July 28, 2005

Coast Turning 92.1 To KKDV

Coast Radio's expected Saturday (July 30) takeover of 92.1 FM from Chase Radio Partners will come with new, but somewhat familiar, call letters.

KKDV 92.1 FMThe station will become KKDV, Diablo Valley's Hometown Station, falling in line with Coast's other 680 Corridor properties, KKIQ/101.7 in Pleasanton and KUIC/95.3 in Vacaville.

KKDV's temporary website has debuted at www.921kkdv.com.

The station had been KABL-FM, operated by Clear Channel under a marketing agreement with Chase. On Tuesday (July 26), KABL ended live programming with the final shows by Jim Lange, Dino Donikian, Clark Reid and Carter B. Smith. The KABL Adult Standards format will continue on 92.1 until midnight tonight, then will continue indefinitely on the Internet at kablradio.com.

KKDV will be patterned after siblings KKIQ and KUIC, playing adult contemporary music along with locally-oriented news, traffic and promotions. Jeff Perry, who has worked at several stations in the Bay Area, will be KKDV's morning man, moving over from weekends and fill-in work at KUIC.

The KKDV call letters had previously been employed in the Bay Area at Bonneville's short-lived 95.7 The Drive (May 2002-August 2003). In fact, the old Drive website, KKDV.com, now defaults to Bonneville's current reworking of that frequency, 95.7 MAX FM, as does its most recent previous version, 957TheBear.com.

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