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City Denver, Colorado
Broadcast area Denver-Boulder
Branding Que Bueno
Frequency 1280 kHz
First air date June, 1948
Format Regional Mexican
Power 5,000 watts fulltime
Class B
Facility ID 59956
Transmitter coordinates 39°36′5″N 104°58′48″W / 39.60139°N 104.98000°W / 39.60139; -104.98000
Former callsigns KTLN (1948-1969)
KTLK (1969-1981)
KBRQ (1981-1987)
KRRF (1996-4/1999)
KEXX (4/1999-5/1999)
KXKL (5/1999-6/1999)
KVOD (1999-2001)
Owner Latino Communications, LLC.
Website KBNO Website

KBNO (1280 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Regional Mexican format. Licensed to Denver, Colorado, United States, it serves the Denver-Boulder area. The station is currently owned by Latino Communications, LLC.


KBNO signed on May 16, 1948, as KTLN on 990 kHz. It was owned by Alfred M. Landon, former governor of Kansas.[1] It moved to 1150 kHz in 1951. It moved to its current frequency in 1954.

In 1981, the station joined in a long-term simulcast with then-sister station KBRQ (including its flip to oldies in 1987), which would last until August 1, 1996, when 1280 flipped to a talk format as "Ralph 1280" (which would later be renamed "1280 The X").[2] On March 21, 1999, the station returned to a simulcast with now-KXKL.[3] Two months later, 1280 became the third home of Denver's heritage classical station KVOD.[4]

In September 2000, Latino Communications, owned by Zee Ferrufino, bought KVOD from Clear Channel for a reported $3.3 million. Ferrufino announced plans to rename the station to KBNO (which was formerly on 1220 AM), and said that he planned to rehire numerous former KBNO personalities to play what he called "Mexican regional music," among other styles.[5][6][7] The following month, Colorado Public Radio acquired the KVOD intellectual properties, call letters and music library (the deal would be completed in March 2001).[8][9] KVOD would cease independent operations after 43 years on December 15, 2000.[10] CPR then moved the classical format to 90.1 FM.


  1. ^ "KTLN Takes the Air" (PDF). Broadcasting. May 24, 1948. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
  2. ^ https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-67789006.html
  3. ^ https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-67476910.html
  4. ^ https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-67483465.html
  5. ^ Michael Roberts, The Missing Linc: Who on earth would want to work at the News these days? Bernie Lincicome, for one.", Denver Westword, October 12, 2000
  6. ^ https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-81027153.html
  7. ^ https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-81070246.html
  8. ^ https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-81071361.html
  9. ^ https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-72098713.html
  10. ^ https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-67624066.html

Original call letters and planned debut date [1]

Date of call letter change to KTLK: July 1, 1969 [2]

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