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For the military facility near Panama City, Florida assigned the ICAO code KPAM, see Tyndall Air Force Base. For the radio station in Portland, Oregon at 97.1 FM known as KPAM-FM from 1970-1980, see KYCH-FM. For the radio station in Portland, Oregon at 1410 AM known as KPAM from 1951-1973 and 1976-1982, see KBNP.
City Troutdale, Oregon
Broadcast area Portland metropolitan area
Branding News/Talk 860 KPAM
Slogan "News Talk 860"
Frequency 860 kHz
Format News/Talk
Power 50,000 watts day
15,000 watts night
Class B
Facility ID 29553
Transmitter coordinates 45°38′48″N 122°30′49″W / 45.64667°N 122.51361°W / 45.64667; -122.51361Coordinates: 45°38′48″N 122°30′49″W / 45.64667°N 122.51361°W / 45.64667; -122.51361
Callsign meaning PAMplin Broadcasting[1]
Former callsigns KZTW (1991-1997)
Affiliations Westwood One Network, Westwood One News, Salem Radio Network, KOIN 6 News
Owner Pamplin Media Group
Sister stations KKOV
Webcast Listen Live

KPAM (860 kHz) is an AM radio station broadcasting a News/Talk format. Licensed to Troutdale, Oregon, United States, it serves the Portland metropolitan area. The station is owned by Pamplin Broadcasting-Oregon, Inc., part of the Pamplin Media Group, which also owns the Portland Tribune newspaper, as well as other publications and radio station 1550 AM KKOV. Studios and offices are on Southeast Lake Road in Portland and the transmitter is in the Parkway East neighborhood of Vancouver, Washington, across the Columbia River from Portland.

KPAM broadcasts at 50,000 watts non-directional by day, the highest power permitted by the Federal Communications Commission. But because 860 kHz is a Canadian clear channel frequency, KPAM must reduce power to 15,000 watts at night, and use a directional antenna pattern, to avoid interfering with CJBC Toronto, the Class A station on the frequency.


KPAM airs both local and nationally syndicated talk shows. Weekdays begin at 5 a.m. with First Edition, hosted by Tim Hohl and Terry Travis. At 9 a.m., it's Terry Boyd's World. Consumer advocate Clark Howard, based at WSB Atlanta is heard at noon-3pm. 3-6pm Margie Boule & Carl Wolfson. KPAM then airs syndicated talk shows during the evening and overnight from Dave Ramsey, Michael Medved and Hugh Hewitt.

Weekends feature shows on money, health, home improvement, cars, golfing and cooking. Some paid Brokered programming airs, as well as repeats of weekday shows. KPAM carries Westwood One News at the beginning of most hours. It also gets some local news from KOIN Channel 6, the CBS TV Network affiliate station for Portland.


KPAM carries games from the Portland Winterhawks Junior ice hockey team.

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  1. ^ Nelson, Bob (June 2, 2009). "Call Letter Origins". 238. The Broadcast Archive. Retrieved June 21, 2009. 

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