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City Albuquerque, New Mexico
Broadcast area Albuquerque area
Frequency 1150 kHz
Translator(s) 102.1 K271CP
First air date 1953
Format oldies
Power 5,000 watts day
500 watts night
Class B
Facility ID 227
Transmitter coordinates 35°12′6″N 106°35′54″W / 35.20167°N 106.59833°W / 35.20167; -106.59833Coordinates: 35°12′6″N 106°35′54″W / 35.20167°N 106.59833°W / 35.20167; -106.59833
Former callsigns KDEF ?-1976
KNWZ 1976–?
KDRM (1981)
KDQQ (1981-1982)
KDEF (1982-2017)
Owner Sangre de Cristo Broadcasting
Sister stations KNMX, KBQL, KMDS, KMDZ

KNMM (1150 AM) is a radio station licensed to Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States, the station serves the Albuquerque area.[1] On December 1, 2016, the station was licensed to Sangre de Cristo Broadcasting, which owns four stations in the Las Vegas, New Mexico area.

In March 2015, the then-KDEF was granted an FCC construction permit to triplex at the KSVA/KRZY transmitter site. The day power will be 1,500 watts and the night power will be 105 watts.

The station is currently on the air playing oldies with no commercials or announcements only mentioning the legal identification. KNMM is also airing on FM translator K271CP 102.1 at 99 watts from the same site as the AM station but has limited reach.

Broadcast translators of KNMM
Call sign Frequency
City of license Facility
Class FCC info
K271CP 102.1 Grants, New Mexico 144688 99 D FCC


In 1976, 1150 started an all-news format as KNWZ. It featured both local news as well as news from CBS Radio.[2]

The station was KDRM on February 2, 1981. On March 6, 1981, the station changed its call sign to KDQQ, and on April 1, 1982, to KDEF. The station had aired a big band/nostalgia format throughout the 1980s and early 1990s.

Format changes[edit]


Sports/Talk with live college sports featuring New Mexico State University and local high school games. On air shows featured hosts Henry Tafoya in the morning drive and Dominic Zarella on afternoon drive. Afternoons and live sports was produced and directed by Brian (Douglas) Spieker, who is currently employed by Delicate Thunder Broadcast Audio as a consultant and contracting producer/technical engineer specializing in the News/Talk/Sports and News and Information formats by 5 groups (11 stations) across Minnesota, North Dakota and, Wisconsin.


The format changed to Radio Disney which featured music formatting for the 12- to 18-year-old demographic. KDEF continued carrying college and high school games in the evening.


KDEF flipped to an oldies format and still carries high school and some NMSU sports.[3] The station had gone through various changes in recent years including a Spanish language music format just before flipping back to the sports talk format in early 2012 which featured programming from Yahoo! Sports Radio.

Loss of license[edit]

On June 27, 2013, the station filed an application for Suspension of Operations/Request for Silent STA with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The reason given was that it had lost the use of its licensed antenna site and that a new site had been found. It was granted on August 23, 2013. KDEF's license expired on October 1, 2013, for failure to file an application for renewal. It was deleted from the FCC database. The FCC wrote the following letter on September 30, 2013:

Dear Counsel:
The license for the above-referenced station will expire on October 1, 2013. An application for renewal of this station's license should have been filed by June 1, 2013, and had not been filed as of the date of this letter. Accordingly, on October 1, 2013, the station's license will expire by its own terms. All authority to operate Station KDEF(AM) will be terminated and the call letters will be deleted from the Commission's database.
Accordingly, all authority to operate station KDEF(AM), Albuquerque, NM, IS TERMINATED and the call letters ARE DELETED as of October 1, 2013. Any operation of this facility after that date is unauthorized.
We note that it is imperative to the safety of air navigation that any prescribed painting and illumination of the station's tower be maintained until the tower is dismantled. Therefore, the owner of the tower where the referenced station's transmitting antenna is located must maintain the tower in the manner prescribed by the Commission's rules and the terms of the expired license.
Peter H. Doyle
Chief, Audio Division
Media Bureau

Starting October 2, 2013, the FCC database stated "Deleted facility record. Deleted facilities cannot be reactivated. Interested parties must file an application for construction permit during the appropriate AM application filing window". However, on October 24, 2013, the FCC accepted for filing a renewal of the KDEF license. The license was reactivated on October 27, 2016 to Sangre de Cristo Broadcasting, however the station remained off the air.[4] The station changed its call sign to KNMM on May 10, 2017.


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