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Airwaves: June 25, 2010

Beck Arrives at KRLA

The syndicated Glenn Beck program hit a milestone last week with the addition of KRLA (870 AM) to the affiliate list ... marking the 400th affiliate for the conservative talker.

Beck has been on the radio since the age of 13. He began as a Rock and Roll DJ, eventually doing eyebrow raising stunts to gain fame and ratings. His talk program launched in 2002 with 47 affiliates and has grown ever since.

Said KRLA programmer Chuck Tyler in a press release, “Glenn is the perfect complement to our schedule, and a truly enhances the strength of our all-star Salem lineup.” Salem owns KRLA.

The program will air live weekdays from 6 to 9 AM beginning July 6th.

New Digs

KUSC (91.5 FM) got a new studio earlier this month when it moved to renovated space in the downtown AT&T building near LA Live. The long-term lease allows the use of a 500-seat auditorium for future live broadcasts that will begin in the relatively near future. The last broadcast from the old studio at Fifth and Figueroa was June 8th.

The move allows the station to get further away from and permanently avoid contact with any students from the USC campus that owns the station ... and are the reason for the existence of its broadcast license.

Hot Summer Nights

KCRW (89.9 FM) -- another university-based public station that has no students involved -- has some great stuff planned for Summer as part of its Summer Nights music series.

The station is bringing artists and their own DJs directly to music fans all over the Southland, from Pasadena to Westwood, Downtown and Chinatown. For example, tomorrow you can hear Everest with host DJ Chris Douridas at One Colorado in Pasadena, a city block bounded by Fair Oaks, Colorado DeLacey and Union Street in Old Pasadena. It runs from 7:30 to 9:30 PM and, like all Summer Nights events, it’s free.

The series runs Saturdays through August 28th; for full details, head over to http://tunyurl/summernights10.

Soccer Fix

Can’t get enough of the World Cup? Need to get those damn noise things out of your head by getting behind the scenes of the teams and the rivalries?

Then KPFK (90.7 FM) is the place to be. The People’s Game covers all things World Cup and is hosted by a roundtable of fans and experts including KPFK programmer Alan Minsky, “From a Left Wing” blog creator Jennifer Doyle, producer/director Pablo Miralles, Daily Breeze journalist and author of the blog “100% soccer,” Nick Green, and Latin American soccer expert Omar Varela.

Produced daily through the tournament end on July 11th, the program isn’t on the actual KPFK airwaves; instead it is available via podcast and online streaming at, or at

Rantel Update

Yes, that was Al Rantel on KABC June 7th, sitting in with John Phillips (heard nightly from 7:00 to 10:00).

Which immediately brought in numerous emails asking, as did this one from reader Betty, “What are the chances of his returning and taking the 9 to 12 spot and getting rid of the three idiots that are on in that time slot? It would be so super to have Al back!”

Right now chances are slim. But I am sure that management would love to have him back. As far as I know he doesn’t want to have the stress of a daily show again, but it has been almost a year since he left the air to focus on his health. Maybe ...


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