbye. XTRA 1150 will become the Dodgers' flagship station in 1998. It will also become UCLA's flagship station, a deal soon to be announced. The Bruins will be on both XTRAs during the NCAA basketball tournament, then exclusively on XTRA 1150 beginning with football next fall.
November 13, 1996 | LARRY STEWART
Sports talk radio may have hit a new low when San Diego station XTRA pulled a questionable April Fools' Day-type prank in the middle of November without labeling it a prank. Talk show hosts Steve Hartman and Bill Werndl claimed to be interviewing ABC's Dan Dierdorf on Monday afternoon, when actually it was a professional impersonator who sounded as if he were intoxicated. Neither Hartman nor Werndl informed listeners that it wasn't Dierdorf.
June 22, 1996
[to Larry Stewart] A few ideas that might be worth exploring in your column: 1) Prime Sports Press Box show is hardly desirable for Southern California viewers, now that the focus is "national" as opposed to L.A. only. Isn't it supposed to be "your home team sports network"? I'd guess most viewers prefer the previous version. It's now just a "poor man's SportsCenter." 2) Soccer Stuff. Why doesn't the L.A. Galaxy get a radio contract? XTRA maybe? Also, who are the braindeads who dressed the USA team against Mexico?
March 13, 1996 | LARRY STEWART
All-sports radio station XTRA has taken Scott Ferrall's nighttime syndicated talk show off the air for remarks Ferrall made against the station and UCLA on Monday night. "We've suspended him indefinitely," said Howard Freedman, XTRA program director. Ferrall, upset that UCLA Coach Jim Harrick does interviews with other XTRA personnel but was unavailable to do one with him, went into an expletive-laced tirade on the air.
May 6, 1994 | LARRY STEWART
And then there was one. The radio sports-talk war is over, with XTRA the victor. KMPC, under new ownership, this week went to a non-sports talk format, although Week 1 was mainly devoted to dreadful promos and auditions. The regular programming, which we hope will be an improvement, begins Monday. The XTRA-KMPC war lasted two years.
April 8, 1994 | JAMES E. FOWLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Robert Koehler contributed to this column
So long, Hot Dog on a Stick. Hello, The Penthouse. That's the name for XTRA-AM sports host Jim Rome's new radio lair, located in the Broadcast Media Center in Hollywood. In mid-March, Rome left his old San Fernando Valley quarters, leased by XTRA from KWNK-AM in West Hills' Fallbrook Mall (and directly above the Hot Dog on a Stick eatery).
October 15, 1992 | MIKE BOEHM
Xtra Large's just-released debut album, "Now I Eat Them," offers two pleasant surprises. One is the music itself, in which the young Orange County band breaks through alternative/hard-rock conventions with a striking display of confidence, skill and imagination. The other surprise is that Xtra Large's two main songwriters and onstage agitators, singer Darren McNamee and guitarist Warren Fitzgerald, both have managed to stay in one piece long enough to make an album, period.
There is a policy at XTRA: Never mention another radio station, especially KMPC, on the air. Off the air is another story altogether. Off the air, Howard Freedman, vice president of programming for Noble Broadcasting Group, which owns XTRA, will calmly accuse KMPC management of trying to steal his talk-show hosts and producers.
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