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KHTK
Broadcast areaSacramento metro area
Frequency1140 kHz
BrandingSactown Sports 1140
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatSports
NetworkCBS Sports Radio
Affiliations
Ownership
Owner
History
First air date
November 12, 1926 (1926-11-12) (as KGDM at 1380)
Former call signs
KGDM (1926–57)
KRAK (1957–94)
Former frequencies
1380 kHz (1927–28)
1150 kHz (1928–29)
1100 kHz (1929–41)
1130 kHz (1941–43)
Call sign meaning
Station formerly had a hot talk format
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID20352
ClassB
Power50,000 watts
Transmitter coordinates
38°23′34″N 121°11′51″W / 38.39278°N 121.19750°W / 38.39278; -121.19750
Repeater(s)96.1 KYMX-HD2 (Sacramento)
Links
Public license information
WebcastListen live
Listen live (via Audacy)
Websitewww.khtk.com

KHTK (1140 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Sacramento, California. KHTK broadcasts a sports radio format as "Sactown Sports 1140" and is an affiliate of the CBS Sports Radio network. It is owned by Salt Lake City–based Bonneville International, a profit-making subsidiary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The studios and offices are on Commerce Circle in North Sacramento, just north of the American River.[1]

KHTK is powered at 50,000 watts, the maximum for commercial AM radio stations. Because AM 1140 is a clear channel frequency reserved for Class A XEMR in Monterrey, Mexico, and WRVA in Richmond, Virginia, KHTK must broadcast with a directional antenna at all times to avoid interference, using a five-tower array. The transmitter is on Rising Road in Wilton, California.[2]

KHTK is the second Sacramento AM station, after KIID, to broadcast using the HD Radio hybrid format. The signal is audible as far north as Redding, as far south as Monterey and into the suburbs of San Francisco. It is also simulcast on the third HD subchannel of sister station KNCI.[3]

Programming lineup

Weekdays begin with "The Carmichael Dave Show with Jason Ross" in morning drive time. In middays, two CBS Sports Radio nationally syndicated shows are heard: Los Angeles-based "The Jim Rome Show" followed by "Tiki & Tierney" with Tiki Barber and Brandon Tierney. KHTK has a local afternoon drive show featuring Nick Cattles along with Ramie Makhlouf. At night and weekends, when there is no live game scheduled, KHTK carries CBS Sports Radio shows.

KHTK serves as flagship station for Sacramento Kings NBA basketball (whose team colors are the same as the station’s logos) and UC Davis Aggies football. Also heard are Oakland Athletics baseball, Las Vegas Raiders football and San Jose Sharks hockey.

History

Early years

KHTK first signed on the air on November 12, 1926.[4] It carried the call sign KGDM. The station was originally owned by Hercules Broadcasting, licensed to Stockton, California, and operating at 1130 kHz with 1,000 watts of power. Initially it was a daytimer, required to go off the air from sunset to sunrise.

The 1941 North American Regional Broadcasting Agreement required the station to move its frequency. KGDM switched to 1140 kHz with 5,000 watts, now authorized to broadcast full-time. During the mid 1950s, the station flipped to a Top 40 format. In 1960, KGDM switched to a mix of Standards and Big Band Music. By 1962, the station had changed its city of license to Sacramento, and moved to new facilities with 50,000 watts of power.

Country KRAK

KGDM flipped to a country music format in 1962, and adopted the call letters KRAK. Some of the early personalities included "Oakie Paul" Westmoreland, Walt Shaw, and Dick Bains. With country music moving more into mainstream popularity during the 1970s, KRAK became one of the Sacramento area's most popular stations. Listeners were not only exposed to artists such as Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson, but enjoyed two decades of on-air personality stability. Joey Mitchell hosted the morning show, and was named "Sacramento Radio Personality of the Year" several times. Rick Stewart hosted middays, Big Jim Hall hosted afternoon drive, Hal Murray hosted nights, and Fred Hoffman hosted "Captain Fred's All-Night Truckin' Show. All had Top 40 backgrounds which led to a tighter, more upbeat format.

KRAK continued to broadcast into the 1990s, long after other music stations had switched to the FM band. KRAK-FM would eventually move ahead in the ratings, later becoming KNCI through changes after a purchase by CBS Radio and frequency switching.

Talk and Sports

On February 28, 1994, KRAK became KHTK, a Hot Talk station, as "Hot Talk 1140."[5] After a couple of years in the talk format, it flipped to its current all-sports format.[6] The call letters "KRAK" would make a brief return in the Sacramento media market as a classic country station at AM 1470 before that station was sold to Radio Disney and is today KIID, airing programming in Punjabi. Most recently, the KRAK call letters were assigned to the now-KMPS in Victor Valley, California, also owned by CBS and airing the CBS Sports Radio Network.[7]

KHTK was originally branded as "Sports 1140" before adopting "The Fan" branding in November 2011. On January 1, 2013, KHTK began to identify itself as "CBS Sports 1140." On July 1, 2013, six months after identifying as "CBS Sports 1140," KHTK switched its branding back to "KHTK Sports 1140", then to "Sports 1140 KHTK". One of KHTK's initial sports hosts was Pro Football Hall of Famer Jack Youngblood, who co-hosted with Mike Remy, the station's former program director.

Ownership changes

On July 31, 2008, the CBS Corporation announced that KHTK and its five sister stations in Sacramento were being put up for sale as part of the planned divestiture of radio stations outside the top-15 U.S. radio markets. KHTK would remain part of the CBS Radio family for nearly a decade.

On February 2, 2017, CBS Radio announced it would merge with Entercom which locally owned KKDO, KUDL, KSEG, KRXQ, and KIFM. The company formerly owned KDND until it shut the station down and turned in its license to the Federal Communications Commission two days later.[8] On October 10, CBS Radio announced that as part of the process of obtaining regulatory approval of the merger, KHTK would be one of sixteen stations that would be divested by Entercom, along with sister stations KYMX, KZZO, and KNCI; KSFM would be retained by Entercom.[9]

On November 1, Entercom announced that Bonneville International would begin operating KHTK, KYMX, KZZO and KNCI via a local marketing agreement (LMA) when the merger of CBS and Entercom closed on November 17, while their licenses were placed into a divestiture trust pending a sale to a different owner within 180 days.[10][11][12] On August 3, 2018, Bonneville announced it would buy the stations outright in a $141 million deal.[13] The sale was completed on September 21, 2018.[14]

Controversy

Former KHTK afternoon host and Kings play-by-play announcer Grant Napear was a staple of the station's programming from 1997 until 2020. In June 2020, Bonneville fired Napear for insensitive remarks towards former Kings player DeMarcus Cousins in a series of Twitter feeds regarding the Black Lives Matter movement.[15]

Sactown Sports

On June 20, 2022, KHTK rebranded as "Sactown Sports 1140".[16]

References

  1. ^ PublicFiles.fcc.gov/KHTK
  2. ^ Radio-Locator.com/KHTK
  3. ^ https://hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?id=1 HD Radio Guide for Sacramento
  4. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1977 pg. C-25
  5. ^ Source: Sacramento Radio History in the 1990s from PlaylistResearch.com
  6. ^ "Doing the country shuffle; KRAK, KNCI, New Country are likely to get new names", The Sacramento Bee, January 15, 1994.
  7. ^ "History of the Airwaves: Sacramento Radio Voices".
  8. ^ CBS Radio to Merge with Entercom
  9. ^ Venta, Lance (October 10, 2017). "Entercom Narrows Down 16 Stations To Be Divested To Complete CBS Radio Merger". RadioInsight. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  10. ^ Entercom LMAs Sacramento & San Francisco Stations to Bonneville
  11. ^ "Entercom Receives FCC Approval for Merger with CBS Radio". Entercom. November 9, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  12. ^ Venta, Lance (November 17, 2017). "Entercom Completes CBS Radio Merger". Radio Insight. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  13. ^ Venta, Lance (August 3, 2018). "Bonneville Turns San Francisco and Sacramento LMAs Into Purchase". RadioInsight. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  14. ^ "Consummation Notice". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. September 24, 2018. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  15. ^ "KHTK Sacramento Fires Grant Napear After Anti-BLM Tweet" from Radio Insight (June 2, 2020)
  16. ^ KHTK Rebrands as Sactown Sports Radioinsight - June 21, 2022