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KATO-AM logo.gif
City of license Safford, Arizona
Branding Newstalk 1230
Slogan "The Gila Valley Sports Leader"
Frequency 1230 kHz
First air date 1961
Format News Talk Information
Power 1,000 watts unlimited
Class C
Facility ID 40914
Transmitter coordinates 32°49′46.00″N 109°45′16.00″W / 32.8294444°N 109.7544444°W / 32.8294444; -109.7544444
Affiliations ABC Radio , Fox Sports Radio
Owner McMurray Communications, Inc.
Sister stations KWRQ, KXKQ
Website mysouthernaz.com

KATO (1230 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a News Talk Information format. Licensed to Safford, Arizona, USA, the station is currently owned by McMurray Communications, Inc., and features programing from ABC Radio and Fox Sports Radio.Also is the home of the wildly popular morning show "Trades and Sales", hosted by the legendary William Perry.[1]

KATO-AM carries local high school sports and Eastern Arizona College football and basketball. The "Voice" of Gila Valley sports is Lee Patterson, who has been on the mic at KATO since 2000.


  1. ^ "KATO Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 

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