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KSPN (710 AM, "710 ESPN") is an all-sports radio station based in Los Angeles, California. It is owned by Disney. It is an ESPN Radio Owned-and-operated station.

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Talk shows

Popular local talk duo Joe McDonnell and Doug Krikorian -- McDonnell-Douglas -- anchored the first local programming on KSPN, premiering in afternoon drive in January, 2003. Steve Mason & John Ireland, football player D'Marco Farr and longtime ESPN personality Gary Miller were among the hosts who rotated through the midday slot from 2004-2007.

On November 26, 2007, KSPN introduced yet another, new local lineup. Mason, sans Ireland, moved into the 1-4 p.m. time slot, followed in afternoon drive by a new show hosted by Dave Dameshek, a member of the Jimmy Kimmel-Adam Carolla comedy connection and former host of talk shows in Phoenixmarker and Pittsburghmarker. Unique to Dameshek's show was a house band similar to those found on late-night television shows. New-to-Los Angeles Brian Long was hired for a new evening show. In the programming shakeup, Kevin Kiley, who had served as an on-air foil to Farr, was let go, and, inexplicably, the popular Ireland also was let go. Fortunately for sports radio listeners, Ireland was rehired in April 2008 and reunited with Mason in the early afternoon timeslot.

Just seven months later, on June 23, 2008, another new local lineup was introduced. Mason and Ireland went on from 1-4 while Dameshek was forced to share his show with Long and Dave Denholm, a dubious three-man pairing. Dameshek eventually began a podcast-only show that has become among the parent network's more popular Web offerings, while Denholm and Long continued in afternoon drive.

After 710 ESPN got the Lakers rights, they started morphing their already Trojan- and Laker-heavy talk programming to be even more Laker-centric. On July 10th, 2009 on 710 DAY, L.A. Sports Live with Andrew Siciliano and Mychal Thompson premiered from 11-3. Mason and Ireland follows in their old 3-7 drive time slot, replacing Denholm and Long.

There are also three daytime shows from the network: Mike and Mike in the Morning, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, and All Night with Jason Smith (which originates from the KSPN studios in Los Angeles).

History

KSPN originally started at 1110 AM in December 2000, after ABC purchased the former KRLA-AM from CBS' Infinity Broadcasting due to ownership limits. However, on January 1, 2003, ABC swapped its Radio Disney and ESPN Radio formats, with 1110 taking Radio Disney and 710 becoming L.A.'s ESPN Radio outlet, led by the talk team of Joe McDonnell and Doug Krikorian.

710-AM began its life as KRLO on February 19, 1927, broadcasting out of Beverly Hillsmarker. It actually was broadcasting at 1170 AM, and didn't switch to 710 until it was sold to new owners in November 1929, as KEJK. It took the its famous and well-known call letters of KMPC in March 1930 (under the ownership of MacMillan Petroleum Company, for which the station's call letters were named) and kept those for nearly 70 years. George A. Richards of Detroit acquired the station then, and KMPC became part of the Goodwill Station group that included WJRmarker in Detroitmarker and WGAR in Clevelandmarker, both also owned by Richards.

KMPC soon became Southern California's destination for sports programming, as it carried Pacific Coast League baseball, Los Angeles Rams football, and UCLAmarker sports. Legendary singer and actor Gene Autry bought KMPC in 1952, and years later, the 710 frequency became the longtime home of Angels baseball (save for a few years in late 1990s).

During 1958 and 1959, it was also the flagship station for the Los Angeles Dodgers radio network. Throughout the 1950s and most of the 1960s, KMPC played middle of the road music, best described as a combination of older standards and soft rock. Dick Whittinghill, Geoff Edwards, Wink Martindale, Gary Owens and Roger Carroll formed a powerhouse jock lineup during the '70s. KMPC later adopted a standards format which featured big band music extensively. During this time, the legendary Robert W. Morgan began a long stint as morning host, and KMPC aired a daily sports-talk show hosted by Scott St. James, who became a soap opera actor on the side.

In the early 1980s, KMPC changed to talk radio and fired its DJs. Whittinghill, Owens, Johnny Magnus and Pete Smith went over to KPRZ and played "The Music of Your Life". A few years later, KMPC returned to standards as "The Station of the Stars".

In 1992, KMPC became one of the first all sports stations on the West Coast, billing itself as "all sports, all hours." Jim Lampley and Todd Christensen were co-hosts of one program, Joe McDonnell and Doug Krikorian began their run as a popular local duo (McDonnell-Douglas) and Jim Healy, one of the most famous voices in L.A. sports history, returned after a few years at KLACmarker. Other show hosts included Brian Golden and Paola Boivin, Chris Roberts and Jack Snow, Fred Wallin and Tony Femino. However, in 1994, the station was sold off to ABC and began a general talk format to complement KABC-AMmarker. Hosts such as Tom Leykis and Stephanie Miller headlined this new format. The station later evolved towards a women's talk format called The Zone, with the call sign KTZN, which featured hosts of interest to women, such as Miller, Merrill Markoe, and Joe Crummey. (Today, the letters are used for another ESPN Radio affiliate, this one in Anchorage, Alaskamarker.)

When this format didn't work out, the Radio Disney programming was placed on 710 in 1997. The KMPC call letters were retired until AM 1540 acquired them in 2000. (That KMPC also had an all-sports format, with Sporting News Radio, until May 1, 2007, when it switched broadcasts to the Korean language.)

In June 2006, KSPN rebranded from "ESPN Radio 710" to "710 ESPN" and adopted the tagline "Experience sports." The station also hired Jim Cutler, the national voice-over announcer from ESPN Radio, to cut new promos.

References

  1. Long Beach Press-Telegram, Nov. 16, 2007, page B2
  2. http://www.socalradiohistory.com/krkd.html, Retrieved on 2009/07/21.


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