KBLA Radio Launches October Show Series Titled ‘Agenda for America’ – Daily News

Great news from KBLA (1580 AM): The station produces a series of specials under the generic title of “Agenda for America: An African-American Perspective”. Every Thursday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. until the end of October, a focus on different themes will be (or has been) presented. “The State of Black Women in America” premiered on the 6th; “The State of Black Youth in America” ​​on the 13th; “The State of Black Men in America” on the 20th, and the big one hosted by station owner Tavis Smiley himself on the 27th will be “Why We Can’t Wait: The Urgency of Now.”

Did you miss them or want to listen to them again? No problem, the station has a full range of podcasts on

And while these are produced locally by KBLA hosts, Smiley makes the programs available to stations nationwide in a sort of loosely organized nationwide network of stations, perhaps leading to formal affiliates at the ‘coming.

KBLA just celebrated its one year anniversary as a “shamelessly progressive” chat station, launching June 19 – Juneteenth – 2021. Major hosts include Dominique Diprima, Lynn Richardson, Najah Roberts, DL Hughley, Don Amiche, Zo Williams, Danny Morrison and of course Smiley himself, who has a background in both radio and television, and is a bestselling author as well as the recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Not just politics, the station also features entertainment, cryptocurrency, humor, celebrities – it’s kind of a modern take on what KABC (790 AM) did in its heyday.

Smiley calls it a “conversation,” explaining that he feels “we are at our best when we challenge (our listeners) to re-examine the assumptions they hold; we are at our best when we help people expand their inventory of ideas. This only happens through dialogue, not through monologue.

September Nielsens

KOST (103.5 FM) maintained its dominance in the September ratings released last week. Just before the holiday season when it switches to Christmas music, the station gained an audience share of 5.8, beating sister station KBIG (My FM, 104.3) 5.5. KRTH (101.1 FM) was third at 5.1, followed by KFI (640 AM) at 4.7 and KTWV (94.7 FM) at 4.4.

Like the first five, there were few surprises. Alt 98.7 FM (KYSR) was the alternate leader as it has been for a long time now, beating KROQ (106.7 FM) 2.7 to 2.1. That 2.1 finish is actually a blessing for KROQ, though, as it’s been languishing in the mid to high 1s for quite some time. Go Country 105.1 FM (KKGO) tied with KJLH (102.3 FM) and KSCA (101.9 FM) for 16th place at 2.4. Remember when former KZLA owner Emmis said country music didn’t work in LA? And Steve Wonder’s KJLH continues its success by maintaining its highest ratings trend in its history.

Power 106 (KPWR, 105.9 FM)? Still at 1.5 … well below the ratings the station had under Chuck Martin when it was in K-WEST’s top 40. Let’s just say that the market totally lacks a top 40 station attracting large audiences across the city; it’s something Martin had done on both KHJ (9:30) and K-WEST…again, I’m just saying.

Each rating is an estimate of listeners ages 6 and older tuned to a station between 6 a.m. and midnight, as determined by Nielsen.

1. KOST (5.8) 2. KBIG “My FM” (5.5) 3. KRTH (5.1) 4. KFI (4.7) 5. KTWV “The Wave” (4.4) 6. KLVE (3.9) 7. KCBS-FM” Jack” (3.6) 8. KNX-AM/FM (3.5) 9. KIIS (3.2) 10. KLOS (3.0) 11. KRCD (2.8) 12. KRRL “Real”, KYSR “Alt” (2.7) 14. KLAX , KPCC (2.6) 16. KJLH, KKGO “Go Country”, KSCA (2.4) 19. KBUE, KXOL (2.2) 21. KLLI “Cali”, KROQ (2.1) 23. KLYY (1.9) 24. KUSC (1.8) 25. KPWR “Power” (1.5) 26. KKJZ “K-Jazz” (1.3) 27. KLAC (1.2) 28. KCRW, KDLD (1.1) 30. KDAY, KFWB (1.0) 32. KEIB (0.9) 33. KRLA (0.8) 34. KABC, KFSH (0.7) 36. KCSN “88.5” (0.6) 37. KSPN, KWIZ (0.5) 39. KKLA, KRTH Online stream (0, 3) 41. KTNQ, KWKW (0.2) 43. KHJ, KIRN, KPFK, KROQ online stream, KTWV online stream (0.1)