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Radio AM to FM: November 21, 2003

Now That's Music

"The Fabulous 570" KLAC (570 AM) is bringing Mistletoe and Martinis to the Universal Amphitheater on December 7th. No its not drinking and kissing its ... well, maybe it is.

The special holiday concert features Natalie Cole, Steve Tyrell, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Frank Sinatra, Jr. with his 38-piece orchestra and a special tribute to 'Ole Blue Eyes himself.

Tickets went on sale November 7th, with prices ranging from $21.50 to $125. Show time is 6:00 PM; for more information listen to the station or go to


My condolences go to Steve Tyrell, who also doubles as the voice of KLAC, for the loss of his wife, Stephanie, late last month. After an eighteen-month battle with cancer, Stephanie died in Steve's arms on October 27th.

Naked Beatles

Internet radio station's Rock 50 takes a track-by-track look at the brand-new Beatles release, Let it Be ... Naked tomorrow morning at 11:00.

When the original Let it Be album was released in 1970, a controversy arose regarding the production on the album. Specifically, many felt that producer Phil Spector "over produced" the album by adding layers of instrumentation and vocals, giving that "wall of sound" to the album that was a Spector trademark ... but taking away from the intent of the artists themselves.

This week a "stripped down" version of the album was released to a public that will apparently buy anything Beatles.

Host Mike Stark is joined by Casey Piotrowski in order to examine the controversy, compare individual songs and play yet to be released songs from the album sessions.

Piotrowski is the resident expert on the Beatles over at WPMD, which netcasts from the campus of Cerritos College. He is the host of the syndicated "The Beatles Show," which is heard on Tuesday nights at 8:00 PM.

This doesn't change my opinion that the Beatles are just a fad and will never catch on ...


KPCC's (89.3 FM) The Plays the Thing airs An Ideal Husband tomorrow night at 8:00. Written by Oscar Wilde and starring Jacqueline Bisset, Martin Jarvis, Miriam Margolyes and Alfred Molina, the play combines a tender love story, a serpentine villainess, London society and "Wildean" witticisms.

Surfing Drama

While Saul Levine continues to search for programming for the new Drama Hour on his radio station K-SURF (540 and 1260 AM), the station has already begun airing modern adaptations of Rod Serling's Twilight Zone ... the same programs that were formerly aired on KFI (640 AM) until the lunatic, er, Art Bell came back to host Coast to Coast AM and pushed The Twilight Zone Theater off the KFI schedule.

So for the next few weeks or so, enjoy the Twilight Zone Theater on K-SURF at 8:00 PM and 1:00 AM. After that, look for a combination of some of your favorite old-time radio programs to air in that same time slot.


Copyright © 2003 Richard Wagoner and The Copley Press.

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