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City of license Delano, California, U.S.
Broadcast area Bakersfield, California
Branding El Gallito 1010 AM
Slogan "Desde Bakersfield para todo el Valle"
Frequency 1010 KHz
Format Ranchera/Norteño oldies
Power 5000 watts (day)
1000 watts (night)
Class B
Facility ID 35111
Transmitter coordinates 35°48′40″N 119°19′18″W / 35.81111°N 119.32167°W / 35.81111; -119.32167
Owner Lotus Communications
(Lotus Bakersfield Corp.)
Sister stations KIWI, KPSL-FM, KVMX, KWAC

KCHJ (1010 AM "El Gallito 1010") is a radio station that broadcasts a ranchera and Norteño oldies format to the Bakersfield, California area. Licenced to Delano, California, the station is currently owned by Lotus Bakersfield Corporation.


KCHJ was an outlet for Country Western music in the 1960s and 1970s. It was owned by Charles H. Johnes (pronounced Jones) hence the call leters KCHJ. It was a clear channel station so it had listeners over a large geographical area in Central California, as Mr. "Jones" was fond of pointing out on the air. He was one of the disk jockeys, using the name Gable Herman. He was a pilot before he died. Tapes of his program were broadcast on the radio station for many years after he died. Other popular disk jockeys were Bill Lambert, Cousin Rich Allison, and Gilbert Oeste. Mr. Oeste broadcast a popular Spanish language program and there was also a program called Filipino Ling Ling Dai broadcast in Tagalog and other Filipino languages. There was a studio at the station which was located north west of Delano. A live program called "The Barn Dance" was broadcast on weekends and the public was invited to visit during the show.

The station was sold in 1991 and became a Spanish language outlet. While it was a Country station, it gave lots of happiness to many people who came to California during the Dust Bowl migration and to many people who just like that style of music.

In 2000, KCHJ adopted the "El Gallito" format of classic ranchera and Norteño hits.


The Bakersfield Californian (newspaper) May 17, 1991 Article by Richard Chon

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