100.3 The Sound Signs-Off; Double The K-Love For Los Angeles
Update 11/16: The sign-off of KSWD and the launch of Educational Media Foundation’s Christian AC “K-Love” KKLQ took place at 1:00pm today.
With the move the Los Angeles market becomes home to two separately owned stations sharing the same branding as Univision’s Spanish AC 107.5 KLVE continues to operate as “K-Love” as well. While no terms have been revealed towards how EMF got Univision’s approval to use the brand there as unlike the rest of the country the trademark for the brand excludes the Dallas, Houston, and Los Angeles markets where the brand was in use by other operators, the legal ID for the new KKLQ may include part of the settlement.
Unlike the rest of EMF’s networked stations which feature a jingle and iD, KKLQ’s top-of-the-hour ID for KKLQ has a specially voiced sweeper by Charlie Van Dyke calling the station “The K-Love For Christian Music” to differentiate it from Univision’s Spanish AC. Being in a PPM market where diary recognition of a brand is no longer necessary makes for the ability for the two companies to share the moniker with little potential for revenue issues caused by the confusion.
Original Report 11/15: As the closings of the Entercom/CBS Radio merger and many of its spinoffs take effect on Friday, the timing of some of the maneuvers is becoming clearer.
Classic Rock “100.3 The Sound” KSWD Los Angeles announced this morning that the station will sign-off on Thursday, November 16 at 1:00pm. Educational Media Foundation will then take over and flip the station to its Christian AC “K-Love” network under the KKLQ call letters.
With the demise of The Sound, the station will be supplanted as FM home of Los Angeles Rams football by Variety Hits “93.1 Jack-FM” KCBS-FM starting with this Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. Rams game broadcasts originate on ESPN’s “710 ESPN” KSPN.