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CitySouth Salt Lake, Utah
Broadcast areaSalt Lake City metropolitan area
Frequency1060 kHz
First air dateSeptember 2, 1967 (as KRSP)
Power10,000 watts day
149 watts night
Facility ID27458
Transmitter coordinates40°32′8″N 112°4′38″W / 40.53556°N 112.07722°W / 40.53556; -112.07722
Callsign meaningK-Dial (as in radio dial)
Former callsignsKRSP (1967-1990)
KKDS (1990-2004)
OwnerJames Su
(Mountain View Broadcast, LLC)
Sister stationsKFUR 101.1 FM
The radio tower for KDYL is located near the Bingham Canyon Mine.

KDYL (1060 kHz) is an AM radio station airing the programming of China International Radio in English and Mandarin Chinese.[1][2] Licensed to South Salt Lake, Utah, it serves the Salt Lake City metropolitan area. The station is owned by James Su, through licensee Mountain View Broadcast, LLC.[3]

The station broadcasts at 10,000 watts by day. But because AM 1060 is a clear channel frequency, after sunset KDYL must reduce power to 149 watts so it does not interfere with Class A stations XEEP, located near Mexico City, and KYW in Philadelphia. The transmitter is located off Bacchus Highway near Lark, Utah.[4]


The station was first signed on the air on September 2, 1967, and held the call sign KRSP.[5] Until the mid-1980s, the station aired a contemporary hits format, simulcast with its FM sister station KRSP-FM.[6][7][8] By 1986, the station had begun airing separate programming from KRSP-FM, carrying an oldies format, playing music from the '50s and '60s. The station was branded "Utah's Oldies Station".[9][10]

Children's Radio era[edit]

On September 24, 1990, the station changed its call sign to KKDS.[11] It began broadcasting a children's radio format branded "The Imagination Station", with programming from the Orlando-based "Kids' Choice Broadcasting Network."[12][13] KKDS was the first radio station aimed at children in the nation.[13] The station later affiliated with the children's network Radio AAHS.[14]

Adult Standards era[edit]

On November 12, 1997 the Radio AAHS affiliation ended, and the station began airing an adult contemporary and oldies format branded "All American Classics".[14] By 2000, the station's format had changed to Adult Standards.[15] In 2004, Holiday Broadcasting Co filed for the call sign KDYL, which had previously been held by AM 1280 while that station aired an Adult Standards format.[16] On February 2, 2004, the station's call sign was changed to KDYL.[11] In June 2005, KDYL began broadcasting the Jones Radio Networks' "Music of Your Life" Adult Standards format.[17] Later, the station carried a syndicated Adult Standards format from Westwood One.[17]

Real Oldies 1060[edit]

Station's logo as Real Oldies 1060

On January 1, 2008, the station switched to an oldies format known as "Real Oldies" with live and local personalities, spotlighting hits from the mid-1950s through the mid-1960s.[18] The change put the station in competition with another local oldies radio station 860 KKAT, which, at the time aired Scott Shannon's True Oldies Channel, although, unlike the True Oldies Channel, KDYL's playlist included only a small amount of post-1970 music. KKAT would eventually change formats, making KDYL the only pre-1970 oldies station in the Salt Lake metro area.

Oldies leaves Salt Lake AM radio[edit]

On March 4, 2013, KDYL changed formats to music, talk and news in Mandarin and English from China International Radio, after Mountain View Broadcast began operating the station under a time brokerage agreement.[2][19] In 2015, Mountain View Broadcast purchased the station from Holiday Broadcasting Co. for $712,000, which included $525,000 it had paid in brokerage fees over the previous two years.[2][20]

On December 1, 2017, KDYL changed formats to music, talk and news in South Asian and English from Radio Desi USA, after SSS Broadcasting LLC began operating the station under a time brokerage agreement.

January 1st. 2019, the Station changed its china International Network Programming to RADIO UNICA, a Spanish Language Broadcaster "UNICA BROADCAST PRODUCTIONS" affiliated to UNIVISION RADIO, CNN EN ESPAÑOL, MEDIA LATINO COMMUNICATIONS and LA RED HISPANA. RADIO UNICA'S PROGRAMMING was previously carried by KBJA 1640 AM and KHQN 1480 AM.


  1. ^ KDYL-AM, Nielsen. Accessed August 24, 2015
  2. ^ a b c "Deal Digest for the week of March 26, 2015", Inside Radio, March 26, 2015. Accessed August 24, 2015
  3. ^ KDYL, fcc.gov. Accessed August 24, 2015
  4. ^ http://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/patg?id=KDYL-AM&h=N
  5. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1977 page C-215
  6. ^ Bob Hamilton, "Salt Lake City, Utah", Radio Quarterly Report '76, Jan. 1-June 30, 1976. p. 386. Accessed August 19, 2015
  7. ^ "Across the Dial", Broadcasting Publications, (1983) p. 107. Accessed August 25, 2015
  8. ^ "Ratings Report", Radio & Records, April 1985. p. 123. Accessed August 25, 2015
  9. ^ "Ratings Report & Directory", Radio & Records, April 1986. p. 142. Accessed August 25, 2015
  10. ^ Lynn Arave, "There's Good and Bad News at Station KRSP-AM", Deseret News, July 6, 1990. Accessed August 25, 2015
  11. ^ a b Call Sign History, fcc.gov. Accessed August 24, 2015
  12. ^ Lynn Arave, "New Radio Station Hopes to Tune Kids In", Deseret News, October 25, 1990. Accessed August 24, 2015
  13. ^ a b Lynn Arave, "KKDS Still on Air Despite National Woes", Deseret News, March 8, 1991. Accessed August 24, 2015
  14. ^ a b Lynn Arave, "DJ adds spark to KKAT team on mornings", Deseret News, November 21, 1997. Accessed August 24, 2015
  15. ^ Lynn Arave, "Radio dial: KSL tops morning show favorites", Deseret News, August 18, 2000. Accessed August 24, 2015
  16. ^ Lynn Arave, "Radio dial: KDYL is once again an oldie but goodie", Deseret News, February 27, 2004. Accessed August 24, 2015
  17. ^ a b Lynn Arave, "Radio dial: KDYL is tuning in to nostalgia", Deseret News, July 8, 2005. Accessed August 24, 2015
  18. ^ Lynn Arave, "Radio's Radio dial: Radio's KDYL returns to its oldies music roots", Deseret News, January 11, 2008. Accessed August 24, 2015
  19. ^ Real Oldies Out at KDYL
  20. ^ Asset Purchase Agreement - Addendum, fcc.gov. March 18, 2015. Accessed August 24, 2016

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