|City||San Antonio, Texas|
|Broadcast area||San Antonio metropolitan area|
|Owner||Relevant Radio, Inc.|
First air date
|November 13, 1961 (as KBER at 1150)|
Former call signs
|1150 kHz (1961-1985)|
Call sign meaning
|Kids Radio DisneY|
|Power||10,000 watts day|
1,000 watts night
KRDY (1160 AM) is a radio station in San Antonio, Texas. The station is owned by Relevant Radio, Inc. and is an affiliate of its Catholic talk network. The transmitter is off Braun Road, near Loop 1604, in San Antonio.
On November 13, 1961, the station signed on as KBER, a daytime only station on 1150 kHz. 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 adjacent-channel 1150 AM KZNE in College Station, Texas, and KCCT in Corpus Christi, Texas. As KBER was west of KZNE and north of KCCT the system directed to the north west and reduced signal across an arc toward the KZNE 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. 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.
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.
On August 26, 1991, the station changed its call sign from KFHM to KVAR.
On October 15, 1993, the station changed its call letters from KVAR to KENS and adopted a news/talk radio format.
On February 27, 2004, the station changed its call letters from KENS to KRDY.
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.
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. Salem's purchase, at a price of $2 million, was consummated on February 7, 2014.
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1963 page B-184
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1968 page B-165
- "KRDY Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- Radio Disney Places Stations On The Market - Radio Insight (released June 4, 2013)
- Notification of Suspension of Operations KRDY - United States Federal Communications Commission
- "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.
- Salem Adds Second Conservative Talker in San Antonio Radioinsight - February 22, 2018
- Jacobson, Adam. "Update: Salem Reveals Stations In Latest Sale As Stock Slides", Radio & Television Business Report. August 16, 2019. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
- Venta, Lance. "More On Immaculate Heart Media’s Purchase Of Nine Stations From Salem", Radio Insight. August 16, 2019. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
- Application Search Details – BAL-20190814AAU, fcc.gov. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
- Official website
- KRDY in the FCC AM station database
- KRDY on Radio-Locator
- KRDY in Nielsen Audio's AM station database