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KPPC 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

KPPC, licensed to Pasadena, debuted as a full-time commercial station at 106.7 FM in 1962 as a sister to the 1400 AM station with the same call letters. The station operated from the basement of its owner, the Pasadena Presbyterian Church, until the AM/FM combo was sold to Crosby-Avery Broadcasting. The new company continued to operate from the church from 1967 to 1969, allowing the church to broadcast shows over both stations. Tom Donahue was brought in as the program director in 1967 to introduce a freeform format.

Both stations were acquired by the National Science Network in 1969. NSN was forced to sell its stations, leading to KPPC AM being acquired by Universal Broadcasting, which changed the call letters to KROQ. After KBBQ switched from country to hits as KROQ AM in 1972, the owner bought KPPC FM from NSN. Financial issues pushed KROQ off the air in 1974. It reappeared on the airwaves two years later as KROQ FM, this time with a modern rock format.

KPPC Personnel

1963-1971 David Pierce
1965-1966 David L. Young, also 1967
1967-1967 Les Carter, also 1970-1971 (PD)
1967-1968 Tom Donahue
1967-1968 B. Mitchell Reed
1968-1968 Ted Alvy, also 1970-1971
1968-1969 Charles Laquidara
1968-1971 Bob Hall
1968-1971 Zachary Zenor
1969-1969 Tom Gamache
1969-1969 Les Perry
1969-1970 Bill Slater
1969-1973 Bob Sala
1969-1971 Jeff Gonzer
1970-1970 Ron Erwin
1970-1971 Harry Shearer
1970-1971 Joe Siegel
1970-1971 J.A. Solari
1970-1971 Deirde O'Donoghue
1970-1971 Johnny Otis
1970-1971 Outrageous Nevada (Susan Carter)
1970-1971 Doug Cox (GM)
1970-1973 Mike Callaghan
1970-1975 Bob Taylor
1971-1971 Ken Turner
1971-1973 Ron Johnson
1971-1971 Bob Gowa
1971-1972 Bobby Applegate
1971-1973 Birdfeather
1972-1973 Bernie Alan
1972-1972 Tony Pigg


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