The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

22 June 2006

Bill Handel, KFI, Los Angeles


KFI - Los Angeles Reaches First Place

In Southern California, conservative radio has reached a new ratings high: first place.

That would be KFI-AM we're talking about, home of Rush Limbaugh and morning host Bill Handel.

With an overall share of 4.9 revealed in the lastest monthly Arbitron trend report, KFI has rocketed into the number one position, surpassing Spanish language formats and FM music stations. As far as we can tell, it's the first time this has occurred in Los Angeles.

Because these figures represent the second phase of the all- important spring ratings period, to see if this holds, we'll have to wait until the full book is released next month.

Meanwhile, liberal Air America Radio affiliate KTLK turned in a flat 1.0 share and long- dormant KABC scored another 2.2 among all listeners 12 and older.

For any English- based radio format, overcoming the near- total dominance of Spanish radio in Southern California has always been extremely difficult.

According to Inside Radio, Handel's morning show played a major role in KFI's sudden upsurge. Moving from 5.6, to a 6.1 share month- to- month, the controversial conservative talker's now in first place in the LA market.

While there has been some minor tinkering by Arbitron over its ratings calculation formulas, the Radio Equalizer wonders if the massive publicity and controversy over Handel's Muslim jokes earlier this year has contributed to his increased popularity.

While Handel and KFI faced immense pressure from Islamic extremist group CAIR over the incident, the longtime morning host was ultimately able to hang on to his job.

If these numbers hold for another month, KFI, Rush and Handel will truly have new bragging rights.

ELSEWHERE: after nearly a year of intense bickering and outrageous demands, Randi Rhodes and Air America have apparently finally come to a contract renewal agreement. For exclusive details, check back with the Radio Equalizer, very soon.

Randi hopes you won't!

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    GO RANDI!!!!!

    By Blogger rightwingwhiner, at 22 June, 2006 16:46  

  • Wonder if the bankruptcy court will honor the contract? Seems like the contract of the United Air pilots did not survive the filing. Think AAR is any different?

    May Dobny will just form a new company and stiff everyone, including Randi? Hey it worked on the boys and girls club.

    By Blogger Seriouslyunserious, at 22 June, 2006 18:08  

  • RWW, I wonder if they serve Kool-Aid at the home! HA!

    Congrats to KFI for going to the top--that's sticking it to the Hollywood elite who call that area home!

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 22 June, 2006 18:57  

  • "hollywood elite" , pathetic, sad, desperate, out of touch, bumper sticker shouting moron. Lionel talks about idiots like you every day. A bumper sticker shouting complete f*cking moron. Amazing, you recite mantras, like a robot
    "hollywood elite"
    "liberal media"
    "Murtha is a traitor"

    you are one kool-aide drinking ditto head, and a worthless one at that.
    Debating a con, is like debating a robot.

    Look in the mirror fake Patriot, and repeat after me, "right wing radio, killed my ability to think"

    Patriot world, still will not explain why did 19 Republicans vote for amnesty for terrorists?
    Why not coward?
    did not get your talking points, from lard ass Rove yet?
    Nothing is funnier than laughing at right wing robots, seriously, you guys make me practically piss my pants every day!

    Lets rub this in again on the fake patriot
    Randi Rhodes SERVED in the military

    Limbaugh dodged the draft with a pimple of his ass !!!
    O'riley, Hannity never SERVED
    and Savage was busy with king of all pedophile poets Alan Ginsburg instead of serving!!!!!!!!!!

    Rhodes American hero, patriot and Veteran
    you and all of the right wing goof balls on the A.M radio = fake patriots and ZEROS

    I love this sh*t. I could do this all day long. You can place your trust in dodge drafting druggies and closet queens like Savage, I will trust the actual news, what the GOP congess votes for and reality!!

    By Blogger rightwingwhiner, at 23 June, 2006 13:38  

  • "Rhodes American hero, patriot and Veteran"

    Hey I served in the military during the Vietnam Era, and I wasn't even drafted - I signed up.

    Can I claim this here "American hero, patriot, and Veteran" status?

    Does that mean my opinion on military matters is just as valuable and important as Randy Rhodes?

    By Blogger Lokki, at 23 June, 2006 17:51  

  • Lokki, as for as I'm concerned you can. And for this lesbian Rhodes, SINCE WHEN DOES SHE KNOW ABOUT BEING A PATRIOT?! RWW, people like you are part of the enemy within since you like to rake Savage across the coals. So is anyone associated with AAR, NPR, Pacifica--especially Amy Goodman and ABCCBSNBCCNNMSNBC!

    Get my drift, America HATER?! Stop drinking your damn Haterade!

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 23 June, 2006 19:49  

  • Brian, thanks for the L.A. update. I can't help wondering how Salem's KRLA is doing (as well as around the country). I'll look forward to your report on the final spring book.

    By Blogger Landmark95, at 24 June, 2006 16:50  

  • Thank you Patriot World, but, while I am a veteran, and try to be a patriot, I was no hero.

    I believe that word should be reserved for those who went above and beyond their duty. I can't claim that honor.

    However, I have tremendous difficulty in allowing that title to be attached to Ms. Rhodes, either.

    By Blogger Lokki, at 26 June, 2006 13:35  

  • Rush, my hero! Why did you have to go all the way to the Dominican Republic to get a little? And I don't mean Viagra.

    I'm sure there are plenty of latently gay right-wingers who would have volunteered to help you out.

    By Blogger Marshall Darts, at 27 June, 2006 12:57  

  • Let's say I break into your house

    Recently large demonstrations have taken place
    across the country protesting the fact that Congress
    is finally addressing the issue of illegal immigration.

    Certain people are angry that
    the US might protect its own
    borders, might make it harder
    to sneak into this country and,
    once here, to stay indefinitely.

    Let me see if I correctly understand
    the thinking behind these protests.
    Let's say I break into your house.
    Let's say that when you discover
    me in your house, you insist that I leave.
    But I say, 'I've made all
    the beds and washed the
    dishes and did the laundry
    and swept the floors. I've
    done all the things you don't
    like to do. I'm hardworking
    and honest
    (except for when I broke into your house) .

    According to the protesters:

    You are Required to let me stay in your house
    You are Required to add me to your family's insurance plan
    You are Required to Educate my kids
    You are Required to Provide other benefits to me & to my family

    (my husband will do all of your yard work because
    he is also hardworking and honest, except for that
    breaking in part).

    If you try to call the police or force me out,
    I will call my friends who will picket your
    house carrying signs that proclaim my
    RIGHT to be there.

    It's only fair, after all, because you have
    a nicer house than I do, and I'm just
    trying to better myself. I'm a hardworking
    and honest, person, except for well,
    you know, I did break into your house

    And what a deal it is for me!!!

    I live in your house, contributing only a
    fraction of the cost of my keep, and
    there is nothing you can do about it
    without being accused of cold,
    uncaring, selfish, prejudiced, and
    bigoted behavior.

    Oh yeah, I DEMAND that you to learn
    MY LANGUAGE!!! so you can
    communicate with me.

    Why can't people see how ridiculous
    this is?! Only in America .

    If not blow it off.........
    along with your future Social Security
    funds, and a lot of other things.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 25 May, 2007 16:40  

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