|Broadcast area||Sacramento, California|
|Branding||FM 104.5 AM 950 KAHI|
|Owner||Relevant Radio, Inc.|
First air date
Call sign meaning
|Translator(s)||102.9 K275BJ (Placerville)|
104.5 K283CM (Auburn)
KAHI (950 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a news/talk format. Licensed to Auburn, California, United States, the station serves the Auburn area. The station is owned by Relevant Radio; the KAHI Corporation programs the station under a time brokerage agreement. KAHI is paired with expanded band station KSMH (1620 AM), which serves as Relevant Radio's Sacramento station.
The station broadcasts locally produced programming, Oakland Athletics baseball, Sacramento Kings basketball, San Jose Sharks hockey, Sierra College and local high school football. When not carrying live broadcasts, KAHI carries nationally syndicated talk radio shows.
As of October 2015[update], the station produced several local programs that aired weekdays, including news blocks during drive time and in the noon hour, along with an evening talk show hosted by Mary Jane Popp. The station's moniker then was "The Voice of the Foothills".
KAHI began broadcasting in 1957, originally licensed to Placer Broadcasters for 500 watts on 950 kHz, daytime-only.
Expanded Band assignment
On March 17, 1997, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that 88 stations had been given permission to move to newly available "Expanded Band" transmitting frequencies, from 1610 to 1700 kHz. KAHI was authorized to move to 1620 kHz, and in 1998 the expanded band station began broadcasting as KSMH.
The FCC's initial plan provided that both the original station and its expanded band counterpart could optionally operate simultaneously for up to five years, after which owners would have to turn in one of the two licenses, depending on whether they preferred the new assignment or elected to remain on the original frequency. However, this deadline has been extended numerous times, and both KAHI and KSMH have remained authorized. One restriction is that the FCC has generally required paired original and expanded band stations to remain under common ownership.
- "KAHI Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
- Goodwin Crump, Anne (March 21, 2016). "Comments of KAHI Corporation" (PDF). Retrieved December 11, 2020.
- Advertisement, "Placer Sentinel," October 23, 2015, p. 9.
- "FCC Public Notice: Mass Media Bureau Announces Revised AM Expanded Band Allotment Plan and Filing Window for Eligible Stations" (FCC DA 97-537), March 17, 1997.
- "In re: WHLY(AM), South Bend, Indiana" (FCC DA 13-600, released April 3, 2013)
- "FCC Rejects Clear Channel-Withers Deal For WDDD-A", September 1, 2010 (allaccess.com)
- KAHI in the FCC AM station database
- KAHI on Radio-Locator
- KAHI in Nielsen Audio's AM station database
- FCC History Cards for KAHI (covering 1957–1980)