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KWST 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

KWST was known as K-West through various format changes from 1969 through 1982. The 105.9 FM frequency originally belonged to KFI FM from 1946 through 1951, owned by Earle C. Anthony, who returned the license to the FCC. Then it became KBMS through 1969. KWST shifted from beautiful music to rock on January 1, 1975. After competition with KMET failed the station switched to top 40 in 1981, programmed by Chuck Martin, who had recently worked at defunct station KHJ.

In the summer of 1982 the call letters changed to KMGG with the moniker "L.A.'s Magic 106 FM," as the format flipped to adult contemporary. On January 11, 1986, two years after Emmis Communications bought KMGG from Century Broadcasting, the station became KPWR as Power 106 with a rhythmic contemporary hits format.

KWST Personnel

1972-1975 David L. Young
1973-1973 Ed Kerby
1973-1974 Mike Callaghan
1974-1976 Jim McKeon
1975-1976 Richard Kimball
1975-1976 Brent Seltzer
1976-1977 Michael Benner
1976-1980 Bob Taylor
1977-1978 Michael Soto
1978-1978 Frank Bennett
1978-1983 Raechel Donahue
1978-1980 Marshall Phillips
1978-1979 Freddy Snakeskin
1979-1979 Dan Carlisle
1979-1981 Ted Habeck
1979-1981 Paul Cassidy
1979-1983 Frank DeSantis
1979-1979 Dusti Rhodes
1980-1980 Dusty Street
1980-1981 China Smith
1980-1982 Guy Kemp
1980-1982 Bobby Ocean
1981-1981 Kid Kelly
1981-1982 Rick Jager
1981-1982 Chuck Martin
1983-1985 Peter James


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