|City of license||Spokane, Washington|
|Broadcast area||Inland Northwest|
|Branding||KXLY AM 920|
|First air date||October 18, 1922|
|Power||20,000 watts day
5,000 watts night
|Callsign meaning||The XL Network|
|Former callsigns||KFDC (1922-1924)
|Affiliations||ABC Radio , Jones Radio Network|
|Owner||Morgan Murphy Media / Spokane Television Group
(QueenB Radio, Inc.)
|Sister stations||KEZE, KHTQ, KXLX, KXLY-FM, KXLY-TV, KXMN-LP, KVNI, KZZU-FM|
KXLY is a news/talk radio outlet based in Spokane, Washington. The station, which operates at 920 kHz on the AM dial, offers a lineup of local and national news stories and syndicated talk shows. KXLY also share a website and news resources with sister station KXLY-TV. It is the flagship station of The Cougar Sports Radio Network, broadcast Washington State Cougar football and men's basketball games. It is also the local affiliate of the Seattle Mariners baseball network. KXLY is owned by Morgan Murphy Media.
The station's skywave signal was recently received in Salt Lake City, Utah.
KXLY, Spokane's oldest radio station, was founded as KFDC by Thomas W. Symons, Jr. and Edmund B. Craney in 1922. Symons was the owner of Radio Supply Co. in Spokane, and Craney had been his employee.
Craney, a 17-year-old member of the North Central High School radio club, had a desire to give Spokane residents something to listen to on the radios for which Radio Supply Co. had been selling crystal parts. He persuaded Symons to start a station.
After Craney received his broadcasting license, KFDC went on the air on October 18, 1922. The station had no permanent frequency position during its early days. As radio was considered a new frontier (the FCC wouldn't even be founded until 1934) and moderately regulated, Craney would have to search each night for a clean frequency (without interference from stations from distant towns) and broadcast from there.
The station, which changed its call letters to KFPY in 1924, was housed in the Symons Building on 7 S. Howard Street in Spokane. Beginning in 1925, audience members were welcomed to view live broadcasts—usually music programs or dramas—at “The Golden Concert Studios of KFPY” on the second floor, which boasted a curtain, a stage and seating for 150. On the stage were two grand pianos and a Wurlitzer Organ.
KFDC/KFPY changed its frequency six times between 1927 and 1941: 1100, 1220, 1390, 1340 and 890 were all home to the station at different points during the 14-year span. It wasn’t until 1941 that the station moved to its current location, 920 mHz.
Craney left the station in 1927 to found KGIR in Butte, Montana, but returned to Spokane in 1945 to buy KFPY, which he rechristened KXLY in 1946. The new call letters reflected Craney’s “XL Network,” a chain of stations he also owned in Butte, Helena, Bozeman, Great Falls and Missoula—all of which had call letters beginning with “KXL.”
In November 1953, Craney sold KXLY and KXLY-TV to the Northern Pacific Radio and Television Corporation, headed by Joseph Harris, Norman Eisenstein, and Richard E. Jones. Northern Pacific sold the KXLY stations (which now included KXLY-FM) in 1961 to current owners, Morgan Murphy Media.
Current Radio News Anchors/Hosts
- Mike Fitzsimmons Host of 920 NewsScope Monday-Friday 3pm-6pm
- Kristi Gorenson Producer and Anchor of The KXLY Morning News Monday-Friday 5am-9am. Also, News Update Anchor.
- Bud Nameck Anchor of The KXLY Morning News Anchor Monday-Friday 5am-9am. Radio Voice of the WSU Cougar Basketball program.
- Colleen O’Brien Anchor of The KXLY Morning News Monday-Friday 6am-7am. Also a reporter for KXLY-TV.
- Mark Rattner Producer
- Jilian Winterfeld Associate Editor
- Pat Schilling Producer
- Phyllis Stephens Master Gardener/Host
- AM 920's website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for KXLY
- Radio-Locator Information on KXLY
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for KXLY