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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 News/Talk
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 broadcasting a Conservative & Christian News/Talk format. Licensed to Glendale, California, USA, it serves Los Angeles and Southern California. The station is currently owned by Salem Communications.


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 sign[1] discarded by KSPN 1110 AM (now KDIS at that frequency) for its conservative talk radio & Christian Talk format. This station airs Mike Gallagher, Bill Bennett, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Hugh Hewitt, Dennis Miller, and Kevin James.

Brokered programming airs throughout the weekends and overnights. On June 14, 2010, KRLA added Glenn Beck's radio show to their lineup. KRLA marks the 400th affiliate for Glenn Beck's syndicated program.[2][3]

The KRLA-produced Terry Anderson Show aired on Sundays at 9 p.m., until Mr. Anderson died of pancreatic cancer on July 7, 2010.[4]

KRLA 870 AM is owned and operated by the Christian media company, Salem Communications. In 2014 rival talk radio station KABC (Cumulus Media) discontinued the Mark Levin and Larry Elder Show. In 2015 Salem Communications added Mark Levin to their national syndicated line and heard on KRLA along with its current weekday line up of the Morning Answer (Brian Whitman, Ben Shapiro and Elisha Krauss), Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Hugh Hewitt and Larry Elder (starts August 2015).[5] By June 2015 KRLA's Los Angeles market shared pulled ahead of rival KABC.[6] KRLA often ties together programming with KTIE another Salem Communications station that serves the Inland Empire (Riverside and San Bernardino county metro listening area). [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