KGOW

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KGOW
City of license Bellaire, Texas
Broadcast area Greater Houston
Branding Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560
Slogan "The Flagship of Yahoo! Sports Radio"
Frequency 1560 kHz
First air date April 22, 1996 (as KILE)
Format Sports
Power 46,000 watts (day)
15,000 watts (night)
Class B
Facility ID 17389
Callsign meaning David GOW (CEO)
Former callsigns KILE (1996-2007)
Affiliations Yahoo! Sports Radio
Owner GOW Communications
Sister stations KFNC
Webcast Listen Live
Website 1560TheGame.com

KGOW (1560 AM), known as "Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560," is an American sports talk format radio station based in Houston, Texas, USA. It is currently owned by GOW Communications. GOW Communications also owns Yahoo! Sports Radio, and the network's operations are based at KGOW. The transmitter site is located between Manvel and Angleton, Texas and studios are located in Uptown Houston one block from The Galleria.

History[edit]

1560 first appeared in south Texas as KGUL (AM) in Port Lavaca, Texas. It begat an FM on 95.9 (which became today's 93.3 KITE, after a channel change to allow 95.7 Houston to relocate from Shell Plaze to the Senior Road Tower Farm).

A time brokered station in the Houston area (the now deleted KFCC (AM)) operated in Bay City, Texas and later operated in the Stafford, Texas area. Unfortunately the station moved without proper FCC permission. When it was clear that facility would be going away, the principals secured a front "real party in interest" to take the KGUL facility to Houston. They operated at 800 watts omni, later 5,000 watts on a simple directional system.

Prior to September 2007, the station was KILE, with a [Multi-Language] talk radio format, and was the only one in the Houston area to broadcast in many languages.

The current all-sports format began on August 20, 2007.

Programming[edit]

The station's lineup includes morning co-hosts Sean Pendergast and John Granato from 6 - 11 AM. Travis Rodgers, former producer of the Jim Rome Show, hosts a local hour from 11 to noon with noon - 3 carried by Yahoo! Sports Radio, which is owned by the same company that owns KGOW. The afternoon show features Adam Clanton (the voice of the parody "Rome On A Mobile") and John Wessling.

KGOW is the Houston radio broadcast affiliate for Rice football.

During daytime hours, KGOW transmits from near Rosharon, TX, SSW of Houston, with 46,000 watts. At night, KGOW transmits from near Cypress-Katy, TX, NW of Houston, with 15,000 watts. The highly directive nature of both the daytime antenna array (six towers, with high efficiency) and the nighttime antenna array (nine towers, with standard efficiency) means that the apparent power towards Houston is greatly in excess of the licensed power, about the equivalent of 857,000 watts days and 197,000 watts nights (when vompared to the 1,000 watt non-directional reference antenna for this class of station, Class B). This effect is shared by a number of other Class B stations in the Houston market. Houston has no allocated Class A stations (the only Class A stations in Texas are allocated to Dallas, KRLD, 1080 kHz; Fort Worth, WBAP, 820 kHz; and San Antonio, WOAI, 1200 kHz).

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Coordinates: 29°19′37″N 95°33′00″W / 29.32694°N 95.55000°W / 29.32694; -95.55000