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City Honolulu, Hawaii
Frequency 1180 kHz
First air date 1959 (At 1170)
2006 (at 1180)
Format Defunct
Power 1,000 watts (unlimited)
Class B
Facility ID 13985
Transmitter coordinates 21°26′18″N 157°59′29″W / 21.43833°N 157.99139°W / 21.43833; -157.99139
Callsign meaning K(C)ORaL
Former callsigns KOHO (2/1959-4/2000)
KNUG (4/00-10/00)
KBNZ (10/00-8/01)
KZEZ (8/01-9/01)
KBNZ (9/01-1/02)
KENT (1/02-1/04)
KJPN (1/04-1/05)
KHCN (1/05-10/06)[1]
Owner James L. Primm

KORL (1180 AM) was an American radio station located in Honolulu, Hawaii. The station's broadcast license was held by James L. Primm. This was the third station in Honolulu to carry the KORL calls, whose previous homes were at 650 AM and 690 AM respectively.


This frequency was once home to Japanese-language broadcaster KOHO, which was at 1170 kHz, up until its sign-off in 2002, when its changed calls to KENT. In 2005, Salem bought the signal back on the air as KHCM and adopted a country music format. In 2006, it moved to the 1180 frequency, followed by a swap with KORL's owners for the 690 signal.[1]

Construction permit[edit]

On August 18, 2008, this station was granted a construction permit to relocate to 1170 kHz, downgrade to a class D station with 330 watts of daytime power and 140 watts at night, plus relocate the broadcast transmitter southeast to 21°20'10"N, 157°53'33"W, the former KRUD (now KPHI) tower site.[2] The new facilities were not built and the construction permit expired.


On September 23, 2008, KORL signed off the air to make way for the sign-on of sister station KPHI, whose 1130 frequency offers a better signal coverage on the island and whose construction permit was about to expire.[3]

On October 14, 2008, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) accepted for filing a request by KORL for special temporary authority to remain silent for technical reasons until the new transmitter site authorized by the August 2008 construction permit can be completed.[4] The station's application states that ownership expects KORL, to be silent for only a short period of time.

On September 17, 2009, Hochman-McCain announced that it had sold KORL to Centro Cristiano Vida Abundante, a religious broadcaster whose programming targets a Hispanic audience. When the station returned to the air in 2010, it broadcast a Spanish Religious format, Hawaii's first Spanish-language radio station.[5]

In June 2011, Centro Cristiano Vida Abundante, Inc., reached an agreement to sell KORL to James L. Primm for $37,000. The FCC approved the license transfer on July 6, 2011, and the transaction was consummated on August 8, 2011.[6]

The FCC cancelled KORL's license on May 5, 2015, due to the station having been silent for more than twelve months (since October 7, 2013).


  1. ^ a b "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  2. ^ "Application Search Details (BP-20080626ABF)". FCC Media Bureau. August 18, 2008. 
  3. ^ "KRUD AM 1130 signed on". HawaiiThreads.com. September 24, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Application Search Details (BLSTA-20081014ABO)". FCC Media Bureau. October 14, 2008. 
  5. ^ Engle, Erika (September 18, 2009). "Honolulu radio station to go Hispanic-Christian". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved March 3, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-20110616ACE)". FCC Media Bureau. August 8, 2011. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 

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