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CityAnchorage, Alaska
Broadcast areaAnchorage, Alaska
BrandingSmart Radio 700
Frequency700 kHz
Translator(s)See below
First air date1948
Power10,000 watts fulltime
Facility ID49612
Former frequencies1240 kHz (1948-1956)
1270 kHz (1956-1971)[1]
AffiliationsCBS Radio News
Westwood One Network
Westwood One News
OwnerOhana Media Group
(OMG FCC Licenses LLC)

KBYR (700 AM) is an American commercial radio station programming talk in Anchorage, Alaska. 700 AM is a North American clear-channel frequency. WLW in Cincinnati, Ohio is also a Class A station on this frequency.


Longtime Alaskan broadcaster Dick Lobdell identified KBYR as the source of the famous Alaskan blooper presented on Kermit Schaefer's blooper albums of an announcer declaring that he would be "taking a leak out the window" to determine how cold it was.

KBYR was originally on 1240 kHz. It moved to 1270 in 1956 then to 700 in 1971.


In addition to the main station, KBYR is relayed by an additional 2 translators to widen its broadcast area.

Call sign Frequency
City of license ERP
Class FCC info
K261AO 100.1 FM Arco Base Camp, Alaska 91 D FCC
K203BY 88.5 FM Kuparuk, Alaska 188 D FCC


  1. ^ Mitchell, Elaine, ed. (1973). Alaska Blue Book (First ed.). Juneau: Alaska Department of Education, Division of State Libraries. p. 135.

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Coordinates: 61°12′25″N 149°55′20″W / 61.20694°N 149.92222°W / 61.20694; -149.92222