KRDC (AM)

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KRDC
KRDC 1110 99.1.jpg
City Pasadena, California
Broadcast area Greater Los Angeles Area
Branding Radio Disney Country Los Angeles - 99.1 FM
Slogan Your Music, Your Country
Frequency 1110 kHz (also on HD Radio)
Translator(s) 99.1 MHz K256CX Beaumont, CA
First air date 1942
Format Country
Power 50,000 watts day
20,000 watts night
Class B
Facility ID 25076
Transmitter coordinates 34°6′50″N 117°59′51″W / 34.11389°N 117.99750°W / 34.11389; -117.99750Coordinates: 34°6′50″N 117°59′51″W / 34.11389°N 117.99750°W / 34.11389; -117.99750
Callsign meaning Radio Disney Country
Former callsigns KPAS (1942–1945)
KXLA (1945–1959)
KRLA (1959–2000)
KSPN (2000–2003)
KDIS (2003–2017)
Affiliations Radio Disney Country
Owner ABC, Inc. (Disney)
(ABC Radio Los Angeles Assets, LLC)
Sister stations KABC-TV, KSPN
Webcast Listen Live
Website radiodisneycountry.com

KRDC (1110 AM) is a family-targeted country-formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Pasadena, California, serving the Greater Los Angeles Area. The station is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company. The KRDC broadcast license is held by ABC Radio Los Angeles Assets, LLC.[1]

KRDC, formerly Radio Disney station KDIS, was broadcast in the HD (hybrid) format until late 2014 when all Radio Disney affiliates were sold except for the Los Angeles station which returned to analog transmissions.[2] KRDC is still licensed for digital (HD) operation.[3]

History[edit]

The station initially signed on as KPAS in 1942,[4] a station featuring popular music. In 1945 they took the call sign KXLA, playing country music.[4] On-air personalities included Tennessee Ernie Ford and Stan Freberg.[5] The station originally broadcast from its El Monte transmitter site, near Santa Anita Ave and the Pomona, or "60" Freeway, in the vicinity of the Peck Road exit.

KRLA (1959–2000)[edit]

The station later became KRLA, "The Big 11-10", on September 1, 1959, and became one of the top radio stations in the Los Angeles area, competing with KFWB and later KHJ to be L.A.'s dominant top 40 station. The on-air personalities included Dave Hull (The Hullabalooer), Emperor Bob Hudson, Ted Quillin, Reb Foster, Jimmy Rabbitt,[6] Casey Kasem, Bob Eubanks, Dick Biondi, Sam Riddle, Dick Moreland, Jimmy O'Neill, Wink Martindale, and Johnny Hayes. In 1968, news director Lew Irwin created The Credibility Gap, which broadcast topical comedy along with the news.[7] In 1969, John Gilliland debuted the Pop Chronicles music documentary.[8] The 1969 film The Model Shop features a radio newscast by Ralph Thompson, KRLA.[citation needed] During the 1960s, the KRLA studio was just off the parking lot of the old Huntington Sheraton Hotel[5] on Oak Knoll Drive in Pasadena, making it possible to drop by and watch the on-air DJ do his show.[9] When the station switched to oldies, KRLA was noted for its prominence in Southern California Chicano culture.[citation needed] One of the highlights of this station was the Big 11 Countdown Show hosted by Johnny Hayes, with stories and facts about the songs and the artists, as well as the historical events that were going on at that time. The show also included a trivia question that Hayes asked for people to call in with their answer in order to win a prize. Each day's show counted down the top 11 songs from that date in a previous year as well as a few extras.

The station evolved to an adult contemporary format by 1982, and focused on oldies by 1983. They dropped current music in 1984, electing to play the oldies of the late 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.

By 1994, KRLA leaned towards an urban oldies format.

On February 25, 1997, CBS Radio announced that it would trade WMMR in Philadelphia, and WOAZ and WBOS in Boston to Greater Media in exchange for KRLA and sister station KLSX, as part of its acquisition of Infinity Broadcasting Corporation.[10] The swap was completed on August 22.[11]

At Noon on November 30, 1998, KRLA abandoned music entirely and went all talk.[5][12] As a talk radio station, KRLA featured many cast-offs from KABC, such as Michael Jackson and Ken Minyard, as well as Don Imus, Dr. Toni Grant, G. Gordon Liddy, Ron Barr's Sports Byline USA, and Ed Tyll. The station also aired play-by-play of the Kings and Angels.[13]

KSPN (2000–2002)[edit]

In 2000, Infinity sold KRLA (alongside KRAK in Sacramento) to the Burbank-based Walt Disney Company due to ownership limits. On December 1, the station became the ESPN Radio outlet for the Los Angeles market (as KSPN).[14][15][16][17][18] Disney completed the acquisition on March 1, 2001.[19]

KDIS (2003–2017)[edit]

AM 710 and 1110 swapped formats on January 1, 2003, with the sports format moving to 710, and Radio Disney moving to 1110 (a change made reportedly because the 1110 signal could not be heard in Orange County at night, when Anaheim Angels games are played).[20]

In May 2014, Mediabase moved KDIS to the Top 40/CHR panel, although Radio Disney is still considered a children's station.[21]

Logo used from 2013 until 2014.

On August 13, 2014, it was revealed that all of Radio Disney's remaining stations, excluding KDIS, were to be sold in an effort to focus more on digital distribution of the Radio Disney network. KDIS was retained to serve as the originator of Radio Disney's programming, and its operations were assumed by the network's national staff.[22][23]

KRDC (2017–)[edit]

On June 9, 2017, KDIS changed call letters to KRDC and flipped to a country format as "Radio Disney Country", becoming the first terrestrial radio station carrying the formerly online-only platform. KRDC also added a translator, 99.1 K256CX, which broadcasts from KRDC's transmitter in Irwindale. The children's radio/contemporary hit radio hybrid continues in the market on KRTH's HD2 subchannel.[24]

Transmitter[edit]

In 1987, KRLA moved its transmitter site from South El Monte to Irwindale, where a similar antenna array was installed.[25] During the 1990s, KRLA was authorized to increase nighttime power from 10,000 to 20,000 watts. When the power increase went into effect, KRLA started broadcasting from the new transmitter site in Irwindale. This is a few miles north of the old El Monte site.[25]

The El Monte transmitter building still stands as a shell. The entire inside is burned out; however, there are still clues to its historic past, namely the first incarnation of its directional antenna arrays (four in-line 135-degree towers, one days, four nights), the second incarnation (four 135-degree towers in a parallelogram, days and a 90-, two 135-, and a 180-degree towers, nights), and the last incarnation, with seven total towers, four days and four nights, with one tower in common, days and nights). There are numerous ducts to keep the equipment cool and an underground channel to divert the cooling water for the transmitters. A well nearby supplied the water. Still visible is the wooden archway where the transmission cables gently bent toward underground conduits running to the transmission towers in the nearby field. All that remains of these towers are the concrete pylons, all aligned as described.[citation needed]

The present Irwindale site includes five 135-degree towers, two days and four nights, with one in common. The significantly northern location, relative to the old El Monte site, allows the large "Inland Empire" to be served with 50,000 watts and only two towers, not four, days, and the greater Los Angeles metro to be served with 20,000 watts and four towers, nights.[citation needed]

K256CX[edit]

Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info
K256CX 99.1 FM Beaumont, California 141730 200 −112 m (−367 ft) D 34°06′50.0″N 117°59′50.0″W / 34.113889°N 117.997222°W / 34.113889; -117.997222 (K256CX) FCC

K256CX is a broadcast translator licensed to Beaumont, California. The transmitter is located in Irwindale. The station went on the air June 9, 2017, and rebroadcasts KRDC on 99.1 MHz.

History[edit]

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted an original construction permit on December 6, 2013, to build an FM translator (K293BZ, now K256CX) licensed in Beaumont, California, and located in the 106.5 MHz frequency, which would rebroadcast KWVE-FM in San Clemente.[26][27]

On October 18, 2016, KDIS's licensee ABC Radio Los Angeles Assets agreed to acquire from the Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa the permit with the intention to rebroadcast the AM station for $45,000.[28][29][30] On November 8, the FCC, as part of the AM revitalization program, granted a modification to move the transmitter location to Irwindale (although the translator will maintain Beaumont as its license city) and change the frequency to 99.1.[31][32] The transaction was closed on February 7, 2017.[33]

Following the launch of K256CX and KDIS' switch to Radio Disney Country as KRDC on June 9, 2017, Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters, owner of existing country music station KKGO, said in a statement welcoming the station that the translator would mainly cover the San Gabriel Valley and that the FCC had also authorized another station on the 99.1 FM frequency in Long Beach.[34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KRDC Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  2. ^ HD Radio Guide for Los Angeles
  3. ^ Staff, FCC Internet Services. "Station Search Details". FCC.gov. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Oldies 1110 KRLA". Geocities.com. Archived from the original on 2005-07-17. Retrieved June 17, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c Hochman, Steve (November 16, 1998). "KRLA's Switch to Talk Will End Rock Era on AM Dial in L.A.; Radio Some are nostalgic about a station that retained family appeal to the end. Others say change is overdue.". Los Angeles Times. p. F4. 
  6. ^ "脱毛サロンで受ける光脱毛はじわじわと". JimmyRabbitt.com. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  7. ^ Deming, Mark. "((( The Credibility Gap > Biography )))". allmusic. Retrieved June 17, 2009. 
  8. ^ "John Gilliland - Pop Chronicles: The Forties". SfradioMuseum.com. Retrieved June 17, 2009. 
  9. ^ Eubanks, Bob; Hansen, Matthew Scott, eds. (2004). It's in the Book, Bob!. Benbella Books. pp. 36–38. ISBN 1-932100-28-8. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  10. ^ Levin, Gary (February 26, 1997). "CBS gets KLSX, KRLA". Variety.com. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  11. ^ Staff, FCC Internet Services. "Application Search Details". FCC.gov. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  12. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/1990s/1998/RR-1998-11-13.pdf
  13. ^ Best of www.laradio.com 1998, by Don Barrett. Valencia, CA: db Marketing, 1999.
  14. ^ "KRDC Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  15. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/2000s/2000/RR-2000-12-01.pdf
  16. ^ CARNEY, STEVE (November 3, 2000). "Talk-Radio KRLA Will Become All-Sports". Retrieved March 18, 2017 – via LA Times. 
  17. ^ CARNEY, STEVE (January 5, 2001). "New Year Brings New Identity for KIEV". Retrieved March 18, 2017 – via LA Times. 
  18. ^ lisafybush (July 27, 2015). "2016 TOWER SITE CALENDAR". Fybush.com. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  19. ^ Staff, FCC Internet Services. "Application Search Details". FCC.gov. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  20. ^ Angels Shift Radio Stations - Los Angeles Times
  21. ^ "Mediabase Announces Panel Changes". AllAccess.com. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  22. ^ Lafayette, Jon (August 13, 2014). "Exclusive: Radio Disney Moving Off Air to Digital". Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Radio Disney to Sell the Majority of Its Stations". Billboard. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  24. ^ Venta, Lance (June 9, 2017). "KDIS Flips To Radio Disney Country; Adds FM Translator". RadioInsight. Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  25. ^ a b Mishkind, Barry. "KRLA Broadcast History". oldradio.com. Retrieved July 8, 2010. 
  26. ^ Staff, FCC Internet Services. "Application Search Details". FCC.gov. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  27. ^ Staff, FCC Internet Services. "Application View ... Redirecting". FCC.gov. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  28. ^ Staff, FCC Internet Services. "Application View ... Redirecting". FCC.gov. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  29. ^ "Disney Builds On-Ramp to FM With Translator Buy.". InsideRadio.com. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  30. ^ Jacobson, Adam. "Radio Disney Gets A SoCal Translator - Radio & Television Business Report". RBR.com. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  31. ^ Staff, FCC Internet Services. "Application Search Details". FCC.gov. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  32. ^ Staff, FCC Internet Services. "Application View ... Redirecting". FCC.gov. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  33. ^ Staff, FCC Internet Services. "Application View ... Redirecting". FCC.gov. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  34. ^ "Radio Disney Country Expanding With Los Angeles Launch". All Access. June 9, 2017. Retrieved June 10, 2017. 

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