KIEV AM 870
KIEV was established in February of 1933. The original owners were Reed Callister and David Cannon. KIEV broadcast from the basement of the historical Glendale hotel rent-free in exchange for advertisements. Originally at the 850 AM spot on the dial, it moved to 870 in 1934.
In the early days, some of the musical hosts on KIEV were Dick Whittinghill (later with KMPC), Dick Sinclair (KTLA) television and Don Rickles. I cannot determine what kind of music they played, it might have been big band.
In 1961, William Beaton and his sons Fred and Ron purchased the station. It moved to the third floor of the Glendale Hotel.
KIEV could be heard east to the desert country of Barstow and up the coast to Santa Barbara. It was one of the big country outlets in the 1960's. Some of the songs on country KIEV were Happy Street (Slim Whitman), Sheriff of Boone County (Kenny Rogers), King of the Road (Roger Miller), Right or Wrong (Wanda Jackson) and My Grass is Green (Roy Drusky).
During the country music days, KIEV might have been associated with KWOW in Pomona as the radio host would shift from KIEV to KWOW when both were country music stations. There might have been ownership involved at both facilities. The owners of KIEV might have had some say about the format at KWOW or they may have been "minority" owners in the KWOW operation.
The DJ's on country KIEV would go back and forth to country KWOW often. The main DJ I remember was Joe Nixon, who passed away a number of years ago.
I believe "Lou's Garage" and "Earl Scheib" car painters were other sponsors of country KIEV. I seem to recall hearing the advertisers on KIEV at one time or another.
Some of the talk show hosts on the late KIEV were Larry Moreno, Michael Medved, Ray Briem, Hugh Hewitt and Larry Cramer (spelling on him may be in error). I only remember Joe Nixon when KIEV was a country music station. There was at least eight standing country DJ's at the time.
One of the biggest Italian restaurants advertised on Country KIEV. "Little Joe's Italian Restaurant" on Broadway in Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles, was a main staple of country KIEV. The building is now an historical building.
In the advertisement they would claim the restaurant was "busy, busy, busy" all the time with people coming from far and near.
One of Little Joe's promotions was a contest; kind of a "horse race" between the country DJ's, featuring the country music host at the starting gate. In an event that sounded offical, a "race" would be called with each name of each DJ affixed to a "horse". A caller would call in and place his/her bet on a certain DJ. If that DJ placed first and the caller "won", then he/she would win dinner for two at "Little Joe's".
Sometime in the early 1970's KIEV switched to "Sports and Talk", moved to 5900 San Fernando Road and assumed an all-talk format. It increased its power from 5,000 to 10,000 watts, and again to 20,000.
George Putnam is KIEV with great dignity and outstanding ability.
They changed call letters to "News Talk Radio" "The New KRLA" January 1, 2001.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Today, it is a conservative talk station with such notables as George Putnam, Larry Marino, Stephanie Edwards, Michael Medved and Michael Reagan, son of President Ronald Reagan. On weekends, radio hosts include Ray Briem, Elmer Dills, Peter Dills, Jackie Mason and Irv Kaz.
COMMENT FROM THE AUTHOR: I do not like the fact that these stations flop around the dial. This concerns itself with KFOX at 1650, KMPC at 1540 and now KRLA at 870. The tradition is gone as far as stability. When I see KFOX, I see it at 1280AM.