Airwaves: May 14, 2010
Amidon Takes Mornings
Kim Amidon, half of the immensely popular morning team of Mark and Kim (formerly heard on KOST 103.5 FM), will take over mornings on The Wave (94.7 FM) beginning Monday.
Amidon has been doing weekends and fill-ins for a while at The Wave, ever since her former programmer boss from KOST, Jhani Kaye, was brought in to program The Wave in January. Since his arrival, Kaye has been tweaking the sound of the station in an attempt to increase its mass appeal.
Rumors still abound that The Wave will go head to head against KOST sometime soon, and no doubt this move will fuel them again. But so far, other than a bit of musical refinement and a slogan change from smooth jazz: to smooth AC, everything has been about the same.
Amidon spent 22 years waking up Southern Californians listening to KOST, and has had stints at numerous other stations including KRTH (101.1 FM), KHJ (930 AM) and KOLA 99.9 FM), among others. At The Wave, shell be teamed with Pat Prescott weekdays from 6 to 9 AM.
As mentioned, Pat Prescott, who has been working the morning shift with Brian McKnight, will remain in the morning shift and -- along with Amidon -- be counted among the few female morning duos in major market radio. McKnight will still join the program on occasion and contribute to other Wave events, but otherwise he will focus on his numerous other activities.
Your online listening suggestions:
Tom Atkins of Sherman Oaks: Im a big fan of online radio, having abandoned traditional radio due to its complete lack of any originality. I prefer to call it the Clear-Channeling of America.
The best online radio station(s) by far can be found on 3WK.com, based in St. Louis, MO. 3WK broadcasts at least two streams, the most interesting of which is their underground classic rock station. Great stuff from the 60s and 70s, the majority of which you never knew existed. And completely commercial free to boot. I listen every day.
Steve Thompson: Radio Bop (radiobop.com) has a large playlist of 1950s-60s rock'n'roll. A sister station, Roots Of Rock (rootsofrock.us) features pop, country, and R&B hits from the 1940s and early 1950s. Arguably the world's best oldies station is WLNG, 92.1 FM in Long Island, New York. They boast a 10,000-song playlist covering four decades and play thousands of low-charting songs, non-charting songs, and B-sides. They stream online at wlng.com.
Steve Propes (former KLON DJ now working with Cerritos College): Here are two suggestions. www.wpmd.org at Cerritos College and www.RickItRadio.net out of Ventura.
Steve Walsh, Redondo Beach: I offer up online radio station Indie 103.1. As you know, they went off the air a while ago but continue to broadcast on line. My favorite show is Retrograde that airs every Saturday from 7 to 9 AM playing alternative music from the 70s and 80s. Its a nice way to start off my weekends. www.indie1031.com.
Anything you want to suggest? Let me know!
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