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City of license Silicon Valley
Broadcast area San Jose, California
Branding KLIV 1590 AM
Slogan Silicon Valley’s News Station
Frequency 1590 kHz
First air date 1946
Format News
Class B
Callsign meaning LIVE
Former callsigns KSJO(K San JOse)
Affiliations CNN Radio, CNN Headline News, Associated Press, Bay City News Service
The Weather Channel and
Owner Empire Broadcasting

KLIV is an AM radio station in the Silicon Valley based in San Jose, California. The station operates at 1590 kHz on the AM band. It is owned by Empire Broadcasting Company, and is headed by News and Program Director George Sampson (not to be confused with the British dancer of the same name.) It identifies itself on the air as 1590 KLIV with CNN Radio News during weekdays and CNN Headline News airing on overnights and weekends. The station is also known for its local news focusing on the events of San Jose and the Silicon valley. The station provides Silicon Valley-specific traffic reports eight times an hour, or roughly every six to seven minutes. Traffic reports are generally followed by weather reports courtesy of The Weather Channel and stock market updates. Along with frequent traffic reports, the station provides locally anchored news segments, and segments from CNN Radio News and CNN Headline News. Every Tuesday evening at 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM, the station broadcasts "The CEO Show" hosted by Carl Guardino. Guardino interviews a different CEO from the Silicon Valley. On Thursday nights at 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM KLIV airs a one hour broadcast from The Commonwealth Club's public affairs forums. On Saturday nights at 7:00 PM, KLIV broadcasts the nationally-syndicated technology report "Into Tomorrow" with Dave Graveline. The show covers new technology and consumer electronics.

KLIV is also the radio home of San Jose State University football and basketball.


KLIV is located at 750 Story Road in San Jose, California. This station's phone number is (408) 293-8030. The station's license was granted on May 8, 1990 and expires on December 1, 2013.


KLIV has been on the air since September 1946. It was originally KSJO, a 1000-watt daytime-only station. KLIV had changed hands on July 1, 1967 (four months before this broadcast), when it was acquired by two former Rochester, N.Y., radio executives, Robert S. Kieve and James M. Trayhern, Jr., who had incorporated as Empire Broadcasting. Four decades later, Bob Kieve has remained as the owner of KLIV, one of the few independent radio station owners left in the region.

In the late 1960's, KLIV was the San Jose area top 40 radio station. Among its memorable personalities was Mikel Hunter Herrington (known as Captain Mikey) who also produced what became hit records for San Jose area groups, People! and Syndicate of Sound. Other personalities of the era were John McLeod, Dave Sholin, Bob Ray, Jack Hayes, Tom Barry, Ross Macgowan, Ralph Koal, Scott St. James, Ray Morgan, Jim Sims, Squeeky Martin, and Mac McGregor[1].

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