KELO (AM)

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KELO
KELO Logo.jpg
City Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Branding NewsTalk 1320 KELO
Slogan Hear the news, then talk about it!
Frequency 1320 AM (kHz)
First air date October, 1937 (as KGSS at 1200)
Format Commercial; News/Talk
Power 5,000 watts
Class B
Facility ID 41981
Callsign meaning pronounced kellow, a homonym of "hello"
Former callsigns KGSS (1937-?)
Former frequencies 1200 kHz (1937-1941)
1230 kHz (1941-1948)
Affiliations Fox News Radio
Premiere Networks
Salem Radio Network
Owner Midwest Communications, Inc.
Sister stations KELO-FM, KELQ, KRRO, KQSF, KTWB, KWSN
Webcast Listen Live
Website kelo.com

Newstalk 1320 KELO is an AM radio station licensed to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, airing a news/talk format. It is owned by Midwest Communications, Inc.[1]

KELO signed on as KGSS on 1200 kHz in October, 1937, under the ownership of Midcontinent Broadcasting Company. It moved to 1230 kHz in 1941 as a result of the NARBA agreement. It moved to its current frequency May 2, 1948, and concurrently increased its power from 250 watts to 5 kW.[2] The broadcaster, which later became Midcontinent Media, sold off its radio properties, including KELO, to Backyard Broadcasting in 2004. The Backyard Broadcasting group would be sold to its current owner, Midwest Communications, in 2012.

KELO was a Top 40 station from approximately the 1960s through the 1980s, and then became an oldies/classic hits hybrid by the 1990s. The station flipped to its current talk format in July 2000.

KELO-TV was co-owned with KELO radio from 1953 until 1995, when Midcontinent sold the TV station to Young Broadcasting. (Nexstar Media Group is the current owner of KELO-TV today.)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KELO Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  2. ^ "KELO to 5 kw" (PDF). Broadcasting. May 10, 1948. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 

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Coordinates: 43°29′17″N 96°38′14″W / 43.48806°N 96.63722°W / 43.48806; -96.63722