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City of license Glendale, California
Broadcast area Southern California
Branding AM 870 The Answer
Slogan Intelligent. Conservative. Talk Radio.
Frequency 870 kHz
First air date 1933
Format News/Talk
Power 50,000 watts (Daytime)
3,000 watts (Nighttime)
Class B
Facility ID 61267
Callsign meaning Radio Los Angeles
Former callsigns KIEV (1933–2001)
Owner Salem Communications
(New Inspiration Broadcasting Company)
Webcast Listen Live

KRLA (870 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Conservative & Christian News/Talk format. Licensed to Glendale, California, USA, it serves Los Angeles and Southern California. The station is currently owned by Salem Communications.


KIEV & KRLA Oldies (1933–2000)[edit]

The station went on the air as KIEV in February, 1933 broadcasting at 850 kHz. It moved to 870 kHz in 1941 as a result of the NARBA agreement. The station had various formats, including top 40, big bands/standards, and talk. Programs included "Tomorrow's Heroes" with Andrea Speyer, Talk Back with George Putnam, Swinging Decades with host Chuck Cecil, horse racing from Santa Anita Park and Hollywood Park Racetrack and University of Nebraska football. Signing on in 1942 as KPAS, the station became country KXLA three years later. Tennessee Ernie Ford, Cal Worthington and Jim Hawthorne were three of the announcers. When the station was sold to Eleven-Ten Broadcasting, they became KRLA, the second AM top-40 station in Los Angeles, competing with KFWB "Channel 98" in the early '60s. 1960's staffers included Dave Hull "The Hullabalooer", Bob Eubanks, Casey Kasem and the irrepressible Dick Biondi. The studio was located on the grounds of the then Huntington-Sheraton Hotel in Pasadena CA. In 1964, during the Beatles rage, KRLA became the first southland station to air The Beatles. Emperor Bob Hudson had the duties of morning man during this time. During a brief stint with Country, KRLA's Corky Mayberry was awarded the Academy Of Country Music's Personality Of The Year award. Dick "Huggie Boy" Hugg brought 'the best in oldies and soul'. For a time, he hosted his own dance program, The Huggie Boy Show, which aired weekly on KWHY channel 22. His popularity continued to increase long after the show went off. Art Laboe, the station's Vice President, also ran a show called 'Rock 'N' Roll School' which was the source for many a question on KRLA's Hitrivia and was often featured on the back of their weekly playlists until 1979. Over the years, the station became synonymous with oldies, but kept current hits mixed in as well. Midway into the seventies, billboards promoted KRLA as the "Elvis-to-Elton" station. A few years afterward, John "Bowzer" Baumann (of Sha-Na-Na fame) did a television ad for the station which read along the lines of: "Hey! This is Bowzer -- and I'm beside myself with excitement -- because I just found a great new radio station - KRLA. They play today's hits, and the WONDERFUL tunes of the late '50s and early '60s." In late 1984, KRLA made a slight format adjustment and went all-oldies, eliminating most of their '70s (and all the '80s) music. In the middle of the 1980s, KRLA came under the same ownership as 97.1 KBZT (which changed to KLSX), with both studios located in the mid-Wilshire district. As the '90s dawned, KRLA drifted toward an R&B-tinged playlist, featuring Motown. By 1998, KRLA had over 39 years of heritage under its belt, and was, as Andrew Kvammen put it, "the oldest station in L.A. that hasn't changed format." But talk and sports were proving to be the real money-makers now, and in the fall of 1998, General Manager Bob Moore made the decision to pull the plug. On November 10, 1998, Huggy Boy became the last regularly scheduled KRLA personality on the roster; otherwise the station was jockless. Except for a taped show on Thanksgiving, he continued with his regular morning program until the 27th, and did a final marathon show on November 29, KRLA's last day on the air. The last selection was a soulful tune by the group War, Don't Let No One Get You Down. As November 29, 1998, segued into the 30th, a short piano intro "That's All" was played as the station signed off.

KRLA Talk (2001–Present)[edit]

On January 1, 2001, 870 AM adopted the KRLA call sign[1] discarded by KSPN 1110 AM (now KDIS at that frequency) for its conservative talk radio & Christian Talk format. This station airs Mike Gallagher, Bill Bennett, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Hugh Hewitt, Dennis Miller, and Kevin James.

Brokered programming airs throughout the weekends and overnights. On June 14, 2010, KRLA added Glenn Beck's radio show to their lineup. KRLA marks the 400th affiliate for Glenn Beck's syndicated program.[2][3]

The KRLA-produced Terry Anderson Show aired on Sundays at 9 pm, until Mr. Anderson died of pancreatic cancer on July 7, 2010.[4]

KRLA 870 AM is owned and operated by the Christian organization Salem Communications.


  1. ^ "Conservative Talk Radio, Local, National News, Traffic, 870 KRLA AM Los Angeles, Dennis Prager". 2001-01-01. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  2. ^ "Adding LA's KRLA-AM gives Glenn Beck 400 radio affiliates". 2010-06-14. 
  3. ^ "The Glenn Beck Program marks 400th affiliate milestone". 2010-06-14. 
  4. ^ "CAPS - Terry Anderson". Californians for Population Stabilization. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 

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Coordinates: 34°08′13″N 118°13′34″W / 34.13694°N 118.22611°W / 34.13694; -118.22611