|City of license||Salem, Oregon|
|First air date||October 3, 1934 (as KSLM at 1370)|
|Format||Sports (KFXX simulcast)|
|Power||5,000 watts (day)
690 watts (night)
|Former callsigns||KSLM (1934-2007)
|Former frequencies||1370 kHz (1934-1939)
1360 kHz (1939-1941)
(Entercom License, LLC)
KWOD (1390 AM is an American radio station licensed to serve Salem, Oregon, USA. The station, founded in 1934 as KSLM, is currently owned by Entercom Communications and the broadcast license is held by Entercom License, LLC. KWOD broadcasts a sports format with programming from ESPN Radio, simulcasting with sister station KFXX 1080 AM.
This station was founded in October 1934 as KSLM, a 100 watt day-time AM station broadcasting on 1370 kHz in Salem, Oregon. Owner Harry B. Read added nighttime operation in 1935. In May 1937, the Christian Science Monitor made special note that KSLM's careful commercial policy stood "as a barricade holding questionable advertising material from the ears of listeners". Read had earlier started Portland, Oregon radio station KXL and would go on to found the Salem Electric utility cooperative in 1938.
In September 1937, KSLM was one of several Pacific Northwest area stations to join the Mutual-Don Lee Broadcasting System. KSLM changed frequencies to 1360 kHz on April 28, 1939, which allowed for a power increase to 1,000 watts during the day and 500 watts at night. In 1940, the nighttime signal was raised to match the daytime power at 1,000 watts. On March 29, 1941, KSLM changed frequencies again, this time to the current 1390 kHz.
Harry B. Read sold KSLM license holder Oregon Radio, Inc., to automobile dealer Paul V. McElwain and partner Glenn E. McCormick for a reported sale price of $69,000 on March 1, 1944. At the time of the sale, it was still the only commercial radio station with Salem as its community of license. In May 1959, KSLM increased its daytime signal power to 5,000 watts and switched its network affiliation from Mutual to ABC.
After more than four decades of continuous corporate ownership, Oregon Radio, Inc., sold KSLM to Holiday Radio, Inc., in October 1977 as part of a two-station deal valued at $684,000. The new ownership initially continued the middle of the road music format that the station had been broadcasting for most of the 1970s. KSLM flipped to an adult contemporary music format in 1982.
In October 1985, Holiday Radio, Inc., reached an agreement to sell this station to Ronette Communications Corporation along with its FM sister station for $1.2 million. The deal was approved by the FCC on December 6, 1985, and the transaction was consummated on February 20, 1986. As part of an internal corporate reorganization, Ronette Communications Corporation applied to the FCC to transfer the KSLM broadcast license to Ronette Communications of Oregon, Inc., in February 1986. The transfer was approved by the FCC on February 11, 1986, and the transaction was consummated on July 17, 1986. In mid-1986 the station transitioned to an oldies music format.
Just over two years later, in March 1988, Daytona Group of Oregon, Inc., contracted to sell this station to John E. Grant's 1010 Broadcasting, Inc., for $215,000. The deal was approved by the FCC on July 15, 1988, and the transaction was consummated on July 26, 1988. 1010 Broadcasting, Inc., agreed in February 1992 to sell this station to K-Salem Communications (Greg Fabos, owner) for $151,000. The deal was approved by the FCC on April 6, 1992, and the transaction was consummated on May 8, 1992. The station began replacing live and local disc jockeys with programming from Satellite Music Network's satellite-fed "Kool Gold" oldies format in February 1994.
In July 1994, K-Salem Communications reached an agreement to sell KSLM to Willamette Broadcasting Corp., Inc. The deal was approved by the FCC on November 2, 1994, and the transaction was consummated on December 22, 1994. The new owners had difficulty finding a new transmitter site for the station after the sale and the station was off the air from late 1995 until early 1997.
With the station back in operation, Willamette Broadcasting Corp., Inc., announced in September 1998 that it would sell this station to Entercom Communications subsidiary Entercom Portland License, LLC, for $605,000. The deal was approved by the FCC on October 22, 1998, and the transaction was consummated on December 14, 1998.
The station took on a sports radio format as a simulcast of Vancouver, Washington, sister station KFXX (910 AM, now KMTT), branded as "The Fan", just after the sale to Entercom was completed. When 910 AM became oldies-formatted KKSN, KSLM maintained the simulcast and became an oldies station. In January 2007, Entercom dropped KKSN's oldies format for talk radio as part of a pending sale to Salem Communications and KSLM began once again simulcasting sports radio KFXX, now at 1080 AM. After more than 70 years as KSLM, Entercom applied for new call letters for this station in early 2007. The FCC changed the callsign to KKSN, the call letters of its former sister station and simulcast partner, on February 12, 2007. To better align it with Portland sister station KFXX (1080 AM), the callsign was changed again on January 20, 2009, this time to KVXX.
On May 1, 2009, KVXX dropped its simulcast of KFXX to begin airing Spanish language ESPN Deportes programming in conjunction with sister station KTRO. The station was assigned the current KWOD call sign by the FCC on May 29, 2009, after an Entercom-owned station in Sacramento, California, switched to KBZC.
Former on-air staff
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- Fybush, Scott (February 23, 2007). "The Big Trip 2006, Part III: Corvallis and Salem, OR". Tower Site of the Week. "A quick note on KSLM: a few months after our visit, it took the KKSN calls when Entercom turned off the oldies and sold the 910 facility to Salem - the broadcaster, not the city. What's now KKSN 1390 in Salem now relays Entercom's Portland sports station, KFXX 1080."
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- Query the FCC's AM station database for KWOD
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- Photo of station owners Bruce Kerr and Lou McCormick Paulus in front of the KSLM building in 1976