KKOH

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KKOH
KKOH logo.png
CityReno, Nevada
Broadcast areaReno–Sparks metropolitan area, Lake Tahoe
BrandingNews Talk 780 AM
SloganThe News and Talk of Nevada
Frequency780 kHz
First air date1971
FormatNews/Talk
Power50,000 watts
ClassB
Facility ID11236
Former callsignsKROW, KCRL
AffiliationsWestwood One Network
Premiere Networks
KOLO-TV
OwnerCumulus Media
(Radio License Holding CBC, LLC)
Sister stationsKBUL-FM, KNEV, KWYL
WebcastListen Live
Websitekkoh.com

KKOH (780 kHz, "KOH News Talk 780 AM") is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Reno, Nevada. KKOH airs a News/Talk radio format under ownership of Cumulus Media. In on-the-air references, the station drops the initial "K" because its historic call letters were simply KOH. Studios and offices are on East Plumb Lane, while it broadcasts from a three-tower transmitter facility off Chickadee Drive.[1]

KKOH airs local talk shows on weekday mornings and afternoons. Middays and nights, KKOH carries nationally syndicated talk shows, mostly from the co-owned Westwood One Network. They include Michael Savage, Mark Levin, John Batchelor, Red Eye Radio and America in The Morning. In addition, Rush Limbaugh from Premiere Networks airs from 9 A.M. to 12 P.M. weekday mornings and Sean Hannity airs from 2 P.M. to 5 P.M. weekdays. Weekends feature shows on home repair, gardening, money and computers, including syndicated hosts Kim Komando, Larry Kudlow, Bill Cunningham and Bob Brinker. Most hours begin with Westwood One News.

KKOH broadcasts at 50,000 watts, the maximum power permitted by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) for AM stations. But because 780 AM is a clear channel frequency, reserved for Class A WBBM in Chicago, KKOH must use a directional signal after sunset to avoid interfering with WBBM. A single tower is used during the day, allowing it to be heard heard some distance into California. It provides a strong grade B signal to Sacramento, and can be heard as far as the Bay Area under the right conditions. At night, power is fed to all three towers in order to protect WBBM. Even with the directional pattern, it can be heard around the Western United States at night with a good AM radio.

History[edit]

KKOH first signed on in 1971.[2] For many years, 780 was KROW. Before then, it was KCRL, the former sister station of what is now Channel 4 KRNV, Reno's NBC TV network affiliate. The current station dates from 1994. That year, KOH, Nevada's oldest radio station, which signed on in 1929, was bought by Citadel Broadcasting. As part of the deal, Citadel moved the KOH intellectual unit from its longtime home of 630 AM to 780 AM. For years, KOH had been forced to reduce its power from 5,000 watts to 1,000 watts at night to protect KFI in Los Angeles at nearby 640 AM. With the move to 780 AM, however, the station was able to boost its power to 50,000 watts. (Today 630 AM is KPLY, a sports radio station.)

The FCC issued a new license to Citadel, with an additional "K" in the call sign. Citadel decided to give up the historic three-letter call sign in favor of the power boost. Citadel merged with Cumulus in 2011.

Local programming and staff[edit]

  • Reno's Morning News with Ross Mitchell, Ross Mitchell - Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame
  • Sports w/Trevor J. Smith
  • Jim Fannin, News anchor and reporter. National Murrow Award Winner, Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame
  • Daniela Sonnino, Reporter
  • Monty Wolf, Afternoon traffic
  • Jake Parker, Producer of Dan Mason Show
  • Neil Tyler, News anchor, producer of Reno Morning News
  • Dan Mason, Program Director, Afternoon talk show host, Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame
  • Jennifer Odom, Market Manager, Vice President, Nevada Broadcasters Board of Directors

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Coordinates: 39°40′41″N 119°48′06″W / 39.67806°N 119.80167°W / 39.67806; -119.80167