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96.7 KCAL Rocks! logo.png
CityRedlands, California
Broadcast areaRiverside-San Bernardino, California
Branding96-7 KCAL Rocks
Slogan"Rockin' The Empire" (general)
"The Inland Empire's Rock Station" (secondary)
Frequency96.7 MHz (also on HD Radio)
Repeater(s)96.7 KCAL-FM1 (Twin Peaks, etc.)
96.7-2 KWIZ-HD2 (Santa Ana)
First air date1965
FormatActive rock
ERP1,750 watts
HAAT115 meters (377 ft)
Facility ID59272
Callsign meaningCALifornia
OwnerAnaheim Broadcasting
(SBR Broadcasting Corporation)
Sister stationsKOLA
WebcastListen Liveor
Listen Live

KCAL-FM (96.7 FM) is a commercial radio station that is licensed to Redlands, California and broadcasts to the Inland Empire (Riverside-San Bernardino) area. The station is owned by Anaheim Broadcasting and airs an active rock format. The KCAL-FM studios are located in Redlands and the transmitter site is near Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino Mountains.


KCAL-FM first signed on in 1965[1] with a middle of the road (MOR) format. Originally owned by Southwest Broadcasting Company, it was the sister station of KCAL (1410 AM).

In 1969, KCAL-FM adopted a dayparted rock format, playing soft rock during daytime hours and harder album rock. This hybrid format, known as "The Rock Spectrum", was unique in the Inland Empire radio market. A prominent feature on KCAL-FM was a weekly program called Album Premiere, during which a newly released album was played Monday and Tuesday evenings — one side each evening. This eventually led to a switch to album-oriented rock (AOR) full-time in 1978.

In October 1986, Southwest Broadcasting sold KCAL-FM to San Bernardino Broadcasting, headed by Tim Sullivan, for $4 million; KCAL (AM) remained with Southwest.[2] On January 1, 1987, control of the station passed to Anaheim Broadcasting, also led by Sullivan; that March, the new owner installed former KGGI program director Cliff Roberts in the same position at KCAL-FM.[3]

During the 1990s, KCAL-FM adjusted its AOR format to active rock, mixing newer hard rock songs with classic rock.

In the late 1990s, the station began hosting a listener appreciation party known as the "KCAL Kegger". Held in the station's parking lot in Redlands three times a year, each party features live rock bands, local vendors, refreshments, and a beer garden; the station donated proceeds from beer sales to local charities.[4] Each year's final Kegger includes a bikini pageant called "Miss KCAL".

In January 2018, longtime KCAL-FM on-air personalities Michael "Stu-Man" Stewart, Tiffany Angelo, and James "Jimbo" Smith — the morning drive hosts collectively known as "STJ" — were dismissed from the station due to budget cuts. Morning show producer Steven Kibo was also let go. Patrick Tish took over morning host duties.[5]

Transmission issues[edit]

On December 31, 2014, high winds in the San Bernardino Mountains toppled KCAL-FM's transmission tower, knocking the station off the air. The station resumed broadcasting two days later on the evening of January 2, 2015, attaching its transmission equipment to KFRG's tower temporarily.[6]


  1. ^ "Directory of AM and FM Radio Stations in the U.S." (PDF). Broadcasting Yearbook. Broadcasting Publications Inc. 1968. p. B-22. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  2. ^ "Duncan Grabs Oppenheimer Group For $38 Million" (PDF). Radio and Records. October 17, 1986. p. 10. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  3. ^ "Twin PD Changes In Riverside" (PDF). Radio and Records. March 20, 1987. p. 10. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  4. ^ Waldner, Erin (May 15, 2013). "REDLANDS: KCAL radio station to throw kegger". The Press-Enterprise. Riverside, California: Southern California News Group. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  5. ^ Larsen, Peter (January 10, 2018). "Jimbo talks about exit from KCAL 96.7 FM along with longtime fellow DJs Stu and Tiffany". The Press-Enterprise. Riverside, California: Southern California News Group. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  6. ^ Rokos, Brian (January 2, 2015). "REDLANDS: KCAL-FM back on the air after storm knocks down tower". The Press-Enterprise. Riverside, California: Southern California News Group. Retrieved December 14, 2018.

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Coordinates: 34°11′53″N 117°17′13″W / 34.198°N 117.287°W / 34.198; -117.287