Radio Waves: 6/10/16

Summer Fun from KCRW

School is out for most kids in the area … that means it’s Summer. And that means it’s time for KCRW’s (89.9 FM) series of free family-oriented concerts called, appropriately enough, Summer Nights.

This week to kick off the series for 2016, Saturday, June 11, features two locations. At the Anaheim Packing District, 440 S. Anaheim Boulevard in Anaheim, you can hang out with DJs Jeremy Sole and Karene Daniel as you enjoy an evening of music, food, and fun for the whole family. This is KCRW’s first Summer Nights event behind the Orange Curtain, and it should be a great one.

Located in the heart of Anaheim, the area features refurbished historic structures along with the Packing House, which is home to more than 20 artisan eateries and is located right next to Farmers Park where the actual musical entertainment will take place from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m.

The second location is well-known to Summer Nights fans:

One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley in Pasadena. Here is where you can hear Los Angeles duo The Palms — described as bridging the gap between Laurel Canyon folk and West Coast beats in order to give you the modern day LA sound (whatever that means) — along with DJ Gary Calamar who opens and closes the night.

Like the OC area, One Colorado is a historic area, featuring 17 buildings that are home to a mix of retailers, designers, local merchants, restaurants, and even a cinema. This one runs 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

If you want to plan ahead, June 18 will feature DJs Raul Campos and Anthony Valadez in Chinatown’s Central and West Plazas, while July 7th will be a tri-location night on the Santa Monica Pier, the Hammer Museum and the Sanra Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art.

For more information on any of the events, head over to KCRW.Com.

Popular Neighborhood

It’s been over a year since Big Boy — aka Kurt Alexander — packed up and moved down the dial from Power 106 (105.9 FM) to Real 92.3 FM. So how is he faring?

When he left Power, the station was in 12 place for all listeners aged 6 and over in the morning, but he was 2nd among listeners 18 to 24 and number 1 in men 18-34. As of the April ratings — the most recent I have — Power sans Big Boy was 19th, 11th and 12th in those same demographics.

Over at Real, he’s 12th, 7th and 9th. So not as big as at Power, but still big. Or perhaps Big. But … when he first moved to Real in March, the ratings for those same demos were 16th, 3rd and 1st. Which means the competition between the stations is far higher than anyone predicted. Long term, this should be an interesting one to watch.

Short Takes

This one sounds fun: KCRW is hosting it’s first ever scavenger hunt next weekend, June 18th and 19th. Get a squad together and explore the city (I assume in and around Santa Monica) with clues provided by the iPhone and Android app Eventzee. The team with the most points wins a $5000 gift certificate to Tender Greens; the entry fee is $5 per team. See KCRW.Com. Again.

Christian James Hand is the guy who dissects songs and gives insight to the artistry of music. Formerly a guest on the Mark in the Morning show he’s now a co-host on Andy in the Afternoon. So what was he doing on the air last Sunday Night? Does he ever take a day off?

And what about the fact that Sound programmer Dave Beasing told me that I could never be on the Sound because I never worked at KMET (now KTWV, 94.7 FM)? Hand never did either. I wonder if Beasing just said that because he was busy … maybe I should send him my aircheck again.