By David Fiorella
Updates: Gary Wilson
In the 1960's, for commuters to the Antelope Valley, those who loved "Top 40" Rock n Roll would normally be listening to KHJ, KRLA or KFWB. As you traveled north on the Antelope Valley Freeway or the old Sierra Highway you would start to lose the signal of these stations. Just out of their radius was a little station further up the dial -- where you could retain "Top 40" hits of that day.
KUTY was at 1470 AM in Palmdale on Avenue 6. The original moniker of KUTY was "Radio 147" Palmdale-Lancaster.
Some of the songs that made up KUTY were Yellow Submarine (Beatles), You Were On My Mind (We Five), Runaround Sue (Dion), Eve of Destruction (Barry McGuire), New Orleans (Gary U.S. Bonds) and Girl From Ipanema (Stan Getz), to name a few.
In the early 1970s KUTY was in heavy competition with KAVL (610 AM). One day, the station switched to a "Cutie Country" and went into full competition with Mojave radio country giant KDOL-AM and FM. Some tunes on "Cutie Country" were Queen Of the House (Jody Miller), I Am A Lonesome Fugitive (Merle Haggard), Made in Japan (Buck Owens), Sink The Bismarck (Johnny Horton), The End Of The World Skeeter Davis; and Wrong Ideas by Brenda Lee.
KUTY was advertised periodically at swap meets such as the Four Corners Swap Meet east of Palmdale. They would sponsor other events throughout the Antelope Valley, particularly the Lancaster County Fairgrounds. This property was owned by the community of Lancaster and Los Angeles County. Lancaster has incorporated into a city since then.
With the advent of KTPI-FM 103.1 and KVOY AM 1340 the demise of "Cutie Country" started. By the late 1980s and early 1990s, the demographics of the Antelope Valley were fastly changing and the ownership flipped KUTY to a Spanish format with ranchero type music.
KUTY simulcast Lancaster Jethawks baseball games with KHJJ (1380 AM) talk radio. At the time, this was the only English broadcasting on 1470. All the rest of the programming was exclusively Spanish.
Station was affiliated with the Miami based Radio Unica network 2000-2003. Then it became Radio Lazer 1470, playing Regional Mexican music again. It was affiliated with the Oxnard based Radio Lazer Network.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: KUTY-AM became a English language News-Talk station February 2005, featuring a local morning show, discussing Antelope Valley topics, giving local news and traffic reports. NewsTalk 1470 also carried syndicated programs like The O'Reilly Factor, Sean Hannity, Michael Reagan, Kim Komando, and various hosts from the Radio America network.
KUTY flipped back to Regional Mexican in September 2007. It is now known as La Mera Mera ("the Best of the Best"). Special thanks to Gary Wilson for this update.
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