November 10, 2005

Radio Dots & Dashes (Nov. 10 Edition)

NEW LIVE 105 MORNING TEAMRobert Feder, famed media columnist of the Chicago Sun-Times, noted in today's edition that Jeff "Woody" Fife, Tony Mott and Renae Ravey, Tony, Ravey & Woody at Q101the former afternoon trio at alternative rocker WKQX-FM in the Windy City will replace Howard Stern's morning show on Live 105 (KITS/105.3). Radio & Records adds that the new team will debut at Live 105 on January 2, 2006.

This puts a small (but not fatal) dent in the rumor that The Doghouse might shift to co-owned Alice@97.3 (KLLC) from newbie Talker 106.9 FreeFM (KIFR), where they have been on a test drive, with current Alice morning duo Sarah & No Name moving to Live 105.

One more added ingredient in the equation: Chris Mays, who was rumored to be heading from Adult Rock KMTT/Seattle ("The Mountain") to become program director at Alice, has reportedly now accepted the position and will begin remodeling the the old girl post haste. She started as program director at KMTT in May 1990, and rose to station manager, vice president/general manager and director of operations during her tenure in Coffeetown...

CHANGING PERSPECTIVESRon Reynolds, recently retired after fifty years in local radio (KEWB, KNEW, KNBR, KCBS), and his wife, psychotherapist Denny Reynolds, are completing work on their second book together, "The Art of Relationship: The New Perspective," the follow-up to their "The New Perspective: Ten Tools for Self-Transformation," currently available from Amazon.com. Book number three is already in the works...

I WANNA BE ELECTED — Among the candidates that emerged victorious in the November 8 elections: KCBS/740 news reporter Ron Naso, who won one of three seats on the Kentfield Fire Protection District board. Naso finished third in the voting with 19.16% of the votes cast to gain the seat...

IN SPORTS... — The Oakland A's have signed Ken Korach as their #1 play-by-play guy, following the death of Bill King. Korach, entering his eleventh season in the A's broadcast booth, gets a four-year deal. No word yet on who will replace Korach in the second seat (along with analyst Ray Fosse) or what Bay Area station will be the flagship for the A's radio network in 2006. (You want my guess? I'll give it to you anyway: KYCY/1550 and KIFR/106.9 in tandem. Great way for CBS/Infinity to attract listeners to these fledgling stations.)

Speaking of which: ISP Sports and KYCY/1550 (KYOUradio) have announced a one-year agreement to air University of California men's basketball on the 10,000-watt CBS station this season. Roxy Bernstein will handle play-by-play and host a twenty-minute pregame show, working his ninth season as the voice of Cal Bears men's hoops. A half-hour postgame show will be hosted by Dave Rosselli. The first Cal broadcast on KYCY, which has been known more recently for its All Podcasts format, will be the team's NCAA season opener on Friday, November 18, at Eastern Michigan...

Kevin Radich, known around these parts as "Kevin The Rat," had been part of the "Rise Guys" morning team at Sacramento's KHTK/1140 for the past few years, but will work his last shift there on Friday (Nov. 11). He's decided to give it up to find a job in the Bay Area, where his wife, Kim Wonderley, is the morning traffic anchor at KCBS/740. Radich broke into radio here a decade ago by winning an on-air audition to work with M. Dung at KFOG (not KRQR as I mistakenly wrote earlier).

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