|City||Loma Linda, California|
|Broadcast area||Inland Empire|
|Slogan||The Stations That Leave No Listener Behind|
102.3 MHz K272FQ (Riverside)|
106.5 MHz K293CF (Moreno Valley)
|First air date||1964|
1,400 watts (Day)|
35 watts (Night)
|Callsign meaning||Keeping CAlifornia Aware|
|Owner||Broadcast Management Services|
KCAA is a commercial radio station located in Loma Linda, California, broadcasting to the Riverside-San Bernardino, California, area on 1050 AM with studios formerly located in the now closed Carousel Mall in San Bernardino, California. Their studio is now at 1378 Industrial Park Ave. in Redlands , California 92374. KCAA airs news, talk, music and brokered programming.
KCAA's most popular program was Imus in the Morning, which was played on a three-hour delay. At the time, it was the only outlet in Southern California to broadcast Imus' show.
KCAA gained some notoriety when it began rebroadcasting recent episodes of the Imus program in the days immediately after it had been canceled by CBS Radio. However, CBS Radio sued KCAA, claiming that it has violated copyright restrictions. A settlement was reached between the two parties, when it was announced that the Imus reruns would end Friday, April 27. The station revealed that they were not selling advertising during the reruns.
By the time Imus returned to the air via ABC Radio/Citadel Broadcasting, local morning host Dennis Baxter, who had previously hosted the local news breaks during Imus, had established himself as the station's morning host. KCAA CEO Fred Lundgren considered bringing back Imus in a live time slot (3-6 AM on the West Coast, at the time held by Brother Stair) but found ABC's terms, which included rights fees, unacceptable, and refused to pick up the show again. ABC owned and operated station KABC is now the Southern California home of the Imus program. In late August 2008 KCAA GM Dennis Baxter inked a deal with ABC Radio/Citadel Broadcasting to bring Imus back to KCAA starting Thursday, September 1, 2008. As of 2017, KCAA only airs a small, delayed portion of the Imus program, one hour per day most weekdays.
KCAA had carried programming from Air America Radio, one hour each per weekday of Al Franken and Randi Rhodes, from the time of its founding. The programming disappeared during the winter of 2006-07 because of the limited daytime hours and the Air America affiliation was completely dropped in April 2007.
As of 2017, KCAA carries an eclectic mix of brokered programming for financial services and nutritional supplements, progressive talk radio such as The Stephanie Miller Show and The Thom Hartmann Show, some mainstream talk shows such as Imus in the Morning, Doug Stephan and The Dave Ramsey Show, local music podcasts, and assorted oddities such as Beatles-a-Rama, The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas and reruns of Wolfman Jack's oldies shows. All programs, including syndicated programs that run longer, only air on KCAA for one hour each day.
On April 24, 2007, KCAA began broadcasting 24 hours per day. Prior to that date, the station operated as a daytime-only station. In March 2008, KCAA was granted a permit to increase power to 10,000 watts.
In 2008, the station added live play-by-play of the Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino, a team in the California League of Minor League Baseball. It debuted on KCAA April 3, when the 66ers hosted the Visalia Oaks.
In September 2015 KCAA was one of five stations nominated as Station of the Year in the Riverside, San Bernardino Radio Market.
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