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KENI logo.jpg
CityAnchorage, Alaska
Broadcast areaSouthcentral Alaska
BrandingNewsRadio 650
SloganAlaska's News Talk Radio
Frequency650 kHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date1948
Power50,000 watts unlimited
Facility ID12516
Transmitter coordinates61°9′58″N 149°49′34″W / 61.16611°N 149.82611°W / 61.16611; -149.82611Coordinates: 61°9′58″N 149°49′34″W / 61.16611°N 149.82611°W / 61.16611; -149.82611
Callsign meaningKenai (Previously Kayak)
Former callsignsKYAK (1967-1998)[1]
Former frequencies550 kHz (1948-1998)[1]
OwneriHeartMedia, Inc.
(Capstar TX LLC)
Sister stationsKASH-FM, KBFX, KGOT, KTZN, KYMG
WebcastListen Live

KENI (AM 650) is a radio station broadcasting a news/talk format.[2] Licensed to Anchorage, Alaska, United States, the station serves the south-central Alaska area. The station is currently owned by iHeartMedia, Inc..[3] Its studios are located at Dimond Center in Anchorage, and its transmitter is located off Dowling Road in Southeast Anchorage.

KENI is a clear-channel, Class A, 50,000-watt station. The other Class A station on 650 AM is WSM in Nashville, Tennessee.[citation needed]


KENI began broadcasting May 2, 1948, on 550 kHz with 5kW power (full-time). It was operated by Midnight Sun Broadcasting Company.[4] It moved to its current location in March 1998. During the mid-1990s, the station, as KYAK, was the Anchorage affiliate of the Radio AAHS children's format.[clarification needed]


  1. ^ a b Mitchell, Elaine B., ed. (1973). Alaska Blue Book (First ed.). Juneau: Alaska Department of Education, Division of State Libraries. p. 135.
  2. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Spring 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2011-08-09.
  3. ^ "KENI Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved 2011-08-09.
  4. ^ "New Alaska Station, KENI, Starts May 2" (PDF). Broadcasting. April 26, 1948. Retrieved 29 November 2014.

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