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KPIG-FM (107.5 FM, "K-PIG") is a radio station located near the city of Santa Cruz, California, United States. Founded in 1988, the studio is based in Watsonville, California, and broadcasts to the counties of Santa Cruz and Monterey. It also has a radio repeater on 94.9 MHz FM in San Luis Obispo County as KPYG (since 2004). The station's logo, designed by John F. Johnson, features a sunglasses-wearing pig in farmer's clothing and a cowboy hat. In 2001 the station was bought by Mapleton Communications.
|City||KPIG-FM: Freedom, California|
KPYG: Cayucos, California
|Broadcast area||KPIG-FM: Freedom/Santa Cruz/Monterey/Salinas, California|
KPYG: San Luis Obispo, California
|Slogan||Live Free-range DJs 24/7|
|Frequency||KPIG-FM: 107.5 MHz|
KPYG: 94.9 MHz
|First air date||KPIG-FM: 1987|
|ERP||KPIG-FM: 5,400 watts|
KPYG: 25,000 watts
|HAAT||KPIG-FM: 103 meters|
KPYG: 100 meters
|Facility ID||KPIG-FM: 54745|
KPYG: Dimes Media Corporation
(KPIG-FM: Mapleton License of Monterey, LLC)
KPIG operates a loosely defined progressive full service format encompassing folk, blues, rock, and Americana, with disc jockeys given authority to choose their own playlists. KPIG has strong community ties featuring local disc jockeys, local sponsors, local news and commentary, and the Hog Call line, a free community call-in line for leaving recorded announcements that will be played on the air. Much like newspaper classifieds, common "Hog Calls" are regarding items for sale or upcoming community events.
Among its most well known programs are "Cousin Al's Bluegrass Show" on Sunday nights, "Uncle Sherman's Dirty Boogie" on Saturday nights, "Please Stand By" the in-studio live music show, on Sunday mornings. "Please Stand By", hosted by Sleepy John Sandidge, features local and world-famous Country, Folk, and Blues acts. The station also hosts several popular music festivals each year including the Humbug Hoedown in December, and is the radio volunteer for the free music festival each October in Golden Gate Park called Hardly Strictly Bluegrass.
KPIG is well known worldwide as well. It was one of the first radio stations in the world to webcast their program, going online on August 2, 1995 during Cousin Al's show. Frequently song requests are submitted via e-mail from listeners around the globe. Indirect references to KPIG appear in the songs "I'm Coming Home" by Robert Earl Keen and "Beer Run" (which references the Robert Keen song) by Todd Snider, both of whom are frequently featured on the air and perform at KPIG's events.
In March 2010, KPIG placed its audio stream behind a paywall. On October 1, 2012, KPIG launched an ad-free "KPIG Online Radio" app in the Apple App Store. A monthly subscription purchased through the official website is required for streaming.
KPIG's predecessor was KFAT, broadcasting out of Gilroy, California from 1975 to 1983. Much of KPIG's founding staff and current on-air personalities worked at KFAT. KFAT specialized in true Country and Folk as well as many off-beat oddities. Archived tapes of broadcasts are still streamed from *this archiving website and some history and memories are available at the *KFAT.com website
Program Director, Laura Ellen Hopper (April 29, 1950 – May 28, 2007), who had helped found KFAT in 1975, had produced a side-project webcast, the Cowboy Cultural Society web site and stream that plays contemporary and classic Cowboy music.
Former morning disc jockey Dallas Dobro is also the regular mainstage Master of Ceremonies at the twice-annual Strawberry Music Festival in Camp Mather, Yosemite, California. Dobro left the station in 2006 and now resides and works in radio in Petaluma, California.
"Wild" Bill Goldsmith, KPIG's former webmaster, and the person who first put its program on the web, founded Radio Paradise, a webcast of "Eclectic Online Rock".
John F. Johnson (Oct. 7, 1944 - Jan. 23, 2017) of Teapot Graphics (Santa Cruz, CA) designed the logo in 1990. The logo is used on the ubiquitous bumper sticker and it, along with other artwork has created a look-and-feel for the station. Over KPIG's first 25 years John designed advertising and merchandise including t-shirts, calendars, CD packages and posters which are very popular with the listeners.
Effective December 31, 2007, radio format syndication firm Dial Global offers KPIG's programming to other stations across the United States via satellite distribution. KPIG's programming is offered to stations as either a primary format, or via a station's HD Radio subchannel. The format makes KPIG one of only three terrestrial based radio superstations in the United States (WBBR, a business-talk radio network and 660, The Fan, a Sports station, both in New York City, being the others).
- Lane, Jennifer (March 17, 2010). "KPIG Asks Listeners To Pay For Streams". Audio4cast.com. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
- "Pig News: The Free KPIG iPhone/Android App". KPIG.com. January 1, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
- KPIG official website
- KPIG current playlist
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KPIG
- Radio-Locator information on KPIG
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KPIG
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KPYG
- Radio-Locator information on KPYG
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KPYG