|City||Los Angeles, California|
|Broadcast area||Los Angeles metropolitan area|
|Frequency||107.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|Repeater(s)||107.5 KLVE-1 (Santa Clarita)|
|First air date||May 2, 1959|
|Format||KLVE: Spanish AC|
KLVE-HD2: CBS Korean Christian Radio
KLVE-HD3: Persian Radio
|HAAT||914.0 meters (2,998.7 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||K LoVE|
|Former callsigns||KBBI (1959-1971)|
|Affiliations||Uforia Audio Network|
|Owner||Univision Communications |
(KLVE-FM License Corp.)
|Sister stations||KRCD/KRCV, KSCA, KTNQ, KFTR-DT, KMEX-DT|
|Webcast||Listen Live (via iHeartRadio)|
KLVE (107.5 MHz, "107.5 K-LOVE") is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Los Angeles, California with a Spanish AC format. The station is owned by Univision Communications, and is the flagship station for the Uforia Audio Network. The station has studios and offices located on Center Drive (near I-405) in West Los Angeles, and the transmitter is located atop Mount Wilson. KLVE also uses a 100 watt booster station in Santa Clarita, KLVE-1 on 107.5 MHz.
On May 2, 1959, the station first signed on as KBBI. It was owned by the Bible Institute of Los Angeles and aired a Christian radio format. In 1970, the Bible Institute, then doing business as Biola Schools and Colleges, sold KBBI and sister station KBBW in San Diego to PSA Broadcasting, a subsidiary of San Diego-based Pacific Southwest Airlines, for $1.15 million. PSA changed KBBI's call sign to KPSA in 1971, followed by KEZM in 1973. PSA operated four stations in California, all with easy listening formats. At one point the station was KKMD-FM a rock station before it came to be a Spanish station.
KLVE - "K-Love"
On September 4, 1974, the station changed its call letters to KLVE and began airing a soft rock format, using the slogans "Something to Love", and "Get Your Rock Soft". In September 1975, K-Love Broadcasting Inc. bought the station. By the late 1970s, the new ownership ushered in the first Spanish-language FM station in Los Angeles.
KLVE has consistently been the market's leading Spanish-language station for decades. It has maintained that lead with the advent of Arbitron's Portable People Meter (PPM) electronic ratings measurement. With a weekly audience of nearly two million people, KLVE is among the most listened-to Spanish-language radio stations in the U.S., usually second to WSKQ in New York City, according to Nielsen Audio.
The KLVE studio was located in Hollywood from 1975 to 1999. In 2000 it moved to Glendale, on Central Avenue south of the CA-134 freeway. In 2013, as part of Univision Radio, KLVE joined sister stations KTNQ, KSCA, KRCD, and KRCV at the Univision Broadcast Center west of the I-405 Freeway in Los Angeles.
KLVE is not affiliated with K-Love, an English-language Christian radio network owned by the non-profit Educational Media Foundation (EMF) based in Rocklin, California. In 2017, EMF announced that it would purchase KSWD from Entercom to satisfy divestments required by the latter company for government approval of its merger with CBS Radio, and switch the station to K-Love programming. EMF reached an agreement with Univision in order to use the "K-Love" brand on the station by airing an hourly identifier stating 100.3 as 'Positive Encouraging 100.3' as opposed to 'K-LOVE' as other affiliates of the station air. KLVE is essentially the same programming as Univision's corporate "Amor" format used elsewhere.
In March 2019, the station became the flagship for Univision's new Uforia Audio Network.
KLVE's morning show has been co-hosted by the husband-and-wife duo of Omar Velasco and Argelia Atilano (1993 graduate of Garfield High School in East Los Angeles) since 2003.
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- Official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KLVE
- Radio-Locator information on KLVE
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KLVE