There was media rumble at the end of February about country music returning to the Los Angeles FM radio dial after a six-month absence, and it didn’t occur to me to ask what it had replaced.
[T]he Los Angeles commercial classical music station KMZT-FM (105.1) “K-Mozart” switched its format to country music, bringing the latter genre back to FM radio in the Los Angeles-Orange County market.
The Los Angeles Times reports that KMZT (formerly 105.1 FM) has swapped names and formats with sister station KKGO (formerly 1260 AM) billed as “Go Country.”
The paper quotes owner Saul Levine, president of their parent company, Mt. Wilson FM Broadcasters, as saying, “After 18 years of programming classical music, which I love, it’s been an agonizing thing, something we haven’t done on the spur of the moment. I really hope the classical music audience will be understanding. I sympathize with those who will be upset.”
Two college stations will continue with classical formats on FM: KCSN (Cal State Northridge) and KUSC (University of Southern California).