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City of license Delano, California
Broadcast area Bakersfield, California
Branding 98-5 The Fox
Slogan "Bakersfield's Best Classic Rock"
Frequency 98.5 FM (MHz) (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1970
Format Classic rock
ERP 8,000 watts
HAAT 177 meters
Class B1
Facility ID 64607
Transmitter coordinates 35°30′53″N 119°3′41″W / 35.51472°N 119.06139°W / 35.51472; -119.06139
Callsign meaning K Delano FOx
Former callsigns KDNO (1970-1997)
KKDJ (1997-1998)
KSMJ (1998-2000)
KDFO (2000-2008)
KBKO-FM (2/15/08-6/20/08)[1]
Owner Clear Channel Communications
(CC Licenses, LLC)
Sister stations KBFP, KBFP-FM, KHTY, KRAB
Webcast Listen Live

KDFO (98.5 FM, "98-5 The Fox") is a radio station broadcasting a classic rock music format. KDFO is licensed to Delano, California, and serves the Bakersfield, California, area. The station is owned by Clear Channel Communications.[2]




98.5 KDNO

98.5 KDNO was a Christian radio station in Bakersfield started by Richard Palmquist in 1970. The station was known as Uplift 98.5. The station was on the air until he sold it in 1997 to Mondosphere Corporation and went into retirement. Today, the KDNO call letters belong to a station in Wyoming. KDNO was owned by a California Corporation, Tape Networks INC., founded by Palmquist when he was a broadcast consultant in Glendale, California. After building KDNO for a client, that owner suffered the loss of his bank loan. Palmquist arranged for his friend Chester Newell to purchase the station, and Palmquist became the manager. Later, Newell sold the station to Tape Networks, Inc. Palmquist raised the purchase price by soliciting help from KDNO listeners. The station, however, was devoted to ministry rather than revenue, so Palmquist purchased the Pixley Enterprise Newspaper and later the Terra Bella News. He merged them to form the "Enterprise News," and the newspaper became commercially successful, proving a living for the Palmquist family and helping to support the radio ministry. After two unsuccessful efforts to sell the newspaper, Palmquist closed that business in 1993 to concentrate on improving the radio station's music and Bible teaching ministry. However, income from listener support, though supporting current expenses, could not pay off the half million dollar long term debt on the station. So when Palmquist reached retirement age, he sold the station to honor his obligation to those who had helped purchase and build the station. He now operates,

Star 98.5 KKDJ/Smooth Jazz 98.5 KSMJ

After Mondosphere took over, the station was downgraded from a class B at 50 kW to a class B1 with 8 kW ERP and the transmitter was moved to the 105.3 site closer to Bakersfield and was known as Star 98.5 KKDJ and was an oldies station. In 1998, KKDJ moved to 105.3 FM and KSMJ moved to 98.5 FM and was known as Smooth Jazz 98.5 KSMJ.

98.5 The Fox

On March 24, 2000, the KSMJ format changed to a classic rock format and the call letters were later changed to KDFO and the station branded as 98-5 The Fox. On February 15, 2008, the call letters KBKO and the country music format were briefly moved from 96.5 FM to 98.5 FM in a frequency swap with KDFO where it was branded as 98-5 KBKO.[3] On June 20, 2008, the two stations were moved back to their previous frequencies after a four month swap.[1]


  • The weekday programming on this station features the syndicated Bob and Tom show which is on weekday mornings with Miranda Whitworth doing the news.
  • The rest of the lineup is mostly made up of local personalities starting with Rachel on middays. Rachel's show features the 12 O'Clock Triple Double.
  • Mike Bell [4] is on during the afternoon. Mike's show features My Three Songs and The Gettin Off Song. Mike returns Saturday evenings where he also hosts two hours of the Headbangers Heavens show.
  • Montana is on the air evenings hosting an hour of the long running Headbangers Heavens, 90's @9, and Mandatory Metallica.
  • Weekend/Fill-ins include Joe Brown and Kenn McCloud [5].

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