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City Vallejo, California
Broadcast area San Francisco Bay Area
Branding Gospel 1190 The Light
Frequency 1190 kHz C-QUAM AM stereo
First air date August 1, 1947
Format Urban contemporary gospel
Power 3,000 Watts (daytime)
Class D
Callsign meaning Variation of KDIA
Affiliations Independent
Owner Baybridge Communications, LLC
Sister stations KDIA
Webcast Listen Live
Website gospel1190.net

KDYA is a radio station licensed to Vallejo, California, but serves the San Francisco Bay Area. It broadcasts on 1190 frequency on the AM dial with an urban contemporary gospel format. It is known over the air as "Gospel 1190 The Light".

Because KDYA shares the same frequency as "clear channel" station KEX-AM in Portland, Oregon, it broadcasts only during daytime hours.


Originally, the station debuted August 1, 1947, as KGYW.

Later, as KNBA -- "Kovers North Bay Area"—the station presented a "middle of the road" (MOR) format. With studios and transmitter on Sonoma Blvd. in the heart of Vallejo, the station was long owned by Louis J. Ripa until his death February 20, 1992.

The KNBA calls were in use from August 22, 1958 until December 27, 1993, when the call letters changed to KXBT, becoming its present call sign, KDYA on June 1, 1998. 1190's sister-station at 1640 AM is a Christian teaching-ministry format KDIA, also licensed to Vallejo. KDYA is Northern California's only full-time Urban Contemporary Gospel station reaching Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Rosa, and Stockton metropolitan markets. The station carried Oakland Athletics Spanish radio broadcasts in the daytime, while KDIA broadcast night games from 2009 to the middle of the 2010 season.[1]

The KNBA calls are now in use by a radio station in Anchorage, Alaska.


  1. ^ A Voice of Beisbol Is Benched, Joel Millman, The Wall Street Journal, 23 September 2010.

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Coordinates: 38°08′03″N 122°25′32″W / 38.13417°N 122.42556°W / 38.13417; -122.42556