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Background

90.1 KBPK was a Class D (non-comm) FM radio station broadcasting from Buena Park, California. The station was owned by the Buena Park School District. It was operated by the Fullerton College Media Studies Department and primarily aired adult contemporary format as well as various educational programs, sports events, and PSA’s.

In late 1975, Dick Thompson and Jack Townsend, Principal of Buena Park’s Pendleton School and Buena Park School District Director of Instructional Media, turned the switches on to beam KBPK throughout North Orange County. Because of a higher tower and new antenna system, the station’s primary signal was boosted from 3-5 to 10-15 miles.

Fullerton College had sought a license to operate its own station, but had been denied when it was thought that the Fullerton program would interfere with another station operating in the area. The college brokered an agreement with the Buena Park School District to use their facilities at the Calder School radio station. Operations have since moved online.

Fullerton College student Diana Kirchen, who later became a full-time instructor in the radio program, does a live remote broadcast along with Jim Hilliker and Bob Wood at the Anaheim Convention Center in March 1976. Courtesy of Diana (Kirchen) Kelly.
KBPK rides the airwaves for 50 years in North Orange County
Fullerton College's radio station broadcast on 90.1 FM from 1972 until the 2023 with programming that included daily newscasts, weekend news magazines, children's storytelling, local interview shows, and live coverage of cultural and sports events.
February 7, 2022

This history of KBPK 90.1 FM was researched and written by Diana (Kirchen) Kelly, Ph.D., on Feb. 7, 2022, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the radio station. Kelly is a former KBPK student (1975-76) and former full-time radio faculty member...