|Broadcast area||San Francisco Bay Area|
|First air date||1972 10 watts|
|ERP||145 watts horiz
115 watts vert
|Callsign meaning||OHLone College|
|Owner||Ohlone Community College District|
1972 to 1984
89.3 KOHL signed on in 1972 as a 10 watt FM station. A residential house located on the Ohlone College Fremont campus served as home to both the studios and transmitter. The KOHL logo reflected this. The logo consisted of KOHL in bold lettering at the top, a house in the middle, and Ohlone College written at the bottom. Adjacent to the back of the house was an antenna. This is very similar to how things really were at the facility. The transmitter sat in the fireplace of the house. A line of coaxial cable took the signal from the transmitter up through the chimney and then over to the tower. In 1981 KOHL adopted a CHR format shedding its previous free form typical college radio sound.
1984 to 1992
In 1984 KOHL was granted an increase in power by the FCC moving the station up to 100 watts ERP. The transmitter remained in building 29, while the studios were moved into building 4 on the Ohlone College Campus. In 1992 KOHL was once again granted an increase in power bringing the station to 145 watts ERP. The transmitter was moved from building 29 to Mission Ridge. The move in power and location gave KOHL a much farther-reaching signal that could be heard from as far north as Oakland to San Jose in the south bay. This configuration remains today.
1992 to the present
In October 1995 the Gary Soren Smith Center for the Fine and Performing Arts was officially opened at the Ohlone College Fremont Campus. The Smith Center consists of two theater venues, a dance studio, an amphitheater, and a broadcasting complex. The second floor of the broadcasting complex was specifically designed for KOHL (the first floor houses Ohlone College’s TV station ONTV). The facility consists of four studios, support offices, an engineering center and a classroom. In addition to moving into brand new custom studios, KOHL also made the move to RCS Master Control digital radio platform, which ultimately became an industry standard. KOHL was one of the earliest west coast broadcast facilities to make the transition and was often used by the RCS company as a showcase for the product. In 2005 KOHL converted from the DOS based RCS Master Control system to the Windows XP version.
In 1999 the branding and imaging of KOHL received an overhaul to better adapt the station for the modern radio industry. The old slogan of “The Bay Area’s Best Music,” was retired and replaced with “Music. Attitude.” The imaging between songs took on a more aggressive sound often using agro rock or industrial music underneath. The station voice became heavily processed and more drops from television and movies worked into the production. The logo was changed as well, moving from a two-color handwriting type font to a larger bold faced off set stacked three color (red, white, and black) logo with 89.3 on the top and KOHL on the bottom.
KOHL as an educational broadcasting program
KOHL as a whole is the primary working lab of the Radio Broadcasting Program at Ohlone College in Fremont, California providing real world hands on experience to the students. The program is a career-oriented, operations intensive curriculum featuring the latest technology. Lecture and lab situations (both on air and off) combine to provide students with the background and skills required to meet the needs of the radio communications industry. The program features both analog and digital studio systems, including digital multitrack production techniques. The curriculum is presented by industry professionals and is designed to focus on the business of radio broadcasting. The station's format is high energy contemporary hit radio which challenges students to refine commercial broadcast techniques in a professional environment. Courses can be found under "Broadcasting (BRDC)" in the Ohlone College Catalog and Class Schedule. Ohlone offers an Associate in Arts degree in Broadcasting. Also available are Fast Track Certificates in Radio Broadcasting Studio Operations, Air Talent, Program Management, and Digital Production.
Every year KOHL broadcasts from the Fremont Festival of the Arts both days of the festival. "KOHL's Ultimate Prom," gives listeners everything they need for prom and usually includes a dress, hair and makeup, tux rental, dinner, and flowers. KOHL airs a weekly countdown show Saturday nights called the KOHL Top 10 @ 10. Listeners can win prizes by reciting the entire Top 10 list after it has been revealed on air. KOHL often gives away concert tickets and DVD's.
Simpsons Season 9 Slots: Listeners had to identify three Simpsons characters to win a Simpsons Season 9 boxset.
Simon Said: Listeners had to guess what Simon Cowel had said about American Idol finalists to win tickets to see the American Idol Live tour.
Chick or Treat: Listeners either won tickets to see a female performer (the chick) or food at local restaurants (the treat). The concert tickets were for Kelly Clarkson and Gwen Stefani.
The Singing Bee-Yonce: Listeners had to complete Beyoncé lyrics to win tickets to see Beyoncé.
Matchbox 20 Matchups: Listeners had to predict the winner of a matchup to win tickets to see Matchbox Twenty. Matchups included "a shark with lasers vs. a monkey driving a pickup truck," "Arnold Schwarzenegger vs. a Puppy," and "Chuck Norris vs Godzilla with a chainsaw."