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KKDD 1290 NewsTalk IE logo.png
CitySan Bernardino, California
Broadcast areaInland Empire
Branding1290 NewsTalk IE
SloganInland Empire's News & Talk Station
Frequency1290 kHz
First air date1947 (as KITO)
Power5,000 watts day and night
Facility ID10134
Transmitter coordinates34°7′27″N 117°14′14″W / 34.12417°N 117.23722°W / 34.12417; -117.23722Coordinates: 34°7′27″N 117°14′14″W / 34.12417°N 117.23722°W / 34.12417; -117.23722
Call sign meaningKKiDD (previous Children's radio format)
Former call signsKITO (1947-1962)
KMEN (1962-1997)
KMRZ (1997-1998)
AffiliationsPremiere Networks
Westwood One Network
Fox News Radio
Fox Sports Radio
OwneriHeartMedia, Inc.
(AMFM Broadcasting Licenses, LLC)
Sister stationsKFOO, KGGI, KMYT, KPWK, KTMQ
WebcastListen Live

KKDD (1290 kHz, 1290 NewsTalk IE) is a commercial AM radio station in San Bernardino, California. The station is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc..[1] It airs a talk radio format for the Inland Empire region of Southern California including Riverside and San Bernardino. Its studios and offices are on Iowa Avenue in Riverside and the transmitter is at the end of East Bessant Street, behind San Gorgonio High School, in San Bernardino.

KKDD carries mostly syndicated talk programs, beginning each weekday with Armstrong & Getty from co-owned KSTE in Sacramento, followed by Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis and Coast to Coast AM with George Noory. KKDD airs one local show, hosted by Lou Desmond, in late afternoons. Some overnight and weekend hours feature programming from Fox Sports Radio. On weekends, KKDD carries syndicated programs from Gary Sullivan, Art Bell and Leo Laporte. Most hours begin with world and national news from Fox News Radio.


In 1947, the radio station first signed on as KITO, owned by the San Bernardino Broadcasting Company. [2] It was a network affiliate of ABC, carrying its schedule of dramas, comedies, news, sports, soap operas and big band broadcasts during the Golden Age of Radio. In the 1950s, it changed its network affiliation to the Mutual Broadcasting System and Don Lee Network.[3]

In 1962, the station was bought by Radio Associates, Inc., which switched it to a Top 40 sound as KMEN, known on the air as K/men 129. In the competitive Top 40 format, K/men 129 battled crosstown rival AM 590 KFXM (now KTIE) for youthful ratings. As Top 40 listening shifted to FM radio in the 1980s, KMEN tried a variety of formats, including middle of the road, oldies and talk. While the Las Vegas Raiders football team played in Los Angeles, KMEN was the Inland Empire affiliate.[citation needed]

In 1997, Chancellor Broadcasting, a forerunner of current owner iHeartMedia, bought KMEN, flipping the format to adult standards. In 2000, Chancellor Broadcasting reorganized, becoming Clear Channel Communications. The station call sign was changed to KKDD, which refers to KiDs, and in 2001, the station switched to a children's radio format, featuring music and programming from the Radio Disney network.

On April 3, 2012, ERC Media signed a local marketing agreement (LMA) with Clear Channel, allowing the company to program the station with a mix of Contemporary Christian music and brokered religious teaching programs. During this time, the station's programming originated from the Orange County studios of 107.9 KWVE-FM, a longtime Christian radio station.

On April 11, 2014, ERC Media's LMA expired and Clear Channel resumed programming KKDD, this time with a Spanish-language adult hits format branded as "La Preciosa 1290."[4]

On May 15, 2017, 1290 KKDD swapped formats with sister station KFNY in Riverside. 1290 KKDD became a talk station, while KFNY became "La Presciosa 1440."[5]


  1. ^ "KKDD Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1949 page 86
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1958 page A-249
  4. ^ La Preciosa Launches in Riverside/San Bernardino
  5. ^ iHeart Swaps Inland Empire AM Formats RadioInsight - May 15, 2017

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