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Vin Scully Laps KFWB

VinScullyDodgerStadiumLiving legend Vin Scully was born in 1927. Two years after the launch of Los Angeles AM radio station KFWB, originally owned by a group that included Warner Bros. co-founder Sam Warner.

All these years later, there was on the west coast the equivalent of a media “safe” call for Scully and a base-path-umpires-appeal “out” verdict for KFWB. While the 86-year-old broadcaster announced Tuesday that he is returning for another glorious season of radio and TV work in 2015, KFWB indicated last Friday that it will be switching to a mostly syndicated all-sports format in September. (The radio station, currently owned by CBS and held in a FCC-rules related trust, adopted its current all-news approach in 1968.)

We’re a bit surprised that at press time, neither the LA Register or LA Times appear to have reported on the KFWB switch. Although both papers rely mostly on freelance radio columnists now, this is media news that merits a scheduled editorial calendar pre-empt.

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LA Clippers Sign Multi-Year Extension with KFWB

The Los Angeles Clippers, fresh off a thrilling Game 7 road victory over the Memphis Grizzlies Sunday, have signed a new multi-year broadcast rights agreement with KFWB News Talk 980. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Clippers made the move from KSPN-AM (710) to KFWB  in 2009.

“We are so happy to forge forward with our relationship with the Clippers who have captured the hearts of Southern Californians and fans across the country,” said KFWB general manager Valerie K. Blackburn. “The Los Angeles Clippers have emerged as a fan favorite in this town and are an extremely important part of our ongoing commitment to provide quality programming to our listeners.”

KFWB Placed in a Trust, Names New GM

Valerie Blackburn was named the new general manager of KFWB 980 AM following the transfer Monday from CBS Radio to the KFWB Asset Trust and the KFWB License Trust.

Bill Clark and Clark Radio, LLC is the trustee and Shooting Star Broadcasting CEO Diane Sutter will oversee the license on behalf of the trust.

This move comes nine years after CBS purchased KCAL-9 and needed to move the radio station out of the cluster.

“This is an incredible opportunity as KFWB continues to show growth,” Blackburn said in a release. “With the great talent of our news teams, Dave Ramsey, Les Brown and Bob McCormick, and assets like Clippers basketball and our lifestyle programming, I’m confident we will continue to build upon the momentum shown in the latest ratings released today.”

LAT In 90 Seconds

37117651.jpgJohn Hughes Is Not Dead: But Patrick Goldstein’s column feels creepily like an obit.

37108751-24163511.jpgBeatles Former Road Manager Dies: Neil Aspinall dies at the age of 66. His was a short life, but clearly one lived large:

Aspinall also went down in Beatles history as the man who stayed with the group even after manager Brian Epstein fired Aspinall’s closest friend, drummer Pete Best, when Lennon, McCartney and Harrison decided they wanted crosstown rival Ringo Starr on the drums. It was a particularly trying time for Aspinall because he was renting a room at Best’s house and had become romantically involved with Best’s mother, Mona, who was 17 years older than Aspinall. Their long-term affair produced a child, Vincent Roag Best, who was about 3 weeks old when Pete Best was booted from the group.

37116381.jpgAnother L.A. Media Landmark In Peril: The city says the vandalized, abandoned former KFWB news-radio studios will be demolished if its not rehabilitated by April 3.