KVNI

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KVNI
City Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Broadcast area Spokane metropolitan area
Branding 92.5 Kootenai FM
Frequency 1080 kHz
Translator(s) 92.5 K223AN (Coeur d'Alene)
First air date October 1946
Format Adult Contemporary
Christmas music (Nov.-Dec.)
Power 10,000 watts (day)
1,000 watts (night)
88 watts (translator)
Class B
Facility ID 49245
Transmitter coordinates 47°36′59.00″N 116°43′11.00″W / 47.6163889°N 116.7197222°W / 47.6163889; -116.7197222
Owner Morgan Murphy Media / Spokane Television Group
(QueenB Radio, Inc.)
Sister stations KEZE, KHTQ, KXLX, KXLY, KXLY-FM, KXLY-TV, KXMN-LP, KZZU-FM
Webcast Listen Live
Website kootenaifm.com

KVNI (1080 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, serving the Spokane metropolitan area of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. It is owned by Morgan Murphy Media[1] but is run by QueenB Radio, Inc., under a local marketing agreement. Queen B owns seven radio stations and a TV station in the Spokane area.

KVNI airs an adult contemporary radio format, which is also carried on an FM translator station, K223AN.[2] The two stations call themselves "92.5 Kootenai FM," referring to the translator's dial position at 92.5 MHz. (Couer d'Alene is the county seat of Kootenai County, Idaho.) Between mid-November and December 25, the stations switch to an all-Christmas music format.

KVNI studios are at the QueenB Radio offices on West Boone Avenue in Spokane, Washington.[3] The transmitter is located several miles southeast of Couer d'Alene.[4] The station is powered at 10,000 watts, using a non-directional antenna by day. But because AM 1080 is a clear-channel frequency, reserved for Class A stations KRLD in Dallas and WTIC in Hartford, Connecticut, KVNI reduces power at night to 1000 watts directional to avoid interference.

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KVNI first signed on the air in October 1946.[5] It originally broadcast on AM 1240 with 1000 watts by day and 250 watts by night. It later moved to AM 1080, increasing its daytime power to 10,000 watts and nighttime power to 1000 watts.

On November 20, 2015 KVNI dropped its ESPN Radio all-sports format and began playing Christmas music, branded as "92.5 Kootenai FM." On December 26, 2016, the station began airing an adult contemporary format.[6]

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