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City El Cerrito, California
Broadcast area San Francisco Bay Area
Branding Educational Radio
Frequency 88.1 MHz
Format Variety
ERP 17 watts
HAAT -29 meters
Class D
Facility ID 19081
Transmitter coordinates 37°54′20″N 122°17′34″W / 37.90556°N 122.29278°W / 37.90556; -122.29278Coordinates: 37°54′20″N 122°17′34″W / 37.90556°N 122.29278°W / 37.90556; -122.29278
Callsign meaning El Cerrito Gauchos
Owner El Cerrito High School
Webcast Listen Live-Shoutcast Link

KECG (88.1 FM) is a noncommercial educational radio station broadcasting a Variety format. Licensed to El Cerrito, California, US. The station is currently owned by El Cerrito High School.[1] The station is operated by El Cerrito High School, and is a broadcast service of the West Contra Costa Unified School District.


In addition to the main transmimtter on 88.1, KECG is relayed by translator K249DJ on 97.7 fm which widens its broadcast area. This translator was originally licensed in 1994 at 89.9 fm, but was the frequency was changed due to a dispute with Howell Mountain Broadcasting, licensee of then [KNDL] 89.9 in Angwin.[2]


Construction of KECG began in 1972 in the basement of the north wing of the old El Cerrito HS. Mr. Maynes wood shop built the studios and the electronics dept under Elmer Peterson installed the electronics.

Originally, KECG was supposed to broadcast "elevator" style music.[citation needed]

Several years delayed activation of the transmitter. Educational station KQED objected to KECG going on the air stating that "They should broadcast over the telephone line".[3] Local ABC news anchor Van Amburg was quite helpful, having continued his FCC certification even after moving from engineering to on-air talent.[citation needed]

By the time KECG began broadcasting, the "elevator" music format plan had been dropped.

After Elmer Peterson died, control of KECG moved from the Industrial Arts division to a more journalistic control. In 2005, the old campus was demolished. KECG's current studios are located on the 2nd floor of the main building of the new campus.


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