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    Default It's raining FM talk stations in L.A...

    Goodbye Adam, Frosty, Heidi, and Frank, and Tom Leykis...

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/musi...going-top.html

    "Good news for local fans of Rihanna, bad news for older talk radio listeners in Los Angeles.

    Beginning Friday at 5 p.m., boosters of urban-skewing artists such as Beyoncé, Pink and Britney Spears will have another top 40/"CHR" (contemporary hit radio) station to sing along to in their cars, as L.A.'s only "all-talk" commercial FM station now appears to be all talked out.

    KLSX (97.1 Free FM) will switch formats Feb. 20 to CBS Radio's latest concept, titled AMP Radio (not to be confused with the now-defunct Amp'd Mobile, a company that heavily pushed mobile radio to cellphone users in 2006 but filed for bankruptcy protection in 2007).

    A CBS Radio news release says the new station (its tagline is "all the hits") will "combine the power of its on-air position with myriad online and digital applications creating a full 360 degree audio and visual experience."

    Translation? Listeners of KLSX were probably too old.

    AMP Radio originally bowed early last year as an online/HD2 station affiliated with KCBS-FM in L.A. Apparently, the test run was successful enough to convince CBS radio executives that young, texting-and-Twittering teens -- the ones who spend money at malls while listening to music via their cellphones -- just can't get enough of artists such as Kanye West and T.I. This is despite the fact that there is plenty of competition in the space -- see KPWR (105.9), KIIS (102.7) and KDAY (93.5) -- all of which mine similar musical territory in the same market.

    "Creating a successful radio station not only means focusing on what you hear over the air -- it's that, yet it's so much more and as evidenced by what we're announcing today, the possibilities are endless," said Kevin Weatherly, senior vice president of programming for CBS Radio, in a news release announcing the format change today.

    On-air talent at the new AMP Radio is expected to be announced in coming weeks. "They will be added after the station launches," said Karen Mateo, vice president of communications at CBS Radio in New York.

    During the last three months of 2008, KLSX averaged a 1.3% audience share among listeners 12 and older, which placed the station at No. 27 in the market. In fact, KLSX never truly recovered in the ratings after losing its major morning lead-in, Howard Stern, to satellite radio. When Stern was still on the air in late 2005 at 97.1, the station enjoyed a 2.2 share.

    Despite the less-than-stellar ratings, KLSX still enjoyed a rabid fan base for several of its marquee shows, including Adam Carolla's morning show, "The Adam Carolla Show With Teresa Strasser," which replaced Stern, and Tom Leykis' widely syndicated afternoon program "The Tom Leykis Show." Both Carolla's and Leykis' shows proved popular with 25-to-54-year-old men (with Leykis' afternoon drive time exploration of all things from the male perspective, in particular, a notable hit nationwide).

    Beginning next week, new episodes of Carolla's show will no longer broadcast in any market, although it is believed that "best of" shows may air in some territories. It is not yet known what will happen to Leykis' show in syndication. Leykis told the Orange County Register earlier this month that he "should have something to announce shortly" regarding the syndication of his shows.

    But none of KLSX's success stories ("The Frosty, Heidi and Frank Show" also enjoyed decent midday ratings) were enough to stave off the format change. CBS Radio clearly sees an advertising opening with the AMP format, and KIIS-FM's continued success with a similar music strategy (think Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Ne-Yo) may have forced CBS Radio's hand in an increasingly dire economy.

    KLSX rolled out its all-talk format in 1995; before that, it aired classic rock.

    A full story is forthcoming in The Times about the switchover.

    UPDATE 02/19: Carolla announced Thursday morning on 97.1 that he would start podcasting "The Adam Carolla Show" beginning Monday at adamcarolla.com."
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    Default Re: It's raining FM talk stations in L.A...

    I almost posted this earlier today. Didn't think you all would care. This fucking sucks!!

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    Default Re: It's raining FM talk stations in L.A...

    I'm going to miss Frosty Heidi and Frank.... They were at their best when Sam Ruben still had his shitty one hour show right before them...

    They could go for hours just talking about what a douche Sam is.

    Hopefully Sirius picks them up.

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    Default Re: It's raining FM talk stations in L.A...

    i'm guessing something is up, though...they keep referring to an announcement from tom leykis at 5pm today. wonder if another station is already lined up...

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    Default Re: It's raining FM talk stations in L.A...

    what the fuck is FM radio?
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    Default Re: It's raining FM talk stations in L.A...

    Quote Originally Posted by JustSteve View Post
    i'm guessing something is up, though...they keep referring to an announcement from tom leykis at 5pm today. wonder if another station is already lined up...
    i heard it was going to top 40. just what radio needs.


    Quote Originally Posted by blakely View Post
    what the fuck is FM radio?
    lemme guess, you pay for radio?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marooko View Post
    i heard it was going to top 40. just what radio needs.




    lemme guess, you pay for radio?
    what is this "radio" you speak of?
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    Default Re: It's raining FM talk stations in L.A...

    Horrible news. Goodbye Frosty, Heidi and Frank. I'm going to miss them.
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    Default Re: It's raining FM talk stations in L.A...

    it was the beginning, and it will be the end.

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    Default Re: It's raining FM talk stations in L.A...

    haha, yeah. most likely.
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    This is extremely upsetting.
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    Default Re: It's raining FM talk stations in L.A...

    That sucks...I listen to that the most if I dont have a cd in now that 103 is gone

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    Default Re: It's raining FM talk stations in L.A...

    Tim Conway Jr. (especially when it was Conway and Whitman) was the best and he isn't even being mentioned. Keep on rolling, Babu. I'm gonna miss this station a lot.
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    Default Re: It's raining FM talk stations in L.A...

    They've officially started the LA Radio genocide..

    I'm still miffed about 103.1.


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    Default Re: It's raining FM talk stations in L.A...

    I’m personally happy that they will be off the air. It’s been a little over 4 years since Howard Stern’s last radio show on 97.1.

    It used to take me upwards to an hour to get to work in Orange County back then. It was fun to get to work, go over to the water cooler, and ask if anyone had heard that morning’s show. It was also painful to hear Howard try and do his show, even as everyone was trying to control it. I’m happy that Howard must have a smile right now.

    Look at where radio is today: “when we come back”, “coming up” “after a message from our advertisters we will…” The few stations that do actually play music only do so for what seems like 18 minutes out of every hour. Back to back songs are immediately followed by 12 minutes of commercials. Commercials have music in them to deceive you from changing the channel. The hosts are obnoxious and they too deceive you by advertising in mid conversation. How did something that used to be free and involving become so hard to tolerate?

    What the radio industry needs is a pioneer(s) who can change where they are today and reinvent itself into a growth opportunity, seriously.
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    Default Re: It's raining FM talk stations in L.A...

    Good.

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    Just what we need: another channel of nothing but autotune.
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    Default Re: It's raining FM talk stations in L.A...

    The only radio station that matters is kcrw.









    and sometimes KNX1070 news radio

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    KCRW needs more music.
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    I'm a driver in Los Angeles and I was very, very upset to hear of this news this morning.

    Carolla was awesome, loved every bit of the show. Frosty Heidi and Frank were alright, and got me through some traffic jams. I've always gotten a kick out of Leykis and really started to like the show during the election/economy, etc. Couldn't stand Bonadouche and Conway was always alright. John and Jeff sucked

    nothing else to say except it sucks. it sucks the big one. The bitch of an economy takes another vicitim. We lost two very good radio stations in LA. We got another pop station and another mariachi

    What's next, KCRW turning into hip hop

    ugh
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boourns View Post
    KCRW needs more music.
    YEah. Whatever happened to Metropolis???

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    Default Re: It's raining FM talk stations in L.A...

    Maybe Corolla will kick Striker off loveline.
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    Default Re: It's raining FM talk stations in L.A...

    Good news for now, for Conway fans at least..which there should be a lot of.

    The Tim Conway, Jr. Show can be heard live on KABC 790 AM starting this Wednesday, March 4 from 7PM to 11PM - Weeknights or on demand.
    Also, Whitman has his own Podcast out right now, every weekday for an hour for $5 a month. Carolla has a Podcast too for free.

    http://brianwhitman.com/
    http://timconwayjr.com/newsite/
    http://carollaradio.com/
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    Default Re: It's raining FM talk stations in L.A...

    Well after a crazy couple weeks Conway and Whitman are back doing daily podcasts together:

    http://conwayandwhitman.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by chairmenmeow47 View Post
    jesus christ, i leave the board for an hour to find the disneyland thread and there's all these fry threads. wtf?!

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    Default Re: It's raining FM talk stations in L.A...

    i keep forgetting about carollas podcast.

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    Default Re: It's raining FM talk stations in L.A...

    frosty, heidi, and frank are back, too, as of today...

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    Tim Conway Jr is a douche.

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    Default Re: It's raining FM talk stations in L.A...

    Hopefully one day clear channel will take a hit and have to sell off some of their radio stations and free up the airways for the return of independant and privitely owned radio statons.

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    Default Re: It's raining FM talk stations in L.A...

    Quote Originally Posted by JustSteve View Post
    frosty, heidi, and frank are back, too, as of today...
    where? i cant seem to find it
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    Default Re: It's raining FM talk stations in L.A...

    frostyheidiandfrank.com click on the fhfu picture....not avail. on itunes yet, it seems.

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