KVNA (AM)

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For the FM radio station in Flagstaff, Arizona, United States, see KVNA-FM.
KVNA
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City of license Flagstaff, Arizona
Broadcast area Flagstaff-Prescott, Arizona
Slogan "The Voice of Northern Arizona"
Frequency 600 (kHz)
First air date 1958
Format Talk
Power 1,000 watts (Day)
48 watts (Night)
Class D
Transmitter coordinates 35°12′2″N 111°36′49″W / 35.20056°N 111.61361°W / 35.20056; -111.61361
Callsign meaning K Voice of Northern Arizona (slogan)
Former callsigns KEOS (1950s-1981)
KZKZ (1981-1986)
Owner Yavapai Broadcasting Corporation
Sister stations KKLD, KQST, KVNA-FM, KVRD-FM, KYBC
Webcast Listen Live
Website KVNA AM 600 Online

KVNA (600 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a News Talk Information format. Licensed to Flagstaff, Arizona, USA, the station serves the Flagstaff area. The station is currently owned by Yavapai Broadcasting Corporation and features programing from CBS Radio, ESPN Radio and Westwood One.[1]

KVNA is also heard on FM translator K284BO at 104.7 MHz broadcasting from Mt. Elden and serving the greater Flagstaff area.

History[edit]

Call sign history[edit]

The station was assigned the call letters KZKZ on 1981-09-24. On 1986-07-15, the station changed its call sign to the current KVNA.[2]

KEOS[edit]

KVNA started as KEOS which used the slogan "Service in Sound in Northern Arizona" in the 1950s and 1960s. The station was owned by Flagstaff businessman Jack Bird and licensed to Thunderbird Broadcasting Company, the call letters stood for the initials of the first owner E.O. Smith. KEOS ("Chaos") was a 1000 watt daytimer signing off at sunset each day when it was originally on the 1290 AM frequency and also broadcast at 1000 Watts day and 500 Watts nighttime, DA-2, when it was later moved to 690 AM frequency. The station later changed their call sign to KZKZ after it was sold in 1981.

KVNA[edit]

After Communications Ltd. (Ed Raabe and Paul Seyler) purchased the station in 1986, they changed the call sign from KZKZ to KVNA AM (690), and paired it with a new FM station at 97.5 MHz (KVNA-FM.) The station finally ended up on the 600 AM frequency in the late 1990s after the next owners obtained the license to broadcast there. KCLS, the station that had been on the 600 kHz AM frequency, went dark in 1986.

Main article: KCLS (defunct)

Station Ownership[edit]

  • 1952 - 1974 THUNDERBIRD BROADCASTING COMPANY

owned no other radio stations

  • 1974 - 1978 CFK CORPORATION (Jason Jennings, Paul Knutsen, Connie Knutsen)

owned no other radio stations

  • 1978 - 1986 in receivership to Jack Bird, former Principal of Thunderbird Broadcasting, with Todd Wallace, broadcast consultant
  • 1986 - 1989 COMMUNICATIONS, LTD, (Ed Raabe & Paul Seyler)
  • 1994 - 1996 PARK LANE COMMUNICATIONS

owned stations in Kansas along with 97.5 KVNA-FM and was to sign on current KMGN

  • 1996 - 1999 REGENT BROADCASTING

owned sister stations KZGL-FM, KVNA-FM along with stations in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, California, New Mexico and Minnesota

  • 1999 - Current YAVAPAI BROADCASTING

currently owns KQST-FM, KVNA-FM, KVRD-FM, KKLD-FM, KYBC-AM

On-air personalities/shows[edit]

Some notable radio personalities have worked at either KVNA or KCLS earlier in their careers. Tim Hattrick of the well known Phoenix morning team of Tim and Willie (who have worked at KMLE and KNIX) started at KZKZ while in college at Northern Arizona University. Jim Sharpe, who has worked mornings in several major markets, including Los Angeles spent some of his early radio career at KCLS in the early 1980s. Some other notable personalities and shows to appear on either station were:

Sports[edit]

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