KOVO

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KOVO
KOVO ESPN logo.jpeg
City Provo, Utah
Broadcast area Provo/Salt Lake City
Branding ESPN 960 Sports
Slogan Utah County's Sports Station
Frequency 960 kHz
Translator(s) K233DI 94.5 FM (Provo)
First air date 1939
Format Sports
Power 5,000 watts day
1,000 watts night
Class B
Facility ID 65665
Transmitter coordinates 40°12′44″N 111°40′13″W / 40.21222°N 111.67028°W / 40.21222; -111.67028[1]
Callsign meaning K PrOVO
Former callsigns KOVO
KLZX
KFMY
KZOL
Affiliations ESPN Radio, UVU MBB, BYU Baseball, BYU women's soccer
Owner Dell Loy Hansen
(Broadway Media LS, LLC)
Sister stations KALL
Webcast Listen Live ESPN 960 Stream
Website ESPN 960

KOVO (960 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a sports format. Licensed to Provo, Utah, United States, the station serves the Provo/Salt Lake City area, the station is currently owned by Dell Loy Hansen, through licensee Broadway Media LS, LLC.[1] It is an affiliate for ESPN Radio, which is also the affiliate of sister station KALL, the station is also broadcasting on FM translator K233DI 94.5 FM licensed to Provo.

History[edit]

The station went on the air as KOVO in 1939; in April 1948 it increased its power from 250 W to 1 KW.[2]

Radio pioneer Arch L. Madsen, who would later achieve worldwide stature as Bonneville International Corporation's visionary leader, was KOVO's first station manager. Madsen, who previously built KSUB in Cedar City, Utah, also helped form the Inter-mountain Network which joined KOVO with KALL, KLO, and KOAL.[citation needed] In 1989 Steven Grow and his brother David purchased the old KOVO radio station with hopes of real estate development, they were anxious to develop the property for the next 6–7 years and to discontinue the use of the property by a radio station. Anticipating the sale of the property, they began to arrange with the management of KOVO to remove its towers. When the property did not sell, the radio station continued to lease the property. When flooding occurred in 1983 and a dike was built, the city was careful to include all 33 acres (130,000 m2) of the property in the area protected by the dike, which seemed to indicate the intent to use the property for something other than farming and grazing.[citation needed]

In subsequent years, housing was built to the north of the station, but the property never sold, the Marriott family through First Media Corporation owned this and a number of other major market stations during the 1980s. The FM call letters were KAYK when First Media acquired the stations in Provo. First Media divested all their radio properties in the late 1980s to Cook Inlet Region Corporation of Alaska, on 1986-05-12 the station changed its call sign to KFMY which was maintained itself as "Family Radio" (There was no station promotion using this phrase during this time. Station staff always wondered what KFMY meant.) for the next six years. The FM station was known as K-96 and was a CHR format, the 960 AM station was known as KDOT and played an adult standards format. The FM later became KZOL a satellite automated oldies station as Cook Inlet shopped the station for sale, the FM station still owned by the Cook Inlet (not the Grow Brothers) as well as the 960 AM station, were sold to James Facer a former KJQ account executive, and promoter Jim McNeil. The station briefly simulcasted KXRK (X-96) then at 96.1 FM, then briefly "S.U.N. Student Underground Network", a format aimed at Utah Valley's college students, the station later changed frequencies to 96.3 and moved to Farnsworth Peak near Salt Lake City.[citation needed]

Facer and McNeil sold both stations to Simmons Media in the mid-1990s for approximately $9 Million. While with Simmons media KOVO would simulcast KZNS from Salt Lake City, outside of Cougar Sports 960, BYU Baseball, and Utah Valley men's basketball.

KOVO and KBLQ (KBLQ never broadcast BYU Sports) acquired the rights for BYU Cougars baseball in 2009 and air the conference BYU Baseball games, as well as select other games.

On October 24, 2014, the sale of KOVO by Simmons Media to Dell Loy Hansen's Broadway Media LS, LLC was consummated at a price of $200,000, at that time BYU baseball games would cease on KBLQ and moved solely to KOVO. The station also moved their affiliation from NBC Sports Radio to ESPN Radio.

On May 21, 2015 KOVO expanded their sports content by acquiring BYU Cougars women's soccer games produced by IMG.[3]

KOVO's headquarters are located at 50 West Broadway Suite #200 in Salt Lake City, UT.

Programming[edit]

KOVO airs ESPN Radio 24/7 with a few exceptions. Cougar Sports with Ben Criddle every weekday during the afternoon drive. Criddle has rotating co-hosts consisting of former BYU athletes and BYU insiders join him and Mitch Harper daily to discuss the latest news surrounding Cougar Sports. BYU Women's Soccer (Aug-Nov), Utah Valley men's basketball (Nov-Mar), and BYU Baseball (Feb-May) air regularly on the station and preempt ESPN Radio regular program during select days.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "KOVO Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  2. ^ "KOVO to 1 kw" (PDF). Broadcasting. April 12, 1948. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "ESPN 960 to Carry BYU Women's Soccer Matches: The Voice of the Cougars, Greg Wrubell, to call the matches on ESPN 960". KOVO. Retrieved May 21, 2015. 

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