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City Missoula, Montana
Frequency 1290 kHz
Translator(s) 98.3 K252BM (Seeley Lake)
98.3 K252FP (Missoula)
First air date March 17, 1931[1]
Format News/Talk (KLYQ simulcast)
Power 5,000 watts (unlimited)
Class B
Facility ID 71751
Transmitter coordinates 46°49′47″N 114°04′45″W / 46.82972°N 114.07917°W / 46.82972; -114.07917
Former frequencies 1420 kHz (1931-1932)
1200 kHz (1932-1936)
1260 kHz (1936-1941)
Owner Townsquare Media
(Townsquare Media Missoula License, LLC)
Webcast [1]
Website [2]

KGVO (1290 AM) is a radio station licensed to serve Missoula, Montana. The station is owned by Townsquare Media. It airs a News radio format, simulcasting KLYQ 1240 AM Hamilton.[2]

The station was assigned the KGVO call letters by the Federal Radio Commission on March 17, 1931.[3]

On May 6, 1932, the FRC authorized KGVO to move from 1420 kHz to 1200 kHz and to change to unlimited operation rather than its previous 10 a.m.-6 p.m. schedule. At that time, KGVO had 100 W power.[4]

KGVO has been the flagship station of Montana Grizzlies football and men's basketball for decades; it frequently brands itself as "Home of the Grizzlies."


Previous AM-only branding

In October 2007, a deal was reached for KGVO to be acquired by GAP Broadcasting II LLC (Samuel Weller, president) from Clear Channel Communications as part of a 57 station deal with a total reported sale price of $74.78 million.[5] What eventually became GapWest Broadcasting was folded into Townsquare Media on August 13, 2010.[6]



  1. ^ A Chronology of AM Radio
  2. ^ "Winter 2008 Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  3. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  4. ^ "Gets Full Time" (PDF). Broadcasting. May 15, 1932. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Deals". Broadcasting & Cable. 2006-06-19. 
  6. ^ "Townsquare Media completes roll-up of GAP". Radio Business Report. August 13, 2010. Retrieved August 15, 2010. 

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