Radio Column for April 17, 1998
KCRW's (89.9 FM) weekly program "Good Food" has a new host: Evan Kleiman, owner and executive chef of Los Angeles restaurant, Angeli Cafe, and author of numerous cookbooks including Cucina Fresca and Pasta Fresca.
Previously part of the show with a regular feature, "From the Garden to the Table," Kleiman took over host duties on March 14th. She is joined, on a rotating basis, by guest hosts Piero Selvaggio, owner of Valentino, Primi, and Posto restaurants; Leonard Schwartz, chef and owner of Maple Drive restaurant; Jonathon Gold, food journalist for L.A. Weekly; and other noted food authorities.
Good Food airs on KCRW Saturdays from 11 am to 12 noon.
Setting a personal record for shortest stint in her career, Mother Love has left the morning show at KBIG (104.3 FM). As of press time I was not able to verify why she left; the possibilities include (1) she is trying out yet another television show (Forgive or Forget), or (2) station management actually listened to her on the morning show.
Evening hosts (7 - 9 pm) Conway and Steckler are o-u-t at KLSX (97.1 FM), replaced by former KABC (790 AM) short timer Ed Tyll. Currently, Tyll sounds a bit too much like KLSX afternoon personality Tom Leykis who precedes him, but it doesn't matter.
For the first time in the history of KLSX as a talk station, there appears to be a chance of the format working. The combination of Leykis and Tyll works, and along with some other recent moves KLSX is actually getting a "buzz," as Leykis explained last week. Leykis expects KLSX to overtake KFI's (640 AM) popularity within a year and -- while I wouldn't bet on it just yet -- I wouldn't be surprised.
In other KLSX news, Dr. Demento has returned to the station Sunday nights from 7 to 9 pm.
According to Radio and Records, someone broke into the transmitter building belonging to a station in South Carolina last week. Nothing was stolen; in fact the "burglar" apparently didn't touch a thing. Except for the station's "Optimod" processing unit -- the unit that adjusts the sound of the signal, making the station sound louder, and perhaps fuller.
The burglar turned the Optimod down a little bit.
Which got me thinking: do you suppose we could convince the South Carolina "adjuster" to come out to Los Angeles? There are more than a few stations that could use a little "de-processing" here. Ever listen to KXTA (1150 AM), for example? ....