We’re going all the way back to the Summer of 1967 for this clip of KRLA! Known for boosting the careers of such famous deejays as Casey Casem (of “American Top 40” fame), then-future game show host Wink Martindale (WHBQ Memphis), Bill Ballance (KFWB ‘Color Radio 98’) and even Dick Biondi – best known for his days at the Big 89 WLS in Chicago, KRLA boasted a large audience for it’s time. KRLA’s biggest days undoubtedly were in the 1960s when it aired a Top 40 format. A second ‘heyday’, if you will, occurred in the early 80s when KRLA became an Oldies station.
This is a short, 5 minute (processed and restored) clip of the Charlie O Show on KRLA. I personally love the format heard here. It’s not the short, compact Drake format that KHJ Los Angeles and other RKO stations adopted, rather, a personality oriented and relatively tight Top 40 format. Listen for a rare Beatles cut, the Pick Hit of the Week!
There’s nothing left of the heritage of the old 1110 KRLA, as the station was purchased by the Walt Disney Company and for a while was an ESPN outlet. It has been airing Children’s programming as “Radio Disney” since the beginning of 2003. The old KRLA call letters are also gone, replaced first by KSPN (reflecting the ESPN Sports Programming) and then KDIS which it is today.
The KRLA call letters are currently in use in on 870 AM in Glendale, California. That station airs a News/Talk format and has no historical connection to Pasadena’s AM 1110.