We'll never know, but those who were "there" (under Dick Sainte) have made comments like these for many years.
KRLA's JIM MEEKER (1971)
It is conventional wisdom that when Dick Sainte left the program director chair in 1971, had production/weekender JIM MEEKER taken over as the new P.D. INSTEAD OF Shadoe Stevens, arguably KRLA COULD HAVE lasted as a major Top 40 station in Los Angeles for as long as KHJ did (to 1980) possibly longer.
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