KXNO

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For the military airfield near North, South Carolina assigned the ICAO code KXNO, see North Auxiliary Airfield.
KXNO
KXNO Logo
City of license Des Moines, Iowa
Broadcast area Des Moines, Iowa
Branding 1460 KXNO
Slogan Des Moines' Sports Station
Frequency 1460 kHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date November 2, 1925 (as KSO)
Format Sports radio
Power 5,000 watts
Class B
Facility ID 12964
Callsign meaning Football term X's aNd O's
Former callsigns KSO (1925-1989)
KGGO (1989-1994)
KDMI (1994-2001)
Owner Clear Channel Communications
Webcast Listen Live
Website kxno.com

KXNO is a sports radio station based in Des Moines, Iowa. It is located at 1460 on the AM band.

History[edit]

KXNO's roots can be traced back to KSO ("Keep Serving Others"), a station that first broadcast from Clarinda, Iowa, on November 2, 1925. On June 26, 1931, the Cowles family, publishers of the Des Moines Register and Tribune, bought KSO; they moved the station to Des Moines on November 5, 1932.[1]

After several frequency changes during the station's early years, KSO moved from 1320 to 1430 AM on March 17, 1935; KRNT radio took over KSO's old frequency, while KSO replaced the Cowles-owned KWCR in Cedar Rapids. KSO changed frequencies one last time as part of the North American Radio Broadcasting Agreement of 1941, moving from 1430 to 1460 AM. KSO and KRNT were both owned by the Cowles family until 1944, when they sold KSO after the FCC ruled that one company could not own two radio stations in the same market.[1]

After several format changes, KSO had a successful country music format from 1974 until September 1, 1989. It then began simulcasting KGGO-FM's rock music format, taking on the KGGO call letters in the process. In 1994, the station became KDMI, broadcasting religious and Spanish language programming.[1] Clear Channel Communications acquired KDMI in 2000. On January 1, 2001, KDMI became KXNO and adopted its current sports radio format.[2] KXNO had two direct competitors — KXTK (now KPSZ, 940 AM) and KJJC (now KNWI, 107.1 FM) — when it became a sports station, but both of its competitors had changed formats by mid-2003.[3]

In 2008, KXNO was nominated for a Marconi award as the "Sports Station of the Year," given annually by the National Association of Broadcasters.

KXNO is part of Clear Channel's Des Moines radio group, along with KDRB, KKDM, KDXA, and WHO.

Personalities and programming[edit]

Local talk show hosts include Travis Justice and Ross Peterson (Morning Rush) from 6-8 a.m., Keith Murphy and Andy Fales (Murph & Andy) from 2-4 p.m., and Jim Brinson and Ken Miller (Miller & Brinson) from 4-7pm. The rest of the lineup is filled out by Fox Sports Radio programming.

KXNO also serves as an affiliate for the Iowa Wild, St. Louis Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings, Iowa State women's basketball and coaches' shows, and Northern Iowa Panthers football and basketball.

Larry Cotlar and Marty Tirrell feud[edit]

During 2008 and 2009, a feud brewed between morning show host Larry Cotlar and afternoon drive host Marty Tirrell. Tirrell and his radio partner, Ken Miller, had been critical of Cotlar's perceived bias towards the Drake Bulldogs. They were also critical of Cotlar's interview style of "lobbing softball questions" to his guests.

On March 20, 2009, things boiled over in the KXNO studios as Tirrell initiated a verbal tirade that used harsh words that was heard briefly on the air, including the utterance of the "F" word a dozen times, mostly by Tirrell, who at times seemed to be on the verge of a nervous breakdown.[4][5] The two were soon suspended for a week as a result, with The Dan Patrick Show temporarily taking its time slot.[6]

On March 25, both men were fired from their positions as well as the board operator, Geoff Conn. FCC complaint reports were filed March 25 from an anonymous source. Tirell's weekly sports commentary for KCCI television, Mouth of the Midwest, was also cancelled. Cotlar later apologized to Clear Channel and the station's listeners for the incident.[7][8]

Cotlar's morning slot was filled by Jon Miller, the sports director of sister station WHO, and Steve Deace, who hosted an afternoon talk show on WHO and previously hosted an afternoon show on KXNO.[9] On April 20, a new show hosted by WHO-TV personalities Keith Murphy and Andy Fales debuted in the 2:00-4:00pm time slot.[10] Tirrell and Cotlar would later join rival station 1700 The Champ.

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Coordinates: 41°38′45″N 93°32′12″W / 41.64583°N 93.53667°W / 41.64583; -93.53667