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A Look Back : Lively Year in the Arts : 1991: Lancaster gets a new concert hall, Grove School of Music is still afloat and a Hollywood cash calf grows up. : ‘LIVE WITH LIDDY’ DIES

In January, “Live with Liddy,” a one-hour weekly radio talk show hosted by ex-Watergate criminal G. Gordon Liddy, made its debut on Glendale’s KIEV-AM (870). With Liddy blasting his favorite targets--Jane Fonda, John Dean, any liberal--the show looked like a potential hit.

Two months later, “Live with Liddy” was dead. Ron Beaton, KIEV’s president, said Liddy never had sufficient air time to attract enough advertisers to the program. The last show was broadcast in late March.

“If I could have had him in the afternoon, we could have done something,” Beaton said. “The phone calls were great, but it just takes time for a personality to get an audience. He didn’t have the time and we didn’t have the space to do it that way.”

For Liddy, the show’s cancellation was hardly a career setback. Since his release from prison in 1977, after serving 52 months for breaking into Democratic Party headquarters, Liddy has become a star in print and on the lecture circuit. He is working on his fourth book, an action-adventure thriller, and stays active in his other post-Watergate occupation--acting.

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“I’ve just been told that I’m up for a motion picture that also stars Larry Hagman,” said Liddy, who appeared frequently on “Miami Vice.”

Liddy said he learned a lot from his radio experience. He recently was host of a New York City radio talk show and is excited about future prospects on the airwaves.

He said he was disappointed that the Glendale show didn’t work out, “but it did lead to some terrific things.”


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