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For the Albuquerque, New Mexico radio station that held the call sign KIVA at 1550 AM from 2009 to 2012, see KRKE.
City of license Albuquerque, New Mexico
Broadcast area Albuquerque, New Mexico
Branding The Rock of Talk
Frequency 1600 kHz
Translator(s) 95.9 K240BL
Format Talk
Power 10,000 watts (day)
175 watts (night)
Class D
Facility ID 65257
Transmitter coordinates 35°10′14″N 106°37′51″W / 35.17056°N 106.63083°W / 35.17056; -106.63083Coordinates: 35°10′14″N 106°37′51″W / 35.17056°N 106.63083°W / 35.17056; -106.63083
Former callsigns KNUS (1988-1989)
KZKL (1989-1993)
KRLL (1993-1995)
KNOS (1995-1989)
KZKL (1989-1993)
KDZZ (1997-1999)
KIVA (1999-2002)
KANM (2002-2005)
KRKE (2005-2012)
Owner Vanguard Media LLC
Sister stations KRKE
Webcast Listen Live

KIVA (1600 AM) is an American radio station licensed to Albuquerque, New Mexico serving the Albuquerque metropolitan area. KIVA broadcasts on 1600 AM and on FM translator K240BL 95.9. Its studios are located in Northeast Albuquerque (a mile north of Central Avenue) and the transmitter tower is in North Valley, New Mexico.


KIVA broadcasts a talk radio, news radio and sports radio format,[1] featuring national talk shows Bloomberg, Dan Patrick Show, Jay Mohr Sports, Sean Hannity, America Now with Andy Dean, TMZ Sports, TMZ Live, Clyde Lewis and Coast to Coast AM with George Noory. A variety of live programming is broadcast on the weekends, including Fox Sports Radio, Denver Broncos, and Notre Dame Football. Sundays are dedicated to business talk with Bloomberg Radio and Sunday Brunch with Charlie Rose, Hometown Heroes honoring America's veterans, religious programming including Joel Osteen and The Lutheran Hour and Fox Sports Radio in the afternoon when the Denver Broncos are not in season.

KIVA brands itself as "The Rock of Talk". Hourly news updates are provided by The Blaze as well as AP Radio.

The station broadcasts in HD stereo via its AAC and MP3 streams which can be accessed at It also broadcasts in a MP3 format as well allowing every device to stream from the station from anywhere in the world.

According to the Spring 2014 Arbitron book more than 66% of its audience is made up of Males 25-54.

Broadcast translators of KIVA
Call sign Frequency
City of license Facility
Class FCC info
K240BL 95.9 Albuquerque, New Mexico 8824 250 horizontal D FCC


Logo for KRKE from 2005-2011

1600 began an oldies format as KRKE in early 2005 after stunting with an all Elvis format for a couple of weeks at the end of 2004. 1600 had previously been "The mix of New Mexico" as KANM. It also had an all-news format as KIVA from 2000-2002 after it had moved to 1600 from 1580 AM. It was the home of Radio Disney as KDZZ in the late 1990s and had a classic country format as KRLL from 1993-1995 but for many years was an AM simulcast for KZKL-FM (101.7) "Kool 102" an oldies station.

The station was assigned the call sign KNUS on 1988-11-05. On 1989-09-27, the station changed its call sign to KZKL, on 1993-11-01 to KRLL, on 1995-11-01 to KNOS, on 1996-06-14 to KZKL, on 1997-11-28 to KDZZ, on 1999-09-13 to KIVA, on 2002-10-22 to KANM, on 2005-04-01 to KRKE, and on 2012-08-28 to the current KIVA.[2]

The talk format for KIVA began on June 15, 2009 on 1550 AM. On August 28, 2012 KIVA swapped frequencies with KRKE moving KIVA to 1600 and KRKE from 1600 to 1550.


  1. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Retrieved June 21, 2009. 
  2. ^ "KIVA Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 

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