KRDY

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KRDY
CitySan Antonio, Texas
Broadcast areaSan Antonio metropolitan area
BrandingRelevant Radio
Frequency1160 kHz
First air dateNovember 13, 1961 (as KBER at 1150)
FormatCatholic talk
Power10,000 watts day
1,000 watts night
ClassB
Facility ID26310
Transmitter coordinates29°32′11″N 98°41′11″W / 29.53639°N 98.68639°W / 29.53639; -98.68639Coordinates: 29°32′11″N 98°41′11″W / 29.53639°N 98.68639°W / 29.53639; -98.68639
Call sign meaningKids Radio DisneY
(former affiliation)
Former call signsKBER (1961-1978)
KFHM (1978-1991)
KVAR (1991-1993)
KENS (1993-2004)
Former frequencies1150 kHz (1961-1985)
AffiliationsRelevant Radio
OwnerImmaculate Heart Media, Inc.
WebcastListen Live
Websiterelevantradio.com

KRDY (1160 kHz) is an AM radio station in San Antonio, Texas. The station is owned by Immaculate Heart Media and is an affiliate of its Catholic talk network, Relevant Radio. The transmitter is off Braun Road, near Loop 1604, in San Antonio.[1]

History[edit]

KBER: 1961-1978[edit]

On November 13, 1961, the station signed on as KBER, a daytime only station on 1150 kHz.[2] It was owned by Kepo Broadcasting. KBER was powered at 1,000 watts using a three tower directional antenna (DA) system. The DA was needed to protect co-channel WTAW in College Station, Texas, and KCCT in Corpus Christi, Texas. As KBER was west of WTAW and north of KCCT the system directed to the north west and reduced signal across an arc toward the WTAW and KCCT service areas.

Towers and studios were on Alma Drive just outside the future Loop 410. The area would later be dubbed "KBER Square." On June 25, 1966, an FM station was signed on, KBER-FM on 100.3.[3] The two stations simulcast their programming. Because KBER AM was off the air at night, KBER-FM allowed programming to be heard around the clock. KBER-FM was later KSAQ and, under different owners is today's KCYY.

KFHM: 1978‒1991[edit]

On May 31, 1978, KFHM began broadcasting as a Tejano/Latin music AM radio station. The station changed to 1160 kHz in the mid 1980s, giving it increased coverage and full time authorization. Power was boosted to 10,000 watts by day and 1,000 watts by night from a site west of San Antonio.

KVAR: 1991‒1993[edit]

On August 26, 1991, the station changed its call sign from KFHM to KVAR.

KENS: 1993‒2004[edit]

On October 15, 1993, the station changed its call letters from KVAR to KENS and adopted a news/talk radio format.

KRDY: 2004‒present[edit]

On February 27, 2004, the station changed its call letters from KENS to KRDY.[4]

On June 4, 2013, Radio Disney announced that it would be selling seven radio stations, including KRDY, in an attempt to increase revenue and focus more on stations serving Top 25 markets.[5]

On September 28, 2013, KRDY dropped the Radio Disney affiliation and went silent.[6]

In October 2013, Radio Disney Group filed to sell KRDY and KDIS-FM in Little Rock to Salem Communications Corporation, owner of several other San Antonio-area radio stations.[7] Salem's purchase, at a price of $2 million, was consummated on February 7, 2014.

In February 2018, KRDY changed its format from Spanish Christian radio to conservative talk, branded as "Freedom 1160".[8]

In November 2019, the station was sold to Immaculate Heart Media, Inc. and it became an affiliate of Relevant Radio.[9][10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Radio-Locator.com/KRDY
  2. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1963 page B-184
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1968 page B-165
  4. ^ "KRDY Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  5. ^ Radio Disney Places Stations On The Market - Radio Insight (released June 4, 2013)
  6. ^ Notification of Suspension of Operations KRDY - United States Federal Communications Commission
  7. ^ "APPLICATION FOR CONSENT TO ASSIGNMENT OF BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. October 25, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  8. ^ Salem Adds Second Conservative Talker in San Antonio Radioinsight - February 22, 2018
  9. ^ Jacobson, Adam. "Update: Salem Reveals Stations In Latest Sale As Stock Slides", Radio & Television Business Report. August 16, 2019. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  10. ^ Venta, Lance. "More On Immaculate Heart Media’s Purchase Of Nine Stations From Salem", Radio Insight. August 16, 2019. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  11. ^ Application Search Details – BAL-20190814AAU, fcc.gov. Retrieved November 23, 2019.

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