|Broadcast area||Southern California|
|Branding||AM 870 The Answer|
|Slogan||Intelligent. Conservative. Talk Radio.|
|Owner||Salem Communications |
(New Inspiration Broadcasting Company)
|KKLA-FM, KFSH-FM, KTIE|
First air date
Former call signs
Call sign meaning
|Radio Los Angeles|
|Power||50,000 watts (Daytime)|
3,000 watts (Nighttime)
KRLA (870 AM) "AM 870 The Answer" is a radio station broadcasting a talk format. Licensed to Glendale, California, United States, it serves Los Angeles and Southern California. The station is owned by Salem Communications, which also owns 99.5 KKLA-FM which features a Christian talk and instruction format, and 95.9 KFSH-FM with a contemporary Christian music format.
KRLA airs a local wake up show known as "The Morning Answer" with hosts Brian Whitman, Ben Shapiro and Elisha Krauss. Former 790 KABC personality Larry Elder hosts a nighttime show. Salem's line up of syndicated conservative talk shows air the rest of the day, including hosts Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Hugh Hewitt, and Sebastian Gorka. KRLA also carries Mark Levin, syndicated by Westwood One. On Christmas Day, AM870 broadcasts Christmas Across The Lands, a 24-hour program.
The station went on the air as KIEV in February 1933 broadcasting on 850 kHz. It moved to 870 kHz in 1941 as a result of the NARBA agreement. The station had various formats, including top 40, country, big bands/standards, and talk. Programs included Tomorrow's Heroes with Andrea Speyer, Talk Back with George Putnam, The Swingin' Years with host Chuck Cecil, Grace to You with John MacArthur,horse racing from Santa Anita Park and Hollywood Park Racetrack, and University of Nebraska football.
Salem Communications bought KIEV in 1998 for $33.4 million.
On January 1, 2001, 870 AM adopted the KRLA call letters. A long-time Oldies station at 1110 AM, now Radio Disney affiliate KRDC, had used those call letters for several decades, beginning in 1959.
Specialty shows featuring law, pet care and financial advice, as well as Brokered programming air throughout the weekends on KRLA. On June 14, 2010, KRLA added Glenn Beck's radio show to the lineup, but the show was discontinued several years later. The KRLA-produced Terry Anderson Show aired on Sundays at 9 p.m., until Anderson died on July 7, 2010.
In 2014 rival talk radio station KABC, owned by Cumulus Media, discontinued the Mark Levin and Larry Elder shows. In 2015 Salem Communications added both hosts to its line-up. By June 2015 KRLA's Los Angeles ratings pulled ahead of rival KABC. Salem Communications owns two other Talk Radio stations in Southern California, 590 KTIE that serves the Inland Empire (Riverside and San Bernardino county metro listening area) and 1170 KCBQ serving San Diego.