KWRU

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KWRU
Punjabi Radio USA LOGO.png
CityFresno, California
Broadcast areaFresno area
BrandingPunjabi Radio USA
SloganUniting Punjabis All Over
Frequency1300 kHz
First air dateOctober 1947
FormatPunjabi language
Language(s)Punjabi
ERP5,000 watts Day
1,000 watts Night
ClassB
Facility ID65774
Transmitter coordinates36°46′14″N 119°45′0″W / 36.77056°N 119.75000°W / 36.77056; -119.75000
Former callsignsKYNO
OwnerPunjabi American Media, LLC
(Punjabi American Media LLC)
Sister stationsKIID KOBO KLHC
WebcastListen Live
Websitewww.punjabiradiousa.com

KWRU (1300 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station in Fresno, California. The station broadcasts a Punjabi language radio format of music, news and talk. It is owned by Punjabi American Media LLC. Most California Sikhs /Punjabi live in the north and Central Valley, where they've had a presence for more than 100 years. "Central California is probably the most densely populated Sikh/Punjabi community. KWRU carries the Punjabi Radio USA network, based in San Jose, California and heard in about a dozen West Coast cities.

History[edit]

The station first signed on in October 1947. Through the 1960s and 70s, it was KYNO, a popular Top 40 outlet, owned by Gene Chenault and programmed by Bill Drake, pioneers in the "Boss Radio" sound that sparked Top 40 stations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and other cities.

In 1980 the station was sold to Spanish Catholic Radio of Fresno, offering Spanish-language religious programming.

KWRU formerly aired programming from Radio Vida Abundante, a Spanish-language Evangelical Christian network.[1] The station was owned by Multicultural Radio Broadcasting Licensee, LLC.[2] Multicultural Broadcasting, owned by Arthur Liu of New York City, sold the station to Punjabi American Media in September 2016.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Spring 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2010-07-19.
  2. ^ "KWRU Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved 2010-07-19.

External links[edit]

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