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Oct 31, 2007 08:39 PM

Radio Food Shows

We have a three hour radio show here in New Orleans five days a week that discusses nothing but food, wine, and restaurants in the area. Does anything like this exist anywhere else?

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  1. We have one here is SF called "Dining Around with Gene Burns". It's on KNBR on Sat. mornings. He has many food related guests, mostly cookbook authors, local chefs and various winemakers. Naturally, it is most interesting when you have an interest in the guest being featured. I wish we had a restaurant review show that was on regularly. The closest we get is the Chronicle's Michael Bauer being a guest on other shows every once in a while.

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    1. re: baseballfan

      Are you happy with the world series outcome baseballfan?

      Every day for three hours conversations about food hardly any guests its a call in show, but chefs and restaurant owners food and wine suppliers call in. It is amazing to me that it has this staying power.

      1. re: Tonto

        Not too excited about the outcome of the World Series...I am an Oakland A's fan and as such would have loved to see the Rockies prevail. No love for baseball fans in the Bay Area this year!

        Sounds like an interesting show and might prove to be a good diversion instead of the many political talk shows. Are the people calling in for cooking advice or with restaurant recs? Sounds like a lot of time to fill.

        1. re: baseballfan

          I can tell you for sure when we all got back from being evacuated the restaurant community was so inspiring. In many ways they were the first responders.

          People call about recipes but mostly about restaurant reports. There is a host rule that if the restaurant report is unfavorable one can not reveal the name of the restaurant until asked.

          1. re: Tonto

            Hope that you are ok after all of that devastation. it was on everyone's mind up here.

            I love hearing restaurant recs from "real people" that is one of the things that is so great about this site. Maybe we'll get a show like that up here soon.

      2. re: baseballfan

        or when Grace Ann Walden appears w/restaurant reviews on Ronn Owen's radio talk show...

        1. re: Sarah

          I love Grace Ann Walden. She is very entertaining and so truthful! I loved it when she filled in for Gene Burns recently.

        2. re: baseballfan

          Actually, it's on KGO (810 AM) Saturdays 10-1. He has a lot of guests from all over. Pretty much anyone in the food/wine/hospitality industry who is in Northern California for an event or to promote a book ends up on his show, since it's the pretty much the only game in town. Last Saturday, for example, he had a segment with Sarah Moulton, who was in the area for an event at CIA Greystone.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            My bad! I have sports on the brain and thus the KNBR reference. I also heard and enjoyed the Sara Moulton segment.

        3. There is a nationally distributed public radio program out of Minnesota called the Splendid Table, also available as a podcast. I have not actually heard it, since it isn't carried in my area.

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          1. re: Nina

            I just started listening to The Splendid Table podcast. It's a great show, and they have a pretty huge archive of old episodes - right now I am listening to the shows from last fall!

            Another great podcast is KCRW's Good Food. They also sometimes do a video podcast demonstrating recipes. The only problem with this show is that it is based in Santa Monica, and each show begins with a segment on the Farmer's Market there. Living in the Northeast, the incredible variety of fresh, local produce makes me green with envy every time!

            1. re: erican

              I've been listening to the Splendid Table for at least seven or eight years. It's vastly improved from its early days and the podcast makes it available when I don't have time to sit at home and listen. Lynn Rosetto-Casper used to plug a lot of products on the show, such as olive oils and cookware, but it seems the NPR folks have wised up and the plugs are now minimal.

              I love hearing Jane and Michael Stern, but I am not enamoured of a recent feature called "Stump the Chef." The ingredients come from a listener's fridge and pantry, and I have never once heard a combination that I would try at home. It's a time-waster and they could fill the space with interviews instead.

              1. re: brendastarlet

                Oh I agree with you on "Stump the Chef". The show is terrific besides that. Very well produced. She and her producer (Sally Swift) have just published a book together.

          2. Here in L.A. we have Melinda Lee's cooking show on KNX (1070 am) on Sat and Sun from 10-1. She has been a longstanding presence on the news station for years, and used to do a weekday cooking segment. Her show is about cooking techniques and ideas more than recipes, and not really about restaurants at all. She has good information and ideas, but spends far too much of her time telling what she's going to talk about (again and again) and complaining that "I'm running out of time." Very good and useful website,, with some excellent "teaching segments" including brining and a wonderful easy way of poaching chicken breasts.

            Chef Jamie has a food show that is more interview oriented on KABC (790 am) on Sat from 11-1. Merrill Schindler does a restaurant show on KLSX (97.1 fm) on Saturdays 5-7, but the first hour recently seems to have morphed into a "tasting room" wine and spirits discussion. I love his sense of humor and restaurant knowledge -- he is the Zagat editor for L.A. -- but the radio show has had its time cut and is more and more a shill for advertisers. I think Elmer Dills may still have a restaurant show on somewhere, but he lost his relevance at least a decade ago. And there is also some food show on one of the public stations, KCRW I think.

            1. When I lived in New Orleans, I used to listen to three shows hosted by Tom Fitzmorris, Chef Ambrosia Buster and Chef John Folse, but that was 8 years ago. Are they still broadcasting their shows?

              Currently, I'm in the Seattle Metro area.
              The only local food show that I know of is Tom Douglas' Seattle Kitchen. Hosted by Chef/Owner Tom Douglas and co-hosted by another chef/owner Thierry Rautureau.

              The show is only on Saturday from 4 to 6 or 4 to 7.

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              1. re: dave_c

                Fitzmorris is still on the air and so is Folse, but I don't know who Chef Ambrosia Buster is, but my guess is not.
                Fitzmorris has mentioned going national, but I don't know how that would work.

              2. Tonto, could you fill us in on the New Orleans station's call letters, please? I'd like to look them up on the internet to see if they stream live. Thanks.

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                1. re: alanstotle

                  WWL 870 AM on Saturdays and 1350AM weekdays. I don't think they stream live, but you may be able to listen to a podcast at NOMENU.COM

                  1. re: Tonto

                    Thanks so much. I'll give it a try.