by Alex Cosper
The 1950s marked more radical changes for the Los Angeles radio dial. It was now the television era as TV began to capture the attention of masses at night, cutting into the radio audience. It forced radio to reinvent itself. Helping usher in this change was rock and roll music. Another breakthrough was transistor technology, which led to pocket radios in the fifties. Sony was an earlier developer in transistor radio, which paved the way for modern computers.
In the fifties rock and roll radio was born and became a determining factor in the industry shift from block (multi-format) programming to formats based on demographics. While MOR (middle of the road) stations emerged to captivate adults with classic pop music mixed with a lot of announcer commentary, rock and roll stations attracted younger audiences. Despite the emergence of television in the fifties, radio did not die. In fact, the advent of the transistor radio made radio more affordable and popular with teens - the baby boomers.
Los Angeles FM Radio Dial 1958
88.7 FM - KXLU 89.1 FM - KSCS 91.5 FM - KUSC 92.3 FM - KFAC 93.1 FM - KNX 93.9 FM - KPOL 94.7 FM - KRHM 95.5 FM - KABC 96.3 FM - KRKD 100.3 FM - KMLA 103.5 FM - KGLA 104.3 FM - KPLA 105.1 FM - KDBX 105.9 FM - KBMS 107.5 FM - KBBI
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