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City Santa Barbara, California
Broadcast area Santa Barbara, California
Branding News Talk AM 990
Frequency 990 (kHz)
Translator(s) 97.9 MHz K250BS (Solimar Beach)
First air date August 11, 1962
Format News/Talk
Power 5,000 watts (day)
500 watts (night)
Class B
Facility ID 14529
Callsign meaning Thomas More Storke
Owner Rincon Broadcasting LS LLC
(Rincon License Subsidiary LLC)
Sister stations KOSJ, KIST-FM, KSBL, KSPE, KTYD
Website KTMS website

KTMS (990 AM, "News Talk AM 990") is a news/talk radio station based in Santa Barbara, California, and is owned by Rincon Broadcasting LS LLC. It airs talk shows such as Dennis Miller, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity.


KTMS was founded by Santa Barbara News-Press publisher Thomas More Storke (hence the station callsign). KTMS was located for many years at 1250AM (now KZER). Among the programs produced at the station include 1-2-5 Club, with disc jockey Bob Ruth. It debuted in 1937 and aired for many years. The call letters moved to 990 AM, formerly KTYD and many other call letters, in 1998 after 1250 was sold to the owners of the local ABC affiliate KEYT-TV and became KEYT. In the 1960s, 990 AM was called "KGUD" (K-Good Radio) and sported a country music format. It began simulcasting KTYD's AOR format in the early 1970s, but briefly returned to a country format in the 1980s. After that a number of formats (among them religion, Broadway show tunes and jazz) were tried but none were successful.


  • Sies, Luther F. Encyclopedia of American Radio 1920-1960. Jefferson, NC:McFarland, 2000. ISBN 0-7864-0452-3

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Coordinates: 34°28′15″N 119°40′33″W / 34.47083°N 119.67583°W / 34.47083; -119.67583