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Broadcast area San Diego, California
Slogan "Where News Matters."
Frequency KPBS-FM: 89.5 (MHz)(also on HD Radio)
KQVO: 97.7 (MHz)(also on HD Radio)
First air date 1960 as KEBS
Format Public Radio
ERP KPBS-FM: 2,700 watts
KQVO: 6,000 watts
HAAT KPBS-FM: 550 meters
KQVO: 93 meters
Class KPBS-FM: B
Facility ID KPBS-FM: 58823
KQVO: 8175
Callsign meaning KPBS: K Public Broadcasting Service
(affiliation of sister TV station)
KQVO: unknown
Affiliations NPR
American Public Media
Owner San Diego State University
Sister stations KPBS
Webcast Listen Live

KPBS-FM is a non-commercial public radio station licensed to San Diego State University, broadcasting in San Diego on 89.5 MHz, 89.1 MHz K206AC in La Jolla, and on 97.7 MHz KQVO in Calexico, Imperial County. The station is affiliated with National Public Radio, with programming consisting of news and public affairs during daytime hours, and classical music in the evening and overnight hours.

The station first went on the air in 1960, being owned by what was then San Diego State College. KPBS changed their call letters from KEBS to KPBS-FM in 1970.

KPBS has three HD Radio channels. KPBS-HD1 is the main channel that airs NPR news and talk and classical music, much like the analog KPBS-FM; KPBS-HD2 airs classical music; and KPBS-HD3 offers "Groove Salad" music.

The station offers a radio-reading service on one of the FM sidebands. This requires a special FM receiver.

San Diego wildfires

During the October 2007 wildfires in the San Diego area, power was lost to the KPBS-FM/TV transmitter on Mount San Miguel[1].

Within three hours, alternative rock station KBZT agreed to air KPBS' wildfire coverage until the station could return to a backup operation from its studios on the San Diego State University campus, which occurred the next day[2]. KPBS later restored full coverage from Mount San Miguel using a backup generator.


  1. ^ KPBS > About Us > KPBS Pressroom
  2. ^ KPBS > About Us > KPBS Pressroom

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