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Broadcast area Sacramento, California
Branding NewsTalk 1530
Frequency 1530 kHz
First air date February 2, 1922
Format News/Talk
Power 50,000 watts
Class A
Transmitter coordinates 38°50′54.00″N 121°28′58.00″W / 38.84833°N 121.48278°W / 38.84833; -121.48278
Owner Clear Channel Communications
(AMFM Broadcast Licenses, LLC)
Sister stations KGBY, KHYL, KSTE, KQJK, KHLX
Webcast Listen Live

KFBK (1530 AM, "NewsTalk 1530") is a radio station in Sacramento, California broadcasting on a frequency of 1530 kHz. KFBK is a class A clear channel station, formerly designated as a class "I-B" station, sharing 1530 with WCKY in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is owned by Clear Channel Communications.



KFBK's history reaches back to station KVQ (first license issued: February 2, 1922), which shut down later that year after listener complaints about interference. KVQ's facilities were sold to the Kimball-Upson Music Store and the Sacramento Union newspaper.[1]

Later, Kimball-Upson sold out to the The McClatchy Company, a local, family owned company which not only owned the Sacramento Bee newspaper, but other media outlets in the California Central Valley.

At one time, Sacramento market TV station KOVR 13 was also owned by McClatchy, along with newspapers and broadcast outlets throughout Central California. Because of its signal strength and location KFBK was for many decades the chief method by which Central Valley farmers obtained weather, prices and other vital farming information.

Recent years

In the 1980s, KFBK employed Morton Downey, Jr. as a local midday host host; after Downey's departure, Rush Limbaugh replaced him. Limbaugh first rose to prominence in this position before becoming nationally syndicated in 1988.[2] Limbaugh's national program still airs on KFBK in the same time slot where he hosted locally.

Limbaugh's local replacement after leaving KFBK, Tom Sullivan has also taken his program into national syndication, after taking an anchor position at the new cable TV business channel Fox Business Network. Like Limbaugh, Sullivan's national show (syndicated via Fox News Radio)[3], continues to air on KFBK in its former local time slot.

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