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Months in the making, k-Mozart re-launches / Los Angeles Daily News

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Los Angeles Daily News - RICHARD WAGONER writes.....Did I say months? Actually, it was over a year. Owner Saul Levine has been planning this since before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic but put it off due to the problems that came about over the past year.

At one time, it was to be exclusively on the app and on the HD signal that is available with a special tuner on 105.1 HD4. Since that time, the decision was made to put the format on 1260 AM in an attempt to help spread the word, which it has for the past few months. The re-launch is referring to the addition of hosts and special programs, bringing back the knowledge and passion that was once a regular part of the format as it was heard when it originally launched by Levine as KBCA (now KKGO, 105.1 FM) in 1959.

Joining the on-air staff of the station is veteran Nick Tyler, Russ Maloney, David Benoit, Chuck Southcott, and LA Opera diva Suzanna Guzman. The iconic Evening Concert - a program with a local history dating back 75 years - is back on the air Monday through Friday nights at 7 p.m. with Tyler as host. Guzman presents At the Opera Sundays at 12 Noon. Benoit, the well-known composer and pianist, hosts Ovations on Sunday afternoons. The smooth-voiced Southcott hosts  Curtain Call - highlighting familiar Broadway Show Stoppers - on Saturday mornings. And Maloney, formerly with Public Radio in the Midwest, hosts K-Mozart Morning Classics at 7 a.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Why classical? Why now? Mainly because Levine loves the music and wants to present an alternative to KUSC (91.5 FM). I respect his devotion.

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