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City of license Salt Lake City, Utah
Broadcast area Salt Lake City, Utah
Branding 1280 The Zone
Slogan The Sports Leader
Frequency 1280 kHz
First air date 1945 (as KNAK)
Format Sports
Power 50,000 watts day
670 watts night
Class B
Facility ID 60458
Transmitter coordinates 40°51′7″N 111°58′4″W / 40.85194°N 111.96778°W / 40.85194; -111.96778
Callsign meaning 1280 Khz The ZoNe, the Sports Leader
Former callsigns KNAK (1945-?)
KWMS (?-1982)
KDYL (1982-2001)
Affiliations NBC Sports Radio, Premiere Radio Networks, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Utah Jazz
Owner Larry H. Miller Communications Corporation
Webcast Listen Live
The radio towers for KZNS, north of the Salt Lake City International Airport

KZNS (1280 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Sports talk format. Licensed to Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, it serves the Salt Lake City area. The station is currently owned by Larry H. Miller Communications Corporation and features programing from Yahoo! Sports Radio and Premiere Radio Networks.

As of February 1, 2011, KZNS' "The Zone" sports talk programming is also heard on KZNS-FM 97.5 licensed to Coalville, Utah, a Salt Lake City area radio station.


As KDYL, the station was best known for its nostalgia format, however it carried primarily conservative talk radio programming between 2000 and late 2001. Shows hosted by Michael Savage and Michael Medved appeared. In November 2001, Simmons Media changed the format of the station to its current sports programming. Along with the change in formatting, the call sign became the current KZNS. Prior to 2000, the then KDYL aired music much similar to what it currently airs on the 1060 kHz station who requested and was granted the KDYL call letters after they were released by the 1280 kHz station. Prior to Simmons acquisition of the station, the call letters were KWMS, and previous to that, KNAK. When Simmons acquired the station, the KDYL call letters were assigned to the Tooele, Utah station, then at 990 kHz, and the owner of that station, then Thomas Mathis, was compensated to release the KDYL call letters, changing the call of his station to KTLE. Prior to the Tooele, UT station having the call of KDYL, those call letters were assigned to the 1320 kHz Salt Lake City station, now known as KFNZ. Simmons wanted the KDYL call because of its name recognition in their initial target demographic.


  • "Salt Lake City AM Talk-Radio Station Changes Format and Call Letters". Salt Lake Tribune. November 14, 2001. 
  • Official List of Notified Assignments, FCC, 1976.

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