20 May 2022
Our 2022 Legendary Station – KMEL FM 106 “The Camel”
The Broadcast Legends hope you’ll join us on Wednesday, June 29, at the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco as we welcome back live Legends events with a celebration of our Legendary Station for 2022, KMEL 106 FM – The Camel!
KMEL 106 is a heritage Bay Area FM radio station that had it’s beginning in 1946 in San Francisco and has had multiple owners, along with multiple call letter and format switches throughout its legendary history.
On July 2, 1977, Century Broadcasting from St. Louis – brothers Howard and Shelly Grafman – came into the city by the Bay and threw the switch on their new station, which had been KFRC 106.1 FM.
The Grafman brothers changed the station’s call letters to KMEL 106, delivering an album-oriented rock format (AOR). The station used the KMEL call letters to name itself “Camel 106.”
Their master plan was very successful in ratings and radio business for close to ten years.
From right out of gate, KMEL 106 was one of the top-rated Northern California radio stations delivering big numbers of 18-34 and 25-54 adults for both men and women!
It was the beginning of the 1980’s and they had a gold mine of great music to go through – Bruce Springsteen, U2, Van Halen, AC/DC, and Metallica – with an incredible lineup of talented radio personalities, DJs, and news people to entertain and inform the audience. GRAND SLAM!