Spotlights Archive

Spotlight on: Car Shows

  • The Car Guy, with Steve Parker. Sundays from 10pm-Midnight on XTRA SPORTS 1150. Parker writes the LOS ANGELES TIMES' HIGHWAY 1 automotive editorial section and he bills his show as the only radio racing call-in show in the Southwest! Steve Parker's web site is at
  • Car Talk, with Tom and Ray Magliozzi (aka "Click and Clack The Tappet Brothers"). The "Marx Brothers meet Mr. Goodwrench" on this syndicated public radio call-in show. KCRW-FM (89.9), Sunday 11-noon. Also on KPCC-FM (89.3) Saturday and Sunday 9-10 am. Their website has some interesting information, including listener recommendations for good mechanics.
  • The Car Show w/Art Gould & John Retsek. 11 am-1 pm, Saturday, KPFK-FM (90.7).
  • The Driving Show with Mr. Traffic, Kenny Morse. KRLA (1110-AM), Saturday 3-5 pm. Morse is a popular instructor at the Improv Traffic School. His show and his web site ( have extensive tips on driving in California, everything from beating and traffic ticket to advice on buying a new car.
  • Leon Kaplan "Motorman Leon Kaplan's Automotive Show," KABC 790-AM, Sunday 7-10 am. From the KABC website: "'Motorman' as he is known by many, is a 'good ol' boy' from North Carolina whose pleasant Southern personality and knowledge of how to select, purchase, and maintain vehicles of all kinds has endeared him to a wide and diverse audience."

Spotlight on: Computer shows

  • The Computer Show, with the Marck Brothers. Sundays 10am - 1pm. KABC (790 AM).
  • Digital Village, weekly public radio program about computers and the internet, featuring Ric Allan and Doran Barons, with a "focus on how technology is changing the way we communicate," and no product reviews. KPFK-FM (90.7), Sat. 10am-11am.
  • Kim Kommando Computer Show, The beautiful Ms. Kommando, former Unisys computer geekette, hosts a down and dirty discussion about your naughty bits (or bytes) on the Computer Show. 7-10 am, Saturdays. KLSX-FM (97.1).
  • Earthlink Internet Show, noon-2pm Sunday, KLSX-FM (97.1).
  • KFI on Computers, with Jeff Levy, Q&A, interviews and info sharing, steps callers through repairs, step-by-step., Sunday 9-noon, KFI (640 AM).
  • Internet Insider, Saturdays, KRLA (1110 AM), 8-9 am.

Spotlight on: Drama/Spoken Word shows

  • KCRW Playhouse presents contemporary radio drama productions from LA Theatreworks, the BBC, homegrown KCRW presentations, and others. 7-9pm Sundays, KCRW-FM (89.9)
  • KNX Drama Hour The KNX archives are brimming with classic CBS radio shows from the '30s to the '50s, most recorded at the station's studios in radio's heyday. Shows include Jack Benny, The Shadow, Gunsmoke, The Lone Ranger, and Philip Marlowe. 9-10 daily, except for 10 PM on Tuesdays, repeated at 2 AM. KNX (1070 AM). You can also hear the previous day's shows online at
  • Same Time, Same Station John and Larry Gassman share their vast collection of radio programs from the golden age of radio. KPCC-FM (89.3), Sundays 7-9pm.
  • Ken Nordine's Word Jazz A journey to the center of your mind, courtesy of the soothing voice from those old Levi's commercials. KCSN-FM (88.5), Sundays 11:00 pm - 11:30pm.
  • The Other Side After a long hiatus, Joe Frank is back with his peculiar blend of humor, existentialism, and just plain freaky head trip stuff. KCRW-FM (89.9) Sundays 11am- noon.

Spotlight on: Financial Shows

  • The Motley Fool, AM-640 KFI, Saturday 9-Noon.
  • Doug Fabian on Funds, 97.1 KLSX-FM, Saturday 8-10 am.
    Like the show's name says, this is strictly about mutual funds. Fabian describes the current mutual funds buying climate as green, yellow, and red. The show fields calls from mostly novice investors who generally have good questions about their portfolios (low cringe factor). Fabian stresses fundamentals, avoiding bonds, and reading his website for more information.
  • Financial Wisdom with Gabriel Wisdom, 97.1 KLSX-FM, Saturday Noon-2 am.
  • Money Talk with Bob Brinker, AM-790 KABC, Saturday & Sunday 1-4 pm.
  • Managing your Money with Terry L. Jones, AM-870 KIEV, Saturday 12:05 pm.
  • Mr. Money, with Mark Rothstein, 10am-12 noon, Sunday,KRLA (1110 AM).
  • Cash Flow Corner, with Wade Cook, 6:30 am - 7 am. AM-870 KIEV, Saturday.
  • KNX Business Hour, anchored by Bob McCormick, with KNX business reporters Charles Laszlo and Randy Riddle. Plus... special reports from experts in the high-tech area, show business, international economics, real estate, etc. (M-F 1-2 pm) KNX-AM (1070).
  • Art of Finance with Art Wiederman, 8-9 am Sunday, KRLA (1110 AM).
  • The Voice of Real Estate with Bruce B. Hailstone, AM-1380 KHJ, Tuesday 10-11 am.
  • KFWB/Los Angeles Times Business Hour with Ron Kilgore, 980AM, KFWB, Mom-Fri noon-1pm.
  • Marketplace, 91.5 KUSC-FM, Monday-Friday 7-7:30 pm.
    Host David Brancacchio and Cheryl Glazer host a daily review of the U.S. and global economy. It's an economics show that isn't dry. Lot's of interesting features and fun talking-heads like David Johnson doing the day's market report. Makes you feel like an economics wonk without the expense of a Harvard MBA.

Spotlight on: Food and Restaurant Shows

  • Good Food, host Evan Kleiman takes you around the world of food, Jonathan Gold pokes his head in to discuss great restaurants, and you get the Farmer's Market report, all at 11 am Saturdays on KCRW-FM (89.9).
  • The KABC Restaurant Show, featuring Mario Martinoli and Amy Strong, 8-10 am Saturday . Recipes, interviews, and restaurant tips. KABC (790 AM).
  • Good Life Report with Elmer Dills 3-5 pm Saturday and Sunday KIEV (870 AM).
  • Melinda Lee hosts Food Talk, Sundays 2-5 pm on KFI (640 AM). Check out her page for information and recipes.
  • Merrill Shindler hosts an amiable and informative call-in show on KLSX-FM, Saturdays(5-7 pm) and Sundays (3-5 pm), giving and getting restaurant tips, and giving away dinners.
  • Chef Jamie, Join the Goddess of Grub, Jamie Gwen, Saturdays, 4-6pm on KRLA-AM (1110).
  • The Spice of Life Report with Peter Dills and Stephanie Edwards. 11-Noon, KIEV (870 AM). Peter and Stephanie give you the latest news from the hospitality industry, interviews top-name chefs and share their recipes, plus supermarket tips and the newest food gadgets. Send questions for Peter Dills to or visit his very own web page at

Spotlight on: Gardening Shows

  • On the Garden Line, with Jerry Baker. Join former undercover Detroit cop Baker as he fills you in on the best home and garden products and information. 5-6 am Saturday, KRLA (1110 am.)
  • West Coast Garden Line, with Bruce Asakawa, landscape architect, certified arborist and garden guru. Call in at 1-800-660-GROW. 8-10 am Saturday, KIEV (870 AM).
  • Garden Talk, with Nick Federoff. Billed as the "most listened-to gardening show in Southern California," Federoff answers questions with humor. His website is, and includes gardening links and a coloring book of bugs. KFI (640 AM), Saturday 5-6 am, and if you miss the show, you can still call in with questions between 8-10 am Saturdays at 1-800-405-NICK.

Spotlight on: Travel Shows

  • The Savvy Traveller with Rudy Maxa, Sunday, 4-5 pm. KPCC-FM (89.3)., also on KUSC-FM (91.5).
  • The Touring Company, with Paul Lasley and Elizabeth Harryman. Sunday 9-11, KPCC-FM (89.3).
  • Expedia Travel, sponsored by Microsoft, and hosted by John Fisher and Mike West. KLSX-FM (97.1) Sunday 7-8 am.
  • Elmer Dills Good Life Report, covers dining and travel. Sat and Sunday 3-5 pm, KIEV-AM (870).
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