KNRS (AM)

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KNRS
City of license Salt Lake City, Utah
Branding Family Values Talk Radio
Frequency 570 kHz
First air date 1938
Format Talk (simulcast of 105.7)
Power 5,000 watts unlimited
Class B
Facility ID 63818
Transmitter coordinates 40°49′9″N 111°55′56″W / 40.81917°N 111.93222°W / 40.81917; -111.93222Coordinates: 40°49′9″N 111°55′56″W / 40.81917°N 111.93222°W / 40.81917; -111.93222
Former callsigns KUTA (1938-?)
KLUB (1970s)
KISN (1989-1998)
KNRS (1998-2009)
KACP (2009-2011)
Owner iHeartMedia, Inc.
Sister stations KJMY, KNRS-FM, KODJ, KAAZ-FM, KZHT
Webcast Listen Live
Website http://www.knrs.com

KNRS (570 AM) is a radio station licensed to Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. The station is currently owned by iHeartMedia, Inc.. The station obtained a construction permit from the FCC for a power increase to 50,000 watts day and 5,000 watts night.[1] However the construction permit expired before the upgrade was built. The station's studios are located in West Valley City and its transmitter site is located in Salt Lake City.

KNRS's sister stations include KAAZ-FM; KZHT-FM ("97.1 ZHT"); KNRS-FM; KODJ; and KJMY.

History[edit]

The station signed on in 1938 as KUTA and was then head by Utah broadcasting pioneer Frank Carman. In the 1970s, the station changed its calls to KLUB and was once the flagship station for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association. KLUB gave way to KISN AM, which was Utah's second all-sports radio station (after KQOL, now KAAZ-FM) and was branded as "Sports Radio 570". Clear Channel Communications purchased the station in 1997. After being sold to Jacor Communications, the station's call letters became KNRS, standing for News Radio Station. The station adopted a hybrid all-news format under the moniker "570 K-News". After the failure of the all-news format, KNRS became known as "Family Values Talk Radio" in 2000.[2][3] KNRS gave way to KACP in September 2009. In January 2009, as KNRS, the station began simulcasting its programming on FM at 94.1 HD-2. KACP also broadcast on an FM translator in Utah County on 99.1 FM, and KJMY HD-2 up until March 2010. 99.1 switched formats to classic country, being fed by the HD-2 channel of KJMY 99.5. Though 99.1 is a translator, through a loophole in FCC regulations, the station can broadcast an HD-2 feed. KACP was then no longer available on the FM dial, until switching back to KNRS.

On August 3, 2009, The station, as KNRS, planned to cease broadcasting on 570 AM move to 105.7 on the FM dial. While the move to the FM dial did happen, KACP continued airing its original programming.[4]

On September 17, 2009, KACP split off in a more business-oriented direction as "Freedom 570," with a lineup including Cox Radio hosts Neal Boortz and Clark Howard as well as Clear Channel in-house shows Jason Lewis, The Schnitt Show and Handel on the Law.[5]

On January 3, 2010, the station flipped its calls back to KNRS and began simulcasting its sister FM signal.

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