103.5 Los Angeles KOST Mark Wallengren Kim Amidon

Joshua Escandone, KOST 103.5 Los Angeles | January 16, 1999


Contributed by Big Apple Airchecks - Thanks!Here’s another in a series of KOST airchecks contributed by Matt over at Big Apple Airchecks – this time featuring Joshua Escandone.

As the 90s drew to a close, almost every market had a soft AC, playing very sleepy, mostly slow, albeit modern music with an occasional uptempo song. Most were top billing stations with real personalities who were allowed to do more than read liners, yet not go into an uptempo talkup over the music. Like the format or not, these stations usually were one of the top rated stations in their respective markets, within their demographics – much of it attributed to at-work listening.

KOST owned it’s demo in Los Angeles. The morning show of Mark & Kim was one of the most respected in the market. The rest of the day wasn’t too shabby either.

As of this writing, KOST station owner Clear Channel Communications is well on it’s way to being sold to SOMEONE in a private buyout deal, and it appears that CC is gutting most of the top stations in an effort to maximize profits. A number of high-profile personalites at many of it’s stations have raised the ire of listeners and some inside the industry… perhaps most notably (for us at Airchexx, anyway) was the recent firing of Kim Amidon from KOST. We hope she’s doing well… but given her impressive numbers for so many years doing wakeups, we think she’ll do fine.

This aircheck is part of a series intended to give KOST listeners a feel for what their favorite station sounded like, from a time not so long ago



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.


December 19, 2007 at 7:27 pm

I got this aircheck in trade from John Yanagi a year or so ago, and it just shows how good KOST was. This is what all soft rock/AC stations should sound like. When Jhani Kaye was PD, he took great pride in the sound of the station, including the jingles.

Donovan Tildesley
December 30, 2007 at 6:11 pm

The correct spelling is Escandon. After KOST, Joshua handled middays (and then possibly PM drive) at KBIG, before moving over to K-Earth 101 where he currently holds down early afternoons. Listening to him now on K-Earth, its hard to believe its the same guy as you hear on this aircheck!

February 7, 2009 at 8:54 am

Even the commercial bits were nostalgic…Robinson’s-May, Southern California’s last homegrown deparment store chain, is now completely gone.

So many times I ate in restaurants where KOST was blasting over the PA. Mostly Chinese restaurants for some reason, now that I think about it…

May 23, 2010 at 12:46 pm

I love the weather bed here

May 24, 2010 at 8:36 am

I was going to say that his name is Joshua Escandon….but I see someone tried to make that correction….two and a half years ago.


June 1, 2010 at 9:46 am

There is no “e” at the end of “Escandon”.

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