|City of license||Spokane, Washington|
|Broadcast area||Spokane and Vicinity|
|Branding||Sports Radio 1510|
|First air date||February 4, 1927|
|Power||50,000 watts (daytime)
15,000 watts (nighttime)
|Affiliations||CBS Sports Radio, Dial Global|
(Mapleton License Of Spokane, LLC)
|Sister stations||KBBD, KDRK, KEYF-FM/AM, KJRB, KZBD|
KGA is a sports radio station based in Spokane, Washington.
Licensed on February 4, 1927, KGA was a successful country music outlet for most of its life until 1994, when it switched to a news/talk format. KGA's former owners also established a short lived, lower powered Country Music station based out of Kirkland, WA (near Seattle) called, KGAA (now KARR). Also in the history of KGA were the Top 40 years, from January 1968 until June 1969. A 50,000 watt clear-channel station for most of its life, KGA was a station with an incredible night time reach (all of the Pacific Northwest, plus western Canada) and the best top 40 DJs and that included "Shane" and Joe Fiala. "Shane Showtime" had a large and loyal following and introduced many to some of the greatest music of that time. There was great sadness among young KGA listeners when the station switched to country music in 1969.
Former Los Angeles Police detective/best selling author Mark Fuhrman, who lives in nearby Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, hosted a live and local morning slot weekdays until his firing in November 2007. No replacement was named.
Radio station KGA has a long history beginning in 1927 with its studios in the old Radio Center Building across the street from the Davenport Hotel and transmitter on the northside of Spokane where the Lidgerwood Elementary School is located when it was owned by Mr. Louis Wasmer to its current studio location on 57th Avenue on Moran Prairie and current transmitter site in Spangle under the ownership of Mapleton Communications.
Although the station has had several owners (notably Gonzaga University), has changed frequency several times, and has had its studio and transmitter site changed over the years, including the old insurance building on W. Riverside, which was being used by the Spokane Catholic Diocese in January 2007, it has retained the same set of call letters over the years. In fact, the call letters KGA have been continuously used on AM longer in Spokane than any other set of call letters.
In April 2008, KGA's news/talk format moved to sister station KJRB. In return, KJRB's sports format moved to KGA.
On July 15, 2008, KGA reduced its nighttime power from 50,000 watts to 15,000 watts, changed its class from Class A to Class B (Class A stations are required to operate at 50,000 watts at all times) and changed its directional antenna system. All of this was done so that its sister station KSFN in Piedmont, California, which serves San Francisco, could increase its nighttime power to 2,400 watts, up from 230 watts. The justification for this change was gaining several hundred thousand potential listeners in San Francisco while sacrificing a few thousand potential listeners in the Pacific Northwest. The hope for a larger audience for KSFN did not materialize, and KGA can never become a Class A station again.
1. Harms, William. Radio Station KGA. 2005. http://spokane.philcobill.com/kga/index.php
2. Scott, Xen. Transcription of FCC microfiche files KGA, November 11, 1994.
3. McGoldrick, Jim. Early Memories of Radio in Spokane; letter to Thorwald Jorgenson, about 1981. Used by permission of Dean Carriveau, Spokane, Washington
- Station website
- List of license dates
- Query the FCC's AM station database for KGA
- Radio-Locator Information on KGA
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for KGA
- FCC History Cards for KGA