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Airwaves: March 19, 2010

CBS Moves

Stryker, who was instrumental in getting top-40 Amp Radio (KAMP, 97.1 FM) off the ground, returned to his alternative KROQ (106.7 FM) roots earlier this month, taking on the afternoon drive/early evening time slot on the legendary alternative station.

KROQ is one of the shining stars among the CBS-owned radio properties. While it has fallen a bit as of late the station has one of the longest-running formats in town. Perhaps one of the reasons can be identified with a closer look at the station’s lineup:

Kevin and Bean, 5:30 to 10 AM; Kat Corbett, 10 AM to 1 PM; Sluggo; 1-4 PM, Stryker, 4-8 PM; Nicole Alvarez, 8 PM-12 midnight; and Loveline, midnight to 2 AM. Noteworthy are the 3-hour shifts -- almost unheard of in music radio formats of any genre in this era of cost-cutting, along with the maximum of four hours outside of morning drive.

Why is that important? Simple: it keeps your personalities fresh and makes the station sound that much better. It was the default in the 1960s and ‘70s for most popular stations. I use 3-hour shifts on the radio stations in my mind, but that’s an entirely different column ...

Replacing Stryker on Amp is Michelle Boros in the 10 AM to 3 PM slot. Boros follows Carson Daly (6 to 10 AM) and precedes Booker (3 to 7 PM) and Casey McCabe (7 PM to 12 midnight).

Abandoned Presets

An interesting topic came up on the discussion boards of Radio-Info.Com. Interestingly, I had just been thinking of the very same topic last weekend as I ran through my presets looking for a decent song.

The topic? Why is this station on my presets?

For example, in scanning my own, I still have Indie 103.1 as a preset in my truck, even though I haven’t listened to it since, well, it went away. And it went away a long time ago. I suppose I could listen to the current Spanish format; problem is I had to cheat my way through Spanish in high school and now I find myself too stupid to learn any foreign language.

Some of my presets are on there only because I have so many available, so I set them to stations -- any stations I might kind-of like -- even though I either rarely tune in or feel ill when I do. Like Jack (KCBS-FM, 93.1), KOST (103.5 FM) or My FM (KBIG, 104.3).

So what’s your radio like? Do you have any presets that are just there, waiting for you to change them ... but like me you’re too lazy to actually do so?

Better Mornings

Last week was like Russian Roulette when it came to the Bill Handel morning show on KFI (640 AM). You either heard the regular banter of the regulars, or you heard the awful voice of the thoroughly-annoying Petros Papadakis, who was filling in for sports reporter Rich Marotta. Pleasure versus torture, you might say.

Exactly why Papadakis leaves his island of KLAC (570 AM) to annoy the heck out of people who usually avoid him is beyond me. Does Handel not notice how he drags the show down every time he is on? Or am I just not understanding his appeal?


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