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KTIE AM590TheAnswer logo.png
City San Bernardino, California
Broadcast area Riverside-San Bernardino, California
Branding AM 590 The Answer
Frequency 590 (kHz)
First air date 1925
Format Talk
Power 2,500 watts (day)
960 watts (night)
Class B
Callsign meaning Talk of the Inland Empire
Owner Salem Media Group
(Caron Broadcasting, Inc.)
Webcast Listen live
Website www.am590theanswer.com

KTIE (590 AM, "AM 590 The Answer") is a conservative talk radio station located in San Bernardino, California, broadcasting to the Inland Empire, including Riverside, Redlands and San Bernardino. By day, it broadcasts at 2500 watts and at night, just under 1000 watts, with a directional signal that also can be heard in parts of Orange County. It is owned by the Salem Media Group, based in Camarillo.


KTIE ident used before the rebranding to "The Answer"

KTIE airs programing similar to its sister station in the Los Angeles area, 870 KRLA and 1170 KCBQ in San Diego. At one time KTIE's programming was nearly identical to KRLA except for local news and traffic reports. KTIE still simulcasts KRLA's wake up show, "The Morning Answer." But KTIE now runs Rush Limbaugh in late mornings and some other syndicated shows during the day and evening. One local show, "Jen and Don," runs at 6 p.m.

KTIE carries the following nationally syndicated weekday radio programs:

KTIE is unusual among Salem outlets for carrying Limbaugh's show, which is syndicated by Premiere Networks. Most of Salem's talk stations compete against iHeartMedia owned-and-operated stations. Premiere is a subsidiary of iHeart. But iHeartMedia has no stations in the Inland Empire.

On weekends, KTIE also broadcasts programs devoted to law, wine, senior citizens and health, as well as Brokered programming. Two local shows on weekends are the Let's Dine Out Show, hosted by local food critic Allan Borgen, and Firing Line Radio Show with host Phillip Naman, devoted to firearms and recreational shooting.


KTIE carries the Los Angeles Lakers basketball games and the Los Angeles Rams football games for fans in the Inland Empire.


The KFXM Years: KFXM goes back to the early days of radio when it was KFXM and the oldest serving radio station from the Inland Empire. KTIE debuted in 1929. The original site of its radio antenna was on the summit of Mount San Bernardino, about 25 miles east of the city. KFXM was received across most of Southern California, including Los Angeles and San Diego.

On January 10, 1948, KFXM moved to the 590 frequency. A newspaper ad proclaimed "eight times greater coverage for your Mutual-Don Lee Network programs."[1]

From the 1950s through the 1980s, KFXM was a popular Top Forty-formatted station at 590 kHz on the AM band in the San Bernardino and Riverside, California, market area. KFXM was home to popular disc jockeys such as Larry Lujack, Lyle Kilgore, Chuck Doherty and Bob Griffin in the early 1960s. In 1962, 1290 KMEN/129 was the new station in town and beat the former #1 KFXM in the ratings. But in 1965, KFXM reclaimed the top spot with a DJ lineup of Don Elliot, Al Anthony, Jockey Jon (Jon Badeaux), Barry Boyd and Gene Gleason. An AFTRA strike in 1968 prompted Al Anthony to hire a new lineup of jockeys, collectively known as the "Jones Boys" (as all of their on-air names had the surname Jones), which kept the station running; once the dispute was resolved, the jockeys chose new on-air names. Maintaining the leadership role in the Inland Empire of Southern California into the 1970s were disc jockeys Jahni Kaye, Doug Collins, Don McCoy, Bruce Chandler, Chris Roberts and Bob B. Blue. In the 80s, the station continued to succeed with Craig Powers, and then Rich Watson as PD and air personalities, Dave Murphy, Ed Mann, Jason McQueen (Michael Anglado) and Terry Shea, all of whom landed gigs at Los Angeles metro stations after their stints at KFXM. The heyday of KFXM in the 1970s is kept alive today on 96.7 FM KFXM-LP, a low-power FM station in licensed to Lancaster, California.

From 1991 to 1995, this station's call letters were KRSO and it was the local affiliate for the Los Angeles Rams pro football team. Its format, adult standards, was similar to 710 KMPC in Los Angeles (now KSPN). In 1992, upon final sign-off of the easy listening 'Beautiful Music'format, 97.5 KDUO referred listeners to KRSO as a similar format to what they had heard on KDUO. [2]

Nowadays, KTIE in the daytime is audible from Azusa and Westminster to the west, and all the way to Banning and Yucca Valley in the east. Its main focus is the Inland Empire.

On April 23, 2012, KTIE was re-branded to AM 590 The Answer.[3] Most Salem Communications Talk stations now call themselves "The Answer."


  1. ^ "(KFXM ad)". The San Bernardino County Sun. January 4, 1948. p. 18. Retrieved April 4, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ "(KDUO-FM 97.5)".  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ http://rbr.com/krla-am-ktie-am-re-brand-in-california/

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Coordinates: 34°04′20″N 117°17′52″W / 34.07222°N 117.29778°W / 34.07222; -117.29778