KCAA is a commercial radio station located in Loma Linda, California, broadcasting to the Riverside-San Bernardino, California, area on 1050 AM with studios located in the Carousel Mall in San Bernardino, California. KCAA airs news, talk, music and brokered programming football turf socks.
KCAA’s most popular program was Imus in the Morning, which was played on a three-hour delay. At the time, it was the only outlet in Southern California to broadcast Imus’ show.
KCAA gained notoriety when it began rebroadcasting recent episodes of the Imus program in the days immediately after it had been canceled by CBS Radio. However, CBS Radio sued KCAA, claiming that it has violated copyright restrictions. A settlement was reached between the two parties, when it was announced that the Imus reruns would end Friday, April 27. The station revealed that they were not selling advertising during the reruns.
By the time Imus returned to the air via ABC Radio/Citadel Broadcasting, local morning host Dennis Baxter, who had previously hosted the local news breaks during Imus, had established himself as the station’s morning host. KCAA CEO Fred Lundgren considered bringing back Imus in a live time slot (3-6 AM on the West Coast, currently held by Brother Stair) but found ABC’s terms, which included rights fees, unacceptable, and refused to pick up the show again. ABC owned and operated station KABC is now the Southern California home of the Imus program; the delayed broadcast was split between WTAN and KSRO meat tenderizer solution. In late August 2008 KCAA GM Dennis Baxter inked a deal with ABC Radio/Citadel Broadcasting to bring Imus back to KCAA starting Thursday, September 1 running belts for gels, 2008. Imus in the Morning now airs on KCAA between 7 and 9 am, with Baxter moving to the 9-11 am slot.
KCAA had carried programming from Air America Radio, one hour each per weekday of Al Franken and Randi Rhodes, from the time of its founding. The programming disappeared during the winter of 2006-07 because of the limited daytime hours and the affiliation was completely dropped in April 2007. As of this time, a variety of paid programming and syndicated shows (such as Barry W. Lynn and newcomer Steve Sanchez) air on KCAA. More mainstream hosts heard on KCAA include progressive talker Ed Schultz and populist advocate Lou Dobbs.[when?]
On April 24, 2007, KCAA began broadcasting 24 hours per day. Prior to that date, the station operated as a daytime-only station. In March 2008, KCAA was granted a permit to increase power to 10,000 watts.
In 2008, the station added live play-by-play of the Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino, a team in the California League of Minor League Baseball. It debuted on KCAA April 3, when the 66ers hosted the Visalia Oaks.
National news is provided by NBC News Radio, a service of Westwood One. In 2015, KCAA acquired F.M. translator K293CF/106.5 in Moreno Valley.
In September 2015 KCAA was one of five stations nominated as Station of the Year in the Riverside, San Bernardino Radio Market.
1 Audio for TV channel 6 (KRPE-LP/Rel)
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