KYRA is one of three trimulcast Christian radio stations in Southern California and operates in Thousand Oaks, California, broadcasting to the eastern Ventura County and far northwestern Los Angeles County area on 92.7 FM.
The three stations are a trimulcast Los Angeles-area affiliate of the nationally syndicated Christian Rock network, Air1.
KYRA signed on in 1963 with the call letters KNJO, broadcasting from a studio in the Park Oaks shopping center in Thousand Oaks, California. KNJO stood for "Conejo", the valley in which the station was located. The station's claim to fame at the time was that it was the first FM radio station on the West Coast to broadcast in stereo. KNJO was a community radio station and featured local news, sports, and remote broadcasts from a variety of local events. The station was built by radio personality Sy Blonder and co-owned by Dodger baseball star Sandy Koufax and later purchased by Alan Fischler, Ed Feldman and Art Hogan; Ira Barmack (operator of KMDY Thousand Oaks [a comedy station]), political strategist/attorney Darry Srago, and finally the Amaturo Group. Studios moved to the Westlake Village North Ranch Mall, and today are located on Long Court in Thousand Oaks. Joe Amaturo and the Amaturo family purchased the station in the 1990s, and additionally purchased stations on the same frequency on Catalina Island and in Temecula. Eventually, they began a trimulcast, and changed the call letters of this station to KMLT when the station became Lite 92.7. The goal of the Amaturos has been to cover the entire Los Angeles/Orange County area with three stations on one frequency, 92.7 FM. Following the trimulcast's subsequent relaunches, the station became KHJL in 2007 and KLSI in 2012.
KYLA signed on in 1993 with the call letters KRCI then KLIT, originally broadcasting from Catalina Island at 3,000 watts entering a simulcast of KMLT (now KLSI). The simulcast aired a beautiful music format that later evolved into an adult contemporary music format branded as "Lite 92.7". KLIT was later purchased by Amaturo Group and turned into a trimulcast with KELT.
KLIT was moved to Fountain Valley, California with a change of transmitter location, broadcasting from a mountain southeast of Newport Beach, California at 690 watts. This provided a better signal coverage of the interior portions of Orange County, California. The call letters were changed to KJLL-FM in early 2007 and to KLST-FM in 2012.
KYZA signed on in 1959 with the call letters KHNY, originally broadcasting from Riverside, California at 6,000 watts.
The station adopted numerous music formats and call letters until 1997, when the call letters were changed to KELT and a trimulcast with KMLT/KLIT (now KLSI/KLST) was created airing the beautiful music format and station branding of the sister stations as "Lite 92.7". The station eventually became KAJL in 2007 and KLSN in 2012 until 2013.
Both of these radio stations broadcast a sat signal from Canada and couldn't provide emergency information in the event of a major disaster. In a recent meeting local elected officials have formed a committee consisting of a local congressional representative who has agreed to pursue the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to restore KELT's signal to its proper city of license.
Since the coverage area had been shifted after the moves of all 3 transmitters, and with the arrival of Jack FM on KCBS-FM, Amaturo Group dismissed the airstaff of "Lite 92.7" abandoning the music format in favour of an automated adult hits music format branded as "Jill-FM". In 2009, the station returned to an adult contemporary format with exactly the same focus as rival KOST. In 2011 the stations dropped the "Jill-FM" name and became known as "Playlist 92.7." The format switched to oldies from 1964 to 2010, a mix of top-40, R&B, adult contemporary and modern rock, as the station was generally considered adult contemporary according to Radio-Info.com. The stations' slogan was "We play everything."
On December 1, 2012 at 12 Midnight (PT), KLST/KLSN/KLSI officially flipped from AC to the Christian Rock Air1 Network, under the new ownership of the Educational Media Foundation and plays a mix of Christian Contemporary and Christian Rock formats making it one of the only, and the largest Christian music FM station in Los Angeles and surrounding areas. The station plays music from artists in the Christian Rock & Christian Contemporary genres such as Third Day, Casting Crowns, TobyMac, Group 1 Crew and Chris Tomlin. The feed is additionally heard on KTLW's network of FM repeaters around the northern LA area.