KXTG

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KXTG
KXTG 750-102.9the game logo.jpg
City Portland, Oregon
Broadcast area Portland metropolitan area and Salem, Oregon
Branding 750 and 102.9 The Game
Frequency 750 kHz
Translator(s) 102.9 K275CH (Gresham)
Repeater(s) 101.9-2 KINK-HD2
First air date December 13, 1926 (1926-12-13)[citation needed] (as KXL)
Format Sports
Power 50,000 watts day
20,000 watts night
Class B
Facility ID 948
Transmitter coordinates 45°24′04.4″N 122°26′51.3″W / 45.401222°N 122.447583°W / 45.401222; -122.447583
Callsign meaning K X The Game
Former callsigns KXL (1926-2011)[1]
Former frequencies 749.6 kHz (1926-1927)
770 kHz (2/1927-6/1927)
1360 kHz (1927-1928)
1250 kHz (1928-1929)
1420 kHz (1929-1941)
1450 kHz (3/1941-10/1941)
Affiliations CBS Sports Radio
Owner Alpha Media[2]
(Alpha Media Licensee LLC)
Sister stations KBFF, KINK, KUFO, KUPL-FM, KXL-FM
Webcast Listen Live
Website 750thegame.com

KXTG (750 AM), "The Game" is an all-sports radio station in Portland, Oregon. Its transmitter is located in Damascus, while studios are in downtown Portland. It is owned by Alpha Media, a company owned by veteran radio executive Larry Wilson.[2]

Programming[edit]

KXTG produces and airs two local sports talk shows on weekdays: "The Bald Faced Truth" (12pm-3pm), with columnist John Canzano of The Oregonian, and "In The Huddle" with Mike Ragz (3pm-7pm). The station also airs two nationally syndicated weekday shows: Dan Patrick (6am-9am) and Jim Rome (9am-noon). The rest of the schedule, apart from live sporting events, comes from the CBS Sports Radio Network.

KXTG is Portland's flagship home to the Oregon Ducks, March Madness, the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer, [3] and the Portland Thunder of the Arena Football League.[4]

History[edit]

KXTG first began broadcasting in 1926 as KXL. KXL was bought by Alpha Broadcasting in 2009, along with a sister station, KXTG, on the FM band. That station first signed on as 95.5 KXL-FM in June of 1965 with a long-running beautiful music format followed by adult contemporary. On March 26, 1999, KXL-FM became KXJM, with a successful Rhythmic contemporary format until May 12, 2008, when it switched formats to sports. The KXJM call letters, Rhythmic format, and all other intellectual property were acquired by CBS Radio and moved to 107.5 FM.

At 8:47 a.m. on March 15, 2011, KXL-AM started simulcasting on 101.1 FM, replacing the Active rock format of KUFO. After two months of the KXL news/talk format being heard on both stations, at 4 p.m. on May 25, 2011, the 750 frequency switched from news/talk to sports, changing its branding to "750 The Game" (from KXTG 95.5). Thus, KXL's news/talk format is now exclusively on FM.

On June 1, 2011, KXL changed call letters (after 85 years) to KXTG to match "The Game" branding.[1] The KXTG call letters and "The Game" sports format were recently at 95.5 FM (now KBFF). In 2013, KXTG switched affiliations from Fox Sports Radio to NBC Sports Radio. (Fox Sports Radio is now on 620 KPOJ.) In October 2015, KXTG switched affiliations from NBC Sports Radio to CBS Sports Radio.

In July 2014, KXTG began simulcasting on FM translator K274AR 102.7 FM. On December 19, 2014, K274AR upgraded from 10 watts at 102.7 FM to 99 watts at 102.9 FM. On February 3, 2015, K274AR changed call letters to K275CH.

Ownership history[edit]

From 1955 to 1998, KXL was owned by Les Smith; Rose City Radio, a company owned by Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen, bought it and KXTG from Smith in 1998 for a reported $42 million.[2] In May 2009, it was announced that Larry Wilson, the founder and former owner of Citadel Broadcasting, bought KXL and KXTG from Rose City for $11 million.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau. June 1, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Wilson buys KXL and KXTG from Paul Allen". Portland Business Journal. August 31, 2009. 
  3. ^ [1] 750-AM Website
  4. ^ Thunder, 750 AM Announce Thunder Radio Crew, PortlandThunder.com, March 12, 2014

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