Broadcast areaOxnard - Ventura - Santa Barbara
Frequency98.3 MHz
Branding98.3 KDAR
FormatChristian talk and teaching
NetworkSRN News
First air date
October 28, 1974; 49 years ago (1974-10-28)
Technical information
Facility ID3077
ERP1,500 watts
HAAT393 meters (1,289 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
34°20′55.00″N 119°20′0.4″W / 34.3486111°N 119.333444°W / 34.3486111; -119.333444
Repeater(s)98.3 KDAR-1 (Santa Barbara)
WebcastListen Live

KDAR (98.3 MHz, "The Word") is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Oxnard, California, and serving the Oxnard-Ventura and Santa Barbara radio markets. It is owned by the Salem Media Group and it broadcasts a Christian talk and teaching radio format. It uses brokered programming where hosts buy their time on the air and may seek donations to their ministries during their programs. National religious leaders heard on KDAR include John MacArthur, Jim Daly, Alistair Begg, Chuck Swindoll, Charles Stanley and David Jeremiah. Updates are provided by SRN News.

KDAR has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 1,500 watts. The transmitter is on Red Mountain Fire Road in Ventura.[1] Programming is also heard on 3,700-watt FM booster station KDAR-1 (98.3) in Santa Barbara, located atop Gibraltar Peak just outside the city.[2]


KDAR first signed on the air on October 28, 1974; 49 years ago (1974-10-28). Religious broadcaster Edward G. Atsinger III, was the station's original owner, president, and general manager.[3] In 1986, Atsinger transferred control of the station's license to Salem Communications Corporation, an entity of which he owned half at the time.[4]

In its early years, KDAR aired several hours of Contemporary Christian music each day in addition to Christian talk shows. Since the early 1990s, however, the station has reduced its music programming.[5] It now runs talk and teaching programs around the clock.


  1. ^ Radio-Locator.com/KDAR
  2. ^ Radio-Locator.com/KDAR-1
  3. ^ "Directory of AM and FM Radio Stations in the United States and Canada" (PDF). Broadcasting Yearbook. Broadcasting Publications Inc. 1975. p. C-21. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "For the Record" (PDF). Broadcasting. Broadcasting Publications Inc. November 3, 1986. p. 91. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  5. ^ Meyers, Jeff (September 29, 1994). "Oxnard Station Puts Christianity on the Air". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 4, 2018.