Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Los Angeles' Televised Yule Log Smackdown

A Christmas Day yule log smackdown is heating up in Los Angeles.

KCAL's four-hour video of a burning Yule Log will face full head-to-head competition for the first time this Christmas morning, as KTLA brings out a rival fireplace.

As a result, chimney-deprived Angelenos (or auds who don't want to start a fire in balmy SoCal weather) will get a choice on Christmas morning of crackling, burning yule logs.

The stations, however, will broadcast two very different music soundtracks with their yulecasts.

CBS-owned indie KCAL, which airs its log between 6 and 10 a.m., will continue its partnership with adult contemporary radio station KOST-FM.

KOST goes all-Christmas music this time of year; on Christmas morning, the holiday tunes will intersperse the tunes with messages from morning team Mark Wallengren and Kristin Cruz, as well as KCAL anchors Pat Harvey and Rick Garcia.

Over on KTLA, the fireplace shots will be accompanied by classic rock from KLOS-FM. The Tribune station will run its wall-to-wall log coverage from 4:30 to 10 a.m.

It's actually the second year KTLA has broadcast a yule log -- but last year, the station stayed mostly out of the way of KCAL, which still had the prime 8 to 10 a.m. hours to itself.

MORE at Variety here.

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