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Broadcast areaHonolulu, Hawaii
Frequency690 kHz
BrandingAM 690 The Answer
First air date
May 14, 1947 (1947-05-14)[1]
Former call signs
KULA (1947–1967)
KKUA (1967–1987)
KQMQ (1987–2002)
KORL (2002–2006)
KHCM (2006–2007)
Call sign meaning
Hawaii's News Radio
Technical information
Facility ID16742
Power10,000 watts unlimited
Translator(s)K232FL (94.3 FM)
WebcastListen Live
WebsiteKHNR's homepage

KHNR is a News/Talk radio station serving Honolulu, Hawaii. The Salem Communications outlet broadcasts at 690 kHz with a power level of 10,000 watts. Its studios are in Honolulu's Kalihi district, and its transmitter is in the Kakaako neighborhood.


KHNR's history at 690 AM can be traced back to its early days as the original home of Top 40 KKUA during the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s. They later moved their Top 40 format to KQMQ-FM and switched to Adult Contemporary, only to have both stations simulcast the Top 40 from 1987 until October 13, 1999, when the AM became the Hawaii affiliate for Radio Disney, picking up the call letters of former Top 40 rival KORL on April 26, 2002. In 2005 Visionary Related Entertainment sold KORL, who then flipped it to a Japanese format on January 1, 2004. In 2006 Salem and KORL's owners swapped signals, and in the process moved the KHCM calls and Country format over to the 690 from the 1180 frequency, which in turn became the new home for KORL.

In 2004, Salem acquired Rock station KPOI-FM and dropped the format, giving Hawaii its first FM News/Talk station. KAIM/870 became its simulcast after the switch was made. On September 3, 2007 KHCM switched to both 870 AM and 97.5 FM, keeping its country music format and taking the KHCM calls for both stations. The News/Talk format and KHNR call letters moved to 690 AM. KPOI today is now owned by Visionary Related Entertainment and continues to stream classic rock.


  1. ^ "Radio Station KULA Goes On Air Tonight With Elaborate Program". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. May 14, 1947. p. 5. Retrieved July 10, 2020.

Coordinates: 21°17′41″N 157°51′49″W / 21.29472°N 157.86361°W / 21.29472; -157.86361