Thursday, July 15, 2004
There are 45 radio transmitters and 12 television transmitters with an array of ownership in the Monterey/ Salinas area. Below is a list of some of the bigger stations.
Recent legislation like the Telecommunications Act of 1996 has followed a trend of deregulation. Rather than foster competition, recent FCC rule changes have created advantages for the mega-media companies.
Broadcasters are regulated by the government because the airwaves are public property. In the Monterey/Salinas market, several big companies own multiple media outlets, as the following information illustrates.
Source: Center for Public
Integrity, Washington, DC.
• • • Radio • • •
Clear Channel Communications
A major media conglomerate based in San Antonio, with 1,200 radio stations and around 100 million listeners. Clear Channel also owns several concert venues, such as the Fillmore and Shoreline Amphitheatre.
KDON 102.5 FM
KOCN 105.1 FM
KTOM 92.7 FM
KPRC 100.7 FM
KZFX 1380 AM
KION 1460 AM
Mapleton Communications, LLC
A privately-held regional company with stations around California and a group in Medford, Oregon. Its tagline is “community-friendly radio.” Its flagship station is rare in the US for being a localized station with 24-hour live disc jockeys. The stations broadcast from Watsonville and Monterey.
KTEE 93.7 FM
KPIG 107.5 FM
KCDU 101.7 FM
KMBY 103.9 FM
KHIP 104.3 FM
KBTU 93.5 FM
Wolfhouse Radio Group, Inc.
A Salinas-based corporation broadcasting Spanish-language music, news and entertainment radio from Salinas.
KEBV 97.9 FM
KHDV 93.9 FM
KMJV 106.3 FM
KDBV 980 AM
KTGE 1570 AM
Buckley Broadcasting Of Monterey
A Monterey-based two-station radio group.
KWAV 96.9 FM
KIDD 630 AM
Entravision Communications Corp.
A Santa Monica-based Spanish-language media conglomerate with 57 radio stations, 14,000 billboards, it is the Univision-affiliated TV group for the US.
KLOK 99.5 FM
KMBX 700 AM
Radio Bilingue, Inc.
A community radio station, owned and operated by Latinos, that broadcasts music and news in Spanish and English with a focus on young Latinos and farmworkers. On Sundays there are indigenous Mexican, Hawaiian and Filipino programs. Radio Bilingue is based in Fresno and owns five stations in California with 65 affiliates.
KHDC 90.9 FM
Pataphysical Broadcasting Foundation, Inc.
An NPR-affiliate owned by its members and on the air since 1973, with studios and broadcasting facilities in Santa Cruz.
KUSP 88.9 FM
Foundation Of California State University Monterey Bay
An NPR-affiliate based in Pacific Grove.
KAZU 90.3 FM
• • • Television • • •
Clear Channel Communications, Inc.
Besides owning 1,200 radio stations, the San Antonio media giant also owns and/or operates 41 television stations across the US.
KION-TV 46 CBS
Seal Rock Broadcasters, LLC
Under a special arrangement known as a Local Marketing Agreement, Clear Channel “possesses certain rights with regard to the station’s programming.” KCBA and Clear Channel-owned KION share facilities in Salinas.
KCBA 35 FOX
Hearst-Argyle Stations, Inc. Hearst Corp.
Hearst-Argyle owns 24 TV stations around the US and reaches 17.8 percent of households, according to the company. It in turn is owned by the Hearst Corporation, publisher of 12 newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle as well as several magazines such as Esquire and Cosmopolitan.
KSBW 8 NBC