|City||Los Angeles, California|
|Broadcast area||Greater Los Angeles Area|
|Slogan||"Donde Puedes Escuchar Radio de Deportes de Todo El Mundo"|
|First air date||March 10, 1922|
|Power||5,000 watts (day)
5,000 watts (night)
|Former callsigns||KFAC (1988-1989)|
|Affiliations||ESPN Deportes Radio|
|Owner||Lotus Communications Corp.
(Lotus Los Angeles Corp.)
KWKW (1330 AM, "Radio Deportes") is an American radio station licensed to serve Los Angeles, California. The station is owned by Lotus Communications Corporation, through licensee Lotus Los Angeles Corp.
KWKW is one of the oldest radio stations in Los Angeles, first signing on the air as KJS on March 10, 1922.
For decades, KWKW played various forms of Spanish-language music on AM 1300 from its studios in Pasadena, California. In 1989, KWKW traded licences and therefore frequencies with KAZN and this moved KWKW onto the 1330 frequency and moved its studios to Los Angeles. The station started to focus on Mexican regional music (including mariachi and banda) calling itself "La Mexicana."
In 2004, KWKW stopped playing music and began all-sports programming in an alliance with ESPN Deportes Radio, a brand of the ESPN sports empire. The station still airs some non-sports programs on a time brokerage basis on Sunday nights.
Current and past programming
KWKW broadcasts Spanish-language play-by-play of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (baseball), Los Angeles Lakers (basketball), Los Angeles Kings (hockey) and the Los Angeles Galaxy (soccer). They had been the Los Angeles Avengers (arena football) en español flagship station until the team folded in April 2009.
The station has also carried the FIFA World Cup. In 2010, KWKW interrupted its normal Spanish-language feed to carry most of ESPN Radio's English-language coverage. This allows English-language ESPN affiliates KSPN and KLAA to continue with their normal program schedules. The 2006 coverage was in Spanish.
KWKW had been the Spanish-language home of Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball. The Dodgers left KWKW, their Spanish-language broadcast home for most of its history, for 930 KHJ effective with the 2008 season. KWKW now carries the Angels. On July 19, 2016, it was announced that KWKW will cover Spanish-language play-by-play coverage of the Los Angeles Rams (football).
KWKW is simulcast on KTMZ, 1220 AM in Pomona, California. KTMZ operates at 250 watts, from a transmitter in Chino, California, giving KWKW better coverage in Pomona, Ontario and surrounding communities. KTMZ has broken from the simulcast on occasion, most notably in the early 2000s when, as KWKU, it carried the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. KTMZ also breaks from its simulcast with KWKW when two different live sporting events occur at the same time.
- Los Angeles Times, Aug. 22, 2007, page D6
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