KNBI

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KNBI
CityMonterey, California
Broadcast areaSanta Cruz, California
Frequency1240 kHz
BrandingKMBY 1240 & 95.9 FM
Programming
FormatOldies
Ownership
OwnerHanford Youth Services Inc
History
First air date
1935 (as KDON at 1210)
Former call signs
  • KFUH (CP)
  • KDON (1935–1949)
  • KMBY (1949–1978)[1]
  • KESE (1978–1982)
  • KNRY (1982–2020)
Former frequencies
1210 kHz (1935-1941)
Technical information
Facility ID35276
ClassC
Power1,000 watts unlimited
Transmitter coordinates
36°36′56″N 121°53′54″W / 36.61556°N 121.89833°W / 36.61556; -121.89833
Translator(s)95.9 K240EV (Monterey)
Links
WebcastStream
Websitekmbyradio.com

KNBI (1240 AM), branded as KMBY, is a radio station licensed to Monterey, California and serving the Santa Cruz and Monterey areas.

History[edit]

The station went on the air in 1935 as KDON. It moved from 1210 to 1240 kHz in 1941 when NARBA took effect.[1]

Saul Levine's Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters, Inc.,[2] bought KNRY from IHR Educational Broadcasting in December 2013. The format was changed to jazz in early January 2014.[3] In May 2014, KNRY dropped the jazz format and began stunting, first with a simulcast of Los Angeles classical station KMZT-FM ("K-Mozart") and then with a loop of 25 alternative rock songs. On June 9, KNRY-FM (K294CA) became Alternative Rock "Alt 106.7." KNRY simulcasted KMZT-FM.

On March 30, 2015, KNRY changed their format from a simulcast of classical-formatted KMZT-FM to adult standards, branded as "K-SURF 1240".[4] The syndication was also heard on KKGO's HD2 subchannel in Los Angeles.

In April 2020, KNRY went silent (off the air).[5] In October 2020, Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters donated the station to Hanford Youth Services Inc but retained the call letters and studio equipment.[6] The donation was consummated on December 7, 2020.

Hanford Youth Services relaunched the station as oldies-formatted KNBI—branded KMBY, using the call sign associated with this station between 1949 and 1978—in December 2020. The donation required Hanford Youth Services to close its low-power FM station in Hanford, KOAD-LP, as a group cannot own a full-service and a low-power FM radio station at the same time.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b FCC History Cards for KNBI
  2. ^ http://www.mountwilsoninc.com/
  3. ^ "KNRY Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved 2010-07-19.
  4. ^ KNRY Flips to Adult Standards
  5. ^ Six Stations Cease Operations This Week Due To Coronavirus Impacts Radioinsight - April 19, 2020
  6. ^ "Station Sales Week of 10/9".
  7. ^ "LMS #129334 — Cancellation — KOAD-LP". enterpriseefiling.fcc.gov. December 3, 2020. Retrieved June 3, 2021.

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