KPEN-FM

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KPEN-FM
City Soldotna, Alaska
Broadcast area Kenai, Alaska
Branding K-PEN
Slogan True Country
Frequency 101.7 (MHz)
Format Country
ERP 25,000 watts
HAAT 73 meters
Class C3
Facility ID 52149
Owner Peninsula Communications

KPEN-FM is a commercial radio station in Soldotna, Alaska, broadcasting to the Kenai, Alaska, area on 101.7 FM.

KPEN-FM airs a country music format syndicated from Jones Radio Networks.

KPEN-FM was originally a San Francisco radio station which began broadcasting on October 27, 1957. Following a series of tests, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorized KPEN to become the first station west of the Mississippi River to transmit in multiplex stereo, August 10, 1961. The station was later sold and became known as KIOI.[1]

Another SF Bay Area station, originally known as KPGM, adopted the KPEN call letters in December 1969, one month after they became available. That station, located in Los Altos, CA, broadcasting on 97.7 FM, was not related to the San Francisco station. It had broadcast studios out of the (now defunct) Old Mill Mall in Mountain View, CA. [2]

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Coordinates: 60°30′40″N 151°16′19″W / 60.511°N 151.272°W / 60.511; -151.272