KRDO-FM

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KRDO-FM
KRDO-FM logo.jpg
City Security, Colorado
Broadcast area Colorado Springs-Pueblo, Colorado
Branding KRDO NewsRadio FM 105.5 AM 1240
Frequency 105.5 MHz
First air date April 8, 1973 (as KWYD-FM)
Format News Talk Information
ERP 1,600 watts
HAAT 652 metres (2,139 ft)
Class C2
Facility ID 50402
Transmitter coordinates 38°44′40.00″N 104°51′41.00″W / 38.7444444°N 104.8613889°W / 38.7444444; -104.8613889
Callsign meaning KoloRaDO
Former callsigns KWYD-FM (1973–1989)
KBZE (1989–1991)
KHII (1991–1996)
KSKX (1996–2006)
Affiliations Premiere Networks
Westwood One
ABC News Radio
Owner News-Press & Gazette Company
(Pikes Peak Television, Inc.)
Sister stations KRDO, KRDO-TV
Webcast Listen Live
Website krdo.com

KRDO-FM (105.5 MHz) is commercial FM radio station licensed to Security, Colorado and serving the Colorado Springs-Pueblo media market. It is owned and operated by the News-Press & Gazette Company of St. Joseph, Missouri, through its licensee Pikes Peak Television, Inc.[1] KRDO-FM airs a News/Talk radio format. All programming is simulcast on AM 1240 KRDO and both radio stations share news resources with co-owned Channel 13 KRDO-TV.

Studios and offices are on South 8th Street in Colorado Springs. The transmitter is off Transmitter Lane, also in Colorado Springs, amid antennas for several area FM and TV stations.[2]

Weekdays, after a morning news block, KRDO-AM-FM carry nationally syndicated programs, three of which are about family finances: Dave Ramsey, Clark Howard and Denver-based Tom Martino. Also heard weekdays are Sean Hannity, Clyde Lewis and Coast to Coast AM with George Noory.[3] Weekends feature shows on money, health, home repair, guns, computers and travel. Syndicated weekend hosts include Kim Komando and Rudy Maxa. Some weekend hours are paid brokered programming. Most hours begin with world and national news from ABC News Radio.

105.5 History[edit]

On April 8, 1973, the station signed on as KWYD-FM.[4] For the first few years, KWYD-FM broadcast a country music format before flipping to a Christian radio format in 1975, programming a combination of national and local brokered preaching and instructional shows, as well as inspirational music. In 1989, KWYD-FM was sold to Optima Communications which flipped the station to a new-age music/smooth jazz format as KBZE, using the on-air moniker "The Breeze." (On October 31, 2008 the KWYD-FM call letters were picked up by a radio station in Boise, Idaho, which broadcasts a rhythmic contemporary format.)

Two years later, the call letters and format were changed again. The station became a country outlet with the call sign KHII, using the on-air handle "K-High." Optima Communications entered into a local marketing agreement (LMA) with Pikes Peak Broadcasting Company to operate the station in 1993. In the fall of 1996, Pikes Peak flipped the station back to a smooth jazz format. This time it was called "Sax 105.5" and adopted the KSKX call letters. The station remained smooth jazz until News Press & Gazette acquired the station for a News/Talk format as KRDO-FM in August 2006.

KRDO-FM Call Sign History[edit]

The KRDO-FM call letters had previously been used on 95.1 MHz in the Colorado Springs radio market, the original sister station to AM 1240 KRDO. That FM station signed on in 1969 broadcasting a beautiful music format. In 1994 KRDO-FM dropped easy listening music and flipped to adult contemporary music, using the moniker "Peak 95.1." In 1998 Peak 95.1 evolved into a Hot AC format which it maintained until Citadel Broadcasting (now Cumulus Media) took over operations of the station in the early 2000s. When the Cumulus-owned station gave up the KRDO-FM call letters in 2006, Pikes Peak Broadcasting acquired that call sign for 105.5.

The 95.1 frequency is now home to Nash FM 95.1 KATC-FM.

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