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KGFJ 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

KGFJ began in 1926 and by 1928 it was the first radio station ever to broadcast a 24-hour schedule on a regular basis. Ben S. McGlashan was an early owner. In 1954 KGFJ billed itself as "the original 24-hour station." In the daytime it played a mix of news and orchestral music at 1230 on the AM dial. At night the station played r&b music. In 1964 the station used VW vans for their news team.

By the mid-1960s the station had adopted r&b as its format around the clock under the ownership of East West Broadcasting Inc., which sold to Inner City Broadcasting then eventually Bill Shearer in 1986. Inner City also sold KUTE FM. In the fall of 1977 KGFJ became KKTT.

KGFJ Personnel

1961-1965 Chuck James
1964-1979 Arnold Schorr
1965-1965 Rich "Brother" Robbin, also 1975
1965-1973 Jim Randolph (PD 1968-1973)
1966-1969 Tom Reed
1968-1969 Darryl Evans
1968-1968 Russ O'Hara
1968-1972 Johnny Soul
1968-1974 Lucky Pierre
1969-1974 Don Tracy
1971-1975 Joe Terry
1972-1972 Thom Beck
1973-1974 William Shearer, also 1984-1996 (VP/GM)
1974-1976 Mike O'Neill
1977-1978 Don Mac(PD)
1980-1981 J.B. Stone (PD)
1981-1982 Mucho Morales
1981-1982 Curtis Troupe


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


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