Broadcast areaMissoula, Montana
Frequency1290 kHz
Branding98.3 and 1240 KGVO
First air date
March 17, 1931[1]
Former frequencies
1420 kHz (1931-1932)
1200 kHz (1932-1936)
1260 kHz (1936-1941)
Call sign meaning
Key to Golden Values and Opportunities
Technical information
Facility ID71751
Power5,000 watts
Transmitter coordinates
46°49′47″N 114°04′45″W / 46.82972°N 114.07917°W / 46.82972; -114.07917
Translator(s)98.3 K252FP (Missoula)
WebcastListen Live

KGVO (1290 AM) is a radio station licensed to serve Missoula, Montana. The station is owned by Townsquare Media. It airs a news/talk format.[2]

The station was assigned the KGVO call letters by the Federal Radio Commission on March 17, 1931.[3]

On May 6, 1932, the FRC authorized KGVO to move from 1420 kHz to 1200 kHz and to change to unlimited operation rather than its previous 10 a.m.-6 p.m. schedule. At that time, KGVO had 100 watts power.[4]

KGVO has been the flagship station of Montana Grizzlies football and men's basketball for decades; it frequently brands itself as "Home of the Grizzlies."

Until 2017, KGVO simulcast on KGVO-FM at 101.5 FM, which was used to fill in the gaps when the AM station adjusted its coverage at night. However, on February 2, 2017, KGVO-FM broke off to air an alternative rock format as KAMM-FM. KGVO then began simulcasting on a low-powered translator at 98.3 FM, and Hamilton's KLYQ began simulcasting KGVO.[5]


Previous AM-only branding
Previous AM-only branding

In October 2007, a deal was reached for KGVO to be acquired by GAP Broadcasting II LLC (Samuel Weller, president) from Clear Channel Communications as part of a 57 station deal with a total reported sale price of $74.78 million.[6] What eventually became GapWest Broadcasting was folded into Townsquare Media on August 13, 2010.[7]


  1. ^ A Chronology of AM Radio 1900-1960
  2. ^ "Winter 2008 Station Information Profile". Arbitron.
  3. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database.
  4. ^ "Gets Full Time" (PDF). Broadcasting. May 15, 1932. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  5. ^ "KGVO-FM to Drop Talk Simulcast, Flip to Alternative". Radio Insight. Archived from the original on 2017-02-21.
  6. ^ "Deals". Broadcasting & Cable. 2006-06-19.
  7. ^ "Townsquare Media completes roll-up of GAP". Radio Business Report. August 13, 2010. Archived from the original on January 21, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2010.