|Broadcast area||Topeka, Kansas metropolitan area|
|Branding||Sportsradio 1490 KTOP|
|Slogan||"Topeka's Top Sports Station"|
|First air date||1980|
|Callsign meaning||K TOPeka|
|Affiliations||CBS Sports Radio|
(Cumulus Licensing LLC)
|Sister stations||KDVV, KMAJ-FM/AM, KTOP-FM, KWIC|
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KTOP (1490 AM) is a radio station serving the Topeka, Kansas metropolitan area. The station currently broadcasts a sports talk format, but prior to October 4, 2007 had broadcast an adult standards/oldies format. KTOP is owned by Cumulus Media and licensed to Cumulus Licensing LLC.
They retain local broadcast rights to Topeka's minor league hockey team.
The transmitter and antenna are located in northern Topeka on NW Buchanan Street near the Kansas River.
- 1 History
- 1.1 1955-1966 - KTOP- Top 40 "K-Top"
- 1.2 1966-1969: KTOP
- 1.3 1969-1978: KTOP - "K-Top"
- 1.4 1978-1980: KTOP
- 1.5 1980-1984: KTOP - "Solid Gold"
- 1.6 1984-2000: KTOP - Satellite Standards
- 1.7 2000-2001: KTOP - Satellite Classic Country
- 1.8 2001-2007: KTOP - Sat. Standards "K-Top"
- 1.9 2007-2013: KTOP - Sat. Sports (ESPN)
- 1.10 2013-present - KTOP- Sat. Sports (CBS Sports)
- 2 See also
- 3 References
- 4 External links
1955-1966 - KTOP- Top 40 "K-Top"
This was Topeka's first Top 40 outlet, hitting the air in 1955. Owner Frank Buxton declared bankruptcy in 1962, but the station remained on the air.
KTOP picked up the middle of the road format after 1440 KJAY became Top 40 KEWI.
1969-1978: KTOP - "K-Top"
KTOP returned to Top 40, though they broadcast a lot of sports from NBC. KTOP was also a Mutual Radio affiliate starting in 1974.
KTOP had an automated country format, but it didn't last too long.
1980-1984: KTOP - "Solid Gold"
The station returned with live air talent in this brief venture into the oldies format.
1984-2000: KTOP - Satellite Standards
KTOP's standards format started out local, but eventually gave way to a Westwood One satellite feed 24/7. Cumulus bought the station in the late 1990s.
2000-2001: KTOP - Satellite Classic Country
KTOP returned to country in 2000; they also began simulcasting KSNT's 6:00 p.m. news. A drop in the ratings led to a return to the previous format.
2001-2007: KTOP - Sat. Standards "K-Top"
KTOP returned to standards in 2001, this time using Jones Network's "Music Of Your Life" feed. They also had a Spanish-language music show for a while.
2007-2013: KTOP - Sat. Sports (ESPN)
KTOP flipped to ESPN sports on October 1, 2007. The current lineup is entirely ESPN-driven.
2013-present - KTOP- Sat. Sports (CBS Sports)
After a month with FOX Sports programming, KTOP joined the CBS Sports network on January 2, 2013.