As we reported in April, local gangsta rap oldies station KDAY -- the best station in L.A. -- has been sold, for almost $20 million. The buyer is RBC Communications, which is largely owned by a Chinese-American entrepreneur named Anthony Yuen. Word on the street is that KDAY's format will switch to Mandarin.
If the FCC approves the deal, the change could happen any week now, according to an industry analyst. So the fate of KDAY at its current home, 93.5 FM, is probably sealed. But that doesn't mean KDAY as a concept is dead. After all, this incarnation of KDAY was merely an homage to the original one, located at 1580 AM, which was the first station to play mostly hip-hop, before switching to an all-talk format in 1991.
New owners later bought the call letters to FM, and, presumably, those call letters will become available again after the upcoming switchover. Thus, KDAY and its sweet, sweet g-funk could theoretically pop up somewhere else on the dial. All it would take is a shit-ton of cash. So who should step in and save the day? Why, Dr. Dre, of course, says Casey Colvin, the man behind a group called Save KDAY.More »