DJ Laz Heading to California

Former Power 96 voice to host morning show in L.A.

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    TK
    NBCMiami.com
    DJ Laz

    DJ Laz is going from the Magic City to the City of Angels.

    The famous South Florida voice, whose real name is Lazaro Mendez, will be joining KXOL in Los Angeles beginning on May 14.

    Earlier this month, Laz said goodbye to Miami's Power 96, where he'd been on the air since the 80s.

    DJ Laz Explains: After 22 Years, "It's Time for a Change"

    [MI] DJ Laz Explains: After 22 Years, "It's Time for a Change"
    DJ Laz told NBC 6 in an exclusive interview that his departure from Power 96 was his decision "100 percent." "After doing the same thing for 22 years, (I) decided that maybe it's time for a change. That structure, that getting up every day, because the show starts at 6, but you get up well before that. 4 a.m. that alarm clock's going off, and it felt really good to throw the alarm clock against the wall today and not have to worry about it," he said. Laz thanked his listeners, said he will spend some time with his family and travel, and said he hopes to spend some time on TV and in the recording studio.

    "After doing the same thing for 22 years, (I) decided that maybe it's time for a change," he said at the time. "That structure, that getting up every day, because the show starts at 6, but you get up well before that. 4 a.m. that alarm clock's going off, and it felt really good to throw the alarm clock against the wall today and not have to worry about it."

    In his new job at KXOL, Laz will still be working the 6 a.m. shift for "The DJ Laz Morning Show."

    DJ Laz Off South Florida Airwaves

    [MI] DJ Laz Off South Florida Airwaves
    Lazaro Mendez, better known as DJ Laz, has said goodbye to Power 96, where he's been on the air since the 80s. The famous South Florida radio voice was off the morning air on Tuesday, but his co-host Afrika took the lead.

    "The show will be fun, upbeat, interactive and in-tune with the L.A. community," he said in a statement. "Each show will be a new experience for listeners."

    Mendez, a Cuban-American rapper and DJ, is also known for his albums DJ Laz and Category 6. He began his career in music at 15, mixing at South Florida clubs.