|City of license||Los Angeles, California|
|Broadcast area||Greater Los Angeles|
|Slogan||"Feel Good." (General)
"Feel Good for the Holidays." (Nov. - Dec.)
|Frequency||103.5 (MHz) (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||1957|
Christmas (Nov. - Dec.)
HD2: Classic Hits
|Callsign meaning||KOaST (play on the word COAST, as in West Coast)|
|Former callsigns||KGLA (1957-1966)
|Owner||Clear Channel Communications|
|Sister stations||KBIG, KFI, KHHT, KIIS, KLAC, KEIB, KYSR|
|Webcast||Listen Live (via iHeartRadio)|
KOST (103.5 FM, "KOST 103.5") is a radio station licensed to Los Angeles, California, with an Mainstream AC musical format. It is one of three Adult Contemporary-based formatted radio station in the Los Angeles/Orange County area, the others being sister station KBIG (Hot AC) and CBS-owned Smooth/Urban AC KTWV. The station is one of the top rated radio stations in Los Angeles and one of the top revenue billing radio stations in the United States. According to the radio industry website, RadioStats.Net, KOST's site is the most visited Adult Contemporary radio station website in America. KOST also has translators at 103.9 FM in Thousand Oaks, CA and at 105.5 in Ridgecrest, CA.
Owned by Clear Channel Communications, KOST has studios co-located with its sister radio partners in Burbank, and has a transmitter atop Mount Wilson alongside most L.A. based television and radio stations.
KOST was owned by radio icon Gordon McLendon in the 1960s, initially as KGLA, but later changed in November 1966 to KADS, when McLendon, with the blessing of the Federal Communications Commission, experimented with an all-advertisement format. One of its features was that listeners could purchase their own commercials on KADS, not unlike classified advertising in the newspaper. However, the format was not successful, and in March 1968, the station adopted the KOST-FM callsign, along with a music-based format with no news bulletins, which is unlike many stations of the day, in which they provided some news coverage. In 1973, Cox Communications purchased KOST and sister station KFI. KOST also aired a Beautiful Music format until November 15, 1982, when they switched to an all-hit Adult Contemporary format. Former Sacramento radio personality Bryan Simmons was KOST's first host when the station signed on with its new format.
On February 3, 1986, Mark Wallengren and Kim Amidon made their debut as KOST's new morning hosts. The "Mark and Kim" morning show was one of the longest running shows on Los Angeles radio.
In 1999, Cox Communications sold KOST and sister station KFI to AMFM, Inc., which was then purchased by Clear Channel Communications in 2000. Over the years, the station has had solid ratings. Until recently there had been little turnover among the airstaff. On November 29, 2007, morning show co-host Kim Amidon exited the station, followed by KOST's original midday host Mike Sakellarides and longtime traffic reporter Mike Nolan (who has since been rehired).
In October 2008, former San Diego radio personality Kristin Cruz joined Mark Wallengren as co-host of KOST's morning show. In 2009, the midday shift was voicetracked by former WLTW/New York personality Karen Carson. In February 2011, Karen Carson resigned and joined WWFS/New York. Both Christine Martindale and Ted Ziegenbusch filled in on the midday show until August 2011, when former KBIG midday host Kari Steele took over.
The radio station jingles were produced by JAM Creative Productions from 1985 until 2009 and had become an integrated element of KOST's stationality. They used jingles from Reelworld Productions, from 2009 through 2010. In 2011, KOST switched back to JAM Creative Productions for their jingles along with the classic musical signature sound that JAM created for the station.
On August 26, 2011, longtime KOST afternoon personality Bryan Simmons exited the station. Simmons had been on the station since 1982. The afternoon show is now hosted by Bruce Scott.
On December 2012, KOST radio personality Christine Martindale was among the layoffs of radio personalities in the Clear Channel Communications stations. On January 17, 2013, it was announced that Christine Martindale would join KKGO. Christine Martindale joined KKGO on February 4, 2013.
KOST's format features a variety of music from the late 1960s to the 2010s. KOST plays music from artists, including, Elton John, LeAnn Rimes, Phil Collins, Enrique Iglesias, Faith Hill, and Fleetwood Mac. It is also one of the oldest and softest leaning AC stations in the Clear Channel Portfolio.
KOST features "Love Songs" evenings from 7PM to midnight. The show is hosted by Karen Sharp Monday through Saturday. If Karen Sharp is not there, Ted Ziegenbusch fills in.
During the holiday season, the station switches to a Christmas music format, however, some regular soft rock songs are played during the evening Love Songs program. It also operates its "Christmas Wish" program to help those less fortunate. The station usually begins playing holiday music from the week before Thanksgiving until December 26, when it resumes its regular format.
Kari Steele acts as host of "Sunday Journal" every Sunday morning at 6:30 as part of KOST's Public Affairs programming.
- Mark Wallengren 5:00AM – 10:00AM
- Kari Steele 10:00AM – 3:00PM
- Bruce Scott 3:00PM – 7:00PM
- Karen Sharp 7:00PM - Midnight
In 2007, the station was nominated for the top 25 markets Adult Contemporary station of the year award by Radio & Records magazine. Other nominees included WMJX in Boston, WALK-FM in Long Island, New York, WLTW in New York City, WBEB in Philadelphia, and KEZK-FM in St. Louis.
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- Gordon McLendon: The Maverick of Radio By Ronald Garay, pp.138-144, via Google Books.
- Horgan, Richard (January 17, 2013). Christine Martindale joined KKGO "Laid Off KOST-FM Personality Christine Martindale Goes Country". Retrieved December 1, 2013.
- "Bruce Scott". Retrieved 2012-01-31.
- "2007 Industry Achievement Awards". Radio and Records. 2008-09-28.
- KOST official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KOST
- Radio-Locator information on KOST
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KOST