KCRW producer Matt Holzman embedded with cops in the LAPD Air Support unit to see what it's like in the helicopters that patrol Los Angeles skies. Listen inside.
Barrett is the longtime Southern California radio hand and author who has chronicled the trends and comings and goings in local radio at LARadio.com for 16 years. The Orange County Register approached him to take over for Gary Lycan.
Shearer, the actor and multi-platform talent (and ex-reporter for Newsweek) whose weekly "Le Show" started on KCRW in 1983, has posted his version of how he learned the show was dropped this week from the station's Sunday lineup.
KCRW announces a big revamp of the weekend schedule that drops 'Le Show' and 'Weekend All Things Considered,' adds the 'TED Radio Hour' and shifts some of the music shows. Harry Shearer, on KCRW since 1983, broke the news on Twitter this morning: "Any radio station in LA want to carry Le Show?" He will still be online.
After producing shows for KCRW for 34 years, including 20 years with a show on Sundays, Tom Schnabel announced that Sunday was his final live program on the air. He is moving to an on-line platform that KCRW is calling Rhythm Planet. He explains inside.
The Orange County Register's longtime radio writer, Gary Lycan, died in his sleep on Tuesday, the paper reported this afternoon. Lycan had prostate cancer in recent years. His friend and collaborator Manny Pacheco posts a nice tribute: "the most difficult blog story I have ever written..."
Dodger Stadium hosts its first exhibition game on Friday night against the Angels. Then on Monday the season starts against the Giants. The $100 million-plus renovation isn't quite done. On "Marketplace," Kai Ryssdal takes a tour with project manager Janet Marie Smith, the Dodgers' senior vice president of planning and development.
PFK, the Pacifica radio station at 90.7 FM, says it will mark the anniversary of the "great Immigrant Rights March of 2006" with 24 hours of progressive Spanish-language programming.
The staff at Pacifica-owned radio station KPFK in Cahunega Pass opened their emails on Wednesday morning to find a message from Bernard Duncan, the general manager. He informed everyone that a colleague at the station had been treated for scabies, a condition caused by tiny mites that burrow into the skin.
Another long-time Los Angeles broadcast presence is leaving the airwaves. I'm told Brooks will be retiring on March 15.
KCRW joined with Writers Bloc tonight to pack a couple of hundred people in the new Moss Theater on the Westside. The draw was New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright talking with Kim Masters, host of "The Business" on KCRW, about "Going Clear," his new book that authoritatively gives further exposure to the unusualness of the Church of Scientology.
John Rabe, the host of "Off-Ramp" on KPCC, and his husband Julian Bermudez are one of the six featured couples in the current issue of LA Weekly. Also included are Michael Ritchie and Kate Burton, "the first couple of L.A. theatre."
Two memos have nice words for Curtis, but there's no mention of him going on to anything else. KPCC had all the upheaval last year over the hiring of new morning host A Martinez and the subsequent departure of Madeleine Brand, whose morning show without Martinez was KPCC's most listened-to local program. Then last month the staff voted to unionize the newsroom with SAG/Aftra.
Assistant city editor Kerry Cavanaugh is leaving the Daily News to be a producer on "Which Way, LA?" and "To the Point." Here's the note from City Editor Harrison Sheppard that is going around the Woodland Hills newsroom.
KPCC's press release last week for its mayoral debate coming up on Wednesday night talked about the "four major candidates for mayor" who would be taking part. I guess some discussions ensued. Here's how the release reads now.
Local and national layoffs, shifts in the morning radio lineup and more.
KCRW plans to devote an hour-long broadcast of "Which Way, LA?" on February 6 to the rivalry (if any) between partisans of east and west in Los Angeles. They want your input on that and also want to hear from the people who are "neither Eastside nor Westside and don’t know what the fuss is all about."
Channel 4 won two Golden Mike awards last night for best TV newscast, and AM radio stations KNX and KFI won for the best radio newscasts. KPCC-FM won the most awards overall, ten Golden Mikes in a variety of categories. Steve Edwards, the longtime host of "Good Day LA" on Fox 11, picked up the lifetime achievement award from the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California.
After months of campaigning, the KPCC newsroom staff voted 35 to 26 to join SAG-AFTRA. Hosts Larry Mantle and John Rabe were among the senior talent who argued against the union.
O'Neill gained a measure of Los Angeles radio immortality when he became the first voice heard on KRLA when the AM station switched to rock and roll (from country western music) in 1959. He went on to become LA's top radio deejay, then at age 24 went national as the host of ABC's short-lived rock music show "Shindig" in 1964. Here's some video.
Mouzis was the production director at formative LA radio station 93 KHJ and editor of the 48-hour "History of Rock and Roll" — the station's 1969 rockumentary.
This weekend's year-end edition of "This American Life" reprises a 1998 segment in which Jonathan Gold explains his year exploring the food offerings of West Pico Boulevard. Then everything changed. Listen inside.
Ray Briem was the overnight talker on KABC-AM from 1967-1994 and kind of pioneered the form here in Los Angeles. That made him the welcomed late-night companion to thousands.
Gustavo Arellano, editor of the OC Weekly and creator of the paper's popular "Ask A Mexican" column, will start doing regular weekly commentaries about Orange County for KCRW. He had been a regular on KPCC.
Brand tells Los Angeles magazine that she's in talks with KCRW for a 9 a.m. show that would compete with the friends she left at KPCC. But KCRW's Jennifer Ferro says in a statement that nothing is firm.
David Courtney, the arena announcer for the Los Angeles Kings and Clippers at Staples Center and the stadium announcer in Anaheim for the Angels, has died at age 56. No cause was given by the Kings, but Courtney had tweeted yesterday that he was at a hospital awaiting an angiogram.
KTLA news meetingKTLA News Director Jason Ball posted this TwitPic of the afternoon editorial meeting at Channel 5. It's nice to see inside the walls and have a mental picture of how they do things. Bigger
Huell HowserPublic TV figure died of metastatic prostate cancer. More
How the media missed Jenni RiveraHalf a century after Ritchie Valens, the national and local media got caught unawares again by the death of a major LA talent. Read
Villaraigosa at 'Los Angeles'Mayor proved a good sport at magazine event. Story
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A Martinez wasn't the first choice of KPCC's suits to sit alongside Madeleine Brand in the station's new Latino strategy. Plus more. How KPCC's Quest for Latino Listeners Doomed The Madeleine Brand Show.
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