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KHTY (970 AM, "Fox Sports 970") is a commercial radio station that is licensed to Bakersfield, California and serves inland central California. The station is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc.[2] and airs a sports radio format as an affiliate of Fox Sports Radio. The KHTY studios are located in southwest Bakersfield, and its transmitter is located east of Oildale, California.

CityBakersfield, California
Broadcast areaKern County, California
BrandingFox Sports 970 AM Bakersfield
SloganAll Sports. All Day. Every Day.
Frequency970 kHz
First air date1958
FormatSports radio
Power1,000 watts (day)
5,000 watts (night)
Facility ID40868
Transmitter coordinates35°27′00″N 118°56′48″W / 35.45000°N 118.94667°W / 35.45000; -118.94667
Former callsignsKBIS (1958-1977)
KUZZ (1977-1986)
KZPM (2000-2001)
KZTK (2001-2002)
KGET (2002-2006)[1]
AffiliationsFox Sports Radio
Premiere Radio Networks
Motor Racing Network
Performance Racing Network
Los Angeles Lakers Radio Network
Los Angeles Dodgers Radio Network
OwneriHeartMedia, Inc.
(AMFM Radio Licenses, L.L.C.)
Sister stationsKBFP, KBFP-FM, KDFO, KRAB
WebcastListen Live

KHTY broadcasts various sports programs, including Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Dodgers games as well as NASCAR races.



The station on 970 AM first signed on in March 1961 as KBIS, a daytimer operating at a power of 1,000 watts.[3]

In June 1976, Westco Media sold KBIS to Thunderbird Broadcasting, owned by country music singer Buck Owens, for $382,500. As Thunderbird already owned KUZZ in Bakersfield, and US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations at the time prohibited ownership of multiple AM stations within the same market, that company sold KUZZ to the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel for $100,000.[4] The FCC approved both license transfers on November 16, and KBIS adopted the KUZZ call letters the following January.[5][6]

In August 1984, Buck Owens Broadcasting orchestrated a frequency swap with Sunset Broadcasting Corp., owner of KAFY. Owens traded KUZZ, a daytimer on 970 AM, to Sunset for KAFY — located on the stronger, full-time 550 AM frequency — plus $650,000 in cash.[7] The 970 AM frequency took on the KAFY call letters in January 1986.[8] In April 1987, Sunset Broadcasting, headed by Daren McGavren, sold KAFY to McGavren-Barro Broadcasting Corp. — owned by his son Steve McGavren and Mary Helen Barro — for $700,000. At the time of the sale, KAFY was broadcasting in the Spanish language.[9]

In April 2000, Hispanic Media Group, headed by Amancio Suarez, Sr., sold KAFY and a construction permit for a second AM station in Bakersfield to Golden Pegasus Financial Services for $825,000. At the time, KAFY broadcast a regional Mexican music format.[10] The station would change hands once again by the end of the year as Clear Channel Communications purchased the newly rechristened KZPM for $1.4 million.[11][12]

Throughout the decade of the 2000s under Clear Channel ownership, the 970 AM frequency took on various call signs and formats. In May 2001, Clear Channel began using the KZTK call sign the then-news/talk outlet. In September 2002, the call letters changed to KGET to match those of television station KGET-TV, at the time also owned by Clear Channel. The radio station KGET was branded "News Talk 970 KGET".

In January 2006, the KGET call letters were changed to KHTY. The station at the time was a classic hits radio station branded as "Mighty 970".[13] In 2007, KHTY switched back to news/talk with the branding "Business 970 KHTY".[14] Later that year, KHTY began airing a news/talk format in Spanish.[15]

Former KHTY/Fox Sports 970 logo

On March 2, 2009, KHTY flipped to sports radio with the branding "Fox Sports 970".[16]


The station lineup includes Jim Rome, Chris Myers, The Petros and Money Show, J. T. the Brick, and other Fox Sports Radio programs, as well as The Dan Patrick Show. Also on KHTY are broadcasts of the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Rams, and NASCAR races.

KHTY was the flagship station of the Bakersfield Condors in the ECHL from 2010[17] until their relocation to Norfolk, Virginia after the 2014-15 season.


  1. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  2. ^ "KHTY Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  3. ^ "Directory of AM and FM Radio Stations in the U.S." (PDF). Broadcasting Yearbook. Broadcasting Publications Inc. 1963. p. B-15. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  4. ^ "Changing Hands" (PDF). Broadcasting. Broadcasting Publications Inc. 1976-06-21. p. 113. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  5. ^ "For the Record" (PDF). Broadcasting. Broadcasting Publications Inc. 1976-12-06. p. 72. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  6. ^ "For the Record" (PDF). Broadcasting. Broadcasting Publications Inc. 1977-01-24. p. 67. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  7. ^ "For the Record" (PDF). Broadcasting. Broadcasting Publications Inc. 1984-09-03. p. 66. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  8. ^ "For the Record" (PDF). Broadcasting. Broadcasting Publications Inc. 1986-01-27. p. 126. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  9. ^ "JACOR, Shamrock Score Denver Combos" (PDF). Radio and Records. 1987-04-17. p. 12. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  10. ^ "Chagal Re-Enters L.A. With Expanded-Band Buy" (PDF). Radio and Records. 2000-04-21. p. 6. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  11. ^ "ChangingHands" (PDF). Broadcasting and Cable. R.R. Bowker. 2000-12-04. p. 54. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  12. ^ "'The End' Arrives For Clear Channel" (PDF). Radio and Records. 2000-12-01. p. 6. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  13. ^ "Howard Johnson Exits LSM Position At Clear Channel Bakersfield". All Access Music Group. 2006-04-05. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  14. ^ "Stephan Adds Three Affiliates". All Access Music Group. 2007-01-10. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  15. ^ "KHTY Talks Business In Espanol". All Access Music Group. 2007-10-29. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  16. ^ "KHTY Goes Sports". All Access Music Group. 2009-03-02. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  17. ^ "Bakersfield Condors Land On Fox Sports Radio 970". All Access Music Group. 2010-09-17. Retrieved 2018-12-22.

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