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|City of license||Oakland, California|
|Broadcast area||San Francisco Bay Area|
|First air date||1922|
|Power||5,000 Watts unlimited|
|Callsign meaning||K MicKeY Mouse|
|Former callsigns||KDIA, KFYI|
(Radio Mirchi, Inc.)
KMKY is a radio station licensed to Oakland, California that broadcasts on 1310 AM with 5000 watts. It is currently silent as it transitions from Radio Disney to a new format aimed at the San Francisco Bay Area's Indian community. It has been bought by Radio Mirchi from The Walt Disney Company.
KMKY began as KLS in 1922 on 1200 kHz. It moved to 1220 kHz in 1927 then 1440 kHz in 1928. It moved to 1280 kHz in 1937 then 1310 kHz in 1941 as a result of the NARBA agreement. In 1945, when the station was owned by the Warner Brothers of Oakland, no relation to the movie studio, it changed its call letters to KWBR and changed its format to focus on an African-American audience. In 1959, it was bought by the owners of Memphis radio station WDIA, and the call letters were changed to KDIA. During the 1960s through the 1980s, the station was the premier soul and funk station in the San Francisco Bay Area. The station helped launch the careers of such musicians as Sly and the Family Stone.
In the early 1990s, KDIA was co-owned by then mayor of Oakland, California, Elihu Harris, with then California Assembly Speaker Willie Brown. In 1992, the late Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey returned to the Bay Area to work as public affairs director and newscaster on KDIA. Bailey later became the editor of the Oakland Post who was murdered on the streets of downtown Oakland. KDIA changed from gospel music to Radio Disney in mid-December 1997.
On June 24, 2015, RD San Francisco Assets filed an application to sell KMKY to Radio Mirchi, reportedly for $600,000. The sale was completed on October 6, 2015. It went silent on October 13, 2015.
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- Josh Richman and Douglas Fischer (2007-08-03). "Bailey's career in news spanned globe for decades". Oakland Tribune.
- Evenson, Laura (December 24, 1997). "Disney Radio Station Aims at Young Listeners". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 10, 2012.
- Lafayette, Jon (August 13, 2014). "Exclusive: Radio Disney Moving Off Air to Digital". Retrieved August 13, 2014.
- Venta, Lance (August 13, 2014). "Radio Disney To Sell All But One Station". Radio Insight. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
- "Radio Disney to Sell the Majority of Its Stations". Billboard. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
- "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. June 24, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
- Consummation Notice - FCC
- Radio Disney's website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for KMKY
- Radio-Locator Information on KMKY
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for KMKY
- FCC History Cards for KMKY
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