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This article is about the news/talk radio station licensed to Houston, Texas. For the radio station formerly known as KTRH-FM from 1947-1970, see KLOL.
City of license Houston, Texas
Broadcast area Greater Houston
Branding Newsradio 740 KTRH
Slogan Houston's News, Weather, and Traffic Station
Frequency 740 kHz (also on HD Radio) 93.7 HD-3
First air date 1922
Format News/Talk
Power 50,000 watts
Class B
Facility ID 35674
Transmitter coordinates 29°57′57″N 94°56′32″W / 29.96583°N 94.94222°W / 29.96583; -94.94222
Callsign meaning

K-The Rice Hotel
Keep Tuned Right Here

Talk Radio Houston
Former frequencies 1120 kHz (1930-1942)
Affiliations Fox News Radio
The Weather Channel
Owner Clear Channel
(AMFM Texas Licenses, LP)
Sister stations KBME, KQBT, KODA, KPRC, KTBZ
Webcast iHeartRadio Station #2285
Website KTRH.com

KTRH 740 AM is a news-talk radio station in the Houston, Texas metropolitan area. It is owned by Clear Channel Communications; like other stations owned by Clear Channel, it uses the iHeartRadio platform to stream its webcast. KTRH primarily focuses on news during the morning and syndicated talk shows during the rest of the day. Until the 2013 season, it was the flagship station for the Houston Astros (whose broadcasts have moved to sister station KBME Sportstalk 790). 740 AM is a North American clear-channel frequency; CFZM in Toronto, Ontario, Canada is the dominant station on 740 AM. The station's studios are located along the West Loop Freeway in the city's Uptown district, and the transmitter site is in unincorporated Liberty County southwest of Dayton, Texas.


The station airs local and syndicated talk shows such as The Michael Berry Program, The Sean Hannity Show, The Rush Limbaugh Show, Mark Levin Show and Coast to Coast AM. Weekend programming also includes some self-help shows on the topics of health, homes, pets, and gardening.


KTRH was one of three entities competing for a license to originally operate the ABC-owned television station KTRK-TV, which took its callsign from KTRH—except for the last letter.

KTRH had its first studio in the Rice Hotel (now the Post Rice Lofts). Dan Rather worked for KTRH in the late 50s. He was a reporter and news commentator. Also In 1959, KTRH carried the broadcast of the Houston Buffs minor league baseball team. Rather was the main play by play announcer. Gallup Poll's editor in chief Frank Newport was also a noted talk show host and news director at KTRH in the early 1980s. CBS Sports announcer Jim Nantz worked at KTRH while attending the University of Houston.

According to a document in the entry area on the wall of KTRH, the call letters stand for "Kome To Rice Hotel" and were chosen by the owner of the hotel. The original station was located atop the Rice Hotel in downtown Houston, hence the call letters - K The Rice Hotel. Some have said that the constant turnover of employees has given KTRH the meaning of "Keep That Resume Handy" - especially with several recent key talent switching over to KROI. Others have said that KTRH stands for "Keep The Right House" because of the amount of conservative talk shows on their daily lineup. A weekend gardening show host has said it stands for "Keep Tuned Right Here".

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