Los Angeles

103.1 KDL Los Angeles Becomes Indie 103

Previous Format: Dance CHR “103.1 KDL” New Format: Alternative “Indie 103” Date & Time Of Change: December 21, 2003 More Info: Wikipedia

92.3 The Beat Becomes Mega 92.3

Previous Format: Urban “92.3 The Beat” KKBT New Format: Rhythmic Oldies “Mega 92.3” KCMG Date & Time Of Change: June 30, 2000 at 6:00pm More Info: Wikipedia In the fall of 1999, the two largest radio station operators in the country, Clear Channel Communications and AMFM Inc., shocked the world by announcing they would merge. However, in order to get under the government-mandated market ownership limits, some stations were required to be spun-off. One of the full powered FMs in Los Angeles had to go. KKBT was the station chosen; it was sold off to Radio One. However, Clear Channel wanted to keep the best possible signals and gave Radio One the less desirable 100.3. Leading up to the frequency swap, rumors swirled about whether either station’s format woul...

Mega 100.3 Becomes 100.3 The Beat

Previous Format: Rhythmic Oldies “Mega 100.3” KCMG New Format: Urban “100.3 The Beat” KKBT Date & Time Of Change: June 30, 2000 at 6:00pm More Info: Wikipedia In the fall of 1999, the two largest radio station operators in the country, Clear Channel Communications and AMFM Inc., shocked the world by announcing they would merge. However, in order to get under the government-mandated market ownership limits, some stations were required to be spun-off. One of the full powered FMs in Los Angeles had to go. KKBT was the station chosen; it was sold off to Radio One. However, Clear Channel wanted to keep the best possible signals and gave Radio One the less desirable 100.3. Leading up to the frequency swap, rumors swirled about whether either station’s format wo...

“Groove 103.1” Signs Off

After “Groove 103.1” flipped back to Dance, the station’s ratings began to improve, albeit slightly. It eventually peaked at a 0.9 share 12+, which (tied with one of the previous formats on the 103.1 duo) represents the highest ratings ever achieved by the two 103.1 FMs. Apparently, this success got the attention of Jacor (now Clear Channel), owner of CHR/Pop KIIS-FM. In September 1998, Jacor purchased KACD and KBCD from Ken Roberts. Shortly thereafter, on October 12, 1998, Jacor switched “Groove 103.1” to a simulcast of KIIS-FM, and eventually debuted a AAA format under the name “Channel 103.1”. One side note: in an article which appeared on laradio.com, KIIS-FM General Manager Roy Laughin admitted that Jacor bought Groove 103.1 and changed the fo...

B100.3 KIBB becomes Mega 100 KCMG

Following the first-place-in-its-first book debut of New York’s Dance CHR WKTU (February 1996), it didn’t come as a surprise that a few stations across the country tried to clone the format in their own markets. KIBB (B-100) was one such station, and just like every other clone during that period, it failed miserably. KIBB began as a Rhythmic AC in the Fall of 1996, emphasizing 70’s and 80’s Dance/R&B selections and positioning itself with the slogan “LA’s Hot FM.” Several months later, Viacom sold the station to Chancellor (which became AMFM). During the Spring of 1997, Chancellor tried to improve the station by making it more current-intensive and modifying the station’s slogan to “The Rhythm of L.A.”, among other changes, ...

“Groove 103.1” switches from Rhythmic CHR back to Dance

In June 1996, KACD-FM (Santa Monica) and KBCD-FM (Newport Beach) switched from a Mainstream AC format to a Underground Dance format known as “Groove Radio”. While Groove Radio was unique, it was perhaps too unique for conventional radio. It never made any sort of dent in the ratings. During the summer of 1997, Groove Radio creator Swedish Egil was fired. The station remained in the Dance arena, but it became more mainstream (better suited for radio) — but not so mainstream that it could truly be considered “cheesy”. The name also changed to “Groove 103.1”, mainly because Egil owned the rights to the “Groove Radio” name. Then, on September 18, 1997, the format changed to an ordinary traditional Rhythmic CHR, yet the name remained “...

101.9 KSCA Becomes La Nueva

Previous Format: AAA “FM 101.9” New Format: Regional Mexican “La Nueva 101.9” Date & Time Of Change: February 5, 1997 at 12:00am More Info: Wikipedia

KFAC Signs-Off

Previous Format: Classical KFAC New Format: Rhythmic AC “92.3 The Beat” KKBT Date & Time Of Change: September 20, 1989 at 2:00pm More Info: Wikipedia

100.3 KIQQ Becomes Pirate Radio KQLZ

Previous Format: Soft AC “100.3 K-Lite” KIQQ New Format: Rock 40 “Pirate Radio 100.3” KQLZ Date & Time Of Change: March 17, 1989 at 5:00am More Info: Wikipedia, KQLZ.com

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