Karen S. Kim
NORTHWEST GLENDALE -- Glendale-based KKLA Communications Group hasn’t
spent much time since it was established in 1990 just sitting back and
The Christian radio network, which just changed its name to Salem
Communications Corp. to reflect its corporate parent, is constantly
changing, growing and modifying its programs.
“I truly believe that complacency can be your worst enemy,” said Dave
Armstrong, vice president and general manager of Salem. “If you’re not
constantly looking at ways to find tune, you’re really not listening to
The group, which began with just KKLA-FM (99.5), a Christian talk
radio station, has taken on four more sister stations over the last six
Now, talk radio station KRLA-AM (870), Christian contemporary music
station KFSH-FM (95.9), San Bernardino’s KRLA station KRLH-AM (590) and
foreign-language station KXMX-AM (1190) all broadcast from Glendale.
The network’s 12 studios and offices occupy about 11,000 square feet
of space on the fifth floor of 701 N. Brand Blvd. A state-of-the-art
studio is being constructed on the floor for KFSH and will be ready to
open in April.
And Armstrong is hoping The Fish’s new studio will make a splash.
The console will be shaped like a fish and embedded with seashells,
the shelves will be shaped like fish or shells, the glass walls will give
the room the appearance of a fish bowl and one wall might possibly double
as an aquarium. And the studio will be bigger than usual so that visiting
bands can play live on the radio.
“We think it will be a destination for artists when they’re in the
L.A. area,” Armstrong said. “I think that in our business, you need to do
things that make you stand out. We thought, ‘As long as we’re going to
build this studio, we might as well make it something people will talk
The group also has seven Internet music stations under the umbrella of
Christian Pirate Radio. Armstrong said KKLA was the first radio station
in L.A. to broadcast over the Internet, in 1995.
For more information, visit www.kkla.com, www.thefish959.com,
www.smarttalk870.com and www.mycpr.com.