Broadcast areaBakersfield, California
Frequency98.5 MHz (HD Radio)
Branding98.5 The Fox
FormatClassic rock
First air date
November 1968 (as KDNO)
Former call signs
KDNO (1968–1997)
KKDJ (1997–1998)
KKDJ-FM (7/1/1998)
KSMJ (1998–2000)
KDFO (2000–2001)
KDFO-FM (2001–2008)
KBKO-FM (2/15/2008–6/20/2008)[1]
Call sign meaning
K Delano FOx
Technical information
Facility ID64607
ERP8,000 watts
HAAT177 meters (581 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
35°30′53″N 119°3′41″W / 35.51472°N 119.06139°W / 35.51472; -119.06139
WebcastListen Live

KDFO (98.5 FM, "98-5 The Fox") is a radio station broadcasting a classic rock music format. KDFO is licensed to Delano, California, and serves the Bakersfield, California, area. The station is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc.[2]


98.5 KDNO

98.5 KDNO was a Christian radio station located in Delano, California, operated by Richard Palmquist, who purchased the station from Chester Newell in 1970. Adopting the slogan Uplift 98.5, the station was on the air until Palmquist sold it in 1997 to Mondosphere Corporation and went into retirement. Today, the KDNO call letters belong to a station in Wyoming. KDNO was owned by a California Corporation, Tape Networks INC., founded by Palmquist when he was a broadcast consultant in Glendale, California. After building KDNO for a client, that owner suffered the loss of his bank loan. Palmquist arranged for his friend Chester Newell to purchase the station, and Palmquist became the manager. Later, Newell sold the station to Tape Networks, Inc. Palmquist raised the purchase price by soliciting help from KDNO listeners. The station, however, was devoted to ministry rather than revenue, so to supplement his income Palmquist purchased the Pixley Enterprise Newspaper and later the Terra Bella News. He merged them to form the "Enterprise News," and the newspaper became commercially successful, thus helping to support the radio ministry. After two unsuccessful efforts to sell the newspaper, Palmquist closed that business in 1993 to concentrate on improving the radio station's music and Bible teaching ministry. However, income from listener support, though supporting current expenses, could not pay off the half million dollar long term debt on the station. So when Palmquist reached retirement age, he sold the station to honor his obligation to those who had helped purchase and build the station. After the sale of KDNO, Palmquist transferred much of the KDNO programming to an online format: www.truthradio.com and www.truthradio.info.

Star 98.5 KKDJ/Smooth Jazz 98.5 KSMJ

logo use 1998-2000

After Mondosphere took over, the station was downgraded from a class B at 50 kW to a class B1 with 8 kW ERP and the transmitter was moved to the 105.3 site closer to Bakersfield and was known as Star 98.5 KKDJ and was an oldies station. In 1998, KKDJ moved to 105.3 FM and KSMJ moved to 98.5 FM and was known as Smooth Jazz 98.5 KSMJ.

98.5 The Fox

On March 24, 2000, the KSMJ format changed to a classic rock format and the call letters were later changed to KDFO and the station branded as "98.5 The Fox". On February 15, 2008, the call letters KBKO and the country music format were briefly moved from 96.5 FM to 98.5 FM in a frequency swap with KDFO where it was branded as "98.5 KBKO".[3] On June 20, 2008, the two stations were moved back to their previous frequencies after a four-month swap.[4]



  1. ^ "Call Sign History".
  2. ^ "KDFO Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  3. ^ Venta, Lance (February 17, 2008). "KBKO and KDFO Bakersfield Swap Frequencies". Radio Insight.
  4. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database.