Airwaves: October 24, 2008
Roseanne to the Rescue
Roseanne Barr, best known for her long-running television show currently in syndication as well as a rather infamous attempt at singing our National Anthem, is now moving up to radio.
Paired with on-air partner Johnny Argent, the duo take over the airwaves of KCAA (1050 AM) in the Inland Empire every Tuesday through Friday afternoon from 4 to 5 PM. You can also hear her via the internet or a podcast through www.kcaaradio.com.
Its a rather unusual arrangement for a woman of her stature, to be sure. First off: the fact that the show is only an hour long each day. Secondly, she pays to be on the air rather than the station paying her. But it is her way to get on the air and tell the truth about politics and life.
Ironically, she does the show from a studio in El Segundo, where the locals cannot even pick up her the KCAA signal. But she bought time on the station through next March because, she says, she wanted to reach that demographic, at least politically. To let them hear what she considers the truth.
Id like to know what you think. If you hear the show on KCAA or you sample it on a podcast or online, drop me a line and let me know if you like it, hate it, or wonder just what shes trying to do. Ill print the most interesting letters and emails in a future column.
Longtime readers of this column know that I am a huge fan of radio, television and movie star Jack Benny. His shows on radio and television ran an amazing 33 continuous years before he left the regular schedule in order to slow down a bit with periodic television specials and guest appearances on other programs.
Last Sunday I had the pleasure of watching a live performance of Benny at the Thousand Oaks Arts Center, as a benefit for the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters. Sure it was not the real Benny, who passed away in December, 1974. But actor Eddie Carroll so looks and acts like Benny that you would be hard pressed to tell the difference.
Carrolls one-man act tells the story of Bennys life, from when he got kicked out of high school in the 10th grade due to bad grades, through his early career in vaudeville, and finally to his hugely successful programs on radio and television for CBS and NBC. The performance was nothing short of phenomenal -- at times I had to remind myself that I was not watching the real Jack Benny. It even included a recreation of part of a script as it aired on the radio back in the height of Bennys radio career.
The show is called Laughter in Bloom, and if you are even close to being the fan of Benny that I am, you owe it to yourself to catch this show for yourself. Carroll will be in San Diego December 7th, then Garden Grove January 17th and 18th. Go to www.eddiecarroll.com for more information.
The small world of Los Angeles radio engineering lost a good one last weekend when KFI (640 AM) Chief Engineer John Paoli passed away. Reports said that he had actually taken his wife to the hospital because she wasnt feeling well, and he collapsed as they were filling out the admittance forms.
Paoli recently completed overseeing the redesign and rebuilding of the main KFI transmission tower in La Mirada. He is survived by his wife, Starla.
Copyright © 2008 Richard Wagoner and Los Angeles Newspaper Group.
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