Radio Waves: 10/12/18

Whole ‘Nutter Thing gets Prime Signal Status

Two weeks ago I wrote of Bob Goodman’s great Whole ‘Nuther Thing program on KCSN/KSBR’s (88.5 FM) HD2 signal. I used it as an example of programming you can find on the extra channels sent along with the main format of a station if you have an HD Radio tuner to pick up and decode those extra channels.

“I’m not sure why KCSN’s Sky Daniels hasn’t put it on the main signal for 88.5 FM,” I wrote, “but for now, it’s worth the trouble to find.”

Daniels — KCSN’s programmer — apparently read the column and thought the same thing. As of last weekend, Whole ‘Nuther Thing is available on the main signal of 88.5 FM, available on any FM tuner you own, every Sunday from 3:00-5:00 p.m., following Mimi Chen’s “Peace, Love & Sundays” show.

“I had been considering the move with Bob and your article closed the deal,” Daniels told me. Perhaps he’s stretching the truth, but I am running with it … I like to think that I had an influence on making Los Angeles radio just a little better. Makes the column worthwhile. But I digress.

Goodman told me that the program will continue to air in the 88.5 HD2 stream as well. “Both versions will have original content,” he explained, and the recordings will still be available as before on TuneIn, MixCloud, and podomatic.Com.

Shocking Talent Raid

That’s not the only new program on KCSN. Daniels announced that he was able to convince Gary Calamar to move down the dial from KCRW (89.9 FM) to host the Sunday 5-7 p.m. slot. Calamar had been with KCRW for 25 years.

“Gary established a singular reputation at KCRW (and as a music supervisor) with this keen sensibility curating a powerful blend of new artists with critically acclaimed legends, Daniels said through a press release and an email. “His instincts for melody make him a wonderful addition to the 88.5 FM staff.”

Calamar said he is excited to be a part of his new station with its passion for music. “I am also thrilled to work with Sky Daniels and share the airwaves with my former colleague Nic Harcourt and the amazing music people at 88.5 FM,” he added.

Coffee With Wink

It may be too late to get tickets, but Saturday, October 13th, longtime radio and television personality Wink Martindale will sit down for a couple hours with Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters President Shotgun Tom Kelly for coffee and a chat.

Martindale will talk about his long career including hosting television’s Tic Tac Dough, High Rollers, Gambit, and Trivial Pursuit; his radio shows on such stations as KHJ, KRLA, KGIL and the Station of the Stars: the original KMPC; his friendship with Elvis Presley; and much more. Rumor has it that he will even explain how he got the name Wink…

Martindale is genuinely one of the nicest people you will ever meet, and the program should be a good one. He’ll have on hand copies of his book, Winking at Life, which I hope to review here soon.

The coffee will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Airtel Plaza Hotel, 7277 Valjean Avenue in Van Nuys. Tickets are $20 and include coffee and a danish; seating is limited to 50 people. For information, call the PPB at 323-461-2121.