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The Best Radio Stations In The Bay

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Updated: 13 January 2017
In the age of Spotify and Pandora, radio is staying alive thanks to loyal listeners and some well-curated music. Check out our top five picks for the best radio stations in the bay. 

Q102.1: The Throwback Station

A favorite of the 20-something to mid-thirties crowd, Q102.1 serves up some serious nostalgia. Playing artists ranging from Tupac to Ashanti to the Beastie Boys, Q102.1 embraces the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s. With old school music comes old school concerts, and Q102.1 often hosts concerts with legendary hip-hop/R&B artists like 112, SWV, Too $hort, and Ginuwine, to name a few.

102.9 KBLX: The Bay Area’s R&B Station

Get your groove on and jam out to the Bay Area’s favorite R&B station, 102.9 KBLX. Playing hits from today’s charts to old school artists, every listener is bound to find something they can vibe to.


96.5 KOIT: Better Music for a Better Workday

96.5 KOIT offers great variety, from classic adult contemporary to currently chart-topping contemporary songs. With artists like The Eagles representing the classics and artists like Ingrid Michaelson representing newer trends, listeners are always in for a treat. Also, you won’t want to change the dial around Christmas — everyone in the Bay Area knows KOIT plays the best Christmas tunes.

98.1 KISS FM: The Bay’s Throwback Old School

Get down and funky and tune into 98.1 KISS FM for some throwback, old school tunes. You’re bound to find yourself belting out Tina Turner’s ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It,’ and minutes later, you’ll start moonwalking to Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean.’


Star 101.3: More Variety from the 1990s, 2000s and Today

For the best variety of music from the past 25 years, add Star 101.3 to your presets. When you tune in to this station, you’ll be listening to Bon Jovi one minute and Meghan Trainor the next. The best thing about this station’s variety is that you’ll never have to change the dial. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.