KIHU

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KIHU
City of license Tooele, Utah
Frequency 1010 kHz
First air date 1955
Format Catholic radio
Power 50,000 watts day
42,000 watts critical hours
194 watts night
Class D
Facility ID 35687
Transmitter coordinates 40°45′50″N 112°0′50″W / 40.76389°N 112.01389°W / 40.76389; -112.01389Coordinates: 40°45′50″N 112°0′50″W / 40.76389°N 112.01389°W / 40.76389; -112.01389
Callsign meaning K Immaculate Heart Utah
Former callsigns KTUT (late 1950s)
KDYL (1960s to 1982)
KTLE (1982-1992)
KTUR (1992-1998)
KIQN (1998-2004)
KCPW (2004-2009)
KPCW (2009-2009)
Affiliations Immaculate Heart Radio
Owner IHR Educational Broadcasting
Webcast Listen Live
Website KIHU website
KIHU's tower (right) near Magna, Utah. The tower on the left is used by KMRI.

KIHU (1010 AM) is a radio station licensed to Tooele, Utah, USA. The station is owned by IHR Educational Broadcasting. The station has a construction permit from the FCC for a power increase to 50,000 watts Daytime, 42,000 watts Critical Hours (within two hours after sunrise or before sunset) and 194 watts night. The facilities authorized by the Construction Permit were built in 2004 and the station is operating under "Program Test Authority" with those facilities. Not only does the station have a construction permit to change its power, it also has an application to move its city of license to Magna, near where its current transmitter lies.[1][2][3] The change in city of license will make possible the upgrading of the station from Class "D" to Class "B."[4]

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The station was built to operate on 990 kHz with a 1000 watt transmitter in the town of Tooele. The original call letters were KTUT, and were changed to KDYL in the early 1960s when that call was released from the 1320 station in Salt Lake City when that station was renamed "KCPX." Simmons paid the then owner, Thomas W. Mathis, to release the "KDYL" call so that they could use those call letters on the 1280 Salt Lake City Station, whereupon the station was assigned the call letters KTLE, beginning on 1982-05-19. KTLE stood for Tooele, the station's city of license and former location of its transmitter. In 1982, Mr. Mathis applied to change the frequency to 1010 from 990 kHz and increase the power to 50,000 watts Daytime and 2500 watts Critical Hours at the original transmitter site in Tooele. The change in frequency and power increase was finally built by the subsequent owner in 1992. In 1994, the station applied to move the transmitter to the Salt Lake Valley, at a site that was too close to the Salt Lake International Airport to allow a reasonable tower height (tower was only 142 feet).

On October 30, 1992, the station changed its call sign to KTUR by the then owner, Robert Turley, and on 1998-09-18 to KIQN by the subsequent owner, Intelliquest Media. Intelliquest went bankrupt in 2003, and Community Wireless purchased the License from the Bankruptcy Trustee. Community Wireless then rebuilt the station at its current transmitter site. In January 2004, the station applied to change its city of license to Magna, of which the application is still pending before the FCC. On 2004-08-01, the station became KCPW, and on March 20, 2009, the station became KPCW.[5][6]

In August 2009, the station was assigned the call KIHU, reflecting an ownership change, as it had been sold to IHR Educational Foundation. The station now broadcasts Catholic religious programming. Should the application to change the city of license to Magna ever be granted, the new owner may change the city of license.

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