KFIO (AM)

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KFIO
City Dishman, Washington
Broadcast area Spokane, Washington
Frequency 1050 kHz
First air date 1984
Format Religious/Talk
Power 25,000 watts (day)
260 watts (night)
Class B
Facility ID 53148
Transmitter coordinates 47°36′27″N 117°21′40″W / 47.60750°N 117.36111°W / 47.60750; -117.36111Coordinates: 47°36′27″N 117°21′40″W / 47.60750°N 117.36111°W / 47.60750; -117.36111
Former callsigns KSPO
KEYF
Owner Thomas W. Read
(Liberty Broadcasting System, LLC)
Sister stations KSPO, KTRW
Website www.kfio.info

KFIO (1050 kHz) is an AM radio station licensed to Dishman, Washington and serves the Spokane media market. The station is owned by Thomas W. Read, through licensee Liberty Broadcasting System, LLC.[1]

The station broadcasts in the daytime at 25,000 watts but at night it must reduce power to 260 watts; that is because 1050 kHz is assigned as a clear channel frequency reserved for Mexico, so it cannot use a higher power that might interfere with Mexican radio stations.

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KFIO first signed on as KEYF in 1984. The station was a simulcast of KEYF-FM (from 1993 to 2001) and a classic country outlet from 2001 to 2004 before its flip to an adult standards format. It also spent a brief stint as an all-comedy station using "Comedy World," a now defunct radio network. In January 2016, KEYF owner Mapleton Communications sold the station to Thomas Read,[2] owner of Spokane religious stations KSPO and KTRW, who changed the callsign to KFIO in honor of a defunct station formerly using those call letters. Read signed on an AM station named KSPO in 1984, but had to sell it when co-owned station KTBI gained approval for a 50,000 watt transmitter, as ownership regulations at the time did not allow two co-owned AM stations to have overlapping coverage. On April 25, 2016, KFIO went silent to allow for the installation of a new 25,000 watt transmitter. KFIO began equipment testing in October 2016 and returned to the airwaves later that year.

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