The Cambrian

KMGQ back on air under control of KTEA operator

KMGQ is back on the air and back to playing classic jazz, but it won’t be going back to its former KTEA name.

Jim Kampschroer, who founded KTEA-FM in November 2003 in Cambria, is once again running the station after nearly a week of radio silence.

Joe Benson and Chuck Contrares of Post Rock Communications had an agreement to lease the station and it began broadcasting as KMGQ (“K-Magic”) on Aug. 27 with a “light rock, adult contemporary” format offering hit music from the 1970s and ’80s. The station went off the air late Oct. 19.

“Essentially,” Kampschroer said today, “the deal fell through.”

KMGQ came back on the air under Kampschroer’s control at 6 a.m. today.

The station’s 6-kilowatt signal, broadcast from the former site of an Air Force station south of Cambria, reaches south past Los Osos and inland to the western fringes of San Luis Obispo and Atascadero. Programs air from 6 a.m. to midnight.

“We’re back to something similar to what we had, running the classic jazz program,” Kampschroer said. “Hopefully, Monday will have more balanced music.”

The station will also air the Coast Union High School football game at Cate School in Ojai at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Kampschroer can’t get the KTEA call sign back, he said, as someone else took it after he gave it up.

“We’re stuck with KMGQ,” he lamented. “It’s just not ‘Magic’ anymore.”

He does, though, have many community listeners who missed the eclectic mixture of music from the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s glad to have the format back again.

“I got a call this afternoon,” he said, from a listener in Cambria, where the Friends of the Cambria Library just reached its goal of raising funds for a new library. The caller told him, he said, “‘you know, what we need is a Friends of the Radio Station.’ That was so sweet.”