KVAM (AM)

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KVAM
City Loveland, Colorado
Broadcast area Fort Collins / Greeley, Colorado
Frequency 1570 kHz
First air date January 21, 1955
Format Catholic
Power 7,000 watts (day)
18 watts (night)
Class D
Facility ID 35517
Transmitter coordinates 40°23′31″N 105°05′51″W / 40.39194°N 105.09750°W / 40.39194; -105.09750
Callsign meaning Victor A. Michael
Former callsigns KLOV (?-1998)
KHPN (1998-2002)
KSXT (2002-2008)
KPIO (2008-2015)
KKCL (2015-2016)
KBUD (2016)
Affiliations EWTN
Owner Victor A. Michael, Jr.
(Kona Coast Radio, LLC)

KVAM (1570 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Catholic radio format. Licensed to Loveland, Colorado, it serves the Fort Collins / Greeley area. The station is currently owned by Victor Michael, Jr., through licensee Kona Coast Radio, LLC.[1] The station broadcasts on a Class-D daytime license at only 18 watts at night, to protect Class-A clear-channel station XERF-AM in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico.

On March 9, 2017 KVAM was granted a Federal Communications Commission construction permit to move to a new transmitter site, decrease day power to 1,000 watts and increase night power to 40 watts.[2]

History[edit]

The station's previous logo from 2002-2008 showing its then sports format.

On August 3, 1998, the station changed its call sign from KLOV to KHPN. On November 27, 2002, the station changed its call sign from KHPN to KSXT.[3]

In August 2007, the station switched to a sports-talk format after signing an agreement with Mile High Sports.[4]

On September 23, 2008, after being off the air for more than a month, KSXT began broadcasting programming from Eternal Word Television Network's Catholic Radio Network.[5]

On October 8, 2008, the station's call sign was changed from KSXT to KPIO.[3]

In November 2011, the station was fined $4,000 by the FCC for repeated violations. Catholic Radio Network spokesman Jim McLaughlin reported to the Loveland Reporter-Herald that the problem was caused by faulty monitoring equipment at an unattended station. It was reported that the station was broadcasting well over the required amount of power at night, according to the FCC nearly 15 times what the station is licensed for. The station submitted an appeal,[6][7] which was rejected by the FCC on June 10, 2015. By then, the Catholic Radio Network sold KPIO to another broadcasting group, Loveland Radio Partners, LLC.[8]

On July 1, 2015, the station's call sign was changed from KPIO to KKCL.[3] The station is unrelated to KKCL-FM in Lorenzo, Texas, an oldies-formatted station owned by Townsquare Media.

Effective December 4, 2015, Loveland Radio Partners sold KKCL to Victor Michael, Jr.'s Kona Coast Radio, LLC for $80,000. The station changed its call sign to KBUD on January 13, 2016, and then to the current KVAM on April 11, 2016.

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