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The Silliest Piece Ever About L.A.?

Even though there’s a bit of silliness involved with Variety TV editor Michael Schneider‘s sideline blog Franklin Avenue, still named in honor of a neighborhood he and his wife left long ago, it’s nothing compared to the level of ridiculousness to be found in a Sunday, October 17th article in the San Francisco Chronicle, which¬†the journalist rightly deems to be “the silliest piece I’ve ever seen about L.A.”

Entitled L.A.: Walking Where Few Have Walked Before, the travelogue takes the form of a first-person pedestrian panorama of downtown Los Angeles as recently undertaken by the very cranky Steve Rubenstein. If he hates our fair city this much, why did he choose to accept the assignment in the first place?

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Howard Stern Goes After L.A. Weatherman

Michael Schneider
at Franklin Avenue explains:

It all started when Mark Kriski mentioned on “KTLA Morning News” that Howard Stern‘s pop culture influence began to wane after he moved to satellite radio.

It was a brief remark, but Stern caught wind of it — and soon went on a diatribe against the KTLA weatherman. Stern targeted everything — Kriski’s credentials, his hair and the idea of weather forecasters in general.

KROQ’s Kevin & Bean Goes National Today

Picture 8.pngAmerica’s largest radio network Westwood One began national syndication of The Kevin & Bean Show this morning. From Michael Schneider at Franklin Avenue:

“Kevin & Bean” celebrates its 20th anniversary on KROQ next year, but up until now has only been syndicated to a few markets on the west coast, including Fresno and (just recently) Reno. The show’s hyper focus on Los Angeles (they make fun of local institutions like KNBC’s Paul Moyer and Doug Kriegel, for example, and even other KROQ personalities like Rodney Bingenheimer and Jed the Fish) and its reliance on in-jokes that reward loyal listeners might make the show an unusual candidate for nation-wide syndication.

But “Kevin & Bean” has been a dominant ratings success in L.A. for several years now, and its ability to attract big-name stars — remember, when audio of Christian Bale chewing out a crewmember hit the Internet, he called in to K&B to do damage control — could make it a national draw as well. The move also comes as radio groups trim even more talent across the country and continue to turn to more out-of-market syndicated fare to fill the airwaves.

Movin 93.9 Off The Air

s26784.gifRadio station KMVN (93.9 FM Movin’ 93.9) went off the air at midnight and was replaced by Spanish-language programming. Michael Schneider at Franklin Avenue explains:

That means L.A. morning star Rick Dees is back in radio exile, although he has just launched a new Internet radio venture, All Number 1


Movin’ 93.9 seemed to have finally found its niche as a mostly-80s retro station, and had seen its ratings tick up in recent months. But owner Emmis, hurting for cash, saw an opening in leasing the station out to Mexico’s Grupo Radio Centro for $7 million a year.

In The Trades: All Bucked Up!


CMT’s must-see TeeVee:Ty Murray’s Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge. CMT has ordered up 6 episodes for an August premiere. The show follows 8 celebrities as they attempt the wild world of bull riding. Who’ll get bucked first?

Tom Cruise loves to dress up in uniform, and thus will star in a film directed by Bryan Singer about a plot to assassinate Hitler.

CNBCgoes for CEO Dad as a animated series, based on the comic strip drawn by Tom Stern.


From Michael Schneider, the hardest working man at Variety:
George Foreman joins American Inventor as a judge.
FOX renews Prison Break.
CBS orders gameshow pilot Power of 10, where contestants can will up to $10 million.

The Bay City Rollers are suing Arista Records, claiming they’re owed millions in back royalties. No mention if Maria Bartiromo is being sued for use of Money Honey.