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CityHonolulu, Hawaii
Broadcast areaHonolulu, Hawaii
Frequency1180 kHz
First air date1959
Power1,000 watts (unlimited)
Facility ID13985
Transmitter coordinates21°26′18″N 157°59′29″W / 21.43833°N 157.99139°W / 21.43833; -157.99139
Callsign meaningK (C)ORaL
Former callsignsKOHO (1959-00)
KNUG (2000)
KBNZ (2000-01)
KZEZ (2001)
KBNZ (2001-02)
KENT (2002-04)
KJPN (2004-05)
KHCN (2005-06)[1]
OwnerJames L. Primm

KORL (1180 AM) was an American radio station located in Honolulu, Hawaii. The station's broadcast license was held by James L. Primm; this was the third station in Honolulu to carry the KORL calls, whose previous homes were at 650 and 690 AM respectively.


This frequency was once home to Japanese-language broadcaster KOHO, which was at 1170 kHz, up until its sign-off in 2002, when its changed calls to KENT. In 2005, Salem bought the signal back on the air as KHCM and adopted a country music format. In 2006, it moved to the 1180 frequency, followed by a swap with KORL's owners for the 690 signal.[1]

Construction permit[edit]

On August 18, 2008, this station was granted a construction permit to relocate to 1170 kHz, downgrade to a class D station with 330 watts of daytime power and 140 watts at night, plus relocate the broadcast transmitter southeast to 21°20'10"N, 157°53'33"W, the former KRUD (now KPHI) tower site;[2] the new facilities were not built and the construction permit expired.


On September 23, 2008, KORL signed off the air to make way for the sign-on of sister station KPHI, whose 1130 frequency offers a better signal coverage on the island and whose construction permit was about to expire.[3]

On October 14, 2008, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) accepted for filing a request by KORL for special temporary authority to remain silent for technical reasons until the new transmitter site authorized by the August 2008 construction permit can be completed;[4] the station's application states that ownership expects KORL, to be silent for only a short period of time.

On September 17, 2009, Hochman-McCain announced that it had sold KORL to Centro Cristiano Vida Abundante, a religious broadcaster whose programming targets a Hispanic audience; when the station returned to the air in 2010, it broadcast a Spanish Religious format, Hawaii's first Spanish-language radio station.[5]

In June 2011, Centro Cristiano Vida Abundante, Inc., reached an agreement to sell KORL to James L. Primm for $37,000; the FCC approved the license transfer on July 6, 2011, and the transaction was consummated on August 8, 2011.[6]

The FCC cancelled KORL's license on May 5, 2015, due to the station having been silent for more than twelve months (since October 7, 2013).


  1. ^ a b "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database.
  2. ^ "Application Search Details (BP-20080626ABF)". FCC Media Bureau. August 18, 2008.
  3. ^ "KRUD AM 1130 signed on". HawaiiThreads.com. September 24, 2008.
  4. ^ "Application Search Details (BLSTA-20081014ABO)". FCC Media Bureau. October 14, 2008.
  5. ^ Engle, Erika (September 18, 2009). "Honolulu radio station to go Hispanic-Christian". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved March 3, 2010.
  6. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-20110616ACE)". FCC Media Bureau. August 8, 2011. Retrieved November 13, 2012.

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