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City Des Moines, Iowa
Broadcast area Des Moines area
Branding ESPN Des Moines
Frequency 1350 kHz
Translator(s) 102.1 FM K271CO (Des Moines)
First air date 1925
Format Sports
Power 5,000 watts
Class B
Facility ID 58534
Transmitter coordinates 41°33′31″N 93°34′45″W / 41.55861°N 93.57917°W / 41.55861; -93.57917
Callsign meaning Des Moines Register aNd Tribune (founding owners)
Former frequencies 1320 kHz (1935-1941)
Affiliations ESPN Radio
Owner Saga Communications of Iowa, LLC
Sister stations KAZR, KPSZ, KIOA, KMYR, KSTZ

KRNT (1350 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a sports format. Serving the Des Moines, Iowa, United States, area, the station is licensed to Saga Communications of Iowa, LLC and features programming from ESPN Radio[1] along with Chicago Cubs baseball broadcasts and Drake University sports programming. The station won a Peabody Award in 1945 for outstanding reporting of news.[2] The station also broadcasts on 102.1 FM via translator K271CO, licensed to Des Moines.

Its studios are located on Locust Street in Des Moines, while its 4-tower transmitter array is located on King Avenue in Des Moines.


KSO, located at 1370 AM, moved from Clarinda, Iowa into Des Moines in 1932. On March 17, 1935, the station officially became KRNT[3] and moved to 1320 AM (KWCR moved from Cedar Rapids, Iowa that same year and adopted the KSO call sign, also effective March 17, 1935[3]). At that time, both stations were owned and operated by subsidiary corporations of the Des Moines Register-Tribune.[3] KRNT moved to the current 1350 AM frequency in 1941.

Then-owners Cowles Media started up a sister station, KRNT-FM (104.5) in 1948, but took it off the air and returned the license in 1955. In 1970, they signed on another KRNT-FM (102.5 FM).[4]

For years, KRNT carried an adult standards format, supplemented by sports programming (most notably the Chicago Cubs and Drake University athletics). In 2015, the adult standards format was moved to sister station KAZR's HD2 subchannel and translator K283CC 104.5 FM. KRNT was rebranded ESPN Des Moines as it became the market's ESPN Radio affiliate.[5]

In addition to ESPN programming, KRNT serves as the broadcast outlet for several sports teams:[6]


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