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Radio AM to FM: July 4, 2003

Los Angeles ABC Stations Help Military Families

Three ABC radio stations worked together the weekend of June 20th and ended up raising over $500,000 for Southland military families.

KABC (790 AM), KLOS (95.5 FM) and KSPN (710 AM) took control of the conference room in the ABC Radio building, and converted it into a radiothon call center. Over 125 volunteers worked the phones, including returning Marines from Iraq, spouses and parents of soldiers still in Iraq, representatives from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, and many more.

Proceeds raised are going to the children's scholarship fund (for children of soldiers killed in action)and widows/widowers in need of financial assistance. Additionally, some funds will go toward remodeling the Camp Pendleton School of Infantry Recreation Center, benefit Camp Pendleton's preschool, transportation and "Operation Hero" programs, and help out the Food Banks of Southern California.

Funds were generated through straight donations, as well as an on-line auction where people bid on items through each station's web site.


Besides being a popular overnight talk host, KABC's Doug McIntyre -- like every waiter in Hollywood and Beverly Hills -- is a television screenwriter. That talent -- screenwriting, not waiting -- has brought him a nomination for the 2003 Humanitas Prize.

McIntyre was nominated for an episode he wrote for Public Broadcasting Television's, Liberty Kids entitled, Liberty or Death.

The Humanitas Prize honors the best in family, educational and inspirational television and screenwriting. McIntyre's episode was nominated in the animation category and will compete for a $10,000 prize at the Humanitas luncheon on July 10th.

This is not the first contact McIntyre has had with Liberty Kids. He wrote the two-part pilot and served as head writer for a time. Liberty or Death tells the story of a Revolutionary War hero and features the voices of Michael Douglas and Walter Cronkite.

What to Do

Special programming abounds this weekend.

KLOS is now in the tail end -- or is it the beginning? -- of "Z to A," thousands of songs from the station's music library being played alphabetically from Z to A. It started Monday and will run through July 6th.

KKJZ (88.1 FM) continues its holiday tradition by broadcasting highlights of the Playboy Jazz Festival, originally held on June 14th and 15th. This year the broadcast will be hosted by acclaimed jazz vocalist Nancy Wilson and will feature such artists as Dave Brubeck, the Dave Holland Quintet and Poncho Sanchez.

WPMD ( has an online special: The Artists of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. From the Platters to Elvis Presley and Elvis Costello -- all the acts that have defined the world of music over the last 50 years -- the tribute began Thursday and runs through 9 AM July 7th.



Copyright © 2003 Richard Wagoner and The Copley Press.

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