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City of license Modesto, California
Broadcast area Modesto, California
Branding Graffiti Gold Radio
Frequency 840 kHz
First air date July 10, 2006
Format Oldies (1950s through 1960s)
Power 5,000 watts
Class B
Facility ID 137401
Transmitter coordinates 37°42′34″N 120°43′34″W / 37.70944°N 120.72611°W / 37.70944; -120.72611
Callsign meaning From station owners Mike, Pete and Harry Pappas; also used on Fresno sister television station KMPH-TV
Owner Pappas Telecasting
(Pappas Radio of Modesto, LLC)
Webcast Listen Live

KMPH (840 AM is a radio station licensed to and serving the Modesto, California area. The station is owned by Pappas Telecasting, and is running a "Graffiti Gold Oldies" music format.[1]


KMPH signed on in July 2006 with an Adult Standards/MOR format, with some talk programming.[2][3] It effectively replaced sister station KTRB, which had operated from Modesto since 1933, but had just signed off the previous month in preparation of a move to the San Francisco Bay Area.[3] The station switched to an all-talk format on March 10, 2008.[2][3]

Pappas shut KMPH down on August 31, 2010 due to lack of revenue.[2][3]

KMPH later returned to air with brokered programming provided by Paulino Bernal Evangelism of Texas, then temporarily switched to a Talk format in May 2013 fed via KOMY (1340 AM) in La Selva Beach, California. On July 1, 2013, KMPH switched to a 1950s/1960s "Graffiti Gold" Oldies format, re-launching as "Modesto's Power House" and drawing on Modesto's connection to hometown hero George Lucas's classic 1973 motion picture, American Graffiti.[4]


  1. ^ "KMPH Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  2. ^ a b c Pappas, Jim P. (August 19, 2010). "An Open Letter to Our Employees, Listeners, Advertisers and Vendors". AM 840 KMPH The Patriot. Retrieved August 21, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Modesto AM KMPH (840) will turn off the transmitter August 31". August 20, 2010. Retrieved August 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ Per David Jackson, program director of KMPH Radio (July 2013).

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