City of license Silicon Valley
Broadcast San Jose, California
Branding KLIV 1590 AM
Slogan Silicon Valley’s News Station
Frequency 1590 kHz
First air date 1946
Format News
Class B
Callsign meaning LIVE
Former callsigns KSJO (K San JOse)
Affiliations CNN Radio, CNN Headline News, Associated Press, Bay City News Service, The Weather Channel &
Owner Empire Broadcasting
Website KLIV 1590 AM's Website

KLIV is an AM radio station in the Silicon Valley based in San Jose, California. The station operates @ 1590 kHz on the AM band. It's owned by Empire Broadcasting Company & is headed by News & Program Director George Sampson (not to be confused with the British dancer of the same name.) It identifies itself on the air as 1590 KLIV with CNN Radio News during weekdays & CNN Headline News airing on overnights & weekends. The station is also known for it's local news focusing on the events of San Jose & the Silicon valley. The station provides Silicon Valley-specific traffic reports 8 times an hour, or roughly every 6-7 minutes. Traffic reports are generally followed by weather reports courtesy of The Weather Channel & stock market updates. Along with frequent traffic reports, the station provides locally anchored news segments & segments from CNN Radio News & CNN Headline News. Every Tuesday evening @ 7 & 10 PM, the station broadcasts "The CEO Show" hosted by Carl Guardino. Guardino interviews a different CEO from the Silicon Valley. On Thursday nights @ 7 & 10 PM, KLIV airs a 1 hour broadcast from The Commonwealth Club's public affairs forums. On Saturday nights @ 7 PM, KLIV broadcasts the nationally-syndicated technology report "Into Tomorrow" with Dave Graveline. The show covers new technology & consumer electronics.

KLIV is also the radio home of San Jose State University football & basketball.


KLIV is located @ 750 Story Road in San Jose, California. The station's phone number is (408) 293-8030. The station's license was granted on May 8, 1990 & expires on December 1, 2013.


KLIV has been on the air since September 1946. It was originally KSJO, a 1,000-watt daytime-only station. KLIV had changed hands on July 1, 1967 (4 months before this broadcast), when it was acquired by 2 former Rochester, NY radio executives, Robert S. Kieve & James M. Trayhern, Jr., who had incorporated as Empire Broadcasting. 4 decades later, Bob Kieve has remained as the owner of KLIV, 1 of the few independent radio station owners left in the region.

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