To celebrate 100 years of broadcasting, a Southern California radio station will take its listeners on a 10-decade listening ride — an audio time travel trip that will let it reimage itself using memorable jingles, audio sounders and soundbites from the past 100 years.
It was in 1920 that KNX 1070 News Radio first launched when Fred Christian started station 6ADZ for the customers of his Electric Supply Co. Twenty months later, the electric supply company was issued the call sign KNX. Today, KNX reaches more than 1.24 million listeners across Southern California.
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This week the Entercom station has aired “KNX: A Century of Covering Southern California,” an eight-part on-air series commemorating its centennial anniversary and paying tribute to former employees who helped grow KNX 1070 News Radio into the only 24-hour news and traffic station in Southern California.
On the station’s official anniversary, Sept. 10, the station will take listeners down memory lane with everything from old advertisements to trendy jingles.
“The history of Southern California, this county and our world have been painted by so many legendary broadcasters over the years, which is a daily reminder of the historic brand that KNX is,” said Jeff Federman, regional president of Entercom Southern California.
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KNX 1070 News Radio was a Southern California institution — it was on air before the Hollywood Sign appeared, the Santa Monica Pier and the Rose Bowl, according Ken Charles, brand manager for the station. “Just as iconic as any of our local treasures, KNX is a consistent part of the fabric of Southern California, serving as a breaking news resource for our communities, first responders and the nation,” he said.
Listeners can tune in to the celebration on KNX 1070 News Radio on air, as well as nationwide on the Radio.com app and online. Fans are also encouraged to connect with the station on social media.