Los Angeles Radio History: 2000s
by Alex Cosper

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see also American Radio History

Los Angeles is the second biggest radio market in the country, behind New York City. Over 50 stations populate the radio dial. KROQ, one of the last standing alternative stations in the nation, helped pioneer the format that industry experts said could not be done. A consistent market leader in the 2000s has been contemporary hits trend-setter KIIS (102.7). The station's morning personality, Ryan Seacrest, rose to national celebrity status in 2002 when he became a co-host of the top television series American Idol. Seacrest had done afternoons at Star 98.7 (KYSR) from 1995 to 2003 and then became host of the syndicated radio countdown American Top 40. He replaced Rick Dees as KIIS morning host in Febuary 2004. Rick Dees returned to L.A. radio in the fall of 2006 on Movin 93.9, after Emmis flipped long time country station KZLA to KMVN, playing a mix of urban, disco and dance classic hits.

In August 2006 Emmis flipped KZLA to KMVN as "Movin 93.9." In January 2007 Radio One changed KKBT call letters to KRBV and changed the moniker to "V100," playing "The Best Variety of R&B."

Los Angeles Radio Dial 2005

570 AM - KLAC, sports, owned by Clear Channel
640 AM - KFI, talk, owned by Clear Channel
710 AM - KSPN, "ESPN Radio," sports, owned by ABC radio
790 AM - KABC, news/talk, owned by ABC Radio
870 AM - KRLA, talk, owned by Salem
930 AM - KHJ, Regional Mexican, owned by Liberman
980 AM - KFWB, news, owned by Infinity
1020 AM - KTNQ, Spanish news/talk, owned by Univision
1070 AM - KNX, news, owned by Infinity
1110 AM - KDIS, Radio Disney
1150 AM - KTLK, talk, owned by Clear Channel (was sports until Feb)
1300 AM - KAZN, ethnic, owned by Multicultural Broadcasting
1460 AM - KWKW, Spanish news/talk, owned by Lotus
1540 AM - KMPC, "1540 The Ticket," owned by Rose City Radio Corp.

92.3 FM - KHHT, "Hot 92 Jamz," urban, owned by Clear Channel
92.7 FM - KMLT (Thousand Oaks), adult contemporary
93.1 FM - KCBS, "Jack," adult hits, owned by Infinity
93.5 FM - KDAY (Redondo Beach), hip hop, owned by Styles Media Group
93.9 FM - KZLA, country, Emmis
94.3 FM - KBUA, "La Que Buena," Regional Mexican, owned by Liberman
94.7 FM - KTWV, smooth jazz, owned by Infinity
95.5 FM - KLOS, album-oriented rock, owned by ABC Radio
95.9 FM - KFSH (Anaheim) "The Fish," Christian, owned by Salem
96.3 FM - KXOL, Spanish, owned by SBS
97.1 FM - KLSX, talk, owned by Infinity
97.9 FM - KLAX, Regional Mexican
98.7 FM - KYSR, "Star," hot adult contemporary, owned by Clear Channel
100.3 FM - KKBT, "The Beat," hip hop/urban, owned by Radio One
101.1 FM - KRTH, oldies, owned by Infinity
101.9 FM - KSCA, Regional Mexican, owned by Univision
102.3 FM - KJLH, urban contemporary, owned by Taxi Productions
102.7 FM - KIIS, CHR/top 40, owned by Clear Channel
103.5 FM - KOST, adult contemporary, owned by Clear Channel
103.9 FM - KRCD, Spanish oldies (also on KRCV), owned by Univision
104.3 FM - KBIG, hot adult contemporary, owned by Clear Channel
105.1 FM - KMZT, classical, owned by Mt. Wilson
105.5 FM - KBUE, simulcast of Regional Mexican programming of 94.3 KBUA FM, owned by Liberman
105.9 FM - KPWR, ("Power"), hip hop, Emmis
106.7 FM - KROQ, alternative rock, owned by Infinity
107.1 FM - KSSE, Spanish contemporary, owned by Entravision
107.5 FM - KLVE, Spanish, owned by Univision
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