KTOP (AM)

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For the airport in Topeka, Kansas assigned the ICAO code KTOP, see Philip Billard Municipal Airport.
KTOP
KTOP (AM) Logo.png
City of license Topeka, Kansas
Broadcast area Topeka and Vicinity
Branding Sportsradio 1490 KTOP
Slogan "Topeka's Top Sports Station"
Frequency 1490 kHz
First air date 1980
Format Sports Talk
Power 1,000 watts
Class C
Facility ID 62236
Transmitter coordinates 39°04′39″N 95°40′46″W / 39.07750°N 95.67944°W / 39.07750; -95.67944
Callsign meaning K TOPeka
Affiliations CBS Sports Radio
Owner Cumulus Media
(Cumulus Licensing, LLC)
Sister stations KDVV, KMAJ-FM/AM, KTOP-FM, KWIC
Webcast Listen Live
Listen Live via iHeart
Website ktop1490.com

KTOP (1490 AM) is a radio station serving the Topeka, Kansas vicinity. The station currently broadcasts a sports talk format, but prior to October 4, 2007 had broadcast an adult standards/oldies format. KTOP is owned by Cumulus Media and licensed to Cumulus Licensing, LLC.

They retain local broadcast rights to Topeka's minor league hockey team.

The transmitter and antenna are located in northern Topeka on NW Buchanan Street near the Kansas River.

History[edit]

KTOP's logo under previous ESPN Radio affiliation

1955-1966 - KTOP- Top 40 "K-Top"[edit]

This was Topeka's first Top 40 outlet, hitting the air in 1955. Owner Frank Buxton declared bankruptcy in 1962, but the station remained on the air.[1]

1966-1969: KTOP[edit]

KTOP picked up the middle of the road format after 1440 KJAY became Top 40 KEWI.[1]

1969-1978: KTOP - "K-Top"[edit]

KTOP returned to Top 40, though they broadcast a lot of sports from NBC. KTOP was also a Mutual Radio affiliate starting in 1974.[1]

1978-1980: KTOP[edit]

KTOP had an automated country format, but it didn't last too long.[1]

1980-1984: KTOP - "Solid Gold"[edit]

The station returned with live air talent in this brief venture into the oldies format.[1]

1984-2000: KTOP - Satellite Standards[edit]

KTOP's standards format started out local, but eventually gave way to a Westwood One satellite feed 24/7. Cumulus bought the station in the late 1990s.[1]

2000-2001: KTOP - Satellite Classic Country[edit]

KTOP returned to country in 2000; they also began simulcasting KSNT's 6:00 p.m. news. A drop in the ratings led to a return to the previous format.[1]

2001-2007: KTOP - Sat. Standards "K-Top"[edit]

KTOP returned to standards in 2001, this time using Jones Network's "Music Of Your Life" feed. They also had a Spanish-language music show for a while.[1]

2007-2013: KTOP - Sat. Sports (ESPN)[edit]

KTOP flipped to ESPN sports on October 1, 2007. The current lineup is entirely ESPN-driven.[1]

2013-present - KTOP- Sat. Sports (CBS Sports)[edit]

After a month with FOX Sports programming, KTOP joined the CBS Sports network on January 2, 2013.[1]

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