KIKO (AM)

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KIKO
KIKO 1340TheBull logo - Edited.png
CityApache Junction, Arizona
Frequency1340 kHz
BrandingThe Bull
Programming
FormatClassic Country
Ownership
OwnerJohn Low
(1TV.com, Inc.)
KIKO-FM
Technical information
Facility ID72477
ClassC
Power1,000 watts (day)
930 watts (night)
Transmitter coordinates
33°22′56″N 111°32′09″W / 33.38222°N 111.53583°W / 33.38222; -111.53583
Translator(s)K256DK (99.1 MHz, Phoenix)
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websitebull1340.com

KIKO (1340 AM) is a radio station licensed to serve Apache Junction, Arizona, United States. The station is owned by 1TV.com, Inc.

KIKO was originally licensed to Miami, Arizona, and operated as a full-service station under Willard Shoecraft, who owned the station from its sign-on in 1958 until 1986, and again from 1988 until his death in 2000. The station remained in the Shoecraft family until it was sold to its current owner in 2008. It was assigned the KIKO call letters by the Federal Communications Commission.[1]

In 2011, KIKO was issued a U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) construction permit to move to a new transmitter site, change the city of license to Apache Junction, Arizona and decrease night power to 930 watts. It will use a short (85 foot) low-efficiency fiberglass whip antenna. It commenced operations from this site in December 2014, simulcasting sister station KIKO-FM in Claypool until December 2015, when it temporarily went silent and came back with a brokered Spanish Christian format called "Voz y Visión Radio" on December 21, 2015 [2] and added FM translator K247CF 97.3 (licensed to Payson, but broadcasts from Usery Mountain in east Mesa), which experiences considerable interference from co-owned KIKO-FM, broadcasting on the same frequency. KIKO's license for its new facilities were granted on January 12, 2016.[3]

Voz y Visión Radio ended broadcasts over KIKO in late 2017, and was replaced by a temporary simulcast of KIKO-FM. In February, 2018, the station changed formats to Classic Country calling itself "The Bull" and simulcasting on translator K246CH at 102.9 FM (licensed to Phoenix, but primarily serving Mesa). On May 7, 2018, the 102.9 translator was shut down, and KIKO programming moved back to K247CF 97.3. In 2019, K247CF switched program sources to co-owned KBSZ "Funny 1260".

Ownership[edit]

In December 2007, 1TV.Com (John Low, president) reached an agreement to acquire KIKO and KIKO-FM from Shoecraft Broadcasting for a reported $1.025 million.[4] Broadcasting & Cable reported that the deal called for a $50,000 escrow deposit plus $725,000 cash at closing, then an additional $250,000 upon the FCC's issuance of a construction permit allowing 1TV.com to upgrade the facilities of KIKO-FM to Class C3. The FCC granted this voluntary transfer of license on February 19, 2008.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database.
  2. ^ "Voz y Visión Facebook page". Facebook.com.
  3. ^ "AM Broadcast Station License" (PDF). FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database.
  4. ^ "Deals". Broadcasting & Cable. 2008-01-21.
  5. ^ "Report No. 46675". FCC Broadcast Actions. 2008-02-19.[permanent dead link]

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