|City||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Broadcast area||St. Louis, Missouri|
|First air date||1927 (as KWK)|
|Power||5,000 watts day
1,000 watts night
|Former callsigns||KWK (1927-1984)
|Owner||Simmons Media Group|
KXFN (1380 AM) was a radio station, operating from St. Louis, Missouri. It formerly aired a simulcast of programming from internet radio station TalkSTL.com, as well as Yahoo! and NBC Sports Radio programming.
KXFN began broadcasting in 1927 as KWK. KWK was the Mutual Broadcasting System affiliate in St. Louis for most of its existence until August 1969, when the station switched from standards to an R&B format.
KWK's claim to national fame was a film clip where a disc jockey at the station is seen smashing one of Elvis Presley's records and declaring "rock and roll has got to go!"--a clear sign that KWK had veered away from the rock format. This clip can be seen in the 1981 film "This Is Elvis".
On July 31, 1973, the station went off the air until November 1, 1978, when it returned as a Top 40 station, and in March 1979, it began simulcasting with WWWK-FM (106.5). The two stations kept simulcasting until KWK became KGLD (an oldies station) in June 1984. On January 1, 1992, KGLD changed to all-sports KASP. The station went back to simulcasting with 106.5 FM in 1993 (which would swap formats with 104.1 FM in January 1994; the simulcast on 1380 would switch over to 104.1). In December 1994, the station flipped to hot talk as "Straight Talk 1380." Programming on "Straight Talk" included Steve & DC in mornings (simulcasting from WKBQ-FM), The Fabulous Sports Babe, Ken Hamblin, Tom Leykis and Jim Bohannon. After eleven years of using various formats, including Gospel music, KSLG switched back to sports in 2004.
On July 1, 2010, Grand Slam Sports, owner of fellow St. Louis sports station KFNS, announced its intention to purchase KSLG pending FCC approval and that it would begin managing the station immediately under a local marketing agreement. This resulted in the return of The Jim Rome Show to the St. Louis market after an absence of approximately a year.
On June 20, 2012, KSLG changed their call letters to KXFN.
On March 10, 2014, KXFN changed their format to sports, with programming from Yahoo! Sports Radio.
On April 1, 2014, KXFN changed their format to talk/sports, branded as "1380 The X, Xtreme Talk Radio". Remaining staff from KFNS was shifted to KXFN.
On October 1, 2014, KXFN changed to a music/talk station with multiple styles of shows, offering music of different genres and comedy talk content.
On March 16, 2015, KXFN changed back to a sports and talk format through an airtime lease with TalkSTL.com. They feature programming from Yahoo! Sports Radio as well as some local talent such as Kevin Slaten. The Jim Rome Show was added by April 2015.
On December 19, 2015, KXFN went silent. The move came after TalkSTL parent Markel Radio Group bought and began programming KFNS and terminated their lease with KXFN.
- Grand Slam Sports plans to buy 1380 AM KSLG, St. Louis Business Journal, July 1, 2010, Retrieved 2010-07-01
- "Format Changes". Your Midwest Media.