KTOB

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KTOB
City of licensePetaluma, California
Broadcast areaSanta Rosa
SloganEl Patron
Frequency1490 kHz
FormatRegional Mexican
Power1,000 watts unlimited
ClassC
Facility ID52345
Transmitter coordinates38°13′37.00″N 122°37′17.00″W / 38.2269444°N 122.6213889°W / 38.2269444; -122.6213889
OwnerCalifornia Broadcasting Corporation LLC.
 
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For the airport with the ICAO code KTOB, see Dodge Center Airport.
KTOB
City of licensePetaluma, California
Broadcast areaSanta Rosa
SloganEl Patron
Frequency1490 kHz
FormatRegional Mexican
Power1,000 watts unlimited
ClassC
Facility ID52345
Transmitter coordinates38°13′37.00″N 122°37′17.00″W / 38.2269444°N 122.6213889°W / 38.2269444; -122.6213889
OwnerCalifornia Broadcasting Corporation LLC.

KTOB (1490 AM) is a radio station that broadcasts in a Regional Mexican format. Licensed to Petaluma, California, it serves the Santa Rosa area. The station is owned by California Broadcasting Corporation LLC.

The KTOB transmitter building and radio tower were featured in the film American Graffiti. The interior "DJ" scenes, featuring Wolfman Jack, were filmed at KRE in Berkeley, California.

On Tuesday January 10, 1950 at 6 a.m., 1490 kHz commenced broadcasting as KAFP which, seriously, stood for 'Krowing Always For Petaluma,' associating the city with its poultry-processing status. Under the original ownership of Harold Sparks and Forrest Hughes, aka Petaluma Broadcasters, KAFP initially broadcast a hodgepodge of local and network/syndicated programs such as Sammy Kaye's music show, UP Radio News, a.o. For most of its life, 1490 signed off around Midnight, though it was licensed to broadcast 24 hours daily.

KAFP, now owned by Lloyd Burlingham, became KTOB at 6:45 p.m. on January 10, 1961, exactly eleven years after signing on. The format remained relatively the same, with a mix of news, talk, sports and music shows geared toward the Petaluma community.

During its life, KTOB was fraught with financial problems. On September 30, 1963, KTOB was shut down due to bankruptcy, but was resuscitated two weeks later. At that time, October 13, 1963, a gentleman became closely associated with KTOB's mostly-MOR (Middle Of The Road) programming over the next several years, and eventually became a part-owner: Ron Walters.

Local sports broadcasts, church features, and a strong community-orientation were hallmarks of KTOB well into the 1980s. Notable air talent in this era included: Larry Chiaroni, currently a news anchor and reporter for KCBS San Francisco; John Emmett, who later became play-by-play broadcaster for the AAA baseball Richmond Braves; Roger Coryell, longtime San Francisco jazz host and programmer, and Ken Korach, who is presently the play-by-play man for the Major League Oakland A's.

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