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.
|City||San Antonio, Texas|
|Broadcast area||San Antonio metropolitan area|
|Slogan||Conservative Talk That You Can Count On|
|First air date||November 13, 1961 (as KBER at 1150)|
|Power||10,000 watts day|
1,000 watts night
|Callsign meaning||Kids Radio DisneY|
|Former callsigns||KBER (1961-1978)|
|Former frequencies||1150 kHz (1961-1985)|
|Affiliations||Fox News Radio, Westwood One, Genesis Communications Network, Salem Radio Network|
|Owner||Salem Media Group|
|Sister stations||KLUP, KSLR|
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.
On November 13, 1961, the station signed on as KBER, a daytime only station on 1150 kHz. 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. 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.
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.
On August 26, 1991, the station changed its call sign from KFHM to KVAR.
On October 15, 1993, the station changed its call letters from KVAR to KENS and adopted a news/talk radio format.
On February 27, 2004, the station changed its call letters from KENS to KRDY.
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. Salem's purchase, at a price of $2 million, was consummated on February 7, 2014.
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1963 page B-184
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1968 page B-165
- "KRDY Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- Radio Disney Places Stations On The Market - Radio Insight (released June 4, 2013)
- Notification of Suspension of Operations KRDY - United States Federal Communications Commission
- "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.
- Salem Adds Second Conservative Talker in San Antonio Radioinsight - February 22, 2018