Besides the addition of Rob Long, reported earlier today, KCRW's new program grid makes room for what the station calls the first broadcast show devoted to obituaries. "Final Curtain" preempts "The Politics of Culture" one Tuesday a month. From the press release:
Among others in the first program, we’ll hear about the passing of Joseph Zimmerman, Jr., the man who invented the telephone answering machine; Huib Drion, the former Dutch Supreme Court Justice credited with spearheading the legalization of euthanasia in The Netherlands; and Thomas Corbally, the international bon vivant who worked for the CIA and MI5, and arranged orgies in his spare time -- one of which precipitated the John Profumo scandal. Then there was Thelma Becker, who passed away in LA; she checked into the Biltmore Hotel back in 1940 and liked it so much, she lived there for 53 years as a full-time resident.
There's also a new every-other-week program on Hollywood by Variety's Claude Brodesser and a Sunday commentary about Los Angeles by Marc Porter Zasada. A recap of schedule changes effective June 1, from the press release:
Mondays, 2:30 to 3pm (Programs replace “Says You”) First and third Monday: THE BUSINESS hosted by Variety’s Claude Brodesser; a look from deep within at the film makers, deal makers and deal breakers that make up business of Hollywood so irresistibly interesting.
Second and fourth Monday: DNA: DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE, hosted by Frances Anderton, moves to a new day, and continues examining the issues in the worlds of design and architecture
Tuesdays, 2:30 to 3 pm
First Tuesday of the month: FINAL CURTAIN, hosted/produced by Forrest Murray and Perri Chasin. A monthly look at the recently departed and why they mattered -- a unique radio take on the obits.
Remaining weeks: THE POLITICS OF CULTURE, ongoing; sometimes a panel discussion, sometimes an interview, about issues of cultural import and concern, hosts vary.
(NOTE: DnA: Design and Architecture moves from Tuesday to Monday)
Wednesdays at 6:44 pm
Rob Long presents “Martini Shot,” his four-minute weekly take on life in the real Hollywood.
Sundays at 7:35 am (repeats at 9:35 am)
Marc Porter Zasada gives us “The Urban Man,” his three-minute weekly reflections on his relationship with Los Angeles (one commentary per week; airs twice).
(Already heard on Sundays: “A Second Opinion,” Dr. Michael Wilkes on issues of medical ethics, 6:35 and 8:35 am)