|City||Santa Barbara, California|
|Broadcast area||Santa Barbara, California|
|Branding||La Preciosa 1490|
|First air date||April 1926|
|Format||Spanish Adult Hits|
|Former callsigns||KFCR (1926-1929)
(Rincon Broadcasting License Subsidiary, LLC)
|Sister stations||KFYZ, KIST-FM, KSBL, KTMS, KTYD|
The station had the call letters KFCR when it began operation on 720kHz in 1926, moving to 1420kHz the following year. It took the call letters KDB when it moved to 1500kHz in 1929, and kept those call letters when it moved to 1490kHz in 1941. In 1931, it became part of the Don Lee Network by virtue of being sold to Lee under the corporate name Santa Barbara Broadcasters. (See former sister station KDB (FM) for additional early history of the AM station.)
On January 11, 2007, Clear Channel Communications sold all of its radio stations in Santa Barbara to Rincon Broadcasting. On October 28, 2008, the KBKO call sign that had been used for 11 years were replaced with KIST, which had been dropped from 1340 AM (now KCLU).
On July 19, 2010, KIST changed their call letters to KSPE.
On September 15, 2010 the format was changed from progressive talk to Spanish adult hits under the name of "La Preciosa".
Regional Mexican (1990–2007)
Progressive Talk (2007–2010)
Spanish Oldies (2010–Present)
- FCC History Cards for KSPE
- Query the FCC's AM station database for KSPE
- Radio-Locator Information on KSPE
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for KSPE
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