KFYI

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This article is about the Phoenix radio station. For the Bay Area station known as KFYI in 1984-1985, see KDIA.
KFYI
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City of license Phoenix, Arizona
Broadcast area Phoenix metropolitan area
Branding Newstalk 550 KFYI
Slogan The Valley's Talk Station
Frequency 550 kHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1921
Format News/Talk
Power 5,000 watts daytime
1,000 watts nighttime
Class B
Facility ID 63918
Transmitter coordinates 33°23′16″N 112°0′24″W / 33.38778°N 112.00667°W / 33.38778; -112.00667
Callsign meaning For Your Information
Former callsigns KOY (until 1999)
KGME (1999–2000)
Owner Clear Channel Communications
Sister stations KESZ, KGME, KMXP, KNIX, KOY, KYOT, KZZP
Webcast Listen Live
Website kfyi.com

KFYI (550 AM) is an American news/talk radio station broadcasting in Phoenix, Arizona. KFYI is owned by Clear Channel Communications. KFYI transmits in both analog AM and digital HD Radio. Its studios are located in Phoenix near Sky Harbor Airport and its transmitter is in South Phoenix near 36th Street and Southern Avenue.

The digital signal is also rebroadcast on KNIX-FM's HD2 channel.

Programming[edit]

KFYI's weekday lineup is approximately an even mix of local and syndicated programming. Local personalities heard on KFYI include Jim Sharpe, Barry Young, Mike Broomhead and former Mr. Universe Lance Dreher.

Former Congressman J. D. Hayworth resigned from the station in 2010 to run for the U.S. Senate against Senator John McCain. Hayworth lost.

The syndicated programming is similar to the standard Clear Channel news talk lineup and includes Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glen Beck and Coast to Coast AM with George Noory. Because of Arizona's time zone idiosyncrasies (the state does not participate in daylight saving time), the syndicated programs air on a tape delay during the spring and summer months.

History[edit]

For decades AM 550 was the home of KOY. The station aired network programs in the pre-television era, then top 40 and from the 1980s, adult standards music. It was owned by Edens Broadcasting in the 1980s as the sister station to KOY-FM (Y95).

KFYI originated in 1985 on 910 AM, which had been the signal of KPHO radio (co-owned with KPHO-TV, channel 5, until 1972). All-sports station KGME occupies 910 AM today. The frequency switch took place in 2003. The call letters KFYI had been previously used by a station in Oakland, California, now KMKY.[1]

KFYI signed on at 5:30am on July 10, 1985 with Morning Host Charlie Van Dyke, newsman Brad Messer and sports anchor Jim Jeffrey .

KFYI Host Barry Young served as the station's program director from 1988 until 1998. Joe Adams and Mark Jeffrey have been with the station since the beginning.

Controversy[edit]

On March 8, 2006 KFYI made news when fill-in host Brian James suggested that the United States National Guard and Border Patrol should shoot to kill people illegally crossing the US-Mexican border.[2] He also stated on the air that he would be "happy to sit there with my high-powered rifle and my night scope" and kill people as they cross the border. Those remarks prompted Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard and U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton to complain to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), calling the remarks "irresponsible and dangerous".[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ History of the call signs of KMKY
  2. ^ worldnetdaily.com
  3. ^ Associated Press, April 10, 2006. Officials: Radio host's call to kill border crossers dangerous

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