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March 20, 2012 | By Steve Carney, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Talk station KFI-AM (640) retained the top spot in the local radio ratings in February, while its co-leader in January, soft-rock outlet KOST-FM (103.5), slipped to second. KFI averaged 4.9% of the listening audience in Los Angeles and Orange County age 6 and older, according to figures released Monday by the Arbitron ratings service. KOST slipped from 4.8% in January to 4.5%, based on the survey of listeners from Feb. 3 to March 2. By comparison, KOST held an impressive 8.5% of the audience at the end of last year, when — as it does every Christmas season — it switched to a playlist featuring only holiday music.
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February 18, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
It's early days, but losing Rush Limbaugh to another Clear Channel station didn't seem to hurt ratings for KFI-AM (640) in January.  Numbers released Tuesday by Nielsen Audio showed little change in KFI's numbers in the first month after Clear Channel moved the conservative talk show host to KEIB-AM (1150), formerly FOR THE RECORD: Radio ratings: An article in the Feb. 19 Calendar section about January ratings for KFI-AM (640) said ratings had not been affected in the first month since Rush Limbaugh's program moved to another station.
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December 3, 2011 | By Steve Carney, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Talk station KFI-AM (640) topped radio ratings in November, riding a stable of provocative commentators that includes Rush Limbaugh, Bill Handel and John and Ken to its second straight win, and its best showing in more than two years. KFI took 5.6% of the Los Angeles-Orange County listening audience age 6 or older, the same figure it held in October. But the station still widened its lead over second place, pop station KIIS-FM (102.7), which dropped from 5.3% to 5% since October, according to figures released this week by the Arbitron ratings service.
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December 5, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Rush Limbaugh's radio tirades will have a new home on Los Angeles airwaves next year. KFI-AM (640) is losing the conservative host's three-hour show, long a fixture on the station, to KTLK-AM (1150), which owner Clear Channel is hoping to pump up as an outlet exclusively dedicated to right-leaning chatter.   The company, which also owns KFI, will use Limbaugh's audience to anchor the new lineup for KTLK, which is being dubbed "The Patriot" and will also feature national shows by Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity.  PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Clear Channel is making similar changes in San Francisco, where Limbaugh will leave its KKSF-AM (910)
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April 18, 2012 | By Steve Carney, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Riding wave after wave of pop hits that carried the station into more radios than any other in the market, Top 40 outlet KIIS-FM (102.7) dominated Los Angeles-Orange County ratings for most of the last three years. Now another station has finally started its own winning streak. After already claiming January and February, talk station KFI-AM (640) - home of commentators such as Bill Handel, John Kobylt, Ken Chiampou and Tim Conway Jr. - placed first in the March ratings, released Monday.
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December 30, 1989
In the face of KFI-AM's recent problems with the Federal Communications Commission, we as a community ought to look twice at what we consider "good listening." Whether liberal, conservative or otherwise, KFI's "personalities" are loud, foul-mouthed, self-righteous and frequently demeaning of callers. Tom Leykis spends much of his air time discussing such timely issues as sexual organs and cutting off callers who question his opinions. Rush Limbaugh, laughingly and outrageously called a "conservative," claims to be God's gift to our bedraggled citizenry and callously belittles those who are out there working for the welfare of the have-nots.
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November 1, 2011 | By Steve Carney, Special to the Los Angeles Times
More than 70 years after Orson Welles panicked thousands with radio reports of a Martian invasion in Grover's Mill, N.J., another spoken-word broadcaster shook up the status quo Monday, at least regarding radio ratings in Los Angeles and Orange County. Talk station KFI-AM (640) finished first in October, according to Arbitron figures released Monday, knocking pop station KIIS-FM (102.7) out of the top spot for the first time all year. KFI last won the local ratings race in September 2009.
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May 16, 2012 | By Steve Carney, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Now that the king of pop radio has reclaimed its throne, is KIIS-FM (102.7) beginning another long reign, or are the Los Angeles-Orange County airwaves about to see a roundtable of stations vying to rule the ratings? KIIS, the home of Top 40 artists such as Katy Perry, Rihanna and Justin Bieber, had been the top station in the market for most of the last three years and retook first place in April, according to figures released Monday by the Arbitron ratings service. In the survey of listeners from March 29 to April 25, KIIS garnered 5.1% of the audience age 6 and older.
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October 10, 1992
While KFI's management might be excited about its new Limbaugh-Gates weekday lineup, its listeners will soon learn that one-sided political discourse does not make for "more stimulating talk radio." RON KOBAYASHI, Tustin
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May 29, 1993
Thank you, Claudia Puig, for the somewhat overdue look at KFI radio's shift to the far right ("KFI: Turn On, Tune In, Turn Right," May 20). Although Puig considers balance for Rush Limbaugh, she fails to follow up on the fallacious allegation that "the media" has a liberal bias. Obviously, it is possible to turn on TV, radio or to pick up a newspaper or magazine and find a "business-oriented" perspective or something that the U.S. government would like the public to believe. However, only by seeking out small-circulation "alternative" publications is it possible to find out, say, American Communist Party views on labor issues, or what our government does not want us to know.
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July 9, 2013 | By Lee Margulies
There is a new top dog in local morning radio, and he's speaking Spanish. Ricardo "El Mandril" Sanchez of regional Mexican music station KLAX-FM (97.9), who'd been in seventh place as recently as April and was fourth in May, leapfrogged to the No. 1 spot in the June numbers released Tuesday by Arbitron, attracting 5.3% of the available audience weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m. That's the period generally considered prime time for radio, because there are so many people listening then as they get ready for work or school.
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May 15, 2013 | By Steve Carney
For the first time, KBIG-FM (104.3), the rock and pop purveyor nicknamed "MyFM," took sole possession of first place in the local radio ratings in April, edging ahead of sister station KIIS-FM (102.7) - the latest leg in a head-to-head battle that has had the pair jockeying for listeners since the beginning of 2012. KBIG, which features a varied playlist that ranges from pop chanteuses Kelly Clarkson and Pink to alternative bands such as Green Day and Third Eye Blind, to hip-hop acts Outkast and the Black Eyed Peas, had previously tied with KIIS for first place last September and then again in February.
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April 15, 2013 | By Steve Carney
Pop station KIIS-FM (102.7) regained sole possession of first place in the local radio ratings for March, and its Ryan Seacrest-hosted morning show also jumped into the top spot, according to figures released by Arbitron. In February, KIIS had been tied for first with sister station KBIG-FM (104.3), the soft-rock station known as "MyFM. " And even though KBIG improved in March, increasing its share of the Los Angeles-Orange County audience from 5.4% to 5.5%, KIIS jumped even further and claimed 5.8% of all listeners ages 6 and older, Arbitron said Monday.
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October 30, 2012 | By Steve Carney
After a month in the rarefied air of first place - the culmination of a strong year in the radio ratings - adult-contemporary station KBIG-FM (104.3) dropped back to third in October, according to figures released this week by Arbitron. Meanwhile, the morning audience for news and information station KPCC-FM (89.3) has ballooned since the summer, in spite of upheaval at its homegrown show. An 11th-place station a year ago, KBIG - known as "MYfm" - surged in 2012, riding a broad playlist that included music from artists ranging from otherworldly chanteuse Lady Gaga to banjo-driven throwback act Mumford & Sons, helping it challenge the supremacy of Top 40 station KIIS-FM (102.7)
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October 1, 2012 | By Steve Carney
For most of 2012, KBIG-FM (104.3) has been hot on the heels of its sister station, Top 40 outlet KIIS-FM (102.7), the pop powerhouse that has led Los Angeles-Orange County radio ratings for most of the last three years. In September, the sibling finally caught up, according to figures released Monday by the Arbitron ratings service. KBIG, the adult-contemporary station that features a varied playlist ranging from Aerosmith to Usher, tied KIIS for the top spot, with each attracting 5.2% of the audience in the survey of listeners 6 and older from Aug. 16 to Sept.
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September 5, 2012 | By Steve Carney
Pop-music powerhouse KIIS-FM (102.7) continues to ride the wave of listeners that has carried it above other stations all summer, according to figures released Tuesday by the Arbitron ratings service. KIIS - the home of Top 40 artists such as Taylor Swift, Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj - maintained the same share of the Los Angeles-Orange County audience that it held in July. But second-place adult-contemporary station KBIG-FM (104.3) slipped backward slightly in the August ratings, which are based on the survey of listeners ages 6 and older from July 19 to Aug. 15. KIIS also showed its dominance by remaining near the 4 million threshold in cumulative audience, the number of listeners who tuned in for at least five minutes per week.
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September 10, 2009 | Steve Carney
Talk station KFI-AM (640) edged past KIIS-FM (102.7) in the August radio rankings, dethroning the Top 40 outlet that had topped the charts since January, the Arbitron ratings service reported Wednesday. KFI moved up from second place in July, increasing its share of the Los Angeles-Orange County audience from 4.4% to 4.9%, while KIIS dipped slightly, from 4.8% to 4.7%, according to the survey of listeners 6 and older, which ran from July 23 to Aug. 19. Adult-contemporary station KOST-FM (103.
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August 7, 2012 | By Steve Carney
Radio ratings for July remained much the same as the previous month, with pop-music station KIIS-FM (102.7) once again having a strong summer, and closing in on 4 million weekly listeners - a milestone it hasn't reached since July 2011. KIIS, whose Top 40 playlist features Rihanna, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and other pop stars, led all stations among Los Angeles and Orange County listeners age 6 and older, according to figures released Monday by the Arbitron ratings service. KBIG-FM (104.3)
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July 11, 2012 | By Steve Carney, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Though pop music station KIIS-FM (102.7) remained at the pinnacle of Los Angeles-Orange County radio last month, adult-contemporary station KBIG-FM (104.3) continued its assault on the top spot, according to June figures released Tuesday by the Arbitron ratings service. Even though KIIS — whose top 40 playlist includes artists such as Katy Perry, Maroon 5 and Chris Brown — increased its share of the listening audience age 6 and older, its lead over second-place KBIG shrank in the June ratings period, which monitored participants' listening habits from May 24 through June 20. While KIIS rose from 5.4% of all listeners in May to 5.5% in June, KBIG jumped from 4.6% to 5.1%.
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