Musical selections by such venerable composers as Strauss, Shostakovich and Haydn will give way to danceable tunes by Paula Abdul, Fine Young Cannibals and the Rolling Stones. (Station officials won't say exactly when the format will change, but indications are there could be a sizable time gap between the formats.) At the brick KFAC building, tucked-away in the foothills of Hollywood, a party will mark the passing of KFAC-Los Angeles' only commercial classical music station-and the birth of KKBT in its place.
KFAC will play its last piece-Franz Joseph Haydn's Farewell Symphony-shortly after noon, with KFAC veterans on hand as well as KUSC-FM personnel, to whom a symbolic baton will be handed over. KFAC, which will simulcast its last classical hour between noon and 1 p.m. today with KUSC-FM (91.5), has been running announcements telling listeners to tune in to public-radio station KUSC for classical programming.
As part of the promotional efforts, several KFAC landmarks will be replaced by the signposts of the latest in popular culture. A mural painted in 1983 and covering one of the outer walls of the station, which depicts such composers as Bach, Verdi and Mozart mingling in a production studio with former KFAC personnel like Carl Princi, Tom Franklin and Fred Crane, will soon be replaced by new artwork which will feature Madonna, James Dean, Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe in a restaurant-bar setting recalling the building's origins as the Villa Capri restaurant.