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California Radio and TV Station Photos from the John in Arizona Collection


The photos in the California section are listed in alphabetical order by call letters. All photos are the property of John In Arizona and may not be used in any form elsewhere.

KABC: KABC 790 and KLOS FM 95.5 studios are located at 3321 South La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles. 790 started out as KVFV in 1925, changed to KECA in 1929, and then to KABC in 1954.
KABC 790 Los Angeles 3321 S. La Cienega Blvd. location - 2013.
KABC 790 Los Angeles towers at 3321 S. La Cienega Blvd - 2013.
KABC 790 Los Angeles original tower at 3321 S. La Cienega Blvd - 2013.

KABC TV: KABC TV started out as KECA-TV (Earle C. Anthony). In 1973, when these photos were taken, studios were located at 4151 Prospect Avenue.
KABC TV Channel 7 Los Angeles 4151 Prospect Avenue studios - 1973.
KABC TV Channel 7 Los Angeles 4151 Prospect Avenue studios - 1973.

KABC TV 7.1 Los Angeles, California KABC 7.1 Los Angeles

KABC TV 7.1 Los Angeles, California KABC 7.1 Los Angeles

KABC TV 7.1 Los Angeles, California KABC 7.1 Los Angeles

KABC TV 7.1 Los Angeles, California KABC 7.1 Los Angeles

KALI: KALI Radio 1430 San Gabriel had studios at 5723 Melrose Avenue in 1970. The second photo is of the building in 2013. Now home to the Mesriani Law Offices.
KALI Radio 1430 San Gabriel studios at 5723 Melrose Avenue - 1970.
5723 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles - 2013.

KBIG: Channel 63, licensed to Oxnard, came on the air in 1985 as KTIE, later changing to KADY-TV and then to KBEH in 2004. The KBEH screen shot is from 2013.

KBEH TV 63.1 Los Angeles, California KBEH 63.1 Los Angeles

KBIG: KBIG 740 and FM 104.3 Los Angeles in 1970 had studios at 6540 Sunset Boulevard.
KBIG 740 and FM 104.3 Los Angeles studios at 6540 Sunset Boulevard - 1970.


KBPK FM: KBPK FM 90.1 is owned by the Buena Park School District and operated by Fullerton College. Studios and transmitter are located at Buena Park Junior High School at 6931 Orangethorpe Avenue. That taller tower in the distance is KFI 640.
KBPK FM 90.1 located at Buena Park Junior High - 2013.
KBPK FM 90.1 located at Buena Park Junior High - 2013.


KCAL: KCAL Radio 1410 Redlands serves the San Bernardino / Riverside market. The tower and transmitter for KCAL are located on West Lugonia Avenue.
KCAL Radio 1410 Redlands tower on West Lugonia Avenue - 2013.
KCAL Radio 1410 Redlands tower on West Lugonia Avenue - 2013.


KCBS TV: Channel 2 Los Angeles started out in 1931 as W6AXO as one of the first television stations in the world. In the early days they were KNXT (see below) and in 1984 they changed to KCBS-TV. The on air screen shots are from 2013.

KCBS TV 2.1 Los Angeles, California KCBS 2.1 Los Angeles

KCBS TV 2.1 Los Angeles, California KCBS 2.1 Los Angeles

KCBS TV 2.1 Los Angeles, California KCBS 2.1 Los Angeles

KCBS TV 2.1 Los Angeles, California KCBS 2.1 Los Angeles

KCBS TV 2.1 Los Angeles, California KCBS 2.1 Los Angeles

KCBS TV 2.1 Los Angeles, California KCBS 2.1 Los Angeles

KCBS TV 2.1 Los Angeles, California KCBS 2.1 Los Angeles

KCBS TV 2.1 Los Angeles, California KCBS 2.1 Los Angeles

KCBS TV 2.1 Los Angeles, California KCBS 2.1 Los Angeles

KCET TV: KCET TV Channel 28 Los Angeles studios at 4401 West Sunset Boulevard as seen in 1973. They were in this location, the former Monogram Pictures studios, from 1971 until 2011.
KCET TV Channel 28 Los Angeles studios - 1973.


KCKC: KCKC Radio 1350 San Bernardino started in 1947. Call letters were changed to KEWS in 2001, then in 2002 to KTDD (see below for KTDD and a daytime photo of the towers). This photo of the towers at night was taken in 1973 as seen from the 215 looking towards South G Street.
KCKC Radio 1350 San Bernardino towers at night - 1973.


KCOP TV: Channel 13 Los Angeles came on the air in 1948 as KLAC TV. The calls were changed to KCOP-TV in 1953.
KCOP TV Channel 13 Los Angeles studios - 1973.


KCRA TV: KCRA TV Channel 3 Sacramento was received more than once by John on skip reception some 865 miles in Sheridan, Wyoming.
KCRA TV Channel 3 Sacramento 865 mile skip reception - 1969.
KCRA TV Channel 3 Sacramento 865 mile skip reception - 1971.


KDIS: 1110 Pasadena came on the air in 1942 as KPAS. In 1945 that was changed to KXLA, then KRLA in 1959, and to KSPN in 2001. In 2003 calls were changed to KDIS. In 1987 they moved theirt tower site to Irwindale just west of the 605 at the corner of East Live Oak Avenue and East Logden Avenue.
KDIS 1110 Pasadena tower site in Irwindale - 2013.


KEZY: 1240 San Bernardino has seen numerous call letter changes from KBON to KDIG, KLFE, KKLA, KLTH, and now KEZY. Studios, transmitter, and tower are located on South Inland Center Drive.
KEZY Radio 1240 San Bernardino studios on So. Inland Center Drive - 2013.
KEZY Radio 1240 San Bernardino studios on So. Inland Center Drive - 2013.
KEZY Radio 1240 San Bernardino tower on So. Inland Center Drive - 2013.
KEZY Radio 1240 San Bernardino tower on So. Inland Center Drive - 2013.


KFI: KFI Radio 640 Los Angeles came on the air in 1922. This station is rich in history and we will not attempt to duplicate all the information that is available elsewhere on the internet. The original KFI tower was hit by an airplane in 2004. The replacement tower was completed in 2008. Transmitter and tower are located on Trojan Way in La Mirada.
KFI Radio 640 transmitter and tower on Trojan Way in La Mirada - 2013.
KFI Radio 640 transmitter and tower on Trojan Way in La Mirada - 2013.
KFI Radio 640 transmitter and tower on Trojan Way in La Mirada - 2013.
KFI Radio 640 transmitter and tower on Trojan Way in La Mirada - 2013.
KFI Radio 640 transmitter and tower on Trojan Way in La Mirada - 2013.


KFNY: The KFNY 1440 Riverside tower is located west of South Riverside Avenue. The photo was taken at the end of Security Avenue in Colton.
KFNY 1440 Riverside tower in Colton - 2013.


KFWB: KFWB Radio 980 Los Angeles has quite a history since coming on the air in 1925. The KFWB call letters were originally assigned by the Department of Commerce. Studios had been at 6419 Hollywood Boulevard since 1950 as seen in the photo from 1970. That location is now a vacant lot. The roof of the Hollywood Pacific Theater next door still has the KFWB towers installed in 1928.
KFWB Radio 980 6419 Hollywood Boulevard studios - 1970.
6419 Hollywood Boulevard today - 2013.
KFWB old towers atop the Hollywood Pacific Theater - 2013.


KGSC TV: "The Perfect 36" KGSC TV Channel 36 San Jose featured local celebrity erotic dancer Carol Doda on their station IDs in the 1970's.
KGSC TV Channel 36 San Jose on air ID - 1975.
KGSC TV Channel 36 San Jose on air ID - 1975.
KGSC TV Channel 36 San Jose on air ID - 1975.


KHJ: KHJ Radio 930 and KHJ TV Channel 9 Los Angeles had studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue next door to the Paramount studios as seen in the photo from 1973. That building still stands in 2013, but no longer home to KHJ.
KHJ Radio 930 and TV 9 Los Angeles 5515 Melrose Avenue studios - 1973.
5515 Melrose Avenue building today - 2013.


KIIS: In 1970 1150 Los Angeles was KIIS. Here's a billboard from 1970 promoting the station. "Kiis at 1150 AM and listen.
KIIS 1150 Los Angeles billboard - 1970.


KIQQ: The transmitter and towers for KIQQ Radio Barstow are located near North 1st Avenue just south of Old Highway 58.
KIQQ Radio 1310 Barstow towers on North 1st Avenue - 2013.


KIXW: The transmitter and tower for KIXW Radio 960 Apple Valley are located on Roncin Road north of Seneca Road.
KIXW Radio 960 tower on Roncin Road north of Seneca Road - 2013.
KIXW Radio 960 tower on Roncin Road north of Seneca Road - 2013.


KKDD: 1290 San Bernardino is probably most remembered as KMEN in the 1960's. Later KMRZ, now KKDD. The transmitter and tower site is north of Base Line near Highland Creek behind San Gorgonio High School.
KKDD Radio 1290 San Bernardino tower site - 2013.
KKDD Radio 1290 San Bernardino tower site - 2013.


KLCS TV: KLCS call letters stand for Los Angeles City Schools. They came on the air in 1957.

KLCS TV 58.1 Los Angeles, California KLCS 58.1 Los Angeles

KMPC: In 1973 710 in Los Angeles was KMPC. Studios were at 5858 Sunset Boulevard. This building had been the Sunset Bowling Center which featured 52 lanes and was the largest bowling alley in the world. Pin boys lived in the loft of the building. The KMPC 710 towers (now KSPN) are located in the Van Nuys area of Los Angeles north of Burbank Boulevard along Bellaire Avenue. During a sceen in a 1958 'Highway Patrol' episode the towers could be seen in the background.
KMPC Radio 710 Los Angeles 5858 Sunset Boulevard studios - 1973.
KMPC Radio 710 Los Angeles towers seen on 'Highway Patrol' - 1958.


KNBC TV: KNBC TV Channel 4 studios as they looked in 1973. Note the NBC snake logo on the signage.
KNBC TV Channel 4 Los Angeles Burbank studios - 1973.
KNBC TV Channel 4 Los Angeles Burbank studios - 1973.


KNBC TV 4.1 Los Angeles, California KNBC 4.1 Los Angeles

KNBC TV 4.1 Los Angeles, California KNBC 4.1 Los Angeles

KNBC TV 4.1 Los Angeles, California KNBC 4.1 Los Angeles

KNBC TV 4.1 Los Angeles, California KNBC 4.1 Los Angeles

KNBC TV 4.1 Los Angeles, California KNBC 4.1 Los Angeles

KNBC TV 4.1 Los Angeles, California KNBC 4.1 Los Angeles

KNBC TV 4.1 Los Angeles, California KNBC 4.1 Los Angeles

KNBC TV 4.1 Los Angeles, California KNBC 4.1 Los Angeles

KNBC TV 4.1 Los Angeles, California KNBC 4.1 Los Angeles

KNX: KNX Radio 1070 Los Angeles started out in 1920 as 6ADZ. For a number of years studios were at 6121 Sunset Boulevard known as Columbia Square. KNXT TV was also located there. The KNX transmitter and towers are located in Torrance in Columbia Park not far from the Exxon Refinery.
KNX - KNX-FM - KNXT TV studios at 6121 Sunset Boulevard - 1973.
KNX Radio 1070 Los Angeles transmitter and tower site in Torrance - 2013.
KNX Radio 1070 Los Angeles transmitter and tower site in Torrance - 2013.
KNX Radio 1070 Los Angeles transmitter and tower site in Torrance - 2013.
KNX Radio 1070 Los Angeles transmitter and tower site in Torrance - 2013.
KNX Radio 1070 Los Angeles transmitter and tower site in Torrance - 2013.


KNXT TV: Prior to being KCBS TV, Channelo 2 Los Angeles was KNXT TV. John received the station via 960 mile skip reception in Sheridan, Wyoming.
KNXT TV Channel 2 Los Angeles skip reception in Sheridan, Wyoming - 1970.
KNXT TV Channel 2 Los Angeles skip reception in Sheridan, Wyoming - 1970.


KPIX TV: John received KPIX TV Channel 5 San Francisco via 942 mile skip reception in 1969 in Sheridan, Wyoming.
KPIX TV Channel 5 San Francisco skip reception in Sheridan, Wyoming - 1969.


KPOL: In 1973 the KPOL Radio 1540 Los Angeles studios were located at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and North Wilton Place. Forty years later 5704 Sunset Boulevard is home to Castalara Multiservices Offices and the law offices of Merlyn N. Hernandez.
KPOL Radio 1540 Los Angeles S704 Sunset Boulevard location - 1973.
Former KPOL 1540 Los Angeles location at 5704 Sunset Boulevard - 2013.


KPRO: 1570 Riverside was KMAY from 1978 to 1986. Now KPRO, studios, transmitter, and 4 tower array are located at 7341 Lincoln Avenue.
KPRO 1540 Riverside 7341 Lincoln Avenue location - 2013.
KPRO 1540 Riverside 7341 Lincoln Avenue location - 2013.
KPRO 1540 Riverside 7341 Lincoln Avenue location - 2013.


KPXN TV: Channel 30 Los Angeles started in 1969 as KHOF-TV. They went dark in 1983, returned in 1985 as KAGL-TV, then in 1992 the FCC shut the station down. In 1994 they were back on as KZKI-TV, then in 1997 and then in 1998 to KPXN. The screen shot is from 2013.

KPXN TV 30.1 Los Angeles, California KPXN 30.1 Los Angeles

KRAK: The KRAK Radio 910 Hesperia four tower array is located south of El Centro Road just west of Mesa Linda Street.
KRAK Radio 910 Hesperia four tower array - 2013.


KSFO: KSFO Radio 560 San Francisco was located at their 950 California Street address from 1955 until 1983.
KSFO Radio 560 San Francisco 950 California Street studios - 1970.


KSZL: KSZL Radio 1230 Barstow has studios, transmitter, and tower at 29001 Radio Road.
KSZL Radio 1230 Barstow studios, transmitter, and tower on Radio Road - 2013.
KSZL Radio 1230 Barstow tower on Radio Road - 2013.


KTDD: 1350 San Bernardino came on the air in 1947 as KCKC (see KCKC above) and changed to KEWS in 2001. In 2002 the calls were changed to KTDD. Their two tower array is located just east of the 215 along South G Street north of West Mill Street.
KTDD Radio 1350 San Bernardino towers along the 215 - 2013.


KTIE: 590 San Bernardino started out in 1929 as KFXM. From 1991 to 1995 the calls were KRSO, now as KTIE studios are located next door to the KEZY studios on South Island Center Drive (see above). The 590 tower site is located west of the 215 in the middle of an auto dealers plaza.
KTIE Radio 590 San Bernardino studios on South Island Center Drive - 2013.
KTIE Radio 590 San Bernardino towers west of the 215 - 2013.


KTLA TV: KTLA TV Channel 5 Los Angeles came on the air in 1947 as the first commercially locensed TV station in the western United States. Studios have been at 5800 West Sunset Boulevard for quite a few years. The tower with the KTLA letters was originally one of KFWB's broadcast towers. This tower, used as signage, was dismantled on November 24, 2014 and was relocated.
KTLA TV Channel 5 Los Angeles 5800 West Sunset Boulevard studios - 1973.
KTLA TV Channel 5 Los Angeles 5800 West Sunset Boulevard studios - 1973.
KTLA TV Channel 5 Los Angeles 5800 West Sunset Boulevard studios - 2013.
KTLA TV Channel 5 Los Angeles 5800 West Sunset Boulevard studios - 2013.
KTLA TV Channel 5 Los Angeles billboard - 2013.


KTLA TV 5.1 Los Angeles, California KTLA 5.1 Los Angeles

KTLA TV 5.1 Los Angeles, California KTLA 5.1 Los Angeles

KTLA TV 5.1 Los Angeles, California KTLA 5.1 Los Angeles

KTLA TV 5.1 Los Angeles, California KTLA 5.1 Los Angeles

KTLA TV 5.1 Los Angeles, California KTLA 5.1 Los Angeles

KTLA TV 5.1 Los Angeles, California KTLA 5.1 Los Angeles

KTLA TV 5.1 Los Angeles, California KTLA 5.1 Los Angeles

KTLA TV 5.1 Los Angeles, California KTLA 5.1 Los Angeles

KTLA TV 5.1 Los Angeles, California KTLA 5.1 Los Angeles


KTLK and KTNQ: KTLK Radio 1150 and KTNQ Radio 1020 Los Angeles share a unique tower site loated in a City of Industry warehosue district located between Don Julian Road and Proctor Avenue along 6th Avenue. A warehouse was built around their five tower array.
KTLK 1150 and KTNQ 1020 City of Industry tower site - 2013.
KTLK 1150 and KTNQ 1020 City of Industry tower site guy wire system - 2013.


KTTV: KTTV Channel 11 Los Angeles had studios at 5746 Sunset Boulevard not far from KTLA in 1973 when these photos were taken. Then known as Metromedia Square, many Norman Lear TV productions were filmed in this building. The building has since been demolished.
KTTV Channel 11 Los Angeles 5746 Sunset Boulevard studios - 1973.
KTTV Channel 11 Los Angeles 5746 Sunset Boulevard studios - 1973.
KTTV Channel 11 Los Angeles billboard - 1973.


KTVU: KTVU Channel 2 Oakland was seen on numerous cable systems in the west before government carriage changes were in place. These screen grabs are from 1975.
KTVU Channel 2 Oalkand off air screen grab - 1975.
KTVU Channel 2 Oalkand off air screen grab - 1975.
KTVU Channel 2 Oalkand off air screen grab - 1975.


KTXL TV: KTXL TV Channel 40 Sacramento was also seen on numerous cable systems in the mid 1970s. These off air screen grabs are from 1975.
KTXL TV Channel 40 Sacramento off air screen grab - 1975.
KTXL TV Channel 40 Sacramento off air screen grab - 1975.


KVEA TV: KVEA TV Channel 52 Los Angeles live truck spotted in 2013.
KVEA TV Channel 52 Los Angeles live truck - 2013.


KVNR: 1480 Sanat Ana had been KWIZ for quite a few years (see KWIZ below) until 1998 when the calls were changed to KVNR. The KWIZ call letters remain on their FM on 96.7. The studios and tower site are located at 3101 West 5th Street. The towers are located in a golf course.
KVNR 1480 and KWIZ FM 96.7 Santa Ana 3101 West 5th Street location - 2013.
KVNR 1480 and KWIZ FM 96.7 Santa Ana 3101 West 5th Street location - 2013.
KVNR 1480 Santa Ana 3101 West 5th Street towers - 2013.
KVNR 1480 Santa Ana 3101 West 5th Street towers - 2013.
KWIZ FM 96.7 Santa Ana van - 2013.


KVTR: 1590 Victorville has seen numerous call letter changes since KCIN in 1961. In 1995 the calls were changed to KROY, then in 2001 they were KATJ, followed by KRSX in 2003. In 2013 the calls changed again, this time to KVTR. Their transmitter and tower are located west of I-15. This photo from 2013 was taken from Tawney Ridge Lane.
KVTR Radio 1590 Victorville tower site as seen from Tawney Ridge Lane - 2013.


KWHY TV: Channel 22 Los Angeles came on the air in 1965 as KPOL-TV. In 1966 the calls became KWHY TV. In 1973 studios were located at 5545 West Sunset Boulevard next to the Sunwest Recording Studios. That address is now a Panda Express.
KWHY TV Channel 22 Los Angeles 5545 West Sunset Boulevard studios - 1973.


KWIZ: KWIZ Radio 1480 Santa Ana is now KVNR (see above). Here is how the station looked in 1970 as KWIZ AM and FM.
KWIZ Radio 1480 Santa Ana 3101 West 5th Street studios - 1970.


KWRM: The KWRM Radio 1370 Corona studios and 5 tower array are located on Radio Road east of I-15 and south of the Riverside Freeway.
KWRM Radio 1370 Corona studios on Radio Road - 2013.
KWRM Radio 1370 Corona 5 tower array on Radio Road - 2013.


KWRM: The KWRN Radio 1550 Apple Valley transmitter and two towers are located on Joshua Road at Zuni Road.
KWRN Radio 1550 Apple Valley towers on Joshua Road - 2013.
KWRN Radio 1550 Apple Valley transmitter building on Joshua Road - 2013.

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