Friday, December 30, 2005

I'm not a racist, but I play one on the radio

The AP reports that Larry Krueger, who was fired for making racially tinged comments about the San Francisco Giants while on KNBR, was hired by KGO radio (810 AM) to provide commentary during afternoon sports updates for the radio station.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

KIRO Fires Mike Webb

KIRO will be using Erin Hart and Turi Ryder until a permanent replacement is named. As reported previously, Mike Webb is involved in an insurance fraud case which was getting some negative press for the DJ and the radio station.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Workin on Christmas Sucks

Glad I don't have to do it, but I want to give a shout-out back to my cousin-in-law Danny Boy on K104 (104.7 FM) in NY. He's doin the Sunday afternoon shift... takin' one for the team, and playing the Killers.

Merry Christmas Danny Boy!

Friday, December 23, 2005

Liberal & slightly dishonest DJ available?

When you work for a radio station whose motto is "the information you need. the people you trust", then you may want to try to avoid any insurance scams.

According to the Seattle Times, evening DJ Mike Webb of KIRO (710 AM) got into an accident last June, and then allegedly forged paperwork to make it look like he had insurance at the time of the accident. Geico claims he bought the policy the day after the accident, which would have sort have been a waste of money.

Mike Webb's blog seems to be silent on the subject.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Answer: Radio, Butt, and Of the Caribbean

Question: What are "Pirates", Alex?


We're all familiar with Internet radio stations, satellite radio, and podcasts, but did you know there was another forum for broadcasting sound in the US that is not controlled by the FCC? Pirate Radio is not just a term from the days of Wolfman Jack, but it actually exists today in cities across the country!

If you listen to Free Radio 96.9 FM, which just recently came back on the air in San Diego, or if you regularly tune to 101.1 FM in the Santa Cruz area, then you already know what I'm talking about. If you lived in the Berkeley area before June 1998, maybe you listened to Free Radio Berkeley on 104.1 FM before it was shut down by court order.

Some quotes from some of these station's websites:

Free Radio Santa Cruz has been on the air for over ten years without a license. We broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, in defiance of federal regulations.

If the FCC shows up at your unlicensed radio station, Free Radio Berkeley recommends: do not freak out, they are only Federal geeks with badges, no guns unless they bring backup support which is rare unless they are really serious about seizing your transmitter.

From Free Radio Olympia: In the form and spirit of direct action, in solidarity with the worldwide micro-radio movement, and as a challenge to the so-called "authorities" whose authority we do not recognize, we broadcast without a license over Olympia's airwaves.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

All I hear is Country

If you live in the Tampa area, and expected to hear Don & Mike on your way home from work, or the Tom Leykis show in the evening, you can forget it. Since they don't have Stern any more, The BUZZ (1010 AM WBZZ) decided to cancel everything else, too. No more Howard, no more Don and Mike, no more Blow Me Up Tom, no more Sport Chicks (or sportchix), and no more AfterNoon Buzz with Steve Austin.

Instead, the station will be simulcasting the Country music heard on their sister station, WQYK FM. In addition, 1010 AM is now known as WQYK AM instead of WBZZ or The BUZZ.

Don't believe me? Tune in January 1st and you'll see.

DJ Moves does sports

David Barron of The Houston Chronical reports today that Astros legend Alan Ashby, who broadcast the franchise's only World Series, was fired Tuesday. Replacing the former catcher are 2 minor-league broadcasters: Brett Dolan, from the Tucson Sidewinders, and Dave Raymond, from the Brockton Rox. Milo Hamilton gets to keep his job, but only for home games.

In other sporty radio news, XM Satellite Radio has signed up hockey legend Mark Messier to promote their live NHL broadcasts. How exciting.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

KPEZ dispenser

Out with another rock station, and in with another Christian radio station, and yet another radio station calling itself "The River".

A Google search of the call letters KPEZ yields the following text in the very first search result:
"KPEZ 102.3 FMRock music radio station with information on concerts, contest, music news, events and online broadcast."

However, when you click on that Google result, you are brought to a 1-page website with the following message:

Welcome to Austin’s brand new radio station, 102.3 The River.

We’re a different kind of station that aspires to a different set of values. A station that offers a positive music alternative to the kinds of music you hear everywhere else. This is the new 102.3 The River, now with all Christmas music.

After Christmas you'll hear artists like Mercy Me, Avalon, Natalie Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Jars of Clay and others, with songs that inspire and encourage.

102.3 The River, ‘Positive Music, Safe for the Entire Family’

What Happened to K-ROCK?

K-Rock is changing more than just their morning show when Howard Stern moves to Satellite radio this winter.

According to trade magazine FMQB, WXRK 92.3 FM in New York (which has been known as "K-Rock" since 1985) is changing its call letters to WFNY next week (January 1, 2006), and will move to "a predominately Talk format"; the station will now be known as "92.3 Free-FM."

If you want to listen to the kind of rock music that you are used to hearing on K-Rock, you can go online and listen to, which of course is difficult to do in your car. I suspect that when the FM station known as KROCK officially goes away, the online station will drop the "2" and simply be called "K-Rock", but who knows.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Merry Christmas, You're Fired

The Big 550, AM KTRS says goodbye to a couple of DJs just in time to let them have a crappy Christmas. According to an article by Deb Peterson in Friday's St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the station is only letting go of the following radio personalities:
Bill Wilkerson, Wendy Wiese, Randy Karraker, McGraw Milhaven, Kevin Horrigan, Jim Holder, Scott St. James and Meme Wolff.

Waiting for the other shoe to drop (and likely polishing up his resumè) is station DJ John Craddock, A.K.A. Frank O. Pinion, as well as sports reporter John Hadley.

It seems the station has recruited some out-of-work shock jocks from around the country to relocate to St. Louis for the newly open positions in order to create an edgier format starting in January. Rumour has it that the new edgier line-up will include Keith Kramer who was fired from a Dallas radio gig in 2001 for "reporting" that Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake had died in a car wreck.

Good luck with that, St. Louis.

Howard Stern Reruns

Sounds like most remaining AM and FM radio stations that broadcast Howard Stern will continue to play Howard in reruns until January 3rd when his replacements kick in.

Is reality starting to sink in for you yet? You WILL NOT hear Howard Stern live on the radio again, ever, unless you get SIRIUS Satellite Radio.

My local "former" Stern outlet, WCCC in Hartford, was jamming with hard rock tunes all morning (plenty of AC/DC, Ozzy, and Van Halen)... no word of Sebastian or Lance Christian yet, but I'm sure he'll be checking in by the first week of January.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

¿Prendidisimo? ¡Estás despedido!

According to an Oregon newspaper, fans of latin radio KXOR 660 a.m. "LA X" will no longer hear the morning show team of Mary Salvatierra and Polo Diaz.

If anyone knows what they did to get fired and "asked to leave the premises", please let us know! According to the article, the station will continue with an Hispanic format, but that "exciting new changes are in store."

The station's website is useless.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

$10,000 Reward, DJ Bob Dylan, Sponsorship

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the killer of Bakersfield DJ Karen Garcia by the radio station she worked for, according to KESQ News Channel 3. I mean, the radio station didn't murder her... they're just offering the reward.

Bob Dylan to be a DJ on XM Satellite Radio. According to the press release, he is going to be doing many of the regular DJ things, including "Spin Records, Interview Guests, Take Emails and Offer Commentary on Music and More".

DJ Watch: With only 3 days of Free Howard Stern left, and his big-market replacements (Adam Corola, David Lee Roth) not starting until January 3rd, what will be on your radio station for 2+ weeks? Stern reruns? DJ-free radio? Christmas music? Tune in on Monday the 19th and let us know.

Finally today (unless more interesting news breaks later tonight, and I'm around to re-report it), in deference to the Wisconsin radio station that sold the naming rights to its news room, today's DJ Moves post is coming to you from the rumor room.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Is being strangled considered natural causes?

Do you remember my post in November about Karen Garcia? It's okay if you don't; I barely remember my own posts most of the time, and neither of us really reads this site everyday, do we?

Anyway, when I initially read the news, I was shaken to see someone so young found dead of natural causes. Was I callous to think that if she had a life-threatening illness, she likely would have been in a hospital or facility or with family at the time of her death? It just seemed strange. In fact, the website for the radio station she worked at says she may have been dead for 2 full days before she was found!

I wasn't surprised to learn that her death was later being investigated as "suspicious".

Today, however, the LA Times reported that she was STRANGLED!!! Although her death is now considered a homicide, she was found in her locked apartment, and she lives alone!

Maybe some of you CSI fans can enlighten me...
Is murder by "strangulation" still considered "natural causes" because it is not committed with a tool such as a gun, or does that term no longer apply to her death?
Were the friends that "found her in her locked apartment" involved in her untimely death, or was there someone else involved that had the key? Is her landlord a suspect? Was something paranormal involved?

It sucks when people die.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

We DO deserve the truth!

25-year talk radio veteran Mike Siegel has been replaced by a young-looking morning duo on Seattle's conservative 770 KTTH.

All THE TRUTH's website says on the matter is, "Beginning this week, join radio's new dream team, David Boze and Dan Sytman, 5am-9am on The Truth."

Siegel must be busy looking for a new job, as his personal website has no postings under its "Latest News" section since July 14th (even in the member's area, which I joined just to check).

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

DJ (for hire) Ben Harvey

Available as of December 16, 2005, when K-Rock prepares to drop the "Rock" and flips to Free FM. More info on BH's personal (and well-designed) website.

Say it ain't so, Mo!

Yo, where did Mo go?

Oklahoma City's 94.7 FM, The Buzz (A.K.A. Oklahoma City's New Rock Alternative), posted the following statement on their website yesterday:
A phone segment recently aired during the Mo Morning Show on KHBZ 94.7 FM "The Buzz" contained inappropriate sexual content. "Mo" (Bryan Modzelewski) and KHBZ program director Jimmy Barreda are no longer with the station.

Damn, I wonder where Mo will turn up? Does anybody care?

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Old Man River turns into Internet Stream

Yes, I'm proud of myself for that catchy headline.

Anyway, the Philadelphia Inquirer has reported that Hy Lit - one of the first Rock and Roll DJs EVER - has resigned from his 7 to 9 p.m. shift at Phili's 98.1 WOGL. The stations website makes no mention of his leaving to run an Internet radio station with his son, or of the lawsuit. Lawsuit? The 71 year old legend is supposedly involved in an age-discrimination lawsuit against the station.

His quote on the subject: "Radio is habit-forming. Fifty-one years. I would go on forever. I'm Old Man River." Hence, my title choice for this post.

Get your Hy Lit fix here at his streaming oldies site.

Meanwhile, back in Connecticut

I like rock, but I never enjoyed listening to I95, the self-proclaimed "Home of Rock ’n’ Roll", but I am happy to relay the whereabouts of one half of the station's Ethan & Neil morning show. He's still on the air, but not in the studio.

According to the station's website, Neil Hedley is living on a billboard for 3 weeks to help raise money for the needy via United Way. For those of you who aren't from around these parts, it's friggin cold to be sleeping on a billboard this time of year. Nice guy; good cause.

Feeling bad for him? Good! Click here to donate a buck or two in his honor.

I wonder what Ethan's going to do to top his partner's stunt!

Monday, December 05, 2005

Heh heh, You said "WOOD"!

Steve and Sabrina are leaving 104.5 WSNX in Grand Rapids for the same job at WOOD-FM, a talk radio station in the same area, but on the AM dial (1300).