KFI-AM 640 Los Angeles CA Benny Martinez 1983

Back before the clear channels were broken up by the FCC, it was possible to hear KFI in Minnesota at night.  This was when 64 KFI still played music, so yes, it was a few years ago!  Benny Martinez hosted the evening show.  Since the time was 2 hours earlier on the west coast, I could stay up and listen in the overnight hours.

This aircheck was received using a Pioneer SX-3900 receiver and a horizontal longwire antenna.  Actually, I had several longwires, spaced at various angles.  Between the second and last breaks, I switched to one that was more closely oriented towards L.A.  You can hear the signal come up during the last break.  Not bad for a straight line distance of over 1,500 miles!  A Technics stereo cassette deck and TDK D90 tape was used to make the recording.


2 thoughts on “KFI-AM 640 Los Angeles CA Benny Martinez 1983

  1. Bryan Simmons

    This was just before the change of program directors from Tom Bigby to Jhani Kaye. The first jingle that you hear in from the Double Plus package from JAM Creative productions and the jingle about 18 seconds in is from the Tuesday Productions Whispers Package. Benny would leave KFI just a few months later. Nice guy. Last time I saw him was 2003 when he filled in for me on KBIG. You could pick up KFI in 13 western states and beyond back then. I pulled a shift in summer 1983 and got calls from Washington, Colorado, Montana and New Mexico.

  2. Drew Post author

    Thanks, Bryan! KFI was a classy operation, no doubt about it. That’s why I went to such great lengths to pull them in from Minnesota. It wasn’t too tough if you had a decent antenna since this was before the clear channels were broken down. I believe KFI was the only domestic station on 640 at night and there were no Canadian stations on that frequency after dark. I never heard another station underneath them.

    I was working at a station in Iowa when WOI/640 in Ames received their low power nighttime authorization. That was in 1987. I vividly remember punching up 640 one night and hearing some prerecorded educational program from Iowa State University instead of KFI. Needless to say, I wasn’t too happy about it!

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