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City of license Lakewood, Colorado
Broadcast area Denver-Lakewood-Boulder
Branding 1600 The Zone
Slogan Denver's Sports Radio
Frequency 1600 kHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1/8/1955 (as KLAK)
Format Sports radio
Power 5,000 watts
Class B
Facility ID 30823
Transmitter coordinates Coordinates: 39°39′20″N 105°4′28″W / 39.65556°N 105.07444°W / 39.65556; -105.07444
Callsign meaning ESPN (former affiliation)
Former callsigns KRXY (1987-1993)
KWMX (1993-1994)
KYGO (1994-1999)
KCKK (1999-2006)
Affiliations Fox Sports Radio
Owner Lincoln Financial Media Company of Colorado (Sale pending to Entercom)
Sister stations KRWZ, KKFN, KQKS, KYGO

KEPN, 1600AM, is an all-sports radio station licensed to Lakewood, Colorado and serving the Denver, Colorado area. On January 1, 2007, it became the local affiliate of ESPN Radio for the Denver area and the "Front Range." It is owned by Lincoln Financial Media. Its studios are located in Greenwood Village, and the transmitter is in Lakewood.

Before that date, it was "16Kicks" KCKK and played classic country music. The format was moved to another station in the market, which had been KYOL. (KCKK is now an adult hits station, branded as the "Rock".)


The 1600 kHz frequency was originally assigned the call letters KLAK in 1955. The station played country and Western music. In 1966, they opened a new transmitter and also began broadcasting on the FM band at 107.7 MHz. The FM station is now KQKS (now at 107.5), also owned by Lincoln Financial Media. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), other call signs for this station have been KRXY, KWMX, and KYGO (the first two being simulcasts of their FM counterparts on 107.5).

On December 8, 2014, Entercom announced that it was purchasing Lincoln Financial Group's entire 15-station lineup (including KEPN) in a $106.5 million deal, and is set to operate the outlets under a LMA deal until the sale is approved by the FCC.[1]


  1. ^ "Entercom Acquires Lincoln Financial Media" from Radio Insight (December 8, 2014)

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