101.3 San Francisco KIOI

Don Kelly, 101.3 KIOI San Francisco | December, 1972


101.3 San Francisco KIOI K101The Image at left is from an old TV ad, yet, there’s no date stamp available to prove it’s from a particular time frame. 1980s, perhaps?

Here’s an aircheck donated by Ellis B. Feaster. It’s, perhaps, one of the most eclectic radio stations ever posted here. The format, as heard here, is essentially everything. In fact, the show which Don Kelly is hosting is called, “All About Everything”! Indeed, you’ll hear Barbara Streisand, elevator music, comedy and even “Drive My Car” from The Beatles! It appears that the normal ‘format’ of this radio station wasn’t much different, in terms of musical variety.

KIOI was known for some FM technical innovations in terms of it’s Stereophonic transmission system. There are some engineers still around who probably know much about it. Comments are invited!



Steve West is a 39 year veteran of broadcasting. His air work as a Jock and News Anchor includes six radio markets and over two-dozen radio stations. Steve currently works on-air for the Super Radio USA media group out of Minnesota. Steve is the founder of the Airchexx Media Group and manages Airchexx.com and Airchexx Live - the official station of Airchexx.


Jay L Rudko
July 14, 2018 at 9:10 am

K101 was known not only for its innovations in stereo broadcasting, but it was the station chosen by Lou Dorren to test his Quadracast discrete quadraphonic FM system. The tests were successful, but by the time the system gained FCC approval, interest in quad had waned.

Jay L Rudko
July 14, 2018 at 9:29 am

K101 was innovative not only in its stereo broadcast system, but also as Lou Dorren’s test station for his Quadracast discrete quadraphonic FM system. The tests were successful, and the system was approved by the FCC. But interest in quad was declining, and the system was never implemented.

Jay Philpott
July 14, 2018 at 9:53 pm

K-101 (KIQI) was one of the first, if not THE first station to use their frequency in their name and they actually copyrighted “K-101.” They successfully stopped its use by KDWB-FM/Richfield (Minneapolis-St. Paul) in 1979 when that station first split from a simulcast with its AM

Jay Philpott
July 14, 2018 at 10:02 pm

By the way, the photo on the right is the legendary Dr. Don Rose, from his brief tenure doing mornings on the station in 1987 or 1988. He was there just 4 months when he suffered a heart attack and never did full-time radio again

Nick Sarames
July 17, 2018 at 3:00 am

I believe most of this clip is from December 19th, 1973

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