L.A. Radio's KGIL-AM Goes to All-Showtunes Format

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Say goodbye to the all-Beatles format of KGIL-AM, 1260, in Los Angeles, BUT say hello to the station's new, all-showtune format.

"We changed as of July 19," operations manager Jim Roope told Playbill On-Line. "We'd been an all-news station and we knew we wanted to do show music, but that was a big transition, so between Dec. 31, 1996 and now, we just did all-Beatles, which was very popular for a while, but really a stop-gap until this was all in place."

Credit station owner Sol Levine with the format change to `All Showtunes: Broadway To Hollywood.' "The music will be both show tunes and Hollywood film soundtracks," said Roope. "We're currently playing entire CD's, then after this week (to July Aug. 3), we'll play full CD's twice a day (noon & 7 PM).

At the moment, the format is all-music, "but we're developing specialty programming that involves celebrities," says Roope. "We're gathering as many contemporary versions of these songs as we can, so we can intersperse the two. For example, for Evita, we can play Mandy Patinkin opposite Antonio Banderas." --By David Lefkowitz

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