San Francisco, CA
Owner: Infinity Broadcasting (Viacom)
Other Countdowns available:
Top 500 Songs of All-Time (Memorial Day 1988)
Top 300 Songs of All-Time (Memorial Day 1990)
Top 300 Songs of All-Time (Memorial Day 1991)
Top 300 Songs of All-Time (Memorial Day 1992)
Top 500 Songs of All-Time (July 1994)
Top 300 Songs of All-Time (July 1995)
Top 105.3 Songs of the 90's (Aug. 2005)
Top 500 Songs of All-Time (Memorial Day 2006)
Top 105 Artists of All Time: 1989, 1991, 2007
ADDRESS: 875 Battery Street, 2nd floor, San Francisco, CA 94111
PHONE: (415) 402-6700
The station flipped from mainstream to alternative as LIVE 105 in October 1986 with PD Richard Sands and MD Steve Masters, who had already been playing modern rock on his night show for a while. The 1989 earthquake destroyed the Live 105 studios on 9th and Market Streets, and they were back on the air within a day or two from a van next to the transmitter on San Bruno Mountain. They soon afterwards relocated to new studios on Harrison St.
Masters left in 1995 after ten years to work for MCA label Way Cool. CBS/Infinity acquired the station from Entercom in 1997. The following year sister KOME San Jose flipped from alternative to classic rock. But many from the KOME staff migrated to LIVE 105 including PD Jay Taylor and midday talent Ally Storm. Even Howard Stern made the switch.
The station throws annual festivals such as B.F.D. every June at Shoreline Amphitheatre in
Mountain View, CA. In April 2002, former 99X Atlanta APD/MD and Radio Central programmer Sean Demery replaced Jay Taylor. Steve Masters returned in July 2002 to do a retro lunch show. In August 2000, the stations filled the night slot vacated by DJ With No Name, who went to sister KLLC for mornings. Derek Madden, MD for KLLC, became the new evening host for LIVE 105.