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KMPC (1540 AM, "Radio Korea", 라디오코리아) is a radio station based in Los Angeles, California and is owned by P&Y Broadcasting Corporation. Radio Korea is a division of the Radio Korea Media Group. The station airs Korean–language programming. It broadcasts news, information, and entertainment for the largest Korean–American community in the United States, and the largest Korean community outside Korea.

KMPC
KMPC radiokorea logo.jpg
CityLos Angeles, California
Broadcast areaGreater Los Angeles
BrandingRadio Korea
Frequency1540 (kHz)
First air dateSeptember 22, 1952[1]
FormatKorean programming
Power50,000 watts (day)
37,000 watts (night)
ClassB
Facility ID61647
Transmitter coordinates34°4′43″N 118°11′5″W / 34.07861°N 118.18472°W / 34.07861; -118.18472Coordinates: 34°4′43″N 118°11′5″W / 34.07861°N 118.18472°W / 34.07861; -118.18472
Callsign meaningMultilingual Programming Corporation
Former callsignsKPOL (1952–1979)
KZLA (1979–1984)
KSKQ (1984–1992)
KXED (1992–1996)
KXMG (1996–1997)
KCTD (1997–2000)
OwnerP&Y Broadcasting Corporation
Websiteradiokorea.com

KMPC is one of three radio stations in the greater Los Angeles area that broadcast entirely in Korean; the others are KYPA and KFOX.

HistoryEdit

KPOLEdit

The station began broadcasting September 22, 1952, and held the call sign KPOL.[1][2] It ran 5,000 watts, during daytime hours only and was owned by Coast Radio Broadcasting Corporation.[2] The station signed on 10 minutes after receiving Federal Communications Commission approval.[3] The following year, its power was increased to 10,000 watts.[2] Full time operations were added in 1958, with a power of 10,000 watts at night using a directional array.[2] Daytime power was increased to 50,000 watts in 1961.[2]

In its early years, KPOL aired several polka programs,[4] which gave the station its call letters.[5] Tom Kennedy was a polka DJ on the station during this era.[6]

In 1959, KPOL advertised on a billboard at Los Angeles's Wrigley Field, which can be seen in the television series Home Run Derby.

In 1966, the station was sold to Capital Cities Broadcasting, along with KPOL-FM, for $7.8 million.[7][2]

For many years, KPOL aired an easy listening/beautiful music format.[8][9][10][11] In the late 1970s, the station adopted an adult contemporary format.[12] In August 1978, it began airing the Larry King Show overnight.[13]

KZLAEdit

In 1979, the station's call sign was changed to KZLA and it continued to air an adult contemporary format.[2][14] In 1980, it switched to a country format.[15]

Spanish language eraEdit

In 1984, the station was sold to Spanish Broadcasting System for $5 million.[16] In December 1984, the station's call sign was changed to KSKQ, and it adopted a Spanish language format as "La Super KQ".[17][18][19] On August 4, 1992, its call sign was changed to KXED, and it aired a Mexican pop/contemporary format branded "La Grande".[17][20] On March 29, 1996, the station's call sign was changed to KXMG.[17] In late 1996, its format was changed from regional Mexican to Spanish oldies.[21]

Sports eraEdit

In 1997, One on One Sports Inc. of Northbrook, Illinois purchased the station and changed its format to sports, as an owned-and-operated affiliate of One-on-One Sports (later known as Sporting News Radio).[22][23] On December 19, 1997, its call sign was changed to KCTD.[17] On March 28, 2000, its call sign was changed to KMPC.[17] In 2000, One-on-One Sports was acquired by Paul Allen's Vulcan Ventures, and ownership of KMPC was transferred to Paul Allen's Rose City Radio Corporation.[24][25] On February 10, 2003, the station began to be branded "1540 The Ticket", concurrent with the launch of a new local morning show, hosted by Roger Lodge.[26]

The station covered San Diego Chargers football,[27] and selected Westwood One sports programming not carried by CBS Radio's KFWB and KLSX. Among the broadcasts that KMPC carried from Westwood One: NCAA basketball, PGA Tour golf tournament updates (mostly those covered by CBS Sports television), the Masters Tournament, NFL football (including Monday Night Football on occasion), and more.

In 2006, KMPC lost the broadcast rights to USC basketball and football to rival KSPN, and the station then acquired the local broadcast rights of the University of Notre Dame's football games from Westwood One. The station also stopped covering NASCAR races after having done so for several years.

The station's regular talk-show hosts included Tony Bruno, who began his morning show in April 2005 following the departure of Roger Lodge;[28][27] Dave Smith,[27][29] Fred Roggin,[30][31] and former USC football player Petros Papadakis.[32][33]

Former Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Ross Porter filled in for Roggin in May 2005.[31]

Roger Nadel, former GM of all-news KFWB in Los Angeles, was General Manager.[34][27][35]

In June 2006, former afternoon host and current KNBC-TV sports director Fred Roggin left KMPC, resulting in a shift in the station's daily programming lineup and the addition of a new program, the Atlanta-based 2 Live Stews.[36]

On September 5, 2006, it was announced that Sporting News Radio would be sold to American City Business Journals for an undisclosed price.[37][38] In October 2006, the station fired all local staff.[27][34]

Radio KoreaEdit

In 2007, the station was sold to P&Y Broadcasting for $33 million, and it began to air Korean language programming as "Radio Korea".[39][40][41] In April 2013, KMPC began airing Korean language broadcasts of Los Angeles Dodgers games.[42]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b 1971 Broadcasting Yearbook, Broadcasting, 1971. p. B-;22. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g History Cards for KMPC, fcc.gov. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  3. ^ Ames, Walter (1952-09-25). "KTTV Telecasts Eisenhower Talk Tonight; NBC, CBS Race for TV City Opening Honors". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  4. ^ TV-Radio Life. January 10-16, 1953. Retrieved April 29, 2019
  5. ^ "New Radio Station Goes on Air Today; KPOL to Transmit Over Frequency of 1540 Kilocycles". Los Angeles Times. 1952-09-15. Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  6. ^ Baber, David (2015). Television Game Show Hosts: Biographies of 32 Stars. McFarland & Company. p. 133. ISBN 978-1-4766-0480-0. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  7. ^ "KPOL buy brings Capital up to limit", Broadcasting. July 25, 1966. p. 58. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  8. ^ Zhito, Lee. "LP Programming", Billboard. February 27, 1961. pp. 41, 46. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  9. ^ Tiegel, Eliot. "2 L.A. Outlets Come on Strong", Billboard. June 1, 1968. p. 22. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  10. ^ "Radio Stations Enjoy 'Strings'", Billboard. August 25, 1973. pp. A-8, A-12. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  11. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1977, Broadcasting, 1977. p. C-22. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  12. ^ Herbeck, Ray, Jr. "Buses Prove Promo Boon To L.A. Outlets", Billboard. November 11, 1978. p. 40. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  13. ^ Moran, Bill. "MOR /Adult Contemporary Now Cutting Back Night Music Shows", Billboard. January 20, 1979. p. 32. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  14. ^ "L.A. KPOL Is Now KZLA", Billboard. October 13, 1979. p. 22. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  15. ^ "Los Angeles Now Boasting 4 Country Format Stations", Billboard. September 27, 1980. pp. 3, 21, 43. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  16. ^ "Changing Hands", Broadcasting. August 20, 1984. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  17. ^ a b c d e Call Sign History, fcc.gov. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  18. ^ "Street Talk", Radio & Records. January 11, 1985. p. 30. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  19. ^ McDougal, Dennis. "Radio In the Afternoon", Los Angeles Times. April 6, 1986. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  20. ^ Stark, Phyllis; Boehlert, Eric; Borzillo, Carrie. "Vox Jox", Billboard. August 22, 1992. p. 75. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  21. ^ "Format Changes & Updates", The M Street Journal. Vol. 13, No. 49. December 4, 1996. p. 1. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  22. ^ "One-On-One Sports Closes Station Deals", Radio & Records. October 10, 1997. p. 8. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  23. ^ "Format Changes & Updates", The M Street Journal. Vol. 14, No. 35. September 3, 1997. p. 1. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  24. ^ "Vulcan Prospers With One-On-One Deal", Radio & Records. December 15, 2000. p. 6. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  25. ^ Public Notice Comment – BAL-20010313AAE, fcc.gov. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  26. ^ "Roger Lodge & the NEW 1540 The Ticket Debuts Monday Feb. 10th". KMPC. Archived from the original on February 9, 2003. Retrieved May 1, 2019. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  27. ^ a b c d e Stewart, Larry. "All Local KMPC Employees Fired", Los Angeles Times. October 19, 2006. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  28. ^ Stewart, Larry. "Bruno's Return Could Be KMPC's Ticket to Success", Los Angeles Times. March 25, 2005. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  29. ^ Roderick, Kevin. "The Lowe-down", LAObserved. August 3, 2005. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  30. ^ Stewart, Larry. "Roggin to Host Radio Show", Los Angeles Times. December 5, 2001. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  31. ^ a b Stewart, Larry. "Impressive, but It's Not Rocket Science", Los Angeles Times. May 28, 2005. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  32. ^ Stewart, Larry. "Papadakis Talks a Great Game", Los Angeles Times. August 31, 2001. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  33. ^ Hoffarth, Tom. "Loud and proud", Los Angeles Daily News. January 13, 2006. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  34. ^ a b "KMPC/L.A. Drops Local Staff", All Access Music Group. October 19, 2006. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  35. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2006, Broadcasting & Cable, 2006. p. D-81. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  36. ^ "Radio: 'StarDate' explains the night", Orange County Register. June 11, 2006. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  37. ^ "Paul Allen's Vulcan unloads The Sporting News", Associated Press. NBC News. September 5, 2006. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  38. ^ "American City Business Journals buys Sporting News magazine", Birmingham Business Journal. September 5, 2006. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  39. ^ "Deal of the Week", Radio & Records. April 20, 2007. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  40. ^ "KMPC Price: $33 Million", All Access Music Group. April 12, 2007. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  41. ^ Stewart, Larry. "Can the fight match hype?", Los Angeles Times. May 4, 2007. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  42. ^ "Dodgers announce official Korean radio partner Radio Korea", MLB.com. April 2, 2013. Retrieved April 30, 2019.

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