KINA (910 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a news/talk format. Licensed to Salina, Kansas, USA, the station serves Salina and communities to the northwest. The station is currently owned by Eagle Communications.
KINA originally went on the air in April of 1964 as KLSI. A group headed by Sam Bradley fought with broadcaster Sherwood Parks over the original CP (construction permit) for almost 6 years beginning around 1958 until the two agreed to put the station on the air jointly in 1964. The call letters would not change to KINA until around 1970.
The broadcast studios were located on east Walnut Street in Salina and programmed Top-40 music to a teen audience and the servicemen at Schilling Air Base, which was still operational in 1964.
KINA’s dial position at 910 kHz would prove troublesome, as it was exactly on the second harmonic of radios with a 455 kHz IF (intermediate frequency). This resulted in an annoying tone or whistle in the background of the station’s programming. This problem has since been overcome with modern digital radios.