April 12. 1999
Stand up comedian Bob Baker is becoming a permanent part of Dave Smiley’s morning show on Mix 95.7. He’s been more of an invited guest up to now … How much funnier can one show get? Dave told listeners to come down to the Mix’s Pacific Highway studios and he’d give them a $100 bill. People arrived as expected and were handed pieces of paper that told them to pay Dave $100. After all, it was April 1 … How to win friends and influence people.
Classic Soul based Magic 92.5 (XHRM) had an equally clever and somewhat less cruel April Fool prank. They claimed the 163 freeway through Balboa Park was closed in order to reduce pollution and encourage the panda bears at the adjacent San Diego Zoo to get busy doing the wild thang.
On KOGO (600am) Raoul Contreras and Larry Murray are out … replaced by a financial show and more of everyone’s favorite syndicated purveyor of paranoia, Art Bell.
Hot rumor … After 22 years affiliated with KFMB (760am), the National League champion San Diego Padres may be ready to head back to where they were 23 years ago. Anybody remember where that was? …Anybody? …Bueller? And if it happens, will longtime KFMB sports guy Ted Leitner go with them?
KYXY (96.5fm) afternoon driver O.J. Lawrence died of cancer last Friday. O.J., real name Larry Wansley, was 49. He’d been with KYXY nine years following a stint at KFI, Los Angeles. O.J. was also an ordained Baptist minister. Services will be Thursday, April 15 at the Mira Mesa Baptist Church. Any wishes or family condolences can be sent to the station or e-mailed to KYXY.com.
Local poet, journalist and radio producer Adolfo Guzman Lopez has a new lifestyle oriented show on KPBS FM (89.5) nightly from 6:30 to 7:30 Sunday through Thursday. “The Lounge” sounds like a less raucous, less contentious version of Politically Incorrect with a some variety show elements thrown in. Artists, pundits and other characters will discuss issues on the minds of people in their 20’s and 30’s … That moves daily repeats of NPR’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross” back an hour, followed by Dan Erwine’s local talk show at 8:30 and business news junkie treat “Marketplace” at 9:30.
Ladies, get your tapes ready. Angst ridden 91X (XETRA-FM) morning man Chris Cantore is looking for an on air partner.