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City of license Orange, California
Broadcast area Los Angeles area
Branding AM 830
Frequency 830 kHz(also on HD Radio)
First air date January 9, 1986
Format News/talk/sports
Power 50,000 watts day
20,000 watts night
Class B
Facility ID 50516
Transmitter coordinates 33°55′43.00″N 117°36′57.00″W / 33.92861°N 117.61583°W / 33.92861; -117.61583
Callsign meaning Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
(station owner)
Former callsigns KSRT (1986-1991)
KPLS (1991-2003)
KMXE (2003-2006)
Affiliations NBC Radio (a subsidiary of Westwood One)
Owner Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
(LAA 1, LLC)
Webcast listen live

KLAA is a talk radio station licensed to the city of Orange, California, and broadcasting at 830 AM. It is owned by LAA 1, LLC, comprised of the owners of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball team, held separately from the baseball club.

The current format is a mix of sports talk and general talk programs. Roger Lodge hosts a morning show and Jeff Biggs is the host in mid-afternoons and evenings. Lodge came to the station on March 31, 2008. Shows about fishing and horse racing air on weekends. The eventual plan is to make the station into an all-sports station to compete with KSPN and KLAC.[1]

Previously, KLAA had some general talk shows like those hosted by Rusty Humphries, Glenn Beck, Dr. Roy Masters and Michael Savage, as well as brokered programming.

Also on the station lineup is "Insight with Brian Oxman and Kathryn Milofsky". This program is a mix of current affairs, arts,entertainment and the politics of sport. Brian Oxman is a criminal defense attorney and he is also a Professor of Law at Irvine University. Kathryn Milofsky is a British TV host/ producer who has worked at the BBC, GMTV and CBS.

Ridin' Dirty, a show dedicated to helping people to avoid drunk driving arrests.

KLAA broadcasts as a full-power 50,000 watt AM radio station during the daytime. However, at nighttime it drops to 20,000 watts and switches to a directional antenna which projects most of the signal to the west. This is done to protect "clear channel" WCCO in Minneapolis. As such, it is the only Orange County station that decently covers Los Angeles County.

The station does not have a general manager or program director as traditionally defined in the radio business. The station's GM is Angels' President Dennis Kuhl.[1]



830 AM first came on air on January 9, 1986 as KSRT, a Spanish language news station. The station was directional day and night, with day power of 2,500 watts and 1,000 watts night. Former National Football League placekicker Danny Villanueva was co-owner and general manager. The transmitter site was at Oak Flat in the Santa Ana Mountains between Sierra Peak and Santiago Peak. While mountain tops are good for FM transmission, AM stations need low, flat land for best signal propagation. The low power and Oak Flat location yielded a poor signal for KSRT.

In 1991, the station was sold to Children's Radio Network and became KPLS "Radio AAHS" and was part of the first nationwide network of radio programs for children. The downfall of Radio AAHS came when the Walt Disney Company established a competitor, Radio Disney. After the sign-off of Radio AAHS in January 1998, the parent company, Children's Broadcasting Corporation, needed programming for the network of stations until they could find buyers. KPLS and the other nine CBC-owned and operated Radio AAHS stations flipped to "Beat Radio", which broadcast electronic dance music 12 hours a day.

KPLS was sold in late October 1998 to Catholic Family Radio and adopted a Catholic talk format. During this period, the station was owned by John Lynch, father of the veteran National Football League cornerback of the same name. Lynch was former CEO of Noble Broadcasting of San Diego.

In 2000 the station was granted a power increase by the FCC. A new transmitter site was built east of Orange in Chino, California that broadcasts 50,000 watts non-directional day and 20,000 watts directional nights.

KPLS' programming foundered and it transitioned to a conservative talk station as "HotTalk 830 – LA's Conservative Voice" which featured Laura Ingraham and Michael Savage. KPLS had close ties to the Orange County community and was the flagship station of the Anaheim Ducks hockey team.

In 2003, the station was sold to Radiovisa Corp. for $38 million and flipped to a Spanish-language station that operated as KMXE. It was the Angels' flagship station in that language. Its slogan was "¡Así Se Habla!".

The station sold again in February 2006 for $44 million, this time to LAA1, LLC headed by Angels Baseball owner Arte Moreno, which changed the call letters to KLAA. The station added English-language programs in the summer of 2006 and gradually phased out Spanish-language shows except for some sporting events. The general talk format lasted from fall of 2007 to March 30, 2008 when the station went to full English-language programming, mostly sports talk, live sports and some paid programs.

Today, KSRT is a Spanish-language station in Cloverdale, California and KMXE is a classic rock station near Billings, Montana.


In 2006–07, it assumed the broadcast rights for the Anaheim Ducks, a National Hockey League team.[2] That team went on to win the Stanley Cup in June 2007.

In October 2007, the Angels announced that KLAA would carry Angels games in English starting with the 2008 season.[3] Some Angels games had already been aired in English, the first of which was on September 16, 2006. They aired the team's Saturday games during September and October when KSPN, the flagship from 2003 to 2007, carried USC Trojans football. Before that, it aired Angels games in Spanish, as well as some games of the pro soccer team the Los Angeles Galaxy, to fulfill contractual obligations to both teams. KLAA was believed to be the only station in the U.S. to broadcast play-by-play of sports events in two languages. (In 2008, Angels and Galaxy games in Spanish moved to KWKW, and the Dodgers relocated from KWKW to KHJ.)

On September 10, 2007, KLAA began carrying games of the NFL on Westwood One on Monday nights.[4] However, it did not carry the full schedule because of some conflicts with the Ducks. KLAA will air selected NFL Sunday games in 2009 and has picked up the local broadcast rights to Notre Dame Fighting Irish football.



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