Just as I was posting the last item on KPCC, the station sent word that Times columnist Patt Morrison is the new host of "Talk of the City." Kitty Felde was bounced from the host chair a couple of weeks ago and John Rabe has been filling in. The KPCC release:
Patt Morrison Joins KPCC Lineup
Today 89.3 KPCC announced that Patt Morrison will join the station as host of Talk of the City starting Monday, April 10th. The program airs Monday-Friday from 2:00-3:00 PM.
Morrison is already well known to KPCC listeners as a regular substitute for Larry Mantle on Air Talk. Her afternoon program will follow the day’s developing news and explore ongoing issues in-depth with interviews, listener call-ins, and guest commentaries. And there will also be time for those LA stories that are just too good to pass up.
Morrison is best known as a longtime reporter and columnist for The Los Angeles Times, where she has won numerous awards, including a share of two Pulitzer Prizes. In addition to the Times, Morrison is read, heard and seen in many other places. She is a regular commentator on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and has published a best-selling book on the Los Angeles River. She is frequently interviewed about southern California on the BBC and other television and radio programs, and was a founding host of Life & Times on KCET-TV, for which she won six Emmys and six Golden Mike awards. Among her other awards and honors is the fact that Pink’s, the famous Los Angeles hot dog stand, named its veggie dog after her!
“Patt brings encyclopedic knowledge of the city, a contact list that goes on forever, and a distinctive personal way of relating to listeners,” said KPCC program director Craig Curtis. “Adding Patt to our regular schedule is a real coup for KPCC.” Andres Martinez, editorial page editor for The Los Angeles Times, said, “Having Patt step off the pages of the Times and onto the radio is good for the paper, for KPCC listeners, and for the city. It’ll be great to hear her on the radio every day in addition to her ongoing work for the Times.”
“I've enjoyed my substitute gigs on KPCC,” Morrison said. “I'll probably find the difference between subbing and having your own show is the difference between baby-sitting your friends' kids and having your own. There is always something new to learn and write and say about California. The opportunity to talk with listeners and guests on KPCC and in print with readers of the Times is the best of both worlds.”
Felde's new job