KOFA (AM)

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KOFA
CityYuma, Arizona
Broadcast areaYuma, Arizona/El Centro, California
BrandingBorder Radio
Frequency1320 kHz
Translator(s)K234CZ (94.7 MHz, Yuma)
First air dateSeptember 6, 1959 (as KBLU)
FormatPublic Radio, Full service
Power730 watts day
106 watts night
ClassD
Facility ID2758
Transmitter coordinates32°41′22″N 114°30′0″W / 32.68944°N 114.50000°W / 32.68944; -114.50000
Callsign meaningKing OF Arizona silver mine
Former callsignsKBLU (1959-1970)
KAWC (1970-2017)
AffiliationsNational Public Radio, Public Radio International, BBC World Service
OwnerArizona Western College
Sister stationsKAWC-FM
WebcastListen Live music
Websiteborderradioaz.org

KOFA (1320 AM) is a public radio station airing a wide variety of music programs, along with a few news and talk programs. Licensed to Yuma, Arizona, United States, the station serves the Yuma area. The station is currently owned by Arizona Western College and features programming from National Public Radio and Public Radio International.[1]

History[edit]

1320 AM began life as the original KBLU, signing on September 6, 1959. When Eller Telecasting and Combined Communications merged in 1969, the newly formed group had to divest one of KBLU or KYUM at 560, choosing to keep the latter and donate the former to Arizona Western College. On January 1, 1970, the donation took effect, and 1320 AM signed off with the callsign changing to KAWC; 560 AM changed to KBLU.

Arizona Western College immediately relocated the transmitter to its campus and instituted a public radio format, which signed on for the first time on July 11, 1970.

In 2009, the K-Jazz Radio Network with its transmitters in northwestern and northern Arizona entered into agreement with Colorado River Public Media, by which those transmitters simulcast 1320 AM on weekdays.

The station changed its callsign to the current KOFA on July 13, 2017.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KOFA Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.

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