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CityRidgecrest, California
Broadcast areaIndian Wells Valley
BrandingJuan FM 104.9
Slogan"¡Tocando Lo Que Le Gusta!"
Frequency104.9 MHz
First air date1979 (as KFIO)
FormatSpanish adult hits
ERP1,500 watts
HAAT393 meters (1,289 ft)
Facility ID458
Transmitter coordinates35°28′38.00″N 117°41′59.00″W / 35.4772222°N 117.6997222°W / 35.4772222; -117.6997222
Former callsignsKFIO (1979-1989)
KLOA-FM (1989-2009)
OwnerAdelman Broadcasting, Inc.
Sister stationsKGBB, KLOA, KLOA-LP, KRAJ
WebcastListen Live

KEPD (104.9 FM, "Juan FM") is a commercial radio station that is licensed to Ridgecrest, California, United States and serves the Indian Wells Valley area. The station is owned by Adelman Broadcasting and broadcasts a Spanish adult hits format.


The station first signed on in 1979 as KFIO, the sister station to KLOA (1240 AM). Originally owned by John and Eleanor Quigley, it broadcast a big band music format.[1]

In December 1988, the Quigleys sold KFIO and KLOA to Roy Mayhugh for $552,500.[2] The new owner changed KFIO's call letters to KLOA-FM the following year.[3]

In March 1995, Mayhugh sold KLOA-AM-FM to Adelman Broadcasting for $500,000. At the time, KLOA-FM carried a country music format.[4]

Logo for KEPD until April 2012.

In 2009, KLOA-FM adopted the KEPD call sign. The station flipped from country to a regional Mexican format branded as "KePadre 104.9".

On April 18, 2012, KEPD changed its format to Spanish adult hits, branded as "Juan FM 104.9". The station is the first affiliate of the Juan FM proprietary format that is licensed by Sparknet Communications, creator of the Jack FM adult hits network.[5]


  1. ^ "Directory of Radio Stations in the United States and Canada" (PDF). Broadcasting/Cablecasting Yearbook 1982. Broadcasting Publications Inc. 1982. p. C-29. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  2. ^ "Changing Hands" (PDF). Broadcasting. Broadcasting Publications Inc. December 12, 1988. p. 66. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  3. ^ "For the Record" (PDF). Broadcasting. Broadcasting Publications Inc. April 24, 1989. p. 128. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  4. ^ "The City Of New York Gives Up WNYC-AM & FM For $20 Million" (PDF). Radio and Records. March 31, 1995. p. 6. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  5. ^ Venta, Lance (April 18, 2012). "JuanFM Debuts With First Affiliate". RadioInsight. RadioBB Networks. Retrieved January 12, 2019.

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