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City of license Taft, California
Broadcast area Bakersfield, California
Frequency 103.9 MHz
Format Silent
ERP 6,000 watts
HAAT 100 meters (328 feet)
Class A
Facility ID 456
Transmitter coordinates 35°07′04″N 119°27′33″W / 35.11778°N 119.45917°W / 35.11778; -119.45917
Callsign meaning "Bakersfield's Dance Station"
Former callsigns KTLM (1985-1990)
KMYX-FM (1990-2000)[1]
Owner Radio Campensina Bakersfield

KBDS (103.9 FM) is a radio station licensed to serve Taft, California. The station is owned by Radio Campensina Bakersfield, Inc., which is itself owned by the United Farm Workers. While the station normally broadcasts to the Kern County, California, area, as of November 14, 2008, it is temporarily off the air.

Before the station was silenced on November 14, 2008, it broadcast a Rhythmic Top 40 music format.[2] Branded as "Play 103.9", the station's slogan was "Blazin' Hip Hop Y Mas."



This station received its original construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission on January 18, 1985.[3] The new station was assigned the call letters KTLM by the FCC on December 3, 1985.[1] In March 1988, Louise E. Mann's Mann Broadcasting Company reached an agreement to transfer the permit for this station to The Great Southwest Broadcasting Company. The deal was approved by the FCC on April 27, 1988, and the transaction was consummated on September 13, 1988.[4]

KTLM received its license to cover from the FCC on August 22, 1989.[5] However, in July 1989 Bakersfield Radio Partners L.P. reached an agreement to acquire this station's permit and license. The deal was approved by the FCC on November 1, 1989, and the transaction was consummated on December 19, 1989.[6] The new owners had the FCC change the station's callsign to KMYX-FM on January 8, 1990.[1]

In July 1993, Bakersfield Radio Partners reached an agreement to sell this station to Adelman Communications, Inc. The deal was approved by the FCC on September 2, 1993, and the transaction was consummated on October 1, 1993.[7]

In June 1994, Adelman Communications, Inc., reached an agreement to sell this station to Radio Campesina Bakersfield, Inc. The deal was approved by the FCC on July 13, 1994, and the transaction was consummated on August 4, 1994.[8] The station was assigned the KBDS call letters by the FCC on March 2, 2000.[1]

Prior to its flip to Rhythmic Top 40 in November 2004, KBDS' previous format was Regional Mexican. During its four-year run "Play 103.9" did well, despite competition from Rhythmic rival KISV ("Hot 94.1"), who they decided to take on after KKXX-FM flipped formats three months earlier in August 2004. Indeed, when KBDS went silent in November 2008, they were experiencing their highest 12+ Arbitron ratings to date.[9]


On June 21, 2005, KBDS was sued by contest winner Shannon Castillo, claiming she was misled by the station's promotions to believe she had won a new Hummer H2.[10] In fact, she and another winner were each presented with a remote-control toy model of an H2.[11] The lawsuit seeking $60,000, the approximate cost of a real Hummer H2, further claims that KBDS ran a week's worth of promos mocking her as a victim of the station's April Fool's Day joke (even though the contest itself was a week long and started in March).[11]


On November 14, 2008, citing poor advertising sales and the state of the economy, KBDS let go its entire programming staff and went off the air.[12] The station has formally applied to remain off the air for up to 180 days due to being "unable to operate profitably in the current economic climate".[1]. The FCC accepted the filing on December 11, 2008, but as of January 24, 2009, has not yet approved the request,[13] since a request to remain silent must normally be due to something "beyond the control" of the licensee, and generally does not include financial problems.


  1. ^ a b c d "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database.  
  2. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron.  
  3. ^ "Application Search Details (BPH-19790730AA)". FCC Media Bureau. January 18, 1985.  
  4. ^ "Application Search Details (BAPH-19880211EE)". FCC Media Bureau. September 13, 1988.  
  5. ^ "Application Search Details (BLH-19880303KB)". FCC Media Bureau. August 22, 1989.  
  6. ^ "Application Search Details (BAPLH-19890727HC)". FCC Media Bureau. December 19, 1989.  
  7. ^ "Application Search Details (BALH-19930719EE)". FCC Media Bureau. October 1, 1993.  
  8. ^ "Application Search Details (BALH-19940526EB)". FCC Media Bureau. August 4, 1994.  
  9. ^ Dunham, Darnella (November 13, 2008). "KBDS Signing Off In Bakersfield". Radio & Records.  
  10. ^ "No Joke: April Fool's Prank Leads To Possible Lawsuit". KERO-TV. July 15, 2005.  
  11. ^ a b Jones, Ivory M. (July 14, 2005). "The Joke's Now On KBDS". Radio Monitor.  
  12. ^ "In Brief - November 14, 2008". FMQB. November 14, 2008.  
  13. ^ "Application Search Details (BLSTA-20081210AEC)". FCC Media Bureau. December 11, 2008.  

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