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City of license Beverly Hills, California
Broadcast area Los Angeles, California
Branding Retro 1260
Frequency 1260 (kHz)
First air date 1947
Format Adult Standards/Oldies
ERP 20,000 watts (Day)
7,500 watts (Night)
Class B
Owner Mount Wilson Broadcasting
Sister stations KKGO, XESURF
(Also programs KKJZ for California State University, Long Beach)
Webcast Listen Live Retro 1260

KGIL (1260 AM) is a radio station licensed to Beverly Hills, California, and broadcasting to the Los Angeles Metro area from a transmitter in Mission Hills. KGIL airs a mix of oldies and adult standards


Station history

KGIL signed on in 1947 airing a big band music format. KGIL aired other formats including talk until 1993.

From 1993 to 1995, it had the call letters KJQI, playing Adult Standards music. In 1995, it became K-NEWS, simulcasting with XESURF (then with call letters XETIN) and now-defunct KNNZ in Costa Mesa. K-NEWS was an all-news radio service with content from the Associated Press and local announcers Peter Arbogast, Jim Roope, and H.K. Malay. K-NEWS was also the home of the Los Angeles Clippers and had an unprecedented 8 traffic reports an hour, causing competitors KNX and KFWB to add more traffic reports to its lineup. In 1997, the station reverted to the KGIL call letters and hosted an all-Beatles lineup for seven months. The station then went All Broadway Show tunes in August 1997 to Sometime in 1998.[1] The station then switched to Music of Your Life[2] before going to a mainstream jazz format, with the call letters KJAZ, in 2000. Then, in 2002, it took on the call letters KSUR and began broadcasting an adult standards format, changing its call letters to KKGO in 2005. From August 2004 to June 2005 the Station Played an oldies format playing music from the 1950s and 1960s. [1]

On December 1, 2006, KKGO changed to a country music format, filling the void left behind when KZLA became rhythmic adult contemporary as KMVN earlier in 2006. On February 26, 2007, KKGO swapped callsigns and formats with FM sister station KMZT, moving the country music format to 105.1 FM, and the Classical format known as "K-Mozart" to 1260 AM and to a new HD channel at 105.1 HD2. On October 29, 2007, KMZT changed its calls back to KGIL and flipped formats from classical to talk radio, with Michael Jackson as the headline host. Jackson was laid off from the station about a year later and replaced by John Ziegler, who left after a few months. Aside from Jackson and Ziegler, the bulk of KGIL's programming was syndicated, mostly of second-tier programs left over from what KFI, KRLA and KABC did not want.

On November 27, 2007, KGIL started simulcasting on XESURF 540AM, which flipped from classic country music. [3]

Owner Saul Levine decided to return KGIL to a music format after the debut of a similar talk radio format on KFWB, which would take place in September 2009. On August 27, 2009, the station switched to a mix of "true oldies" and adult standards as "Retro 1260." As of August 31, Mike Sakellarides, heard for 25 years on KOST-FM, is the new morning man, followed in middays by Kimber Murphy. Jeff Serr, formerly of KMGG, KBIG, and KODJ, does afternoons, Chuck Southcott. Retro 1260 emphasizes vocals and plays Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, the Beatles, and the Beach Boys, as well as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Steve Tyrell, and Michael Feinstein. As of September 4, 2009, KGIL streams online at


In addition, KGIL airs California Golden Bears football and airs Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Kings games when their respective flagship stations (KSPN and KTLK) cannot do so. According to the station's website, KGIL also planned to add NASCAR racing as the local radio affiliate at some point, but it instead shifted the races to the HD2 subchannel of KKGO. As of the fall of 2009, KKGO's HD2 channel was airing the former K-Mozart classical music format.

Also, neither station has aired the Bears' bowl games the last two years, the 2007 Armed Forces Bowl and the 2008 Emerald Bowl, instead opting to stick with regular programming. The games could be heard on the respective ESPN Radio affiliates, KSPN and XESPN, with the network announcers.


  1. ^ a b REC Broadcast Query
  2. ^ Judith Gross, "Music of Your Life Gets a Second Wind," Billboard, 08/08/98, Vol. 110 Issue 32, p. 67.
  3. ^ "On the radio: Dr. Drew Pinsky adds KGIL to his practice", Orange County Register, November 22, 2007

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