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Short takes after a busy week

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I mentioned previously I was checking out AMP Radio (KAMP). The station has been below the top 20 even though my initial listen didn’t hear anything wrong, it sounded pretty solid. Of course, that may have been the issue, was AMP offering something different to stand out? It appears rebranding is one step they're trying, the station is now known as 97.1 NOW! (KNOU), “LA’s party station.” I don’t believe there was a major shake up of on-air talent. My initial impressions: A good music mix, the talent does their job satisfactorily. “The Morning Mess” is a decent show, but some of the bits are renamed standard features. “Nachoo’s Revenge” sounds an awful lot like “ Ryan ’s ( Seacrest ) Roses.” I need to listen a few more times before I draw any conclusions, if you’ve any opinions about 97.1 NOW! please share it with me . Bill Handel, Wayne Resnick Shannon Farren, Gary Hoffman, Jennifer Jones Lee KFI morning man Bill Handel returned after his back surgery on Monday, but soon left be

Bulletin: Layoffs at KNX

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We're hearing from "sources on the street" some veterans of Audacy's all-news outlet have been let go. Frank Mottek , business correspondent and Randy Kerdoon , morning sports anchor have exited KNX, along with Rich Hudson, a production coordinator. Mottek arrived at KNX from South Florida via WMJX ("96X") -- where he started when he was 16 years of age -- and then all-news WINZ. He was heard nationally along with CBS News correspondent Christopher Glenn  when they covered the Challenger explosion in 1986. For the past 29 years at KNX, Mottek has served as field reporter and news anchor, but is perhaps best known for his work reporting from the financial desk. He hosted a weekly program entitled "Mottek on Money" and previously anchored the daily "KNX Business Hour." Mottek was also seen on both TV on KTLA and KCBS-TV. When he arrived at KNX, one of his first field assignments was to cover the festivities at the West Hollywood Halloween c

Bulletin: Carole Hemingway has passed

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  wcspeakers.com Her fellow KGIL alumni are reporting Carole Hemingway has passed. She most recently had been heading her own media consultant firm, the Hemingway Media Group, based in Beverly Hills. Hemingway was a Bay Area native, graduating from Stanford University with a degree in International Relations. She was once an actress at the American Conservatory Theater. Hemingway followed her husband to Phoenix where she started on the air at KPHX. As her marriage ended and her station switching to a Spanish language format, Hemingway relocated to Los Angeles and KABC, debuting on the same day President Richard Nixon resigned and left the White House in August, 1974. Hemingway hosted evenings, which meant her program was frequently pre-empted throughout the spring and summer by Dodgers baseball. youtube.com She nonetheless did have one program which aired consistently, the Sunday night “Religion on the Line” feature on KABC and a similar program later on KGIL. She had a Catholic pri

Short takes as we head into May(!)

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  We start off by sending healing thoughts to two members of the LA Radio community. KFI morning man Bill Handel is taking a break while he recovers from back surgery. Earlier today (April 27), it was announced Handel should be back on Monday, May 3. The 69-year-old attorney has been KFI’s AM drive host since 1993. Some may know this fact: Handel speaks fluent Portuguese. I'm hoping to do an updated profile about him soon.   dailynews.com We told the story of Eric Tracy , and his journey as a cancer survivor a few months ago (read his story here ). The former KFWB and KABC sports talk host completed an outpatient procedure before his surgery this Monday for esophageal cancer. I encourage you to drop him a note of encouragement via Eric@themulliganman.com The Peter Tilden pin is available on eBay (click here) I distinctly remember when Peter Tilden did mornings at what was then known as KLSX 97.1 FM, the “Classic Rock station.” I also remember the day when Tilden was replaced

One year ago

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Aside from having 88 student ratings on ratemyprofessor.com (some affirming, some downright snarky), I suppose my minimal "claim to fame" was being a correspondent and editor for Don Barrett 's late, lamented LARadio.com. A year ago, when we had no idea when the pandemic would end (that seems so long ago), readers were asked to comment on what will be post-pandemic radio. Mr. Barrett was kind enough to allow me to be the kickoff essay. I stand by what I wrote back on April 20, 2020, including my opinion of The Bachelor . Please enjoy this memory and feel free to comment: As I’ve mentioned in the past, my day job (vs. my real job with LARadio.com) is teaching at a local university. I have the opportunity to chat with my students between classes and in lecture when I try to keep them awake with tangential comments. Sometimes we talk about what they’re viewing and hearing on different media platforms. I’ve found my students follow  The Bachelor  (sigh),  This is Us ,  NCIS  

A mid-April offering of short takes

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Sorry we're a bit late this week - my darned day job has been more demanding than usual. But we're back and here we go: Congratulations to the Woody Show, the syndicated morning offering broadcasting from KYSR (ALT 98.7). Jeff “Woody Fife ,” along with cast members Renae Ravey , Greg Gory and Jason "Menace" McMurray just signed a six-year extension with iHeart Media. Lisa Worden , iHeartMedia VP for Rock & Alternative and ALT 98.7 (that title’s gotta look interesting on a business card) said “Woody is a true morning show savage. There is no one better to anchor mornings on our flagship ALT 98.7, and his commitment to excellence is bar none. And LA agrees! #ALLIN on ‘The Woody Show!’” For his part, Woody said he is “thrilled to stay ‘work married’ to iHeartMedia. This has been, and will continue to be, one of my longest and healthiest relationships.” Speaking of mornings, I’ve been listening to “The Morning Mess” and their other offerings on KAMP (AMP Radio 97.1)

Bulletin: Mark Elliott has passed

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To be one of the KHJ Boss Jocks is a great legacy. To be the internationally known voice of Disney Productions for a quarter century is truly amazing. Mark Elliot  claimed both distinctions. The familiar voice to so many in Los Angeles and beyond has died, leaving an impact far beyond the local radio dial. He was 81. Courtesy 93khj.blogspot.com Born John Frick Jr. in Des Moines, Iowa, he was known by the monikers Sandy Shore, Buddy Harrison, Ed Mitchell, before he became Mark Elliott (he eventually changed his name legally). He arrived at KHJ via RKO's CKLW-Detroit and KFRC-San Francisco. Elliott actually made two stops at KHJ, from 1970 -1973 and 1975 - 1977. Known for his smooth delivery, it seemed natural Elliott would eventually find himself in the world of voiceover, but it wasn't easy. Ken Levine  described Elliott's tenacity in getting started in the business (read it here ). After studying the craft, it took a year before Elliott got his first gig, voicing the trail