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Radio format change irks fans of ‘KVJ Show’

 
 
Anna Kournikova at the helm of powerboat while boyfriend Enrique Iglesias becomes first mate on Easter Sunday in Miami Beach.
Anna Kournikova at the helm of powerboat while boyfriend Enrique Iglesias becomes first mate on Easter Sunday in Miami Beach.
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When the KVJ Show’s Kevin Rolston, Virginia Sinicki and Jason Pennington quit their West Palm Beach radio station after almost 14 years and moved to a lowly rated new home near Miami, their rabid Wild 95.5 listeners up north freaked out.

In time, however, they discovered that the morning crew's new show at Hits 97-3 in Hollywood could be heard in most of Palm Beach County — and things settled.

No more.

Listeners are up in arms after Hits 97-3 changed how the trio broadcasts their program.

A lot less talk, much more music was the edict.

And so, what was a talk show on which Rolston, Sinicki and Pennington bantered about the silly idiosyncracies of life in South Florida suddenly turned into a teenager’s iPod — without warning to the public.

There’s no comment from Hits 97-3 honchos, who presumably spent a bundle to lure three personalities.

An insider at the Hollywood-based station said Rolston, Sinicki and Pennington still show up every morning. But they are reduced to spinning a Top-40 playlist and reading weather and traffic reports.

Angry listeners even launched a Save The KVJ Show page on Facebook and received 2,100 likes in hours.

“Let the KVJ Show introduce REAL music,” one fan wrote. “And by real music, I mean Jason doing headset karaoke.”

tribe responds to suit

The Seminole Tribe of Florida has asked a judge in Broward County to dismiss a $250 million lawsuit for breach of contract brought by radio personality Mobile Mike.

Mobile Mike claims he was jibbed when leading Tribe members conspired to steer promotion and advertising business they promised him to another agency owned by a Seminole businesswoman.

In the tribe’s recent motion to dismiss the action, Coral Gables attorney Michael Popok argued that the Seminoles enjoy sovereign immunity and the case doesn’t belong in a Broward County court.

Mobile Mike, who travels the area on promotional gigs that are often broadcast on Clear Channel stations, contends a clause in his contract with the Tribe waived immunity in case of a lawsuit.

Not so, Popok argues, saying that the waiver was added to contract after the signature and without the tribe’s knowledge.

crime update

Linda Cooney, a local social climber who was found not guilty of killing her husband in West Palm Beach after a trial that riveted the nation in 1993, was convicted of attempted murder of her son Tuesday in Las Vegas.

In an eerie twist, Cooney, 66, was found guilty of using the same .357 Magnum with which she killed her husband, lawyer Jim Cooney, to shoot her son Kevin, paralyzing him.

Cooney showed no reaction when the guilty verdict was read. She faces three to 65 years in prison.

Kevin testified from a hospital bed last week that he attacked his mother in a rage and the gun went off during the struggle. Some evidence didn’t support his claims.

Kevin Cooney was 11 in 1993, when he convinced a South Florida jury that his mother was defending herself when she killed her husband.

on the water

Now we know who’s the captain of this ship! Latin pop star Enrique Iglesias took a backseat to his galpal Anna Kournikova’s prowess at the helm of his speedboat Sunday afternoon near his LaGorce Island home.

Read more Jose Lambiet stories from the Miami Herald

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