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KFRC is an AM and FM broadcast radio station in San Francisco, California in the United States. For over 80 years, the station has served the community. It broadcasts on 610 kHz AM and since 1991, on 99.7 MHz FM. The famous callsign letters were sequentially issued, as was common when KFRC signed on the air in 1924. They did not stand for "Frisco", nor did they stand for for "Known For Radio Clearness," though this was the slogan used when the station first signed on with 50 watts of power. Broadcasts had been heard over a much larger area than had been anticipated. Amplitude modulation (AM) is a form of modulation in which the amplitude of a carrier wave is varied in direct proportion to that of a modulating signal. ... Frequency modulation (FM) is a form of modulation which represents information as variations in the instantaneous frequency of a carrier wave. ... A radio station is a sound broadcasting service. ... The downtown San Francisco skyline, looking east from the central part of the city. ... State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Official languages English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ... In broadcasting and radio communication, a callsign or call sign (also call letters) is a unique designation for a transmitting station. ... 1924 was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ...

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Early history

The beginning of KFRC was largely due to the efforts of its first manager, Harrison Holliway. As a child, he was a ham radio buff, and by 1920, he was operating his own amateur station, 6BN. For a time, Harrison was on the air every day with 6BN, broadcasting record programs "for the sheer pleasure of it". He also worked as a part-time newspaper reporter, covering high school sporting news for the San Francisco Call. Amateur radio, commonly called ham radio, is a hobby enjoyed by many people throughout the world (as of 2004 about 3 million worldwide, 70,000 in Germany, 5,000 in Norway, 57,000 in Canada, and 700,000 in the USA). ... 1920 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar) // Events January January 7 - Forces of Russian White admiral Kolchak surrender in Krasnoyarsk. ...


Beginning in 1920, Holliway attended Stanford University. During the summer of 1924, Holliway was working at a radio shop called the Radio Art Corporation in San Francisco. A Western Electric salesman called on the owners, Jim Threlkeld and Thomas Catton, and sold them on the idea of starting a new radio station (and of course, buying a Western Electric transmitter). And so, KFRC was born, and Holliway became the manager. For other meanings of Stanford, see Stanford (disambiguation). ... Western Electric (sometimes abbreviated WECo) was a US electrical engineering company, the manufacturing arm of the Bell Telephone Company from 1881 to 1984 . ...


KFRC went on the air on September 24, 1924 with speeches by local dignitaries, followed by a program with concert, symphony and dance orchestras. Although the signal was only 50 watts, reception proved exceptionally good. It was heard on the U.S. Atlantic Coast, and across the Pacific Ocean as far away as New Zealand. September 24 is the 267th day of the year (268th in leap years). ... The watt (symbol: W) is the SI derived unit for power. ... The Atlantic Ocean is Earths second-largest ocean, covering approximately one-fifth of its surface. ...


In the following years, Holliway interviewed such personalities as baseball great Rogers Hornsby, French-Canadian heavyweight boxer Jack Renault, and actors William S. Hart, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and John Barrymore. Harry "Mac" McClintock who hosted a daily children's program, later wrote the hit song "Big Rock Candy Mountain". Rogers Hornsby (April 27, 1896 in Winters, Texas - January 5, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois), nicknamed The Rajah, was a second baseman and manager in Major League Baseball who played most of his career in St. ... French Canadian is a term that has several different connotations. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Categories: Actor stubs | 1872 births | 1946 deaths | Cinema actors | American actors ... Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. ... John Sidney Blythe (February 15, 1882 – May 29, 1942), better known as John Barrymore, became famous as a Shakespearean actor, lauded for his Hamlet. ... Harry McClintock, also known as Haywire Mac, was a composer well known for his song Big Rock Candy Mountain. ... Big Rock Candy Mountain is a song about a hobos idea of paradise. ...


Don Lee networks

In 1926, KFRC was purchased by Don Lee, who was the wealthy California distributor for Cadillac automobiles. He is said to have had "a personal habit of doing everything in grand style." His family owned the station for 25 years. In 1927, he purchased KHJ in Los Angeles, and in 1929, both stations became affiliated with William S. Paley's Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS). 1926 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Cadillac is a brand of luxury automobile, part of the General Motors corporation, produced and mostly sold in the USA; outside of North America, they have been less successful. ... 1927 was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... KHJ Radio in Los Angeles, California was one of Americas most formidable Top 40 radio stations in the 1960s and 1970s as 93 KHJ. KHJ went on the air in 1922 with a frequency of 930 kHz. ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... 1929 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... William S. Paley (September 28, 1901 - October 26, 1990) was an executive who built CBS from a small radio network to the dominant television network in America. ... CBSs first color logo, which debuted in the fall of 1965. ...


Jack Benny's announcer Don Wilson began his radio career at KFRC. Others included Ralph Edwards, Art Van Horn, and Mark Goodson, who later went on with partner Bill Todman to create many radio and television game and quiz shows. Other personalties associated with KFRC during the Don Lee era were Art Linkletter, Mel Venter, Bea Benaderet, Harold Peary, Morey Amsterdam, Juanita Tennyson, Merv Griffin, and John Nesbitt. Jack Benny (born Benjamin Kubelsky, February 14, 1894 – December 26, 1974) was a comedian, vaudeville performer, film actor, and one of the most prominent early stars of American radio and television. ... Don Wilson (September 1, 1900 – April 25, 1982) was an American announcer and occasional actor in radio and television. ... Mark Goodson (January 14, 1915 – December 18, 1992) was an American television producer born in Sacramento, California. ... Bill Todman (July 31, 1916-July 29, 1979) was an American television producer born in New York City. ... Art Linkletter (born Arthur Gordon Kelly on July 17, 1912) was the host of two of the longest running shows in broadcast history: House Party which ran on CBS TV and Radio for 25 years, and People Are Funny which ran on NBC TV and Radio for 19 years. ... Bea Benaderet (April 4, 1906 - October 13, 1968) (pr: ben-ah-DARE-ett) was an American actor best remembered as a voice artist in radio and animation. ... Harold Hal Peary (born Harrold Jese Pereira de Faria, July 25, 1908 - March 30, 1985) was an American actor and comedian in radio, film, television, and animation, best known as the original portrayer of Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, aka The Great Gildersleeve. ... Morey Amsterdam (December 14, 1908 - October 28, 1996) was a veteran television actor and comedian, renowned for his large, ready supply of jokes. ... Mervyn Edward Griffin, Jr. ... John Nesbitt (1925-1988) was a Manitoba agrologist. ...


Don Lee died in 1934 and his son took over management. KFRC (and sister KHJ in Los Angeles) switched to the new Mutual Broadcasting System on December 29, 1936. 1934 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Mutual Broadcasting System (MBS) was an American radio network, in operation from 1934 to 1999. ... December 29 is the 363rd day of the year (364th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 2 days remaining. ... 1936 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


1950s and 1960s: Bill Drake era

In 1949, RKO-General acquired KFRC. Like most radio stations during the 1950s, KFRC lost ratings and share to television. In the mid-1960s, KFRC changed to a Top 40 rock and roll music format, and quickly became the dominant station in the region with that format through the 1970s, featuring the tight, carefully programmed sound developed programmer, Bill Drake, formerly of cross-town rival, KYA. It entered its second "golden era," which coincided with San Francisco’s Summer of Love. 1949 is a common year starting on Saturday. ... The classic logo of RKO Radio Pictures. ... // Events and trends The 1950s in Western society was marked with a sharp rise in the economy for the first time in almost 30 years and return to the 1920s-type consumer society built on credit and boom-times, as well as the height of the baby-boom from returning... The 1960s, or The Sixties, in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... This article provides extensive lists of events and significant personalities of the 1970s. ... His real name is Philip Yarbrough, but he is known by his on-air name, Bill Drake. ... The Summer of Love was a phrase given to the summer of 1967 to try to describe (personify) the feeling of being in San Francisco that summer, when the hippie movement came to full fruition. ...


1970s and 1980s: Dr. Don Rose, Magic 61

From 1973 until 1986, Dr. Don Rose (July 5, 1934March 30, 2005) was a memorable radio personality on KFRC. With earlier experience at WQXI (AM) in Atlanta, Georgia, and WFIL in Philadelphia, he was known for his corny one-liners, wacky sound effects, and good heart. With Dr. Don as anchor, KFRC was voted "Station of the Year" four times by Billboard Magazine. He was considered by many to be the king of radio in the Bay Area during the last decade of AM's musical dominance. Don Rose ( born Donald Rosenberg and best known as Dr. Don Rose or just Dr. Don) July 5, 1934 – March 30, 2005) was a memorable radio personality on KFRC AM 610 in San Francisco, California from October 1973 to 1986. ... July 5 is the 186th day of the year (187th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 179 days remaining. ... 1934 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... March 30 is the 89th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (90th in Leap years). ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ... WQXI AM is a radio station in the city of Atlanta, at a frequency of 790kHz. ... Atlanta is the capital and largest city of Georgia, a state of the United States of America. ... WFIL is the name of a radio station, and also the former name of a television station, serving the American city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Philadelphia is a village located in Jefferson County, New York. ... A one-liner is a joke that takes to its heart the principle that brevity is the soul of wit. ... Sound effects or audio effects are artificially created or enhanced sounds, or sound processes used to emphasize artistic or other content of movies, video games, music, or other media. ... An example of a Billboard Magazine. ... USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ...


With the decline of the Top 40 format by the mid 1980s, KFRC's programming was changed to feature a 1940s big band format, and was known as "Magic 61". // Events and trends The 1940s were dominated by World War II, the most destructive armed conflict in history. ... A big band, also known as a jazz orchestra, is a large musical ensemble that plays jazz music, especially swing. ...


1990s: adding FM

In the 1990s, KFRC changed to a nostalgia format by playing the rock hits of the 1960s and 70s, recreating the successful Bill Drake years. // Events and trends The 1990s are generally classified as having moved slightly away from the more conservative 1980s, but otherwise retaining the same mindset. ...


When, in 1980, KFRC sold off its money-losing FM station at 106.1 (to become KMEL, it soon became clear that the owners had made a mistake. This was corrected in 1991 with the purchase of the station at 99.7. The frequency for many years had been KNBC, and later KYUU and KXXX. Under KFRC, the FM signal at 99.7 was simulcast (which means broadcast together) with the popular AM station at 610. The oldies format proved very successful in the Bay market. KMEL-FM, known locally as 106 KMEL, is an urban contemporary radio station that broadcasts on the 106. ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... KNBC (Channel 4) is the NBC-owned and operated station in Los Angeles and the networks West Coast flagship. ... Simulcast is a contraction of simultaneous broadcast, and refers to programs or events broadcast across more than one medium at the same time. ...


Current events, heritage

In 2005, the owners, Infinity Broadcasting (CBS), announced the sale of the AM station, which was anticipated to receive new call letters. The sale price was reported to be $35 million. The oldies format of KFRC AM and FM was scheduled to continue on the FM frequency. 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ... CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) is a major radio and television network in the United States. ...


Because KFRC's strong 5,000 watt AM signal from the Berkeley Marina was heard as a local station not only in San Francisco, but in Sacramento as well, this posed a problem for Infinity/CBS. In order to buy a TV station, KOVR channel 13, it was required that they divest one of their radio signals penetrating the Sacramento market. KFRC was the station sold. KOVR, channel 13, is a CBS affiliate in Stockton, California. ...


Gerry Cagle, who programmed KFRC in the early eighties, and now writes for MusicBiz.com, commented in 2005:

"KFRC wasn't a position on the dial. It was a place in the hearts of the many professionals who worked there to build and continue a legacy unmatched in radio. It was also a place in the hearts of the listeners who made it important in their lives. 610 means nothing. 'KFRC San Francisco with the Best Music!' will live forever in that magical place we all go when we think about the good things of the past." [1]

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AM Radio Stations in the San Francisco Bay Area

By Frequency: 560 | 610 | 680 | 740 | 810 | 910 | 960 | 1010 | 1050 | 1100 | 1170 | 1190 | 1220 | 1260 | 1310 | 1400 | 1450 | 1510 | 1550 | 1640 Mediumwave radio transmissions (sometimes called Medium frequency or MF) are those between the frequencies of 300 kHz and 3000 kHz. ... USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Sine waves of various frequencies; the lower waves have higher frequencies than those above. ... KNBR - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... KCBS is an AM radio station in San Francisco, California that is currently the West Coast flagship radio station of CBS and the Westwood One Radio Network, broadcasting at 740 kHz. ... KGO 810 AM is a news-talk format radio station based in San Francisco, California owned by ABC/Disney. ... KNEW, are the call letters of 910 AM in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. ... KFAX has an interesting history. ... 96. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


By Callsign: KCBS | KDIA | KDYA | KEST | KFAX | KFRC | KGO | KIQI | KLOK | KMKY | KNBR | KNEW | KNTS | KOIT | KPIG | KQKE | KSFO | KTCT | KVTO | KYCY In broadcasting and radio communication, a callsign or call sign (also call letters) is a unique designation for a transmitting station. ... KCBS is an AM radio station in San Francisco, California that is currently the West Coast flagship radio station of CBS and the Westwood One Radio Network, broadcasting at 740 kHz. ... KFAX has an interesting history. ... KGO 810 AM is a news-talk format radio station based in San Francisco, California owned by ABC/Disney. ... KNBR - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... KNEW, are the call letters of 910 AM in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. ... 96. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... FAA diagram of SFO SFO redirects here. ...

FM Radio Stations in the San Francisco Bay Area

By Frequency: 88.5 | 89.5 | 90.1 | 90.3 | 90.7 | 91.1 | 91.7 | 92.7 | 93.3 | 94.1 | 94.9 | 95.7 | 96.5 | 97.3 | 98.1 | 98.9 | 99.7 |100.7 | 101.3 | 102.1 | 102.9 | 103.7 | 104.5 | 105.3 | 106.1 | 106.9 | 107.7 FM radio is a broadcast technology invented by Edwin Howard Armstrong that uses frequency modulation to provide high-fidelity broadcast radio sound. ... USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Sine waves of various frequencies; the lower waves have higher frequencies than those above. ... KQED is a public broadcasting company based in San Francisco. ... KZSU is a freeform FM radio station broadcasting from Stanford University in Stanford, California. ... KALX is a freeform FM radio station broadcasting from the University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, California. ... KCSM (91. ... KALW is a public radio station based in San Francisco, California. ... KNGY, also known as Energy 92. ... La Raza is the name of a radio network which broadcasts regional Mexican music in California. ... KPFA (94. ... KYLD(WiLD 94. ... 96. ... The American radio station KLLC, better known as Alice 97. ... KSOL (Estereo Sol, 98. ... 102. ... *Click text here: for KFOG Live Audio Streaming from KFOG San Francisco KFOG is an FM radio station in San Francisco, California, broadcasting on 104. ... The American radio station KITS, better known as Live 105, is an modern rock station in San Francisco. ... KMEL-FM, known locally as 106 KMEL, is an urban contemporary radio station that broadcasts on the 106. ... The American radio station KSAN, better known as 107. ...


By Callsign: KALX | KALW | KBLX | KCSM | KDFC | KEAR | KFOG | KFRC | KIOI | KISQ | KITS | KKSF | KLLC | KMEL | KNGY | KOIT | KPFA | KPOO | KQED | KRZZ | KSAN | KSOL | KUSF | KVVZ | KYLD | KZSU In broadcasting and radio communication, a callsign or call sign (also call letters) is a unique designation for a transmitting station. ... KALX is a freeform FM radio station broadcasting from the University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, California. ... KALW is a public radio station based in San Francisco, California. ... KCSM (91. ... 102. ... *Click text here: for KFOG Live Audio Streaming from KFOG San Francisco KFOG is an FM radio station in San Francisco, California, broadcasting on 104. ... The American radio station KITS, better known as Live 105, is an modern rock station in San Francisco. ... The American radio station KLLC, better known as Alice 97. ... KMEL-FM, known locally as 106 KMEL, is an urban contemporary radio station that broadcasts on the 106. ... KNGY, also known as Energy 92. ... 96. ... KPFA (94. ... KQED is a public broadcasting company based in San Francisco. ... La Raza is the name of a radio network which broadcasts regional Mexican music in California. ... The American radio station KSAN, better known as 107. ... KSOL (Estereo Sol, 98. ... KYLD(WiLD 94. ... KZSU is a freeform FM radio station broadcasting from Stanford University in Stanford, California. ...


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