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City of license San Francisco, California
Broadcast area San Francisco Bay Area
Slogan "Personal Growth Programming for the Bay Area"
Frequency 1450 (kHz)
First air date November 30, 1925
Format Multi-language, Talk
Power 1,000 watts
Class C
Owner Multicultural Broadcasting
(Multicultural Radio Broadcasting Licensee, LLC)
Sister stations KIQI, KSJX

KEST (1450 AM) is a radio station in San Francisco, California. Most of the station's programming is non-English, such as Indian, Chinese, and other Asian languages. KEST does English-language programming during the week, usually from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., which consists of New Age Talk.[1]

KEST is owned by Multicultural Radio which owns several stations across the country. KEST broadcasts around the San Francisco Bay Area; its signal is 1,000 watts. The station features programming from Bay Area Metro Radio and Sino Radio.

The station was signed on by a local church and began broadcasting in the 1920s. It was not very popular, but in 1939 was purchased by Sherwood Patterson, who changed the call letters to KSAN. New studios were constructed in the Merchandise Mart near Market Street; a 250-watt transmitter was installed in a tower on top of the building. Listenership dramatically increased with a format of popular music (evolving into rhythm and blues by 1955 or so) and disk jockeys such as Les Malloy, who would purchase the station himself in the early 1960s. Malloy changed the call letters to KSOL and strengthened the rhythm and blues/soul music format targeting the African-American community; the station launched the career of popular 1960s and 1970s musician Sly Stone, who was one of the station's DJs. The format changed to a general-market music format by the early 1970s.[2]

In the early 1990s, KEST adopted a talk and world ethnic format and became part of Multicultural Broadcasting.

The lease on the transmitter site was not renewed in 2014. A U.S. Federal Communications Commission construction permit was granted to move the transmitter to the 100 foot auxiliary tower at KSFB. The move should be completed in early 2015.


  1. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Retrieved June 28, 2009. 
  2. ^ "CHRS Bay Area Radio Museum and Hall of Fame | History | Audio | Archives". Retrieved May 27, 2014. 

External links

  • KEST Radio official website
  • FCC History Cards for KEST
  • Query the FCC's AM station database for KEST
  • Radio-Locator Information on KEST
  • Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for KEST

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