|Broadcast area||Central California|
|Translator(s)||98.1 K251BY (Bakersfield)|
|First air date||1945 (as KERO)|
|Power||1,000 watts (unlimited)|
|Former callsigns||KERO (1945-1955)
|Owner||American General Media
|Sister stations||KEBT, KERI, KERN, KGFM, KISV, KKXX|
KGEO (1230 AM, "ESPN Bakersfield") is a radio station broadcasting a sports format. Licensed to Bakersfield, California, United States, it serves inland central California. The station was assigned the KGEO call letters by the Federal Communications Commission on May 18, 1981.
The station signed on in 1945 as KERO. At that time, it broadcast from the El Tejon hotel in Downtown Bakersfield. In 1953, it spawned Bakersfield's second television station, which still bears the KERO-TV calls.
Original local owner Kern County Broadcasters sold off the radio station in 1955, and the call letters were changed to KGEE. It supported a mix of talk and popular music. Its moniker was "KGEE, the talk of the town". In 1981, it changed the call letters to KGEO, and became one of Bakersfield's first stations to program an "oldies" format, consisting of music from the first decade of Rock N Roll (1954–64). The station was known as "KGEOldies". It later expanded its playlist, including music from the late 1960s and early 1970s, before switching to an all talk format in the late 1990s. At that point KGEO experimented with "hot talk" carrying such syndicated programs as the "Phil Hendrie Show" and "the Tom Leykis Show". Until 2006, KGEO was an all-sports station and carried an extensive lineup from ESPN Radio. KGEO is no longer the flagship station for the Bakersfield Blaze of the California League of Minor League Baseball and the Bakersfield Condors in the ECHL. Imus in the Morning was heard on KGEO until its cancellation in April 2007, as was its replacement shows throughout the summer of 2007. KGEO also dropped "The Don and Mike" show just one week before radio legend Don Geronimo had planned to retire anyway. On Monday, March 31, 2008, KGEO affiliated with ESPN Radio and was rebranded as ESPN Radio 1230. On April 5, 2011, KGEO changed formats and became a news/talk station known as "$mart Talk 1230."
Programming heard on KGEO previously included the syndicated shows of Dennis Miller, Dave Ramsey, Lou Dobbs, Clark Howard, Wall Street Journal Radio, America's Morning News, and Red Eye Radio. Local programing heard on KGEO includes Your Radio Store and also Californian Radio with host Jeff Lemucchi and he's joined by hosts Richard Beene, Lois Henry, Robert Price and John Arthur. KGEO also broadcasts minor league baseball games of the Bakersfield Blaze of the California League.
- "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database.
- FCC History Cards for KGEO
- Query the FCC's AM station database for KGEO
- Radio-Locator Information on KGEO
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for KGEO
- Query the FCC's FM station database for K251BY
- Radio-Locator information on K251BY
- Your Radio Store - A show carried on Smart Talk 1230
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