64 Worst: Morning radio hosts vs. No respect or sense of local history

You’ll be disappointed to learn that this poll concludes round one of the 64 Worst Things In Los Angeles. On Monday we’ll begin the second leg with a series of “speed rounds” to narrow the list down from 32 to 16 of the worst things about Los Angeles. Until then, a few polls remain open – teacup dogs vs. hipsters, the 405 vs. the LA River, neighborhood film shoots vs. gang violence, drivers who block intersections vs. gang violence, and Kobe vs. Dr. Phil. And now, here are items #63 and #64:

Morning radio hosts. Kevin & Bean. Joe Escalante. Valentine. Steve Harvey. Ryan Seacrest. Mark & Brian. Rick Dees. Big Boy. Take your pick, or leave a comment adding to the list.

Between McMansionization, urban density, eminent domain, and redevelopment, landmark properties are frequently torn down or key aspects renovated beyond recognition while investors await a hefty return, never once concerned about the cultural impact. L.A.’s rich history is rarely respected, and largely unknown. For example, most Angelenos, especially those pesky transplants, unaware that until 1847 L.A. was part of Mexico. (a big exception goes out to the L.A. blogging community, which ise full of writers and readers with an appreciation and curiosity of the city’s history… nerds!)

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13 thoughts on “64 Worst: Morning radio hosts vs. No respect or sense of local history”

  1. I agree doran. I don’t think I’ve listened to more than a couple of minutes of any of these “radio hosts”.

  2. “The city on fire is L.A.’s greatest image of itself.”
    Joan Didion

    Reinvention. That’s the L.A. promise. No looking back, only looking forward and ahead. With an instilled Chandler-esque philosophy like that, is there any wonder that historical preservation is not a priority in Los Angeles?

    And the less said about morning DJs, the better. Those chuckleheads just pollute the airwaves with inanities to blot out the white noise of the L.A. landscape, effectively and ironically contributing to the white noise themselves.

  3. I have to say, this is a battle of midgets, two choices so inconsequential to daily life and sanity in a mass-mediafied, diasporized, constantly-evolving city that I just can’t summon the bile to call either of them worse than the other.

    Many Angelenos come from somewhere else, and don’t always plug in fast enough to suit the natives. Oh, well. You want expert fellow citizens with whom to debate the finer points of local history, spend some time in Philadelphia or New York City and see how long you last.

    As for radio – it’s all kind of a ho-hum blur in the morning. Even NPR feels lackluster half the time, and they’re not even DJ’ing. All I can say is that Indie should never have canned Dickie Barrett. I miss the ornery cuss and everything he played.

  4. Imagine if you can understand Spanish as well and have to listen to the vulgarities of El Cucuy, that is especially irritating! He wouldn’t last in English language radio. But my vote goes to those that would erase history in one casual swoop.

  5. Two words (sort of) from a pesky transplant: KPCC & KCRW.

    Everything I know about LA history, I learned from Joan Dideon, Patt Morrison and Huell Howser. And I’m open to suggestions.

  6. I dunno Mack. I think its not so much that transplants don’t always plug in fast enough, its that they often assume LA has no history to speak of, or aren’t even interested in learning — first thing they want to do is head down to the Sunset strip or to the beach. Meh. I roll my eyes at such people.

    BTW, Markland, I think that’s eminent domain, not imminent.

  7. I’m 110% positive that bad morning shows are a nationwide epidemic and not an LA-specific problem. In fact, we’re lucky to have as much variety as we do.

  8. DJs will be transfered, fired, retired; and we can always pop in a CD. But the loss of our lovely buildings will be a blight forever.

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