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Airwaves: December 24, 2010

Dr. Laura Gets High

The last week of December is the last week you’ll be able to hear Dr. Laura Schlessenger on terrestrial radio. Beginning January 3rd, she’ll be exclusive to Sirius/XM Satellite Radio.

Note that I said she’ll be exclusive to Sirius/XM, not that she is “moving” to the subscription service, as has been reported elsewhere. Her show has actually been on satellite for years, the same syndicated program heard through December 31st on KFWB (980 AM). Now that she’ll be exclusive, it just means you need to a subscription to hear her, the same as with Howard Stern.

And, while some will trumpet the change as some great win of good versus evil, I am going to go out on a limb and state for the record that I like Dr. Laura, and I enjoy her show, no homo.

Is she a hypocrite because, for example, she constantly tells women to stay home with their kids instead of working when she herself did not? Maybe. But name a popular talk host who isn’t. I enjoy the show because she often gives decent, commonsense advise ... and it’s a kick to hear callers who ask questions in which they should know better not to ask of her.

Personally I think many of those who attack her -- and their are many, many people who do -- attack her more because she is a successful woman than anything else. Some of the comments I have read regarding her on the internet are essentially vile, and I sincerely doubt that the same comments would be made about her if she were male.

And the fact remains that she is one of the most popular talk hosts on radio, with an estimated audience of 8 million. So, on the eve of this historic event, I wish Dr. laura the best. Her show will run on Sirius Channel 102 and XM Channel 155 from 11 am to 2 pm local time.

What About KFWB?

Dr. laura’s departure from KFWB means a few changes on the talk station in limbo. Dave Ramsey goes live (instead of taped) from 11 am to 2 pm, Bob McCormick preceds Ramsey with Money 101 9 to 11 am, and life coach Les Brown will follow Ramsey from 2 to 4 pm. You may remember McCormick from sister KNX (1070 AM); his Money 101 segments on that station will continue.

Why did I say KFWB is in limbo? Simple: owner CBS is still over the station ownership limit in Los Angeles and the station is still up for sale. When of if it ever happens is unknown; I just wish that CBS took the same diligence of delay in San Francisco as they did here ... then we’d still have the legendary 610 KFRC with us.


Loud, intermittent static is affecting AM radio reception for at least one reader who loves in Pomona near the LA County Fairgrounds and the Pomona Valley Hospital. It happened during Summer and went away at the end of October. Any radio engineers want to take a crack at this? The reader says the static affects all AM stations.


I’m not expecting much to happen in 2011 ... perhaps a few minor changes, but no major upsets. What I’d like to know is twofold: What do you think might happen and more importantly what would you like to have happen in local radio? Votes will be tabulated, kept in a safe in downtown New York City and reported here in the next week or so. Send your predictions and wish list to


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