|City of license||San Jose, California|
|Broadcast area||San Francisco Bay Area|
|Branding||KLIV 1590 AM|
|Slogan||Silicon Valley’s News Station|
|First air date||1946|
|Former callsigns||KSJO (K San JOse)|
|Affiliations||NBC News Radio
Bay City News Service
San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
San Jose State Spartans (college basketball and football)
The Weather Channel
Business Talk Radio Network
KLIV is an AM radio station in the San Francisco Bay Area based in San Jose, California. The station operates at 1590 kHz on the AM band. It is owned by Empire Broadcasting, and is headed by News and Program Director George Sampson.
The station identifies itself on the air as 1590 KLIV with NBC Radio News every half-hour. The station is also known for its local news focusing on the events of San Jose and the Silicon valley. The station provides Silicon Valley-specific traffic reports eight times an hour, or roughly every six to seven minutes. Traffic reports are generally followed by weather reports courtesy of The Weather Channel and stock market updates. Along with frequent traffic reports, the station provides locally anchored news segments, and segments from NBC Radio News. Every Tuesday evening at 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM, the station broadcasts "The CEO Show" hosted by Carl Guardino. Guardino interviews a different CEO from the Silicon Valley. On Thursday nights at 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM KLIV airs a one hour broadcast from The Commonwealth Club's public affairs forums. On Saturday nights at 7:00 PM, KLIV broadcasts the nationally-syndicated technology report "Into Tomorrow" with Dave Graveline. The show covers new technology and consumer electronics.
KLIV has been on the air since September 1946. It was originally KSJO, a 1000-watt daytime-only station. KLIV changed hands on July 1, 1967. It was acquired by two former Rochester, N.Y., radio executives, Robert S. Kieve and James M. Trayhern, Jr., who had incorporated as Empire Broadcasting. Four decades later, Bob Kieve has remained as the owner of KLIV, one of the few independent radio station owners left in the region.
In June, 1960 KLIV became the San Jose area top 40 radio station. Among its memorable personalities was Mikel Hunter Herrington (known as Captain Mikey) who also produced what became hit records for San Francisco Bay Area groups, People! and Syndicate of Sound. Other personalities of the era were John McLeod, Dave Sholin, Bob Ray, Larry Mitchell, Jack Hayes, Tom Barry, Ross Macgowan, Ralph Koal, Scott St. James, Ray Morgan, Jim Sims, Squeeky Martin, and Mac McGregor . Hayes & Mitchell produced rock concerts at SJ Civic, SJ County Fairgrounds & Santa Cruz Beach & Boardwalk. Beach Boys, WHO, Cream, James Brown, Paul Revere & the Raiders and many others.
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