KAZN is a 24 hours Mandarin Chinese radio station in Los Angeles area.
Before KAZN, this was an AM simulcast of classical music station KFAC (now urban adult contemporary outlet KHHT).
KAZN AM 1300 was originally conceived by Dwight Case and George Fritzinger as America's first and only pan Asian radio station, servicing the Asian communities in Southern California in 1989. In 1991, Pan Asia Broadcasting, Inc purchased the station from its format founders and continued to maintain its pan Asian time brokered programming. At one, KAZN was home to 16 different Asian language programs, including Radio Korea, Radio Saigon, Asahi Radio, et al.
Under the helm of Edward Kim (president and general manager), KAZN established a larger Chinese radio presence in 1993. In 1994, KAZN created America's first and only 24-hour free radio station. Until KAZN was sold to the Multicultural Broadcasting Group in 1998, KAZN maintained its commitment to Chinese radio programming by pioneering partnerships with The Los Angeles Dodgers, The Los Angeles Lakers and The Los Angeles Clippers. Additionally, KAZN hosted the first major Chinese concert at the Universal Amphitheater and partnered with radio stations in Taiwan and China on developing live programming in all three countries.
Until the mid-1990s, when the station owners switched frequencies, KAZN was on 1330 AM, while KWKW was on 1300 AM.
In 1998, it became a part of the Multicultural Broadcasting and began to broadcast simultaneously on the Internet. It is also broadcasting on KAHZ AM 1600 simultaneously.
Throughout its history, it has interviewed many famous Chinese from mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.