what: Gary Lycan KROQ tops in listening in fall ratings December 16, 2001 By GARY LYCAN The Orange County Register Alternative KROQ/106.7 FM is No. 1 in the Los Angeles-Orange County Arbitron ratings for September-November listening. Close behind were contemporary hits KIIS/102.7 FM and regional Mexican-formatted KSCA/101.9 FM. Predictably, in the wake of the Sept. 11 tragedy, some talk and news stations attracted a bigger audience. KFI/640 AM's share of audience jumped from 3.8 to 4.1 percent, but the real winner was talk KABC/790 AM, which climbed from a 2.3 percent share to 2.6. That may not seem dramatic, but in the Winter 2000 survey, it had only a 1.8 percent audience share. All-news KNX/1070 AM's share remained the same - 2.5, but all-news KFWB/980 AM went from a 2.0 to a 2.3 KLAC/570 AM is struggling since it went from adult standards to talk in August. Its share of overall audience was 1.4 last winter. Today, it is 0.8, and it's a similar story at talk KRLA/870 AM - 1.3 last winter, 0.8 today. Here's the Top 15, overall listening, Monday-Sunday: 1) KROQ 2) KIIS 3) KSCA 4) contemporary hits/rhythmic KPWR/105.9 FM 5) KFI 6) urban KKBT/100.3 FM 7) Spanish adult contemporary KLVE/107.9 FM 8) adult contemporary KOST/103.5 FM 9) smooth jazz KTWV/94.7 FM 10) oldies KRTH/101.9 FM 11) urban adult contemporary KHHT/92.3 FM 12) KABC 13) hot adult contemporary KBIG/104.3 FM 14) Talk KLSX/97.1 FM 15) KNX. KIIS-FM BIG CONCERT Michael Jackson headlines KIIS/102.7 FM's big concert Wednesday night at the Los Angeles Staples Center. He'll be recognized by morning personality Rick Dees for his contributions to music, and it marks his only West Coast appearance this year. The "Jingle Ball" lineup also includes performances by Alicia Keys, Five for Fighting, Craig David, Lifehouse, Sugar Ray, Michelle Branch, LFO, Toya, and Shakira. The KIIS event began in 1999 at Knott's Berry Farm. The venue size has grown from 3,000 to 18,000. For latest ticket information, call Ticketmaster at (714) 740-2000 or check out its Web site, ticketmaster.com ELLEN K'S BIG DAY "Jingle Ball" isn't the only big event KIIS is excited about - Rick Dees' sidekick Ellen K is due to give birth Dec. 25 and, says Clear Channel LA Regional Vice President Roy Laughlin, "Cedars is wired," a reference to Cedar-Sinai Hospital. The plan is to broadcast live the baby's birth. STATION BREAKS You can't hear it in most of Orange County, but John and Larry Gassman's "Same Time Same Station" old radio show has been around for years, most recently on KCSN/88.5 FM in the San Fernando Valley. The show was to end this month - John and Larry were moving and would no longer have access to the tapes and equipment. But they found a new show runner - Jerry Haendiges, who will take over the program in February. If you would like more information about the show or early radio programs, e-mail John at jjgassman@earthlink.net. If you missed Saturday's California Artists Radio Theatre production of holiday classics featuring veterans such as JoAnne Worley, William Windom, John Astin, you can catch it on National Public Radio. For more information: (213) 683-3422. Here's something to think about: Media analysts expect satellite radio to reach 8.4 million consumers by 2005. And another national survey found that more than 188 million people, or 80 percent of persons older than 12, listen to radio on Saturdays and Sundays. During an average week, Arbitron said, radio reaches 96 percent of persons older than 12, and 99 percent of those with $50,000-plus income households. One more finding: In-car listening exceeds at-home listening, 84 percent to 69 percent. WEB CHAT Here's what local personalities are saying and doing on Don Barrett's laradio.com Web site: After the 2002 Los Angeles Dodgers baseball season, look for the Dodgers to be heard on a new radio home, abandoning their five-year relationship with Clear Channel and KXTA/1150 AM. Sources close to the negotiations indicate that an Infinity station will secure the rights and begin broadcasting the Dodgers in the 2003 season. Local CBS/Infinity management refused to comment for the story. Roy Laughlin, Clear Channel/L.A. cluster co-head, was willing to comment. "Clear Channel and the Dodgers are in the final year of a strong five-year relationship in 2002. That relationship involves the KIIS/FM Wango Tango and nearly 50 percent of the Dodger affiliates on the Dodger network that are on Clear Channel-owned stations, as well as we are the sales market for the Spanish and Korean Dodger broadcasts," he e-mailed. "The only thing that has changed officially with the Dodgers and Clear Channel is our notification to them that we would be moving the Wango Tango to the site of this year's BCS championship game, the Rose Bowl, for 2002. We are committed to doing a deal with the Dodgers only if it makes sense for Clear Channel L.A. "As you know we also retain the sales marketing rights to UCLA along with the Lakers, Angels and the Clippers with the Dodgers for 2002. Our hope is to continue with the Dodgers on mutually beneficial terms." Leykis censored: Tom Leykis did not know that KLSX/97.1 FM was censoring one of his bits. When he learned about it the other night, he spent almost an hour running the bit over and over again. His show is syndicated by Westwood One, and KLSX carries the afternoon drive show live. Listeners will frequently ask to be "taken out" when the conversation is over or about to be terminated by Tom. Sometimes they get blown up with an explosion sound effect. When Dale Earnhardt died at the Daytona 500 race earlier this year, a Leykis listener asked to be "taken out" Dale Earnhardt-style. Tom played the fatal crash. Unocal, a major client of KLSX, complained. "We corrected the situation at that time," e-mailed program director Jack Silver, who instructed his local board ops to dump the crash whenever it came down the feed. "I have no idea why I'm being censored by the local station in Los Angeles, KLSX," complained Tom. "If they would only tell me why, we could discuss it." Tom played the crash over and over again, which played havoc with the KLSX board op. Terminated: Clear Channel terminated 48 people among the 45 L.A. regional area stations it operates. KYSR/98.7 FM Program Director Angela Perelli was one of the more visible who lost a job. ---------------------------------- Updated: December 10, 2001