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KLOVE 2014.svg
City Goleta, California
Broadcast area Santa Barbara and Ventura County, California
Branding Positive, Encouraging 97.5
Slogan "The K-Love for Christian Music"
Frequency 97.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date September 1, 1957 (as KRCW)
Format FM/HD1: Christian AC
HD2: Christian Rock
ERP 17,500 watts with beam tilt
HAAT 890 metres (2,920 feet)
Class B
Facility ID 3159
Transmitter coordinates 34°31′31″N 119°57′32″W / 34.5253°N 119.9590°W / 34.5253; -119.9590
Callsign meaning K-Love Santa Barbara
Former callsigns KRCW (1957-1965)
KTMS-FM (1965-1984)
KKOO-FM (1984-1985)
KHTY (1985-1998)
KMGQ (1998-2005)
KRUZ-FM (2005-2012)
KYGA (2012-2017)
Affiliations FM/HD1: K-Love
HD2: Air1
Owner Educational Media Foundation
Webcast Listen Live
Listen Live (HD2)
Website klove.com
air1.com (HD2)

KLSB (97.5 MHz, "K-Love") is a non-commercial educational FM radio station licensed to Goleta, California and serving the Santa Barbara and Oxnard-Ventura, California areas. It is owned by Educational Media Foundation and airs the Christian adult contemporary music format of the nationally syndicated K-Love network.

KLSB broadcasts in HD.[1]


Early years[edit]

KLSB first signed on September 1, 1957 with the call letters KRCW.[2]

In May 1965, original owner Richard W. Johnston sold the station to News-Press Publishing Company, owner of the Santa Barbara News-Press and AM station KTMS, for $51,000.[3] KRCW's call sign changed to KTMS-FM in July to match that of its new sister station.[4] News-Press Publishing's cross-ownership of the combo predated the Federal Communications Commission's 1975 rules prohibiting a person or entity from owning both a newspaper and a radio or television station in the same media market.[5] Thus, the company's mix of media outlets was grandfathered in. Nonetheless, the stations' common ownership with the News-Press ended on July 12, 1985, when News-Press Publishing sold the FM station, then known as KKOO-FM, and KTMS to F&M Broadcasting for $2 million.[6]

In September 1985, the station changed its call letters to KHTY and adopted a top 40 format branded as "Y97".[7] In early 1995, the station dropped the Y97 moniker, identifying simply as "97.5 KHTY", and morphed into a modern rock outlet.[8][9]

In 1998, the station flipped to smooth jazz format with the new callsign KMGQ.

In December 1999, Cumulus Media purchased McDonald Media Group's eight stations, including KMGQ, for $41 million. This transaction marked Cumulus' entry into the Pacific states.[10]

In March 2005, Cumulus executed a format shuffle within its Santa Barbara cluster. KMGQ's smooth jazz programming and call letters were transferred to the 106.3 FM frequency, while the modern adult contemporary format on KRUZ moved from 103.3 to 97.5 FM. As a result, the station changed its call letters to KRUZ.[11]

Educational Media Foundation era (2012-present)[edit]

On December 1, 2012 at 12 midnight, KRUZ changed its format to Air1's Christian contemporary hit radio (Christian CHR) format following the station's sale by Cumulus to Educational Media Foundation (EMF) for $1.25 million.[12][13] The callsign changed to KYGA the same day.

On December 14, 2017, KYGA flipped to Air1's sister network K-Love and changed its call letters to KLSB.[14] The Air1 feed moved to KLSB's HD2 subchannel. As a K-Love affiliate, KLSB broadcasts Christian adult contemporary music from artists such as Chris Tomlin, Laura Story, and Hillsong United.

Transmission problem[edit]

On Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 5:03 am, KRUZ's transmitter went off the air due to heavy rain storms. On Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 6 am, KRUZ went back on the air.




  1. ^ "Station Search Details: KLSB". U.S. Federal Communication Commission. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  2. ^ "Directory of AM and FM Stations and Market Data for the United States" (PDF). Broadcasting Yearbook. Broadcasting Publications Inc. 1959. p. B-119. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  3. ^ "For The Record" (PDF). Broadcasting. Broadcasting Publications Inc. May 24, 1965. p. 96. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  4. ^ "For The Record" (PDF). Broadcasting. Broadcasting Publications Inc. July 19, 1965. p. 86. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  5. ^ "Consumer Guide: FCC Broadcast Ownership Rules" (PDF). U.S. Federal Communications Commission. October 27, 2017. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  6. ^ "For The Record" (PDF). Broadcasting. Broadcasting Publications Inc. July 22, 1985. p. 98. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  7. ^ "Street Talk" (PDF). Radio and Records. October 11, 1985. p. 28. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  8. ^ "Newsbreakers" (PDF). Radio and Records. February 24, 1995. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  9. ^ "'N.Y. Times' Runs Triathlon Down!" (PDF). Radio and Records. September 22, 1995. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  10. ^ "Cumulus Hits the West Coast" (PDF). Radio and Records. December 31, 1999. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  11. ^ "Street Talk" (PDF). Radio and Records. April 15, 2005. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  12. ^ "Another radio swapfest for Cumulus & Salem". Radio and Television Business Report. September 24, 2012. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  13. ^ Venta, Lance (December 2, 2012). "KRUZ Shifts To Air1". Radio Insight. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  14. ^ "Call Sign History: KLSB". U.S. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved May 31, 2018.

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Coordinates: 34°31′31″N 119°57′32″W / 34.5253°N 119.9590°W / 34.5253; -119.9590