Monday, March 28, 2011

K-Mozart Returns April 4, Replaces Retro On 1260 AM (OC Register)


K-MOZART CLASSICAL RETURNS MONDAY, APRIL 4. It replaces the Retro adult standards format on 1260 AM, which moves to the Internet. I broke the story about 12:30 pm Monday, prior to the station announcement planned Monday afternoon. Of interest: orchestra conductor and contemporary jazz pianist will be one of the on-air personalities. Here is my link

I will have more details in my regular radio column later this week.



++++Soupy Sales is back on JLTV - Sunday afternoons and Thursday evenings. Both black and white shows from WNEW in New York and color shows produced later in Hollywood.

++++Bishop Fulton J. Sheen's Life Is Worth Living is on Sundays on EWTN. Color episode I saw featured Sheen as the excellent orator and, well, entertainer that he was for decades on early TV. Episodes are now available on DVD, too.

Friday, March 18, 2011

KFI'S Bill Handel Doing Well Following Heart Surgery

11 AM, March 18

Handel Heart Surgery
‘Text book Perfect’

KFI/640 AM’s Bill Handel had “textbook perfect” open heart surgery, his wife Marjorie told KFI Program Director Robin Bertolucci Friday morning.
Handel told his morning show listeners Thursday he would have open heart surgery Friday to replace an aortic valve.
“I just hung up with Marjorie and I'm happy to report the surgery was ‘textbook perfect.’ The surgery went so smoothly that it went even faster than expected. Bill is now in recovery,” Bertolucci e-mailed at 11 a.m. Friday.
“Knowing Bill he'll be back very, very soon....that guy doesn't stay still for long. Thanks to everyone for your good wishes,” she added.
While Handel, 59, recovers, his team of Gary Hoffmann, Rich Marotta and Michelle Kube will fill in from 5 to 6 a.m., with Bill Carroll joining from 6 to 9 a.m. Carroll will also continue his daily noon-3 p.m. weekday program.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Kevin and Bean Look Back and Forward on 21 years at KROQ-FM

It's a fun column this week - Kevin and Bean - 21 years and counting.


Monday, March 14, 2011

Gottfried Fired As Voice Of Aflac Duck (, Chicago Sun-Times)

Gilbert Gottfried Fired as Voice of Aflac Duck. Reason Tied to Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami's Inside TV blog; Chicago Sun-Times

Comic Gilbert Gottfried, who has often pushed the envelope with his humor, pushed too hard in recent days and has lost his job as the voice of the Aflac duck, according to a number of media reports.

Wrote's Inside TV blog, " Gilbert’s recent comments about the crisis in Japan were lacking in humor and certainly do not represent the thoughts and feelings of anyone at Aflac,” Aflac Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Michael Zuna said in a press release. 'Aflac Japan — and, by extension, Japan itself — is part of the Aflac family, and there is no place for anything but compassion and concern during these difficult times.' One joke that Gottfried tweeted: 'I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, ‘They’ll be another one floating by any minute now.' "

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, two more of Gottfried's tweets were: “ 'I was talking to my Japanese real estate agent. I said, ‘Is there a school is this area?’ She said, ‘Not now, but just wait.’ And this: 'Japan is really advanced. They don’t go to the beach. The beach comes to them.' "

The Chicago Sun Times article said insurance company Aflac does 75% of its business in Japan.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

'A Merry Little Christmas' Songwriter Hugh Martin Dies (Time.Com)

Hugh Martin is seen frequently in TCM and other film documentaries. posts the story of his passing on March 12 in the story below.

For more information on classic films of the past, go to Manny Pacheco's

And here is the story

It's Christmas Eve, 1903, in St. Louis, and some members of the Smith family are anguished about leaving their home for Mr. Smith's new job in New York City. The six-year-old, Tootie (Margaret O'Brien), is especially desolate about having to leave the family of snow people she has helped build in the front yard. Her teenage sister Esther (Judy Garland) has her own miseries, facing separation from the boy next door who just asked her to marry him. To cheer Tootie and comfort herself, Esther sings a seasonal ballad, whose original lyric suggested a suicide note put to music:

Have yourself a merry little Christmas.
It may be your last.
Next year we may all be living in the past...

Garland and her director, Vincente Minnelli, who were falling in love in 1944 while making Meet Me in St. Louis, asked the film's songwriters, Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, for a slightly less morbid lyric. Martin obliged with...

Have yourself a merry little Christmas.
Let your heart be light.
Next year all our troubles will be out of sight...

...and set the properly poignant tone for one of the loveliest, most longing of Christmas songs. In a career that spanned 70 years, Martin composed many numbers for Broadway and Hollywood musicals. As an arranger and vocal director he helped stars from Garland to Lucille Ball and Lena Horne find that special sparkle. But at his death Friday at 96, in Encinitas, Cal., Martin's most enduring work was a single song written 67 years ago.

Hugh Martin was born Aug. 14, 1914, in Birmingham, Ala., to an architect father and his wife Ellie, who was, the San Diego Tribune reported, "an accomplished musician and a lover of all things New York." That's where Hugh went after studying at Birmingham Southern College, and at 23 he was performing in (and arranging the music for) the Harold Arlen-E.Y. Harburg satire Hooray for What! Also in the chorus was Blane, born Ralph Uriah Hunsecker 16 days before Martin, and fresh from Broken Arrow, Okla. The young men teamed as half of a vocal quartet, The Martins, that appeared on Fred Allen's radio program; and soon they forged a songwriting partnership.

The pair's first Broadway score was for the 1941 Best Food Forward, which spurred the careers of June Allyson, Nancy Walker and Stanley Donen and produced a hit song, the rah-rah "Buckle Down, Winsocki." Martin and Blane were clearly comers. "In five years they'll be the next Rodgers and Hart," a friend rhapsodized to Broadway impresario Max Gordon. The producer's reply: "Bring them back in five years." Instead, Arthur Freed brought them to MGM, where they worked on the movie version of Best Food Forward, importing most of the original cast and adding Ball as star catnip. (See the top 10 best movie soundtracks.)

The plot for their next project, Meet Me in St. Louis, seemed singularly lacking in incident: a family plans to move to New York, then doesn't. But the Martin-Blane score infused the movie with warmth and verve. It set the time and locale with a jaunty hymn to electric vehicles "The Trolley Song" ("Clang, clang, clang goes the trolley"), cued the wistful tone with Garland's "The Boy Next Door" and served up battered optimism with their merry little holiday anthem. Like the big holiday hits of the previous two war years ("White Christmas," "I'll Be Home for Christmas"), this one served as consolation to women separated by an ocean from the fighting men they loved. After completing the score, Martin left Hollywood to serve in World War II. He and Blane were just 30 that year; neither knew that they had reached a peak they'd never again scale.

The team was unusual, Martin later explained, in that "Ralph and I both wrote music and we both wrote lyrics. Almost always each of us wrote songs unassisted by the other and simply pooled our work." (Martin also said that "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" was totally his composition.) In the '50s they collaborated on two Jane Powell musicals, Athena and The Girl Most Likely, and in 1989 wrote new songs for a Broadway version of Meet Me in St Louis. On his own, Martin wrote a 1948 show for Walker, Look, Ma, I'm Dancin'!"; the 1949 Make a Wish, with a book by Preston Sturges; and the 1964 Hugh Spirits, a musicalizing of Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit. With Alec Wilder's assistance he wrote a symphony, New England Suite. But his main employment was as a vocal arranger and accompanist, for Horne, Debbie Reynolds and, most notably, Garland in her comeback concert series at New York's Palace Theatre.

Martin may also have been the only pop compoer of eminence who was also a Seventh Day Adventist. In latter days he served as musical arranger and accompanist for religious-music contralto Del Delker. With the help of Delker and John Fricke, he rewrote his most enduring song as "Have Yourself a Blessed Little Christmas." In sacred or secular form, Hugh Martin's greatest hit remains a carol for all Christmases.

Read more:,8599,2058594,00.html#ixzz1GWRSmcuS

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Fox 11's Rios Defends Extended Quake Coverage (Franklin Avenue)

March 11, 2011 Franklin Avenue:

KTTV News Director on His Tsunami Coverage, and How Others Underplayed It

Local Los Angeles stations hit the airwaves earlier than usual this morning, as more news emerged about the impact of a massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan (and tsunami waves threatened both Hawai'i and the west U.S. coast).

At Fox-owned KTTV, the station returned to wall-to-wall coverage at 4 a.m., just two hours after signing off from a marathon four-hour broadcast (10 p.m. to 2 a.m., led by anchors Christine Devine and Carlos Amezcua) the night before.

KTTV's decision to stick with earthquake/tsunami coverage long after L.A.'s other local stations returned to normal programming impressed several pundits out there, including me (see below) and The Hollywood Reporter's Matt Belloni.

"Tsunami coverage on LA's Fox 11 is far better than on CNN right now," Belloni wrote on Twitter last night. (Thursday night, 3/10/11).

KTTV news director Jose Riostold Franklin Avenue that he was a bit surprised that L.A.'s other stations didn't stick with coverage.

"I thought it got underplayed last night," Rios said. "To me it was just a huge story."

KCBS, KABC and KNBC went back to regular programming at 11:35, after their local news, while KCAL stuck with coverage until 12:30. (KCET ran Al Jazeera English coverage until midnight, while KSCI's digital 18.2 ran a feed of NHK World.)

"It was a big quake for one, and for us in earthquake country, that resonates broadly for us," Rios said. "And while people think that the cable channels will be covering, the fact is, not everyone has cable. We thought it was a public service that everybody would be interested in."

Rios said KTTV attracted a much larger than usual late night audience right up until 2 a.m.

By going wall-to-wall last night and again this morning, KTTV blew out commercials . Rios expected to be back to normal programming by 1 p.m., as the threat of a tsunami in Southern California subsided. But he has no regrets.

The coverage kudos is likely a big morale booster for KTTV's news team, which has been hit hard by huge layoffs in recent years. Given the station's limited resources, Rios said he was "proud of the news team. Everybody worked hard."


Looks like KTTV also won the local news ratings last night (helped, to be sure, by "American Idol" earlier that evening)

Total Viewers

KTTV/Fox 11 (10 p.m.) 370,000
KCBS/2 (11 p.m.) 342,000
KABC/7 (11 p.m.) 319,000
KCAL/9 (10 p.m.) 198,000
KTLA/5 (10 p.m.) 196,000
KNBC/4 (11 p.m.) 142,000

KTTV from 11:30 p.m. to 2:08 a.m.: 243,000

Adults 25-54

KTTV/Fox 11 (10 p.m.) 182,000
KCBS/2 (11 p.m.) 130,000
KABC/7 (11 p.m.) 110,000
KCAL/9 (10 p.m.) 90,000
KTLA/5 (10 p.m.) 83,000
KNBC/4 (11 p.m.) 42,000

KTTV from 11:30 p.m. to 2:08 a.m.: 128,000

Friday, March 11, 2011

Chris Schauble Leaves Ch. 4 for KTLA Early Mornings (

Chris Schauble Joining KTLA Mornings as Frank Buckley Scales Back

By Andrew Gauthier on March 9, 2011 6:22 PM (

Anchor Frank Buckley is scaling back his hours on KTLA‘s morning newscast and Chris Schauble, most recently an anchor-reporter with KNBC, is taking his place in the early half of the show. (Schauble also previously co-anchored the morning news on KNBC).

“Starting next Monday, I’ll no longer be anchoring the 5-7am hours of the KTLA Morning News and a new guy will be in the anchor chair,” Buckley announced in a blog post today on KTLA’s website. “I was asked to fill in on the 5 and 6am broadcasts on a temporary basis after the departure of our friend Emmett Miller in October. We thought it would last a month or two. It’s now March.”

Buckley will continue appearing on the newscast between 7 and 10 a.m.

Schauble has been anchoring KNBC’s weekend evening newscasts and working as a reporter throughout the week.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Sportscaster Nick Charles In Fight of His Life (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Former CNN Sportscaster In Fight for His Life

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Nick Charles, a former CNN sportscaster and current Showtime boxing announcer, is in the fight of his life, battling an aggressive form of bladder cancer, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Charles, who is 63 and was one of CNN's most popular sports personalities, knows that the clock is ticking for him and has chosen an intense chemotherapy treatment to extend his life expectancy so he can enjoy what time he has left with his 4-year-old daughter.

“I made up my mind I want to stay on this [aggressive track] as long as I can, no matter how much it hurts, because I want to see my daughter,” Charles told the paper.

Charles' latest work with Showtime involves hosting the boxing series “ShoBox: The Next Generation.” After a few remaining episodes, he intends to hang up the microphone. “I’ll call it a career,” he said.

Nick Charles is married to CNN International producer Cory Charles.

New OC Register Radio column online - Reba Toney, Dr Laura

Enjoy - Reba Toney, Dr. Laura, Manny Pacheco, and more.....