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Airwaves: February 10, 2012

Bill Moran to Lead Talk Panel

This is a big weekend for talk fans. Veteran talk host Bill Moran, formerly heard on such stations as KABC (790 AM), KFI (640 AM) and KGIL (now KMZT, 1260 AM), will be moderating a no-holds-barred discussion of current issues affecting you on Sunday, February 12th beginning at 2:00 PM at the American Jewish University, 15600 Mulhulland Drive in Bel Aire.

On the panel will be KFI’s Bill Handle and Bill Carroll, Patt Morrison of KPCC (89.3 FM), and the publisher of Talkers Magazine and former KMET (now KTWV, 94.7 FM) Sunday evening talk host, Michael Harrison.

So what will Bill, Bill, Bill, Patt and Mike talk about?
Moran says that the focus will be the election of 2012 “and the hot topics of our times both locally and nationally such as the economy and jobs, health care, education and immigration.”

Canadian Carroll on a panel discussing health care? “Absolutely,” says Moran. “Coming from Canada, he’s lived with government health care. He knows more about it than most people in the United States.” My hunch is that he will offer a perspective only an insider can offer.

“We’ll also touch on Israel and Iran and how the current situation affects the United States,” Moran continued. “We will explore how electronic media, television, talk radio, the internet, social networking and newspapers will all impact the election as well as other issues as they come up. I plan to hold nothing back.”

Moran says that he will leave the final segment of the discussion for audience questions and comments. “Not prescreened or written on a card like other panels,” he insists. “Nothing pre-prepared.”

The event is in its fifth year and should make for an entertaining afternoon. General admission is $25; students can get in for only $10. For more information call 310-440-1246. Tickets can be purchased at the door on Sunday.

Serious, Sirius?

Former KLOS (95.5 FM) and KMET legend Jim Ladd makes his SiriusXM Satellite Radio debut on Monday, February 13th, according to the Orange County Register’s Gary Lycan. The program will air weekdays from 4 to 8 PM on Deep Tracks Channel 27.

While it seems at first a bit unsettling for Ladd to be on satellite rather than the local airwaves he’s been on since 1967, Deep Tracks is the perfect for the freeform DJ. He can play anything he wants without having to worry about, well, anything.

Your Ladd trivia question for the day ... what was his first LA-area radio station (according to Don Barrett’s LARadio.Com)? KMET? No, that was not until 1974. KLOS? No, but you’re closer ... 1969. Give up?

Try KNAC (now KBUE, 105.5 FM), way back in 1967.


Classic Rock not your style? How about Reggae? Handpicked music from reggae icon Ziggy Marley can be heard the first Sunday of every month at 9 AM on SiriusXM’s The Joint Channel 42 (shouldn’t that be Channel 420?). It’s called Ziggy Marley’s Legends of Reggae and it introduces listeners to Ziggy’s favorite Reggae music, sources of inspiration rarities from his personal collection and special guests.

The program is rebroadcast at other times, but fitting for a channel called The Joint, no one truly knows when it happens. The Joint page on the SiriusXM website says later the same Sunday and again the following Friday. The press release says the following Sunday, but also says that the weekly Sunday program airs first on Saturday. It’s tough writing these columns sober; I am awaiting clarification, once the smoke clears ...


Copyright © 2012 Richard Wagoner and Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

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