‘Kevin & Bean’ host Kevin Ryder employed at rival station KLOS

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Kevin Ryder, finest referred to as the previous cohost of the long-running “Kevin & Bean” morning present, has discovered a brand new gig at a rival Southern California radio station after departing KROQ final spring.

Ryder will group up with KLOS host Doug “Sluggo” Roberts for the brand new “Kevin & Sluggo” present airing weekdays through the afternoon drive shift. The brand new program, which he introduced Tuesday throughout 95.5 KLOS’ “The Heidi and Frank Present,” will air from 3 to 7 p.m. Pacific. It debuts Thursday on the SoCal rock station and is being described as “Maxim meets Rolling Stone meets ESPN meets Comedy Central.”

The brand new gig follows Ryder’s March announcement that KROQ’s dad or mum firm Entercom had unceremoniously fired him and the entire “Kevin within the Morning With Allie & Jensen” group after he had been on the radio station for greater than 30 years. (His longtime morning cohost Gene “Bean” Baxter retired from the station the 12 months earlier than and moved to London.) KROQ’s afternoon drive cohosts Ted Stryker and Kevin Klein have been named as morning hosts shortly thereafter.

“I’m completely happy KLOS has lowered their requirements simply sufficient for me to slide in,” Ryder stated in an announcement to The Instances. “Everybody on the station, beginning with Heidi and Frank within the morning, are having enjoyable, and love the music they’re taking part in. I’m completely happy to be working within the afternoon, with my longtime buddy Sluggo, as a result of one among us wants to have the ability to use the English language sufficiently. Plus, I would like my magnificence sleep to stay on the high of the modeling recreation. I’m trying ahead to reconnecting with listeners and having enjoyable on the air in L.A. once more!”

In accordance with Selection, Roberts was one of many first folks to name Ryder after he was let go from KROQ.

Ryder and Roberts, who’s also called Sluggo and Doug the Slug, have identified one another for greater than three a long time. They beforehand labored at KROQ too. Roberts and Ryder additionally held gigs at Phoenix’s 40 KZZP within the Eighties: Roberts ran the board whereas Ryder and Gene “Bean” Baxter hosted the “Saturday Night time Social gathering Patrol.”

Roberts joined KLOS in summer time 2019 as an assistant program director and music director.

The brand new present can be along with “Nice Information! With Kevin & Mike,” the day by day discuss present Ryder launched final month with Mike Catherwood. He’ll proceed to produce that present on weekdays as each a YouTube video and podcast, Selection stated.

Meruelo Group, which additionally owns Los Angeles-market radio stations KPWR-FM 105.9 “Energy 106,” 93.5 KDAY and Riverside/San Bernardino station 93.5 KDEY-FM, welcomed Ryder, a Nationwide Assn. of Broadcasters and Radio Corridor of Fame inductee, and his legion of loyal followers on Tuesday in messages on the KLOS web site.

“We’re doubling-down on ‘dwell and native’ with one of many highest in our craft,” stated Otto Padron, Meruelo Media’s president and CEO, within the assertion. “Bringing Kevin Ryder on-board was a no brainer, as that is the kind of daring and disruptive transfer that delivers compelling voices and related content material to our very deserving listeners.”

“Nice expertise and content material are king. If we’re not offering each, we’ll develop into irrelevant,” added Keith Cunningham, program director for KLOS. “Kevin is laugh-out-loud humorous, an A-Checklist content material creator, corridor of famer, this market loves him, and including him to the group and partnering him with Sluggo completes what I contemplate to be essentially the most highly effective and entertaining on-air lineup in all of Southern California.”

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