KSGF (AM)

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KSGF
KSGF-AM logo.png
City Springfield, Missouri
Slogan "Standing Up For What Is Right"
Frequency 1260 kHz
First air date 1926
Format News/Talk
Power 5,000 watts (unlimited)
Class B
Facility ID 62024
Transmitter coordinates 37°15′51″N 93°19′04″W / 37.26417°N 93.31778°W / 37.26417; -93.31778
Callsign meaning SprinGField
Former callsigns KGBX (1926-1987)
KTTS (1987-2001)
KTTF (2001-2002)[1]
Affiliations Fox News Radio
Owner E.W. Scripps Company
(Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC)
Sister stations KRVI, KSGF-FM, KSPW, KTTS-FM
Webcast Listen Live
Website ksgf.com

KSGF (1260 AM) is a radio station licensed to serve Springfield, Missouri, United States. The station, which launched in 1926 as KGBX, is owned by the E.W. Scripps Company. The station also simulcast on 104.1 FM, which is licensed to Ash Grove, Missouri, United States.

Programming[edit]

KSGF broadcasts a News/Talk radio format.[2] Weekday programming includes a local morning show called, "KSGF Mornings with Nick Reed," hosted by Nick Reed with executive producer Kortni Tucker.[3] The remainder of the weekday is taken up by syndicated shows hosted by Glenn Beck, Neal Boortz, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Michael Savage, the Midnight Trucking Radio Network and Clark Howard. Weekend programming is mainly brokered programming involving household topics. Local news comes from the KTTS news team and national news comes from Fox News Radio.

History[edit]

The beginning[edit]

This station first began broadcasting in 1926 as KGBX on 1040 kHz in St. Joseph, Missouri.[4] The station was set up by entrepreneur Ralph D. Foster and partner Jerry Hall at the Foster-Hall Tire Co. to advertise their Firestone Tire dealership.[5][6] By mid-1930 KGBX had changed frequencies to 1310 kHz[7] and by mid-1931 the station had been sold to KGBX Inc.[8] In 1932, after the partnership dissolved, KGBX relocated to Springfield, Missouri,[9] and by 1942 had changed frequencies to the current 1260 kHz.[10] In 1944, KGBX was acquired by the Springfield Broadcasting Company.[4][6] This new company was under the ownership of the publishers of the Springfield News & Leader and Springfield Leader & Press daily newspapers.[11]

An era of change[edit]

After more than three decades of continuous ownership, Springfield Broadcasting Company sold KGBX to Stauffer Communications, Inc., on May 13, 1977.[12] In January 1983, Stauffer Communications, Inc., reached an agreement to sell the station to Springcom, Inc. The deal was approved by the FCC on February 25, 1983, and the transaction was consummated on March 8, 1983.[13]

In February 1986, Springcom, Inc., contracted to sell the station to KGBX Communications, Inc. The deal was approved by the FCC on March 18, 1986, and the transaction was consummated on April 7, 1986.[14] This ownership would prove short-lived as KGBX Communications, Inc., made a deal in August 1987 to sell this station to Springfield Great Empire Broadcasting, Inc.[15] While approval for the sale was pending, the station applied to the Federal Communications Commission for a new callsign and was assigned KTTS on September 14, 1987.[1] The deal was approved by the FCC on September 29, 1987.[15]

In October 1998, after a number of internal shifts in the ownership of the license holder, Springfield Great Empire Broadcasting, Inc., agreed to transfer the broadcast license for KTTS to Great Empire Broadcasting, Inc. The deal was approved by the FCC on October 26, 1998, and the transaction was consummated on June 30, 1999.[16] This too would prove a short-lived change.

The present[edit]

Great Empire Broadcasting, Inc., reached an agreement in July 1999 to sell this station to Journal Broadcast Corporation. The deal was approved by the FCC on July 20, 1999, and the transaction was consummated on July 27, 1999.[17]

The new owners applied to the FCC for new call letters and the station was assigned KTTF on April 18, 2001. The station was assigned the current KSGF call letters by the FCC on June 14, 2002.[1]

Journal Communications and The E.W. Scripps Company announced on July 30, 2014 that the two companies would merge to create a new broadcast company under the E.W. Scripps Company name that will own the two companies' broadcast properties, including KSGF. The transaction is slated to be completed in 2015, pending shareholder and regulatory approvals.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  2. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  3. ^ http://www.news-leader.com/article/20091230/NEWS01/912300417/Jericho-mum-about-his-exit-from-Springfield-radio-station-KSGF
  4. ^ a b "Directory of Standard Broadcasting Stations of the United States". 1944 Broadcasting-Telecasting Yearbook. Washington, D.C.: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1944. p. 74. 
  5. ^ Miller, Jeff. "U.S. Radio Stations as of June 30, 1927". History of American Broadcasting. Retrieved January 20, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b Turtle, Howard (January 29, 1956). "Ozarks Folk Tunes and Comedy Make Springfield a TV Center". Kansas City Star. p. C1. 
  7. ^ Miller, Jeff. "U.S. Radio Stations as of June 30, 1930". History of American Broadcasting. Retrieved January 20, 2009. 
  8. ^ Miller, Jeff. "U.S. Radio Stations as of June 30, 1931". History of American Broadcasting. Retrieved January 20, 2009. 
  9. ^ Miller, Jeff. "U. S. Radio Stations as of Jan. 1, 1934". History of American Broadcasting. Retrieved January 20, 2009. 
  10. ^ Miller, Jeff. "U.S. AM Stations as of 1942". History of American Broadcasting. Retrieved January 20, 2009. 
  11. ^ 1974/1975 Television Factbook. 44. Television Digest, Inc.,. 1974. p. 139. 
  12. ^ "Directory of Radio Stations in the United States and Canada". Broadcasting Yearbook 1979. Washington, D.C.: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1979. p. C-6. 
  13. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-19830105EM)". FCC Media Bureau. March 8, 1983. 
  14. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-19860207EN)". FCC Media Bureau. April 7, 1986. 
  15. ^ a b "Application Search Details (BAL-19870818EB)". FCC Media Bureau. September 29, 1987. 
  16. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-19981007GJ)". FCC Media Bureau. June 30, 1999. 
  17. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-19990712GF)". FCC Media Bureau. July 27, 1999. 
  18. ^ "E.W. Scripps, Journal Merging Broadcast Ops". TVNewsCheck. July 30, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 

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