KAMA (AM)

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KAMA
City El Paso, Texas
Broadcast area El Paso area
Frequency 750 kHz
First air date 1985-04-18 (as KEPB)
Format Spanish News/Talk
Power 10,000 watts day
1,000 watts night
Class B
Facility ID 36948
Transmitter coordinates 31°46′30″N 106°16′48″W / 31.77500°N 106.28000°W / 31.77500; -106.28000Coordinates: 31°46′30″N 106°16′48″W / 31.77500°N 106.28000°W / 31.77500; -106.28000
Callsign meaning From The Radio KAMA Branding
Former callsigns KEPB (1985)
Owner Grupo Radio Centro
(97.5 Licensee TX, LLC)
Sister stations KBNA-FM/KQBU

KAMA (750 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Spanish News/Talk format. Licensed to El Paso, Texas, United States, the station serves the El Paso area. The station is currently owned by 97.5 Licensee TX, LLC, an American subsidiary of Grupo Radio Centro.

History[edit]

The station went on the air as KEPB on April 18, 1985, promptly taking the current KAMA calls on July 11.[1] It took over the intellectual property of KAMA, which had been at 1060 (now KXPL) and aired a Spanish-language format with a heritage stretching to Juárez's XELO-AM. The move to 750 allowed KAMA to stop being a daytimer and created a new station, KFNA, at 1060.

The station was sold to Tichenor Media, operator of longtime rival KBNA, in 1994. Tichenor merged into Heftel Broadcasting in 1997, changed name to Hispanic Broadcasting Corp in 2000, and merged into Univision Communications in 2003.

For a time, beginning in 2012, KAMA was the El Paso outlet for the Univision America talk network,[2] a format later moved to sister KQBU at 920 AM.

In 2016, Univision Radio exited El Paso by selling its stations to affiliates of Mexican radio broadcaster Grupo Radio Centro for $2 million, with GRC taking over operations via LMA on November 8.[3] Rafael Márquez, a United States citizen, owns 75 percent of the licensee, 97.5 Licensee TX, LLC, with the remainder being owned by Grupo Radio Centro TX, LLC.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KAMA Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  2. ^ Univision To Launch National Talk Network - Radio Insight (Released May 30, 2012)
  3. ^ Venta, Lance (10 November 2016). "Grupo Radio Centro Acquires Univision's El Paso Cluster". RadioInsight. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 

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