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KJLH CHANGES: Is Steve Harvey BACK in Los Angeles?

Written by KevRoss - July 21, 2009 - Urban/M - Urban/AC

 width=Looks like we are right again about a previous Radio Facts prediction. LA’s heritage KJLH has been bitten by the syndication bug and we are SO sorry to see this happen. As you know we want to see urban stations step AWAY from this concept.   However, in this situation, the station had to make a move quickly.

KJLH reps blame PPM inaccuracies for their decrease in numbers and as a result sharp revenue declines.   They have laid off several employees and made changes to supplement the drastic revenue slump. PPM has surprisingly admitted there are inaccuracies in the LA system but the effort to fix the problem comes too late for the station’s need to survive.

Some of our panel of experts say KJLH’s problems have been brewing for a while. The market has drastically changed and for the blacks who have not left the market altogether, a large percentage of those still in the market have moved out of KJLH’s broadcasting range. Los Angeles has seen a huge increase in the cost of living in LA proper over the last 8 years. Some urban radio experts also state Stevie Wonder may have shot himself in the foot by disrupting the flow of programming by being on the air every Thursday, when available, and viewing the station as his “Toy” instead of a viable business needing to compete in a VERY tough market for urban stations, Los Angeles.

Whatever the case may be, the station which was usually around a 1.2 in the quarterly books fell to an average of .5 with the advent of PPM in the market. Wonder has been otherwise adamant about keeping the station syndication free. It has been rumored that he has been coming out of his own pocket to keep the station afloat over the last year. As I predicted Steve Harvey and Tom Joyner have been DYING to get back into the market but as Tom gets older Steve is the more appealing of the two and has won out according to our sources to replace Guy Black within the next few weeks.




  1. wolf

    They could have hired President Obama to do mornings and they would still lose. The station is horrible! What other station would go from “back that ass up” to reggae by heavy D, to a brand new, unfamiliar, gospel ballad to begin the morning show @6am? The rest of the day sounds like college radio, with every jock doing their own thing, one unfamiliar song after the other, presented with minimal personality in most cases, by mediocre talent at best. To top it off, seven minute stopsets, with several local retail spots, voiced by the clients themselves. grammatical errors included.The station may be losing money, but i doubt that the music director is. The p.p.m. isn’t the problem, it’s the p.p.d.. (pathetic program director). Don’t forget “Stevie Wonder’s Morning Thunder Thousand Dollar Thursday”. The longest 4 hours in radio. People in L.A. only have memories of how great the station once was. What a shame. It means absolutely nothing to the community anymore. “Radio Free” should be the charge for spots. At least Steve Harvey will play some hits

  2. Vicky

    Your comments are more like insults. You truly don’t speak for the community, at least not me! You sound like a disgruntled fired employee or as they say in the streets, “A Player Hater”. Nobody put a gun to your head and made you listen to KJLH. You complained about Stevie W. Thursday morning show being the longest four hours on radio. Well, if you had a life, you really wouldn’t have time to listen that long unless it’s playng at your place of business. How easy would it be to turn to another station? Or just cut the damn radio off!!! KJLH and Niele’s show on Sundays on the Beat are the only real communications about what’s going on in our communities. We no longer have access to public access, another communication tool they took from us. As I close, it is said be careful of the wolf in sheep’s clothing, well, Wolf, you are wearing your own clothes.

    • admin

      I know this has to be someone connected to the station who is using an alias (laugh). First off, I did work at KJLH and I was never fired. I resigned. It was actually a pretty good place to work outside of a couple of mentally ill employees. Stevie is a really nice and thoughtful boss, to a fault. I’ve seen him do things for past and present employees that I personally would not do but he is a good guy and he means well. If he wanted to look at the station as his toy that was his choice, I was saying, it cost him in the long run. Have a great one.

  3. B-Jackson

    The best show on that station is on Saturday nights! They’ll be rockin that ish like whoa!

  4. c. winz

    Working with Stevie was one of the most interesting experiences in my career. Having worked in corporate radio, where creative freedom doesn’t exist, he challenges you to be inovative. He is on air only to help the station get through these trying times of low ad revenue and dwindling listenership. Politics can get deep at times, but that’s par for the course. Although i’m not a great fan of syndication, the addition of Steve Harvey hopefully will help them regain some lost market share. We certainly need that independent black voice. Lord knows they are few and far between. c.w.

  5. JD Walker

    Dominic DePrima is directly responsible for that station’s demise.

    Colon cleansing to cure mental illness? Lizard People? Dick Gregory?

    And this chick was dead serious too.

  6. Kizmet

    I have to say, I agree with some of what Wolf has to say. I’ve grown up with KJLH, and have always appreciated it for being a community-based station. And I love Stevie Wonder! But on the other hand, the station has a limited selection of music, and a bit too scattered at that…one minute smooth soul from Will Downing. The next moment, Drake…and then Drake again…and then Drake again! I don’t know how much control the station has over what they can play. But that is really my only problem with the station…oh, and that obnoxious, smug Don Amiche. Where the heck did he come from? Some of what he says is innappropriate.

  7. 19082008

    I don’t work at KJLH. I listen to it, and I suspect the scatteredness comes from the fact that the station looks like it has to be all things to all people in the community, particularly if KDAY finally goes away, as has been suggested.

    That’s why you hear Will Downing and Drake on the same station. They don’t have the luxury of being a WHUR in D.C. and concentrating on the adult mix.

    I’m wondering about the new lineup. Who will do nights? They’ve been announcing and the most surprising thing is that Nautica has been given the midday slot.

  8. 19082008

    Christina, Kevin was retained. Stevie made the announcement this morning. He’ll be on 8 p.m. to midnight.

  9. fifi

    First, I am just happy that KJLH is still around. The station is experiencing life’s ups and downs. It’s on the upside now. I loved Stevie’s Thunder Thousand Dollar Thursdays. I looked forward to his guests, to hearing him, to the topic(s). He is such a giving person and I believe just having that spirit displayed on a regular basis is good for the community. I wish KJLH all the best and look forward to Steve Harvey. Be blessed.

    p.s. Dominic is a little different (smile)

  10. LadyT...

    Well to all yall! out there im glade Guy Black is gone he was not good at all very stupid and he took things to serious short man complex and besides he thought they really put he’s name on it.

    P.S Go back to chicago with your twin sister we don’t like neither one of yall.

  11. Jamex


    Wolf ,is right on point with all of his comments.. I do know that music has a major factor in radio, you have to look at your demographic of who listens. I know one thing, when Cliff Winston was the Programer / Music Director he had that station at it’s all time high. The down fall of KJLH begin when they removed him from that position and gave it to Aundre Russel. Not player hating on him, just being honest.. How do you give a person this high position with no clue of music or programming?? There’s a reason why he was only a part-time jock for what? 15 plus years?? Wolf is also right on where the station might be loosing money but not the PD or the PD’s middle man, Levi?? Come on lets be honest here, have you ever heard a record played at this station and its left you wondering.. who in the hell is singing?? Can you say, cash shing!! Or better yet, have you ever heard on sundays an unusual gospel artist? Again can you say, cash shing!! All the layoff’s that were done at this station should have been done many years ago, don’t try and fix something that didn’t need fixing. But this station has a reputation for always screwing things up and cutting people out that they shouldn’t have. This ship is sinking faster than the titanic, Steve Harvey is all about the Benjamins he doesn’t care about the station all he cares is his syndication show running and collecting his paper, simple as that. Get your life jackets out now case this ship is sinking!!!

  12. Ediva

    Well all I can say is that we need to pray that the station does not sink! This is a Black man’s station (Stevie) lest we forget. Black stations are disappearing across the nation.

    I never got into Guy Black I was always hoping for Cliff Winston to come back to the station. I don’t think KJLH has ever been the same after he left even Adai changed…she use to be more real and outspoken. I loved Rodney Perry and Rodman too. I guess they laid off Zenja and I really liked her. Janine is gone too, what a shame I know she had been with the station for a long time. I love Stevie, but when he was on it seemed like everyone was scared to talk or he didn’t want them to say anything.

    “En Dios Creemos”

  13. lynn


  14. lady

    Why did Steve Harvey leave New York in the first place? First he was in LA and Kathy Hughes fired him…Now he’s coming back to LA. I liked Steve in the beginning and then it got to where I couldn’t let my kids listen to him because he would talk about how he wipes the crack of his butt. So will he bring that same undesireable jargon back to LA or will he be the great comedian that he is with less trash talk?
    Happy to see Steve come back…BEST OF LUCK KJLH

  15. BlackBeauty

    I wish KJLH the best of luck. This is a “Black” owned radio station and we need to support our people as much as possible during these trying times. It is very difficult for everyone and it’s time that our race come together and support each other rather than tearing each other down. We as a people are quick to turn our backs on each other or criticize one another instead of supporting each other in our time of need.

    Life if brutal and sometimes individuals have to make difficult decisions that are not acceptable by everyone; never the less,a decisions must be made for good of the majority. Everyone have a choice to make, you can either listen to KJLH or another radion station, but I personally wish people would keep their “Negative” comments to themselves. When will We stop tearing each other down?

    I am not an employee of KJLH nor have I ever worked in the radio industry. I am a strong black female who works in Corporate America and is often the only double minority in the Executive meetings. Other nationalities do not speak of each other the way that we do and I am tired of hearing/reading the negativity from our own people. If you do not respect yourself, how can you expect others to respect you?

    When will we learn?

  16. Pumpkin

    I love Stevie Wonder and KJLH. Whenever I am not listening to smooth jazz KJLH is my alternate station. KJLH has not been the same since the days of Cliff Winston and his morning crew. The show was fresh, informative and the music was great. I long for the days when radio provided you with hours of listening pleasure. Today it is too much talk and opinion.

    This leads to my question….Why Steve Harvey? He talks too much and acts as if he KNOWS everything. He is NOT funny and whenever Tommy is on a roll, Steve will quickly shut him down. Steve goes on and on. This will be the 3rd time that LA will have to enddure his endless chatter.

    The black community needs to be informed, educated and uplifted. We donot need to be entertained at all times. Knowledge is power yet the black community is often viewed as powerless. Stevie Wonder is one of the brightest, gifted talents of all time. His music and service to the black community is unmeasurable. His radio station should be an extention of what Stevie stands for instead of a bunch of people making jokes and mindless banter.
    There is nothing wrong with laughter. We need it. Laughter heals. Tom Joyner and his morning show gets the job done. Tom uses his position to empower his audience. He offers his opinion without beating you over the head with it. He and the rest of his team enlightens, entertains and makes us laugh. Maybe Mr. Wonder should consider Tom when Steve has to leave LA a 4th time. Who knows the 3rd time maybe the charm. I doubt it.

    • admin

      Pumpkin, I agree, with what you say but KJLH has economic problems and they had to do something to save money. Steve Harvey has had one thing in the LA market that Tom Joyner never had… ratings success. Tom’s show just doesn’t catch on in LA.
      Radio Facts Editor…

  17. Vivian

    I’m hoping, praying, and believing that KJLH will stand the test of time, and I also believe Steve Harvey can make a difference. Good music has always been one of our necessities. However, with things going the way they are, I also believe people need to know more of whats’ going on in America that takes priority over music. There are people in America (AND OTHERS AS WELL), that has plans to bring havoc upon most of us. And the only people discussing it, are the people that does indepth research, and perhaps those who surf the internet on a daily basis. People need to know about the plans that others have for us, as a nation, and as a people. KJLH please fight for the station! If you google, “Who killed Michael Jackson?,” also, “Are there coffins in Georgia?” JUST DO IT! Peace&Love

  18. Debs

    I’m so glad Steve Harvey and the morning crew are back and specifically on KJLH. Morning radio is good again. Drive home time slot of 4 – 8 is awful. Leave the rap music to the rap stations.

  19. LadyT...

    I am now sick of steave harvey as well, he is not funny he talks stupid i can’t understand shit ! he is saying he talks getto. sorry people this is one black show that will be off air soon because they are so damm stupid

  20. heaven

    It is a tragidy to see kjlh in any kind of financial trouble that would prevent them from being in our community and educating our people. We have to take a stand to come to gether as a people and unite to fight for what’s right. Steve wonders success is our peoples success. He oviously cares about his people so if we really truly care about him let’s help by givng kjlh our opinions and doing whatever it takes to saport our people and our community by any means neccasary. If we allow kjlh to go down we all have failed. Our people are starving. Our kids have no respect and are killing eachother in record numbers. We all loose if kjlh looses! Our priorities in life are mis directed but we can bounce back as a community and realy help serve our people!

  21. MD

    Funny…”Nobody put a gun to your head and made you listen to KJLH”. Has it gotten THAT bad?

    Two things:

    #1) Every Black-owned radio station in Los Angeles failed to realize the changing business climate, demographics, and politics of its market. At one point in the 90s KJLH, KACE, and KGFJ considered a strategic alliance (a “cluster”, a la iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel)), but could not agree on a management structure. That’s what politics’ll get you.

    #2) Darwin’s Theory Of Evolution. Only the strong species who have learned and/or evolved to cope with changing circumstances will survive.

    I hope KJLH survives, I really do. When I see them repeating the same mistakes that took out other stations, I’m not optimistic about their chances.

  22. sk

    I miss Guy Black. Once again I feel displaced by the radio. As a former listener of Cliff Winston @ 100.3, I switched to KJLH after they changed their format. I still miss Cliff, but had started to like the Guy Black show.

    Steve Harvey is a good comedian, but his radio show, I can do without. I now listen to KDAY (a Steve Harvey free zone once again) in the morning and switch back to KJLH later in the day.

  23. Lynda

    Hello Everyone,
    I do agree the quality of music at KJLH has gone down. The change to bring Guy Black was a huge mistake, this man was so into himself and poor Adai, he just overlooked her every chance he got and Nautica was his pic. Don Amiche is terrible and needs to be replaced. I like Cliff Winston, but why did he leave and where is he now? I enjoy the spiritual side of Steve Harvey, sometimes they get a little stupid and irritating, but overall, the show is ok.

  24. Steve harvey grow up. Cliff Winston was the man, he did not act silly and say silly things. i know it is all in fun but let be real about it. Sometimes when you get started in the morning on the radio , i just shut it off because you are so silly and you act immature .I am not hating on you, but letting you how i feel.

  25. Brandon Jordan

    IMO KJLH is unfocused at the moment. They go from an Anita Baker to Wiz Kalifah to some new artist.