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KGIL becomes 'Retro 1260'

August 27, 2009|Lee Margulies

Low-rated talk-radio station KGIL-AM (1260) is officially going retro at 5 p.m. today, adopting a format that will feature what it calls "timeless music for all ages" -- meaning everyone from Frank Sinatra to Frankie Valli, the Beatles and Diana Krall.

The station -- formerly known as KSUR-AM and then KMZT-AM -- had switched from classical music to talk in October 2007, and at various times had been home to such well-known chatterers as Michael Jackson, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham and Lou Dobbs. But it never caught on; in the most recent Arbitron ratings, for July, KGIL ranked 50th in the market.

As part of its change to "Retro 1260," KGIL has hired Mike Sakellarides, the former midday DJ at KOST-FM (103.5) who was cut loose after 25 years in December 2007, to host its weekday morning show. His 8 a.m.-noon program will premiere Monday.

-- Lee Margulies

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