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    No More Country Music On LA Radio, Rick Dees Is Back

    After 25 years, the last remaining country music station in the Los Angeles market, changed formats -


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    Talk about your quick career shifts. At 10 a.m. on Thursday, Peter Tilden and Ashley Paige were still morning-drive hosts at KZLA-FM (93.9), billed as "America's most listened to country station." At 10:15, they were notified that the station's format was changing immediately from country to pop and that they were out of work.
    They've switched to a "rythmic adult contemporary" format, and longtime KIIS-FM host Rick Dees takes over as morning man at 93.9...

    While KZLA is still streaming country music on its website, this move leaves the nation's top two markets, New York and Los Angeles, without any country music stations.

    San Francisco's another major market without the format.

    Personal comment - if you'd like to hear a well-programmed country station, which in my opinion KZLA wasn't, always...and you live anywhere between the Santa Clarita valley and Santa Barbara...check out KHAY 100.7 out of Ventura.

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    Re: No More Country Music On LA Radio, Rick Dees Is Back

    That's amazing... but to one who has been in the radio business, not really surprising either. It's a shame that the very popular "Country" format can't find a welcome in Los Angeles. I guess it's just not hip and trendy enough. Rick Dees is?

    OK, folks. Time to pass the hat. Dig deep. We're buying a frequency! This is the golden opportunity of a lifetime.

    Oh, how I would love to own the only country station in Los Angeles!
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    Re: No More Country Music On LA Radio, Rick Dees Is Back

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Chaney
    That's amazing... but to one who has been in the radio business, not really surprising either. It's a shame that the very popular "Country" format can't find a welcome in Los Angeles. I guess it's just not hip and trendy enough. Rick Dees is?

    OK, folks. Time to pass the hat. Dig deep. We're buying a frequency! This is the golden opportunity of a lifetime.

    Oh, how I would love to own the only country station in Los Angeles!
    For one thing, insiders are saying that the demographics of country music are "too white" for a market as "ethnically diverse" as Los Angeles...good luck with your efforts, Tom! At one point in time, we had 3 or 4 country stations in the market (admittedly that was 30 years ago and more)

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    Re: No More Country Music On LA Radio, Rick Dees Is Back

    My mom is pretty upset about the diminishing country stations out of SF. If she wants country, she has to listen to KCAT which is in Sac or Froggy which is in Santa Rosa (both out of range in most of Vallejo and Contra Costa County). Clear Channel seems to think we need more Spanish stations.

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    Re: No More Country Music On LA Radio, Rick Dees Is Back

    Well... with the villain of regular radio gaining popularity it won't be long till you can get as many as 20 different types of country music.

    Satellite radio is the future.
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    Re: No More Country Music On LA Radio, Rick Dees Is Back

    Talk about your quick change, geez.
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    Re: No More Country Music On LA Radio, Rick Dees Is Back

    St. Elizabeth, Patron Saint of Themed parks. Protect us from break downs, long lines, and used gum. Amen.
    I dunno 'bout you but I think thats hilarious





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    Re: No More Country Music On LA Radio, Rick Dees Is Back

    What do the mean?





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    Re: No More Country Music On LA Radio, Rick Dees Is Back

    ANd I'm alone





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    Re: No More Country Music On LA Radio, Rick Dees Is Back

    eep i can copy and paste avatars!





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    Re: No More Country Music On LA Radio, Rick Dees Is Back

    Does anybody actually listen to the radio for music anymore???

    The ONLY time we listen to the radio is for traffic or 97.1.


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    Re: No More Country Music On LA Radio, Rick Dees Is Back

    Quote Originally Posted by Radiobarry
    For one thing, insiders are saying that the demographics of country music are "too white" for a market as "ethnically diverse" as Los Angeles...good luck with your efforts, Tom! At one point in time, we had 3 or 4 country stations in the market (admittedly that was 30 years ago and more)

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    Re: No More Country Music On LA Radio, Rick Dees Is Back

    How unfortunate. However I didn't realize LA actually had a Country station. I assumed that like New York the demographcis were not good enough for a country Station, considering that there are no more Ray Charles and Charlie Prides popular in Country Music anymore. Closest you can get for something diverse in Country music is the Los Lonely Boys (really Tex Mex) and Cowboy Troy. I love Country musicbut the genre needs another Ray Charles to survive in the long term.

    However nice to see rick Dees working again.

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    Re: No More Country Music On LA Radio, Rick Dees Is Back

    What a shame! I'm not a country music fan, but the LA music choices on the radio seem to be getting more and more limited. There is just so much more out there than what they play on LA radio. Thank goodness for satellite and internet radio!

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    Re: No More Country Music On LA Radio, Rick Dees Is Back

    Yes, I'm surprised as well. "Diversity" should mean more formats, not less, since there's more tastes to appeal to. I know Country was making a comeback 10+ years ago, but I guess that was shortlived.

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