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KDAY 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

KDAY has a long history of delivering pop hits and R&B music. The original brand started out at 1580 AM in 1968 as a soul/r&b station. It briefly shifted to top 40 then album rock in 1972. The programming returned to soul/R&B in January 1974. By the 1980s, KDAY AM had become an urban contemporary station, giving airplay to early rap artists. In 1991 the format shifted to business talk and the call letters became KBLA. The KDAY call letters reappeared at 93.5 FM in September 2004, licensed to Redondo Beach.

Bob Wilson, who programmed KDAY from 1973 to 1975 before launching radio industry trade publication Radio & Records, told Playlist Research on January 26, 2018: "KDAY was responsible for many new trends for radio ... the biggest was bringing Wolfman Jack to the air - live 6 nights a week ... which led to Midnight Special and American Graffiti - great times - great memories. We also were the first to do broadcasts from the Troubador and Whiskey night clubs."

KDAY Personnel

1956-1962 Marv Howard
1958-1961 Earl McDaniel (PD)
1958-1962 Don Anti
1960-1960 Mel Leeds
1960-1961 Alan Freed
1960-1960 George Carlin and Jack Burns
1964-1965 Jerry Naylor
1965-1965 Rudy Harvey
1965-1965 Chuck James
1965-1965 Curtis Troupe, also 1981-1982
1966-1967 Gene Price
1967-1967 Rod Roddy
1967-1967 David L. Young
1967-1969 Frank Thompson
1968-1977 Jon Badeaux
1968-1968 Joe Terry
1969-1971 Jimmy O'Neill
1969-1976 Ed Perry
1970-1971 Bo Donovan
1970-1972 Art Astor
1970-1972 Lew Irwin
1971-1971 Johnny Hayes
1971-1972 China Smith
1971-1972 Sam Riddle
1971-1973 Steve Fredericks
1971-1971 Roger Christian
1972-1973 Wolfman Jack
1973-1973 Les Perry
1973-1974 Rick Scarry
1973-1974 Warren Duffy
1973-1976 Tom Reed
1973-1975 Bob Wilson (PD)
1974-1974 Brad Edwards
1974-1977 Don Mac
1974-1991 J.J. Johnson
1974-1994 Ed Kerby
1975-1977 Dr. Jay Thomas Smith
1975-1989 Roger Aldi
1976-1976 Johnny Soul
1976-1990 Don Tracy
1976-1979 Spanky Lane
1976-1978 Lee Marshall, also 1990-1991
1980-1980 J.J. Jackson
1981-1984 Manny Pacheco
1984-1985 Peter Arbogast
1984-1991 Jesse Torrero
1989-1989 Humpty (Richard Vission)


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




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