Welcome A Martinez to KPCC! The Madeleine Brand Show is now Brand & Martínez.
Join us for a new chapter in the life of The Madeleine Brand Show.
Don't worry, we're not changing much. Madeleine Brand and all the show regulars (the Sklar Brothers, the Dinner Party, Luke Burbank, etc.) are still there with a daily look at news, life and culture in Southern California. We've added a new cast member, A Martinez, who will co-host with Madeleine starting August 20, as The Madeleine Brand Show morphs into Brand & Martínez.
The Madeleine Brand Show debuted on KPCC in September of 2010. In its relatively short time on the air, the show has built a strong following and significantly added to KPCC’s news presence during the day. It has won a dozen major news awards for reporting, writing, features and use of sound, including the 2012 “Golden Mike” award for best news and public affairs program from the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California.
New cohost A Martinez is a Los Angeles native. He grew up in Koreatown, attended Daniel Murphy High School and played baseball at L.A. City College before getting a journalism degree at Cal State Northridge. A is well known to sports-talk radio listeners in L.A. as host of 710 KSPN’s In the Zone. He’s done pre- and post-game shows for most of L.A.'s major professional and college sports teams, and is especially known as the longtime host of Dodger Talk and Laker Line.
A brings a deep knowledge and passion for the city to KPCC, and we're thrilled to have him as part of KPCC’s fast-growing news family.
And, oh yeah, it really is A. Just the letter A. And not an initial A. Here's the story: A's given name is Jorge. One of his early bosses couldn't remember “Jorge,” so every time the boss needed something he’d shout, “Hey, Martinez!” That eventually became... wait for it... A Martinez.
And don't confuse KPCC's A Martinez with the Glendale-born actor A Martinez, a regular in TV soap operas and crime dramas.
Please welcome A Martinez to KPCC!