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For the First Time Since 1951, Laguna Beach Has a Local Radio Station

There are so many things to love about KX 93.5 (a.k.a. KXRN-FM), a station that officially launched out of studios at 1833 South Coast Highway one week ago.

Although the station is also online, it’s real-world transmitter power is only 50 watts, making it a truly local FM signal. It is owned, according to a report in the Long Beach Press-Telegram, by Laguna Hills’ Shepherd of the Hills Church. And per radio historian Jim Hiliker, it’s the first Laguna-local station since KTED 1520 AM was broadcasting from 1949 to 1951.

Program director Tyler Russell anchors mornings, from 6 to 10 a.m. He is followed by Shawn Whitney (10 a.m.-3 p.m.), Marc “Mookie” Kaczor (3 p.m.-7 p.m) and a volunteer-run slot (7 p.m.-10 p.m.) that is just ramping up this week. The overall musical focus is described as “generational alternative rock.”

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Former KFI Host Defends LA City Council Resolution

Freelance radio columnist Richard Wagoner has a good write-up about LA City Council’s passage last week of a resolution condemning racist and sexist comments on AM-FM talk show airwaves.

Wagoner rightly reminds that since this issue falls under FCC jurisdiction, the March 21 resolution is “essentially meaningless.” Nevertheless, KFI has issued a statement of support for the resolution, which was actually backed in-chamber by former KFI station personality John Ziegler. From the article:

Ziegler, a KFI host from 2003 to 2007, has expressed concern about John and Ken for several years. “As someone who has been falsely accused of making racist statements in the past, I am very hesitant to accuse anyone of such a thing, but I do believe that John Kobylt is a racist,” Ziegler said in an earlier interview.

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