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|City of license||Bellaire, Texas|
|Broadcast area||Greater Houston|
|Branding||Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560|
|Slogan||"The Flagship of Yahoo! Sports Radio"|
|First air date||April 22, 1996 (as KILE)|
|Power||46,000 watts (day)
15,000 watts (night)
|Callsign meaning||David GOW (CEO)|
|Former callsigns||KILE (1996-2007)|
|Affiliations||Yahoo! Sports Radio|
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 company is in the process of purchasing 97.5 KFNC.
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. Unfortunatly 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.
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 broadcasts its signal from a tower near Rosharon, TX at a strength of 46,000 watts. At night, the signal broadcasts from a tower is constructing in the Katy-Hockley area at a strength of 15,000 watts, the second-strongest night-time signal in the city of Houston. While impressively large in number of watts, the station's high frequency makes it less effective (station signals decay in strength faster as frequency rises) and the directional system means that tocover a wide swath, the towers have to be a significant distance from town.
- 1560 The Game official website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for KGOW
- Radio-Locator Information on KGOW
- Query Arbitron's AM station database for KGOW
- Balke, Jeff (March 30, 2011). "KGOW'S KAPOW KAPOW". Houston Press.
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