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Radio-Dispatched

Meet the New Voice of the Los Angeles Kings

When public address announcer David Courtney tragically died in November, it left a void across three major professional teams in town — the Los Angeles Clippers, Angels and Kings.

Other than play-by-play announcer Bob Miller, Courtney’s voice was what radiated with Kings fans whenever they stepped inside Staples Center.

Needless to say, whoever replaced Courtney would have big shoes to fill.

Enter Dave Joseph.

The ESPN 710AM anchor spent the last 12 seasons covering the Kings for the radio station and was Courtney’s backup and protégé. Because of Joseph’s close relationship with Courtney, it put him in a tough spot after accepting the job as the new PA announcer.

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KPCC Revisits UK Rock Band Joy Division’s Saddest Day

The book tour for Joy Division bassist Peter Hook’s memoir Unknown Pleasures stopped by KPCC’s Take Two this morning. A definite treat for show co-host Alex Cohen, who rates the 1976-80 band as one of her personal favorites.

Halfway through the interview, Hook eloquently addressed the suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis. He noted that unlike the rest of the band members at the time, Curtis had a mortgage and marriage to contend with. As well as a medical diagnosis of epilepsy and quiet-life recommendation from the doctor that he willfully ignored:

“I’d sort of convinced myself in the book that Ian had got ill towards the end of Joy Division,” Hook told Cohen. “When I came to do the timelines, I realized that he was ill very much from the start…”

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ESPN Duo Less Than Amazed by The Amazing Kreskin

For better or worse, this is the power of Twitter. Within seconds of hanging up the phone this afternoon with New Jersey guest The Amazing Kreskin, ESPN 710 AM host John Ireland was letting listeners know about receiving this tweet:

He also, in the same breath, apologized to the audience for having to suffer through the 20-minute Kreskin conversation. But truth be told, it wasn’t quite as bad as Ireland, colleague Steve Mason and the above fan from “The 818″ were making out.

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Tech Guy Leo Laporte Downloads Expensive Pair of Super Bowl Tickets

Earlier this week, ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell itemized some of the reasons why ticket prices for Super Bowl XLVII were plummeting to perhaps their lowest aggregate mark-up value since 2002. But for fans like Leo Laporte (pictured), who bought in early to be sure they got what they needed, it’s a different story.

The host of the very informative weekend phone-in program The Tech Guy, which airs on KFI AM 640, SiriusXM and 170 other stations across North America, told Bill Handel from the Big Easy this morning that his 35-yard-line tickets cost $4,000… each. That’s three times the face value of $1,250.00, brokered through what everyone these days likes to call a  ”packager.”

“If it weren’t my team (the 49ers) and New Orleans, I probably wouldn’t have done it,” Laporte admitted. “But this is a truly special occasion.”

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Lakers Get the DP Show Mock-Headline Treatment

For today’s edition of “Fans vs. Fritzy” mock headlines, Dan Patrick and the Danettes zeroed in on the titanic Laker woes. With entries such as “Howard the Hell Did This Happen?…” and “Kiss My Nash…”, the fans via Paul “Pauly” Pabst “toasted” executive producer Todd “Fritzy” Fritz.

Then again, it’s not really a fair fight. Kind of like when the Lakers square off against the Thunder, Grizzlies or any other median-age-advantaged Western Conference rivals.

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Bill Plaschke is the Master of Hotel Porn

Listeners of the Petros & Money show on KLAC got to hear a different side of Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke on Thursday afternoon.

Yeah, yeah, Plaschke did eventually talk about sports, but he opened the show with Matt “Money” Smith discussing hotel porn and Helen Hunt‘s “lady garden.”

I don’t know what was more disturbing: Plaschke waxing poetic about Helen Hunt’s “lady garden” or him implying that he use to get off to the hotel porn previews while on the road.

Either way, I’m good on Plaschke ever having a radio show.

Phil Hendrie Rants About the Decline of Traditional Radio

Man-of-many-voices Phil Hendrie took a break from the impersonations on Wednesday’s edition of his nationally syndicated radio show to complain about the state of his industry. Among those listening was South Florida blogger Don Browne.

From Browne’s report:

The Los Angeles syndicated talk radio show host ranted that radio is on it’s way out. Hendrie blames radio station management for cheapening radio programming. He said radio station owners refuse to pay talent fairly and hints that online Internet radio will eventually take over as traditional radio broadcasting is left behind.

Hendrie says he make more money from his Internet blog and online downloadable shows than he does from his live on air radio nightly broadcast.

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Jim Rome Moving to Mighty 1090AM

With Jim Rome‘s replacement officially announced, the media giant formally announced his move to CBS Sports Radio starting Jan. 2.

That leaves just one problem for Los Angeles.

There’s not exactly a local affiliate carrying Rome’s syndicated talk show yet.

Your best bet is tuning in to the Mighty 1090AM based out of San Diego.

Other local options include KVEN-AM (Ventura), KRAK-AM (Riverside), and KAVL-AM (Lancaster/Palmdale).

Rome also shared with his audience that his new Showtime series was picked up for a second season and is moving from weekly to monthly in 2013.

KPCC Visits the Site of Aretha’s Finest Gospel Hour

We can’t think of a better way to ease into Christmas weekend than to listen to KPCC 89.3 reporter Christopher Johnson‘s 40th-anniversary look at the LA recording of Aretha Franklin‘s live double album Amazing Grace.

The sessions took place over a two-day period in 1972 at South Central’s Temple Missionary Baptist Church. Franklin laid down classic gospel tracks alongside the legendary Reverend James Cleveland and the church’s Southern California Community Choir. Tantalizingly, there is one element of the timeless concert that is still waiting in the wings:

Ten years before he shot Tootsie, Sydney Pollack had a crew document the whole thing at New Temple. No movie has been officially released, but there is a trailer. In it, you can see Aretha ease down the aisle, through the standing ovation. Elegant. For sure, a queen – not just of soul, but of this moment, too. Her kaftan like light green sea spray. Sequined.

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Animal Radio to Repeat Davy Jones’ Final Interview

When Davy Jones passed away on February 29, 2012, the Morro Bay, CA crew that puts together the wildly popular weekly show Animal Radio were faced with a dilemma. They had banked what turned out to be the actor and former Monkees lead singer’s last interview. The question suddenly became: Should the interview be aired?

The issue was put to a vote on the show’s Facebook page and buoyed by a resounding yes from fans, the Jones conversation was shared in April. For those who missed it, the entertaining interview with hosts Hal Abrams and Judy Francis will be repeated on the New Year’s Eve weekend edition of Animal Radio. From that telephone chat:

“I played Epcot Center’s Flower Power festival on Mother’s Day last year and I will again this year… I gave out T-shirts that say, ‘Davy knows your mother.’”

“It’s all changed of course. I went to see Peter Noone the night before at Epcot. They’re all getting old, these guys. I mean he sings, “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Walker.” And then Tony Orlando was there and he was singing, you know, “Knock Three Times on the Ceiling If You Hear Me Fall.”

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