Radio Stations, Los Angeles
Although radio is, arguably, no longer the most important medium for communication here in the city (and moreover of the US), radio does serve a great purpose: to help commuters unwind while dealing with traffic on the highways and streets. In L.A. the car radio is essential, almost as necessary as the rear view mirror (well, not quite!).
Perhaps, a way to judge a city is to get acquainted to her radio frequency . So, how does L.A. rate? Rather diverse but very eclectic and funky! I would say "very diverse"- except it is in some aspects too monotonous to merit clear diversity.
When coming here, it would be good to know the lowdown of kinds of stations. I'm quite the flipper of stations but here are a good mix of some on which I stop from time to time:
myFM- 104.3 ( adult contemporary music, lots of 90s pop/soft rock songs, some favorite plays are Madonna & Sting, maybe the most diverse station for overall popular music)
KOST- 103.5 (like myFM but much more into the love songs, very Phil Collins & Chicago happy!)
KIIS- 102.7 (pop/top 40, praise or blame this station for having Ryan Seacrest of American Idol do the morning show live!)
KCRW- 89.9 (eclectic music/political commentary based from Santa Monica. Experimental and eclectic alternative music from less commercial artists are favored. Some world music is played. This is also the outlet for progressive media, NPR.)
KLOS- 95.5 (classic rock, mostly 70s and 80s rock but 90s coming more into play. Hear Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Rush & Pink Floyd here)
More stations on next tip!
More FM station lowdown:
KGGI 99.1 (modern contemporary R&B/ hip hop/electro-dance pop. Hear Rihanna, Flo Rida, Nicki Minaj, etc)
KROQ 106.9 (alternative rock, most popular & commercial of the alternative stations. It host popular yearly concerts, such the the Weenie Roast, which draw famous acts. Tune into No Doubt, The Killers, The Cure, Linkin Park...)
JACK FM 93.1 (a kind of godsend for someone like me plays such contrasts of music song by song. Go from hearing a conga pop Gloria Estefan tune to "Bohemian Rhapsody" to radio-friendly rap to an 80s Def Leppard power ballad as if it isn't strange at all!)
The Sound FM 100.3 ( a newer option playing adult contemporary rock, like songs by Peter Gabriel, Tom Petty and Dave Matthews Band)
K-Earth Oldies 101 101.1 (classic pop/rock, think "Love Me Do" by the Beatles and similar)
Go Country! 105.1 (a newer station dedicated to country music, both modern/contemporary and classic country played throughout the day. Get your fix of Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood and George Strait among others!)
Super Estrella 107.1 (musica en espanol, listen to popular pop/rock in Spanish by Mana, Cristian Castro, Selena, Shakira, etc )
Radio stations constantly change. Check updates on website and recheck on web search. I'll try to update as well.
Los Angeles has the best radio station in the U.S.....hands down.
Publicly financed KCRW runs a fascinating array of programs. Midday is chock full of news programs, some world(BBC, NPR), and some local; while the mornings and evenings run progressive and innovative music programs.
The music programmers and djs at KCRW are some of the most influential in the world. The station has launched innumerable careers stateside(Jem, KT Tunstall, Damien Rice), and the music directors moonlight as music consultants for films(Little Miss Sunshine, for example).
Combine this influence with Los Angeles' location, and you have gold standard radio. Many musicians are locals, after all. Turn to 89.9, and you may hear Beck, live in studio. Or, Harry Shearer's live comedy/political series "Le Show". And don't be surprised if some celeb throws a coat over pajamas and rolls into the studio to fill in at the last minute.
Best part? KCRW is financed entirely by its members, meaning no ads and no corporate radio. Want local, kick*ss radio in LA? 89.9 KCRW.