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Renee Montagne to give up host seat at NPR West

renee-montagne-npr-2016.jpg NPR announced on Monday the longtime "Morning Edition" host based here in Culver City will step down after the election.

KPFK dropping 'Deadline LA' show after 20 years?*

kpfk-on-air.jpg Pacifica Radio board wants to add more Spanish language programming at 90.7 FM.

Steve Julian, 57, KPCC's morning host since 2000*

steve-julian-kpcc.png KPCC posted a little while ago that Julian, the station's longtime morning host, has died of brain cancer.

Steve Julian and love in the digital age

steve-julian-felicia-friesema-myrow2.jpg Checking in on the KPCC morning host, who is under hospice care for a brain tumor, and his wife Felicia.

KUSC does Oscars hype the cool classical way

John-Williams-kusc.jpg Evening host Jim Svejda does one-hour interviews with all the Oscar-nominated composers every night this week.

KCRW ending 'Which Way, LA?' as Olney cuts back

warren-olney-2007-marc-goldstein.jpg Warren Olney will remain as host and executive producer of "To the Point" and add a weekly interview segment during the NPR news.

Audio: Final hour of KFWB in 1968 (with jingles)

Hitching-on-Sunset-640.jpg Popular LA deejay Gene Weed signs off one of the top music stations of its time. The next day, KFWB went all news.

Classic LA radio station KFWB sold, to go foreign language

kfwb-jack-harry-warner.jpg Once LA's rock powerhouse, after going all-news the station promised "you give us 22 minutes, we'll give you the world."

KPCC note about host Steve Julian

steve-julian-kpcc.jpg Larry Mantle posted that his friend and KPCC's longtime morning anchor is off the air facing a "serious health issue."

K-Earth and KCRW have a good ratings book

kusc-sign-640.jpg In the November radio Nielsen's, KCRW is back on top of KPCC but it's very close.

KPFK goes off the air, blames a power line

kpfklogo.jpg The Pacifica station says on Twitter that it is off the air this morning due to a power line being "down" and the transmitter possibly being affected by the wind.

NPR news audience dropping and aging

npr-west-front-room.jpg It's not just print newspapers and TV news that are losing their audiences to age and digital platforms.

'Weekend All Things Considered' leaving LA so soon

npr-west-weekened-atc-room.jpg Two years after all the NPR chatter about being on the West Coast, Arun Rath and the staff are packing up in Culver City and the show returns to Washington.

Marketplace bumper shows some Love (audio)

forever-changes.jpg A clip from Arthur Lee's revered 1967 album "Forever Changes" helps enliven a story on mortgages. Join me in "A House is Not a Motel."

Vin Scully literature: Koufax perfect game 50 years ago today

koufax-pg.jpg "There’s 29,000 people in the ballpark and a million butterflies...All the boys in the bullpen straining to get a better look as they look through the wire fence in left field..."

KCRW launches series on Skid Row

KCRW_Stephanie.jpg For some, "the area can be a way station to a better place. For others, it’s a place where survival means community, drugs, and a regular spot on the street."
Thumbnail image for homeless-pico-closer.jpg On the eve of his second anniversary in office, the mayor faces a test on the homeless issue. He changed his tune last night on Warren Olney's show.

Ben E. King tribute by 'Rhapsody in Black' (videos)

bill-gardner-fb.jpg Bill Gardner soared with his on-air set devoted to the late Ben E. King on Saturday afternoon on KPFK.

When Paul Olden asked Lasorda about Kingman's homers (audio)

paul-olden-vblue-nyt.jpg The iconic 1978 tape made by KLAC's reporter is revived in Sunday's New York Times. Olden is now the Yankee Stadium announcer.

KPFK dodges a bullet, stays on the air

kpfk-signage-ocw.jpg Last week's emergency fund drive was just what it sounds like — full survival mode, says an analysis in OC Weekly.

KCRW names first Vulnerable Populations Project journalist

david-weinberg-kcrw.jpg It's David Weinberg, a reporter at "Marketplace" and creator of the Random Tape podcast.

Larry Mantle and KPCC celebrate 30 years of 'Airtalk'

airtalk-team-kpcc.jpg Mantle marked the occasion with a live broadcast in front of an audience in KPCC's Crawford Family Forum

NPR gives some love to Eichler and Balboa Highlands

Balboa_Highlands_OfficeHistoricResources.jpg The early 1960s neighborhood of homes designed by A. Quincy Jones and partners was the first postwar tract in the Valley to be given Los Angeles historic district status.

Tom Hoffarth remembers Joe McDonnell

joe-mcdonnell-hamilton.jpg On Hoffarth's annual opinionated lists of the top LA sports radio talkers, McDonnell was an easy number one.

Gary Owens, longtime LA voice and media figure, dies at 80

gary-owens-ear.jpg Best known for "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In," Owens was an LA radio fixture first. "One of the most famous broadcasters in Los Angeles radio history," says LA Radio's Don Barrett.

KCRW wants your proposals for 'vulnerable populations' project

kcrw-logo-blue.jpg Journalist or team selected will spend a year reporting on LA's most vulnerable populations. Deadline to apply approaches. Radio experience not required.
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