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City of license Los Angeles, California
Broadcast area Greater Los Angeles Area
Branding TalkRadio 790 KABC
Slogan Talkradio with Passion
Frequency 790 kHz
First air date April 14, 1925 (as KFVF)
Format News/Talk
ERP 5,000 watts
Class B
Facility ID 33254
Transmitter coordinates 34°01′41″N 118°22′22″W / 34.02806°N 118.37278°W / 34.02806; -118.37278Coordinates: 34°01′41″N 118°22′22″W / 34.02806°N 118.37278°W / 34.02806; -118.37278
Callsign meaning K American Broadcasting Company
(former owner)
Affiliations ABC News, Los Angeles Dodgers Radio Network
Owner Citadel Broadcasting
(Radio License Holing VI, LLC)
Sister stations KLOS
Webcast Listen Live

KABC 790 AM is a Los Angeles radio station, and a West Coast flagship station for the Citadel Broadcasting company. A pioneer of the talk radio format, the station went "all-talk" in 1960 and was one of the first stations to do so. KABC is owned by Citadel Broadcasting.

KABC first went on the air on April 14, 1925 as KVFV. On November 15, 1929 the station was sold to Earle C. Anthony, a local car dealer who already owned KFI-AM 640. Anthony changed KVFV's call letters to reflect his initials, KECA. In the early 1940s, new FCC rules prohibited any entity from owning more than one radio station. ABC bought the station in 1944, changing the call letters to KABC in 1954.

KABC has been the base of operation for many influential radio hosts, including early talk polemicists Joe Pyne and Louis Lomax, Ira Fistel, Michael Jackson, whose talk show attracted celebrities, politicians, and newsmakers of all types, pioneering radio psychologists Dr. Toni Grant and David Viscott, and more recent syndicated hosts including Dennis Prager (now with NewsTalk 870 KRLA and the Salem Radio Network), John and Ken (on KFI before their stint on KABC and now currently back on KFI) and Larry Elder. In the 1980s, Jackson, Grant and Viscott were also syndicated nationwide on ABC Radio's talk radio network.

From 1974-97, it was also the station of the Los Angeles Dodgers and their hall-of-fame broadcaster Vin Scully. In 2008, the Dodgers Radio Network returned to KABC.

Though a prominent Los Angeles signal, KABC declined in the ratings following the station's takeover by Disney in December 1996.

Disney replaced longtime management personnel (including 16-year General Manager George Green, who started as a KABC Salesman in 1959) with Disney corporate selections. The station has consistently lagged behind KFI, the other major talk station in Los Angeles. The station, which was owned by The Walt Disney Company's ABC Radio came under ownership of Citadel Broadcasting when the companies merged in 2006. The station remains an ABC affiliate.

In April 2007, administrators at Academia Semillas del Pueblo (ASDP) in the Los Angeles suburb El Sereno filed a defamation lawsuit against KABC and then-morning host Doug McIntyre, claiming McIntyre "targeted the school for destruction because the children were Latino, the teachers were Latino, the principal director was Latino" [1] The lawsuit alleged school employees received death threats and that the school was the target of a bomb threat because of McIntyre's extensive on-air criticism of the school, in which he accused ASDP of espousing a racist and separatist Anti-American philosophy.[2]. The suit was dismissed in January, 2008.


Current programming

Current KABC personalities include Peter Tilden, Frosty, Heidi & Frank, Sean Hannity, John Phillips, Joe Scarborough, Mark Levin and Don Imus.(For a complete list of shows see

KABC's news team includes News Director and morning anchor Mark Austin Thomas, mid-day anchor Debra Mark, afternoon anchor Dave Williams and reporters Michael Linder and Jo Kwon.

KABC is the flagship station of the Los Angeles Dodgers. It broadcast Dodgers games from the time when the station was outbid by KXTA (now KTLK). After some years on KFWB, the team returned to KABC in 2008.[3]

Although KABC and KSPN no longer have the same ownership, "710ESPN" reached out to KABC to air Games 3 and 5 of the 2008 World Series because KSPN was committed to other live sports events.


KABC is notable for having a diverse set of talk show hosts including African-American civil rights attorney Leo Terrell, novelist John Batchelor, Los Angeles Zagat Survey editor Merrill Shindler and automotive expert Leon Kaplan who in January, 2010 celebrated thirty years of broadcasting on KABC.

Broadcast Range

KABC is received in the Los Angeles basin and throughout most of Southern California west of the San Jacinto mountains (partially audible in the Coachella Valley such as Palm Springs), its signal reaches San Diego and as far north as Delano in Kern County. It's night-time coverage is in most of the West Coast states like Oregon and Washington state; parts of Arizona and Nevada.


  1. ^ Academia Semillas del Pueblo and Marcos Aguilar v. Douglas McIntyre, ABC, Inc., et al., Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, Case No.: BC 369626
  2. ^ Los Angeles Times, Apr. 19, 2007, page B4
  3. ^ Los Angeles Times, Oct. 24, 2007, page D8

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