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KODL-AM logo.png
City The Dalles, Oregon
Broadcast area Columbia Gorge
Branding Kool 99.1
Slogan America's Best Music
Frequency 1440 kHz
Translator(s) 99.1 K256AC (The Dalles)
100.5 K263BT (The Dalles)
First air date October 1940 (at 1230)
Format Adult Standards
Power 5,000 watts (day)
1,000 watts (night)
Class B
Facility ID 36629
Transmitter coordinates 45°35′31″N 121°11′57″W / 45.59194°N 121.19917°W / 45.59194; -121.19917
Former callsigns KODL (1940-1973)
KGLX (1973-1974)
Former frequencies 1230 kHz (1940-1955)
Affiliations Westwood One, CBS News
Owner Larson-Wynn, Inc.
Webcast Listen Live
Website kodl.com

KODL (1440 AM, "RadioFreshing") is a radio station licensed to serve The Dalles, Oregon, United States. The station, which began broadcasting in October 1940, is currently owned by Larson-Wynn, Inc.

The station was assigned the KODL call sign by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).[1]


KODL broadcasts an adult standards music format featuring the "America's Best Music" satellite-fed programming service from Westwood One.[2] In addition to its usual music programming, KODL airs hourly newscasts from CBS News, a one-hour block of news each weekday morning, a daily tradio program called "The KODL Trading Post", Dave Ramsey's Daily Money Makeover, the "KODL Coffee Break" daily talk show, a one-hour noon newscast, the Northwest Regional edition of The Lars Larson Show,[3] and one hour of news each weekday evening with a mix of local and national programming.[4]

KODL also airs Oregon State Beavers football[5] and Seattle Seahawks[6] games.


Western Radio Corporation's KODL began broadcasting in October 1940, although sources differ on whether these broadcasts began on October 12, October 19, or October 20th.[7][8][9] The station originally broadcast on a frequency of 1230 kHz with 250 watts of power during the day and 100 watts at night. KODL originally aired a mix of recorded and live popular music, including a number of local musical talents.[9] The station changed broadcast frequencies to 1440 kHz and was allowed to increase its signal strength to 1,000 watts, day and night, beginning in 1955.[10]

KODL's founder and Western Radio Corporation owner, V. Barney Kenworthy, sold the station to the Sterling Recreation Organization in September 1967.[11][12][13] The Seattle-based SRO immediately flipped KODL's format to rock music.[11][13] In late 1973, Sterling owner Fredric A. Danz had the station's call sign changed to KGLX and flipped the format to a "contemporary gold" music mix.[14]

The station was acquired by Larson-Wynn, Inc., on September 1, 1974. The new owners immediately restored the historic KODL call sign and began broadcasting a mix of rock and middle of the road music.[7] In the late 1970s, KODL received permission from the FCC to increase its daytime signal strength to 5,000 watts while maintaining its 1,000 watt signal at night.[7] By 1979, KODL would be playing a pure MOR format[7] but in 1982, in the wake of Urban Cowboy and the sudden growth in country music, KODL switched to a country music format.[9]

From 1940 to 1999, KODL broadcast from a studio building and tower located on west Scenic Drive.[8] Since 1999, KODL's studios have been located in downtown The Dalles.[15] In 2000, KODL switched musical formats to a satellite-delivered adult standards and nostalgia format branded as "America's Best Music".[9]

Former on-air staff[edit]

Paul E. Walden worked at KODL for 27 years, more than 20 of them as station manager, and served as the president of the Oregon Association of Broadcasters from 1954 to 1956.[16][17] He later purchased KIHR in Hood River, Oregon, and establish KCGB-FM, during his 48-year career in broadcasting as an announcer, manager, and engineer.[16] Walden also served three terms as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives in the 1970s.[16]


  1. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  2. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Retrieved April 13, 2009. 
  3. ^ Brenneman, Kristina (May 5, 2000). "Lars Love-In". Portland Business Journal. 
  4. ^ "Programming". RadioFreshing KODL. Retrieved April 13, 2009. 
  5. ^ "2008 Oregon State Football Radio Network". BeaverFootball.com. Retrieved April 28, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Seahawks Radio Network". NFL. Archived from the original on November 1, 2011. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d "The Facilities of Radio". 1979 Broadcasting Yearbook. Washington, DC: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1979. p. C-183. 
  8. ^ a b McNeal, William Howard (1974). "Musical History of The Dalles". History of Wasco County, Oregon. Oxon Hill, Maryland: Silesia Printing and Publishing Co. Retrieved April 13, 2009. 
  9. ^ a b c d "About Us". RadioFreshing KODL. Archived from the original on June 27, 2009. Retrieved April 13, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Directory of AM and FM Stations and Market Data for the United States". 1956 Broadcasting Yearbook-Marketbook. Washington, DC: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1956. p. 258. 
  11. ^ a b Nichols, Rodger (December 6, 2006). "Bye, bye Q: FM radio station to end local operation; Buyer to relocate station to lucrative Seattle area market". The Dalles Chronicle. 
  12. ^ "V. Barney Kenworthy". The Dalles Weekly Reminder. November 10, 1983. 
  13. ^ a b "The Facilities of Radio". 1969 Broadcasting Yearbook. Washington, DC: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1969. p. B-5. 
  14. ^ "The Facilities of Radio". 1974 Broadcasting Yearbook. Washington, DC: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1974. p. B-175. 
  15. ^ Fybush, Scott (March 23, 2007). "The Big Trip 2006, Part VII: East From Portland". Tower Site of the Week. 
  16. ^ a b c "Paul E. Walden". East Oregonian. March 31, 2003. 
  17. ^ "Past Presidents: 1950s". Oregon Association of Broadcasters. Retrieved April 13, 2009. 

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