930 Los Angeles, KHJ, KKHJ, KRTH, Don Lee, Robert W. Morgan, The Real Don Steele, Charlie Van Dyke, Roger Christian, Gary Mack, Boss Radio, 93/KHJ

93/KHJ Los Angeles: Sneak Preview | April 27-29, 1965


Here’s the one aircheck which documents the beginning of a legend. 93 KHJ. A station whose format, conceived and implemented by consultant Bill Drake, began a revolution in the way top 40 radio was presented.

While other segments of this broadcast are available in other places on the web, we have not only the audio from legends like Dave Diamond, Robert W. Morgan and The Real Don Steele, but we also are featuring a few minutes of KHJ’s previous format leading into this ‘Sneak Preview’, and a portion of the “Million Dollar Battle” – a program featuring the hits from 1950 right up to the date of the start of ‘Boss Radio’ played one year at a time. This was a program which tied together the old format with the new… and Boss Radio, 93/KHJ actually began at this program’s conclusion.

So, we have the whole enchilada this week… tell your friends – listen right here, right now!




Steve West is a 39 year veteran of broadcasting. His air work as a Jock and News Anchor includes six radio markets and over two-dozen radio stations. Steve currently works on-air for the Super Radio USA media group out of Minnesota. Steve is the founder of the Airchexx Media Group and manages Airchexx.com and Airchexx Live - the official station of Airchexx.


July 20, 2007 at 10:16 pm

Ninety-three Kay-H-Jay! Who could forget Robert W. Morgan’s greeting, “Good Morgan, Boss Angeles.” What a classic top-40 station.

July 21, 2007 at 6:00 am

Radio will never recover its dominance as an ad medium until it regains the courage to present foreground entertainment like this. Not just like this, but a music format that is not designed to fade into the background.

Rockin' Johnny White
July 31, 2007 at 6:42 am

I grew up listening to 93 KHJ when I lived in Pasadena and I didn’t know any archive sound bytes existed. After 1973 I never heard of the station again, I use to listen to this station since KHJ’s first days as a top 40 format in 1965. So I just finished putting together a KHJ tribute show together for San Diego State University ‘s radio station //WWW.KCRLIVE.com, a free form radion staion and I just did a search and came upon this remarkable broadcast. I flased back to my early days as a child and forty years later I still pretend to be a BOSS JOCK ” 93 KHJ … Los Angeles.

Craig Strong
January 16, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Multiple post! Sorry, i thought i could edit the first one and didnt realise the edited versions would appear as well. Moderators, could you delete the first two please?

July 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm

hi steve thanks for posting this ive never heard boss radio quite this way before always heard it from rds on jim

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