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KRDY (Freedom 1160) (1160 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station in San Antonio, Texas. The station is owned by Salem Media Group. The studios are located at 9601 McAllister Freeway. The transmitter is off Braun Road, near Loop 1604, in San Antonio.[1]

KRDY
CitySan Antonio, Texas
Broadcast areaSan Antonio metropolitan area
BrandingFreedom 1160
SloganConservative Talk That You Can Count On
Frequency1160 kHz
First air dateNovember 13, 1961 (as KBER at 1150)
FormatConservative Talk
Power10,000 watts day
1,000 watts night
ClassB
Facility ID26310
Transmitter coordinates29°32′11″N 98°41′11″W / 29.53639°N 98.68639°W / 29.53639; -98.68639Coordinates: 29°32′11″N 98°41′11″W / 29.53639°N 98.68639°W / 29.53639; -98.68639
Callsign meaningKids Radio DisneY
(former affiliation)
Former callsignsKBER (1961-1978)
KFHM (1978-1991)
KVAR (1991-1993)
KENS (1993-2004)
Former frequencies1150 kHz (1961-1985)
AffiliationsFox News Radio, Westwood One, Genesis Communications Network, Salem Radio Network
OwnerSalem Media Group
Sister stationsKLUP, KSLR
WebcastListen live
Websitefreedom1160.com

KRDY is one of two talk radio stations owned by Salem in the Greater San Antonio radio market. Sister station KLUP "930AM The Answer"'s schedule is mostly syndicated conservative talk shows from the Salem Radio Network, while Freedom 1160, KRDY airs conservative talk shows from several sources, including Fox News Radio, Westwood One and the Salem Radio Network. Freedom 1160 hosts include Brian Kilmeade, Todd Starnes, Chris Plante, Ben Shapiro, Mark Levin and Tom Shillue. Together, Freedom 1160 and 930AM The Answer are branded as San Antonio's One-Two Punch for Conservative Talk.

HistoryEdit

KBER: 1961-1978Edit

On November 13, 1961, the station signed on as KBER, a daytime only station on 1150 kHz.[2] It was owned by Kepo Broadcasting. KBER was powered at 1,000 watts using a three tower directional antenna (DA) system. The DA was needed to protect co-channel WTAW in College Station, Texas, and KCCT in Corpus Christi, Texas. As KBER was west of WTAW and north of KCCT the system directed to the north west and reduced signal across an arc toward the WTAW and KCCT service areas.

Towers and studios were on Alma Drive just outside the future Loop 410. The area would later be dubbed "KBER Square." On June 25, 1966, an FM station was signed on, KBER-FM on 100.3.[3] The two stations simulcast their programming. Because KBER AM was off the air at night, KBER-FM allowed programming to be heard around the clock. KBER-FM was later KSAQ and, under different owners is today's KCYY.

KFHM: 1978‒1991Edit

On May 31, 1978, KFHM began broadcasting as a Tejano/Latin music AM radio station. The station changed to 1160 kHz in the mid 1980's, giving it increased coverage and full time authorization. Power was boosted to 10,000 watts by day and 1,000 watts by night from a site west of San Antonio.

KVAR: 1991‒1993Edit

On August 26, 1991, the station changed its call sign from KFHM to KVAR.

KENS: 1993‒2004Edit

On October 15, 1993, the station changed its call letters from KVAR to KENS and adopted a news/talk radio format.

KRDY: 2004‒presentEdit

On February 27, 2004, the station changed its call letters from KENS to KRDY.[4]

On June 4, 2013, Radio Disney announced that it would be selling seven radio stations, including KRDY, in an attempt to increase revenue and focus more on stations serving Top 25 markets.[5]

On September 28, 2013, KRDY dropped the Radio Disney affiliation and went silent.[6]

In October 2013, Radio Disney Group filed to sell KRDY and KDIS-FM in Little Rock to Salem Communications Corporation, owner of several other San Antonio-area radio stations.[7] Salem's purchase, at a price of $2 million, was consummated on February 7, 2014.

In February 2018, KRDY changed its format from Spanish Christian radio to conservative talk, branded as "Freedom 1160".[8]


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Radio-Locator.com/KRDY
  2. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1963 page B-184
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1968 page B-165
  4. ^ "KRDY Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  5. ^ Radio Disney Places Stations On The Market - Radio Insight (released June 4, 2013)
  6. ^ Notification of Suspension of Operations KRDY - United States Federal Communications Commission
  7. ^ "APPLICATION FOR CONSENT TO ASSIGNMENT OF BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. October 25, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  8. ^ Salem Adds Second Conservative Talker in San Antonio Radioinsight - February 22, 2018

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