|Broadcast area||San Diego, California|
|Slogan||"Where News Matters."|
|Frequency||KPBS-FM: 89.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)
KQVO: 97.7 MHz (also on HD Radio)
|First air date||1960 as KEBS|
|Format||Analog/HD1: Public Radio
HD2: Classical music
HD3: Groove Salad
|ERP||KPBS-FM: 26,000 watts
KQVO: 6,000 watts
|HAAT||KPBS-FM: 208.5 meters
KQVO: 93 meters
|Facility ID||KPBS-FM: 58823
|Callsign meaning||KPBS-FM: K Public Broadcasting Service
(affiliation of sister TV station)
American Public Media
|Owner||San Diego State University|
Classical San Diego Listen Live
KPBS-FM is a non-commercial public radio station licensed to San Diego State University, broadcasting in San Diego on 89.5 MHz, 89.1 MHz K206AC in La Jolla, and on 97.7 MHz KQVO in Calexico, Imperial County. The station is affiliated with National Public Radio, with programming consisting of news and public affairs. Beginning May 23, 2011, the station discontinued its overnight classical music programming in the evening hours and moved music programming to an online stream.
The station first went on the air in 1960, being owned by what was then San Diego State College. KPBS changed their call letters from KEBS to KPBS-FM in 1970. It, along with KCRW Santa Monica and KQED-FM San Francisco, is one of California's longest-serving NPR affiliates, having announced its affiliation in the fall of 1969. As such, it was one of the first NPR affiliates to air All Things Considered when it premiered in 1971.
KPBS has three HD Radio channels. KPBS-HD1 is the main channel that airs NPR news and talk, much like the analog KPBS-FM; KPBS-HD2 airs "Classical San Diego", featuring music from the syndicated Classical 24 service; and KPBS-HD3 offers SomaFM's syndicated "Groove Salad" format.
The station offers a radio-reading service on one of the FM sidebands. This requires a special FM receiver.
On October 1, 2012, KPBS boosted its effective radiated power from 2,700 watts to 26,000 watts.
San Diego wildfires
Within three hours, alternative rock station KBZT agreed to air KPBS' wildfire coverage until the station could return to a backup operation from its studios on the San Diego State University campus, which occurred the next day. KPBS later restored full coverage from Mount San Miguel using a backup generator.
- KPBS-FM Website
- NPR: KPBS Radio Covers Wildfires Using Many Sources
- KPBS-FM stays on air, with help
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KPBS
- Radio-Locator information on KPBS
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KPBS
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KQVO
- Radio-Locator information on KQVO
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KQVO