KKLA-FM

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KKLA-FM
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City Los Angeles, California
Broadcast area Greater Los Angeles
Branding 99.5 KKLA
Slogan "The Intersection of Faith & Reason"
Frequency 99.5 MHz
First air date 1985
November 13, 1956 as KHOF[1]
Format Religious/Talk
ERP 10,000 watts
HAAT 902.0 meters (2,959.3 ft)
Class B
Facility ID 48453
Former callsigns KHOF (1956-1985)
Owner Salem Media Group
(New Inspiration Broadcasting Co., Inc.)
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.kkla.com

KKLA-FM (99.5 FM, "99.5 KKLA") is a commercial radio station licensed to Los Angeles, California and serving the Greater Los Angeles area. The station is owned by the Salem Media Group and broadcasts a Christian talk and teaching format. The KKLA-FM studios are located in Glendale and the transmitter is located atop Mount Wilson.

History[edit]

For most of its existence, KKLA-FM has aired a Christian radio format.

KHOF (1956-1982)[edit]

Originally owned by Pastor Ray Schoch's Faith Center Inc., the station signed on November 13, 1956 with the call letters KHOF.[1] During the 1960s and 1970s, programming consisted of various syndicated ministries and programming produced by Faith Center. In 1975, Gene Scott took over Faith Center and moved properties including KHOF to strictly in house programming. Some stations were sold. By 1980, Scott's sermons aired around-the-clock. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission canceled KHOF's license in September 1982, citing improper conduct on the part of Faith Center, including misappropriation of fundraising proceeds.[2][3]

KKLA-FM (1985-present)[edit]

KKLA-FM operates on a license separate from that of the former KHOF, first issued in October 1985 to Salem Communications subsidiary New Inspiration Broadcasting with the call sign KKLA.[4][5] At that time, the station launched with a contemporary Christian music (CCM) format part of the day and Christian teaching the rest of the day. By 1987, the majority of KKLA-FM's programming consisted of Christian talk and teaching. The station eliminated Christian music by 1990; this void was filled by KFSG (96.3 FM) which began airing a CCM format for most of its broadcast day.

In 1995, the station's call letters changed to KKLA-FM. This was done to accommodate sister station KLFE (1240 AM, now KEZY) in San Bernardino, California, which changed its callsign to KKLA[6] and simulcast KKLA-FM until 1999.

During part of the day Monday through Saturday, KKLA-FM broadcasts local Christian call-in talk shows that discuss a mix of religious and conservative political issues. At all other times and all day Sunday, the station airs ministries and teaching programs from speakers such as J. Vernon McGee, John F. MacArthur, and Hank Hanegraaff.

KKLA-FM claims to be the most-listened-to Christian talk radio station in the United States.[7]

Awards[edit]

KKLA-FM was honored by the National Association of Broadcasters as its Religious/Gospel station of the year in 1995.

Year Awards Category Result Source
1995 NAB Marconi Radio Awards Station of the Year, Religious/Gospel Won [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Directory of AM and FM Radio Stations in the U.S." (PDF). Broadcasting Yearbook. Broadcasting Publications Inc. 1969. Retrieved April 16, 2018. 
  2. ^ "'82 in Review: Washington Report" (PDF). Radio and Records. December 10, 1982. p. 20. Retrieved April 16, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Washington Watch" (PDF). Broadcasting. Broadcasting Publications Inc. December 9, 1985. p. 91. Retrieved June 20, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Application Search Results: KKLA-FM". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access. U.S. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved June 20, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Directory of Radio Stations in the United States and Canada" (PDF). Broadcasting/Cablecasting Yearbook. Broadcasting Publications Inc. 1986. p. B-31. Retrieved June 20, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Directory of Radio Stations in the U.S." (PDF). Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook. New Providence, New Jersey: R.R. Bowker. 1996. p. B-54. ISBN 0-8352-3725-7. Retrieved June 20, 2018. 
  7. ^ Welke, Rick (February 22, 2002). "What Do I Know About Talk Radio?" (PDF). Radio and Records. p. 116. Retrieved June 20, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Limbaugh, KGO win top Marconi honors" (PDF). Broadcasting and Cable. R.R. Bowker. September 18, 1995. p. 38. Retrieved June 20, 2018. 

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Coordinates: 34°13′26″N 118°03′47″W / 34.224°N 118.063°W / 34.224; -118.063