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City Lancaster, California
Broadcast area Antelope Valley
Branding NewsTalk 1380
Frequency 1380 kHz
First air date April 1, 1962
Format News/Talk
Power 1,000 watts (day)
20 watts (night)
Class D
Facility ID 19702
Transmitter coordinates 34°42′42.00″N 118°10′33.00″W / 34.7116667°N 118.1758333°W / 34.7116667; -118.1758333
Former callsigns KBVM (prior to 1973)
KKZZ (1973)
KOTE (1983)
KHJJ (1987)
KWJL (2000)
Affiliations ABC Radio
Radio America
Owner High Desert Broadcasting LLC
Website www.newstalk1380.com

KOSS (1380 AM, "NewsTalk 1380") is a commercial radio station broadcasting a news/talk format. Licensed to Lancaster, California, United States, it broadcasts from Palmdale and serves the Antelope Valley area. KOSS is owned by High Desert Broadcasting LLC and features programming from ABC Radio, HLN, and Radio America.


The station signed on as KBVM in August 1956.[1] KBVM changed its call sign to KKZZ in September 1973,[2] then to KOTE in 1983.[1]

On January 1, 1987, KOTE changed its call letters to KHJJ,[3] adopting the branding "KHJ 1380" and a news/talk format.

In 2000, the station became KWJL (K-Jewel 1380) and featured an adult standards format.

In 2004, KWJL flipped to Spanish oldies as "Joyas 1380" ("joya" is the Spanish word for "jewel").

In September 2007, KWJL and KUTY swapped formats, and KWJL became "NewsTalk 1380". The call sign was changed to KOSS in January 2008. The KOSS call letters had previously belonged to another local station, KVVS (105.5 FM), under a previous format.


  1. ^ a b "Directory of Radio Stations in the United States and Canada" (PDF). Broadcasting/Cablecasting Yearbook. Broadcasting Publications Inc. 1984. p. B-28. Retrieved May 9, 2018. 
  2. ^ "For the Record: Existing AM stations" (PDF). Broadcasting. Broadcasting Publications Inc. September 17, 1973. p. 56. Retrieved May 9, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Call Sign History: KOSS". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved May 9, 2018. 

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