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Airwaves: August 10, 2007

Readers Write Back

Q: I see where K-TALK made a move; how about conservative counterpart KRLA (870 AM)? Also, thank you for reporting on old timer George Putnam recently. How about Michael Jackson ... is he officially retired now? -- Bill Partridge via email

A: Unfortunately, last week's ratings column in certain editions didn't include the full report for all stations due to space limitations. Had that been there, you would have seen that KRLA was up to a 1.0 from 0.8.

As to Michael Jackson, he is on radio retirement for now at least. He had been doing interviews on KNX (1070 AM) until 2005.

Q: Can you get the radio station that Glenn Beck broadcasts from? I'm a fan of his but unable to find him on radio. -- Michael Silva, via email

A: The very same day I received your letter, I happened to receive a press release giving your answer. The short version: beginning last Tuesday August 7th, he is heard locally on KLAA (830 AM)weekday mornings from 7 to 9 AM.

In a totally random note, 830 AM was once the frequency for UCLA's on-campus station, KLA. That it is now KLAA (for Los Angeles Angels; the station is owned by the owner of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) is a funny coincidence.

Q: Did Melinda Lee's Food News show move? I tuned in at the new time (10 AM to 1 PM Saturday and Sunday), but I didn't hear her. It could be that every time I listened it was on a commercial or other news story, but I am afraid she is no longer on KNX any more. -- Gail Tweedt, via email

A: A check of the KNX website has her still on the schedule ... and that is the first thing stations change when they get rid of a personality. They like to pretend they never existed. I think you just got unlucky ... or KNX's huge commercial load finally caught up with them. (After this went to press, I found out that she was ill)

Q: I was reading your column in the Daily News. The radio stations next to it are listed in alphabetical order. Who reads it in that order? The best order would be by style of programming -- then readers could quickly see which stations play their style. Maybe you could at least sort this information on a rotating basis, by station, station number and description? -- Nick Polo, via email

A: There are advantages to each. If you hear of a station you can look it up by call letters; if you find a station while tuning you could find it again by frequency, and if you want a list of stations you are interested in, you could find it by format description. I'll see what we can do; in the meantime if anyone else has any opinions on this or other matters, please write to me.


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