|City of license||Santa Barbara, California|
|First air date||1961|
|Power||500 watts (day)
122 watts (night)
|Callsign meaning||a portmanteau of:
KZBN and KKSB (former callsigns)
|Former callsigns||KESP (1984-1991)
KRNP (March 2005-May 2005)
|Owner||Santa Barbara Broadcasting, Inc.|
KZSB (1290 AM) is a commercial radio station located in Santa Barbara, California. The station airs local news and talk, mainly from news reports of the Santa Barbara News-Press. It also airs BBC World Service reports at the top of each hour.
Bob Newhart bought 1290 AM in 1995. In 2005 he sold it to Santa Barbara Broadcasting Inc., owned by Dennis Weibling, and the call sign was changed to KZSB. Although Weibling is a friend of Santa Barbara News Press owner Wendy McCaw, the News Press does not actually own 1290 AM.
The station offers locally produced, block programmed talk shows hosted by local residents. KZSB also features CNN Headline News hourly.
The station went on the air in 1973 with a short-lived country music format. It was originally called KKIO -- "KK 10 - Country Radio 13" to indicate being close to the 1300 kHz or "13" dial on the AM band.
Country (1973-1984, 1991-1995)
Spanish Music (1984-1991)
Adult Standards (1995-2005)
Community/World Affairs (2005-Present)
- Article mentioning KZSB's format change
- KZSB AM 1290 on Radio Station Zone - ratings, comments and listen live links
- Query the FCC's AM station database for KZSB
- Radio-Locator Information on KZSB
- Query Arbitron's AM station database for KZSB