KBRG

Summary

KBRG (100.3 MHz Amor 100.3) is a commercial FM radio station licensed to San Jose, California, with a Spanish AC radio format. The station is owned by TelevisaUnivision. Its studios are located at 1940 Zanker Road in San Jose,[1][2] and the transmitter is on Loma Prieta Peak on the Santa Clara/Santa Cruz County line.

KBRG
KBRG.svg
San Jose, California
Broadcast areaSan Francisco and Monterey Bay areas
Frequency100.3 MHz
BrandingAmor 100.3
Programming
FormatSpanish AC
Ownership
OwnerUforia Audio Network
(Univision Radio Bay Area, Inc.)
KVVF, KSOL
History
First air date
March 4, 1963
Former call signs
KEEN-FM (1963-1967)
KBAY (1967-1997)
Call sign meaning
B RIDGE
Technical information
Facility ID68839
ClassB
ERP14,500 watts
HAAT786 meters (2,579 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
37°6′40″N 121°50′34″W / 37.11111°N 121.84278°W / 37.11111; -121.84278Coordinates: 37°6′40″N 121°50′34″W / 37.11111°N 121.84278°W / 37.11111; -121.84278
Links
WebcastListen Live
WebsiteAmor 100.3

HistoryEdit

KEEN-FM and KBAYEdit

KEEN-FM came to air March 4, 1963, after rushing to meet FCC deadlines and fix issues with its problematic transmitter.[3] It was owned by United Broadcasting as the FM counterpart to KEEN AM 1370, but it offered easy listening music instead of KEEN's characteristic country format.[4]

In 1967, KEEN-FM became KBAY, an easy listening station that remained as such for decades. In the early 1980s, it moved toward a soft adult contemporary sound.

KBRG comes to 100.3Edit

In 1997, the Snell family, owners of United Broadcasting, sold their holdings. The buyer for KBAY was American Radio Systems. American Radio Systems immediately swapped with EXCL Communications, a subsidiary of Latin Communications Group. EXCL traded the Fremont-based KBRG facility at 104.9, an FM station in Portland, $2 million in cash and 150,000 shares of Latin Communications Group stock for the KBAY facility and Sacramento's KSSJ.[5] ARS kept the KBAY call letters and format, which became part of a three-way station swap on December 31, 1997. KBAY moved from 100.3 to Gilroy 94.5, the former KUFX, while KUFX briefly moved to 104.9 before changing again in 1998.

KBRG historyEdit

KBRG was the Bay Area's first Spanish-language FM station, debuting in 1964 at 105.3 FM (now KITS). In December 1983, it moved to 104.9 (now KXSC) before being part of the ARS/EXCL swap on December 31, 1997.

From 1968 through 1971, KBRG broadcast Oakland Athletics games, with Víctor Manuel Torres at the mike.

In 1989, EXCL Communications purchased KBRG (previously on 104.9) from Radio America, Inc. When KBRG moved from 104.9 to 100.3 in 1997, EXCL introduced the Radio Romántica Spanish AC format to 100.3. During the 1990s, EXCL adapted the Radio Romántica format to several western Hispanic radio markets. After EXCL was acquired by Entravision in 2000, Entravision began to phase out the format. KBRG was the last station using the Radio Romántica format after Univision purchased KBRG from Entravision on January 1, 2006 and switched it to Spanish Adult Hits under the name Recuerdo 100.3.

On February 6, 2018, Univision dropped the "Más Variedad" Spanish Adult Hits format and switched it to Spanish AC as Amor 100.3. Although the music and radio shows are syndicated and heard from KOMR in Phoenix and KRDA in Fresno simultaneously, which also carries the Amor format. The “Amor” stations are similar to KLVE in Los Angeles which is one of the most listened Spanish language radio stations in the United States.

In March 2019, Univision placed all their stations into their new Uforia Audio Network, The station joined Uforia on March 15.

HD radioEdit

KBRG Broadcasts in HD[6] and has the following stations:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Univision moves Bay Area studio to San Jose Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved on August 19, 2017.
  2. ^ Univision 14 will move SF headquarters to San Jose Media Moves. Retrieved on August 19, 2017
  3. ^ Foster, Bob (December 6, 1962). "TV Screenings". The Times. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  4. ^ Newton, Dwight (July 17, 1963). "New Sounds From KEEN". San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  5. ^ "In Brief" (PDF). Broadcasting & Cable. April 21, 1997. p. 88. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-09-16. Retrieved 2016-09-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) HD Radio Guide for San Francisco

External linksEdit

  • KBRG in the FCC FM station database
  • KBRG on Radio-Locator
  • KBRG in Nielsen Audio's FM station database
  • List of "Superpower" Grandfathered radio stations
  • A different way of looking at superpower FM
  • FCC History Cards for KBRG