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KGBR (92.7 FM, "The Bridge") is a radio station licensed to serve Gold Beach, Oregonmarker, USA. The station, which began regular broadcasting in 1986, is owned by St. Marie Communications, Inc.

Programming

KGBR broadcasts a contemporary hit radio music format from a transmitter located atop Grizzly Mountain, in Curry County, Oregon. In addition to its usual music programming, KGBR airs a tradio program known as "Swap & Shop". KGBR also broadcasts the high school football games of Gold Beach High School.

History

This station received its original construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission on January 27, 1981. The new station was assigned the call letters KGBR by the FCC. In November 1982, permit holder James N. Hoff applied to transfer the construction permit for this station to George L. Chambers and Bonnie L. Chambers, doing business as Chambers Broadcasting. The deal was approved by the FCC on February 8, 1983, and the transaction was consummated on April 28, 1983.

Chambers Broadcasting announced a deal in October 1986 to transfer the KGBR permit to Republic Communications of Oregon, Inc. The deal was approved by the FCC on November 5, 1986. This would prove short-lived as Republic Communications of Oregon, Inc., reached an agreement in January 1987 to sell this station to St. Marie Communications, Inc. The deal was approved by the FCC on March 11, 1987, and the transaction was consummated on March 20, 1987.

After multiple extensions and permit holder transfers, KGBR finally received its license to cover from the FCC on June 25, 1987.

Former personalities

  • Ron Lyons, a radio personality in the San Francisco Bay areamarker for more than 40 years, retired to Gold Beach in 2004 where he hosted the weekday afternoon "The Ron Lyons Show" on KGBR. Arriving in Californiamarker in 1960, Lyons worked at several radio stations, sold waterbeds, and did voice work for a Sacramentomarker television station before spending 14 years on KCBSmarker (740 AM) doing traffic reports. He once advised his son Sean, now a disc jockey known as "Tom Berlin", against a career in radio by saying "Sell coke, run guns ... but don't ever go into radio." Lyons died on August 3, 2007, after "a battle with cancer".


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