Former KROQ Owner Ken Roberts Dies
July 1, 2014 at 6:42 AM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of former KROQ and KSRF-KOCM/LOS ANGELES owner KEN ROBERTS, who died MAY 22nd in NEW YORK at 73.
ROBERTS was a music industry promoter and manager when he took over the troubled KROQ in the 1970s, returning the silent station to the air in 1976, and battled for ownership until he gained control and sold the station to INFINITY in 1986 for $45 million.
He bought KSRF/SANTA MONICA and KOCM/NEWPORT BEACH, co-channel on 103.1 FM, in 1990 for $17.7 million, installing a Dance format as MARS-FM in 1991-92 and later airing Jazz as KAJZ-KBJZ; he sold the station, which is now ENTRAVISION Spanish Adult Hits KDLD-KDLE, in 1997. He returned to the news in 2010 after losing his ownership of the old ROBERT TAYLOR RANCH in BRENTWOOD after his lender seized the home.