Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Tic Tak and the Freak Show

No, I didn't make that up. That's the name of the new "crew" you'll be stuck listening to if you live in Chicago and turn to 103.5 Kiss FM (WKSC) on your ride home from work.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Marc "Tic Tak" Allen (formerly of Q95-5 WKQI in Detroit) and his entourage called "The Freak Show" will be on the air from 4 to 8 p.m. weekdays. I'm sure they're nice people, and tolerable to listen to, but maybe we should work on the name.

It seems the station had to shake things up to make room for them. The article states that, "Following Kevin "Drex" Buchar's morning show, the new "Kiss FM" lineup features Robert "Adam Smasher" Maher from 10 a.m. to noon, Nikki Imbrascio from noon to 4 p.m., and Mack Weaver from 8 p.m. to midnight."
Let me know if any DJs are "missing".

Monday, January 30, 2006


WTF is going on with Bill Handel at KFI 640 AM in Los Angeles?

Whenever radio management has to make a statement that includes a phrase that claims they are "a strong and passionate believer in 1st amendment rights", something interesting has probably happened.

For related news, see our previous story about a Boston DJ.

A new breed of "Shock" Jock?

Some guys are called a "Shock Jock" because they curse on the air, or have strippers and porn stars in their studio. But Paul Arca, radio host of the morning show on Oldies Radio 103.3 KLOU in St. Louis, had a different approach to earn that title, and his method is more jolting than most.

Luckily, he lived to tell his story!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

2 Daves: Dave Schmidt, David Lee Roth Countdown

Detroit Dave
Michigan morning man Dave Schmidt is out after nearly a quarter of a century at Lite Rock 98.9 WJEZ in Pontiac, most likely on his own terms or as a mutual decision. He's going to work for his old boss at 1080 AM, KGVY radio in Green Valley, Arizona (outside of Tucson), we're he'll be constantly explaining that he's from Pontiac, not Detroit.

Diamond Dave
Is it only a matter of time before David Lee Roth steps down or is asked to leave from his new morning show gig? With rumors/reports of little enthusiasm towards his job, boring broadcasts, and poor ratings, it will be a wonder if even Van Halen takes him back. And that's a shame, 'cuz after listening to Van Halen's first album as well as Fair Warning on my iPod this morning, I was thinking it would be cool to see the original cast back together. But if DLR takes a dive at his radio gig and goes back to driving an ambulance, he may not have the draw that the other VH boys had probably hoped he would attain by taking over for Howard Stern. VH would then be just as likely to bring back Gary Cherone as David Lee. Oh well, at least I could hold out hope for a Van Hagar reunion.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

DJ Moves: Bandyke, BEN

According to Roger Lelievre writing for The Ann Arbor News / MLIVE.com, Martin Bandyke, a 22 year NPR veteran of WDET in Detroit, is the new morning drive guy at 107.1 FM WQKL in Ann Arbor (starting next Monday.)

adam reyCongrats to Martin on his new gig, but I haven't heard the fate of current 107.1 morning-man young-Adam-Rey (pictured)? As of this posting, poor Adam is still touted as the morning host on Ann Arbor's 107 one.

Like so many JACK FM stations popping up all over the country, Philadelphia's BEN FM plays crap all day without any DJs. Why "Ben" instead of "Jack"? Probably just a smart move on the part of 95.7 BEN FM. They must actually use an iPod or CD changer instead of inking a deal with the JACK-FM company for essentially the same DJ-free service, forcing them to choose a different name. Well, BEN is no longer DJ-less... According to Philly.com, Matthew LA Reid and Cheryl Ann Kennedy are now doing a morning show on the station. Reid was on Philly's Y100 WPLY in the 1990's.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Adam Carolla causes shake-ups

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune / signonsandiego.com, Chris "Cantore in the Morning" Cantore is getting a partner for his morning show on 91X when Jennifer White shows up on February 2nd 2006. White used to have her own show in Seattle (with DJ No Name), but was replaced by the syndicated Adam Carolla show on 107.7 KNDD "The End" (appropriate).

In Reno, 100.9 KRZQ picked up the syndicated Adam Carolla show to replace the syndicated (on 2 stations, so does it count?) Rob, Arnie & Dawn show. So, the station down the street, 105.7 KOZZ Reno's Classic Rock, picked up Rob, Arnie & Dawn, but moved morning duo Steve Smith and Jim McClain to afternoons. Unfortunately, Steve Smith is going to have to find a new nickname.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Dallas Morning Mixing

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Julie Hoyt-Fisk has left the morning mix at Mix 102.9 (KDMX) in Dallas. The rest of the cast, primarily Tony and Cappy, remain in place. The radio station's website, per usual, makes no mention of the change, even on their "New Morning Mix" page.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

DJ Moves, Australia Style

Not sure if I can keep up w/ International news, but this one seems like a big deal to my friends Down Under, and it's right up our ally, mate:

According to Nicole Brady, writing for The Age, "when Mix FM's breakfast listeners tuned in on Monday morning expecting Jane Marwick and Paul Holmes to have returned from their summer break, they were instead greeted by music and the odd bit of banter by fill-in host Simon Diaz."

Marwick and Holmes were informed on Friday, the last day of their summer holiday (that's what you call vacation outside the US, right?), that they would be able to extend their holiday as long as they like. NOYCE!

Monday, January 16, 2006

DJ Police Blotter

As reported by Martin Miller and Geoff Boucher in Saturday's LA Times:
LA radio host Chris Douridas of National Public Radio's Southern California flagship station, 89.9 FM KCRW in Santa Monica, was arrested last week on suspicion of drugging and trying to kidnap a 14-year-old girl. He was later released after posting a $1 Million bond.

Douridas is known for introducing great new artists on his radio show before other DJs played them, as well as for his success in creating the soundtracks for popular movies, including Grosse Pointe Blank, which I own and recommend you buy (but only if it turns out that he is innocent.)

Friday, January 13, 2006

Listen to Stern, Carolla, Roth?

According to the Daily News in New York, Illegal pirate radio broadcasts of Stern's Sirius Satellite program have been heard this week - for free - on broadcast radio, including 95.1 FM in Brooklyn and 101.5 FM in North Jersey (not the legitimate 101.5 WKXW in Trenton).

These free FM broadcasts are illegal pirate broadcasts, so don't listen to them if you're a Howard fan. You see, if nobody pays to listen to Stern, and Sirius only plays 6 minutes of ads per hour during Howard's show, they won't be able to keep those satellites floating in space, let alone afford Howard's $500 Million contract. Then the whole thing will backfire on you, and you won't be able to hear Stern ANYWHERE! So do the right thing: Pay for it, or don't listen at all.

If you're on the wrong coast, you can listen to David Lee Roth or Adam Carolla live on the Internet for free, legally, from the following official web sites of Free FM:
  • Listen to Adam Carolla
  • Listen to David Lee Roth
  • A Face for Radio

    After 42 years on TV with ABC News, Ted Koppel has struck a deal to become a commentator on National Public Radio (NPR). In addition to providing analysis and commentary for "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered", Koppel will also serve as an NPR analyst for breaking news reports and coverage of special events. I'm looking forward to hearing him, as Morning Edition has sucked since Bob Edwards left for XM, primarily because of the hourly intro he used to do... The new hosts can't handle the script, no matter who has tried. I hope Ted takes over that important piece of the show.

    Thursday, January 12, 2006

    DJ Lisa Foxx back in LA?

    Welcome back Lisa Foxx as she returns to Star 98.7 (KYSR) in Los Angeles for the night shift starting tomorrow (January 13 2006).

    Previously, Lisa Foxx was on Star 98.7 for the afternoon drive, and formerly a co-host with Seacrest-Out until she was fired by the station last September, according to her website. Not sure about when you can hear her, exactly, as she only mentions her first two shifts:
    "this Friday night from 7 p.m. – midnight and then again Sunday from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m."

    Maybe it's temporary or a weekend gig? Let us know!

    By the way, I am impressed with how her personal website comes up FIRST on GOOGLE when you type in "Lisa Foxx". I mean, I know it's her name and all, but it sounds like such a generic porno alias that I didn't expect to find the radio DJ's actual site listed at the top of the search results. Oh, the power of Seacrest. Out.

    Tuesday, January 10, 2006

    Radio DJ Moves: Bubba, K-hits, Howard

    Fan(s) of Bubba the Love Sponge "Don't Call Me Todd" Clem can now find him back on the air if they subscribe to Sirius satellite radio after the DJ's two year vacation.

    Still Safe for the Dentist Office?
    Speaking of new names, the station formerly known as "K-Lite 106.7" in Portland (Oregon, not Maine) is now known as "All New K-Hits 106.7" which their website claims will bring you "the greatest hits of the 60’s & 70’s!" Is your DJ still there? Let us know.

    Any other radio host moves this week?
    Oh yeah, I guess Howard Stern d├ębuted (sp?) on Sirius yesterday. Heard he was pretty good, but O&A fans were quick to point out that playing the Pat O'Brien tapes had been done before. Well, not for Howard fans, so chill out wow-boys; you should be flattered.

    Friday, January 06, 2006

    The Boise Bounce

    According to Boise TV station KTVB, Big Jack Armstrong was fired by KLTB Kool 104.3 this week. It appears the station is flipping formats and now plays country music instead of oldies.

    Also in Idaho, KJOT has let morning show host Doug go and using the new slogan, "J105 — Everything that Rocks". Incoming: the Pete & Joe show.

    Thursday, January 05, 2006

    Keep up with DJ Moves in DC

    Try and keep up. Hear's what we've heard about radio stations in DC this week:

    Z104 Radio, Washington's Modern Music, is history. No word on where your favorite DJs will turn up.

    DC classical music station WGMS moved from 103.5 FM up the dial to 104.1 and 103.9 FM, replacing Z104.

    Until the launch of the new all-news station Washington Post Radio (planned for March 2006), all-news station WTOP can be heard on 103.5 and 107.7 FM and 1500 AM in the DC area.

    Wednesday, January 04, 2006

    Who the hell is Jack?

    You turned on your radio recently, only to find out that your favorite station now sounds like a top-40 countdown jumping between songs from the past 25 years, without Rick Dees or Casey Kasem or Ryan Seacrest to talk you through it.

    Here's what probably happened. The owner of your radio station wasn't making enough money, so he fired all the DJs and replaced them with something called Jack FM. Jack FM plays random songs picked by a computer, just like you're iPod shuffle, only with all the crappy songs you chose NOT to put on your real iPod, and without any DJs to add the flavor you get from your "old-fashioned" local radio stations.

    Cleveland K-Rocks!

    Cleveland's Modern Rocker 92.3 Xtreme Radio (WXTM) has grabbed the WXRK call letters found abandoned recently in New York, following K-Rock's flip to the new post-Howard Stern Free-FM format. If you were attached to any of the DJs that you used to listen to on 92.3, well, the station's website says it best:
    "92.3 - Now On Random Play."

    Maybe Rover and his glorious morning crew will remain on the station.

    FREE FM - Welcome to Suck Radio?

    On its first day with new syndicated jocks replacing Howard Stern, FM stations across the country signed on and sucked yesterday according to various reports.

    Not gonna happen:
    David Lee Roth extended an open invite on the air to Howard to call into the program regularly. Um, I think Howard's busy Dave.

    On the other coast, listeners have reported that at least Adam Carolla sounded comfortable, if not great, in his first day replacing Howard Stern (whom he apparently did not mention nearly as much as Diamond Dave did).

    Read what listeners have said.

    Bay Area: Spanish Oldies & La Romantica

    I don't know, I guess it makes sense that they exist.. they didn't just invent Spanish music yesterday. But I never heard the two words together before, and it sounded kinda funny: Spanish Oldies. Go ahead, say it out loud. "Spanish Oldies"

    Actually, I guess any thing with the word "oldies" after it sounds funny.

    So, if you live in San Jose and like romantic music, and if you used to listen to it on 100.3 FM (KBRG Radio Romantica), I've got bad news. 100.3 is now Spanish oldies Recuerdo.

    Here's the good news. If your radio can pick up 104.9 out of San Francisco (KCNL), they are now going to call themselves "La Romantica" and play the crap you used to listen to on 100.3. Sorry modern rock fans, you're going to have to go somewhere else. 104.9 doesn't play that anymore, as I'm sure you'll find out on your own. Don't worry, I'm sure there is plenty of rock in the city that is home to The Rock.

    Another K-Rock no longer rocks

    San Antonio's K-Rock KSRX is now DJ-free 102.7 Jack-FM. Their website announces "We play whatever we want", which means that they basically put your little sister's iPod on shuffle.

    Sometimes the songs will rock, sometimes they will suck.

    Tuesday, January 03, 2006

    A Very Busy Radio Day

    With the new year upon us, I expect to see a lot of DJ moves go into effect throughout the day on many, many stations across the country. If you are wondering what happened to your DJ, post it here, or if you know what happened to your DJ, let us know!