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KQAM TheBigTalker1480 logo.jpg
City Wichita, Kansas
Branding The Big Talker
Slogan 102.5 FM and 1480 AM KQAM
Frequency 1480 kHz
Translator(s) 102.5 K273CX (Wichita)
First air date 1936[1]
Format News/Talk
Power 5,000 watts (day)
1,000 watts (night)
Class B
Facility ID 61632
Former callsigns KANS (1936-1980)
KWKN (1980-1982)
KLEO (1982-1990)
KZSN (1990-1997)
Affiliations Fox News, Citadel, Premiere, Performance Racing Network, Motor Racing Network, Talk Radio Network
Owner Steckline Communications
Sister stations KGSO
Website kqamradio.com

KQAM is a news/talk station serving the Wichita, Kansas, market. KQAM broadcasts on 1480 kHz & translator K273CX FM 102.5 mHz and is under ownership of Steckline Communications.


The station was first licensed as KANS on October 7, 1936. The 1480 frequency in the 1960s and 1970s was known as KLEO and for many years was Wichita's most popular Top 40 station.[citation needed]

Until January 2010, KQAM was owned by The Walt Disney Company and was Wichita's Radio Disney affiliate. It was announced on November 16, 2009 that Disney/ABC will be selling KQAM to Steckline Communications. According to Greg Steckline, the owner of the said company, he wasn't aiming for a purchase but "this one just kind of happened. We just happened to be in the right place at the right time." Steckline paid $350,000 for KQAM. On January 6, 2010, at 1pm Central time, KQAM unveiled the lineup for its talk format as a companion to its sister station KGSO.

Steckline Communications also owns KIUL (Garden City, Kansas), KYUL (Scott City, Kansas), and KGYN (Guymon, Oklahoma).[2]


As of January 2010, programming on KQAM includes talk shows hosted by Don Imus, Laura Ingraham, Glenn Beck, Dr. Laura, John Gibson, Joe Scarborough, Phil Hendrie, and Jim Bohannon.[3]


  1. ^ History Cards, fcc.gov. Retrieved November 28, 2016.
  2. ^ McCoy, Daniel (November 16, 2009). "Steckline buys Disney Radio station". Wichita Business Journal. Retrieved December 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ "KQAM/Wichita Unveils Talk Lineup". All Access. January 6, 2010. Retrieved May 27, 2011. 

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Coordinates: 37°44′21″N 97°16′14″W / 37.73917°N 97.27056°W / 37.73917; -97.27056