KFMR Radio, Fremont
The weekday (above) and weekend (below) programming schedule for Fremont’s KFMR (104.9 FM) from February 1979 is shown in this photocopy which was included in the station’s media kit.
KFMR began its life as KHYD in March 1961 under the ownership of “Country” Leon Crosby, who later owned San Francisco’s KMPX (107 FM) and KEMO-TV (Channel 20). KHYD broadcast from studios on Peralta Boulevard and a transmitter in the hills above Niles in Fremont, and became KFMR in August 1964.
The station became the first full-time country music station on the FM dial — in stereo — in the Bay Area in 1967. By the mid-197os, KFMR was broadcasting brokered religious programming from studios on Williams Street in Fremont’s Centerville District.
The station switched to Spanish-language programming in 1979 as KDOS, and became KBRG in 1983, relocating its studios from Fremont to San Jose in 1989. KBRG was switched to Classic Rock KUFX (“The Fox”) in December 1997, and began simulcasting sister station KOME (98.5) in June 1998 as KLDZ.
On February 1, 1999, KLDZ became KCNL (Channel 104.9). The station’s transmitter was moved from its original location in Fremont to the hills east of San Jose in February 2003, with the station relicensed to Sunnyvale.
SOURCE: Bay Area Radio Digest Collection.