KWG (1230 AM) in Stockton, California. KWG is one of the oldest broadcasting stations in USA, signing on December 7th, 1921. It was the first commercially-licensed radio station in the San Joaquin valley.
KWG has had myriad formats over the years, but on June 21, 1982, after nearly 18 months of country music, KWG became an "oldies" station, and was very successful into the 1990s. One of the more notable owners of KWG was Barnes Enterprises led by Johnny Jacobs, the off-screen announcer for Chuck Barris Productions' various games shows for many years. Barnes Enterprises owned KWG between 1978 and early 1981. In February 1981, Best Radio Incorporated of San Bernardino purchased KWG, along with then KSRT 100.9 mHz, licensed to Tracy, California. KWG then began its "Delta Country" format that would run until June 21, 1982.
Until 1988, KWG used a T-antenna type transmitting antenna mounted on two 60-meter tall wooden poles, making KWG one of the last broadcast stations to use wooden
KWG, Stockton First Commercial Station in SJ Valley
antenna towers. After the replacement by a modern mast radiator, the tops of the wooden poles were scrapped and later removed completely. Immaculate Heart Radio purchased KWG from The (Susan) Carson Group Inc. on October 18, 1999, reportedly for $300,000.
Historical Facts: In 1909, David Herrold began operating a radio station in connection with a radio school in San Jose. This was three years before Congress established radio licensing requirements. In 1913, Herrold adopted the call letters SJN. The station's letters were changed to KQW in 1921, and to KCBS in 1949. California's first commercial radio station, KQL, in Los Angeles, was licensed in 1921. KWG in Stockton was also licensed in 1921..