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Airwaves: June 8, 2007

Hendrie Returns to Radio

You knew it had to be bogus last year when Phil Hendrie announced he was leaving radio to concentrate on acting. Turns out you were right: Hendrie will come back to the first broadcast medium June 25th via the TRN: Talk Radio Network.

The new syndicated show will be more issues-oriented and politically-oriented than his old show that was heard locally on KFI (640 AM). That may be bad, as Hendrie's KFI show dragged whenever he tried to do issues in the past. Regardless, it is sold as being creative and typical Phil ... this time designed to appeal to a slightly younger audience than his old show in an effort to make it onto some FM talk stations as well as AM.

No local affiliate has been announced. The comeback happens one year and two says after he left us ...

Where's Mr. K?

A common question that arrives periodically concerns the whereabouts of the former Mr. KABC. In case you are wondering the same thing, never fear: now known simply by his real name Marc Germain, he can be found working afternoons from 3 to 7 PM on KTLK (1150 AM).

Happy Radio

Disco is out and gay is in on KBIG's (104.3 FM) digital HD-2 channel, available if you own a new HD radio. The channel made its Los Angeles debut last Monday, June 4th and replaced an all-disco format.

It's called Pride Radio, and it is a syndicated format designed to attract listeners who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, all of whom apparently listen to the same music.

Changes at KNX

Weekends will be slightly different on KNX (1070 AM). The Food News show starring Melinda Lee will move from its current slot of 8 AM to 12 noon to a later but shorter slot of 10 AM to 1 PM on both Saturdays and Sundays.

In turn, Jeff Levy's computer show starts one hour later and is also cut by an hour: 1 to 3 PM. The new times begin tomorrow.

Going to the Dogs

KLOS (95.5 FM) morning team Mark and Brian are hosting a pet adoption day to benefit the SPCALA (Society to Prevent Cruelty to Animals, Los Angeles) tomorrow from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 E. Spring Street in Long Beach.

Three hundred puppies, dogs, kittens and cats will be available for adoption to happy homes, and adoption fees ($105 to $125) benefit the SPCALA. Mark and Brian and Cynthia Fox will be there along with Denise Westwood, who will broadcast live from 10 AM to 3 PM.

An animal behavior specialist will be on hand to help families select the right pet, and to keep cleanup costs low, poop-scooping races will be held throughout the day.


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