|City||Santa Barbara, California|
|First air date||1962|
|Power||500 watts (day)
122 watts (night)
|Callsign meaning||a portmanteau of:
KZBN and KKSB (former callsigns)
|Former callsigns||KACL (1962-1974)
KRNP (March 2005-May 2005)
|Owner||Santa Barbara Broadcasting, Inc.|
KZSB (1290 AM) is a commercial radio station located in Santa Barbara, California. The station airs local news and talk, mainly from news reports of the Santa Barbara News-Press. It also airs BBC World Service reports at the top of each hour.
Bob Newhart bought 1290 AM in 1995. In 2005 he sold it to Santa Barbara Broadcasting Inc., owned by Dennis Weibling, and the call sign was changed to KZSB. Although Weibling is a friend of Santa Barbara News Press owner Wendy McCaw, the News Press does not actually own 1290 AM.
The station offers locally produced, block programmed talk shows hosted by local residents. KZSB also features CNN Headline News hourly.
The station went on the air as KACL in 1962 with a middle-of-the-road format. After an ownership change in 1973, the call letters were changed to KKIO and the format, to country music. A second ownership change in 1982 resulted in the format being changed again, to an oldies-based rock format as KXXN ("Kicks 1290"). Two years later, the station was sold during bankruptcy proceedings, changed call letters to KESP, and formats to Spanish language.
Country (1973-1982, 1991-1995)
Oldies Rock (1982-1994)
Spanish Music (1984-1991)
Adult Standards (1995-2005)
Community/World Affairs (2005-Present)
- FCC History Cards for KZSB
- Article mentioning KZSB's format change
- KZSB AM 1290 on Radio Station Zone - ratings, comments and listen live links
- Query the FCC's AM station database for KZSB
- Radio-Locator Information on KZSB
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for KZSB