KPFK axes The Car Show


The longest running program longest running non-music show on Los Angeles radio will come to an end on July 12. KPFK's schedule revamp has claimed The Car Show, hosted by John Retsek and Art Gould, on the air since 1973. (Earlier L.A. Observed item praising the show). Other emails report that negotiations are still going on over the fate of Radio Nation, hosted by Marc Cooper, and that several other programs have been moved to new times or lost hours. There's been no response yet to L.A. Observed's email to the station general manager, Eva Georgia.

Individual program hosts are getting the word on their futures by phone. Here's a link to minutes of meetings about the station's direction at the KPFK Listener Forum.

An email sent to hosts and producers follows.

From: KPFK Program Director []
Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2003 6:47 PM
To: Eva Georgia; Nathan Scott; Jennifer Kiser; Alan Minsky; Sharon Jennings
Subject: Program Changes

Dear Gang:

Greetings all -

As most of you are aware, the much anticipated program changes have arrived. I would like to take a moment to thank all of you for your participation, contributions, help and support for what has been a challenging and, at times, difficult process. A couple of notes before we go any further....

I was very pleased to see many of you participate in the Program Council meeting this past Monday night, and as I am sure many of you will agree, your participation is of vital importance. I would like take a moment to confirm that the hotly contested Program Policy which was mailed last week has been withdrawn. I appreciate the overwhelming majority of you who have participated and done so in good faith. I encourage you to continue to send us the info. I nor management had or have any malicious intent upon accepting such a policy recommendation and approved it without further consideration to it's implication as it relates to the language. I think many of us agree and understand the importance of submitting such documents and I look forward to drafting other language in consultation with the Council and other entities. I never meant to freak any of you OUT!! :>)

Now .............. going back to the changes. We have begun to notify all programmers and unfortunately we have not been able to do so for various reasons - mostly to do with getting a hold of you guys!

Providing I am able to contact everyone, we will post the grid tomorrow afternoon or Thursday morning at the latest. Please understand. Perhaps you guys can help me out by giving me a call .................... consider the following:

As of 8:30 pm I will be available at the following number (818) 974-8449
If you choose not to call me, I ask that you wait for our call Wednesday between 10am and 6pm.

Armando Gudiņo
Program Director
KPFK 90.7 FM
3729 Cahuenga Blvd. West
North Hollywood, CA 91604
(818) 985.2711 x. 202

[Post updated July 5 at 12:15 p.m.]

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