KFMB-FM

KFMB-FM (100.7 FM, "100.7 San Diego") is a commercial radio station that is licensed to San Diego, California, United States and broadcasts an adult hits format. The station is owned by Local Media San Diego. It shares studios with KFMB (760 AM) and KFMB-TV (channel 8) in the Kearny Mesa section of San Diego. KFMB-FM's transmitter is atop Mount Soledad in La Jolla.

KFMB-FM
KFMB-FM 2019 Logo.png
CitySan Diego, California
Broadcast areaGreater San Diego
Branding100.7 San Diego
SloganPure Variety
Frequency100.7 MHz (HD Radio)
First air dateSeptember 21, 1959
FormatFM/HD1: Adult hits
HD2: Country (KRDC simulcast) "AM 1110 Radio Disney Country"
Language(s)English
ERP30,000 watts
HAAT189 meters (620 ft)
ClassB
Facility ID42117
Transmitter coordinates32°50′17″N 117°15′00″W / 32.838°N 117.250°W / 32.838; -117.250Coordinates: 32°50′17″N 117°15′00″W / 32.838°N 117.250°W / 32.838; -117.250
Call sign meaningDerived from sister station KFMB
OwnerLocal Media San Diego
(Local Media San Diego Acquisition, LLC)
Sister stationsKFMB, XETRA-FM, XHITZ-FM, XHRM-FM
WebcastListen Live
Website1007sandiego.com

HistoryEdit

Early yearsEdit

What eventually became KFMB-FM began testing in 1950 from the North Park Theater on Adams Avenue in San Diego. Under the ownership of Transcontinent Television Corporation, the station signed on as a commercial operation on 100.7 FM on September 21, 1959, with a beautiful music format. In 1964, Transcontinent sold the KFMB-AM-FM-TV cluster to Midwest Television, a company controlled by the Meyer family and based in Champaign, Illinois at the time.[1] In the late 1960s, the format was called "Music only for a woman"; station manager Eddie "Ed" Peters bought the rights to syndicate the format. Soon after, Peters left and started his own jingle company, Peters Productions, which syndicated the format on reel-to-reel tape to over 100 stations during the 1960s and 1970s, changing the name of the format to "Music just for the two of us".

Switch to CHR/B-100 launchEdit

San Diego in the early 1970s had three beautiful music stations and was about to gain a fourth, so KFMB program director Bobby Rich and station manager Paul Palmer put together a super high energy top 40 format to challenge market leader KCBQ (1170 AM). Rich wanted to change the call letters to something with a "Q" in them to become "the FM Q", but the owners refused to break up the KFMB-AM-FM-TV matched set of call signs. Although 100.7 is closer to 101 than 100, KGB-FM (101.5 FM) had already established itself as "101 KGB FM", so KFMB-FM became "B-100" in March 1975 with the slogan "Better Boogie". B100 eventually bested longtime AM top 40 powerhouse KCBQ in the Fall 1977 Arbitron ratings.

B100 was the first major-market FM top 40 station to achieve overall number one Arbitron ratings for all listeners. The station's on-air staff during its first two years included Phil Flowers, Scott "The Rocketman" Wright, Jimi Fox, Willie B. Goode!, Rob Landree, Dave Conley, Billy Martin, Glen McCartney, "Shotgun" Tom Kelly, Gene Knight, Danny Wilde, Gary Kelley, Billy Pearl, Kenny "Beaver Cleaver" Levine, Kevin "Just" Anderson, Cherie, Jimmy Rogers, Christopher Lance, Terri Lynn, with Uncle Fred, and Bobby Rich under his on air name "Dr. Boogie". Suddenly, after one year, Fox, Goode, and Conley left to launch top 40 outlet KTNQ (Ten-Q) in Los Angeles.

Evolution to hot ACEdit

B100 had major success in the 1980s, reinventing itself as one of the nation's first ever hot adult contemporary (hot AC) stations. It melded top 40 hits (omitting some teen-oriented songs) with an adult delivery by its high-profile air staff. The day started with The B100 Morning Zoo starring Bobby Rich, Scott Kenyon, Pat Gaffey, and Frank Anthony — collectively known as "The Rich Brothers". Other personalities from this era included Gary Kelley, Gene Knight (who is now heard on KXSN), Danny Romero (who eventually landed at KABC-TV in Los Angeles), Ellen K. Thomas, and John Fox.

Jeff and Jer became the new morning drive hosts at B100 in 1991, but would leave in April 1993 for KKLQ-FM. Replacing them were John Landers and Jools Brandt, followed by Larry Himmel, who had also succeeded "Shotgun" Tom Kelly in mornings on B100 in 1979. After Jeff and Jer departed, the station's ratings began to decline.

Star 100.7Edit

On May 16, 1994, Midwest Television announced that KFMB-FM would change formats. After the announcement, the station began a 3-week stunt dubbed "The Great Radio Experiment", where the station tested formats such as all-1970s hits, country, all-Elvis, modern rock, "party songs", an "MTV"-style top 40 format, classic rock, all-Motown, and children's music, each lasting for a day, and allowed listeners to vote for the new format.[2] On June 6 at midnight, KFMB-FM relaunched as "Star 100.7" and retained the hot AC format, though with a more current and upbeat focus than B100.[3]

Star 100.7 was a personality-oriented station, with an initial air staff made up of Shawn Ireland and Donna Davis in mornings, Kim Morrison in middays, Dave Smiley in afternoons, Dominica in evenings, and China More in overnights. Later on, the station's air staff consisted of Jeff and Jer (who returned in May 1997) in mornings, Anita Rush in middays, XHRM-FM morning hosts Jagger and Kristi in afternoons (after they left for KMYI in 2002, they would be replaced with Gregg Simms, Jen Sewell and Sara Kiani), and Ricky Lopez at nights (who would later be replaced with a repeat of Jeff and Jer dubbed Jeff and Jer Primetime). The station also aired the Bob and Sheri syndicated morning drive show in the early morning hours for a brief period in late 2004 and early 2005 (the show broadcasts from Charlotte, North Carolina in the Eastern Time Zone).

100.7 Jack FMEdit

 
Logo as "100.7 Jack FM"

"Star 100.7" continued until April 6, 2005 at 9:55 a.m., when the station began stunting with a five-minute ticking clock and a mysterious voice saying "closer...closer", which ended with an alarm going off and a female announcer saying "Bye Star". At that point, "Jack FM" and its adult hits format was introduced with R.E.M.'s "It's The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)."[4] Jeff and Jer left KFMB-FM in August 2005 and moved across town to KMYI (94.1 FM), now known as "Star 94.1". On August 2, 2010, KFMB-FM became home to the former longtime KGB-FM morning show, Dave, Shelly and Chainsaw, often abbreviated The DSC.

In January 2014, the station's sound evolved from the adult hits format by adding more current and recent hits, dropping most songs recorded before 2000 other than those by established modern rock artists such as Green Day, INXS, and U2. In April 2014, Mediabase added KFMB-FM to its hot AC panel, reflecting its shift from adult hits to a modern rock-leaning hot AC format.[5]


Morning shows on Jack: Monique and the Man; The DSCEdit

Typically, Jack FM stations do not have disc jockeys. However, in September 2005, KFMB-FM conducted a nationwide search for morning show talent, with the winner receiving a $1-million, five-year contract. The station chose Hispanic comedian Monique Marvez and former Star 100.7 DJs Greg and Sara. The show was called Monique and the Man; Greg was the 'Man' and Sara was a co-host. The show started on January 23, 2006 and ended in 2009. KFMB-FM had no morning show until Dave, Shelly and Chainsaw took over on August 2, 2010. The show, previously on KGB-FM, helped boost the station's morning ratings.

100.7 KFM-BFMEdit

On October 6, 2015, Midwest Television announced that it had entered into a joint operating agreement with Local Media San Diego LLC, which operates three stations licensed to Tijuana but broadcasting in English for the San Diego media market: XETRA-FM (91.1 FM), XHITZ-FM (90.3 FM), and XHRM-FM (92.5 FM). The five stations formed an entity known as SDLocal, which was intended to "preserve the local ownership and operation of San Diego's top-rated radio stations".[6]

 
Logo as 100.7 KFM-BFM.

On November 17, 2015, KFMB-FM began airing an all-Christmas music format for the holiday season as "Jack Frost". On December 8, Garrett Michaels, formerly program director at XETRA-FM, was named to the same position at KFMB-FM.[7] With the announcement, there were possible hints of an upcoming format change. While Dave, Shelly and Chainsaw was usually ranked in first place among morning-drive programs, particularly among listeners 25–54 years old, KFMB-FM overall was ranked #17 in the December 2015 Nielsen Audio ratings report for the San Diego market.[8][9] On December 26, 2015 at 10 a.m., after playing "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)" by the Ramones, KFMB-FM began stunting with a "Wheel of Formats" — consisting of all-AC/DC, all-Bob Marley, all-1980s hits, all-Van Halen, outlaw country, soft adult contemporary, all-glam metal, all-blues, and adult standards — branded simply as "100.7", with each new format starting every day at 10 a.m. The stunt lasted until January 4, when the station settled on a mainstream rock format consisting of a mix of classic rock and 1970s/1980s new wave hits. This was branded as "100.7 KFM-BFM", a nod to how the station referred to its call letters in the 1980s. The first song on KFM-BFM was "The Spirit of Radio" by Rush.[10][11][12]

Midwest Television and Local Media San Diego ended the SDLocal joint operating agreement at the end of 2016.[13]

Tegna ownership, 100.7 San DiegoEdit

In October 2017, San Diego television station KUSI-TV reported that KFMB-AM-FM-TV were being offered for sale by Midwest Television.[14] On December 18, 2017, Tegna, Inc. announced it would purchase the KFMB stations for $325 million;[15] the deal marked Tegna's re-entry into radio, as predecessor Gannett Company had sold its previous radio group to Evergreen Media in 1997.[16] The sale was completed on February 15, 2018.[17]

The last edition of Dave, Shelly and Chainsaw aired July 19, 2018. The hosts' contracts were set to expire at the end of the month, but KFMB-FM failed to reach new deals with hosts Dave Rickards and Cookie "Chainsaw" Randolph. Shelly Dunn had announced her retirement from radio the previous week.[18]

In December 2018, KFMB-FM flipped back to adult hits as "100.7 San Diego".[19] In January 2019, it was announced that Chris Cantore (coming from KBZT) would begin hosting mornings.[20]

Sale to Local Media San DiegoEdit

On December 30, 2019, Tegna reached an agreement to sell KFMB-AM-FM to Local Media San Diego for $5 million, putting them back under common control with its three Mexican-licensed stations. The deal broke up the KFMB station cluster after 60 years and did not include the rights to the KFMB call letters; the call signs of the radio stations will thus change after the acquisition closes.[21] Local Media entered into a 10-year lease of the transmitter site on Mount Soledad as part of the sale. On January 28, 2020, ahead of the closure, it was announced that the entire airstaff would be exiting on February 7, 2020, which was when they expected the sale to be closed.[22]

However, it was later revealed that their staff would remain in place through at least February 14; regulatory approval of the sale has faced delays due to several factors, including the required publication of public notices of the proposal being delayed due to an "inadvertent scheduling oversight".[22][23] The sale was ultimately completed on March 17, 2020; while KFMB (AM) was immediately divested to iHeartMedia, no immediate changes were disclosed for KFMB-FM, other than a planned relocation to LMSD's Sorrento Valley studios.[24]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Transcontinent sale: last of its kind?." Broadcasting, February 24, 1964, pp. 27-28. [1][permanent dead link][2][permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "'San Diego's Great Radio Experiment' Begins!" (PDF). Radio & Records. May 13, 1994. p. 15. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "BDS: Far From Reality" (PDF). Radio & Records. June 10, 1994. p. 14. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  4. ^ Jacobson, Adam (April 15, 2005). "KFMB-FM Says 'Bye, Star'" (PDF). Radio & Records. pp. 1, 14. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  5. ^ "Mediabase Announces Panel Changes". AllAccess. All Access Music Group. April 22, 2014.
  6. ^ "Local Media, KFMB Stations announce joint-operating agreement". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  7. ^ Venta, Lance (December 8, 2015). "Garrett Michaels Named PD Of KFMB-FM San Diego; Format Change Hinted". RadioInsight. RadioBB Networks. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  8. ^ http://ratings.radio-online.com/cgi-bin/rol.exe/arb063
  9. ^ http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2015/dec/10/blurt-you-dont-know-jack/
  10. ^ "Wheel of Formats Kills Off Jack-FM San Diego". RadioInsight. RadioBB Networks. January 4, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  11. ^ http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2015/dec/26/blurt-goodbye-bieber-hello-acdc/
  12. ^ "Jack Becomes 100.7 KFM-BFM". Format Change Archive.
  13. ^ "KFMB-A, KFMB-F (100.7 KFM-BFM)/San Diego, Local Media San Diego To End Joint Operating Agreement". AllAccess. All Access Music Group. September 28, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  14. ^ "KFMB-TV Sale". KUSI. Archived from the original on 2017-10-31. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
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  17. ^ Miller, Mark K. "Tegna Completes KFMB San Diego Purchase". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  18. ^ Venta, Lance (July 22, 2018). "Dave, Shelly & Chainsaw Exit 100.7 KFM-BFM San Diego". RadioInsight. RadioBB Networks. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  19. ^ "KFM-BFM Rebrands As 100.7 San Diego". RadioInsight. 2018-12-06. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  20. ^ "Chris Cantore owns the mornings on 100.7 San Diego". 100.7SD Official Webpage. Tegna Radio. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  21. ^ Venta, Lance (December 30, 2019). "Local Media San Diego Acquires KFMB AM/FM". RadioInsight. Retrieved December 30, 2019.
  22. ^ a b "KFMB San Diego Staffers Gain Extra Week Before Exits". RadioInsight. 2020-02-07. Retrieved 2020-02-24.
  23. ^ "Domain Insight 2/23: What's Next For KFMB AM/FM?". RadioInsight. 2020-02-23. Retrieved 2020-02-24.
  24. ^ Venta, Lance (March 17, 2020). "Local Media San Diego Closes KFMB AM/FM Purchase; Sells 760 To iHeartMedia". RadioInsight. Retrieved March 17, 2020.

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