|Broadcast area||Fort Collins / Greeley, Colorado|
|First air date||January 21, 1955|
|Power||7,000 watts (day)
18 watts (night)
|Callsign meaning||Victor A. Michael|
|Former callsigns||KLOV (?-1998)
|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. 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 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.
In August 2007, the station switched to a sports-talk format after signing an agreement with Mile High Sports.
On October 8, 2008, the station's call sign was changed from KSXT to KPIO.
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, 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.
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.
- "Facility Record - KVAM". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- "Application for Construction Permit for Commercial Broadcast Station". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission.
- "Call Sign History - KVAM". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- "Mile High Sports secures NoCo airwaves". Northern Colorado Business Report. August 17, 2007.
- "Catholic radio station hits airwaves". Loveland Reporter-Herald. September 23, 2008.
- Catholic Radio Station In Trouble With Feds
- FCC to Catholics: Dial down
- FCC: "MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER, In the Matter of Catholic Radio Network of Loveland, Inc., Former Licensee of Station KPIO(AM) Loveland, Colorado", June 11, 2015.