is a non-commercial
traditional Christian radio station
in San Francisco, California
, which runs programming from Family Radio
. Its transmitter is located in Berkeley, California
and broadcasts on 610 kHz AM
. Until 2005, KEAR was broadcasting on 106.9 MHz FM
KEAR's programming is also broadcast on KEAR-FM in Sacramento, California, whose signal is transmitted from radio repeaters for local markets across California, such as 101.5 MHz (K268AH) in Palm Springs and 90.9 MHz (K217BJ) in Banning.
610 AM KFRC
The frequency of 610 kHz
had been home to the original KFRC
for over eight decades, from 1924
. In the 1960s and 1970s KFRC was a legendary Top 40
powerhouse in San Francisco, but by August 1986
had flipped to a Big Band
format. In the early 1990s it began simulcasting its sister station KFRC-FM's Oldies
KEAR call letters
The call letters KEAR were originally assigned to an AM station at 1550 kHz (now KYCY
) in 1952. In 1956
, the KEAR call letters were moved to 97.3 MHz FM. Family Stations Inc. bought the station in 1959
, and aired its first Family Radio broadcast on KEAR on February 4
of that year.
In September 1978, Family Stations Inc. sold its station at 97.3 to CBS Inc. (who still owns it today as KLLC), and acquired KMPX 106.9 FM from National Science Network, Inc. At this time, the KEAR call letters and Family Radio programming were transferred to the new frequency, where it broadcast for 27 years.
KEAR moves to 610 AM
In 2005, Family Stations acquired KFRC
's AM station from Infinity Broadcasting (now CBS Radio
), when parent company Viacom
was in the process of acquiring KOVR
, a CBS
-affiliated TV station in Sacramento, California
, and needed to sell the AM station, which could also be heard there, to meet FCC
ownership limitations. On April 29
, 2005, KFRC 610 AM began simulcasting Family Radio programming. Shortly thereafter, Family Stations sold its 106.9 FM
station to Infinity Broadcasting.
The Oakland Athletics baseball team, which had a contract with KFRC to carry its games, continued to broadcast on KFRC 610 AM through the end of the team's 2005 season. After these broadcasts concluded, on October 17, 2005, the KEAR call letters were transferred to the AM station and 106.9 became Free FM talker KIFR, later to become KFRC-FM, a classic hits station. 106.9 also became the Oakland A's new home.
Coincidentally, all three of the frequencies which formerly had the KEAR call letters are now assigned to CBS Radio.