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Radio AM to FM: September 14, 2001

What's Good in Radio

Readers Revenge ... A while back I asked what you liked in local radio. The responses I've received show just how varied your interests are (please don't tell my english teacher that I ended a sentence that way). I've printed some in the past; here are a couple more.

"I like KNX (1070 AM) because they give you the news but they have a sense of humor about it too," writes longtime reader Kim Ba of Torrance. I also like it when they say 'paid announcement -- check with your tax advisor,' because that means the commercial I just heard is a scam ...

"I like the traffic reporter because it seems she breaks all the important stories in town. Something like, 'there's a backup on Wilshire ... looks like this will be a while, since (insert major story here), so you might want to use Sunset or Santa Monica instead.' She keeps her focus on the traffic, which I think is a wonderful life lesson.

"The only thing I would change is to ban advertisements that use the sound of a doorbell, because it freaks me out to hear it."

Bill Hayes wrote in an e-mail that "there are definitely a couple of standouts in L.A. radio. Jim Ladd's show on KLOS (95.5 FM) weeknights at 10 pm brings us back to the inventiveness and brilliance that was spawned back in the days of Tom Donahue, KPCC (now KROQ, 106.7 FM) and the original KMET (now KTWV, 94.7 FM). Ladd knows what rock 'n roll radio should be -- and more importantly, what it should not be.

"Second is the afternoon/evening programming on KLON (88.1 FM) Starting at 2 pm, the dial should not be moved ... Gary Wagner, Sean Heitkemper, Gary Chiachi and Payal Kumar bring us into the laid-back wonder-world of blues and R&B ... a world that L.A. helped to pioneer ... a world that should be a much larger part of L.A. radio."

What do you like? Keep those cards, letters and e-mails coming and let me know!

Slater on KSPN

Former Rams player and NFL Hall of Famer Jackie Slater has joined KSPN (1110 AM) as half of the NFL Weekly with Jackie Slater and Dave Stone, which airs Fridays from 6-8 pm through the end of the football season.

Originating from Anaheim's ESPN Zone at the Downtown Disney District, the syndicated program concentrates on previews of upcoming games along with interviews of NFL players and newsmakers.

Another Candle

Happy birthday to L.A.'s official radio historian, Don Barrett, who turns a young 60 tomorrow. Barrett, whose laradio.com web site is the standard for online Los Angeles radio news and whose book, Los Angeles Radio People will have a new 3rd edition coming out soon, shares his birthday with Kim Amidon and Harold Austin.

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Copyright © 2001 Richard Wagoner and The Copley Press.

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