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KIIS 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

The 102.7 FM frequency starting in 1948 was originally KLAC-FM, the sister station to KLAC-AM until the late sixties. In 1967 the FM changed its call letters to KRHM until April 1971 when it became top 40 station KKDJ. In October 1975 the station changed to an adult contemporary format after it was purchased by Combined Communications. It began simulcasting with KIIS on 1150 AM. KKDJ then became KIIS FM with the slogan "AM and FM, K-double-I-S."

During the transition, Charlie Tuna was the program director and morning host of KKDJ then KIIS FM. At first the AM and FM stations were simulcast in the day with separate programming at night. KIIS struggled as an adult contemporary station in the ratings, as it gradually began to lean more top 40 in the late seventies. By 1978 the station played plenty of disco and dance music. In 1979 Gannett Company bought both the AM and FM, as well as the company Combined Communications. In 1981 KIIS AM became KPRZ, airing a religious talk format.

Rick Dees was hired to do mornings at KIIS FM in July 1981, replacing fill-in Dave Sebastian. Dees went on to become a top morning host for many years, helping make KIIS the top hit music station in Southern California. Dees lasted with the station until February 2004, when his contract was not renewed and he was succeeded by Ryan Seacrest. Rick's co-host Ellen K remained in place with Seacrest.

Starting in 1985, when KIIS AM returned as a top 40 station, the owner began to simulcast the KIIS morning and afternoon shows on AM and FM until 1997. At that time KIIS AM became sports talk station KXTA.

KIIS Personnel

1970-1972 Alan Harvey (PD)
1970-1975 Rod McKean
1970-1971 Steve Fredericks
1970-1971 Lee Sherwood
1970-1972 Thom Beck
1970-1976 Jerry Mason
1971-1971 Ed Kerby, also 1973
1972-1972 Jack Angel
1972-1972 Dick Sainte
1972-1975 Dave Diamond
1972-1973 Sonny Melendrez
1972-1975 Jack Popejoy
1972-1972 Jay Stevens, also 1975-1977
1973-1973 Ted Atkins
1973-1974 Stoney Richards
1974-1974 Gene Price
1975-1975 Kris Erik Stevens
1975-1976 Kathy Gori
1975-1977 Charlie Tuna
1975-1977 Bill Browning
1975-1979 Bud Furillo
1975-1979 Jerry Bishop
1975-1976 Danny Martinez
1975-1981 Larry McKay
1976-1989 Paul Freeman
1976-1981 Lori Lerner
1977-1980 Sherman Cohen
1977-1980 Ron Foster
1977-1984 A.J. Martin
1977-1979 Gary McKenzie
1977-1981 Tom Murphy
1977-1982 Craig Powers
1977-1982 Val Valentine
1978-1979 Bob Morrison
1978-1983 Mike O'Neil
1979-1980 Jay Cook (GM)
1979-1984 Liz Fulton, also 1987-1990
1979-1986 Birdie Bush
1979-1981 Lon Thomas
1979-1981 Jesse Torerro
1980-1989 Lynn Anderson (GM)
1980-1980 Willie B
1980-1980 Dave Sebastian, also 1983
1981-1981 L. David Moorhead
1981-1982 Don Benson (morning with Rick Dees)
1981-1986 Raul Moreno
1982-1982 Laurie Allen
1982-1982 Ron Geronimo
1982-1986 Gerry DeFrancesco (PD), also 1991-1992 (VP/GM)
1982-1987 Big Ron O'Brien
1984-1987 Raechel Donahue
1983-2012 Commander Chuck Street (Pilot)
1984-1984 J.J. McKay
1984-1986 Larry Morgan
1985-1987 Lorna Love
1986-1992 Sean "Hollywood" Hamilton
1986-1989 Steve Rivers (Carl Bekher) (PD)
1987-1997 Pamela McInnes
1987-1988 "Machine Gun" Kelly
1987-2006 Chester the Arrester
1988-1990 Sky Walker (Dave Skyler), also 1991-1992
1988-1998 Leo Quinones
1989-1996 Ron Shapiro
1989-1991 Magic Matt Alan, also 1996-1997
1990-2015 Ellen K
1990-1992 Bill Richards
1990-1994 Don O'Neal
1990-2006 Charlie Rahilly
1991-1994 Whitney Allen
1991-2005 Roy Laughlin (President/GM)
1991-1991 Christopher Lance
1992-1993 Big Ron O'Brien (PD)
1992-1994 Marc Kaye
1992-1994 Chris Leary, also 1997-2006
1992-1993 Joe Montione
1993-1993 Kevin "Kozman" Koske
1994-1996 Chuck Nasty
1994-1996 Steve Perun (PD)
1995-1995 Poorman
1996-2006 Sean Valentine
1996-1997 John Cook
1997-1997 Todd Newton


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