Richard Wagoner is a San Pedro-based freelance columnist covering radio in Southern California.
KOST (103.5 FM) listeners had a big surprise in store when they tuned in last Monday. Instead of morning woman Ellen K, they heard none other than Rick Dees.Dees, of course, was the longtime morning man on KIIS-FM (102.7 FM) and spent many years with Ellen as his sidekick/news reporter.Ellen was out due to surgery; it seems she broke her wrist while snowboarding with her family recently and the surgery was scheduled for Monday. While she recovers (recovered? ... she may be back...
J.J. Johnson got some big news this week: His book, “Aircheck: Life in Music Radio,” was selected for and is now included in the archives of both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio and the Paley Center for Media in New York City. “Aircheck” is quite a read, and paints a vivid picture of Johnson’s experience in the radio — and music — industries. Reviews on Amazon.com, where the book is available in both soft...
Officially, “My FM” KBIG (104.3 FM) is a “Hot Adult Contemporary” station, playing music that is “hotter,” or more upbeat, than traditional adult contemporary stations in the past designed in large part to be unoffensive.But a closer listen shows that My FM is really modern Top 40, or as close as one can get. Much of the music played — from such artists as Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber and Imagine Dragons — sounds...
There are specific rules for identifying broadcast stations. Officially, station identification must consist of the station’s call letters immediately followed by the community or communities specified in its license as the station’s location. This must be done once per hour as close to the top of the hour as possible.So count me as confused when listening to KRDC (1110 AM) lately. The once-proud KRLA is now Radio Disney Country with one of the strangest sets of...