Broadcast areaInland Empire
Frequency590 kHz
BrandingAM 590 The Answer
FormatConservative talk
NetworkFox News Radio
AffiliationsSalem Radio Network
Los Angeles Rams Radio Network
First air date
1925; 99 years ago (1925)
Former call signs
KFWC (1925–1929)
KFXM (1929–1991)
KRSO (1991–1995)
KSZZ (1995–2001)
KRLH (2001–2003)
Call sign meaning
Keen Talk of the Inland Empire
Technical information
Facility ID58808
Power2,500 watts days
960 watts nights
WebcastListen Live

KTIE (590 AM, "AM 590 The Answer") is a commercial radio station licensed to San Bernardino, California. It is owned by the Salem Media Group, with studios on University Avenue in Riverside, California, and it airs a conservative talk radio format. The station serves the Inland Empire of California, including San Bernardino, Riverside, Redlands and Lake Arrowhead.

By day, KTIE broadcasts at 2,500 watts, but to avoid interference with other stations on 590 AM at night, it reduces power to 960 watts. KTIE has a directional signal, heard in San Bernardino County, Riverside County and parts of Orange County. KTIE transmits using a three-tower array, on Auto Center Drive West in San Bernardino.[1]


KTIE ident used before the rebranding to "The Answer"

Weekdays begin on KTIE with a simulcast of "The Morning Answer", a news and interview show based at sister station KRLA 870 AM in the Los Angeles area. There is a special Inland Empire hour from The Morning Answer, heard at 5 a.m. and 6 p.m. The rest of the day, KTIE carries nationally syndicated conservative talk shows from the co-owned Salem Radio Network: Dennis Prager, Hugh Hewitt, Charlie Kirk, Sebastian Gorka, Jay Sekulow and Mike Gallagher. Most hours begin with an update from Fox News Radio.

On weekends, KTIE airs specialty shows on real estate, pets, guns, money and health, many of which are paid brokered programming. One local program on weekends is "Firing Line Radio" with host Phillip Naman, devoted to firearms and recreational shooting. KTIE carries Los Angeles Rams games during the NFL season.


Early years

The station was first licensed on February 10, 1925 as KFWC, to Lawrence E. Wall and C. S. Myers in Upland, California.[2] It was the first radio station in the Inland Empire.[3] In 1926, the station moved to San Bernardino,[4] and the call letters were changed to KFXM on September 24, 1929.[5] A San Bernardino transmitter site was on the summit of Mount San Bernardino, about 25 miles (40 km) east of the city. KFXM was received across most of Southern California, including Los Angeles and San Diego.

Following his service during WWII, Ernie Ford was a radio announcer at KFXM. He was assigned to host an early morning country music disc jockey program, Bar Nothin' Ranch Time. To differentiate himself, he created the personality of "Tennessee Ernie", a wild, madcap, exaggerated hillbilly. He became popular in the area and was soon hired away by Pasadena's KXLA radio.

On January 10, 1948, KFXM moved to 590 kHz, as an affiliate of the Mutual Broadcasting System and the Don Lee Network. An advertisement in the San Bernardino Sun newspaper proclaimed "eight times greater coverage for your Mutual-Don Lee Network programs."[6]

Top 40 Sound

From 1959 to 1985, KFXM was a popular Top 40 station in the San Bernardino/Riverside radio market. KFXM was home to popular disc jockeys such as Larry Lujack, Lyle Kilgore, Chuck Doherty, and Bob Griffin in the early 1960s. In 1962, 1290 KMEN (now Catholic station KKDD) began playing Top 40 hits and beat the former #1 KFXM in the ratings.

But in 1965, KFXM reclaimed the top spot with a DJ lineup of Don Elliot, Al Anthony, Jockey Jon (Jon Badeaux), Barry Boyd, and Gene Gleeson. An AFTRA strike in 1968 prompted KFXM to hire a new lineup of DJs, collectively known as the "Jones Boys" (as all of their on-air names had the surname Jones, hiding their real identities from the union), which kept the station running. Once the dispute was resolved, the DJs chose new on-air names.

Maintaining the leadership role in the Inland Empire into the 1970s were disc jockeys Jhani Kaye, Doug Collins, Don McCoy, Bruce Chandler, Chris Roberts, and Bob B. Blue. In the 80s, the station continued to succeed with Craig Powers, and then Rich Watson as PD and air personalities, Dave Murphy, Ed Mann, Jason McQueen (Michael Anglado), and Terry Shea, all of whom landed gigs at Los Angeles metro stations after their stints at KFXM.

Shift to Adult Standards and Talk

By the mid 1980s, most listening to Top 40 music shifted to FM radio. KFXM moved to an adult standards sound, playing the hits of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby. KFXM began airing syndicated talk shows from the NBC Talknet radio network at night. National news was supplied by the ABC Entertainment Network.[7]

In the early 1990s, the station's call sign switched to KRSO. In 1992, upon final sign-off of the beautiful music format on 97.5 FM KDUO in Riverside (now KLYY), the station referred listeners to KRSO as a similar format to what they had heard on KDUO.[8] However, it was only a short time later that KRSO flipped to an all-talk format, using NBC Radio News and continuing to air NBC's Talknet programming at night.

In 1996, the station was acquired by EXCL Communications, which switched to a Spanish-language Religious format, using the call letters KSZZ.[9]

Salem Communications

In 2001, Salem Communications bought the station for $7 million, returning the format to talk and changing the call sign to KRLH.[10] The station began carrying the line up of Salem Radio Network talk shows. Two years later, the call letters switched again, this time to KTIE for Talk of the Inland Empire.

On April 23, 2012, KTIE was re-branded to AM 590 The Answer.[11] Most Salem Communications talk stations now call themselves "The Answer".


  1. ^ Radio-Locator.com/KTIE
  2. ^ "New stations", Radio Service Bulletin, March 2, 1925, page 2.
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1935 page 38
  4. ^ "Alterations and corrections", Radio Service Bulletin, May 29, 1926, page 7.
  5. ^ "Alterations and corrections", Radio Service Bulletin, September 30, 1929, page 8.
  6. ^ "(KFXM ad)". The San Bernardino County Sun. The San Bernardino County Sun. January 4, 1948. p. 18. Retrieved April 4, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  7. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1986 page B-36
  8. ^ "(KDUO-FM 97.5)". Archived from the original on 2021-12-14. Open access icon
  9. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 2000 page D-59
  10. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 2003 page D-62
  11. ^ cmarcucci (April 16, 2012). "KRLA-AM, KTIE-AM re-brand in California". Radio+Television Business Report. Retrieved June 22, 2017.

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