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|City||San Antonio, Texas, U.S.|
|Broadcast area||San Antonio area|
|Slogan||University of Jalapeno|
|Repeater(s)||95.5 K238BZ (Seguin|
102.3 K272EK (San Antonio)
|First air date||1540: March 17, 1966 |
102.3: January 15, 2008
|Format||Tejano and Conjunto|
|Power||1540: 5,000 watts day|
1,000 watts night
|ERP||102.3: 99 watts|
|HAAT||102.3: 81 m (266 ft)|
|Class||1540: B |
|Facility ID||1540: 14892 |
|Owner||Claro Communications |
(Claro Communications, Ltd.)
|Webcast||Listen Live (96 K MP3)|
KEDA (1540 AM) founded on March 17, 1966, by Manuel G. Davila. KEDA is regarded by some as one of the first Tejano Music radio stations in the United States. Davila's first words on the opening day of his station were "KEDA está en el aire."[verification needed] From its founding KEDA committed to the goal of supporting the local tejano bands of San Antonio. This goal has been attributed by some to the lack of airtime given to Tejano bands in the 1960s. While the radio formats of stations usually change over time, KEDA's format has remained relatively unchanged since its inception.
In 2008, KEDA was the longest-running and last remaining family-owned independent radio station in the San Antonio market; along with playing music, it maintained a connection to its roots through community-service programming. These efforts included the reading of obituaries on the air as well as fundraisers for those who could not afford to bury their dead children.
In July 2011, Claro Communications (headed by Gerald Benavides) bought the radio station. The format remains the same with much of KEDA's previous air staff still working there.
On March 17, 2014, KEDA went into the FM spectrum at 87.7 FM.
Manuel G. DavilaEdit
Manuel G. Davila Sr. died on July 12, 1997. Leaving the station to his wife and children. His youngest son, Albert Davila was Program Director of KEDA until 2011.
Davila was indicted into the Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame in 2015.