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For the radio station using this call sign before 2001, see KDIS (AM).
KRLA - Los Angeles
City of license Glendale, California
Broadcast area Southern California
Branding AM 870 The Answer
Slogan Intelligent. Conservative. Talk Radio.
Frequency 870 kHz
First air date 1933
Format Talk radio
Power 50,000 watts (Daytime)
3,000 watts (Nighttime)
Class B
Facility ID 61267
Callsign meaning Radio Los Angeles
Former callsigns KIEV (1933–2001)
Owner Salem Communications
(New Inspiration Broadcasting Company)
Webcast Listen Live

KRLA (870 AM) is a radio station calling itself "AM 870 The Answer." KRLA broadcasts a Talk format. Licensed to Glendale, California, USA, it serves Los Angeles and Southern California. The station is owned by Salem Communications, which also owns 99.5 KKLA-FM which features a Christian talk and instruction format, and 95.9 KFSH-FM with a Contemporary Christian music format.

KRLA airs a local wake up show known as "The Morning Answer" with hosts Brian Whitman, Ben Shapiro and Elisha Krauss. Former 790 KABC (AM) personality Larry Elder hosts a nighttime show. Salem's line up of syndicated conservative talk shows air the rest of the day, including hosts Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Hugh Hewitt, Bill Bennett and Michael Medved. KRLA also carries Mark Levin, syndicated by Westwood One.


KIEV 870[edit]

The station went on the air as KIEV in February 1933 broadcasting at 850 kHz. It moved to 870 kHz in 1941 as a result of the NARBA agreement. The station had various formats, including top 40, big bands/standards, and talk. Programs included Tomorrow's Heroes with Andrea Speyer, Talk Back with George Putnam, The Swingin' Years with host Chuck Cecil, horse racing from Santa Anita Park and Hollywood Park Racetrack, and University of Nebraska football. Signing on in 1942 as KPAS, the station became country KXLA three years later. Tennessee Ernie Ford, Cal Worthington, and Jim Hawthorne were three of the announcers.

KRLA Talk (2001–present)[edit]

Former KRLA logo

On January 1, 2001, 870 AM adopted the KRLA call letters.[1] A long-time Oldies station at 1110 AM, now Radio Disney affiliate KDIS, had used those call letters for several decades, beginning in 1959.

Specialty shows featuring law, pet care and financial advice, as well as Brokered programming air throughout the weekends on KRLA. On June 14, 2010, KRLA added Glenn Beck's radio show to the lineup, but the show was discontinued several years later.[2][3] The KRLA-produced Terry Anderson Show aired on Sundays at 9 p.m., until Anderson died on July 7, 2010.[4]

In 2014 rival talk radio station KABC, owned by Cumulus Media, discontinued the Mark Levin and Larry Elder shows. In 2015 Salem Communications added both hosts to its line-up.[5] By June 2015 KRLA's Los Angeles ratings pulled ahead of rival KABC.[6] Salem Communications owns two other Talk Radio stations in Southern California, 590 KTIE that serves the Inland Empire (Riverside and San Bernardino county metro listening area) and 1170 KCBQ serving San Diego. [7]


  1. ^ "Conservative Talk Radio, Local, National News, Traffic, 870 KRLA AM Los Angeles, Dennis Prager". 2001-01-01. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  2. ^ "Adding LA's KRLA-AM gives Glenn Beck 400 radio affiliates". 2010-06-14. 
  3. ^ "The Glenn Beck Program marks 400th affiliate milestone". 2010-06-14. 
  4. ^ "CAPS - Terry Anderson". Californians for Population Stabilization. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  5. ^ The Answer, AM870. "HOSTS". KRLA AM870 The Answer. Salem Communications. 
  6. ^ KRLA, Radio. "#2 Los Angeles". R I O. Radio Online. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  7. ^ Radio, KTIE. "Program Guide". AM590 The Answer. Salem Communications. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 

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Coordinates: 34°08′13″N 118°13′34″W / 34.13694°N 118.22611°W / 34.13694; -118.22611