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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
June 14, 1992 |
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.
June 13, 1992 |
"The word pants will come up at least once," warned Chad McCollum, moments before making his radio debut last Monday on XTRA-FM (91X). Standing nearby, his friend Bob Tyler, a fellow recent graduate of Mira Mesa High School, nodded his head. Farm animals will also be mentioned, he added. "Pants" and "farm animals" are simply funny words, explained McCollum, 19. "Pants just rolls off the tongue."
May 31, 1992
Thanks to an old company car (equipped only with an AM radio), I rediscovered XTRA. The morning show with Steve Mason and Dan T. Fan supersedes the creativity of Mark & Brian. Midday listeners can discuss the latest trades with knowledgeable Chet Forte and Steve Hartman. An hour of Lee (Hacksaw) Hamilton's afternoon show is more informative than "SportsCenter" on ESPN. Each call in the evening with Jim Rome is like a round of boxing. The variety of sportscasters, interesting guests and late-breaking news off the sports wire have me tuned into XTRA in the car as well as at home and work.