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 KGB Loses Dawn Patrol
Already the city's most powerful player in morning radio with Q106's Jeff and Jer, Par Broadcasting, owner of Rock 102, Q106 FM/AM and KOGO, now becomes the undisputed champion of the a.m. drive. By grabbing the team that was formerly known as The Dawn Patrol (Dave Rickards, Cookie "Chainsaw" Randolph and Shelly Dunn) from KGB for Rock 102's morning drive, Par now has the best 1-2 punch in the local ratings games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Brenner

 

 

Tom Leykis

 

 

Dr. Laura Schlessinger

 

Tony Miranda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Ireland

 

 

 

 

 

Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton

"We're delighted to get them," Par's president of operations Steve Jacobs said. "I've been a fan of theirs for a number of years. I've always considered them to be one of the two best morning shows in the city. Now we've got both of them. I worked very long and hard [to bring The Dawn Patrol to Rock 102]."
Although he wouldn't disclose the terms, Jacobs said the trio has a long-term contract with his company. Jacobs doesn't think the new morning team and Jeff and Jer will take listeners from each other because their audiences are different.
"Neither one of them compete," he said. "Jeff and Jer is more female-slanted; that's not to say they don't have male listeners. It's just that the type of people who listen to Jeff and Jer aren't interested in listening to The Dawn Patrol and vice versa." With the former KGB threesome taking over mornings, Rock 102 moved Shanon Leder, former host of "the Rude Awakening," to middays.
"I'm ecstatic," Leder said. "I couldn't be happier. [The Dawn Patrol] is the best morning show. I hated getting up at 4 a.m." With the loss of its prized morning team, KGB is frantically searching for a replacement. Naturally, general manager Tom Baker was upset, but resigned to the fact.
"It's the business," he said. "This sort of thing happens."
Baker knows finding a replacement for The Dawn Patrol will be a chore.
"At this point, we're talking to lots of folks," he said. KGB is even considering Howard Stern's syndicated morning show, according to program director Clark Ryan. For now veteran rock jock Denise Westwood, previously a weekend part-timer, is handling the morning drive.


KGB Fights Back
Although KGB lost The Dawn Patrol, it hasn't lost its competitive spirit.
The station is trying to slow Rock 102's momentum while it regroups. KGB owns the rights to the name "The Dawn Patrol" and has notified Rock 102 that it would be in violation of copyright laws if it uses the moniker. "It's kind of like the David Letterman show with CBS," Rock 102 program director Greg Stevens said. "They couldn't call it 'Late Night with David Letterman' anymore. "This is another example of KGB using attorneys to fight us rather than programming. But I don't blame them. We'd probably do the same thing. That's the way the business is." When asked about the rights to The Dawn Patrol name, Baker said, "I'd rather not talk about that."
On another front, KGB has been partly responsible for blocking Rock 102's attempt to increase its reception. Some fans have complained that they can't hear their beloved morning team now that they're on Rock 102, which tends to be powerful in the North County but fuzzy in the downtown and East County areas. In 1991, Rock 102 applied to the FCC for permission to move its transmitting antenna to a better location. (Rock 102's signal is blocked by nearby mountains at its current location, atop San Marcos Mountain.) Stevens said KGB filed a petition to prohibit Rock 102's application, claiming the move would cause interference between the two stations and that Rock 102's signal was already adequate to serve its assigned city of Oceanside.
Stevens claimed that Rock 102 has heard "unofficially from the government" that there are "no technical grounds to block movement of the antenna."
He said the station expects to get approval to make the move before the end of the year.
"We're getting close, but I can't say when," Stevens said. "It's my understanding that [FCC officials] are debating that. It's not like we're asking to move to Mt. Soledad or downtown. It's only a 7- to 8-mile move.
"This illustrates the reasons KGB has fought us so hard. They realized Rock 102 was their biggest threat. Signal-wise, they're fighting us. Programming-wise, they're fighting KCLX."


Comings and Goings

 
KCBQs Royce Blake and Mike Esparza


KCBQ: Morning funny guy Mark Catanzaro, a.k.a. the World Famous Goat Boy, left KCBQ to work as the morning show producer at the new "Star 100.7" (KFMB-FM). But a week later, the Star fired him. "After the first day on the air, we decided to make a change," Star program director Tom Gjerdrum said. "I don't think he's cut out for it. He belongs on the air." It's too late for Catanzaro to return to his old position. KCBQ already hired Mike Esparza to replace Goat Boy as Royce Blake's new partner. Program director Rich "Brother" Robbin joked that Esparza is "one of our boys from the Arizona mafia." Esparza is one of several KCBQ DJs who previously worked in Tucson. "He's a pro comedian and experienced DJ," Robbin said. "He's written a lot of his own material. We're very glad to have him." KSDO: The news/talk station won't make time for President Clinton.
In an odd move, KSDO dropped President Clinton's weekly radio address and the opposition response from its weekend schedule. A news department staffer cited time restrictions.


Meanwhile, acerbic Los Angeles talk show host Tom Leykis can now be heard from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. weeknights on KSDO 1130. Leykis, who moved back to California after a short stint at WRKO in Boston, is nationally syndicated by Westwood One in Hollywood. Talk fans may remember Leykis, previously the top-rated talk show in L.A. KFI AM 640 unceremoniously sacked him last year, reportedly after a contract dispute. "Adding a talent like Tom Leykis to our lineup will complement our already hot talk show lineup, which features Rush Limbaugh, Paul Harvey, Roger Hedgecock, Bill Holland and Gene Burns," said KSDO's general manager Susan Hoffman.

Those expecting more Limbaughesque liberal-bashing will have to look elsewhere, according to the self-described libertarian with a liberal bent.
"Talk radio has turned into a bastion for one right-wing blow-hard after another. Those days will end soon," Leykis vowed.

KCEO: Speaking of big-shot talk-show hosts, KCEO AM 1000 and some 300 other stations across the country will no longer air "Larry King Live."
The CNN TV host, who was on KCEO from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., has been replaced by TV comedian, author and radio rookie David Brenner. No one at KCEO is shedding any tears over King's departure from radio.
"We had so many complaint calls [because of King's rudeness toward callers]," reported KCEO program director John Van Zante. "I think of all the calls I've had about Larry leaving, one person called telling me they'd miss him, and about 50 people are glad he's gone."

KCLX: Sue Delaney, the sultry-voiced former KGB and 91X DJ, is back on local airwaves. She can be heard from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on KCLX. Former KCLX DJ Scott Thrower took a morning drive position with KKRZ (Z100) in Portland, Ore. He is particularly pleased with the new position because, unlike his last KCLX gig, he'll be doing lots of comedy. "It's a comedy-based morning zoo format," Thrower said. He and his partner, Rick Rumble, who were axed by KCLX in February, decided to go their separate ways.
"I turned down several job offers so I could stay with him," Thrower said. "It's gonna be tough to leave because I love San Diego, but this is kind of a homecoming for me. My family moved there when I was 7."

Q106: Two local DJs joined Q106 recently. Joyce Thompson, who came over from soft adult contemporary KYXY, is on 10 p.m. to aboard as weekend swing man.

Sunny 103.7: Tony Miranda is the new host of "Sleepless in San Diego," Sunny 103.7's dating and romance show for singles. Miranda came from KO93 in Modesto where he hosted a similar show called "California After Dark." He replaced Shelley Fox, who left the station. Miranda's show can be heard weeknights from 7 p.m. to midnight. It features dedications, love songs and interviews with San Diego singles. Sunny management promoted their intern, Eileen Martin, to an on-air job as an overnight DJ.

Flash: Mike Evans, better known to 92.5 The Flash listeners as "Mike in the Morning," was let go in early May. Evans' replacements are Bruce Wayne, his former producer, and Big Wave Dave, the station's backup surf reporter.
"I liked the way they sounded, so I put them together," Flash program director Sherman Cohen said. "[Evans] wasn't relating to the audience. After a while, you just know things aren't working out." Mike Hansen (Dat Guy Mick), Flash's afternoon DJ, also left. Hansen took a radio job in his native Minneapolis. The Flash Cafe, a new nightclub owned by C. Dennis Scott, the co-operator of 92.5 the Flash, made its debut in May. The Mission Valley club features live music and DJs. The Flash
KFMB: Former Q106 general manager Bob Bolinger was hired by KFMB to manage both 760 KFMB and the new "Star 100.7." Bolinger replaces Paul Palmer, who was fired in March. The addition of Bolinger gives KFMB three top executives who previously managed its bitter crosstown rival Q106. The others are director of operations Tracy Johnson and Star 100.7 program director Tom Gjerdrum. The Star also hired Dave Smiley, a former Q106 disc jockey. Disco lovers will want to check out "Saturday Night Fever" (8 p.m. to midnight on the Star). Frank Anthony is the host of the show, which features four hours of '70s dance music and party tunes.
On the AM side, 760 KFMB picked up Laura Schlessinger's therapy show. Schlessinger, who also is on KFI 640, airs from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays, Geni Cavitt's old timeslot. 760 is also pondering a weekend cooking program, "The Clever Kleaver Brothers." The show has aired twice on a trial basis (at different times on Saturday), but station officials haven't found a permanent spot for it. Former 760 KFMB newsman Ian Rose is now working at Shadow Broadcasting.

KOGO: The new "hot talk" station rearranged its weekday evening lineup. Michael Reagan and Raoul Lowery Contreras are no longer on AM 600 weeknights. George Weber, a talk show host from KGO in San Francisco, joined KOGO to undertake the 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. slot previously occupied by Reagan. Morton Downey Jr. has taken over Contreras' weeknight shift (9 p.m. to 11 p.m.), but KOGO opted to keep Contreras' Sunday (8 a.m. to 10 a.m.) show.

KPBS: The public radio station introduced a few new programs last month. Perhaps the best of the bunch is "Mountain Stage," a live music program, which airs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Larry Groce, who wrote "Junk Food Junkie," a top-10 hit back in 1976, is the host. The show originates from West Virginia, but doesn't feature hillbilly music as some might expect coming from that part of the country, according to an article on Groce and "Mountain Stage" in KPBS's July On Air magazine. The likes of R.E.M., Warren Zevon, Cowboy Junkies, Los Lobos and Joan Baez have performed on "Mountain Stage." This month's guests include: Nancy Griffith, "the queen of folkabilly," July 2; The Indigo Girls, July 9; Milla, a Russian songwriter, July 16; Loreena McKennitt, a Celtic harpist, July 23; and Warren Zevon, July 30.
Other new programs on KPBS include: "Wade in the Water," Fridays at 11 p.m.; "E Town," Saturdays at 7 p.m.; "Blues Stage," Fridays at midnight; and "The Best of These Days" with Dan Erwine, Sundays at 4 p.m. (For more

SPORTS BRIEFS
Ireland, the Voice of the Sockers

John Ireland, XTRA Sports 690 talk show host and KUSI TV sports anchor, is handling the play-by-play for the San Diego Sockers indoor soccer team this season. The Sockers games are heard on KCEO AM 1000, except for six games that KKLQ AM 1320 will broadcast. Ireland, a former soccer player whose father coached the sport, got into soccer play-by-play by accident.
"It was in 1990-91 when KUSI used to broadcast the Sockers games, and one night the audio feed from Baltimore went dead," Ireland said. "I'd only been at the station about six months, and I was preparing my sportscast when they came in and said, 'We need you to do [Sockers play-by-play]. It worked out OK, and ever since the Sockers said they'd come to me if they needed someone." The timing is perfect for Ireland because he and the Sockers expect the World Cup, held in the U.S. this year, will create more soccer fans.
"I'm fortunate the World Cup is going on at the same time," Ireland said. "The Sockers are hoping some of the excitement spills over to them."

KSPA Dumps Angels
As KSPA AM 1450's ratings are on the rise, the adult standards station is hiring more live DJs while slowly cutting back on automated programming. To make room for the new personnel, including Rod Page, KSPA dropped the Angels baseball games. "We're trying to get off the computer," KSPA operations manager Joe Jacobsen said. "We've been automated for so long. As the numbers have gone up, we're adding more live guys. Unfortunately, we're done with baseball." The listeners haven't objected too strongly.
"Only a couple of people called in to complain," Jacobsen said. "We didn't get a lot of response [when the Angels were on]. KMPC [710 AM, which also carries Angels games] really blasts down into North County. It always seemed a little weird anyway. You're listening to adult standards music and all of a sudden to pop on over to a baseball game."

Other Sports News
XTRA Sports 690, the only all-sports station in Southern California since KMPC in L.A. went all-talk, increased its stable of sports teams by becoming the flagship station of UCLA. XTRA will broadcast UCLA football games this fall and basketball in the winter. Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton, the voice of the Chargers, was expected to become the voice of the Bruins during football season, replacing Chris Roberts. But Hamilton decided to stay with the Aztecs to spend more time with his family. "I've got two little boys," Hamilton said. "I told the UCLA people and John Lynch [Noble Broadcasting CEO], that from a family standpoint, it just didn't work for me. Logistically, it's too much. It would have been like doing 11 more road games." Hamilton said XTRA figures to keep Roberts, but added that the station is still looking for a permanent weeknight talk show host. If XTRA can find one person to fill both positions, Roberts will likely be out of a job.
The San Diego Padres have yet to decide which station will carry their games next season. 760 KFMB's contract to broadcast Padres games expires at the end of this baseball season. KOGO, the Padres' original flagship station, bowed out of the bidding for the broadcasting rights to the team. Also, KOGO decided not to carry the San Diego Gulls hockey games next season. The Gulls are still searching for a new station.

Q106 Back on AM
Before Par Broadcasting revived the KOGO call letters, AM 600 was a simulcast of Q106, the popular Top 40 station. In May, Par began broadcasting the Q106 morning show, Jeff and Jer, on its other AM station,
KGMG 1320 in Oceanside. Now KGMG 1320, with its adult standards/big band music format and brokered programs like "Susan's California Kitchen" and "Financial Sense" with Jim Puplava, is history. In its place is a 24-hour simulcast of Q106. KGMG was struggling behind competing adult standards stations KPOP AM 1360 and KSPA AM 1450 in the ratings. And Q106 wasn't reaching as many North County listeners as when it was simulcast on AM "We figured it would be better to reach the people who couldn't receive [Q106] in North County rather than struggle to have a separate station," Q106 and Rock 102 program director Greg Stevens said. But what about the old-timers who listened to Joe Lacina's Dance Party and big band music? Apparently, there weren't enough of them. "If it had been doing well, and we had a lot of listeners, then we wouldn't have made the change," Stevens said. "KSPA provides the same things as KGMG was."

BY BEN STURTEVANT

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