KKFN

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For the Denver, Colorado radio station that held the call sign KKFN at 950 AM from 1994 to 2008, see KRWZ.
KKFN
City of license Longmont, Colorado
Broadcast area Denver, Colorado
Branding FM Sportsradio 104.3 The Fan
Slogan "Denver's Sports Station"
Frequency 104.3 MHz
First air date September 1964 (as KLMO-FM)
Format Sports radio
ERP 91,000 watts
HAAT 206 meters
Class C1
Facility ID 71767
Callsign meaning The FaN
Former callsigns KLMO-FM (1964-1986)
KQKS (1986-1997)
KCKK (1997-1999)
KCKK-FM (1999-2000)
KJCD (2000-2008)
KKFN-FM (2008-2009)
Owner Lincoln Financial Group (Sale pending to Entercom)
Sister stations KEPN, KRWZ, KQKS, KYGO
Webcast Listen Live Page and Listen Live Player
Website 1043thefan.com

KKFN (104.3 FM, "104.3 The Fan") is a sports radio station serving the Denver-Boulder area. The Lincoln Financial Media outlet broadcasts with an effective radiated power of 91 kW and is licensed to Longmont, Colorado. Its studios are located in Greenwood Village, and the transmitter is in Lakewood on Green Mountain.

104.3 history[edit]

The frequency was home to KLMO-FM. In 1988, the station was sold to another local owner and the calls were switched to KQKS and adopted the moniker "KS104". KQKS was home to 104.3 until January 1997, when Jefferson-Pilot (now part of Lincoln Financial Group) moved the calls and Rhythmic Top 40 format to 107.5. After the move, on January 19, J-P placed a classic country format on the signal. But by 2000, they would move that format over to the AM band so they can fill the smooth jazz void that was left open by KHIH after the latter flipped to Top 40 that year. The station adopted the call letters KJCD shortly after the move.

In June 2007, Lincoln announced that would put its television and radio stations up for sale. KJCD, along with its sister stations in Denver, is among the properties being shopped around by Lincoln.

On March 6, 2008, KJCD changed their format to sports, simulcasting KKFN 950 AM. KJCD changed their call letters to KKFN-FM on March 12, 2008, and again to KKFN on March 1, 2009.

On December 8, 2014, Entercom announces that it is purchasing Lincoln Financial Group's entire 15-station lineup in a $106.5 million deal, and will operate the outlets under a LMA deal until the sale is approved by the FCC. The sale also increases Entercom's cluster lineup in Denver, but because of FCC rules they will divest one FM as they can have only 5 FMs and 3 AMs due to both companies having 3 FMs apiece in the market. It is not known at this point if Entercom will keep or spin off KKFN.[1]

Programming[edit]

KKFN is an affiliate of Fox Sports Radio and broadcasts The Ben Maller Show from midnight-4:00 am, and the first hour of Fox Sports Daybreak from 4:00-5:00 am. KKFN features mostly live and local programming on the weekdays; the lineup consists of The Fan Morning Show (Mike Evans, Nate Lundy and Vic Lombardi) from 5:30-9:00 am, the nationally syndicated (tape delayed, not local) The Dan Patrick Show (Dan Patrick) from 9:00 am-noon, The Drew, Sandy and Scott Show (Drew Goodman, Sandy Clough and Scott Hastings) from noon-3:00 pm, The Drive (Alfred Williams and Darren "D-Mac" McKee) from 3:00-6:00 pm, and The Fan Late Night (Ryan Edwards and Shawn Drotar) from 9:00 pm-midnight.

KKFN also carries play-by-play for most of the major sports leagues. Locally, they carry the NBA's Denver Nuggets, the NHL's Colorado Avalanche and NCAA football's Air Force Falcons; they share some of the Nuggets and Avalanche games with "Mile High Sports" outlet KDCO whenever conflicts involving their schedules occurs.[2] KKFN also carries much of Dial Global's sports coverage. This includes NFL football, consisting of a Sunday afternoon doubleheader, Sunday Night Football, Monday Night Football, Thursday and Saturday Night Football, Thanksgiving Day games, all playoff games, the Super Bowl, and the Pro Bowl. It also includes NCAA football, including Conference Championships and some bowl games and NCAA basketball, including the NCAA Tournament.

Weekend programming, when not carrying various play-by-play, is filled with local programming during the day. Then evenings and overnights are handled by Fox Sports Radio.

KKFN also has a sister sports station in the Denver metro area. This station is KEPN AM 1600.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Entercom Acquires Lincoln Financial Media" from Radio Insight (December 8, 2014)
  2. ^ Mile High Sports Denver Relocates from Radio Insight (November 7, 2014)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°41′45″N 105°09′56″W / 39.6958°N 105.1655°W / 39.6958; -105.1655