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In Lieu of Oscar Tribute, Sir Roger Moore Opts for LA Radio

Tomorrow afternoon between noon and 2 p.m. PT, legendary radio personality Michael Jackson will be subbing in as host on Talk Back with Chuck Wilder. Given the current rumored interest of former mayor Richard Riordan in being part of an LA Times bid and the recent city election, Jackson and Riordan together would be enough to make this noteworthy listening.

But also on tomorrow’s CRN Digital Talk Radio program (online and via member radio stations) will be Sir Roger Moore. That’s right, as in the former James Bond who would have been happy to participate in a proposed Academy Awards 007 tribute. From today’s announcement:

“I’m pleased to have the opportunity to fill in for Chuck and talk to one of the all-time, legendary actors in Sir Roger Moore and to also chat with one of the city’s greatest leaders, former Mayor Riordan,” Jackson said.

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KCRW’s DnA Just Got a Lot Stronger

There was a distinguished visitor last night at Elon Musk‘s Santa Monica store. Ahead of the relaunch of KCRW’s monthly program DnA as a weekly podcast, host and executive producer Frances Anderton (pictured) dropped by to chat with the Tesla founder.

The additional weekly podcasts will start posting Tuesday March 26. The monthly radio show will also continue and drop into the Web rotation at each appropriate turn. From today’s announcement:

KCRW’s show exploring the world of design and architecture will grow to a weekly podcast, a lively blog and a team of design journalists, also known as “DJs,” to report on emerging design talent in LA and beyond…

“LA is admired the world over for its innovation in architecture, fashion, entertainment design and more,” says Anderton. “And, the design of our visual environment has a huge impact on how we live our lives. I’m thrilled that we will increase our coverage of, and participation in this creative community and the work that shapes our lives.”

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Wink Martindale Hosts a Very Special Look at Frank Sinatra

Luck will be a lady to Frank Sinatra fans this Saturday and Sunday night in the form of a special one-hour Internet radio program. “Sinatra & Friends: Remembering an American Legend” is set to be piped out at 6 p.m. PT March 9 and 8 p.m. March 10 on Sunland, CA-based CRN Digital Talk Radio.

The best part is that the show is hosted by Wink Martindale, not just an instantly recognizable name from the TV world but also someone who got to interview Ole’ Blue Eyes a number of times:

“We went through our archives of interviews with Frank and those who worked with him and were close to him to get a unique retrospective on the man and the legend that was Frank Sinatra,” said Martindale. Other featured interviews include Sammy Davis Jr., Big Band leader Tommy Dorsey and composer Paul Anka.

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KPFK Has Scabies

Yikes. LA Observed got a hold of an internal KPFK memo from general manager Bernard Duncan, alerting staff that one of their own had contracted bitey, bitey mites.

It begins:

We have been informed that a KPFK staff member has been diagnosed with and treated for scabies.

There is quite a bit of information available on the Internet about this condition – the following from WebMD, and should you wish, you are encouraged you to look further.

Scabies is a condition of very itchy skin caused by tiny mites that burrow into the skin.

Scabies can affect people of all ages and from all incomes and social levels. Even people who keep themselves very clean can get scabies.

Blame the mite and not the victim. Very KPFK.

Read the rest of the memo here.

*A tipster suggests we change the name of this post to ScabieFK. Which made us laugh.

Entertainment Weekly Aims for SiriusXM ‘Bullseye’

Are you ready for Entertainment Weekly Radio? It’s coming this spring and will include a variety of cross-over programming:

The daily morning radio show hosted by assistant managing editor Dalton Ross will include a forum for listeners to dish during recaps of last night’s TV shows as they drive to work; a weekly show hosted by editor Jess Cagle will showcase entertainment news; additional programs will include What’s Hot Today, The Must List and a radio version of the “Bullseye” column.

There’s no mention in today’s announcement of Geoff Boucher, the LAT Hero Complex creator who moved over to EW last year. But something tells us he too will soon be branching out to the magazine’s SiriuxXM airwaves.

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Three and a Half Decades Later, Stevie Wonder’s Radio Station Still Rocking

NBCLA anchor Michael Brownlee spent some time recently at KJLH 102.3 FM, the Inglewood radio station that has been owned since 1977 by Stevie Wonder. It’s one of only two African-American owned commercial radio stations in all of California.

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KCRW Brings Back ‘Metropolis’ With Jason Bentley

KCRW is bringing back its late-night dance music show “Metropolis” with its original host Jason Bentley, reports West Coast Sound. The show ran from 1992 to 2008 before Bentley replaced Nic Harcourt as the host of the stations’ premier music show Morning Becomes Eclectic. Bentley will now do double-duty on the Saturday night 10-to-midnight Metropolis shift, along with his regular MBE weekday morning hosting gig.

“With MBE, I’ve needed to really contain the amount of outright dance music and electronic music,” Bentley tells West Coast Sound. “Each of the three former music directors and hosts of the show have put their fingerprints on it in a certain way, and very likely my fingerprints have been towards electronic music or club culture atmosphere, but this will give me an opportunity to play a lot of music that I just can’t find appropriate for MBE.”

Twitter Assist Powers John Ireland to Memorable Game-Ending Call

At the conclusion of Wednesday night’s ESPN 710 broadcast of the Lakers’ 113-99 drubbing of the Boston Celtics, play-by-play man John Ireland uttered these golden words: “I guess you could say that was just what the doctor ordered…”

It was such a perfect way to close out the first Lakers match since the death of team owner Dr. Jerry Buss that on today’s edition of Mason & Ireland, colleague Mark Willard wondered if Ireland had prepared the line beforehand or come up with it on the spot. “Neither,” the broadcaster honestly replied.

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Father-Son Web Duo Graduate to Terrestrial Radio

Radio industry website is spreading the word about The Jayc & Dad Show. As well they should.

Per a recent article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the father-son Web talk duo are making the move to conventional radio just five months after launching their weekend podcast. Starting March 3, the pair will be heard Sundays 6 to 8 p.m. on KLAV 1230 AM. From Jan Hogan‘s LVRJ piece:

Bryan Feldman has more than 16 years of experience in sports broadcasting, most of it in the Detroit area. The idea for the father-son sports show began when a friend asked Feldman, who lives near Summerlin, a pertinent question.

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Monday’s Jerry Buss Dig is Thursday’s Jay Mohr Sports Promo

Leading up to this morning’s edition of Jay Mohr Sports, the Fox Sports Radio host could be heard in a cheeky promo built around something LA Times columnist T.J. Simers told him earlier this week.

As Mohr points out in the tease, LA Lakers owner Jerry Buss had barely been dead a few hours when Simers led off his Monday morning on-air remarks with:

“He understood Hollywood better than maybe any other sports owner and in a time before anyone else. So when you’re a pioneer in anything, I think you deserve tremendous credit for having such foresight… Not to mention the young escorts that were with him a lot. He put himself out there as, really, kind of an LA creature.”

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