|City of license||Los Angeles, California|
|Broadcast area||Greater Los Angeles Area|
(also on HD Radio)
|Repeaters||KSRY/Tehachapi 103.1 MHz|
|First air date||May 27, 1948|
HD2: Adult album alternative (AAA)
|Callsign meaning||Your StaR|
|Former callsigns||KMGM (1948–1954)
|Owner||Clear Channel Media and Entertainment
(AMFM Broadcasting Licenses, LLC)
|Sister stations||KBIG, KFI, KHHT, KIIS-FM, KLAC, KOST, KTLK|
KYSR (98.7 FM) – branded ALT 98.7 – is a commercial alternative rock radio station licensed to Los Angeles, California, serving the Greater Los Angeles Area. Owned by Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, KYSR is the Los Angeles affiliate for Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx and the home of radio personality Kennedy. The KYSR studios are located in Burbank, while the station transmitter resides in Beverly Hills. In addition to a standard analog transmission, KYSR broadcasts over two HD Radio channels, and is available online via iHeartRadio. KYSR also extends its signal by using a single full-power repeater: KSRY (103.1 FM) in Tehachapi.
The station currently known as KYSR signed on May 27, 1948 using the KMGM call letters, taken from the station's original owner, the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studio. The KCBH call letters followed on June 30, 1954.
In 1971, the station callsign changed to KJOK. In 1972, the station callsign changed to KJOI. The station would air a beautiful music format well through the 1980s. Over the years the station was owned by Viacom.
In 1989, KJOI increased the number of vocalists from four per hour to half and half. The older traditional vocalists were replaced with more adult contemporary artists. The instrumentals were dropped altogether in 1990, leading to an evolution to a soft adult contemporary music format. The station also became known as "Touch 98.7", which had placed itself between smooth jazz KTWV and adult contemporary KOST.
In 1990, the call letters were changed to KXEZ. Although the call letters changed, the station retained its soft adult contemporary format.
In late 1992, KXEZ became "Star 98.7". The new call letters were KYSR, which are currently used. In the beginning, KYSR aired an adult contemporary music format which evolved into a hot adult contemporary music format by 1993.
Viacom sold the station to Chancellor Media in 1997. AMFM Inc. was formed after Chancellor Media merged with Capstar in 1999. And in 2000, AMFM Inc. merged with current owner, Clear Channel Communications. Coincidentally, around this time Viacom became the owners of KROQ-FM when that station's parent company, CBS, merged with Viacom.
In 2002, KYSR began to experience a decreased market share noted in its declining ratings, which was also likely contributed to by a decrease in the amount of hit music product in the modern adult contemporary genre at the time. The debut of KCBS-FM in 2005 may also be a factor as KCBS-FM airs an adult hits music format that shared a large proportion of music on the KYSR playlist.
KYSR adjusted their playlist in September 2005 to focus on 1980s and 1990s hot adult contemporary music. The playlist adjustment was directed by KHHT program director, Mike Marino. By April 2006, KYSR readopted the modern adult contemporary music format with the tag line of "Today's Music Alternative" playing more alternative rock hits at the time and Marino relinquished his duties at KYSR to solely focus on KHHT.
All on air personalities including the notable morning show - Jamie, Jack, and Stench - were temporarily pulled off the station. Fans of the Jamie, Jack, and Stench show protested this move which included a public protest at the studio. Shortly afterwards, a poll was established on the website asking if they wanted Jamie, Jack and Stench to return. Ninety-seven percent said yes and a week later they returned. However not soon after the return JJ&S got replaced by the morning team of "Valentine and Lisa Foxx" in 2007.
On September 20, 2007, KYSR repositioned itself as '98-7.' The Star name was deemphasised as the station moved in a male friendly direction. While the format claimed itself as Modern AC, its musical lean favored Modern Rock/Alternative hits with an updated library of alternative hits from the 80s, 90s and early 2000s such as Nirvana, Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Third Eye Blind and R.E.M. and played more new modern rock hits from bands such as The Killers, Foo Fighters, Incubus and Linkin Park. This repositioning came three days after sister station KBIG added more recent adult hits and dropped the dance/disco hits and became known as "104.3 MyFM." Effective September 24, 2007, Valentine took over the KBIG morning show, replacing Charlie Tuna, whose last show was September 17.
98.7 FM today
The station changed from Modern AC to Alternative in 2008 to compete with cross town rival KROQ-FM. Rumors also stated that the change was due to the format change at sister station KBIG to the Modern AC and the wariness about KDLD on the airwaves. (KDLD left the airwaves a year after the station flipped to alternative). The station also changed formats to compete better with cross-rival KROQ-FM. The station's logo consists of the numerals 98 and 7 in Gothic typeface with a metallic star between the numerals. Members of "The List" (formerly collect points to use towards online/on-air prizes.
The station since its switch to alternative has risen in the ratings compared to when it was the Modern AC format.
KYSR also simulcasts on HD Radio with its HD2 signal broadcasting an adult alternative format called "eRockster", a national online music and social networking portal, syndicated FM radio show and HD side channel radio station that offers listeners the unique opportunity to participate in building and programming the radio station.
On August 9th, 2013 the station rebranded as ALT 98.7, with no other change to the format.
- Music in the Mornings - weekdays from 6am-10am; hosted by Kennedy.
- New Music Show - an hour-long show hosted by Darren Rose hosting new music every Sunday at 9pm.
- The Bad Ass at Ocho - listeners vote their favorite songs of the day at 987fm.com and the top 4 picked are played at 8pm with Harms.
- The Rewind at Noon - listeners call in or text their requests from the 1990s and 1980s. Hosted by Rose on weekdays.
- Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx - syndicated radio show; weeknights from 11pm-4am.
- Side Show Countdown with Nikki Sixx - every Saturday at 8am.
- 987 Live - Josh Venable hosts a commercial-free full hour of live and acoustic music, much of which is recorded in the 98.7fm studios. Sunday mornings at 9am.
- Complete Control Radio - formerly on KDLD, Joe Sib (owner of Side One Dummy Records) hosts the best in new and old school punk rock. Sundays from 10pm-midnight.
- Diplo & Friends - hosted by Diplo & some of his friends every Friday night at 10pm.
- Rockaholic of the Day - On four times each weekday, submit the name of the Rockaholic of the Day and win points on 98.7 Rockaholics.
- Ryan Seacrest from American Idol was the afternoon DJ from 1995 to 2003...he and sidekick Lisa Foxx remained one of the top rated afternoon drive shows in Los Angeles for 7 years.
- MTV VJ Mark Goodman, was a DJ from 1990-1997. No official reason for his departure were given, but his father died shortly before his departure.
- Morning personality, Jamie White, was formerly part of the morning team of "Jamie, Frosty & Frank", until September 15, 1999 when Jamie White was paired with Danny Bonaduce.
- Afternoon drive personality Jason Pullman leaves the station in 2004.
- Nighttime personality Skip Kelly (2002–2004) exits in May 2004.
- Brian Douglas was a swing jock there for five years from 1997 to 2002 before leaving to take the night position over at the now defunct Country 93.9 KZLA.
- Jason Griffin was the host of the "Saturday Night Mix Up" and was a weekend/swing deejay from 1998-2005.
- On July 1, 2005, Danny Bonaduce departed. The vacancy was filled by board-op Jack Heine and producer Mike "Stench" Roberts.
- Lara Scott departed in April 2006 upon expiration of her contract. She found work / was "reborn" on Christian radio "The Fish" KFSH-FM middays.
- Richard Blade (ex. KROQ-FM deejay) is hired by Star in 2003 but is later fired and replaced by Summer James.
- On January 3, 2007, the "Jamie, Jack and Stench" morning show was pulled and replaced on January 16, 2007 with Sean Valentine and Lisa Foxx. Valentine worked for 10 years at KIIS-FM in Los Angeles, and upon leaving to join KYSR he was rated the most listened to personality in Los Angeles with well over 1 million listeners. (credit: Arbitron 12+ cume FA 2006)
- In 2007, Frosty, Frank, and Bonaduce, who are now employed at talk radio KLSX devoted an entire show devoted to uncovering the behind the scenes drama at KYSR, accusing Jamie White of being extremely difficult to work with and scheming behind their backs to get them fired.
- On December 27, 2007, Afternoon drive personality Tom Mitchell exits.
- On December 27, 2007, Nighttime personality Summer James exits.
- Josh Venable, formerly late-nights/music director at KDGE-FM/Dallas, takes over afternoon-drive January 2008.
- On June 1, 2008, Marco Collins, formerly afternoon-drive at XTRA-FM/San Diego, is announced as the new midday jock for the new Alternative KYSR.
- On June 1, 2008, Justin Kade, formerly nights at KMXB-FM/Las Vegas, is announced as the new night jock for the new Alternative KYSR.
- On October 16, 2008, rock band Ozomatli exits as the morning show because of low ratings and conflicts with their concert tour.
- On February 28, 2009, Trever Trent, formerly nights at 91X XETRA/San Diego, joins for weekends/fill-ins.
- In May, 2009 Lisa Foxx segues to sister station KBIG, 104-3 MY-FM.
- On July 6, 2009 Kennedy joined "Music in the Mornings".
- On August 31, 2009 Marco Collins exits mid-days.
- On September 1, 2009 Trever Trent takes over mid-days.
KYSR carries the analog simulcast on its HD1 channel, while the HD2 signal carries "Rock Nation".
- From Mediabase 24/7
- "Radio Station KMGM Opened". Los Angeles Times. May 28, 1948. p. A1. Retrieved June 13, 2011. "A six-hour program... yesterday inaugurated the city's newest frequency modulation radio station, KMGM, owned by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer..."
- eRockster Radio on YouTube (accessed December 27, 2012)
- Official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KYSR
- Radio-Locator information on KYSR
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KYSR
- Aerial photo of KYSR transmitter from Google Maps
- List of "grandfathered" FM radio stations in the U.S.