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Broadcast area Worldwide via the Internet
Frequency Online only (formerly 530 AM, 830 AM, 820 AM, 610 AM, 99.9 FM, 91.9 FM, cable FM)
First air date 1962
Format indie rock, eclectic, news
Owner ASUCLA Communications Board

UCLAradio.com (commonly called UCLA Radio) is the student-run college radio station affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles. It is staffed by UCLA students and staff, owned by the ASUCLA Communications Board, and funded by underwriting revenue and fundraising. The station receives no money from student fees.

In October 2012, UCLA Radio won the College Music Journal Award for Best Student-Run, Internet-Only Station.[1]

Lauren Uba is General Manager of the station, taking over for Cameron Rowland in September 2014.


Student-run radio at UCLA began in the basement of the Dykstra Hall dormitory on UCLA's campus as KBRU in 1964. ASUCLA quickly took control of the station and moved it to the back of Ackerman Grand Ballroom in Ackerman Union - into a room that had previously been used as a record-listening lounge for students. ASUCLA broadcast the station via carrier current at 530 AM, though the call letters and band were changed frequently throughout the station's history (including a switch to low-power FM, as well as use of cable FM). For most of its time as a terrestrial radio station, the station broadcast as KLA. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) agents disconnected the station's 91.9 FM transmitter in 1999 as it was slightly too powerful to be considered a low-power FM signal. For a short time, the station broadcast solely through cable radio, until its website KLAradio.com was launched in 1999 featuring a SHOUTcast stream. The URL was switched to UCLAradio.com in 2000.

UCLA's student radio station was never officially licensed as an AM or FM station due to lack of support from university administration. Due to the difficulty of purchasing a band in Los Angeles' overcrowded frequency spectrum, the station is not currently considering purchasing one.

The station has produced programmers and staff for practically every radio station based in the Los Angeles area, including KCRW, KROQ-FM, and Fox Sports Radio. Former UCLA Radio programmers include Ted Chen of NBC Los Angeles and film producer Susan Dynner (Brick (film), Punk's Not Dead (2007 film)).


UCLAradio.com features highly eclectic programming, offering programmers the opportunity to do practically anything with their allotted blocks of air-time. Many shows focus on indie rock music, but station programming usually represents countless other genres as well. Some shows offer talk content ranging from sports to current events to comedy. On Tuesday evenings, the station features a two-hour News program focused on campus events, politics, entertainment, as well as national and global headlines.[2]

The station's live signal streams on the Internet in both Windows Media Player and QuickTime formats, as well as through iTunes. The new website, launched in April 2012, also features an in-browser player.

On January 8, 2007, the station launched a daily podcast which has since been discontinued. The podcast consisted of on-air programming highlights and podcast-only programming covering sports, news and music. Beginning in April 2012, UCLA Radio began broadcasting in UCLA's Kerckhoff Coffee House on weekdays from 12pm to 2pm.

Finally, many members of UCLAradio.com's staff regularly contribute to the station's popular blog, which covers a mélange of pop culture, politics and miscellania.

Since it is not a terrestrial station, UCLAradio.com is not beholden to the FCC's programming guidelines. However, the station does enforce ASUCLA Student Media's decency standards, which concentrate mainly on avoiding discriminatory content.


External links[edit]

  • UCLAradio.com - UCLA's student-run radio station.
  • Friends of KLA - Alumni club for the radio station.
  • "KLA Radio" - A brief article on the station's history during the 1960s.
  • [1] - Article that cites the programs low numbers
  • [2] - Cites controversy of its members