by Alex Cosper
see also American 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
"94.7 The Wave" has been a relaxing adventure since it signed on in the eighties, replacing legendary freeform/rock station KMET. The station has evolved over the years from new age to smooth jazz to soft adult contemporary. The station's ownership changed hands from CBS Radio to Entercom in 2017.
The 94.7 FM dial position originally belonged to KLAC when it launched on March 7, 1961. The call letters switched to KMET in 1968 then to KTWV as "The Wave" on February 14, 1987. The format became what some trade publications called new age and what others categorized as jazz. Radio & Records called it "New Adult Contemporary." Essentially it was a new type of background music for dental offices and other businesses that wanted a soft soundscape.
An earlier programmer of The Wave was rock radio veteran John Sebastian. He began putting jocks on the station on September 19, 1988. The air staff included Don Burns, Talaya Trigueros, Keri Tombazian, Amy Hiatt and China Smith. By the early 90s the station have evolved into a smooth jazz presentation that included soft pop and R&B. In February 2010 the station ceased to identify with the "smooth jazz" identity it had for many years, as the format fused toward soft adult contemporary.
John Sebastian told Playlist Research on January 26, 2018, "In 1988 I was program director of KTWV The Wave and was one of the key architects of the New/Age Smooth Jazz format. I hired all the initial on air personalities, many of whom stayed for over a decade and some are still at the station! Prior to my arrival there were no on air people. I also gave the radio station concept its direction and format basics that it used during its significant success over the years. And, I gave The Wave the flavor it needed by adding some pretty wild 'out there' progressive music to the eclectic playlist. We actually were #1 25-54 Men in one book, beating KLOS! And in overall adults accomplished some of the best ratings in the station's history."
1988-1989 John Sebastian (PD)
1989-1991 China Smith
1988-2017 Talaya Triqueros (middays)
1988-1994 Keri Tombazian, also 1999-2013 ("Wave After Dark")
1988-2000 Amy Hiatt
1988-2002 Don Burns, also 2003-2010
1989-1991 China Smith
2001-2017 Pat Prescott (mornings)
2001-2015 Dave Koz
2002-2003 J.J. Jackson
2007-2010 Brian McKnight (mornings)
2010-2012 Kim Amidon (mornings)
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