by Alex Cosper
see also American 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
Broadcasting from the Disneyland Hotel in Orange County, KEZY was known as "The Mighty 1190," making its on-air launch on May 18, 1959. Top 40 pioneer from KFWB and KRLA Ted Quillin worked for KEZY in the mid-sixties. By the late sixties the format played a mix of pop/rock hits under program director Arnie McClatchey. During his era the station shifted its identity from "K-Easy" to KEZY Great Radio." After McClatchey was named GM of Santa Ana station KYMS 106.3 FM in 1975, Mark Denis moved from mornings to program director.
As music audiences shifted to FM and AM became common for talk radio, KEZY became KNWZ in March 1983 as an all news station. But in February 1984 the station's low ratings prompted a return to the KEZY call letters with a music format. It became KPZE as K-Praise, playing religious music starting on April 2, 1985. Then in February 1989 the call letters became KORG and the station was known as K-Orange. In 2018 it's KGBN, airing a Korean gospel format.
1959-1961 Art Kevin
1962-1963 Al Javis
1964-1964 Jerry Longden, also 1966, 1978-1979
1966-1968 Ted Quillin
1967-1974 Arnie McClatchey (PD)
1968-1983 Mark Denis
1968-1970 Jim Meeker, also 1975-1976
1970-1981 Adam DeMarais
1970-1976 Paul Freeman
1971-1974 Dave Sebastian
1973-1977 Jack Snyder
1975-1977 Russ O'Hara
1976-1976 Ken Levine
1976-1976 John Peters, also 1982-1983
1978-1980 Shana (LaVigni)
1982-1982 Rick Lewis
1985-1991 Craig Powers
1987-1988 Les Perry
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