) is a classic rock radio station
in San Diego, California
. It is owned and operated by Clear Channel Communications
When it first went on the air in 1972, KGB-FM had common ownership with KGB-AM
, a popular San Diego radio station that first went on the air in 1922. For the early history of KGB-AM, please see the Wikipedia article on KLSD
radio. KGB-FM was one of the early adopters of the FM album oriented rock
format in the early 1970s, as a complement to the AM side of the house, and soon eclipsed KGB-AM as rock listeners moved to FM. KGB was named "Station of the Year" by Billboard Magazine
and Rock Station of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine in 1991. Brad Messer was the station's News Director from 1972 to 1975. News anchors during this period included Brent Seltzer, Gerry Gazlay and George Wilson. Other industry veterans that got had tenue at KGB-FM include; Larry Himmel, Bob Coburn, Dave Benson, Gabriel Wisdom, Jim McInnes, Rick Liebert, Pat Martin, Larry Bruce, Bill Hergonson, Ernesto Gladden, Ted Edwards, Pam Edwards, Brian Schock, John Leslie, Kymythy, Phil Hendry, Jeff Prescott, Michael Burger, Cookie Chainsaw Randolph, Dave Rickards, Shelly Dunn, Coe Lewis, Mojo Nixon.
, KGB gave the world a piece of pop culture Americana
. The "KGB Chicken," an advertising mascot
played by Ted Giannoulas, was hatched that year when employees of KGB-FM hired Giannoulas (then a student at San......