KUFO (AM)

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KUFO
City of licensePortland, Oregon
Broadcast areaPortland, Oregon
BrandingFreedom 970
Frequency970 (kHz)
First air dateNovember 9, 1925[citation needed] (as KQP)
FormatTalk
Power5,000 watts
ClassB
Facility ID26926
Transmitter coordinates45°30′56″N 122°43′56″W / 45.51556°N 122.73222°W / 45.51556; -122.73222Coordinates: 45°30′56″N 122°43′56″W / 45.51556°N 122.73222°W / 45.51556; -122.73222
Callsign meaningwarehoused from 101.1 FM, now KXL-FM
Former callsignsKQP (1925-1926)
KOIN (1926-1977)
KYTE (1977-1990)
KESI (1990-1991)
KBBT (1991-1996)
KUPL (1996-2001)
KUFO (2001-2002)
KUPL (2002-2005)
KCMD (2005-2010)
KXFD (2010-2011)[1]
Former frequencies1208.8 kHz (11/9/1925-11/17/1925)
1414.1 kHz (11/1925-12/1925)
1309.1 KHz (12/1925-1/1926)
1410 kHz (1/1926-3/1926)
939.8 kHz (1926-1927)
940 kHz (1927-1941)
AffiliationsFox News Radio
OwnerAlpha Broadcasting
Sister stationsKBFF, KINK, KUPL, KXTG, KXL-FM
WebcastListen Live
Websitefreedom970.com
 
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KUFO
City of licensePortland, Oregon
Broadcast areaPortland, Oregon
BrandingFreedom 970
Frequency970 (kHz)
First air dateNovember 9, 1925[citation needed] (as KQP)
FormatTalk
Power5,000 watts
ClassB
Facility ID26926
Transmitter coordinates45°30′56″N 122°43′56″W / 45.51556°N 122.73222°W / 45.51556; -122.73222Coordinates: 45°30′56″N 122°43′56″W / 45.51556°N 122.73222°W / 45.51556; -122.73222
Callsign meaningwarehoused from 101.1 FM, now KXL-FM
Former callsignsKQP (1925-1926)
KOIN (1926-1977)
KYTE (1977-1990)
KESI (1990-1991)
KBBT (1991-1996)
KUPL (1996-2001)
KUFO (2001-2002)
KUPL (2002-2005)
KCMD (2005-2010)
KXFD (2010-2011)[1]
Former frequencies1208.8 kHz (11/9/1925-11/17/1925)
1414.1 kHz (11/1925-12/1925)
1309.1 KHz (12/1925-1/1926)
1410 kHz (1/1926-3/1926)
939.8 kHz (1926-1927)
940 kHz (1927-1941)
AffiliationsFox News Radio
OwnerAlpha Broadcasting
Sister stationsKBFF, KINK, KUPL, KXTG, KXL-FM
WebcastListen Live
Websitefreedom970.com

KUFO (970 AM) is a radio station owned by Alpha Broadcasting and located in downtown Portland, Oregon. Since June 2008, it has featured a talk radio format, dominated by syndicated shows.

The station also airs Portland State Vikings college football and basketball games and Portland Winterhawks hockey games.[citation needed]

History[edit]

AM 970 began in March 1941 (moved from AM 940) as KOIN with a middle-of-the road format. In May 1977 they changed their call letters to KYTE and aired a top 40 format until 1979, then switched to country (as "97 Country" while keeping the KYTE call letters). In 1981, the station flipped to the automated "Music of Your Life" adult standards programming until 1989, when the format was changed to classical music, picking up the format when KYTE-FM dropped classical for contemporary jazz as KKCY "The City". This turned out to be short-lived; in 1990, the station changed their call letters to KESI and aired an easy listening format branded as "Easy 970". On May 1, 1991, the station changed their call letters to KBBT and began stunting. 18 days later, the format was changed to an alternative rock format known as "970 The Beat". In July 1996, KBBT began simulcasting on KDBX 107.5 FM (now KXJM). On October 2, 1996, the alternative rock format was moved to FM and 970 changed their call letters to KUPL and changed their format to country. On September 19, 1997, American Radio Systems, owner of six Portland radio stations, announced that Westinghouse Electric, the owner of Infinity Broadcasting, had bought all of its U.S. radio stations,[2] including KUPL, the country radio station broadcasting on AM 970. KUPL switched to oldies on January 23, 2001.[3] On August 1, 2001 KUPL, changed their call letters to KUFO and changed their format to talk as "Extreme Talk 970". On October 11, 2002, after a brief simulcast with rock-formatted KUFO-FM, KUFO changed their call letters back to KUPL and switched to country.

KCMD branding

AM 970 continued as KUPL until 2005,[4] when it became KCMD, letters chosen to reflect its "all comedy format" at the time. That same year, after MAX 910 abandoned its hot talk format, CBS Radio (formerly Infinity Broadcasting before December 2005), hoping to enlarge the station's audience, decided to broadcast syndicated programming, including The Tom Leykis Show and Don and Mike, shows that had previously aired on MAX 910. At the same time, the station was renamed to "Johnson 970". By early 2006, CBS Radio asked Rick Emerson to take over as program director and return on-air after being dumped from Entercom Broadcasting line-up on MAX 910; he was accompanied by on-air producer Sarah X Dylan and newsman Tim Riley.[citation needed] Within months Johnson 970 became “AM 970 Solid State Radio”, and took on more syndicated broadcasts from around the country, including Dennis Miller.[citation needed]

After the launch of “Solid State Radio”, the station added a local weekend show (Miles Around Radio & Television), and became the affiliate for Dr. Demento, The Mike O'Meara Show, and The John and Jeff Show, as well as syndicating Fox Sports Radio.[citation needed]

On June 23, 2008, KCMD's slogan changed from "Solid State Radio" to "The Talker". On March 12, 2009, The Rick Emerson Show moved to KCMD's sister station KUFO-FM to replace the canceled The Adam Carolla Show.[citation needed]

In August 2009, CBS Radio sold its Portland cluster (including KCMD) to Alpha Broadcasting in an effort to focus more on major market stations. Alpha rebranded the station to "Freedom 970" on September 14, 2009, and on May 24, 2010 changed its call letters to KXFD to reflect this branding.

On March 22, 2011, the station was re-assigned with the call sign KUFO which it had previously held from August 2001 to October 2002.[1] The call sign became available after its sister station at 101.1 FM changed its call letters from KUFO to KXL-FM.

Programming[edit]

As of March 2010, AM970 features America's Morning News, The Laura Ingraham Show, The Sean Hannity Show, Mark Levin, Jerry Doyle, Dennis Miller, Doug McIntyre, and The Phil Hendrie Show.[5] Weekends include replays of the weekday shows, a limited amount of weekend syndicated fare and brokered programming.

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