KSPN (AM)

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KSPN
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City of license Los Angeles, California
Broadcast area Greater Los Angeles Area
Western San Diego Country
Branding ESPN LA 710 AM
Slogan "Experience sports!"
Frequency 710 kHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date February 19, 1927 (as 1170 KRLO), moved to 710AM November 1929
Format Sports radio
Power 50,000 watts (day)
10,500 watts (night)
Class B
Facility ID 33255
Callsign meaning ESPN
Former callsigns KRLO (1927-1928)
KEJK (1928-1929)
KMP (1929-1930)
KMPC (1930-1997)
KTZN (1997-1998)
KDIS (1998-2003)
Affiliations ESPN Radio
Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)
USC Trojans
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Owner ABC, Inc. (Disney)
(ABC Radio Los Angeles Assets, LLC)
Sister stations KABC-TV, KDIS
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.710espn.com

KSPN (710 AM) is a sports radio formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Los Angeles, California, serving the Greater Los Angeles Area. The station is owned by The Walt Disney Company and operated through ESPN Radio. The KSPN broadcast license is held by ABC Radio Los Angeles Assets, LLC.[1]

Play-by-play[edit]

Current[edit]

Former[edit]

Talk shows[edit]

Although several of the talk show hosts originate from the East Coast (with John Ireland and Marcellus Wiley being the only Angeleno natives to co-host weekday shows on the station since 2010), KSPN features Laker- and Trojan football-centric coverage.

When it premiered in January 2003, the station looked to be locally focused, bringing in popular local talk duo Joe McDonnell and Doug Krikorian and their McDonnell-Douglas show to anchor afternoon drive. Steve Mason & John Ireland, football player D'Marco Farr and longtime ESPN personality Gary Miller were among the hosts who rotated through the midday slot from 2004-2007.

On November 26, 2007, KSPN introduced yet another, new local lineup. Mason, sans Ireland, moved into the 1-4 p.m. time slot, followed in afternoon drive by a new show hosted by Dave Dameshek, a member of the Jimmy Kimmel-Adam Carolla comedy connection. Unique to Dameshek's show was a house band similar to those found on late-night television shows.[5] New-to-Los Angeles Brian Long was hired for a new evening show. In the programming shakeup, Kevin Kiley, who had served as an on-air foil to Farr, was let go, and, inexplicably, the popular Ireland also was let go. Fortunately for sports radio listeners, Ireland was rehired in April 2008 and reunited with Mason in the early afternoon timeslot.

Just seven months later, on June 23, 2008, another new local lineup was introduced. Mason and Ireland went on from 1-4 while Dameshek was forced to share his show with Long and Dave Denholm, a dubious three-man pairing. Dameshek eventually began a podcast-only show that has become among the parent network's more popular Web offerings, while Denholm and Long continued in afternoon drive.

After 710 ESPN got the Lakers rights, they started morphing their already Trojan- and Laker-heavy talk programming to be even more Laker-centric. On July 10, 2009, unofficially known as "710 Day," L.A. Sports Live with Andrew Siciliano and Mychal Thompson premiered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pacific time. Mason and Ireland returned to their old drive time slot (3-7 p.m.), replacing Denholm and Long.

More time slot changes were made on April 5, 2010: With ESPN having reduced The Herd with Colin Cowherd to three hours (7-10 a.m. PT), L.A. Sports Live and Mason and Ireland each moved up by one hour but are still on for four hours each. Martinez and Long received a new time slot, 6-9 p.m. Pacific. The local shows originate from ESPN studios at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.

KSPN also carries two other shows from the network: Mike and Mike in the Morning and All Night with Jason Smith, the latter of which originates from the KSPN studios. The entertaining Scott Van Pelt and Dan Le Batard shows are available on KLAA due to the partnership agreement.

In December 2010, Mike Thompson was hired as new Programming Director. Thompson is infamous for once firing Joe McDonnell outside a sandwich shop in Westwood,[6] as well as introducing Arnie Spanier and Karl Malone to L.A. radio. His first move at KSPN was to replace Siciliano with a new show hosted by New Yorker Max Kellerman and former NFL player Wiley. Kellerman was immediately named the worst talk-show host in Los Angeles by influential Daily News columnist Tom Hoffarth.[7] Mychal Thompson remains as a Lakers analyst and morning show host with Mark Willard. Long left the station in December to become program director of KIRO, the ESPN affiliate in Seattle.

KSPN later added another New Yorker, Stephen A. Smith, to its weeknight lineup, followed by Martinez' underrated "In the Zone" talk show (fourth-best show in Tom Hoffarth's 2011 Daily News rankings).[7] These shows were later dropped and ESPN Radio’s “The Freddy Coleman Show” now airs in the evenings (when other programming does not take precedence).

The weekday lineup now consists of Mike and Mike, The Herd from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., Willard and Thompson from 10 a.m. to noon, Mason and Ireland from noon to 3 p.m. and Max and Marcellus from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. “Crosstalk”, a roughly twenty minute period during which the hosts of the current show broadcast along with those of the succeeding show, airs at 11:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.

History[edit]

710 ESPN logo used from 2008 to 2012.

KSPN originally started at 1110 AM in December 2000, after ABC purchased the former KRLA-AM from CBS' Infinity Broadcasting due to ownership limits. However, on January 1, 2003, ABC swapped its Radio Disney and ESPN Radio formats, with 1110 taking Radio Disney and 710 becoming L.A.'s ESPN Radio outlet, led by the talk team of Joe McDonnell and Doug Krikorian.

710-AM began its life as KRLO on February 19, 1927, broadcasting out of Beverly Hills. It actually was broadcasting at 1170 AM, and didn't switch to 710 until it was sold to new owners in November 1929, as KEJK. It took its well-known call letters of KMPC in March 1930 (under the ownership of MacMillan Petroleum Company, for which the station's call letters were named) and kept those for nearly 70 years. George A. Richards of Detroit acquired the station then, and KMPC became part of the Goodwill Station group that included WJR in Detroit, Michigan and WGAR in Cleveland, Ohio, both also owned by Richards.

KMPC soon became Southern California's destination for sports programming, as it carried Pacific Coast League baseball, Los Angeles Rams football, and UCLA sports. Legendary singer and actor Gene Autry bought KMPC in 1952, and years later, the 710 frequency became the longtime home of Angels baseball (save for a few years in late 1990s).

During 1958 and 1959, it was also the flagship station for the Los Angeles Dodgers radio network. Throughout the 1950s and most of the 1960s, KMPC played middle of the road music, best described as a combination of older standards and soft rock. Dick Whittinghill, Geoff Edwards, Wink Martindale, Gary Owens, Bob Arbogast and Roger Carroll formed a powerhouse jock lineup during the '70s. KMPC later adopted a standards format which featured big band music extensively. During this time, the legendary Robert W. Morgan began a long stint as morning host, and KMPC aired a daily sports-talk show hosted by Scott St. James, who became a soap opera actor on the side.[citation needed]

In the early 1980s, KMPC changed to talk radio and fired its DJs. Whittinghill, Owens, Johnny Magnus and Pete Smith went over to KPRZ and played "The Music of Your Life". A few years later, KMPC returned to standards as "The Station of the Stars".[8]

In 1992, KMPC became one of the first all sports stations on the West Coast, billing itself as "all sports, all hours." Jim Lampley and Todd Christensen were co-hosts of one program, Joe McDonnell and Doug Krikorian began their run as a popular local duo (McDonnell-Douglas) and Jim Healy, one of the most famous voices in L.A. sports history, returned after a few years at KLAC. Other show hosts included Brian Golden and Paola Boivin, Chris Roberts and Jack Snow, Fred Wallin and Tony Femino. However, in 1994, the station was sold off to ABC and began a general talk format to complement KABC-AM. Hosts such as Tom Leykis and Stephanie Miller headlined this new format. The station later evolved towards a women's talk format called The Zone, with the call sign KTZN, which featured hosts of interest to women, such as Miller, Merrill Markoe, Kevin A. Ross and Joe Crummey. (Today, the letters are used for another ESPN Radio affiliate, this one in Anchorage, Alaska.)

When this format didn't work out, the Radio Disney programming was placed on 710 in 1997. The KMPC call letters were retired until AM 1540 acquired them in 2000. (That KMPC also had an all-sports format, with Sporting News Radio, until May 1, 2007, when it switched broadcasts to the Korean language.)

In June 2006, KSPN rebranded from "ESPN Radio 710" to "710 ESPN" and adopted the tagline "Experience sports." The station also hired Jim Cutler, the national voice-over announcer from ESPN Radio, to cut new promos.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KSPN Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  2. ^ Paskwietz, Garry (April 16, 2012). "USC games to air on ESPN Radio". ESPN Los Angeles. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ Tom Hoffarth (December 11, 2008). "Lakers run at KLAC to end after 30-plus seasons...". Los Angeles Newspaper Group. Retrieved December 24, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Angels Return to 710 ESPN Radio". ESPN. March 31, 2010. Retrieved March 31, 2010. 
  5. ^ Long Beach Press-Telegram, Nov. 16, 2007, page B2
  6. ^ http://www.thefreelibrary.com/KXTA+SHTICKS+IT+TO+BIG+JOE%3B+TALK-JOCK+JOE+MCDONNELL+STILL+BAFFLED...-a083846974
  7. ^ a b http://www.dailynews.com/sportscolumnists/ci_17092628
  8. ^ http://www.socalradiohistory.com/krkd.html, Retrieved on July 21, 2009.

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Coordinates: 34°10′26″N 118°24′35″W / 34.17389°N 118.40972°W / 34.17389; -118.40972