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KLAC 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

KLAC has covered many different formats over the decades. It was originally launched as KFPG in 1924 then changed to KMTR the following year under new owner K.M. Turner. In 1946 New York Post publisher Dorothy Schiff purchased the station and changed the call letters to KLAC on the 570 AM dial.

Metromedia purchased the station in 1963 as the format remained pop. In the mid-sixties the format shifted briefly to talk before landing on middle of the road hits from the 1940s through 1960s. By early 1970 the MOR format focused on soft adult hits since 1964.

On September 28, 1970 KLAC dropped MOR and flipped to country. Several personalities came from crosstown country station KBBQ. Metromedia sold KLAC in 1984 to Capital Cities Communications, which went on to sell country AM 1540 KZLA. Both KLAC and KZLA were then purchased by Malrite Communications. In 1993 the combo sold to Shamrock. The station went on to be acquired by Chancellor Media and then Bonneville. After more mergers, in 2000 it became part of Clear Channel.

In 2001 the format flipped talk with hosts such as Don Imus, but returned to adult standards on September 12, 2002 as "Fabulous 570." On February 4, 2005 it became "XTRA Sports 570."

KLAC Personnel

1957-1959 Mel Hall
1957-1960 Allan Moll
1958-1958 Earl McDaniel
1959-1960 Jim Backus
1959-1960 Louis Quinn
1960-1962 Al Javis
1962-1963 Don Page, also 1968-1976
1965-1968 Jim Ramsburg
1965-1968 Jack Thayer (GM)
1965-1971 Ed Ziel
1967-1967 Jack Margolis
1968-1969 Elliot Mintz
1968-1970 Dick Janssen
1969-1969 Lew Irwin
1969-1971 Charlie O'Donnell, also 1984-1989
1969-1969 J.A. Solari
1969-1970 Bill Taylor
1970-1970 Bill Thomas
1970-1970 Don Anti
1970-1970 Mikel Hunter
1970-1970 Gary Mack
1970-1971 Gene Price
1971-1976 Carson Schreiber
1971-1982 Larry Scott
1971-1971 Jimmy Rabbitt, also 1976
1971-1972 Bo Donovan
1972-1976 John Clark
1973-1979 Tim Sullivan
1973-1983 Jerry Naylor
1974-1982 Don Langford
1980-1980 Stoney Richards
1982-1982 Bob Shannon
1992-1992 Gary Owens
1993-1993 Lisa May
1996-1998 John Sebastian


KLAC Jocks in 1970 included: Deano Day, Gene Price, Harry Newman, Sammy Jackson and Jay Lawrence. In 1971 Dick Haynes, Charlie O'Donnell and Larry Scott joined. The two country competitors in 1970 were KFOX (1280/Long Beach) and KBBQ (870).

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




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