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KIRN
KIRN-AM.png
City of license Simi Valley, California
Broadcast area Greater Los Angeles
Branding Radio Iran
Frequency 670 (kHz)
First air date 1984
Format Ethnic Iranian
Power 5,000 watts (Day)
3,000 watts (Night)
Class B
Owner Lotus Communications
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.670amkirn.com

KIRN is a commercial radio station licensed to Simi Valley, California, broadcasting to the Greater Los Angeles area on 670 AM. KIRN airs ethnic Iranian programming.

KIRN's studios are located at the Fallbrook Mall in West Hills.

History

AM670 came on the air as KWNK in 1985, owned by Manny Cabranas(sp?). The launch was made possible when KBOI, a clear channel station in Boise, Idaho at the same frequency, agreed to lower its nighttime effective radiated power.

KWNK started as a Top 40 station as 'Top Hits 67 K.Wink', with music from Prince, Duran Duran, etc... A couple of notable program directors during that period were Jim Conlee (former PD of TenQ/KTNQ, Los Angeles), and Steve Smith.

The radio station was broadcasting 24 hours, but KBOI was bleeding over so badly, they decided to shut down at midnight. One evening, while disc jockey Kidd Kelly was talking on the air, he and the listeners of KWNK were able to also hear the DJ in Boise. Kelly did a bit on air, commenting on what the DJ on KBOI was saying.

During the summer of 1986, KWNK slowly became more of a AC station, playing music from the likes of Amy Grant, due to direct competition from Top 40 KIIS AM.

Eventually, some of the talk shows that were on Sunday nights, moved full time.

Then became a sports talk station in the mid-1990s, first carrying One-on-One Sports (now Sporting News Radio), then simulcasting the signal of "XTRA Sports 690" of the Tijuana-San Diego area. In 2001, AM690 ended the simulcast and KWNK then aired brokered-time programs for a brief period before it became "Radio Iran."

Notable Air Personalites: Hurricane Joe Light Gary Butterworth Kidd Kelly (now Maverick on KFYV/Ventura) Anthony Edwards (not the actor) Dave Skylar (Dave Montoya) Phyllis West (who died in 2008) Al Lohman (of Lohman & Barkely fame) Dr. Laura

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