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KKAT logo.jpg
City of license Salt Lake City, Utah
Broadcast area Salt Lake City, Utah
Slogan Utah's Big Talker
Frequency 860 kHz
First air date 1956
Format Talk
Power 10,000 watts (day)
3,000 watts critical hours
196 watts (night)
Class D
Facility ID 11232
Transmitter coordinates 40°42′47″N 111°55′53″W / 40.71306°N 111.93139°W / 40.71306; -111.93139Coordinates: 40°42′47″N 111°55′53″W / 40.71306°N 111.93139°W / 40.71306; -111.93139
Former callsigns KWHO (1954-1985)[1]
KUTR (1985-1989)
KLZX (1989-1990)
KCNR (1990-1992)
KLZX (1992-1995)
KAPN (1995-1999)
KBEE (1999-2004)
Affiliations ABC News, Cumulus Media Networks
Owner Cumulus Media
(Radio License Holding CBC, LLC)
Webcast Listen live
Website Website
The radio tower for KKAT (AM), also shared with KBJA.

KKAT (860 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a talk format serving the Salt Lake City area. This is an ABC Radio O&O station through its parent company Cumulus Media.[2] The station's studios are located in South Salt Lake (behind the I-15/I-80 interchange) and its transmitter site is located in West Valley City.


The station was first licensed on January 31, 1956, and held the callsign KWHO.[1] As KWHO, the station aired a classical music format.[3][4][5] The station operated during daytime hours only.[1]

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 LDS artists and 50% standard soft adult contemporary.[6][7] 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.[8]

On November 15, 1990, the station changed its callsign to KCNR.[9] As KCNR, the station carried programming from CNN Headline News and was branded "News Radio 860 AM."[10] In 1992 KCNR's format and callsign moved to 1320 AM, and the station again simulcast its classic rock sister station 93.3 KLZX-FM "Z-93".[11] On August 11, 1992, the station again changed its call sign to KLZX.[9] On September 6, 1994, the station began airing an all-news format from Associated Press Newsworld,[12] and on January 23, 1995, the station's callsign was changed to KAPN.[9] On August 20, 1996, KCNR's news/talk format moved from 1320 to 860,[13] and on September 20, 1996 the station's callsign was changed back to KCNR.[9]

On November 18, 1996, the station became an affiliate of Radio Disney.[14] On March 3, 1999, the station's callsign was changed to KBEE.[9] In 2003, Radio Disney moved to AM 910,[15] and on May 15, 2003, the station began airing a classic country format from the Jones Radio Network.[16] While a classic country station, the station was branded "The Coyote".[16] On July 5, 2004, the station's callsign was changed to KKAT.[9] In October 2007, the station changed formats from classic country to oldies, carrying Scott Shannon's The True Oldies Channel from Citadel Media.[17][18] While airing an oldies format, the station was branded "The Wolf".[19] On October 5, 2009, the station changed to a talk format branded "Utah's Big Talker".[19]

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  1. ^ a b c History Cards for KKAT, fcc.gov. Accessed August 22, 2015
  2. ^ "KKAT Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  3. ^ "Top 50 Markets", Moore Publishing Company, (1968) p. 150
  4. ^ "Classical Music Fills Airwaves of North America", Billboard, September 28, 1974. p. 60
  5. ^ "Across the Dial", Broadcasting Publications, (1983) p. 107. Accessed August 22, 2015
  6. ^ Lynn Arave, "KUTR's Birthday Party a Blast for Utah Families", Deseret News, July 2, 1988. Accessed August 23, 2015
  7. ^ Lynn Arave, "Radio Logs", Deseret News, January 26, 1986. Accessed August 23, 2015
  8. ^ Lynn Arave, "KUTR Radio Signs Off", Deseret News, June 24, 1989. Accessed August 23, 2015
  9. ^ a b c d e f "KKAT Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  10. ^ Lynn Arave, "KCNR Owner Names News Director", Deseret News, September 6, 1991. Accessed August 23, 2015
  11. ^ Lynn Arave, "KCPX Will Retain Format Despite Pact", Deseret News, May 1, 1992. Accessed August 23, 2015
  12. ^ Lynn Arave, "All-News Format Returns to Utah", Deseret News, September 9, 1994. Accessed August 23, 2015
  13. ^ Lynn Arave, "KCNR Set to Switch to All-Sports Format as Early as Wednesday", Deseret News, August 23, 1996. Accessed August 23, 2015
  14. ^ Lynn Arave, "New Format Will Bring Disney to the Airwaves", Deseret News, November 18, 1996. Accessed August 23, 2015
  15. ^ Lynn Arave, "Radio dial: A Utah radio first: separate deals on content, frequency", Deseret News, February 28, 2003. Accessed August 23, 2015
  16. ^ a b Lynn Arave, "Country's 'The Coyote' premieres on AM-860", Deseret News, May 16, 2003. Accessed August 23, 2015
  17. ^ Lynn Arave, "Radio dial: The year's highs, lows in radio", Deseret News, December 21, 2007. Accessed August 23, 2015
  18. ^ "Radio Stations". Scott Shannon's True Oldies Channel. Archived from the original on July 28, 2008. Retrieved December 19, 2008. 
  19. ^ a b Lynn Arave, "Radio dial: KKAT changes format from oldies music to 'Utah's Big Talker'", Deseret News, October 9, 2009. Accessed August 23, 2015

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