KMPH-AM Modesto Being Liquidated
Thursday, March 29, 2012

Pappas Telecasting is liquidating its broadcast holdings, which include TV stations in California, Texas, Arizona and Nebraska and one radio station KMPH-AM (840) in Modesto, CA. KMPH was launched by Harry J. Pappas to replace KTRB-AM (860) which he moved  to San Francisco in 2006. KTRB San Francisco is not part of this liquidation. KMPH AM went into receivership when Pappas failed to make a March 26, 2012  “discounted payoff ” which would have allow the stations involved to “re-vest” with him as the original owner. However, lender Comerica Bank failed to receive payment. Pappas had been the initial trustee, managing it on behalf of the creditors. Pappas’ own stock in the company is now being contributed to the Liquidating Trust run by Shubert, under direction of the Federal bankruptcy court in Delaware.

KMPH 840 KHz replaced the original KTRB 860 KHz on July 10, 2006  when the Pappas Company, headed by Harry Pappas,  moved KTRB to San Francisco.  KMPH failed on August 31, 2010 but returned to the air in August of 2011 carrying Mexican religious programming being fed to the transmitter by satellite from a Texas company.  Other than the contract engineer and a maintenance man, there are no local employees.  Harry Pappas's nephew Jim Pappas, a company VP,  managed KMPH during the year it was on the air and moved on to hold the same position with KTRB in San Francisco.  He currently is an account representative for the Valley Yellow Pages.


( Radio-Info.Com contributed to this story)

KMPH A.M. 840 kHz Sold To Immaculate Heart Radio
August 1, 2014

Radio station KMPH, 840 KHz  Modesto, California, was sold to Immaculate Heart Radio effective August 1, 2014 by owner Harry Pappas of Reno, NV.  Pappas dropped their Graffiti Gold music format from the station with the consummation of the agreement and the new owners launched their Catholic talk radio format August 1, 2014.  Immaculate Heart Radio stations broadcast authentic Catholic programming 24 hours a day over 31 group owned stations in six states including 15 translators. Stations including KWG, Stockton, KJOP, Lemoore, CA, KHOT, Madera, CA. and KJPG in Bakersfield, CA. 

Meanwhile, the KTRB building and property on Norwegian Avenue is still for sale.  There've been no no offers tendered for the property which was originally listed for sale over a year ago Harry Pappas, owner for $495,000. The price has been reduced $295,000 or best offer.

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Vandals Attack KMPH
August 14, 2013
KMPH's mobile office/studios located in the parking lot of the former KTRB on Norwegian Ave. in Modesto was struck sometime overnight Wednesday August 14, 2013 by vandals.   The responsible's cut a hole in the chain-link fence that surrounds the property to gain access the mobile office which sits in the parking lot of the former KTRB . They knocked the station off the air by cutting the power to the office and  transmission wires connected to the building. No attempt was made to enter the alarmed mobile office itself.  Initial damage estimates place a loss of around $500.

David Jackson, program director of the station, discovered the station off the air at 6 AM and contacted station engineer Paul Shinn who discovered the crime when he arrived at the station.    The adjacent former KTRB building, which has been vacant for several years, has in the past been broken into several times mostly for copper wiring which was stripped from the interior. KMPH, owned by Harry Pappas of Reno, NV, plans to increase the security of the property.   The incident was reported to the Modesto Police Department. 

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KMPH Returns With Graffiti Gold

August 11, 2013

According to Manoli Pappas of the KMPH management team, KMPH has returned to the air with a "Graffiti Gold" music format. 
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KMPH-AM Modesto Being Liquidated
Thursday, March 29, 2012

Pappas Telecasting is liquidating its broadcast holdings, which include TV stations in California, Texas, Arizona and Nebraska and one radio station KMPH-AM (840) in Modesto, CA. KMPH was launched by Harry J. Pappas to replace KTRB-AM (860) which he moved  to San Francisco in 2006. KTRB San Francisco is not part of this liquidation. KMPH AM went into receivership when Pappas failed to make a March 26, 2012  “discounted payoff ” which would have allow the stations involved to “re-vest” with him as the original owner. However, lender Comerica Bank failed to receive payment. Pappas had been the initial trustee, managing it on behalf of the creditors. Pappas’ own stock in the company is now being contributed to the Liquidating Trust run by Shubert, under direction of the Federal bankruptcy court in Delaware.

KMPH 840 KHz replaced the original KTRB 860 KHz on July 10, 2006  when the Pappas Company, headed by Harry Pappas,  moved KTRB to San Francisco.  KMPH failed on August 31, 2010 but returned to the air in August of 2011 carrying Mexican religious programming being fed to the transmitter by satellite from a Texas company.  Other than the contract engineer and a maintenance man, there are no local employees.  Harry Pappas's nephew Jim Pappas, a company VP,  managed KMPH during the year it was on the air and moved on to hold the same position with KTRB in San Francisco.  He currently is an account representative for the Valley Yellow Pages.

( Radio-Info.Com contributed to this story)

KMPH Mobile Studios Removed From KTRB Parking Lot

November, 2014

KMPH AM  840 kc was put on the air July 10, 2006 when the Pappas company, headed by Harry Pappas, moved the original KTRB to San Francisco.  A commercial mobile trailer was moved into the parking lot of KTRB and became the studios KMPH.  The original plan was to renovate the KTRB building (background) to house KMPH and the Modesto Radio Museum.  This plan failed when owner Harry Pappas was forced into bankruptcy involving other radio and television properties during the session.  As a result KMPH failed August 31, 2010.  It returned in August 2011, programming a combination of Mexican talk radio delivered to the station by satellite from Texas and later a graffiti oldies format until the station was sold to Immaculate Heart Radio who took control on August 1, 2014.   The original KTRB building in the background was put up for sale several years ago.  The asking price of just under $500,000.  As of this date, November 2014, the price has been reduced to just under $200,000.

(Photos courtesy of property manager, Manoli Pappas )