KVGC 1340 AM and 96.5 FM, HomeTown Radio, is the only daily source of live news and information for Amador and Calaveras Counties. HomeTown Radio began broadcasting as KNGT-FM over 30 years ago and has been a fixture in the foothills ever since, providing local news, community access and emergency broadcasts.
Over the years, HomeTown Radio has featured a wide range of local talent, including Cedric Klute’s Tales of the Motherlode, the Master Gardeners’ Minute, Steve Muni’s HomeTown Kitchen, high school football and teen programming, jazz and oldies music by local DJs, and weekly broadcasts by local clergy.
HomeTown Radio has been heard for the past several years over the Internet and on an SCA subcarrier channel. In 2003, the former KNGT-FM station was purchased by a media conglomerate for broadcast to Central Valley audiences, and foothill listeners lost access to local emergency and news broadcasts. Jim Guidi, long-time operations manager and on-air personality for KNGT, and his wife Teresa reopened the Jackson station broadcasting on the SCA band.
KVGC 1340 AM & 96.5 FM is the culmination of a several-year quest by Jim Guidi, to get the only local source of radio news and information back on conventional airwaves.
“This is a very exciting time for all of the HomeTown Radio family – listeners, staff, and advertisers,” said Guidi. “Listeners in the region can now get HomeTown Radio local news and information from their cars, home stereo systems, battery-powered radios during power outages -- no special radios required!”
“I’ve been working for the last seven years to bring HomeTown Radio back to a wider audience and expand our connection with the community,” Guidi said in 2010. “As a life-long broadcaster, this is my dream come true.”