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Broadcast area Los Angeles, California
Branding "K-Talk AM 1150"
Slogan Progressive Is The New Mainstream
Frequency 1150 (kHz) (also on HD Radio)
First air date January 1927 (as KMIC)
Format Talk radio
Audience share 0.6 (09 P1, R&R[1])
ERP 50,000 watts daytime, 44,000 watts nighttime
Class B
Callsign meaning K TaLK
Former callsigns KMIC (1927-1930)
KMCS (1930-1932)
KRKD (1932-1975)
KIIS-AM (1975-1980; 1984-1997)
KPRZ (1980-1984)
KXTA (1997-2005)
Affiliations Dial Global
Air America Radio
Premiere Radio Networks
Talk Radio Network
Owner Clear Channel Communications
Webcast Listen Live

KTLK (1150 AM) is a radio station licensed to Los Angeles, California, and serving Greater Los Angeles. Owned by Clear Channel Communications through Citicasters Licenses, the station brands itself as K-Talk AM 1150, broadcasting a progressive talk format.



The station features programming from Dial Global and other distributors including: Stephanie Miller, Thom Hartmann, and Randi Rhodes. Stephanie Miller's show originates from KPTK (but is produced by Dial Global). Other hosts that air live include Bill Press, Ron Reagan, Mike Malloy, and Phil Hendrie.

On weekends, the station features local hosts including Johnny Wendell (a.k.a Johnny Angel), Angela V. Shelton, Frances Callier and Mario Solis-Marich. The syndicated Star Talk Radio Show hosted by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson airs on Sunday afternoons. The station also broadcasts 4 traffic reports every hour, 24 hours a day.

Billboards for KTLK give the slogan "We Prefer The Left", in which only the left side of the billboard is occupied and the rest shows fake wood.

In addition to the usual talk lineup, KTLK airs an increasing number of sporting events. In early 2006, it inherited weeknight broadcasts of the UCLA Bruins men's basketball team, as well as all games of the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association. Both the Bruins and Sparks were heard on XETRA-AM before that station became Spanish language "W Radio." And on July 28, 2006, it was announced that the station will take over the radio broadcasts of the National Hockey League's Los Angeles Kings, starting with the 2006–07 season. KTLK had been the flagship station of the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association, but a month after the Kings deal was signed, it lost the radio rights to all-sports KSPN.

In addition to the weeknight basketball games, KTLK broadcasts additional Bruins sporting events if there is a conflict. For example, on December 27, 2006, KTLK broadcast the Emerald Bowl between UCLA and Florida State while KLAC aired the Los Angeles Lakers-Orlando Magic NBA game. In 2008, KTLK also broadcast Anaheim Ducks games due to conflicts on their regular station, KLAA, with Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim games.


KMIC, Inglewood, signed on in 1927. The call letters changed to KMCS in 1930. In 1932, new owners moved what was KRKD to the Spring Arcade building, and the two towers, with "a long-wire flattop transmitting antenna", had the KRKD letters on the side.

From 1928 to 1961, KFSG 1120 shared the KRKD transmitter. The International Church of the Foursquare Gospel bought KRKD to keep from having to share time, airing mostly secular programming. From 6 P.M. to midnight, KRKD aired services from Angelus Temple.

KRKD-FM aired the same programming as the AM station before 1966. After that, the two stations aired the same adult standards programming after 2 in the afternoon and were known as "Your Album Stations of Southern California". On its own KRKD-FM aired theatrical performances, light classical music and opera. At one point, the AM aired college football while the FM kept the album format, and when the games ended, the AM continued the album format and the FM aired theater and opera. Jack Nemo hosted a rock and roll from 10 p.m. to midnight on weekdays.

KRKD-AM was a Mutual Broadcasting System affiliate. The Foursquare Church sold KRKD-AM in 1970 and changed KRKD-FM to KFSG (now KXOL). After four decades, the KRKD-AM call letters changed to KIIS after Combined Communications (which was later absorbed by Gannett Company), the owners of KIIS-FM bought the station and changed it to soft rock. Then the station became Christian radio KPRZ ("K-Pray").

In the early 1980s, KMPC dropped its adult standards format and fired its DJs. Dick Whittinghill, Gary Owens, Johnny Magnus and Pete Smith moved to KPRZ, which took over the KMPC music and called it "The Music of Your Life". Whttinghill would complain about "all that noise down the hall at sister station KIIS-FM". If the door to the KPRZ studios was open, the Top 40 music on KIIS could even be heard in the background on the AM station.

KMPC returned to standards a few years later, which hurt KPRZ. The station ended its standards format New Year's Eve 1984 and became KIIS-AM again.[2] Prior to that, 1150 AM broadcast contemporary hit music as KIIS, and in the mid 80s, it was transmitting its programming in AM stereo, complete with an AM version of the "Hot Hits" jingle package which had been produced for its sister FM station, which carried a virtual simulcast of its programming, although with different DJs [3].

In 1997, KIIS-AM became sports radio KXTA, the flagship station of the Los Angeles Dodgers.[2] The KIIS call letters would later resurface in Santa Clarita in 1998, with another simulcast of KIIS-FM (that station is now known as KHTS, having changed its call letters in 2003).

XTRA Sports 1150 flipped to Fox Sports 1150 for a time.

In 2003, KXTA, by this time a Clear Channel Communications station, was falling off in the ratings and had lost the Dodgers to KFWB. KXTA flipped back to XTRA Sports, this time on both 1150 AM and 690 AM, the successful XTRA in San Diego.[4]

On February 4, 2005, Clear Channel conducted a far-reaching format swap of three radio stations in the area. The XTRA Sports format moved to AM 570, where it retains its call letters of KLAC. It had the slogan XTRA Sports 570, but is now known as just AM 570. AM 690 took on KLAC's previous format, an adult standards station called The Fabulous 570 and redubbed The Fabulous 690.

On February 4, 2008, KTLK altered several of its time slots. Marc Germain, also known as "Mr. K," was removed from the lineup and replaced by Rachel Maddow from 3 to 6 p.m. Mike Malloy's show was returned to the station. Finally, Phil Hendrie's show was returned to the lineup, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Ed Schultz was dropped.[5] The station removed its award-winning and popular weeknight show "Harrison on the Edge," hosted by Cary Harrison [6] and produced by Linda Blake[7] on February 27, 2007 after an 18-month run.

Other KTLK stations

Despite sharing call letters and owner with KTLK-FM in Minneapolis, the two stations air opposing political viewpoints, as the Minneapolis station's schedule includes shows hosted by Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and other right-leaning hosts.

In 1965, the call letters KTLK originally operated at 1280 on the AM dial in Denver. That station was among the first talk formated radio stations nationally. Later, the call sign moved to 760AM; that station is now another progressive talk outlet owned by Clear Channel, KKZN.


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