KMTT

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KMTT
KMTT espn910 logo.png
CityVancouver, Washington
Broadcast areaWillamette Valley
Clark County
Frequency910 kHz
Branding910 ESPN Portland
SloganIt's Sports ... For Your Ears!
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatSports radio
AffiliationsESPN Radio
Ownership
OwnerAudacy, Inc.
(Audacy License, LLC[1])
History
First air date
April 1, 1980 (1980-04-01)
Former call signs
KKSN (1980–98)
KFXX (1998–2004)
KOTK (2004–05)
KKSN (2005–07)
KTRO (2007–10)
KKSN (2010–13)[1]
Call sign meaning
K M T T (former callsign on 103.7 FM in Seattle (now KHTP)
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID35033
ClassB
Power3,300 watts (day)
4,300 watts (night)
Transmitter coordinates
45°33′30.00″N 122°28′57.00″W / 45.5583333°N 122.4825000°W / 45.5583333; -122.4825000
Repeater(s)99.5 KWJJ-HD3 (Portland)
Links
Public license information
Profile
LMS
WebcastListen live (via Audacy)
Websitewww.audacy.com/1080thefan

KMTT is a commercial radio station licensed to Vancouver, Washington, broadcasting to the Portland, Oregon and Clark County, Washington area on 910 AM. KMTT is owned by Audacy, Inc. and airs a sports format with programming from ESPN Radio. The studios are located south of downtown Portland, and the transmitter site is in the city's northeast side along the Columbia River.

History[edit]

Prior use of 910 kHz in Vancouver[edit]

The 910 AM frequency signed on the air in 1939 as KVAN, airing a country music format in the 1950s. After being sold to the Star Stations group in 1959, KVAN relaunched as Top 40 station KISN, which was at times Portland's most listened-to station in the 1960s. A scandal involving political bias and a litany of indiscretions resulted in the FCC revoking the licenses of all five Star Stations, including KISN, in 1975; the stations left the air September 2, 1976.

New licenses[edit]

After the FCC revoked the KISN license, four applications were received for the vacated frequency, from Rose Broadcasting, Viking Vancouver, Fort Vancouver Broadcasting and Longwood Broadcasting; the agency designated these applications for comparative hearing on July 12, 1978.[3] The applicants merged in 1979 under the Fort Vancouver Broadcasting application, enabling the FCC to issue a construction permit.[4] The new station took the call letters KKSN—the KISN calls having been assigned to 97.1 FM in Salt Lake City, Utah, on May 8, 1978—[5] and began broadcasting April 1, 1980, trading on the "Mighty 91" name and KISN heritage.[6][7] Former KISN sales manager Bill Failing served as the first general manager of the new KKSN.[8]

In its history since returning in 1980, this frequency has aired numerous formats, including classical, oldies (as "Kissin' 910 from 1987 to 1989) and adult standards (as "Sunny 910" from 1989 to 1998). On March 30, 1998, as part of a format swap, the "Sunny" format would move to 1520 AM, while 910 became home of sports radio station KFXX, which would move to 1080 kHz on March 18, 2004. 910 then adopted 1080's former hot talk format as KOTK ("Max 910"). Personalities on "Max" included Don Imus, Rick Emerson, Don & Mike, Tom Leykis and Phil Hendrie. On April 21, 2005, it flipped back to oldies as KKSN, picking up the oldies format after KKSN-FM 97.1 ("KISN-FM") flipped to adult hits as "Charlie FM".[9]

On February 15, 2007, KKSN changed their call letters to KTRO; and on March 28, 2007, KTRO-FM changed their format to regional Mexican and changed their call letters to KRYP, and the existing talk format continued on KTRO AM. The station, though still owned by Entercom, was programmed by Salem Communications. The former program lineup (Dennis Prager, Hugh Hewitt, Laura Ingraham, etc.) was similar to that found on other Salem stations throughout the United States.

On January 5, 2009, the station switched to a simulcast of KWJJ, an FM country music station. The LMA with Salem Communications expired.[when?]

On May 1, 2009, KTRO switched to ESPN Deportes Radio, a Spanish-language sports talk network.[10]

On May 28, 2010, KTRO changed their call letters back to KKSN. The station dropped ESPN Deportes Radio on July 12, 2010 in favor of simulcasting the programming of KNRK-HD2, which airs music from local bands.[11]

On September 11, 2013, KKSN changed its call letters to KMTT as part of a warehousing move by Entercom. The former holder of the call letters, 103.7 FM in Seattle, now uses the call letters KHTP.

On November 1, 2013, KMTT changed their format from "94/7 too" with local and Northwest music (which continues on KNRK-HD2) to sports, branded as "Sports 910" with programming from CBS Sports Radio.[12]

On September 10, 2015 KMTT switched affiliations from CBS Sports Radio to ESPN Radio and rebranded as "910 ESPN Portland".[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "FCCInfo Results: KTRO(AM)". FCCInfo.com. Manassas, Virginia: Cavell Mertz & Associates, Inc. 2009-06-12. Retrieved 2009-06-14.
  2. ^ "FCCInfo Facility Search Results: Entercom Portland License, LLC". Manassas, Virginia: Cavell Mertz & Associates, Inc. 2009-06-12. Retrieved 2009-06-14.
  3. ^ "For the Record" (PDF). Broadcasting. August 7, 1978. p. 68. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "For the Record" (PDF). Broadcasting. December 17, 1979. p. 78. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  5. ^ FCC History Cards for KZHT (Salt Lake City)
  6. ^ "KKSN(AM)" (PDF). Broadcasting Yearbook. 1981. p. C-254 (532). Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  7. ^ Goodman, Howard (April 10, 1981). "Happy birthday, baby — Mighty 91 lives again". Statesman Journal. Retrieved May 29, 2020.
  8. ^ "Radio station goes on air". Corvallis Gazette-Times. Associated Press. April 2, 1980. p. 23. Retrieved May 29, 2020.
  9. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/2000s/2005/RR-2005-04-29.pdf
  10. ^ Day, James (May 4, 2009). "Area radio stations alter programming; Some of the talk shows on KFXX will be tough to receive for area listeners". Statesman Journal.
  11. ^ "Several Changes At KNRK". All Access. June 8, 2010. Retrieved June 9, 2010.
  12. ^ Entercom Launches Sports 910 Portland
  13. ^ Entercom Shakes Up Portland Sports Stations

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