"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
Baker knows finding a replacement for The Dawn Patrol will be
"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
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
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
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
"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
"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
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
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.)
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
Ireland, the Voice of
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
"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