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KTIP (1450 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a News Talk Information format. Licensed to Porterville, Californiamarker, USA, the station serves the Visalia-Tulare area. The station is currently owned by Mayberry Broadcasting Co, Inc. and features programing from Fox News Radio, Premiere Radio Networks and Salem Communications.

History

KTIP became one of the first radio stations in the West to sign on after World War II. Its construction permit was granted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in August, 1946 to Portervillemarker businessman Jack Tighe (pronounced "tie"). He owned Tighe Chevrolet Company and an appliance store.

Construction of the station was completed by Christmas, 1946. Its exact sign-on date is not known, but the station was notified by the FCC's San Franciscomarker office in January of 1947 for failure to issue a proper station identification during one hour of programming that month, so it has been concluded that KTIP was "on the air" in January, 1947. KTIP signed on with a fulltime power of 250 watts.

KTIP was featured in a Life Magazine article in its March 24, 1947 issue. The subhead declared, "Local news and interviews help KTIP compete with big networks in a small Californiamarker town." The ten photos a ccompanying the article helped profile a town of 6,827 people with a smog-free view of the Sierra Nevada.

Tighe's ownership of the station ended in 1954 when he sold the station to a Miller from the midwest. According to subsequent owner Larry Cotta, Miller owned the station for a very short time. Cotta recalls Miller turned the station into the black and used the profits to pay off debts he had incurred from station ownership in the midwest. That done, Miller quickly sold KTIP to Gary Garland and Larry Cotta.

In 1978 Garland and Cotta sold the station to Monte Moore and his friend Frank Haas. It was during the Moore ownership that KTIP took on the persona of its owner like few other Radio stations in history. Moore was a play-by-play broadcaster for the Oakland A's baseball team, beginning when the A's were a Kansas Citymarker team in 1962. He also did the NBC television game of the week in the 70's.

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