1580 KDAY

Composite: 1580 AM Stereo KDAY Santa Monica/Los Angeles | 1989

Contributed by Jeffrey James Holland on CD, here’s one we know virtually nothing about. KDAY was a somewhat legendary Top 40 station in the 60s and 70s, but here in 1989 it’s an Urban station playing mainly rap and a few slow jams. There’s three jocks highlighted along with the stop sets with ads tailored to the African American community. Not sure how popular the station was in ’89, but it is notable that they were promoting themselves as an AM Stereo station. We give them extra credit for that! If you know the details of this or any KDAY broadcast from that time period, we’d appreciate your comments below.

Jim Maddux, 1580 KDAY Los Angeles | March 15, 1976

Despite it’s years as a mainly R&B and Soul station, 1580 KDAY would earn it’s place in the sun as what could be termed the very first “Rock 40” format – some 8 years before WLS Chicago earned the format title. The format was relatively short lived, two or three years, from what I remember people telling me, but in some ways, KDAY became legendary, if not for the Rock 40 format, for it’s ‘first in the nation’ Rap format which followed on from roughly 1977 through the 1990s. This recording is from the end of the Rock 40 format. Not knowing much more about the background of this station, I’ll once again invite our West Coast ‘expert’ to share his thoughts, and perhaps you have some personal memories of this AM Rocker that...