KAMP-FM (97.1 MHz, 97.1 AMP Radio) is a commercial FM radio station in Los Angeles, California. The station is owned by Entercom and airs a Top 40/CHR radio format. The station has studios at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Hauser Boulevard in the Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles, and the transmitter on Mount Wilson. The station broadcasts in the HD Radio format, with its HD2 subchannel carrying a radio.com LGBTQ talk/EDM format known as "Channel Q," while its HD3 subchannel airs a Top 40/Dance format billed as “The Blast.”
|City||Los Angeles, California|
|Broadcast area||Greater Los Angeles Area|
|Branding||97.1 AMP Radio|
|Slogan||LA's New Hit Music, Commercial Free Mondays|
|Frequency||97.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||1954 (as KFMU Glendale)|
|Format||FM/HD1: Top 40/CHR|
HD2: LGBTQ Talk/EDM (Channel Q)
HD3: Dance/EDM (The Blast)
|HAAT||915 meters (3,002 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||"AMP Radio"|
|Former callsigns||KFMU (1954–1966)|
(Entercom License, LLC)
|Sister stations||KCBS-FM, KFRG, KNX, KROQ-FM, KRTH, KTWV, KXFG|
|Webcast||Listen Live (HD1)|
Listen Live (HD2)
|Website||HD1: 97.1 AMP Radio|
HD2: Channel Q
KFMU/KGBS/Gentle Country (1954–1979)Edit
In 1954, the station signed on as KFMU and operated under those call letters during the 1950s and early mid-1960s. It was originally licensed to the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale and was owned by Nicolas M. Brazy. KFMU aired an easy listening format known as "Good Music." The station was a subsidiary of Metropolitan Theatres Corp., which by 1959 was program testing KFMW in San Bernardino and held a permit for a KFMX in San Diego, as well as two other stations.
In the late 1960s, 97.1 FM was purchased by Storer Broadcasting and became home to KGBS-FM, as a sister station to 1020 KGBS (now KTNQ). The two stations carried a country music format. Since its AM station was a daytimer, only authorized to be on the air during daylight hours, the FM station allowed the format to be heard around the clock, for those who had FM radios. In the early 1970s, the station experimented with rock 'n' roll and pop music formats before switching to a soft country format in 1973, when it adopted the name "Gentle Country". In 1976, KGBS-FM continued with its country music format while its AM sister station switched to a top-40 format. On August 28, 1978, FM 97.1's call letters changed to KHTZ while continuing with its country music format.
97.1 K-Hits/K-Best 97 (1979–1986)Edit
On July 31, 1979, Storer, after having sold the AM radio station which was now known as KTNQ 1020 (Ten-Q), moved its top-40 format to 97.1 FM and began broadcasting as KHTZ (K-Hits). For a few hours the two stations simulcasted the signal until KTNQ switched to Spanish language programming at noon. Within a few weeks the station evolved into a more adult contemporary station, leaving top-40 to others for almost 30 years. On November 27, 1985, the station changed its call letters to KBZT and was known as "K-Best 97".
97.1 KLSX (1986–1995)Edit
To demonstrate the vastness of the station's on-air library, they advertised no-repeat workdays. The correct caller could win a prize for identifying the one song per day that was intentionally played twice. Additionally, the station hosted an annual event where the entire library was played by artist A-Z during weekday hours, a playlist that ran about 100 hours.
In 1988, the long-running Beatles show Breakfast with the Beatles with host Deirdre O'Donoghue moved here from KNX-FM, a show which she began doing on KMET in 1983. After she died in 2001, the show was taken over by Chris Carter. On September 3, 2006, the station broadcast the last airing of Breakfast with the Beatles, which was then replaced by infomercials, drawing some local protest. Then-host Carter has stated that the departure of Howard Stern can be attributed to why the program was dropped. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Yoko Ono have all called into the program. In late November 2006, local classic rock KLOS picked up the show.
On July 21, 1991, the station began to air the syndicated The Howard Stern Show, and took on the slogan "Howard Stern all morning, classic rock all day."
Real Radio/Free-FM/97.1 FM Talk (1995–2009)Edit
On July 31, 1995, the station changed to an all-talk format on weekdays and went by the moniker "Real Radio 97.1", and had hosts such as Susan Olsen and Ken Ober, Scott Ferrall, Riki Rachtman, Kato Kaelin, Mother Love, Carlos Oscar, Voxx, and the Regular Guys, the radio duo of Larry Wachs and Eric von Haessler. Howard Stern was critical of this format change and referred to it as "Hindenburg Radio." In 1996, the station dropped the "Real Radio" name and became known as "The FM Talk Station," hired new hosts and in 1997, the station began carrying the syndicated Tom Leykis Show, becoming its flagship station. On April 1, 2002, KLSX temporarily brought back Kato Kaelin and the "Real Radio" slogans and jingles as part of an April Fool's joke.
KLSX was owned by Greater Media until 1997, when Greater Media swapped KLSX and sister station KRLA for three stations: WMMR in Philadelphia, WOAZ in Boston, and WBOS in Boston. The deal enabled Greater Media to operate larger clusters in these two markets while exiting Los Angeles. The swap led KLSX into the ownership of CBS Radio, where it joined radio stations KTWV and KCBS-FM.
On weekends, KLSX played alternative music from 1995 until 1997 when it was acquired by CBS. Instead of competing with now sister station KROQ-FM, it was asked to switch to a "Triple-A" format (a blend of album-rock and alternative music that appealed to a 35+ age demographic). That format continued on weekends until 1999, when the talk format was expanded to weekends, leaving Sunday morning's Breakfast with the Beatles as the only program that played music. During that era and prior to being sold, KLSX boasted the only late-night L.A. talk shows featuring women as hosts: "Dr. X" and subsequently a short-run of "Shrink Rap." KLSX was also the local home of the syndicated show of novelty music host Dr. Demento.
Tim Conway Jr. and comedy writer Doug Steckler co-hosted the evening show ("The Conway and Steckler Show") until June 2005, when Steckler's contract was not renewed. Funnyman/impressionist Brian Whitman was brought in as Steckler's replacement, and the show was renamed "The Conway and Whitman Show". In addition, two new Free FM stations opened up in California, KSCF in San Diego and KIFR in San Francisco, both of which carried The Tom Leykis Show and The John and Jeff Show. The Frosty, Heidi, and Frank Show was picked up and, until January 2007, was syndicated to KSCF.
KLSX was the Los Angeles-area radio home of the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. Previously, the station aired games from the Jones Radio Network's Sports USA service and NFL on Westwood One. In 2001, it carried the Los Angeles Xtreme of the XFL. KLSX has also aired a sports year-in-review show from Westwood One.
On October 25, 2005, it was announced that Adam Carolla would take over as the station's morning show host in January 2006 due to Howard Stern's departure to satellite radio. On that same day, the station also became known on-air as "97.1 Free FM"—so-called to highlight that its stations broadcast free-to-air, funded by commercials, whereas satellite radio requires a subscription fee.
2007 saw the addition of Danny Bonaduce to The Adam Carolla Show (replacing sportscaster Dave Dameshek), marking the beginning of Bonaduce's career at KLSX. In 2008, he was given his own (local) one-hour show following Frosty, Heidi & Frank, in a timeslot that had been vacant since the departure of entertainment reporter Sam Rubin in 2003. Also in 2008, Brian Whitman unexpectedly left the station in March. Tim Conway, Jr. ended up hosting the evening show alone. Arsenio Hall was a semi regular guest host with Tim on the Tim Conway Jr show on Wednesday nights in 2008-09.
KLSX was the last station to use the Free FM branding, having abandoned the moniker in early October 2008, signaling the official desertion of the Free FM brand nationally by CBS Radio. The program director for KLSX at this time was Jack Silver. The Assistant Program Director and Creative voice of the station was Rich Boerner, who also programmed the weekend music formats.
97-1 AMP Radio (2009–present)Edit
For a few weeks prior, speculation began on whether KLSX would be soon switching formats. On February 17, 2009, information started to emerge that KLSX was to drop the hot talk format on February 20 and flip to a Top 40 (CHR) format aimed at younger listeners, taking the 'AMP' format that was created by KROQ-FM program director Kevin Weatherly and Assistant Program Director John Michael on KCBS-HD2.
The station's main line up of The Adam Carolla Show, Frosty, Heidi & Frank, Danny Bonaduce (in a solo spot known as Broadcasting Bonaduce), The Tom Leykis Show, The Tim Conway Jr. Show and The John and Jeff Show were all given advance notice of the format shift and afforded the opportunity to host final shows to explain the situation and say their goodbyes.
"97.1 FM Talk" ended on February 20 at 5:00 PM (PT), giving longtime radio veteran Tom Leykis the final sign-off and the opportunity to "blow up" the station (in reference to a catchphrase used by the show's callers, "Blow me up, Tom!").
"AMP Radio" then launched with Paranoid by Kanye West (which coincidentally was also playing on its new rival KIIS at the same time), beginning a commercial-free block of 10,000 songs, similar to the debuts of the current KDAY in 2004 and, in 1989, KQLZ (Pirate Radio 100.3). (Conway would later reappear on KFI as a weekend afternoon host.) The launch of AMP Radio marked the first Top 40 radio battle in Los Angeles since KPWR switched to Hip Hop in 1994.
On June 30, 2009, the station changed its callsign to KAMP to go with the current format, and changed again on July 7, 2009 to KAMP-FM in order to avoid confusion with an AM station with the same callsign.
CBS Radio would later extend the "AMP Radio" branding to Detroit, Boston, Orlando, New York, Philadelphia, and Dallas. As of 2018, only the Boston outlet remains as the rest flipped to different formats.
On January 8, 2018, Entercom entered a deal to bring the Dance/EDM webcast Pulse 87 to the Los Angeles airwaves as a HD2 subchannel of KAMP-FM, billing it as “Pulse 97.1 HD2.” The subchannel replaced the simulcast of KNX, which moved over to the HD2 subchannel of KCBS-FM. On August 31, 2018, Pulse 87 was discontinued to make room for the newly launched "Out Now Radio" on the HD2 subchannel. Many of the hosts on Out Now Radio will work out of Entercom's Los Angeles studios.
On November 1, 2018, Out Now Radio rebranded as Channel Q.
On March 14, 2019, KAMP’s HD3 sub channel launched with a Dance/EDM-centric Top 40 format, billed as “The Blast.” The music and presentation is similar to Pulse 87’s format.
AMP Radio currently ranks at #11 (2.9 share) in the Los Angeles market according to the February 2018 PPM Ratings release.
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