|City of license||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)
|Affiliations||Yahoo! Sports Radio|
|Owner||Simmons Media Group|
KXFN (1380 AM, "1380 Talkstl.com") is a talk radio station, operating from St. Louis, Missouri. It is a simulcast of programming from internet radio station Talkstl as well as Yahoo and NBC Sports syndicated material. The station has used this format since March 2015. Prior to switching to an all-sports format, KXFN was a religious broadcasting radio station.
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".
In 1973, the station went off the air until late-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 from an oldies station to all-sports KASP. The station went back to simulcasting with 106.5 FM (which had since become WKBQ-FM) in 1993. After eleven years of using various formats, including Gospel music, KSLG switched to its current sports format.
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 May 1, 2013 KXFN changed their format to talk, branded as "1380 The Woman".
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 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.
- "Format Changes". Your Midwest Media.
- Grand Slam Sports plans to buy 1380 AM KSLG, St. Louis Business Journal, July 1, 2010, Retrieved 2010-07-01
- KXFN official website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for KXFN
- Radio-Locator Information on KXFN
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for KXFN