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KMPC 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

KMPC has both an AM and FM history in Los Angeles. The call letters first appeared at 710 am and later in the fifties the owners bought 100.3 FM and then 101.9 FM. Both stations were owned by Golden West Broadcasting, headed by actor/country star Gene Autry, who also owned R&B station KUTE 102, TV station KTLA Channel 5 and the baseball team the California Angels. KUTE 102 for awhile was "The Quiet Storm" then evolved into urban contemporary before it was purchased by Golden West and changed into a new version of KMPC.

Golden West purchased KUTE in 1987 as the call letters changed to KMPC and the format was called "Full Spectrum Rock," which mixed various eras of rock. The format, under program director and ex-KMET personality J.J. Jackson, was based on KMET and even featured other veterans of the former rock station, including Jim Ladd, Paraquat Kelley and Cynthia Fox. The air staff also included future MTV star Mark Goodman. But after a few years, the station became KEDG as "The Edge" in March 1989, while maintaining its classic and modern rock mix.

Golden West changed the station's identity again on May 13, 1989, when it became soft adult contemporary station KLIT-FM. In 1994 the 101.9 FM dial position was taken over by adult album alternative station KSCA. Later it became a Mexican Regional music station as "Zona MX 101.9," owned by Univision.

KMPC Personnel

1953-1979 Howard Flynn
1956-1961 Bob Forward
1962-1967 Jack Margolis
1962-1981 Gary Owens
1963-1972 Russ Barnett (PD)
1964-1965 Lee Larsen
1966-1978 Dick Enberg
1967-1969 Charlie Johnson
1968-1969 Geoff Edwards
1970-1971 Jim Lange, also 1984-1989
1971-1973 Bob Fuller
1972-1978 Art Kevin
1973-1980 Sonny Melendrez
1975-1984 Norm Epstein
1975-1984 Robert W. Morgan, also 1986-1992
1979-1987 Pamela McInnes
1981-1981 Harvey Levin
1983-1986 Wink Martindale
1987-1989 Sam Bellamy
1987-1989 Cynthia Fox
1987-1988 Guy Kemp
1988-1990 Kevin Gershan
1988-1991 Raechel Donahue
1988-1988 Pat "Paraquat" Kelley
1988-1989 John Logic
1991-1992 Bob Jamison


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