KABC Completes Schedule Revamp Away From Politics

790 KABC Los Angeles Christina Perez Dr. Drew Pinsky Mike Catherwood Jillian Barberie John PhillipsCumulus Talk 790 KABC Los Angeles has completed it schedule revamp as it moves away from politics towards general Talk.

Doug McIntyre will remain in the 5-9am timeslot followed by all new programs over the next nine hours. Judge Cristina Perez takes over the 9am-12pm slot replacing Bryan Suits. The host of multiple television courtroom programs, will focus on topical events in the Southern California region.

The previously announced “Dr. Drew Midday Live with Mike Catherwood” will air from 12-3pm. Jillian Barberie and John Phillips moves from 12-3pm to 3-6pm as “Midday LA” is renamed “The Drive Home”. Mark Levin from 6-9pm and Peter Tilden from 9pm-12am stay in place.

TalkRadio 790 KABC announces a refined lineup for the new year, building on the success of the station’s established shows and adding new local programming hosted by well-known personalities including television Judge Cristina Perez and Dr. Drew Pinsky with “Psycho” Mike Catherwood. Jillian Barberie and John Phillips will also move their hit lunchtime show to afternoon drive time.

In addition to new shows, this lineup includes critically acclaimed and highly rated programs that continue to grow. LARadio.com recently named Doug McIntyre “#1 Morning Show Personality” and “Mid-Day LA with Jillian Barberie & John Phillips” the “#1 Favorite Show” in its timeslot. The new schedule:

5AM – 9AM: “McIntyre in the Morning with Terri-Rae Elmer” continues in its popular timeslot
9AM –12PM: “Judge Cristina Live @ 9” launches with the Emmy-Award winner as host
12PM – 3PM: “Dr. Drew Midday Live with Mike Catherwood” launches, featuring the popular team from radio’s “Loveline”
3PM – 6PM: “The Drive Home with Jillian Barberie and John Phillips” switches to this timeslot
Peter Tilden and Mark Levin continue in their 9pm to Midnight and 6pm to 9pm shows.


At 9AM, TalkRadio 790 KABC introduces “Judge Cristina Live @ 9,” which will focus on topical news throughout the region. Judge Cristina has become a household name as one of the most influential syndicated television hosts from her work hosting court shows on network television, including “Justice for All with Judge Cristina Perez,” (airing mornings on KCAL 9 in Los Angeles), “Cristina’s Court” (FOX) and “La Corte de Familia” (Telemundo). She is the first Hispanic television judge to cross over from Spanish-language television to English-language television, and “Cristina’s Court” won three consecutive Emmy Awards in the “Best Legal/Courtroom Program” category, surpassing industry favorites “Judge Judy” and “People’s Court” for the first-ever recognition of its kind in 2008.

At noon, TalkRadio 790 KABC debuts “Dr. Drew Midday Live with Mike Catherwood,” offering LA-area listeners unique access to Dr. Drew’s thoughts on the news of the day and comprehensive insights on a broad range of topics. Listeners will be encouraged to call in on weekdays and take part in the discussion with one of the country’s most trusted physicians and radio and television personalities. Drew’s longtime on-air partner “PSYCHO” Mike Catherwood will bring fun to the festivities.

“Our live, local and topical programming has been incredibly well received by Los Angeles listeners,” said John Dickey, Executive Vice President and co-COO of Cumulus. “We have attracted some of the top talent in the country and continue to bolster the station’s lineup in order to meet the interests of our widening audience.”

“KABC’s goal is to build a radio station that reflects the climate and attitude here,” said Drew Hayes, Operations Director of TalkRadio 790 KABC. “KABC is a sunny and up-tempo station discussing the news of the day, populated with the nation’s leading personalities. With these additions, we have successfully evolved the station to a compelling, entertaining, true Southern California station.”

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  1. Beachguy says

    Deck chairs. Titanic.

  2. Nathan Obral says

    It’s probably for the best that KABC moved back to the field of general talk in the daytime (although I am surprised that Mark Levin wasn’t dumped as well).

    1. Charles Everett says

      KABC kept Levin because he’s syndicated by Cumulus Media.

      And the station also has Los Angeles Kings hockey to build on — they’re the current holders of the Stanley Cup.

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