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KNAC Long Beach 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

KNAC was a legendary freeform then heavy metal rock station from Long Beach. The station had a weak signal that did not cover the LA market, so it was not competitive in Arbitron ratings. But KNAC still gained notoriety across the nation selling heavy metal fan merchandise. The station was eventually inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

From the late 60s through the late 70s KNAC at 105.5 FM was a freeform radio station known as "The Knack." As a freeform station, KNAC still kept up with rock trends, such as psychedelic music in the sixties and punk rock in the late seventies. During its freeform period, the was Program Director was Ron McCoy, who also worked on the air 6a-12n, was a musicians from the hard rock band MSG. Jim Ladd did the 12n-6p shift.

In the early to mid-eighties KNAC was an early alternative station, although KROQ began its modern rock format first. KNAC helped elevate Orange County acts such as Sublime and No Doubt. However, the station went bankrupt and was put up for auction in 1984 when Fred Sands purchased it. The station's "Reggae Revolution" show continued to air after the format shift to metal on January 8, 1986.

As a metal station, KNAC lasted until February 15, 1995, when the format changed to Spanish as KBUE ("Que Buena").

KNAC Personnel

1968-1970 Jerry Mason
1969-1972 Jerry Longden
1970-1971 Frank Jolly, also 1972-1974
1971-1973 Fred Jones (PD)
1974-1975 Ken Turner
1975-1976 Michael Benner
1975-1978 Frank Bennett
1975-1977 Michael Soto, also 1978-1979
1978-1980 Peter James
1978-1983 Sylvia Aimerito
1979-1981 Brent Kahlem
1980s era Richard Blade
1982-1984 Guy Kemp
1982-1985 "Killer" Kat Snow
1985-1986 Bill Scott
1986-1994 Sam Frees
1986-1994 Ana Lee
1986-1986 Rick Stuart
1986-1989 Tawn Mastrey
1989-1995 Thrasher
1990-1991 Pam Edwards
1991-1995 Gregg Steele
1993-1996 Riki Rachtman
1994-2015 Stew Herrera


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