Saturday, July 16, 2016


Houston, Texas' 104.1 KRBE signed on the air as a Classical station in November, 1959.  By the late 1960s they had flipped to Top-40, a format that would continue, in one style or another, up to the present day.  There is some contention about what the call letters originally stood for.  Some say it refers to the original owner and his wife (K) Roland Baker Edith while others, including one of Mr. Baker's sons, says it stood for Key to Radio Broadcasting Excellence.

At one point (in the mid-1980s?) sister station KRBE 1070 AM carried a Classic Rock format and at other times simulcast KRBE FM.


  1. Actually, the call letters was named after "Kirby Dr." one of Houston's streets.

  2. I read that somewhere too but a Houston radio history website claims that KRBE was originally located at 1400 Hermann starting in 1959 and didn't move to the Kirby address until 1966.