The Story Behind The K-EARTH 101 Jingle

The K-EARTH 101 jingle has become synonymous with the station over its 40 years on air and somewhat of a musical symbol for SoCal that all the locals can recite by heart.

You hear the jingle at the top of every hour and in between songs all throughout the day, but do you know the story behind K-EARTH’s classic jingle?

Los Angeles Magazine‘s Chris Nichols has a feature called “Ask Chris” and was recently posed a question from a K-EARTH listener asking about who the voices are behind the jingle.

Here’s his explanation below (via

Q: Who sings the jingle for KRTH 101? I thought it was a vintage recording, but the station announces that it’s HD.

A: The Johnny Mann Singers harmonize on that melody and others for radio stations all over the world. The first rendition was for 93 KHJ back in 1959. “The program director called me and said, ‘I need jingles quick!’ ” says Mann, the group’s 85-year-old maestro. “There was a musician’s strike on, and I suggested doing it a cappella. I created the sound of the city.” In addition to updating the tune, Mann has recorded dozens of albums and was the voice for Theodore of the Chipmunks.

So there you have it! The story behind how K-EARTH 101 got its catchy jingle.

We even had the Johnny Mann Singers appear in person for the station’s 40th Anniversary celebration last October for our big Fantasy Fest show. Check them out below!

The Johnny Mann Singers (Photo by Britt Bickel)

The Johnny Mann Singers (Photo by Britt Bickel)

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