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KEDA (AM)

KEDA (1540 AM & 102.3 FM) is a radio station licensed to San Antonio, Texas, United States, the station serves the San Antonio area. The station is currently owned by Claro Communications.[1]

KEDA
KEDA 1530-102.3 logo.png
CitySan Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Broadcast areaSan Antonio area
Branding'KEDA 1540'
SloganUniversity of Jalapeno
Frequency1540 kHz
Repeater(s)95.5 K238BZ (Seguin
102.3 K272EK (San Antonio)
First air date1540: March 17, 1966
102.3: January 15, 2008
FormatTejano and Conjunto
Power1540: 5,000 watts day
1,000 watts night
ERP102.3: 99 watts
HAAT102.3: 81 m (266 ft)
Class1540: B
102.3: D
Facility ID1540: 14892
102.3: 143204
Transmitter coordinates29°21′30″N 98°21′5″W / 29.35833°N 98.35139°W / 29.35833; -98.35139Coordinates: 29°21′30″N 98°21′5″W / 29.35833°N 98.35139°W / 29.35833; -98.35139
OwnerClaro Communications
(Claro Communications, Ltd.)
WebcastListen Live (96 K MP3)
WebsiteKEDARadio.com

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HistoryEdit

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[3]

In July 2011, Claro Communications (headed by Gerald Benavides) bought the radio station.[1] 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.[2]

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.[4]

Davila was indicted into the Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame in 2015.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "KEDA Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ "Does anyone recall '50s teen DJs?".
  3. ^ a b "About KEDA".
  4. ^ Smith, Lois (12 June 2010). "Texas State Historical Association".
  5. ^ "Texas Conjunto Music Hall and Museum".

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