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City Phoenix, Arizona
Broadcast area Phoenix area
Branding 960 The Patriot
Frequency 960 kHz
First air date 1947
Format Talk radio
Power 5,000 watts
Class B
Facility ID 13508
Transmitter coordinates 33°41′34″N 112°0′9″W / 33.69278°N 112.00250°W / 33.69278; -112.00250Coordinates: 33°41′34″N 112°0′9″W / 33.69278°N 112.00250°W / 33.69278; -112.00250
Callsign meaning K K News Talk
Former callsigns KOOL (1947-1979,
KARZ (1979-1983)
KPXQ (1996-1999)
KCTK (1999-2002)
Affiliations Salem Radio Network, Westwood One
Owner Salem Media Group
(Common Ground Broadcasting, Inc)
Sister stations 1010 KXXT, 1360 KPXQ
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.960thepatriot.com

KKNT (960 AM, "960 The Patriot") is a radio station broadcasting a Talk radio format. KKNT is licensed to Phoenix, Arizona, United States, and broadcasts at 5000 watts. The station is owned by Common Ground Broadcasting, Inc., a subsidiary of the Salem Media Group.[1]

Most of the programs heard weekdays on KKNT are nationally syndicated hosts from the Salem Radio Network: Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Mike Gallagher, Hugh Hewitt and Bill Bennett. At night, KKNT also airs Mark Levin from Westwood One and Seth Leibsohn. Weekends include programs on money, health, finances, the outdoors, firearms and Brokered programming.


The station signed on in 1947 as KOOL. The station changed its call letters to KARZ in 1979, but reverted to KOOL in 1983.[2] For many years, the station aired an adult contemporary format, but would change to 1950s/1960s oldies (though not simulcasting its long-time FM sister station) on January 7, 1987.[3]

In late 1995, KOOL-AM began simulcasting KOOL-FM, getting rid of "older-leaning oldies".[4]

On October 7, 1996, the call letters changed to KPXQ; on October 14, 1999 to KCTK; and on September 1, 2002 to the current KKNT.[2] The station adopted its current format in 2002; before that, it was the Christian instruction and talk station KPXQ, or "Q96." The KPXQ call sign was moved to 1360AM.


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