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KDOW am1220 businessnews logo.png
CityPalo Alto, California
Broadcast areaSan Francisco Bay Area
BrandingWall Street Business Network
Slogan"The Bay Area's Business Leader"
Frequency1220 kHz
Translator(s)K237GZ (95.3 MHz, San Francisco)
First air date1949
FormatFinancial News/Talk
Power5,000 watts day
145 watts night
Facility ID65485
Transmitter coordinates37°29′0″N 122°8′9″W / 37.48333°N 122.13583°W / 37.48333; -122.13583Coordinates: 37°29′0″N 122°8′9″W / 37.48333°N 122.13583°W / 37.48333; -122.13583
Call sign meaningK DOW Jones
Former call signsKIBE (1949–1984)
KDFC (1984–1997)
KBPA (1997–1999)
KBZS (1999–2001)
KSFB (2001–2004)
KNTS (2004–2008)
AffiliationsWall Street Business Network
Bloomberg Radio
Salem Radio Network
OwnerSalem Media Group
(SCA-Palo Alto, LLC)
Sister stationsKFAX, KTRB
WebcastListen Live

KDOW (1220 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station broadcasting a financial news/talk format, featuring mostly brokered programming. Licensed to Palo Alto, California, United States, the station serves the greater San Francisco Bay Area. The station is owned by the Salem Media Group (SCA-Palo Alto, LLC).[1] Its slogan is "The Bay Area's Business Leader."

The station's studios and offices are on Liberty Street in Fremont and its transmitter is in East Palo Alto west of the Dumbarton Bridge. KDOW broadcasts at 5,000 watts during the day.[2] But because 1220 AM is a clear channel frequency reserved for Class A XEB in Mexico City, KDOW must reduce power at night to 145 watts.


The station first signed on in 1947 as KIBE, owned and operated by Millard Kibbe.[3][4] It was a daytime only station operating with 250 watts and simulcast the classical music programming of KDFC-FM. On March 1, 1984, the call signs changed to KDFC.[5]

In the summer of 1997, PAR Holdings bought three stations, including KDFC.[4] On August 29, 1997, KDFC became KBPA and changed its format to a talk radio format with the syndicated Personal Achievement Radio network, which specialized in self-help and inspirational programming. Jay Peterson was Operations Manager[6][5] KBPA added Sports Byline USA to its lineup in 1998.[7]

On February 15, 1999 the station became KBZS and changed its format to business news and financial advice. KBZS began broadcasting the Metropolitan Opera in December 1999 after KDFC dropped the show for not being able to carry it on tape delay.[8] KBZS also began broadcasting San Jose State men's basketball in the 1999–2000 season.[9]

Purchased by Salem Communications, KBZS became KSFB on July 24, 2001 and changed from business talk to Christian talk.[5][10][11] In 2003, KSFB began broadcasting Santa Clara University men's basketball and select San Jose Giants minor league baseball games in 2003.[12][13]

On July 1, 2004, the station became KNTS and changed to a news/talk format four days later carrying the Salem Radio Network lineup, including Dennis Prager and Michael Medved.[14] In 2005, KNTS became the flagship station for San Jose State football and basketball; the football games returned to KLIV in 2006,[15] but KNTS continued carrying basketball games until the 2007–08 season.[16][17][18] Also in 2005, the FCC granted KNTS a construction permit to increase its power to 50 kW day and night and use a transmitter in Hayward.[3]

On July 1, 2008, 1220 AM picked up its present call letters KDOW, resuming its previous business news and financial advice format.[19] At the request of KDOW's license holder Salem Communications, the FCC cancelled the 2005 construction permit in November 2008, restoring KDOW's operating power to 5 kW day and 145 W night.[20]


Business talk shows[edit]

The station features a variety of business and financial talk shows, including the nationally syndicated Phil's Gang and Market Wrap with Moe Ansari, brokered shows including Online Trading Academy's Power Trading Radio, and some locally produced shows. Weekends feature nationally syndicated shows, a legal talk show hosted by Thomas Girardi and political show with Rebecca Costa.[21]

The station aired a real estate talk show entitled Real Estate Deal Talk from 2016 to 2017, hosted by Abhi Golhar.[22]


Since 2003 when it was KSFB, KDOW has broadcast Santa Clara University men's basketball games.[13] Beginning in 2013, KDOW began carrying fewer Santa Clara games as San Jose's KLIV picked up more Santa Clara games.[23][24][25]

On May 15, 2015, KDOW announced that it took over the radio broadcast rights to the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League.[26][27]

On September 11, 2015, San Jose Sharks minor league affiliate San Jose Barracuda announced that they had signed a radio deal with KDOW 1220 AM to broadcast their games. [28]


  1. ^ "KDOW Facility Record". U.S. Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ Radio Station KDOW 1220 AM Palo Alto CA
  3. ^ a b Jackson, David Ferrell (November 18, 2005). "Another New 50,000 Watt Bay Area AM Station". Bay Area Radio Digest. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Goldfisher, Alastair. "Flow of radio deals just keeps on going". The Business Journal. San Jose, CA. Archived from the original on June 13, 1997. Retrieved July 6, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c http://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/call_hist.pl?Facility_id=65485&Callsign=KDOW
  6. ^ Lovato, Kimberley (March 20, 1998). "Feel-good radio". Palo Alto Weekly. Archived from the original on October 1, 1999. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  7. ^ Goldfisher, Alastair (March 30, 1998). "Sports Byline USA to air syndicated show on KBPA". Silicon Valley Business Journal. Archived from the original on November 23, 2002. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  8. ^ Kosman, Joshua (October 19, 1999). "Live Opera Switching To KBZS". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  9. ^ "San Jose State University Basketball Fact Sheet". San Jose State Athletics. January 7, 2000. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  10. ^ Hamm, Andrew F. and Mullins, Robert (March 29, 2004). "Radio station seeks South Bay audience with sports, talk". Silicon Valley Business Journal. Retrieved July 6, 2017.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  11. ^ http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/WHO-OWNS-WHAT-IN-THE-BAY-AREA-2571793.php
  12. ^ "Complete For The Record". Sports Business Journal. February 24, 2003. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  13. ^ a b "Bronco Hoops Forms Radio Broadcast Partnership". Santa Clara University Athletics. October 13, 2003. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  14. ^ "News/Talk Station to Be Introduced in San Francisco Bay Area on July 5; KSFB-AM Changes to KNTS-AM 1220 with News/Talk Format". Salem Communications. July 1, 2004. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  15. ^ "Football opens season at Washington". San Jose State Athletics. August 27, 2006. Archived from the original on August 19, 2016. Retrieved July 6, 2019.
  16. ^ "KNTS (1220 AM) to provide full-season radio coverage of football and men's basketball". San Jose State Athletics. August 3, 2005. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  17. ^ "Men's hoops back at the Event Center for Presbyterian". San Jose State Spartans. December 21, 2007. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  18. ^ "Men's hoops at Santa Clara; hosts Nevada Thursday". San Jose State Spartans. January 6, 2008. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  19. ^ "KDOW Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  20. ^ https://publicfiles.fcc.gov/api/service/am/application/1322561.html
  21. ^ http://kdow.biz/programguidedaily
  22. ^ "Abhi Golhar, Author at Think Realty". Affinity Worldwide. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  23. ^ "KLIV 1590 AM and KDOW 1220 AM To Broadcast Men's Basketball Games As Part of Bronco Radio Network". Santa Clara Broncos. November 2, 2013. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  24. ^ "Bronco Radio Network Announces Schedule For 2014-15 Season". Santa Clara Broncos. November 3, 2014. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  25. ^ http://www.santaclarabroncos.com/sports/m-baskbl/2016-17/schedule
  26. ^ SaberCats Announce Radio Partnership with KDOW 1220 AM, Arena Football League website, May 15, 2015
  27. ^ San Jose SaberCats Announce Radio Broadcast with 1220AM KDOW Archived 2015-09-10 at the Wayback Machine, Matthew Dziak, San Jose SaberCats website, May 15, 2015
  28. ^ https://sportsradioservice2013.wordpress.com/2015/09/11/sj-barracuda-games-to-be-broadcast-on-am-1220-kdow/

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