|Broadcast area||Oxnard-Ventura, California|
|Slogan||"Today's Hits & Yesterday's Favorites"|
|First air date||December 27, 1962 (as KUDU-FM)|
|HAAT||267 metres (876 feet)|
|Callsign meaning||K-BaBY (previous progressive rock format)|
Cumulus Media |
(Cumulus Licensing LLC)
|Sister stations||KHAY, KRUZ, KVEN, KVYB|
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KBBY-FM (95.1 MHz, "95-1 KBBY") is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Ventura, California, broadcasting to the Oxnard-Ventura, California area. The station is owned by Cumulus Media and airs an adult contemporary music format.
The station first signed on December 27, 1962 as KUDU-FM, simulcasting AM sister station KUDU. Owned by Tri-Counties Public Service Inc., it was the first automated top 40 station in Southern California.
In 1969, KUDU-FM switched its call letters to KBBY and changed to a progressive rock format. Branded "K-Baby", it was put on the air by John Hendrix and KACY-FM veteran Ron Herron. Within one year, KBBY had the largest share among rock stations in the Ventura-Santa Barbara-Oxnard radio market. K-Baby lasted only four years as the station reverted to top 40 programming in 1973.
Over the next two decades, KBBY underwent several format and ownership changes. In late 1978, Tri-Counties Public Service sold KBBY and KBBQ to Forrest Broadcasting Co. for $1.2 million; the new owner flipped KBBY to a country music format. In July 1986, Forrest Radio sold KBBY and its AM sister station, then known as KOGO, to New York City-based ownership group Ventura Broadcasting Associates for $3 million. The station then adopted an adult contemporary format. That group would in turn sell the combo three years later to Buena Ventura Inc., headed by George Duncan, for $6.7 million.
The station's call sign became KBBY-FM on September 17, 1993 to accommodate its AM counterpart adopting the KBBY calls.
Cumulus era (1999-present)
KBBY-FM once again changed hands in December 1999 as part of Cumulus Media's purchase of McDonald Media Group. The $41 million, eight-station transaction marked Cumulus' entry into the Pacific states. Upon completion of the sale, Cumulus immediately flipped KBBY-FM's format to hot adult contemporary, rebranding the station "B95.1".
Dave Randall hosts the midday timeslot Monday through Saturday. A veteran of Southern California radio, he has previously worked with KNX in Los Angeles, Ventura County’s KCAQ in the early 1990s (when it was known as "Q105"), and most recently, KRTH (K-Earth 101), also in Los Angeles. Bill Michaels is the weekday afternoon drivetime host.
KBBY-FM plays holiday music from late November through Christmas Day. In the mid-2010s, the station employed a round-the-clock holiday format. As of 2016, this 24/7 format was discontinued in favor of adding Christmas songs to the station’s regular playlist for the season.
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- Official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KBBY
- Radio-Locator information on KBBY
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KBBY