|City of license||San Francisco, California|
|Broadcast area||San Francisco Bay Area|
|Branding||Immaculate Heart Radio|
|Slogan||Sharing the Heart of the Christian Faith|
|First air date||December 18, 1926|
|Power||5000 watts (day)
1000 watts (night)
|Transmitter coordinates||Coordinates: (NAD83)|
|Callsign meaning||San Francisco Bay|
|Former callsigns||KOIT (AM) (1983–1985, 1986–2007)
KXLR (July 1985–January 1986)
KYA (AM) (1926–1983)
|Former frequencies||1230 kHz (1928–1941 NARBA)
850 kHz (November 1927–November 1928)
970 kHz (December 1926–November 1927)
|Affiliations||Immaculate Heart Radio, EWTN|
|Owner||IHR Educational Broadcasting|
|Website||San Francisco, CA - 1260 AM|
KSFB is an AM broadcasting station licensed on 1260 kHz at San Francisco, California. It broadcasts Immaculate Heart Radio, a Roman Catholic radio format, to the San Francisco Bay Area of the United States. It was previously known as KYA (AM) until 1983, and KOIT (AM) and KXLR after that.
The AM station was a simulcast of the former sister station KOIT-FM, and unlike that station, continued to be owned by Bonneville International until February 1, 2008, when it was officially sold to IHR Educational Broadcasting.
The station originated as KYA in 1926, and has had 14 owners and 4 different callsigns in 85 years. KYA was owned by everyone from Hearst Corporation to Avco Broadcasting of California, a subsidiary of the jet and aerospace contractor.
|December 18, 1926||KYA||970||500||Pacific Bc. Corp. (Kraft & Clift)||Clift Hotel||Clift Hotel|||
|January 1928||Warfield Theatre (988 Market St.)|
|November 11, 1928||1230|
|late November 1928||CBS|
|by May 1929||680 Geary St. (at Taylor St.)|
|August 28, 1929||F.O. Dahlquist, receiver|
|late 1929||Pacific Bc. Corp. (new)|
|June 25, 1930||Whitcomb Hotel (1231 Market St.)|
|late 1931||NBC (via PBC)||NBC Pacific Coast (Orange)|
|1934||San Francisco Examiner (via PBC, renamed Hearst Radio Inc.)||Examiner Building (3rd & Market Sts.) (aux. studio at Hotel Oakland, 1937–1938)|
|December 29, 1936||California Radio Sys.|
|May 15, 1937||(day) 5000
|March 19, 1941||1260|
|June 24, 1942||Palo Alto Radio Station, Inc.|
|October 10, 1945||Dorothy Schiff Thackrey (via PARS)|
|July 1949||Fairmont Hotel|
|April 13, 1950||J. Elroy McCaw & John D. Keating (via PARS, renamed several times)|
|1950||Liberty Bc. Sys.|
|May 16, 1952|
|May 1, 1958||Golden State Broadcasters, Inc. (Gerald A. Bartell & family)|
|Summer 1958||One Nob Hill Circle|
|August 7, 1962||Churchill Bc. Corp. (Clinton D. Churchill)|
|August 24, 1966||Avco Bc.|
|October 20, 1977||King Radio Bc. Co.|
|Fall 1979||300 Broadway|
|October 19, 1983||Bonneville International|
|December 13, 1983||KOIT||77 Maiden Ln.|
|July 15, 1985||KXLR||Mutual, BBC World Svc.|
|1992||400 2nd St. Ste. 300|
|1998||455 Market St. Ste. 2300|
|December 10, 2007||KSFB||IHR||3256 Penryn Road, Suite 100
|February 1, 2008||IHR Ed. Bc.|||
|Total||5 (4)||4||(day) 3
KYA went on the air on 18 December 1926, with 500 watts on 970 kHz from the Clift Hotel in San Francisco. The owners were Vincent I. Kraft of Seattle, who had started KJR (AM) there; and Frederick C. Clift of San Francisco. It got a license for 1000 watts on 850 kHz in November 1927. Its studios moved to the Warfield Theatre Building at 988 Market Street, but the transmitter stayed at the Clift Hotel.
In November 1928 moved to 1230 kHz as part of a nationwide frequency reshuffling, and joined the Columbia Broadcasting System. By May 1929 its transmitter was reported to be at 680 Geary Street at Taylor Street. The station licensee went bankrupt in August, and KYA was transferred to a new corporation by the end of 1929. The transmitter facility was moved again, on 25 June 1930, to the Whitcomb Hotel. Having moved to various locations around the radio dial during the chaotic early days of broadcasting, KYA was assigned permanently to 1260 kHz as a result of NARBA in 1941.
Rock and roll era
In the mid-1950s, KYA made its mark as a rock and roll station. KYA was for many years the leading Top 40 music radio station in the Bay Area, until the stronger-signalled KFRC switched to the format in 1966. From time to time, up through 1970, KYA would again beat KFRC in the Arbitron ratings, but KYA's dominance was truly over after the mid-60's. Former KYA morning man and legendary radio programmer Bill Drake went on to consult KFRC to its ratings success; in fact, it was at KYA that Drake first made his mark as program director. KYA was also instrumental in the careers of future sportscaster Johnny Holliday, audio and electronics store pitchman Tom Campbell, Hall of Fame disc jockey and underground radio pioneer Tom Donahue (a/k/a "Big Daddy"), and Tommy Saunders, who retired from KYA's successor, KOIT, in 2006.
Other notable disc jockeys that plied their trade on KYA's airwaves in the 1960s included Casey Kasem, Jim Stagg, Bobby Mitchell, Norman Davis, "Emperor" Gene Nelson, Peter Tripp, Tony Bigg, Russ "The Moose" Syracuse, Chris Edwards, Ed Hider, Johnny Holliday, Bill Holley (a cousin of Buddy Holly), Bwana Johnny, Jeff Serr, and Ron O'Quinn. In the mid-1960s, a group of KYA DJs, led by Holliday, formed a basketball team known as the KYA Oneders (pronounced "Wonders"). The team played many Bay Area high school faculties, helping the schools raise funds for a variety of programs. Perhaps the most famous of the Oneders was Rick Barry, who played for the team during the 1967-68 campaign before jumping from the NBA's San Francisco Warriors to the ABA's Oakland Oaks.
During the 1960s, the radio station issued a weekly tabloid newsletter, KYA Beat (also known as The Official Top 30), which was available at Bay Area record stores. The station also boasted a first-rate news team, which included Larry Brownell (air name of Larry Buller), Tony Tremayne (air name of Mel Fritze) and Brad Messer, who would later be inducted in the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.
KOIT and KXLR
KYA, which became KOIT in 1983 under the ownership of Bonneville International Corp., still transmits from the station's classic Julia Morgan-designed transmitter building on Candlestick Point, with studios at 2nd and Howard in San Francisco. Morgan was on retainer for Hearst, and the building has the trademark Hearst eagle above the front door.
In mid-2007, Bonneville reached an agreement to sell the 1260 AM frequency to IHR Educational Broadcasting. IHR took over the station's operations in December of that year under a time-brokerage agreement, and officially closed on the station on February 1, 2008.
In 2007, KOIT-AM, the former 1260/KYA, became KSFB, a Catholic-oriented station owned by Immaculate Heart Radio. Ironically, KYA's chief Top 40 rival in the 1960s and 1970s, KFRC (610 AM), is now the Christian-oriented KEAR (the KFRC call letters would return in January 2009, this time at 1550 AM replacing KYCY and the station is owned by CBS Radio).
On December 10, 2007, a religious format came to 1260 AM; the call sign was changed to KSFB. KSFB is part of one of the largest Catholic radio network in America, and its daily broadcasts include daily mass and rosary. Many other programs such as Life is Worth Living with Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, Fr. John Corapi, and Mother Angelica are also on the air.
- 93.3 KRZZ, which began as co-owned KYA-FM and simulcast AM 1260 during several periods
- 96.5 KOIT-FM, which was co-owned from 1983, was the source of AM 1260's KOIT callsign, and simulcast AM 1260 for a time
- "Timeline - KYA - KOIT". Bay Area Radio Museum. Pleasanton, California: Bay Area Radio Museum, Inc. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KSFB. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
- Chuh, Patricia M. (2008-02-05). "Consummation Notice (BAL-20070518ABD)". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
- Query the FCC's AM station database for KSFB
- Radio-Locator Information on KSFB
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for KSFB
- Radio station KYA technical/owner history
- The History of KYA from "Voices Out Of The Fog"
- Archival KYA broadcast recordings from the Bay Area Radio Museum