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KUTE Los Angeles Radio History
by Alex Cosper

see also American Radio History

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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

KUTE began on March 22, 1952, when it was launched by owner Robert P. Adams, playing a format known as "good music." The station was acquired by Progress Radio Network in 1972 and then black-owned corporation Inner City Broadcasting in 1979. It became one of the first stations to pioneer the radio format known as urban contemporary, which mixed R&B and soul music. Rick Thomas was hired as program director while Brian Roberts did mornings and Charlie Fox did afternoons.

By 1983 the format shifted to urban adult contemporary and became known as "The Quiet Storm" through 1987. It was then acquired by Gene Autry's Golden West Broadcasting, which also owned KMPC AM. KUTE then became KMPC FM with a format called "full spectrum rock" on October 4, 1987. Then for awhile the call letters switched to KEDG and that station became "The Edge" through May 12, 1989 when call letters shifted to KLIT, promoted as "K-Lite" with a soft adult contemporary format. On September 1, 1994 the call letters became KSCA as "FM 101.9, Southern California's Album Alternative."

Golden West sold the station in 1997 to Heftel Broadcasting for $112 million. The format then switched to Spanish as "La Nueva 101.9." The moniker changed to "LA 101.9" in 2011 and later to "Zona MX 101.9," retaining Spanish programming.

KUTE Personnel

1965-1965 Dick Lyons
1973-1973 Brad Edwards
1973-1979 Arnold Schorr
1973-1979 Lon Thomas
1974-1984 Lucky Pierre
1976-1978 Craig Powers
1977-1978 Mike O'Neill
1979-1982 John Peters
1980-1980 Humble Harve
1980-1983 Brian Roberts
1981-1981 Rick Thomas
1982-1984 Charlie Fox
1984-1987 China Smith
1984-1987 Lawrence Tanter
1984-1987 Talaya Trigueros

KUTE Playlist 12/22/75

1. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - Wake Up Everybody
2. O'Jays - Family Reunion
3. Rufus featuring Chaka Kahn - Sweet Thing
4. Earth, Wind and Fire - Gratitude
5. Ron Banks & The Dramatics - Drama V
6. Bill Withers - Makin' Music
7. Natalie Cole - Inseparable
8. Ronnie Laws - Pressure Sensitive
9. Gladys Knight & The Pips - 2nd Anniversary
10. Ohio Players - Honey

KUTE Playlist 8/27/82

1. Survivor - Eye of the Tiger
2. Steve Miller Band - Abracadabra
3. Donna Summer - Love Is In Control
4. Zapp - Dancer Floor
5. Soul Sonic Force - Planet Rock
6. Chicago - Hard To Say I'm Sorry
7. Fleetwood Mac - Hold Me
8. Aretha Franklin - Jump To It
9. Melissa Manchester - You Should Hear How He Talks About You
10. Cameo - Flirt

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