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KUMA (AM) logo.jpg
City Pendleton, Oregon
Branding News/Talk 1290
Frequency 1290 kHz
Translator(s) 96.5 K243CK (Pendleton)
First air date August 25, 1955 (at 1370)
Format News/Talk
Power 5,000 watts (day)
5,000 watts (night)
Class B
Facility ID 57756
Transmitter coordinates 45°40′25″N 118°44′48″W / 45.67361°N 118.74667°W / 45.67361; -118.74667
Callsign meaning UMAtilla County
Former frequencies 1370 kHz (1955-1956)
Affiliations Citadel Media, Premiere Radio Networks
Owner Capps Broadcast Group
(Round-Up Radio, Inc.)
Webcast Listen Live
Website 1290kuma.com

KUMA (1290 AM, "News/Talk 1290") is a radio station licensed to serve Pendleton, Oregon, United States. The station is owned by Capps Broadcast Group and the broadcast license is held by Round-Up Radio, Inc. David N. Capps and Clare M. Ferguson-Capps, a married couple, own 100% of the stock in Round-Up Radio, Inc., through the Dave and Clare Capps Family Trust.[1]


KUMA broadcasts a news/talk radio format which features programming from Citadel Media and Premiere Radio Networks.[2] Local weekday programming includes The Morning Edition with Butch Thurman and Danny Houle plus a 30-minute program called The Coffee Hour.

Syndicated programming includes talk shows hosted by Rush Limbaugh,[3] Lars Larson,[4] Dave Ramsey, Laura Ingraham,[5] and Jim Bohannon,[6] plus Coast to Coast AM hosted by George Noory.[7] KUMA also airs The Huckabee Report with former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. Weekend programming includes syndicated shows hosted by Kim Kommando and Dr. Dean Edell[7] plus At Home with Gary Sullivan.[8]


Call Letters[edit]

The call letters KUMA were assigned to a station in Yuma, Arizona, June 22, 1932. It operated on 1420 kHz with 100 W power. That station had been KFXY, Flagstaff, Arizona.[9]

Current station[edit]

This station began regular broadcasting on August 25, 1955, as a 1,000 watt daytime-only station broadcasting at 1370 kHz.[10] The station, owned and operated by the Pendleton Broadcasting Company, began unlimited 5,000 watt operation at 1290 kHz on January 3, 1956.[11] Pendleton Broadcasting Company was owned by the Fisher family as one of four Oregon radio stations controlled by the Fisher Stations Group.[11]

Pendleton Broadcasting Company, licensee of KUMA, was acquired by Theodore A. "Ted" Smith and his wife Phyllis on November 1, 1966.[12] Ted Smith had joined Pendleton Broadcasting Company in 1955, as general manager of KUMA, after his service in the United States Navy.[13][14] Ted Smith served as the president of the Oregon Association of Broadcasters in 1962.[15] KUMA was joined by an FM sister station, dubbed KUMA-FM, in 1978.[13] In September 1988, Ted and Phyllis Smith applied to the FCC to transfer control of the Pendleton Broadcasting Company to Gregory A. Smith, their son.[16][17] The deal was approved by the FCC on November 18, 1988.[16]

In March 1993, Pendleton Broadcasting Company, Inc., reached an agreement to sell this station and AM sister station KUMA to Round-Up Radio, Inc. The deal was approved by the FCC on July 1, 1993, and the transaction was consummated on the same day.[18]

KUMA switched to its current all-talk format in October 2002.[19] The station's initial talk lineup included syndicated news and talk programming hosted by Rush Limbaugh, Paul Harvey, Michael Reagan, Laura Ingraham, Jim Bohannon, and Art Bell.[19]


KUMA shares a studio building with sister stations KTIX (1240 AM), KWVN-FM (107.7 FM), and KWHT (103.5 FM).[20] This multi-station Capps Broadcast Group facility is located at the west end of Eastern Oregon Regional Airport.[20][21]


  1. ^ Swanson, Erik C. (December 16, 2003). "Application for Construction Permit for Commercial Broadcast Station (BPH-20031217AAH)". Federal Communications Commission. 
  2. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  3. ^ "Rush Stations: Oregon". The Rush Limbaugh Show. Retrieved April 3, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Radio Station Search Results: Oregon". LarsLarson.com. Retrieved April 3, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Radio Stations: Oregon". LauraIngraham.com. Retrieved April 3, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Station Listings for Jim Bohannon Show in the state of Oregon". Jim Bohannon Show. Retrieved April 3, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "1290 KUMA". Capps Broadcasting Group. Archived from the original on February 22, 2009. Retrieved April 3, 2009. 
  8. ^ "At Home with Gary Sullivan Affiliate Update". Premiere Radio Networks. March 10, 2009. Retrieved April 3, 2009. 
  9. ^ "KUMA Is New Call" (PDF). Broadcasting. June 15, 1932. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Directory of AM and FM Stations and Market Data for the United States". 1956 Broadcasting Yearbook-Marketbook. Washington, D.C.: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1956. p. 257. 
  11. ^ a b "Directory of AM and FM Radio Stations in the U.S.". 1958 Broadcasting Yearbook. Washington, D.C.: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1958. p. A-351.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "bc58" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  12. ^ "Directory of Radio Stations in the United States and Canada". Broadcasting Yearbook 1979. Washington, D.C.: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1979. p. C-182. 
  13. ^ a b "Theodore A. Smith". East Oregonian. May 10, 2006. In 1963, he began KJDY Radio in John Day and in 1976, KUMA FM station in Pendleton. 
  14. ^ "Obituary: Phyllis M. Smith". East Oregonian. June 25, 2008. 
  15. ^ "Past Presidents: 1960s". Oregon Association of Broadcasters. Retrieved April 3, 2009. 
  16. ^ a b "Application Search Details (BTCH-19880928EH)". FCC Media Bureau. November 18, 1988. 
  17. ^ Odegard, Kyle (August 15, 2002). "Stations playing musical towers". East Oregonian. [Gregory] Smith and his father Ted Smith used to own KUMA-FM and KUMA-AM 
  18. ^ "Application Search Details (BALH-19930311EC)". FCC Media Bureau. July 1, 1993. 
  19. ^ a b "Radio stations change their tune". East Oregonian. October 7, 2002. KTIX now features 24-hour ESPN sports programming while KUMA has an all talk format. 
  20. ^ a b Fybush, Scott (July 18, 2008). "The Big Trip 2007, part XI: Eastern Oregon to Boise". Tower Site of the Week. 
  21. ^ "NewsTalk 1290 KUMA - 'Pendleton - Oregon U.S.A.' Waymark". Waymarking.com. Retrieved April 3, 2009. 

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