KMPS (AM)

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KMPS
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City Hesperia, California
Broadcast area Victor Valley
Branding CBS Sports Radio 910
Slogan High Desert Sports Radio
Frequency 910 kHz
First air date February 1, 1990 (as KVVQ)
Format Sports
Power 700 watts (day)
500 watts (night)
Class B
Facility ID 72716
Transmitter coordinates 34°23′19″N 117°23′29″W / 34.38861°N 117.39139°W / 34.38861; -117.39139Coordinates: 34°23′19″N 117°23′29″W / 34.38861°N 117.39139°W / 34.38861; -117.39139
Callsign meaning Kountry Music Puget Sound (call letters transferred from KSWD in Seattle, which formerly aired a country music format)
Former callsigns KHSP (1983–1985)
KVVQ (1985–2001)
KRAK (2001–2017)
Affiliations CBS Sports Radio
Owner Entercom
(CBS Radio Stations Inc.)
Sister stations KFRG, KVFG, KXFG
Webcast Listen Live
Website 910cbssports.cbslocal.com

KMPS (910 kHz, "CBS Sports Radio 910") is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Hesperia, California, and broadcasting to the Victor Valley, California, area. It is owned by Entercom and airs a sports radio format with programming from the co-owned CBS Sports Radio Network. KMPS's offices and studios are on Hesperia Road in Hesperia.[1] The station's transmitter is located near Mesa Linda Street in Oak Hills.[2] KMPS carries the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the baseball season.

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The station signed on February 1, 1990 as KVVQ; initially, it broadcast middle of the road music and news/talk programming.[3] On February 19, 2001, then-owner Infinity Broadcasting changed the call letters to KRAK;[4] the call sign was formerly used by a legendary 50,000 watt country music station in Sacramento, which is now 1140 KHTK. On July 31, 2008, CBS Radio announced plans to sell its mid-size and small market stations (including KRAK) to focus more on major market clusters. However, such a sale was never consummated.

On November 15, 2011 KRAK changed its format from adult standards, branded "Stardust 910", to sports, branded as "910 ESPN".[5] The previous ESPN Radio affiliate in the region, 103.1 KVFG, began stunting with Christmas music, then switched to classic rock.

In September 2012, KRAK began a transition to CBS Sports Radio with hourly updates. It left ESPN and began 24-hour broadcasts of CBS Sports Radio on January 2, 2013.[6]

On February 2, 2017, CBS Radio announced it would merge with Entercom.[7] The merger was approved on November 9, 2017, and was consummated on the 17th.[8][9] On December 11, 2017, the station took on the KMPS call sign,[4] which were transferred from Seattle sister station KSWD.

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