Pappas Radio’s Talker KMPH-AM “The Patriot” in Modesto, CA went dark at midnight August 31, 2010 due to a lack of revenue. according to VP/GM Jim Pappas in an open letter dated August 19, 2010 (see letter above). The 5-kW station signed on, as a totally new facility July 10, 2006 with an Adult Standards format which was changed to Talk in March 2008. Pappas built the station to replace KTRB 860 which they moved to San Francisco.
This station was unusual in that its night pattern covered more people (1,082,000) than it's day pattern which reached 656,000 people in the Modesto and Merced markets. This was a problem for the four-year-old station having very different day and night patterns. The daytime signal went Southeast with a tight null to northwest. Coverage of the Stockton area was poor during the day while the nighttime signal radiated north and south and centered on Modesto.
Late News: KMPH 840 KCs Modesto returned to the air in August of 2011 carrying Mexican programming being fed to the transmitter from an out of state company. Other than the contract engineer, there are no local employees.