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KSUR (1260 kHz, "L.A. Oldies K-SURF") is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Beverly Hills, California, and broadcasting to the Greater Los Angeles Area. KSUR is owned by Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters and airs an oldies radio format.[1]

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CityBeverly Hills, California
Broadcast areaLos Angeles County
BrandingL.A. Oldies K-SURF
Frequency1260 kHz
Translator(s)K252FO (98.3 MHz, Los Angeles)
Repeater(s)105.1-2 KKGO-HD2
First air dateOctober 19, 1947 (1947-10-19)
Power20,000 watts (day)
7,500 watts (night)
Facility ID43937
Transmitter coordinates34°14′57″N 118°27′14″W / 34.24917°N 118.45389°W / 34.24917; -118.45389Coordinates: 34°14′57″N 118°27′14″W / 34.24917°N 118.45389°W / 34.24917; -118.45389
Former callsigns
  • KGIL (1947–1993)
  • KJQI (1993–1995)
  • KNNS (1995–1997)
  • KGIL (1997–2000)
  • KJAZ (2000–2002)
  • KSUR (2002–2005)
  • KKGO (2005–2007)
  • KMZT (2/2007–10/2007)
  • KGIL (2007–2011)
  • KMZT (2011–2016)
  • KBOQ (2016–2017)
OwnerMount Wilson FM Broadcasters
Sister stationsKKGO
(Also programs KKJZ for California State University, Long Beach)
WebcastMP3 format, AAC format, Web player

KSUR's transmitter is located on Lassen Street in Mission Hills, Los Angeles. On June 11, 2017, the station started broadcasting in HD on 1260 AM and in March 2018, began simulcasting to the western San Fernando Valley on K252FO 98.3 after the FCC granted a transmitter and frequency move from 95.1 in Monterey.[2] KSUR is also simulcast on the HD-2 channel of sister station 105.1 KKGO.[3]

Station historyEdit

KGIL began broadcasting October 19, 1947, on 1260 kHz with 1,000 watts of power full-time. The station was licensed to San Fernando Valley Broadcasting Company, with studios and executive offices at 4919 Van Nuys Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, California.[4]

At that time, it aired a big band music format. KGIL aired other formats including talk until 1993.

From 1993 to 1995, it had the call letters KJQI, playing adult standards music. In 1995, it became K-NEWS, simulcasting with XESURF Tijuana (then with call letters XETIN) and now-defunct KNNZ in Costa Mesa, California. K-NEWS was an all-news radio service with content from the Associated Press or local announcers Peter Arbogast, Jim Roope, and H.K. Malay. K-NEWS was also the home of the Los Angeles Clippers and had an unprecedented 8 traffic reports an hour, causing competitors KNX and KFWB to add more traffic reports to their schedules. In late 1996, the station reverted to the KGIL call letters and hosted an all-Beatles lineup for seven months. The station then went all Broadway show tunes in August 1997 to sometime in 1998.[5] The station then switched to Music of Your Life[6] before going to a mainstream jazz format, with the call letters KJAZ, in 2000. Then, in 2002, it took on the call letters KSUR and began broadcasting an adult standards format, changing its call letters to KKGO in 2005. From August 2004 to June 2005 the station played an oldies format playing music from the 1950s and 1960s.[5]

On December 1, 2006, KKGO changed to a country music format, filling the void left behind when KZLA became rhythmic adult contemporary as KMVN earlier in 2006. On February 26, 2007, KKGO swapped call signs and formats with FM sister station KMZT, moving the country music format to 105.1 FM, and the classical format known as "K-Mozart" to 1260 AM and to a new HD channel at 105.1 HD2. On October 29, 2007, KMZT changed its calls back to KGIL and flipped formats from classical to talk radio, with Michael Jackson as the headline host. Jackson was laid off from the station about a year later and replaced by John Ziegler, who left after a few months. Aside from Jackson and Ziegler, the bulk of KGIL's programming was syndicated, mostly of second-tier programs left over from what KFI, KRLA and KABC did not want.

On November 27, 2007, KGIL started simulcasting on XESURF 540AM, which flipped from classic country music.[7]

Owner Saul Levine decided to return KGIL to a music format after the debut of a similar talk radio format on KFWB, which took place in September 2009. On August 27, 2009, the station switched to a mix of oldies and adult standards as "Retro 1260." Mornings had John Regan, middays had Gary Hollis, afternoons had Kimber Murphy, followed by Chuck Southcott, who had worked at KGIL from 1962 to 1975. Retro 1260 emphasized vocals and played Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, The Beatles, and The Beach Boys, as well as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Steve Tyrell, and Michael Feinstein. On March 28, 2011, the Los Angeles Times reported that the station would begin airing classical music on April 4.[8] The final song on Retro 1260 was "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" by Keely Smith at 11:58 p.m. on April 3, 2011.[9] Retro 1260 now is available as an Internet stream at and on KKGO 105.1 HD3.

In addition to the music, KGIL was the Los Angeles-area affiliate for California Golden Bears football and had aired games of the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Kings in the past to resolve time conflicts with other stations.

KMZT aired a classical music radio format that was also heard on sister station KMZT-FM 95.9 MHz in Big Sur, California.[1]

On August 19, 2016, KMZT switched to an adult standards format and rebranded as "Unforgettable 1260," duplicating the format and branding of sister station KNRY 1240 AM in Monterey.[10] On September 7, 2016, KMZT changed call letters to KBOQ. Those call letters previously belonged to a classic hits station owned by Saul Levine in Monterey. That station is now KDFG and is owned by USC.

On March 17, 2017, the station flipped to oldies as "LA Oldies K-SURF."[11] On March 20, 2017, KBOQ changed their call letters to KSUR.


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  2. ^ "K236BK-FM 95.1 MHz - Monterey, CA". Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-01-28. Retrieved 2015-09-15. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) HD Radio Guide for Los Angeles
  4. ^ "KGIL, San Fernando 1-KW Outlet, Starts" (PDF). Broadcasting. October 20, 1947. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  5. ^ a b REC Broadcast Query
  6. ^ Judith Gross, "Music of Your Life Gets a Second Wind," Billboard, 08/08/98, Vol. 110 Issue 32, p. 67.
  7. ^ "On the radio: Dr. Drew Pinsky adds KGIL to his practice" Archived 2007-12-11 at the Wayback Machine, Orange County Register, November 22, 2007
  8. ^ "Classical music to get a second radio outlet in L.A. area". Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ "On Air Playlist – Retro 1260 AM playlist for April 3, 2011". TuneGenie.
  10. ^ Adult Standards Returns to Los Angeles RadioInsight – August 17, 2016
  11. ^ K-Surf Goes Full-Time Oldies on KBOQ RadioInsight. March 20, 2017

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