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City Island Park, Idaho
Branding KID Newsradio
Frequency 102.9 MHz
First air date 1998 (as KWYS-FM)
Format News/Talk (KID (AM) simulcast)
ERP 37,000 watts
HAAT 842 meters
Class C
Facility ID 83882
Transmitter coordinates 44°33′41″N 111°26′32″W / 44.56139°N 111.44222°W / 44.56139; -111.44222
Former callsigns KEZQ (9/1998-11/1998)
KWYS-FM (1998-2012)
KOUW (2012-2015)
KCHQ (2015)[1]
Affiliations Westwood One
Owner Rich Broadcasting, LLC
(RP Broadcasting LS, LLC)
Sister stations KEZQ
Website 590kid.com

KOUW (102.9 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a talk format. The station is licensed to serve the community of Island Park, Idaho, United States. The station is currently owned by Rich Broadcasting, LLC, through licensee RP Broadcasting LS, LLC, and features programming from Westwood One.[2]


The station was assigned the callsign KEZQ on September 25, 1998. On November 30, 1998, the station changed its call sign to KWYS-FM, on February 24, 2012 to KOUW, on December 7, 2015 to KCHQ, and on December 23, 2015 back to KOUW.[1]

Station back on-air[edit]

Though off-air for quite a while with issues ranging from signal strength to ice storm issues and lightning, as of Summer 2009, the station is on-air, 24 hours a day and at full-strength.

The station's coverage area is, as their slogan goes, from "Big Sky to Blackfoot" and it is one of very few stations available through the entirety of Yellowstone National Park and the only station most car scanners will stick on.[original research?]

On September 9, 2016 KOUW switched to a simulcast of news/talk-formatted KID 590 AM Idaho Falls.


  1. ^ a b "KOUW Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  2. ^ "KOUW Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 

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