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City Helena, Montana
Branding Newstalk 1240
Frequency 1240 kHz
First air date 1937
Last air date November 4, 2014
Format Defunct, was News/Talk
Power 1,000 watts
Class C
Facility ID 27515
Transmitter coordinates 46°36′43″N 112°03′13″W / 46.61194°N 112.05361°W / 46.61194; -112.05361
Former callsigns KPFA (1937–1945)
KXLJ (1945–1961)
Owner Cherry Creek Radio
Sister stations KBLL-FM, KCAP, KBMI-FM, KHGC, KZMT

KBLL (1240 AM, "Newstalk 1240") was a radio station licensed to serve Helena, Montana. The station was owned by Cherry Creek Radio. It aired a News/Talk format.[1]

The station was assigned the KBLL call letters by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).[2]

Notable syndicated programming on the station included shows hosted by Rush Limbaugh, Michael Medved, and Jerry Doyle. The station was also one of the most active in Montana for local sports broadcasting, featuring Capital high school football and basketball, plus American Legion baseball. The sports "voice" and news director was former Chicago White Sox, Bears, and Blackhawk broadcaster Jay Scott. The station was also a leader in web-streaming its sports broadcasts. In 2008, Jay Scott was presented the "Montana Newscast of the Year" award by the Montana Broadcasters Association, after two runner-up awards the previous two years. He was the runner-up for "Montana Sportscaster of the Year" in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

KBLL went silent on November 4, 2014 after losing its transmitter site.[3] Its programming, as well as the programming of sister station KCAP (1340 AM), was then moved to KMTX (950 AM), which Cherry Creek Radio purchased and relaunched as a new KCAP.[4] The KBLL license was canceled by the FCC on July 5, 2016, due to the length of time for which the station had remained silent.[5]


In April 2004, a deal was reached for KBLL to be acquired by Cherry Creek Radio from Holter Broadcasting Corp. (Jan Holter-Lambert, president) as part of a 2-station deal with a total reported sale price of $2.8 million.[6]


  1. ^ "Winter 2008 Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  2. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  3. ^ "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. November 6, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ Venta, Lance (November 4, 2014). "Cherry Creek Buys One In Helena; Takes Two Dark". RadioInsight. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Station Search Details (DKBLL)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Changing Hands 4/19/2004". Broadcasting & Cable. 2004-04-19.