Throughout its history on AM and FM, KDAY Los Angeles has been both venerable and vulnerable. The original 1580 KDAY may have been a key proponent of West Coast hip-hop, but it went away in 1991, thwarted by the issues of being a music station on AM, especially one sometimes more easily heard in Hawaii at night than in parts of its own market. KDAY’s departure helped propel the segue of rival KPWR (Power 106) from dance to the Hip-Hop powerhouse that it became for 25 years. 93.5 KDAY Los Angeles, the FM station that revived the calls and introduced the Classic Hip-Hop format in 2004, posted modest initial ratings and would itself drift through Rhythmic Top 40, Urban, and even Urban AC. It was headed for a sale to new owners and a format change to Spanish but that deal fell through; Meruelo...[Read More]
iHeartMedia Urban “Real 92.3” KRRL Los Angeles has promoted afternoon mixer ‘DJ Carisma’ Robertson to Music Director and Mix Show Coordinator. Carisma joined KRRL in 2015 after previously working as a mixer and assistant promotions coordinator at Emmis’ “Power 106” 105.9 KPWR. In addition to her afternoon mixes she also co-hosts “Young California Radio” on weekends from 7pm-12am. iHeartMedia Los Angeles announced today that renowned Los Angeles DJ/Mixer, DJ Carisma, has been promoted to Music Director and Mix Show Coordinator for REAL 92.3, LA’s Home for Hip-Hop, effective immediately. iHeartMedia Los Angeles has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — encompa...[Read More]
iHeartMedia Urban “Real 92.3” KRRL Los Angeles morning host Big Boy is moving syndication of his show to iHeart’s Premiere Radio Networks. The show will be made available to Urban and Rhythmic CHR stations to air between 5am and 7pm daily. The show was previously distributed by Westwood One. – Premiere Networks announced today the addition of Big Boy’s Neighborhood to its lineup of nationally syndicated programs. Beginning March 28, the company will assume distribution rights to the top-rated program, which will continue to originate from iHeartMedia’s Real 92.3 in Los Angeles, and will be made available to Urban Contemporary and CHR Rhythmic stations from 5 a.m. – 7 p.m. local time on weekdays and weekends. Big Boy’s Neighborhood joined Real 92.3 in March of 2015,...[Read More]
Emmis and Kurt ‘Big Boy’ Alexander have reportedly come to terms on a settlement of their legal matters connected to Alexander’s jump to iHeartMedia’s “Real 92.3” KRRL Los Angeles last year. TMZ reports that terms of the settlement are confidential with both sides paying their own legal fees. The loss of Alexander to the newly launched competitor to Emmis’ “Power 106” KPWR has had a significant impact on Emmis’ bottom-line. The company reported 5.1% declines in revenue in the third quarter of 2015 and laid of 32 employees to make up the difference. Update 3/4/15: With the legal injunction out of the way, iHeartMedia has announced that Big Boy will debut on “Real 92.3” KRRL on Monday, March 9. Update 3/3: At today’...[Read More]
KHHT made its flip to Urban “Real 92.3” at 9:23am today. The flip occurred following the conclusion of a “Hot 92.3” countdown of the top 300 “Hot” songs and then Boys II Men’s “End Of The Road” leading into the launch of the new format. The launch package took shots at “having the Power now” and “say goodbye to Power” with Nicki Minaj’s “Only” as its first songs. Listen to the launch of “Real 92.3” at FormatChange.com. Meanwhile, “Power 106” KPWR has removed all references to Big Boy from their website and now lists former night host J Cruz in mornings. Original Report 2/5: iHeartMedia has announced it will flip Rhythmic Oldies “Hot 92.3” KHHT Los Angeles to U...[Read More]
Clear Channel Rhythmic Oldies “Hot 92.3” KHHT Los Angeles and morning host Rick Dees have parted ways after a year at the station. Clear Channel market manager Greg Ashlock shared the following statement with the Orange County Register, “Rick has been with us for a year and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed every moment. He’s a consummate professional and we wish him the best as he pursues some national opportunities. John Ivey will be sharing with you our morning plans for the future later this week.”
Rick Dees will make his return to morning radio in Los Angeles on Monday, May 4. Dees joins Clear Channel Rhythmic Oldies “Hot 92.3” KHHT replacing Victor Zaragosa who was let go earlier this week.