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KMAJ (AM) logo.png
City Topeka, Kansas
Broadcast area Topeka and Vicinity
Branding The Big Talker 1440 KMAJ
Slogan Conservative Talk, News & Local Sports
Frequency 1440 kHz
First air date July 1947[1]
Format News/Talk/Sports
Power 5,000 watts (Daytime)
1,000 watts (Nighttime)
Class B
Facility ID 42014
Transmitter coordinates 39°01′17″N 95°34′15″W / 39.02139°N 95.57083°W / 39.02139; -95.57083Coordinates: 39°01′17″N 95°34′15″W / 39.02139°N 95.57083°W / 39.02139; -95.57083
Callsign meaning from its sister station KMAJ-FM
Former callsigns KJAY, KEWI, KSKX
Affiliations ABC News
Owner Cumulus Media
(Cumulus Licensing LLC)
Sister stations KDVV, KMAJ-FM, KTOP-FM, KTOP, KWIC
Webcast Listen Live

KMAJ (The Big Talker) is an AM radio station in Topeka, Kansas broadcasting on the frequency of 1440 kHz. KMAJ is an ABC News & Talk network affiliate that is owned by Cumulus Media.


1947-1964: KJAY[edit]

KJAY signed on in July 1947, with news from International News Service, one of the predecessors of UPI. The middle of the radio format moved to KTOP two years after KEWI appeared.[1]

1964-1980: KEWI - Top 40 Kiwi[edit]

One of Topeka's early Top 40 outlets, KEWI branded itself as the station with the "good guys." And, yes, they called themselves "Kiwi." In the late 1960s, KEWI was the city's top-rated station.[1]

1980-1986: KSKX - Kix Country[edit]

The KSKX call letters were assigned September 6, 1980, with the station calling itself Kix Country.[1]

1986-1990: KEWI - Kiwi[edit]

Trying to capitalize on the popularity of KEWI's glory days, the station played oldies for a few years. The KEWI call letters were reassigned November 4, 1986.[1]

1990-present: KMAJ - News/Talk/Sports[edit]

As with many AM stations, KMAJ flipped to talk programming. Cumulus bought the station from Midland Broadcasters in the late 1990s. KMAJ currently airs syndicated talk shows at all hours, with some local high school sports play-by-play. They air ABC radio news.[1]


Beginning with the 2014-15 season, KWIC, along with KMAJ (AM) (1440), will be home to the Kansas Jayhawks football and basketball (men/women's) teams.[2] Previously, the games had been aired on WIBW (AM) (580).[2]

In addition, KMAJ also carries local high school basketball and football games.

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