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KABC Los Angeles Radio History
by Alex Cosper

see also American Radio History

Introduction 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


Los Angeles Radio History


STATION HISTORY:
KABC KBBQ KBIG KBLA KDAY KEZY KFAC KFOX KFWB KGBS KGFJ KGIL KHJ KIEV KIIS KIQQ KKBT KKDJ KLAC KLOS KLSX KMET KMPC KNAC KNX KOST KPOL KPPC KPWR KQLZ KRLA KROQ KRTH KSRF KTNQ KTWV KUTE KWST KZLA XPRS

KABC has been an all-talk format since September 1960. It was the second station following KMOX in St. Louis that year to do an all-talk presentation. The station, located at 790 on the AM dial, was acquired by Cumulus Broadcasting in 2011. It was originally licensed to Big Bear Lake in 1925 as KFXB on 780 AM. It became KPLA when it moved to Los Angeles in 1927. In late 1929 the station was purchased by automobile dealer and KFI owner Earle C. Anthony, who changed the call letters to KECA.

Following new FCC rules in 1941, KECA's frequency moved from 780 to 790 kHz. NBC's Blue Network purchased the station for $800,000 in July 1944, as ownership soon shifted to ABC as part of the breakup of NBC's dominant market share. Call letters then changed to KABC in 1954. ABC Radio merged with Citadel Broadcasting in 2006, five years prior to the merger with Cumulus.

KABC Personnel

1966-1998 Michael Jackson
1972-1972 Leo McElroy
1973-1974 Elliot Mintz
1973-1975 Bud Furillo, also 1979-1987
1978-1979 Jane Platt

Introduction 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


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