710 KMPC

640 KFI and 710 KMPC Los Angeles: A Car Radio Recording | November 13, 1978

While 93 KHJ was desperately trying to hold on as a Top 40 stations, other AM stations sounded incredible. Not included on this composite – which is really mostly KMPC – is the other competitor that for a short while gave everyone a run for their money, KTNQ Ten-Q. You’ll hear two breaks from Tim Kelly on the “Super 64”, and the rest is all personality driven Geoff Edwards on KMPC. This is mid-day, just before lunchtime and listen to how sold out KMPC is! Also listen to how Edwards weaves the Mickey Mouse contest in and out of records, then airs ALL the contestants who call till the one gives the right answer! No, radio isn’t done this way anymore, that requires a personality who can communicate, and a live body on the air to do it. Expensive for the sta...

Gary Owens on KMPC Los Angeles | August 1, 1969 (corrected)

It’s wierd, listening to this era once again. While there is a ton of history associated with the few monster Top 40 stations of the day, such as WABC, WLS and KHJ, less is available about the more, Middle Of the Road (MOR) stations heard in at the start of the 70s. KMPC was owned by Country & Western star Gene Autry. In addition to movies and singing, Autry was also a broadcaster. KMPC could possibly be compared in sound & format to the old WNEW Eleven Three Oh in New York… at least in the area of on-air presentation. This was a personality-oriented station that never achieved, or even tried, to compete musically, with crosstown KHJ or KFWB. And despite the fact that KMPC was always known as an adult station, it always had a loyal following, and some big named person...

Geoff Edwards, 710 KMPC Los Angeles | November 13, 1978 Pt. 2

Part 2 of the Geoff Edwards show on KMPC. More classic commercials, in a laid-back MOR format which includes lots of phone calls for a Disneyland contest. Audio quality is even better than in part 1. As a special treat, Wink Martindale is heard doing two breaks at the end of this aircheck as he was on after Edwards this particular day.

Geoff Edwards, 710 KMPC Los Angeles | November 13, 1978

Our first aircheck of KMPC brings us to the year 1978. Geoff Edwards does a great show. He’s a wonderful communicator, as evidenced by this recording. Interestingly enough, we haven’t received too many recordings like this. This was made by someone putting a table microphone in front of a radio speaker. You can hear talking in a few places, and some strange banging noises about mid-way through. Despite this, the quality of this aircheck is quite good and the extra outside noise doesn’t detract from the overall sound of KMPC through a radio speaker. I found, while listening with my better half editing this that the best part of this aircheck has to be the old commercials. You’ll find yourself singing along to the Beneficial Finance (toot toot!) spot. Many more are qu...