In the fall of 1971, MURPHY was demoted from morning-drive to the 9-Noon shift, (dropping the "world famous" handle in favor of only "Tom Murphy") switching with Don Burns, as Shadoe Stevens moved KRLA further away from Top 40 and into AOR, and felt Burns in morning-drive would be less "personality" than the former high profile morning man.

Shadoe then decided that Murphy had "too much personality" for even the 9-Noon shift in the new AOR format so he switched Murphy with overnighter Johnny Hayes.

Murphy's last days on KRLA was in the Midnight to 6am shift, and were not very long before Murphy left the now progressive album-oriented Radio Eleven-Ten.