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Airwaves: August 20, 2010

Avey Passes

Longtime radio newsman Dan Avey passed away last Sunday afternoon at the age of 69 due to cancer that originated in his prostate.

According to Don Barrett’s LARadio.Com, Avey was diagnosed with prostate cancer five years ago and had his prostate removed. Everything went well for about 18 months, when tests hinted that the cancer may have returned; further tests revealed that the cancer had metastasized in his spinal column. he had been undergoing treatments since.

Avey is perhaps best known for his years at KFWB (980 AM), fitting, considering he spent his high school years hanging out at the station ... which at the time played music as Color Radio Channel 98. Other local stations included KWIZ (1480 AM), KFI (640 AM) and most recently KABC (790 AM) where he worked until 2007.

The recipient of numerous awards including 15 Golden Mikes for news reporting -- one for anchoring KFWB during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Avey was a Green Beret Captain during the Vietnam War and worked as color commentator for the Los Angeles Kings from 1969 to 1976.

LA’s Best

Cal State Northridge radio station KCSN (88.5 FM) has an award of their own: Los Angeles Magazine selected the station as Best Americana Radio Station in their Best of LA 2010 issue.

Interestingly, it wasn’t Americana that cemented the deal, though considering it is LA’s only Americana station it may well have been a done deal.

“With shows like Americana Matinee, Tangled Roots, and Bluegrass Etcetera, the weekend lineup on KCSN was for years the best place to hear Americana music on the radio,” the magazine wrote. “As of March the station has gotten even better (switching) from classical to triple A, playing rock, pop, alternative and country -- and not just the hits.”

Perhaps triple A -- also known as Adult Album Alternative -- is the new Americana.

Miller Outs Herself

Syndicated talk host Stephanie Miller, heard locally weekdays from 6 to 9 AM on KTLK (1150 AM), publicly announced on her show last Friday that she was lesbian.

The two listeners who had still not figured it out were in shock. Shock I tell you. The rest of the world figured it out sometime back in 1993 or so when she hosted a program on KFI.

Miller made fun of her own coming out, mentioning on her program Monday that there was an outpouring of “love and support” from people she did not expect, including “straight women who now believe there are more men for them,” among other “groups” that I cannot state in a family newspaper. Suffice to say, as with most Miller shows, it was funny.

On the Go

On the 4th anniversary this week of the demise of KZLA (now KXOS, 93.9 FM) as a country station, Go Country 105 owner Saul Levine is on fire, stating that he and his managers and staff have put together “formidable resources” to take Go Country as high as it can go in the ratings, the goal being the top-rated country station in, well, the country.

I like that attitude and wish him well. I’ll be watching the results.


Copyright © 2010 Richard Wagoner and Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

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