|Broadcast area||Oxnard/Ventura, California|
Santa Barbara, California
Los Angeles, California
|Branding||Old School 104.7|
|Slogan||"Your Old School Station" (General)|
"Jammin' the 805's Old School" (Secondary)
|Translator(s)||98.3 K252FK Culver City, California|
|First air date||September 27, 1958 (as KAAR)|
|HAAT||252 meters (827 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||K OCtoPus (previous classic rock format on 95.9 FM)|
|Former callsigns||KAAR (1958-1964)|
|Owner||Gold Coast Broadcasting |
(Point Four LLC)
|Sister stations||KCAQ, KFYV, KKZZ, KOSJ, KQAV, KQIE, KVTA, KWIE, KXFM|
KOCP (104.7 FM, "Old School 104.7") is a commercial radio station licensed to Oxnard, California, broadcasting to the Oxnard-Ventura, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara, California areas. The station is owned by Gold Coast Broadcasting and airs a rhythmic oldies music format. KOCP is rebroadcast on translator K252FK in Culver City, California at 98.3 FM. It is partially simulcast on sister station KQIE in Redlands, California, also at 104.7 FM.
KOCP was one of the first FM stations to sign on in the Oxnard-Ventura, California radio market, having debuted on September 27, 1958 as KAAR. In 1964, the station changed its call letters to KPMJ and began airing soft rock with the branding "K-105". In 1977, Channel Islands Broadcasting Corporation purchased KPMJ; the following year, the station adopted the call sign KACY-FM to match that of its sister station (now KKZZ) and instituted an easy listening format.
In November 1982, Channel Islands Broadcasting sold KACY-AM-FM to Sunbeam Radio Partnership for $2.59 million. Harold A. Frank, vice president and general manager of WINZ-AM-FM in Miami, became both a partner in Sunbeam Radio and the new general manager of the Oxnard stations.
KACY-FM changed its call letters to KCAQ on February 21, 1983. The new station adopted the branding "Q105" and aired a mainstream top 40 format. The original Q105 on-air staff included E. Curtis Johnson in mornings, Johnny Dolan in middays, and Brian Thomas in afternoons. Weeknights were hosted by Gwen Johnson and later Famous Amos who was popular with the teenage demographic; Jay Porter hosted late nights. Dolan was selected as KCAQ's first program director; Thomas would replace him only months later.
KCAQ was an immediate ratings success, climbing to number one with double-digit ratings in both the Arbitron and Birch ratings reports. In the station's first full year as Q105, as measured by Arbitron, the station garnered a share of 11.0 and captured most key demographic groups including teens, adults 18-34, and women 18-49.
In October 1987, Sunbeam Radio Partnership sold KCAQ and its AM sister, then known as KTRO, to Greater Pacific Radio Exchange Ltd., a company owned by Frank, for $4.5 million. As Frank was also the minority partner in Sunbeam Radio at the time, the transaction gave him complete ownership of the station pair. By 1988, KCAQ began evolving towards a "crossover" format (later known as rhythmic contemporary), filling the void left by rhythmic competitor KMYX when it flipped formats to country music the following year.
In mid-1996, KCAQ and KTRO were sold to Gold Coast Broadcasting for $3.65 million. Under the direction of program director Dan Garite, brought over from KOCP (95.9 FM), KCAQ changed its branding to "Q104.7" and began tightening its rhythmic contemporary format. Garite programmed Q104.7 to compete directly with Los Angeles market stations including KPWR (Power 106), dropping mainstream pop in favor of more R&B, hip hop, dance, and rhythmic pop selections. Garite's successful campaign to boost KCAQ's ratings in its home market also included hiring local, and especially Latino, on-air talent and stressing the station's "805" roots.
Two prominent on-air personalities brought on in 1996 as part of Garite's overhaul of KCAQ are Jaime "Rico" Rangel and Daniel "Mambo" Herrejon. Initially, the two Latino men from Fillmore and Santa Paula, California, respectively, hosted The Rico and Mambo Show weeknights; the station's Arbitron ratings share for that time slot nearly tripled within a year. Soon, Rico and Mambo began hosting Q104.7's morning show, where they led the station to number one in the Oxnard-Ventura radio market. In 2005, the duo left KCAQ to join rival rhythmic contemporary station KVYB (103.3 The Vibe) where they hosted morning drive until June 13, 2008. After being dismissed from KVYB in 2008, Rangel and Herrejon returned to KCAQ on October 5, 2009.
From September 2010 to February 2015, KCAQ was simulcast on sister station KQIE in the Riverside-San Bernardino, California area. That station, like KCAQ, is on the 104.7 FM frequency and was branded as "Q104.7" but aired advertising and promotions targeted to the Inland Empire audience. KQIE later flipped to rhythmic oldies.
Old School 104.7 (2016-present)
On July 1, 2016 at 7 a.m., KCAQ swapped frequencies with sister station KOCP, moving from 104.7 to 95.9 FM. This move brought the KOCP call letters and rhythmic oldies format to 104.7 FM, now rebranded "Old School 104.7". It also marked the return of the format to the Los Angeles market for the first time due to KHHT's flip to urban contemporary on February 6, 2015.
KOCP is partially simulcast in the Inland Empire on sister station KQIE, which also broadcasts at 104.7 FM. On October 6, 2017, KOCP began streaming online.
In the San Gabriel Valley, low-power FM station KQEV-LP in Walnut broadcasts on 104.7 FM. Its signal contour is squeezed in between those of KOCP and KQIE's signal, causing a small gap in transmission between both stations.
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- Radio-Locator information on K252FK
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