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KOST-FM Latest Station to Make Holiday Switch

KOST-FM (103.5) kicked off its 10th anniversary of holiday programming Tuesday, two days after 94.7 The Wave made the switch.

Gary Lycan of The Orange County Register notes Barry Manilow‘s “White Christmas” was the first holiday song the station played at 10 a.m.

*checks calendar*

Yup, still not Thanksgiving yet.

Jim Ladd Will Get to Say Goodbye on KFI

KLOS-FM disc jockey Jim Ladd was one of a dozen employees abruptly laid off by Cumulus Media last week.

With no heads up from management, it appeared Ladd wouldn’t get a chance to say goodbye to his fans. But Gary Lycan of The Orange County Register reports Ladd will fill in for Lisa Ann Walter on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

“(KFI) Program Director Robin Bertolucci was very kind and asked me to do a show because I didn’t have a chance to say goodbye to my audience. I’m looking forward to it,” Ladd told Lycan via e-mail.

Kudos to KFI for doing the right thing and giving Ladd an outlet to conduct a proper farewell.

Jim Ladd Out at KLOS

Jim Ladd, a legendary local disc jockey at KLOS (95.5 FM), was one of a dozen employees laid off by Cumulus Media earlier this week.

Ladd was on his third stint at KLOS, where he was on from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday-Thursday. He first started at the classic rock station in 1969.

“My disappointment is I didn’t have a farewell show,” Ladd told Gary Lycan of The Orange County Register. “I was very stunned and I still am. I have been through this before, but it is always traumatic.”

According to Lycan, program director and host Bob Buchmann was also axed, along with employees from the sales, promotion, production and web departments.

 

Local Radio Fans Try to Replace LARadio.com

Mt. San Antonio College professor Tammy Trujillo and student Alan Bailey are trying to fill the radio news void left after LARadio.com came to an end following a 15-year run.

The two started Southern California Radio People, a Facebook group dedicated to providing local radio news.

“I have encouraged my students to look at the real world, and that in radio would be LARadio.com,” Trujillo told Gary Lycan of the Orange County Register. “When Don Barrett announced he was ending it, I talked to my students and one of my superstars, Alan, who is also program director at 90.1 FM Mt. Rock and www.audio8ball.com. I threw him the challenge to start Southern California Radio People.”

The 22-year-old Bailey took up Trujillo’s challenge. “It’s a void not having LARadio.com,” Bailey told Lycan. “But a lot of my generation has Facebook pages. People need to understand it is a hellacious tool for marketing.”

For all of you radio fans, head over to Southern California Radio People and give them a like.

Actor Robert Conrad Notches Four-Year Radio Anniversary

Last week, the “PM Show with Robert Conrad” eased into its fourth year of weekly, easygoing conversations via a live broadcast at Fullerton restaurant Angelo’s and Vinci’s. Thanks to the Hollywood connections still enjoyed by the one-time star of TV series The Wild Wild West and Black Sheep Squadron, the guest was actress Lesley Ann Warren.

Per OC Register radio columnist Gary Lycan, Conrad has bounced back very nicely from a 2003 car accident and DUI conviction. The audio-video stream is recorded every Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. for CRN Digital Talk Radio and reaches, according to the broadcaster, a combined five million households nationwide.

“You can applaud,” the former favorite target of Johnny Carson sketches said at the top of his September 22 broadcast. “There’s nothing that says you can’t give me the clap.”

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Jeff Michael to Anchor New KTTV Newscast

Jeff Michael will anchor KTTV’s new 5 p.m. newscast starting on Monday, according to Gary Lycan.

Joining Michael are reporters Liz Habib and Ed Laskos and entertainment anchor Lisa Breckenridge.

Chris Lemire will serve as executive producer of the hourlong broadcast.

Michael has been at KTTV since 1998 as weekend news anchor and weekday reporter after spending eight years at KABC-TV.

Schizophrenic Radio Host Phil Hendrie Masters the Web

As far as FishbowlLA is concerned, no amount of praise for LA radio host Phil Hendrie is too much. His wacky cavalcade of characters is a supremely entertaining 21st century echo of everything from San Francisco’s Firesign Theater to UK’s The Goon Show.

The latest journalist to chime in with a Hendrie huzzah is OC Register radio beat columnist Gary Lycan. In the spring LA Arbitron ratings, Hendrie’s KTLK 1150 AM weeknight show (with Saturday nights companion broadcast on KFI 640 AM) is the number one spoken word program among listeners ages 12 through 54. But it’s what Hendrie has done with his website in recent years that’s truly impressive:

Hendrie took matters into his own hands with his website. He’s doing podcasts, videocasts, webisodes, and making available his archived shows – all for a subscription fee. “I am exploiting new media, not relying on radio. It’s financially more profitable because people are paying me money. I am doing a better job selling “The Phil Hendrie Show” than anything Mel Karmazin (Sirius XM) has done.”

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