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Former KABC Talk Host Michael Jackson Dies at 87

Jackson’s radio career spanned five decades; 32 of those years were spent at KABC (1966-1998).

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One of the pioneers in the Los Angeles talk radio scene has passed away. Michael Jackson, a longtime fixture at KABC Los Angeles (790), died at 87-years-old on Saturday in his LA home, a spokesperson said

“The world knew and adored our Michael Jackson. But Michael’s home was California, Los Angeles, America. For that, we are grateful,” former California Senator Barbara Boxer in a statement.

Jackson’s radio career spanned five decades; 32 of those years were spent at KABC (1966-1998) and syndicated on the ABC Radio Network for nearly a decade. During his time at KABC radio, Jackson had interviewed hundreds of public figures from politicians, actors, musicians, etc. 

“It was a testament to Michael, that so many of the guests and celebrities preferred to actually come in studio, rather than do phoners,” said Lyle Gregory, Jackson’s Show Producer of 30 years. 

“With his British accent and boyhood charm, Michael made people comfortable, they opened up. That was his gift. Michael molded an interview into conversation, news and information. Like two people sitting at a kitchen table talking. A table, an open window, where millions tuned in daily across the nation, so many of them referring to Michael as their personal University.”

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Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh to Fill In As Morning Host at WLOB

The embattled former politician served federal prison time after being convicted on wire fraud and tax evasion charges.

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A talk radio station in Baltimore has tapped the city’s former mayor to fill in for morning host Larry Young as he recovers from surgery.

According to Radio Ink, Catherine Pugh has been hired to fill the void. The embattled former politician served federal prison time after being convicted on wire fraud and tax evasion charges.

“The defendant’s scheme to cheat the taxpayers of Baltimore was as bold as it was brazen, and today’s sentence shows that the punishment for those actions is swift and severe,” said FBI agent Alfred Watson, in a statement published on the Department of Justice’s website.

WOLB Talk 1010 is owned by Urban One. The station bills itself as “Baltimore’s station for the people, with Larry Young every morning discussing issues that matter to you.”

Pugh has broadcast experience, having worked on the air at WGTW-TV in the Philadelphia area, hosting a weekly public affairs show.

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Two New Radio Stations Will Carry Vox’s “Today Explained”

“Today Explained” made its radio debut last month after a distribution agreement with WNYC Studios.

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Vox Media’s flagship daily news podcast “Today Explained” made its radio debut last month after a distribution agreement with WNYC Studios. The show is expanding, reaching other stations, including one in a marquee market. 

The company announced that “Today Explained” will now be adding two new stations to the roster, KCRW (Los Angeles) and WEKU (Eastern Kentucky). 

“The KCRW audience is curious, connected, and drawn to the most interesting stories – not just the most immediate,” Evan George, content director of news for KCRW, said. 

Today Explained fits our approach to newsy storytelling with heart. We’re also excited for KCRW listeners to hear some public media voices from around the country help tell the big story of the day without being limited to a four-minute segment.”

Los Angeles is the second-largest public radio market in the U.S., and for co-host Sean Rameswaram, an L.A. native, it’s a homecoming of sorts. Furthermore, the show frequently covers the state of California, whether it’s from politicians to policies pushed. 

Here are the radio stations carrying Vox’s daily news podcast:

  • KCRW (Santa Monica, CA)
  • WEKU (Richmond / Lexington, KY)
  • WEVO / New Hampshire Public Radio (Concord, NH)
  • WITF (Harrisburg, PA)
  • WVPS / Vermont Public Radio (Burlington)
  • WVXU / Cincinnati Public Radio (Cincinnati)
  • WHYY (Philadelphia)
  • WRKF (Baton Rouge, LA)
  • WWNO / New Orleans Public Radio (New Orleans)
  • WCBU (Peoria, IL)
  • WGLT (Normal, IL)
  • KOPB / Oregon Public Broadcasting (Portland)
  • WUOM / Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor)
  • WUFT (Gainesville, FL)
  • WLPR / Lakeshore Public Media (Lowell, IN)

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NPR Appoints Sal LoCurto as Senior Director for Program Strategy

LoCurto has spent the past five years heading KPCC’s programming.

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NPR has found its newest Senior Director For Broadcast Programming Strategy as the company has hired 89.3 KPCC Pasadena/Los Angeles Program Director Sal LoCurto.

LoCurto has spent the past five years heading KPCC’s programming. In his new position, he will supervise the strategic focus of NPR’s non-newsmagazine broadcast programming and manage relationships with outer program producers.

“Among the valuable skills and experience Sal brings to NPR are a deep knowledge of broadcast best practices and the needs of our member stations,” the statement said relayed by Radio Insight.

“Under his leadership, KPCC experienced its highest-rated nine months in the station’s history. Sal also managed and coached key on-air talent, including A Martinez – who has since joined NPR – during his tenure at the station.”

The soon-to-be-former program director will join NPR on June 6th and is more than excited at the chance to work for the public radio station. 

“This is a fantastic opportunity to work with our exceptional programming colleagues around the country and NPR’s production partners as we seek new ways to best serve audiences and fulfill our shared mission. I’m truly honored to join NPR’s team,” LoCurto said. 

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