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KABC

KABC may refer to:

  • KABC (AM), a radio station (790 AM) licensed to Los Angeles, California, United States
  • KABC-TV, a television station (channel 7) licensed to Los Angeles, California
  • KLOS, a radio station (95.5 FM) licensed to Los Angeles, California, which used the call sign KABC-FM from 1954 to 1969
  • Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children, a psychological test to measure intelligence of children
KABC (AM)

KABC (790 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Los Angeles, California. It serves as a West Coast flagship station for the Cumulus Media company. A pioneer of the talk radio format, the station went "all-talk" in September 1960, the second radio station to do so, a few months after KMOX in St. Louis. Despite different owners, 790 KABC, 710 KSPN ( ESPN Radio) and Channel 7 KABC-TV (the local ABC owned-and-operated TV station) all maintain an informal partnership. KABC's studios and transmitter are both co-located on La Cienega Boulevard in the West Adams district of Los Angeles.

KABC broadcasts in the HD (hybrid) format. The station airs local talk shows and news updates weekdays, with the nationally syndicated shows Jonathan Brandmeier and Red Eye Radio airing at night, from co-owned Westwood One Network. National news from Westwood One News is heard at the beginning of some hours. KABC also airs Los Angeles Kings professional hockey games.

KABC operates at 5,000 watts with a non-directional signal in the daytime but uses a directional antenna at night to protect other stations on 790 kHz. While the 790 signal adequately covered the Los Angeles media market in the 1960s and 1970s when KABC was often #1, the market has expanded greatly since then and the 5,000-watt signal may not be received clearly in all sections of the metropolitan area today.

KABC has been granted an FCC construction permit to move to the KWKW transmitter site, increase day power to 6,600 watts and increase night power to 6,800 watts.