Friday, August 18, 2006

KZLA-FM dumps country music format and welcomes Rick Dees!

Los Angeles doesn't love it's country... music that is. It was announced that KZLA-FM is switching formats from country to a more "dance-ready pop format," and will mark the return of Rick Dees to the morning show. Seriously, how does that guy keep finding work? "Movin 93.9" will no longer play Shania, Toby, or even Carrie Underwood, it will feature acts like Beyonce, Gnarls Barkley, and Gwen Stephani.

Hey, on the bright side, at least it didn't go all Spanish. Racist? No. Just scan the FM dial in Los Angeles. There are only 3 stations that play anything that rocks, and like 3 that play anything in the hip-hop realm. The rest is all Spanish speaking. The newer, more adventurous formats can all be found on subscription based radio.

KZLA had long been one of the nation's top country stations, and billed itself as "America's most listened-to country station." But its ratings had steadily slipped in recent years. "It's definitely going to leave a big hole in the national country music radio landscape," said Wade Jessen, director of Nashville-based charts for Billboard magazine and country editor for Radio & Records, which Billboard recently acquired. "L.A. is such an important market. The business leaders here in Nashville are not going to see that as any sort of good news, and for good reason."

t is not known what date Dees will take over the morning slot or if he will play his 1977 classic, "Disco Duck."

For your consideration:
Rick Dees - Disco Duck Mp3

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