KGME

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KGME
City of license Phoenix, Arizona
Broadcast area Phoenix metropolitan area
Branding Fox Sports 910
Slogan The Valley's Sports Leader
Frequency 910 kHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1940 (as KPHO at 1230)
Format Sports Talk
Power 5,000 watts
Class B
Facility ID 65480
Callsign meaning GaME
Former callsigns KPHO (1940-1971)
KJJJ (1971-1986)
KFYI (1986-2000)
Former frequencies 1230 kHz (1940-1949)
Affiliations Fox Sports Radio
Owner iHeartMedia, Inc.
Sister stations KESZ, KFYI, KMXP, KNIX, KOY, KYOT, KZZP
Webcast Listen Live
Website foxsports910.com

KGME (910 AM), branded as Fox Sports 910, is a sports radio station located in Phoenix, Arizona and serving the Phoenix metropolitan area. KGME is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc., the former owners of Mexican station XETRA in Southern California, where the previous XTRA name came from. Its studios are located in Phoenix near Sky Harbor Airport and its transmitter is in the city's Deer Valley district.

The station's weekday lineup is as follows: Dan Patrick (6am-9am), Jay Mohr (9am-noon), Brad Cesmat (noon-2pm), and "Bickley and MJ" with Arizona Republic sports columnist Dan Bickley and Mike Jurecki (2pm-6pm). Fox Sports Radio airs in most night, weekend, and overnight timeslots. "Bickley and MJ" was named Sports Talk Show of the year in 2007 by Phoenix Magazine and Sports Talk Show of the year in 2007 by the Phoenix New Times. KGME has been nominated in 2007 and 2008 for the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Marconi Award for Sports Station of the year.

Since 2008-2009, KGME is the flagship station of the Phoenix Coyotes. KGME also broadcasts play-by-play of National Football League games from Dial Global, the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.

In July 2013, it was announced that Fox Sports 910 will be the Phoenix affiliate for the University of Arizona Wildcats football and men's basketball radio network.[1]

Station history[edit]

910 was originally KPHO (now the call letters of the Phoenix CBS TV affiliate), operating on 1230 from 1940-1949; the station moved to 910 in 1949. In 1971, it changed call letters to KJJJ as "Big Country KJ" until 1986, when it would become KFYI, being purchased by Fred Weber's Broadcast Group. KFYI implemented a highly successful talk format, and became the home to hosts that would go on to greater success, such as Tom Leykis.

In 1999, Broadcast Group sold to AMFM, formerly Chancellor. On September 25, 2000, after AMFM merged with Clear Channel Communications, KFYI moved to AM 550 to obtain a better signal, swapping frequencies with what is now KGME.[2] Clear Channel rebranded KGME as XTRA Sports 910 to match the "XTRA" branding of their other sports-talk properties.

The KGME call letters and sports talk format had been operating on AM 550 under the branding "KGME Sports Radio 550," and had only jumped to 550 a year earlier (April 23, 1999) from AM 1360 in a three-way frequency swap involving heritage station KOY. In KGME's 1360 days (1994–99), the station was Phoenix's only full-time sports station and branded itself "The Game." Mike Golic was a show host on the station along with Tony Femino in 1994. Other hosts included Bruce Jacobs and Arnie Spanier.

On June 11, 2013 KGME rebranded as "Fox Sports 910".[3]

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KGME logo.jpg (KGME's logo under previous "Xtra Sports 910" branding)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arizona IMG, Fox Sports 910 Announce Partnership". Arizona Athletics. 2013-07-16. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  2. ^ "550 KGME Becomes NewsRadio 550 KFYI". Format Change Archive. Retrieved 2013-05-18. 
  3. ^ http://radioinsight.com/blog/headlines/83784/kgme-phoenix-rebrands/

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Coordinates: 33°32′00″N 112°07′18″W / 33.53333°N 112.12167°W / 33.53333; -112.12167