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KBME
City of license Houston, Texas
Broadcast area Greater Houston
Branding Sportstalk 790
Frequency 790 kHz
First air date 1944
Format Sports Talk
Power 5,000 watts
Class B
Facility ID 23082
Transmitter coordinates 29° 54' 54.00" N
95° 27' 42.00" W
Callsign meaning Best Music Ever made (was a music station).
Former callsigns KBME 1998-04-24
KKBQ 1982-08-13
KULF 1970s
KTHT 1944
Former frequencies 1230 (1944-1948)
Affiliations Houston Cougars
Texas A&M Aggies (NCAA)
Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Owner Clear Channel
(AMFM Texas Licenses, LP)
Sister stations KKRW, KODA, KPRC (AM), KTBZ, KTRH
Webcast Listen Live
Website sports790.com

KBME (branded as Sportstalk 790) AM is a sports-talk radio station in the Houston, Texas metropolitan area. It is currently owned by Clear Channel Communications. The station airs local sports-talk every weekday from 6am until 7pm and carries nationally syndicated Fox Sports Radio programming.

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History

The station first went on the air as KTHT in 1944. It moved from the Class C channel (1,000 watts) 1230 kHz to the current Class B (5,000 watts) frequency of 790 kHz in 1948. During the 1960s, KTHT was known as "Demand Radio 79", playing pop music. In the early 1970s, it became adult contemporary KULF, then in the early 1980s relaunched as the top 40 station KKBQ (79Q). KKBQ was among the first stations in the city to broadcast in AM stereo.

AM 79Q and KKBQ-FM (93Q) simulcast until the late 1990s. At that point, the AM station became adult standards 790 KBME (for "Best Music Ever"). It was branded at that time as "Star 790 KBME". In 2004, the station flipped to an all sports station, as "790 ESPN Radio, the Sports Animal." In October 2006, ESPN, which wanted to begin affiliating with FM stations in some markets, signed an affiliation deal with KFNC, 97.5FM, owned by Cumulus Media. The new affiliation began in January 2007. At that point, Clear Channel dropped the ESPN name and all its network programming; today, the lineup is a mix of local shows and programs from Fox Sports Radio.

Play-by-play coverage includes Houston Cougars football and basketball, some Texas A&M Aggies sporting events, some games from the Westwood One and ESPN Radio networks, and the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer. In addition, many Houston Astros spring training games from Florida are aired on KBME instead of on the flagship station, sister KTRH.

Regular weekday programming includes "Matt & Adam in the Morning" airing 6-10am with Matt Jackson and Adam Wexler, who each moved over from KILT_AM in December of 2009[1]. "The Mighty Gwinn" with Dylan Gwinn from 10-noon, followed by "The Matt Thomas Show" with Matt Thomas which airs 12-3pm. That's followed by "The Drive Home" with Charlie Pallilo, and The Doug Pike Show (Weekends). KBME is an affiliate of FOX Sports Radio.

Previous hosts include Craig Roberts, Brad Davies, Carl Dukes, Ted Deluca, John Lopez, David Dalati, Tom Franklin.

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References

John Lopez left KBME for KILT 610.

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