The Forum Is Back
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When the Lakers and Kings moved downtown to Staples Center, "the music died" at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood. That's according to Mayor James Butts. Professional sports are not coming back, but the music is after $100 million in renovations, including world-class acoustics and theater seating. The Eagles open tonight. We hear some historical moments featuring Led Zeppelin, Barbra Streisand and Chick Hearn, and look at the Forum's future. Also, a proposed law to make local cops take notice of sexual assaults on college campuses.
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The Music Is Coming Back to Inglewood ()
Since the 1970's a steady stream of music and the voice of Lakers' announcer Chick Hearn filled the arena of Inglewood's Fabulous Forum. It wasn't all sports and rock and roll. In 1972, Barbra Streisand performed at a fundraiser for Democratic Presidential candidate George McGovern. Twenty years after the McGovern fundraiser, Kurt Cobain opened a concert in honor of River Phoenix, who had recently died. But the iconic, multiple-use venue fell on hard times after the Lakers and Kings moved to Staples Center in 1999. Tonight, the music is back with the first of six concerts by the Eagles, thanks to $100 million invested by the Madison Square Garden Company. We hear some historical moments and look at the Forum's future.
- Randy Lewis: Los Angeles Times, @RandyLewis2
- Eric J. Lawrence: Host of 'Eric J. Lawrence', @ericjlawrence
- James Butts: City of Inglewood
New State Bill Would Address Sexual Assault on Campus ()
USC and Occidental College are among the institutions accused of under-reporting crimes on and near campus. Now state legislation has been proposed. KCRW's Madeline Brand spoke to LA Assemblyman Mike Gatto about his bill requiring reports of sexual assaults on college campuses to local police and with Sofie Karasek, a survivor of a sexual assault at UC Berkeley.
Note: Madeleine Brand's new program, Press Play, will be on the air starting on January 27.
- Madeleine Brand: Host, 'Press Play', @TheMadBrand
- Mike Gatto: California State Assembly, @mikegatto
- Sofie Karasek: UC Berkeley, @sofierkarasek
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