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
KIEV occupied the 850 position on the AM dial starting in February 1933 when it was owned by Reed Callister and David Cannon. The broadcast studio was based in the basement of the Glendora Hotel in exchange for commercial air time. The station moved to 870 AM in 1934. Donald Newton Rickles (1927-1985), not the same person as comedian Don Rickles, worked at the station for a year starting in 1949 before joining NBC in Hollywood as an announcer.
In the 1960s KIEV played country music in which Joe Nixon was a regular jock. In the early 1970s the station switched to a sports/talk format as power increased from 5,000 to 20,000 watts. The long-term KIEV call letters were dropped on January 1, 2001, when it became "The New KRLA."
1959-1959 Sandy Nelson
1969-1976 Ed Perry
1972-1981 Les Perry
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