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CityManitou Springs, Colorado
Broadcast areaColorado Springs area
BrandingColorado Public Radio
Frequency1490 kHz
Translator(s)102.1 K271CK (Manitou Springs)
FormatPublic radio news-talk
Power500 watts day
1,000 watts night
Facility ID54258
Transmitter coordinates38°51′43″N 104°55′32″W / 38.86194°N 104.92556°W / 38.86194; -104.92556
Former callsignsKCMS (1956–1970)
KEDI (1970–1974)
KIIQ (1974-1984)
KIKX (1984-1987)
KRYN (1987-1988)
OwnerColorado Public Radio
(Public Broadcasting of Colorado, Inc.)

KXRE (1490 kHz) is an AM radio station broadcasting a public radio news and information radio format. Licensed to Manitou Springs, Colorado, the station serves the Colorado Springs radio market. The station is currently owned by Colorado Public Radio, through licensee Public Broadcasting of Colorado, Inc.[1]

KXRE is also heard on two FM translator stations: 180 watt 98.5 K253AH in Colorado Springs and 99 watt 102.1 K271CK in Manitou Springs.


1490 signed on in Manitou Springs in November 1956 as KCMS, the simulcast partner of KCMS-FM 102.7, which had signed on three years earlier.[2]

In early 1970, Edmonds sold KCMS-AM-FM to a group of retired Air Force officers doing business as the Black Forest Development Company. Black Forest took the AM station into an "information and education" format, taking the call letters KEDI. KEDI-KCMS was sold in 1974 and the stations became KIIQ-AM-FM.

The station changed its call letters to KIKX on September 15, 1984. KIKX became KRYN on September 17, 1987 and KXRE on February 1, 1988,[3]

In December 2016, Colorado Public Radio agreed to pay Latino Communications $550,000 for KXRE and FM translator K271CK (102.1 FM). KXRE began broadcasting CPR's NPR/news format, originating from KCFR-FM in Denver, in April 2017.[4]


  1. ^ "KXRE Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ "1959 Broadcasting Yearbook" (PDF). 1959. p. B-122. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  3. ^ "KXRE Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  4. ^ "Colorado Public Radio buying two Colorado Springs stations". Colorado Springs Gazette, January 12, 2017.

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