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KGNC 710AM-97.5FM logo.png
CityAmarillo, Texas
BrandingNewstalk 710 & 97.5 KGNC!
SloganAmarillo's News Leader...Newstalk & Sports 710 AM & 97.5 FM KGNC!
Frequency710 kHz
Translator(s)97.5 K248DE (Amarillo)
First air date1922 (97 years ago) (1922) (as WDAG)
Power10,000 watts
Facility ID63159
Callsign meaningK Globe News Company
OwnerAlpha Media LLC
(Alpha Media Licensee LLC)
Sister stationsKXGL
WebcastListen Live
CityAmarillo, Texas
Broadcast areaAmarillo, Texas
BrandingAmarillo's Country 97.9
SloganAmarillo's Country
Frequency97.9 MHz
First air date1992 (27 years ago) (1992)
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT398 meters
Facility ID63161
Callsign meaningK Globe News Company
OwnerAlpha Media LLC
(Alpha Media Licensee LLC)
Sister stationsKXGL
WebcastListen Live

KGNC is a radio broadcast service in Amarillo, Texas, United States. It operates KGNC (710 AM) and KGNC-FM (97.9 FM). Both stations are owned by the Alpha Media LLC. Studios for both AM and FM partners are located in southwest Amarillo near the former Western Plaza shopping center.

KGNC was formed when the Amarillo Globe-News Publishing Company purchased two radio stations, WDAG and KRGS. WDAG was the first radio station in Amarillo. On December 24, 1958, KGNC aired the first FM broadcast in the Amarillo region.

KGNC boasts a relatively large coverage area, due to its fairly high power (10,000-watt signal) and the surrounding area's high ground conductivity, based from its transmitter northeast of Amarillo in Carson County. KGNC provides at least secondary coverage of large portions of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and New Mexico, including such cities as Lubbock and Abilene, Texas; Clovis and Roswell, New Mexico and Garden City, Kansas. Under the right conditions, KGNC's signal has been received during the day in the suburbs of Dallas and Oklahoma City. At night, KGNC can sometimes be heard as far west as Tucson, Arizona.

710 AM is a United States clear-channel frequency, on which WOR in New York, New York and KIRO in Seattle, Washington share Class A status. Other stations on this frequency must protect the nighttime skywave signals of the Class A stations, with reduced power and/or directional signals.

KGNC-FM airs a country music format while KGNC broadcasts news and provides syndicated talk show programs such as The Rush Limbaugh Show and The Kim Komando Show. The transmitter for this station is in unincporated Potter County north of Amarillo.

Both stations are responsible for activation of the Emergency Alert System in the Amarillo area.



  • Tim Butler- Host of Newsday Amarillo
  • Kelli DeAngelo- Newsday Amarillo Co-Cost/News Anchor
  • Mike Hill-Staff Reporter
  • David Lovejoy-Staff Reporter
  • Tyler Williams -Staff Reporter
  • James Hunt- Agribusiness Director and host of The Golden Spread Agribusiness Hour
  • Doug Hammett- Agribusiness Specialist


Newstalk 710 broadcasts ABC News on the hour, every hour, along with local news and weather updates (except during sporting events).


The KGNC-AM control board

Local news updates are broadcast at 4 minutes past the hour. Market updates are broadcast at 30 past the hour from 9:30 AM–4:30 PM, and sports updates are broadcast every 30 minutes from 6:15 AM–9:45 AM. Weekday programs include Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, America in the Morning, The Golden Spread Agribusiness Hour, NewsDay Amarillo, Kilmeade & Friends, The Rush Limbaugh Show, The Kim Komando Show, and The Dave Ramsey Show, '


Local news updates are broadcast at 4 minutes past the hour until 5:04 PM. Regular programs include Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, The Golden Spread Agri-Business Hour, NewsDay Amarillo, Southwest Outdoors with Mel Phillips, Smart Money Radio with Mark and Marcy McKay, The Panhandle Greenhouse Garden Show, Dale Buckner's Financial Clinic, Let Me Speak To The Realtor with Greg Glenn, Rush Limbaugh Week in Review, and The Dave Ramsey Show.


Regular programs include Coast to Coast AM with Ian Punnett, The Horse Show, The Cowboy Corner, The Kim Komando Show, The Dave Ramsey Show, Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, and select paid programming.

Sporting events[edit]

Newstalk 710 will break away from regularly scheduled programming to broadcast the following sporting events:

Programming will resume as scheduled after the conclusion of the sporting event.


KGNC arose from a 1935 merger of two stations, WDAG and KGRS, that shared the 1410 kHz broadcasting frequency in Amarillo. After Federal Communications Commission approval of the merger, KGNC operated with 2,500 W (daytime) and 1,000 W (night). It was owned and operated by the Amarillo Globe-News.[1]


Call sign Frequency
City of license Facility
m (ft)
Class FCC info
K248DE 97.5 MHz Amarillo, Texas 147975 250 157 m (515 ft) D FCC



  • Jason Kidd Jason & Nancy 5am-9am
  • Nancy Mack - Jason & Nancy 5am-9am
  • Lani Clark - Monday-Friday 10am-2pm
  • Patrick Clark, KGNC-FM Program Director - Monday-Friday afternoons 2pm-7pm
  • Kaleb "Big Tex" Collins - Monday-Friday evenings 7pm-12am


  1. ^ "Newspaper Operates KGNC" (PDF). Broadcasting. July 1, 1935. Retrieved 24 October 2014.

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KGNC (AM)[edit]


Coordinates: 35°25′11″N 101°33′24″W / 35.41972°N 101.55667°W / 35.41972; -101.55667