KLAC

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KLAC
AM570LASports.jpg
CityLos Angeles, California
Broadcast areaGreater Los Angeles
BrandingAM 570 LA Sports
SloganHome of Dodgers Radio & Los Angeles sports
Frequency570 kHz (also on HD Radio)
(also on HD Radio via KYSR-HD2)
First air dateMarch 1924 (as KFPG)
FormatSports Talk
Power5,000 watts
ClassB
Facility ID59958
Transmitter coordinates34°04′11″N 118°11′36″W / 34.06972°N 118.19333°W / 34.06972; -118.19333Coordinates: 34°04′11″N 118°11′36″W / 34.06972°N 118.19333°W / 34.06972; -118.19333
Callsign meaningK "Los Angeles, California"
Former callsigns1924-1925: KFPG
1925-1946: KMTR
AffiliationsFox Sports Radio
NBC Sports Radio
Los Angeles Dodgers Radio Network
Los Angeles Clippers Radio Network
OwneriHeartMedia, Inc.
Los Angeles Dodgers
(Los Angeles Broadcasting Partners, LLC)
Sister stations(Owned by iHeartMedia) KBIG, KEIB, KFI, KIIS-FM, KOST, KRRL, KYSR
WebcastListen Live
Websiteam570LAsports.iheart.com/

KLAC (570 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station in Los Angeles. It airs a all-sports radio format and is owned jointly by The Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball Team and San Antonio-based iHeartMedia, Inc. The studios and offices are on Olive Avenue in Burbank.

KLAC broadcasts in the HD Radio format. It is also heard on 98.7 KYSR-HD2.[1] The 570 transmitter is on North Indiana Avenue at Multnomah Street in Los Angeles.[2] By day, KLAC is powered at 5,000 watts non-directional. But at night, to protect other stations on AM 570, it uses a directional antenna.

Programming[edit]

KLAC is the flagship station of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Clippers, UCLA Bruins football and basketball. Weekday mornings begin with two syndicated programs, "The Dan Patrick Show," followed by "The Herd with Colin Cowherd." Local shows are heard in the afternoon, "Roggin & Rodney" (Fred Roggin and Rodney Peete), followed by the "Petros and Money Show" (Petros Papadakis and Matt "Money" Smith). In the evening, an hour of "Dodger Talk" airs, followed by programs from the Fox Sports Radio Network. Weekends feature mostly Fox Sports shows and live sporting events, plus some paid brokered programming in the early morning.

History[edit]

Early Years[edit]

KLAC first signed on in 1924 as KFPG. In 1925, it became KMTR, with the call sign chosen for the new owner, K. M. TuRner, a radio dealer. In the 1930s, it was powered at 1,000 watts and had its studios at 915 North Formosa Street.[3]

In 1946, Dorothy Schiff, publisher of the New York Post, bought the station and renamed it KLAC, for Los Angeles, California. During the 1940s, Douglas Adamson worked as a disc jockey on KLAC and was voted one of Billboard magazine's top ten DJs in America. Al Jarvis created his West Coast version of the "Make Believe Ballroom." In a KLAC advertisement in the 1947 edition of Broadcasting Yearbook, Jarvis is described as "the dean of the nation's disc jockeys." The show promised to give away "a new Mercury, diamond rings, etc."[4]

In 1948, KLAC added a TV station, Channel 13.[5] KLAC-TV signed on the air on September 17. Both the radio and TV operations were housed in studios at 1000 North Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood. Al Jarvis hosted a TV edition of the "Make Believe Ballroom." A young Betty White was one of his staff, with Regis Philbin and Leonard Nimoy also working behind the scenes at Channel 13. KLAC-TV was sold to the Copley Press in 1953, with the call letters changed to the current KCOP-TV.

Also in 1948, KLAC-FM began experimenting with FM broadcasts. The station official signed on the air on March 7, 1961, as KLAC-FM.[6] It mostly simulcast the AM station. In the late 1960s, it began airing its own programming, a vocal easy listening/MOR sound. In 1975, the station was sold to Combined Communication, later becoming KIIS-FM.

Metromedia Ownership[edit]

KLAC-AM-FM were purchased by Metromedia in 1963.[7] Metromedia programmed a full service middle of the road (MOR) format of popular music, news and sports, similar to other Metromedia stations such as WNEW in New York City and WHK in Cleveland. KLAC-AM-FM at different times featured the talents of Les Crane, Louis Nye, and Lohman and Barkley. Metromedia also owned Channel 11 KTTV, so all three stations, KLAC-AM-FM and KTTV, were housed in studios at 5828 Wilshire Boulevard.

In the mid-1960s, KLAC switched to a talk radio format known as "Two-Way Radio." Hosts included Joe Pyne. In the 1970s, KLAC switched to an adult standards sound, playing music from the 1940s and early 1950s, along with soft adult contemporary hits of the 1950s and 1960s. By early 1970, KLAC evolved to more of a full service mainstream adult contemporary format focusing on popular adult hits from 1964 up to that time.

Country Music[edit]

As the 1970s began, Los Angeles had two country music stations, 1280 KFOX and 870 KIEV.[8] But neither station had a signal as powerful as that of KLAC. So on September 28, 1970, KLAC decided to drop adult contemporary for country music. The number one on the station's first "Big 57 Survey" was "For The Good Times" by Ray Price.

The original DJs included Deano Day, Gene Price, Harry Newman, Sammy Jackson and Jay Lawrence, joined the following year by Dick Haynes, Charlie O'Donnell and Larry Scott. L.A. veteran DJ Nancy Plum (KTNQ, KMPC) was heard in the last days of the country format.

In the fall of 1980, KLAC got some serious competition in the country music field, including a station on FM. KZLA FM 93.9 and AM 1540 switched to country, followed in December 1980 by AM 930 KHJ. KHJ returned oldies on April 1, 1983. KZLA-AM-FM and KLAC competed through the 1980s. During this time, KLAC DJ Harry Newman could also be heard as the image voice for Channel 13 KCOP-TV, which had been co-owned with KLAC until the late 1950s. (KCOP later became a sister station to Channel 11 KTTV, which previously was co-owned with KLAC for 21 years.)

In this July 1984 photo, an advertisement poster of KLAC can be seen in the background during the 1984 Summer Olympics torch relay.

Capital Cities and Malrite[edit]

In 1984, Metromedia sold KLAC to Capital Cities Communications, which subsequently sold its previous Los Angeles AM station, 1540 KZLA (now KMPC) to Spanish Broadcasting System. One year later, Capital Cities announced its acquisition of ABC Television and Radio. The newly merged Capital Cities/ABC could only own one AM and one FM station in each radio market. The company opted to retain 790 KABC and 95.5 KLOS. Both KLAC and KZLA-FM were sold to Malrite Communications. KLAC moved to classic country, playing country and western hits from the 1950s to the 1970s. One exception to the music format was a "combat talk" show hosted by Orange County conservative icon Wally George, on Monday nights during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

In late 1993, KLAC fired all its DJs and newscasters, including 31-year veteran Dean Sander, and dropped country for Westwood One's satellite-fed adult standards service, known as "Stardust." It played Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Nat King Cole, Neil Diamond, Peggy Lee, Petula Clark, Dean Martin, Johnny Mathis, The Carpenters, Elvis Presley, the Ames Brothers, Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Dionne Warwick and Barry Manilow. The station concentrated on vocalists from the 1960s and 70s, with big band music no longer played. KLAC stayed with this format in some form until 2001.

Clear Channel Ownership[edit]

KLAC was owned by Malrite until 1993, when the station was sold to Shamrock Communications in a group deal along with KZLA. In 1995, Shamrock's stations were absorbed by Chancellor Media and KZLA was swapped to Bonneville International in the late 1990s. Chancellor Media became AMFM Inc. when it merged with Capstar in 1999. In 2000, AMFM Inc. merged with Clear Channel Communications. In 2016, Clear Channel changed its name to iHeartMedia, KLAC's current co-owner.

In 2001, KLAC became a talk radio station, airing syndicated programs from Don Imus, Clark Howard, Dr. Dean Edell, The Truckin' Bozo show,[citation needed] and local host Michael Jackson.

On September 12, 2002, KLAC returned to an adult standards format, becoming the "Fabulous 570." In addition to many of the station's previous standards artists, the playlist also included Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Harry Connick Jr., Rod Stewart and Michael Bublé, contemporary artists whose music is influenced by the Big Band Era. During the standards/lounge music period, Brad "Martini" Chambers, Jim "Swingin' Jimmy D" Duncan, Daisy Torme (Mel Torme's daughter) and LA radio and TV vet Gary Owens were among the air talent.

XTRA Sports 570[edit]

On February 4, 2005, Clear Channel Communications made a format swap on three radio stations in Southern California.

  • KLAC's previous standards format, and "Fabulous" branding, moved to XETRA 690 AM, a border blaster station in Tijuana and heard around Southern California. It became The Fabulous 690. This lasted until February 1, 2006. With an ownership change and ending of Clear Channel's programming lease, 690 AM became XEWW, a Spanish-language talk station.
  • The XTRA Sports format, previously simulcast on XETRA 690 AM in San Diego and KXTA 1150 AM in Los Angeles, moved to KLAC, which initially aimed at both Los Angeles and San Diego. (Prior to 2002, 690 and 1150 were separately programmed stations, with the only common programming being The Jim Rome Show.)
  • KXTA 1150 became KTLK, hosting a progressive talk format.

When 690 and 1150 were merged on 570, Jim Rome and sportscasters Steve Hartman, Lee Hamilton and Vic "The Brick" Jacobs were retained. The other hosts from 690 and 1150 went on to other stations. Several former XTRA Sports 690 hosts joined the upstart sports format at San Diego-based 1090 XEPRS-AM, known as "The Mighty 1090."

Guy Talk Mixed with Sports[edit]

In February 2006, KLAC phased out the use of the XTRA Sports nickname as part of a re-orientation to the Los Angeles market, and was simply referred to on air as "AM 570." The XTRA Sports name was later re-launched in San Diego on AM 1350 KLSD on November 12, 2007, with Lee Hamilton starting local programming.

For a brief time, AM 570 placed less emphasis on sports and more emphasis on male-oriented talk to compete with the now-defunct 97.1 KLSX, then the local home of Adam Carolla and Tom Leykis, and previously Howard Stern's L.A. station. Local hosts on KLAC were instructed to not limit themselves to sports, but also include celebrities, relationships, politics and current events. In addition, non-sports hosts Erich "Mancow" Muller and Phil Hendrie were added to the lineup.

The switch also meant that former afternoon host and one-time San Diego Chargers radio voice Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton was moved to weekend duty. He also hosted a daily 5 p.m. sports update on KLAC for several months until landing a weekday show on San Diego-based sister station 1350 KLSD.

The KLAC call letters were initially only announced during station identification at the beginning of each hour. But they soon started to be used more often under the "AM 570 KLAC" brand, starting when the station celebrated its 30th anniversary as the Laker radio flagship. Some promotions spelled out the meaning of the call letters as K Los Angeles California.

Back to All Sports[edit]

Starting in late 2006, KLAC shifted its focus again to more sports content. Phil Hendrie voluntarily retired from his syndicated show to pursue an acting career (but would later revive the program on KTLK). Hendrie's time slot was filled by Joe McDonnell, who would last for two years at KLAC. Into The Night with Tony Bruno, which KLAC co-produced with The Content Factory, replaced McDonnell in September 2008.

Mancow was replaced with Roggin and Simers2(Squared), hosted by Fred Roggin of Channel 4 KNBC (and formerly of one-time rival sports talker 710 KMPC), T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times, and Simers' daughter, Tracy Simers. Roggin and Simers2 lasted 11 months before being replaced in September 2007 by Dan Patrick's syndicated morning show, also produced by The Content Factory.

Former USC Trojans football running back and former KMPC afternoon host Petros Papadakis join KLAC in January 2007, teaming up with sportscaster Matt "Money" Smith (then the host of the Lakers Radio Network's pregame, halftime, and postgame coverage). The pair co-hosted the station's PM drive time slot, dubbed the "Petros and Money Show."

On December 11, 2008, the Los Angeles Lakers announced that KLAC would no longer be the team's flagship station following the 2008-2009 season, with Laker games moving to AM 710 KSPN, ESPN Radio's Los Angeles station.[9]

On September 23, 2011, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced that KLAC would become the flagship for the team's radio network beginning in the 2012 season.[10]

Fox Sports Radio[edit]

On January 20, 2009, the station announced a merger with the Fox Sports Radio Network. Many of the network shows would be based at KLAC, with the end of most local programming. General manager Don Martin was named KLAC's program director. Martin also became the network's program director, replacing Andrew Ashwood, who died a few months earlier.

Some programs would be based at the Clear Channel Studios in Burbank and some would be based at the Fox Sports Radio network offices in Sherman Oaks, which also housed the Premiere Networks' studios for Jim Rome. According to a report by Los Angeles Daily News media columnist Tom Hoffarth, Fox Sports Radio hosts Ben Maller, Andrew Siciliano, Krystal Fernandez, Craig Shemon and James Washington were released from their duties.

Shemon and Washington's morning slot was replaced by Dan Patrick's syndicated morning show, while Chris Myers' and Hartman's midday shows combined into one, "Myers and Hartman." Myers replaced Mychal Thompson (who was expected to leave the station at the end of the Laker season). Vic "The Brick" Jacobs was reassigned to delivering brief sports updates. Siciliano and Fernandez's early evening show was replaced by the "Petros and Money Show." Petros and Money were carried on Fox Sports Radio Network between 2009 and 2014.

KLAC initially dropped "Into The Night with Tony Bruno," clearing JT The Brick instead. Ben Maller's overnight show, The Third Shift, was canceled and replaced by a clip show entitled Fox Sports Soup. JT The Brick's show replaced Fox Sports Soup later in the year as the network assumed production of Into The Night and rehired Maller for weekend duty.

Myers left "Myers and Hartman" in March 2010 to focus on his other duties with Fox Sports, replaced by Pat O'Brien as co-host of the resurrected "Loose Cannons" show, alongside Hartman and Jacobs.

Dodgers Become Co-Owners[edit]

In September 2014, the Dodgers announced the team would buy an equity stake in KLAC, co-owning the station with iHeartMedia.[11] The Dodgers wanted to be the principal sports franchise carried on the station, with advertising imaged around the team. Dodgers President Stan Kasten said “We will be teaming up with the fantastic creative team at iHeartMedia on a number of projects and initiatives, to enhance our fans engagement."

On March 15, 2015, KLAC announced that it would drop its branding connected with Fox Sports Radio, changing to "AM 570 LA Sports," with a greater emphasis on Dodgers coverage, including a weeknight "Dodgers Talk" show all year round. The "LA" in KLAC's logo is derived from the Dodgers' cap insignia. Never the less, KLAC continued to carry some of the Fox Sports lineup such as Dan Patrick's morning show and Jay Mohr's midday show. The change in ownership was consummated on August 5, 2016.

On March 16, 2016, KLAC announced it would take over as the flagship station of the Los Angeles Clippers. In case of a scheduling conflict with the Dodgers, the Clippers would be heard on sister station 1150 KEIB.[12]

In 2017, KLAC and its sister station 640 KFI acquired the rights to the Los Angeles Chargers. The play by play would air on KFI, with team shows and special programming on KLAC.[13]

Sports Play by Play[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Is KFI switch a sign AM radio is really dead? Los Angeles Daily News - August 12, 2015
  2. ^ Radio-Locator.com/KLAC
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1935 page 22
  4. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1947 page 83
  5. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1950 page 88
  6. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1963 page B-20
  7. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1964 page B-18
  8. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1969 pages B-17, B-18
  9. ^ "Lakers set to switch to 710 ESPN next season". Los Angeles Times. December 11, 2008.
  10. ^ "Dodgers make deal to move radio flagship to KLAC next season". Los Angeles Times. September 23, 2011.
  11. ^ ThinkBlueLA.com "Dodgers Renew Radio Broadcast Agreement with AM 570" Sept. 30, 2014. Retrieved 5/8/19
  12. ^ The LA Clippers and iHeartMedia are joining forces to broadcast Clippers games live! KFI - March 16, 2016
  13. ^ "Chargers find broadcast home at iHeartMedia-LA's KFI-AM 640". KLAC website. Retrieved May 23, 2017.

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