Michael at Franklin Avenue compares and contrasts the fire coverage at KPCC, which has invested in a local news operation, with KCRW, which has gone in other directions.

Warren Olney, while one of the few local media class acts out there, mostly interviews pundits. He has no reporters at his fingertips, filing reports from the field. And... well, that's it. Outside of NPR news feeds and Olney's pundit chats, KCRW pretty much sticks to what it knows best, its music programming...

KCRW has been stunning in its virtual silence regarding the biggest natural disaster in some time to hit the region.

On KPCC, both Airtalk with Larry Mantle and Kitty Felde's Talk of the City gave extensive coverage to the fires all week long. The shows are all archived, by the way -- not that I'm going to listen.

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