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KLOS
City of license Los Angeles, California
Broadcast area Greater Los Angeles Area
Branding 95.5 KLOS
Slogan Southern California's Only Classic Rock Station
First air date 1947 (as KECA), 1969 (as KLOS)
Frequency 95.5 (MHz) (Also on HD Radio)
95.5 HD-2 for Hispanic Fusion & Anglo Rock
Format Classic Rock
ERP 61,000 watts
Class B
Callsign meaning LOS Angeles
Owner Citadel Broadcasting
(Radio License Holing XII, LLC)
Sister stations KABC, KSPN
Also part of the Disney/ABC Cluster: TV Station KABC
Website 955klos.com

95.5 KLOS is an FM classic rock radio station based in Los Angeles, California that debuted in 1969. KLOS is one of many Disney/ABC Radio stations that has now merged with Citadel Broadcasting. It is home to the nationally broadcast Mark & Brian radio show, long-time rock radio vet Jim Ladd, and Off The Record host Uncle Joe Benson. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... In the United States (and potentially elswhere), each radio station or TV station is assigned a city of license by the Federal Communications Commission that they must serve. While this has become far less meaningful over the decades, stations are still required to post their public file somewhere within the... d Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... The Greater Los Angeles Area, or the Southland, is the agglomeration of urbanized area around the city of Los Angeles, California, United States. ... Look up slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... FreQuency is a music video game developed by Harmonix and published by SCEI. It was released in November 2001. ... MegaHertz (MHz) is the name given to one million (106) Hertz, a measure of frequency. ... HD Radio is an in-band on-channel (IBOC) digital radio system created by iBiquity for broadcasting via existing FM and AM radio stations. ... A radio format or programming format describes the overall content broadcast on a radio station. ... Classic rock was originally conceived as a radio station programming format which evolved from the album oriented rock (AOR) format in the early-1980s. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The watt (symbol: W) is the SI derived unit of power, equal to one joule per second. ... This is the list of broadcast station classes. ... Call sign can refer to different types of call signs: Airline call sign Aviator call sign Cosmonaut call sign Radio and television call signs Tactical call sign, also known as a tactical designator See also: International Callsign Allocations, Maritime Mobile Service Identity This is a disambiguation page — a navigational... Citadel Broadcasting Corporation NYSE: CDL is a Las Vegas, Nevada based broadcast holding company. ... In broadcasting, sister stations are broadcast stations owned by the same company. ... KABC 790 AM is a Los Angeles radio station, and a West Coast flagship station for the American Broadcasting Company. ... KSPN (710 AM) is an all-sports radio station based in Los Angeles, California. ... KABC-TV (Channel 7, branded as ABC7) is the American Broadcasting Company owned television station in the Greater Los Angeles area market, and is the most-watched television station in Southern California. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... FM broadcasting is a broadcast technology invented by Edwin Howard Armstrong that uses frequency modulation (FM) to provide high-fidelity sound over broadcast radio. ... Classic rock was originally conceived as a radio station programming format which evolved from the album oriented rock (AOR) format in the early-1980s. ... A radio station is an audio (sound) broadcasting service, traditionally broadcast through the air as radio waves (a form of electromagnetic radiation) from a transmitter to an antenna and a thus to a receiving device. ... d Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... ABC Radio is a division of the American Broadcasting Company focused on AM radio and FM radio broadcasting. ... Citadel Broadcasting Corporation NYSE: CDL is a Las Vegas, Nevada based broadcast holding company. ... Mark & Brian (Mark Thompson and Brian Phelps) are the hosts of The Mark & Brian Show, a nationally-syndicated weekday morning radio show which is broadcast from KLOS-FM in Los Angeles, California. ... Jim Ladd (born January 17, 1948), an American disc jockey, radio producer and writer, is one of the few notable remaining freeform rock DJs in United States commercial radio. ... Off the record is a term used mainly in journalism to refer to information given to a journalist, where the identity of the source is to be protected, but the information can be used. ...


History

On December 30, 1947, KECA-FM began broadcasting on 95.5 MHz, simulcasting the programming of AM station KECA 790. The FM station was owned by ABC since the beginning, and the call letters of the AM and FM stations were accordingly changed to KABC and KABC-FM in the 1950s. In 1960, KABC adopted an all-talk format. is the 364th day of the year (365th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A megahertz (MHz) is one million (106) hertz, a measure of frequency. ... A simulcast takes place when a program or event is simultaneously broadcast across more than one broadcast platform at the same time. ... AM broadcasting is radio broadcasting using Amplitude Modulation. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... In radio (including television), a callsign or call sign (also call letters) is a unique designation for amateur, broadcast, and sometimes military radio use, as well as for broadcast television. ... KABC is the callsign of the American Broadcasting Companys three flagship broadcast stations in Los Angeles: KABC AM, 790 kHz KABC-TV, channel 7 (DTV 53) KABC-FM 95. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Talk radio is a radio format which features discussion of topical issues. ...


On January 1, 1968, due to new FCC rules requiring FM stations to have separate programming from their AM counterparts, KABC-FM experimented with an all-news format, the first station in Los Angeles to have such a format. This experiment did not last long, as the format was dropped on March 11, 1968, the day that KFWB started its own all-news format. is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... The abbreviation FCC can refer to: Face-centered cubic (usually fcc), a crystallographic structure Federal Communications Commission, a US government organization Farm Credit Corporation/Farm Credit Canada, a Canadian government organization Families with Children from China, an adoption support organization Florida Christian College, a college in central Florida Fresno City... All-news radio is a radio format devoted entirely to discussion and broadcast of news. ... March 11 is the 70th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (71st in leap years). ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... KFWB is a Los Angeles, California AM radio station operating on 980 kHz with 5,000 watts of power from a transmitter site near Lincoln Park in Los Angeles, California. ...


Adopting a progressive rock format, the station acquired its new call letters KLOS in 1969. In the fall of 1971, ABC Owned FM Stations Vice President, Allen Shaw and KLOS Program Director, Tom Yates, launched the first Album Rock Format, playing only the best cuts from the best selling rock albums. The slogan was "Rock 'N Stereo." The disc jockey line up included Jeff Gonzer, J.J. Jackson, Jim Ladd, and Damion. KLOS promoted a huge outdoor rock concert called "California Jam" during this time. By 1972, along with ABC-owned sister stations like WPLJ New York, WRIF Detriot and WDVE Pittsburgh, KLOS had become the top rated rock FM station in Los Angeles. Progressive rock is a radio station programming format that prospered in the late 1960s and 1970s, in which the disc jockeys are given wide lattitude in what they may play, similar to the freeform format but with the proviso that some kind of rock music is almost always what is... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Throughout the 1970s and 1980s "KLOS 95½" was a broad-based album rock station. Their primary competition during this period was KMET, the legendary station at 94.7, which had been one of the original progressive rock stations in the U.S. KMET was considered by most Angelenos to be the more authentic and "cool" of the two stations, while KLOS was more formatted and mass appeal in style. In the late 70s and early 80s, KMET began leaning toward a harder-rocking sound, and became a ratings powerhouse. By the mid-80s, however, KMET had become unfocused and stale, and KLOS took a big lead in the ratings. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In 1986, a new rival appeared: KLSX. KLSX was part of a wave of "classic rock" stations sweeping the nation. The term "classic rock," which was coined around this time, referred to rock songs from the late 60's to mid 70's. Ironically, these songs had once been played by KMET and KLOS! Especially at first, these classic rock stations reintroduced (or introduced) people to artists that had been forgotten, such as Traffic, Grateful Dead, and early Chicago. KLOS, for the most part, stuck with their harder-rocking format. KLSX 97. ...


With KNAC in Long Beach switching to heavy metal, and KROQ drawing the new wave crowd, there was keen competition on the rock radio dial. KMET began to falter even more in the ratings, and finally switched to a soft rock/light jazz format called "The Wave." The fall of the "Mighty Met" was greeted with enormous press coverage, and sadness from longtime fans. KLOS, of course, could not have been happier to have a competitor out of the way.


KLOS and KLSX duked it out for a number of years, sometimes challenged by upstarts like Pirate Radio, KMPC-FM, "The Edge," and KSCA 103.1. The only significant challenge for KLOS was Arrow 93 (KCBS-FM). Arrow began as "all rock and roll oldies," featuring lighter, more Top 40 classic rock like Billy Joel and Huey Lewis. During this period, KLOS consistently had a broader and more varied playlist than both KLSX and Arrow, though increasingly they played less new rock. KLSX switched to all-talk in the mid-90's, with a schedule centered around syndicated Howard Stern in the mornings.


In the early 90's, with the popularity of KROQ's grunge and "alternative" rock, KLOS altered their format, dropping the old jocks, and most of the classic rock. This did not last long, nor was it a ratings success. Within a year, the new music was mostly jettisoned, and the classic rock brought back. The station ran a billboard campaign with lines such as, "We lost our heads for a bit, but now we're better."


In 2005, KLOS became the last rock station standing when Arrow 93 switched formats to become Jack FM. Jack FM was a format out of Vancouver, Canada which mixed alternative, classic rock, and Top 40 songs from the 70s to the present. It is noted for having no disc jockeys, a huge playlist, and a pseudo-renegade attitude. For their first two years, they were a runaway ratings success, rocketing to the top of many key demographic areas. As usual, KLOS stuck with the tried-and-true. Primary Jack FM logo Jack FM is the moniker and on-air brand of several radio stations in Canada, the United States and now the United Kingdom. ...


KLOS is now home to many prominent progressive and AOR rock DJs from Los Angeles radio history. "Uncle Joe" Benson, a former Arrow 93 DJ, has joined KLOS since the introduction of Jack FM, and is on weekday afternoons from 3 pm to 8 pm. Another former Arrow DJ, Bob Coburn was already at KLOS prior to the Arrow/Jack FM flip, and is heard Saturday mid-days from 10 am to 2 pm, as well as on "Rockline Replay" (a live call-in show with Bob Coburn, taped Wednesday nights, and broadcast Saturday nights, 10 pm to midnight). Both Benson & Coburn had enjoyed previous, lengthy runs as KLOS jocks, since the 80s. Coburn was also at KMET in the 70s. Cynthia Fox holds down the daytime shift. She was a long-time jock on KMET. Ex-KMET jock Denise Westwood does fill-in and weekend slots. Program director Rita Wilde has been choosing the music on KLOS for decades, and can now be considered a rock radio vet herself. She occasionally pulls an on air shift here and there. Primary Jack FM logo Jack FM is the moniker and on-air brand of several radio stations in Canada, the United States and now the United Kingdom. ... KMET is a smooth jazz radio station in the Inland Empire of California branded as Smooth Jazz 1490. ...


Especially noteworthy was the return of Jim Ladd, former DJ on KNAC (in its progressive days,) KMET during its glory days, KLOS, KLSX, and "The Edge." Ladd is allowed unusual latitude in selecting the music for his show, one of the few jocks in the country still enjoying this coveted privilege. Ladd's show is routinely the #1 music-based show in its timeslot, if not #1 overall. Since Ladd programs his entire five-hour shift himself, he relies heavily on listener requests, which is one of the reasons his show is so popular. Ladd plays many Deep cuts both from mainstream artists, as well as artists from forgotten eras that no one else plays, such as Tommy Bolin, Quicksilver Messenger Service & Fairport Convention. He also plays artists such as Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis & Emmylou Harris, who are generally considered other genres than rock & roll, yet clearly inspired classic rock artists. Ladd bills himself as "the last free-form radio DJ" left. The closest example outside of Ladd to a freeform jock would likely be DJ Steve Jones (ex-Sex Pistols), who hosts a free-form program of his own, daily from noon to 2 pm on Indie 103.1, although he does not stray too far from the station's format. In radio broadcasting, a deep cut or deep track is a song that is rarely played on the air. ... Thomas Richard Tommy Bolin (August 1, 1951, Sioux City, Iowa - December 4, 1976) was an American-born guitarist best known for his work with Zephyr (from 1969 to 1971), The James Gang (from 1973 through 1974), Deep Purple (from 1975 to 1976) and his solo work. ... Quicksilver Messenger Service was one of San Franciscos original psychedelic bands of the late 1960s. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... It has been suggested that Johnny Cash family be merged into this article or section. ... Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935), also known by the nickname The Killer, is an American rock and roll and country music singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... Emmylou Harris (b. ... Freeform, or freeform radio, is a radio station programming format in which the disc jockey is given total control over what music to play, regardless of music genre or commercial interests. ... The Sex Pistols were an iconic and highly influential English punk rock band, formed in London in 1975. ...


Joe Reiling has also recently returned to KLOS after an even longer absence. He was last heard in the mid-to-late 70's. He can now be heard on Saturday evenings from 7 pm to midnight, playing syndicated shows "The Front Row" (live archived concerts, hosted by Cynthia Fox, 9 pm to 10 pm) & "Rockline Replay,", as well as the occasional fill-in.


Dion is another part-time jock at KLOS that has been on overnights for several years. He is currently the only part-timer that has more than one airshift per week, working Saturdays 1 am to 6 am (following Jim Ladd), and Sundays from midnight to 5 am. He runs the syndicated show, "The Deep End with Nick Michaels", which just recently moved from Sundays 8-10 am to midnight-2 am. Dion was also at KLSX when they played classic rock. Jim Ladd (born January 17, 1948), an American disc jockey, radio producer and writer, is one of the few notable remaining freeform rock DJs in United States commercial radio. ... The Deep End with Nick Michaels is a two hour long radio show hosted by voice talent Nick Michaels. ... KLSX 97. ...


Sunday nights/Monday mornings KLOS airs a public affairs call-in talk show hosted by long time KLOS personality, Frank Sontag. Frank also is part of the Mark & Brian morning team. He runs the control board, and is a frequent contributor on the show. Frank Sontag, Jr. ... Mark & Brian (Mark Thompson and Brian Phelps) are the hosts of The Mark & Brian Show, a nationally-syndicated weekday morning radio show which is broadcast from KLOS-FM in Los Angeles, California. ...


KLOS also airs a midday show hosted by veteran KMET/KLSX DJ Cynthia Fox called "In Tune at Noon" where she features a daily celebration of events in Rock n Roll History and events in the News. KMET is a smooth jazz radio station in the Inland Empire of California branded as Smooth Jazz 1490. ... KLSX 97. ...


Recently (October, 2006), KLOS restructured its daily lineup of radio hosts, following Mark & Brian's show. Cynthia Fox is now on from 10 am to 3 pm, "Uncle Joe" Benson from 3 pm to 8 pm, and Jim Ladd from 8 pm to 1 am. All three of their airshifts have increased by one hour. However, this has resulted in the dismissal of former evening DJ Gary Moore. Former overnight jock (ex-KQLZ) Mark Miller is now only heard hosting Saturday morning's "The Best of Mark & Brian Saturday Special" shows, from 6 am to 10 am. Miller's daily shift was replaced with automated programming, billed as "KLOS, After Hours", which runs from 1 am to 5 am, Tuesday through Friday mornings. Mark & Brian (Mark Thompson and Brian Phelps) are the hosts of The Mark & Brian Show, a nationally-syndicated weekday morning radio show which is broadcast from KLOS-FM in Los Angeles, California. ... KQLZ, Pirate Radio 100. ...


The long-revered Sunday morning show, "Breakfast With The Beatles", hosted by Chris Carter, and until recently, heard on KLSX, has moved to KLOS, and is heard on Sunday mornings from 9 am to noon. Prior to hosting Breakfast With the Beatles, Carter was heard on Channel 103.1/KACD in 2000, when they played Adult Alternative music. He is also the former bass player & producer for Dramarama, and produced and supervised the music for the film Mayor of the Sunset Strip, a rock documentary about influential LA DJ Rodney Bingenheimer of Modern Rock KROQ-FM, which in 2003 was nominated for Best Documentary by the Independent Spirit Awards. Chris Carter Chris Carter is a Los Angeles-based disc jockey and music/film producer who started his music career as a founding member and bass player with alternative rock/power pop band Dramarama. ... KLSX 97. ... Channel 103. ... Adult album alternative (also Adult Alternative, AAA or Triple-A) is a radio format which has a broader, more diverse playlist than most formats and tends to appeal more to adults than to teenagers. ... This article or section seems not to be written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia entry. ... Mayor of the Sunset Strip is a 2003 documentary on the life of Rodney Bingenheimer directed by George Hickenlooper. ... Rodney Bingenheimer (pronounced ), born December 15 1948, in Mountain View, California, is a renowned Hollywood identity and radio disc jockey on the well-known Los Angeles rock station, KROQ. Often referred to as The Mayor of Sunset Strip he has been a fixture in rock and roll circles since the... Modern rock or Nu-breed is term commonly used to describe a rock music format found on American commercial radio. ... Founded in 1984, the Independent Spirit Awards were originally known as the FINDIE (Friends of Independents) Awards and presented winners with Plexiglas pyramids containing suspended shoestrings representing the paltry budgets of independent films. ...


Although KLOS bills itself as "Southern California's only classic rock station", that is not entirely true as there exists KGB in San Diego, which can sometimes even be heard in Los Angeles due to tropospheric ducting. This might be considered by most listeners to be nitpicking, since although KGB can occasionally be received in the Los Angeles area, it is out of range most of the time. The only other station in the area that can be considered to carry classic rock is KRTH, which broadened its "goodtime oldies" format to include more album rock and material from the mid to late 1970s after Jack FM took over KCBS. However, the majority of KRTH's format would not be considered classic rock. Jack-FM plays considerably more classic rock than any other station outside of KLOS. KGB-FM (also 1015 KGB) is the only classic rock radio station remaining in San Diego, California, USA, broadcasting on 101. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Americas Finest City Location Location of San Diego within San Diego County Coordinates , Government County San Diego Mayor City Attorney         City Council District One District Two District Three District Four District Five District Six District Seven District Eight Jerry Sanders (R) Michael Aguirre Scott Peters Kevin... Tropospheric ducting (also known as tropospheric refraction) is a type of radio propagation that tends to happen during periods of stable, anti-cyclonic weather. ... Classic rock was originally conceived as a radio station programming format which evolved from the album oriented rock (AOR) format in the early-1980s. ... KRTH is a radio station located in Los Angeles, California broadcasting to the Greater Los Angeles area on 101. ... Album Oriented Rock, abbreviated AOR, was originally an American FM radio format focusing on album tracks by rock music artists rather than singles releases. ... Primary Jack FM logo Jack FM is the moniker and on-air brand of several radio stations in Canada, the United States and now the United Kingdom. ...


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