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KRTH 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

K45LA was launched on August 11, 1941 on 44.5 mhz then the call letters became KHJ-FM in 1946 and the frequency moved to 101.1 FM in 1948. The FM was a simulcast of KHJ AM in 1965 with the debut of "Boss Radio." Then to comply with new FCC rules of separate programming, the FM ran a Drake-Chenault format called "Hit Parade" from 1968 to 1970. Then in 1971 the programming switched to another Drake-Chenault format called "Solid Gold Rock And Roll." The call letters switched to KRTH in 1972 as "K-Earth," named after Earth Day as the music leaned more oldies.

Throughout the seventies and early eighties that format shifted between oldies and adult contemporary. In 1985 the station began using the slogan "Classic Rock and Roll." In 1988 the station was acquired by Beasley Broadcasting. After a period of a broad selection of oldies from the sixties through eighties, the station began emphasizing the mid-sixties through early seventies in 1991. KRTH was purchased in 1994 by Infinity Radio, which merged into Westinghouse three years later. By the late nineties the station was emphasizing Motown and late sixties music.

KRTH Personnel

1972-1972 Dave Jeffreys
1973-1975 Jim Pewter
1973-1975 Guy Zapoleon, also 1976-1977
1974-1978 Steve Fredericks
1979-1982 Cherie Sannes
1982-1985 Pat Evans
1982-1983 Rick Scarry
1983-1985 Lori Lerner
1983-1990 Walter Sabo
1985-1990 Jay Gardner
1986-1987 Mike O'Neill
1994-1996 Dave Sebastian
1997-2016 "Shotgun" Tom Kelly
1998-2000 Charlie Van Dyke

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


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