|City||Salt Lake City, Utah|
|Broadcast area||Salt Lake City metropolitan area|
|Slogan||Utah's Big Talker|
|First air date||November 15, 1955|
|Power||10,000 watts (day)|
3,000 watts critical hours
196 watts (night)
|Former callsigns||KWHO (1954-1985)|
|Affiliations||Westwood One Network|
Westwood One News
|Owner||Cumulus Media |
(Radio License Holding CBC, LLC)
|Sister stations||KBEE, KBER, KENZ, KHTB, KUBL-FM|
KKAT (860 kHz) is an AM radio station broadcasting a talk format. KKAT is licensed to Salt Lake City, Utah and is owned by Cumulus Media. The station's studios are located in South Salt Lake (behind the I-15/I-80 interchange).
KKAT broadcasts at 10,000 watts by day but must reduce its power to 196 watts at night because it is on a clear channel frequency reserved for CJBC Toronto, the dominant Class A station on 860 kHz. During critical hours, KKAT is powered at 3,000 watts. It uses a non-directional antenna at all times. The transmitter is off West 2590 South, near the Redwood Nature Area in West Valley City.
KKAT carries mostly nationally syndicated conservative talk hosts, largely from the co-owned Westwood One Network. Shows include Armstrong & Getty, Ben Shapiro, Michael Savage, Mark Levin, John Batchelor, Dana Loesch, Chad Benson, Red Eye Radio and First Light. On weekends, shows on money, real estate, food and wine are heard, as well as repeats of weekday shows. Westwood One News airs at the beginning of most hours.
The station was first licensed on November 15, 1955. It had the call sign KWHO. The station aired a classical music format. Initially, KWHO operated during daytime hours only with 1,000 watts of power.
In July 1985, the station became KUTR, and it began airing an "LDS Contemporary" format, which consisted of mix of music that was 50% songs by Mormon artists and 50% standard soft adult contemporary. On June 21, 1989, the station's callsign was changed to KLZX, and it began simulcasting the classic rock format of its sister station 93.3 KLZX-FM (now KUBL-FM).
On November 15, 1990, the station changed its call letters to KCNR. As KCNR, the station carried programming from CNN Headline News and was branded "News Radio 860 AM." In 1992 KCNR's format and call sign moved to 1320 AM, and the station again simulcast its classic rock sister station 93.3 KLZX-FM "Z-93". On August 11, 1992, the station again changed its call sign to KLZX. On September 6, 1994, the station began airing an all-news format from Associated Press Newsworld, and on January 23, 1995, the station's call sign was changed to KAPN. On August 20, 1996, KCNR's news/talk format moved from 1320 to 860, and on September 20, 1996 the station's call sign was changed back to KCNR.
On November 18, 1996, the station became an affiliate of Radio Disney. On March 3, 1999, the station's callsign was changed to KBEE. In 2003, Radio Disney moved to AM 910, and on May 15, 2003, the station began airing a classic country format from the Jones Radio Network. While a classic country station, the station was branded "The Coyote". On July 5, 2004, the station's callsign was changed to KKAT. In October 2007, the station changed formats from classic country to oldies, carrying Scott Shannon's The True Oldies Channel from Citadel Media. While airing an oldies format, the station was branded "The Wolf". On October 5, 2009, the station changed to a talk format branded "Utah's Big Talker".
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- "Radio Stations". Scott Shannon's True Oldies Channel. Archived from the original on July 28, 2008. Retrieved December 19, 2008.
- Lynn Arave, "Radio dial: KKAT changes format from oldies music to 'Utah's Big Talker'", Deseret News, October 9, 2009. Accessed August 23, 2015
- Cumulus Media Salt Lake City
- Query the FCC's AM station database for KKAT
- Radio-Locator Information on KKAT
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for KKAT