Still another round of short takes
Staying in the biz: Former KNX LA City Hall reporter Claudia Peschuitta is joining Pasadena's KPCC and LAist. She spent 15 years at the Audacy all-news outlet, plus general assignment work for KFWB and west coast correspondent for Fox News Radio.
Recovery ward: KLOS morning co-host Heidi Hamilton is recovering from bladder surgery to remove tumors. Heidi's wife Cris offered an update, stating Heidi is doing well but hating having to use a catheter while recovering.
Hamilton has been a co-host on KLOS since 2012. She started as the traffic reporter for Jamie White, Frosty Stillwell and Frank Kramer on STAR 98.7 (KYSR) in 1998, then joining Stillwell and Kramer on KLSX in 2000. After a stop at KABC, Hamilton has been teamed up with Kramer for KLOS mornings.
It turns out co-host Kramer is also ailing but recovering, both hosts promise to be back on the air in the very near future.
A new Angel now in flight: Sorry to hear of the passing of Jack Angel, the host of "Night Flight" on KMPC followed by a longer stint at KFI and a year at KIIS. I may have mentioned my parents had KFI playing on the kitchen radio, so I became familiar with Angel along with Lohman and Barkley, Jerry Bishop, Chuck Cecil, Dave Hull, and Scott Ellsworth throughout the early and mid-70s. Angel eventually departed KFI when the station tried a bold, but ultimately unsuccessful all-comedy lineup. He then established himself as a voiceover talent. Angel was best known for the Transformers franchise, including several key characters from the original G1 cartoon such as: Omega Supreme, Ultra Magnus, Smokescreen, Astrotrain, Breakdown, Ramjet, Cyclonus, a Sweep and some other supporting characters of the show. Besides Transformers, he had a prolific career being part of other classic franchises like Voltron, Spider-Man: The Animated Series, G.I. Joe and more.
Angel died last week at the age of 90. (Thanks to LARadio.com for the bio.)
A moment of slight narcissism: I didn't even realize it's been over a year since I started this blog. It began as an outlet for me after the retirement of my mentor, Don Barrett, from his daily updates at LARadio.com (although he still reruns past columns, a fun read). Initially I planned to tell some stories about radio's past, I do that but also learned there's still interest in current news about the local radio dial. I try to provide weekly updates but as I've mentioned ad nauseum I have a day job that gets in the way of my real work.
There's some interviews coming up that I hope will be of interest, also I'll occasionally pontificate about what I'm hearing during my hour-long commutes.
Most importantly, I'm grateful to all of you who do partake of this effort. We've managed to make it past a tumultuous couple of years, your readership and feedback is invaluable and appreciated. Remember, I really do appreciate feedback, just not in my headphones. Ah, I haven't offered that overused one-liner for awhile. Maybe I should have kept it that way.
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I'm off to a conference in Orlando, Florida along with my Amazon-purchased N95 masks for the plane ride. See you in two (2) weeks unless there's breaking news. Stay safe and sane.