New KION 1460 logo 2014.png
Broadcast areaMonterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz
Frequency1460 kHz
BrandingPowertalk Central Coast 1460 AM and 101.1 FM
AffiliationsFox News Radio
Westwood One
Premiere Networks
Golden State Warriors
San Francisco 49ers
San Jose Sharks
First air date
Former call signs
KRUZ (CP, 1947-1949)
KLCZ (1986-1987)
KDON (1987-1990)
KZXR (1990-1991)
KHTX (1991-1992)
KRQC (1992-1995)
KHTX (1995-1997)
KDON (1997-1998)
KTXX (1998-2002)
KION (2002-2004)
KABL (2004-2006)
Technical information
Facility ID26925
Power10,000 watts
Transmitter coordinates
36°43′59″N 121°35′32″W / 36.73306°N 121.59222°W / 36.73306; -121.59222Coordinates: 36°43′59″N 121°35′32″W / 36.73306°N 121.59222°W / 36.73306; -121.59222
Translator(s)101.1 K266BD (Carmel Valley, relays KOCN-HD2)
Repeater(s)105.1 KOCN-HD2 (Pacific Grove)
WebcastListen Live

KION (1460 kHz) is an AM radio station broadcasting a news/talk format. Licensed to Salinas, California, United States, the station serves the Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz area. The station is currently owned by iHeartMedia, Inc. and features programming from Fox News Radio, Westwood One and Premiere Networks.[1][2]

KION's former logo using the AM/FM frequency from 2010 until April 2014
KION's former logo using the AM/FM frequency from 2010 until April 2014

Its studios are shared with KION-TV in Salinas,[3] and the transmitter is just northeast of the city.


Prior to 1991, the call letters had been KDON. It was a Top 40 Drake formatted station. The station was assigned the call letters KHTX on December 28, 1991. On January 10, 1992, the station changed its call sign to KRQC. In January 1995, the station reverted to KHTX. On May 1, 1997, the station became KDON, and on October 12, 1998, KTXX. In August 2002, the calls became the current KION; however, on October 19, 2004, the station changed to KABL adopting an MOR Standards format. On December 31, 2006, the station dropped the Standards format reverting to the News/Talk format and changing its call sign back to KION. In 2011, KION added an FM translator at 101.1 mHz. In 2016 the translator was relicensed to transmit the HD2 channel of KOCN Pacific Grove at 105.1 mHz. The HD2 signal is a simulcast of KION's AM signal, but it separates programming at various times to originate play-by-play sports and other originating local programming when the AM station is airing a brokered program or a live sports event.[4]


KION is the home of Armstrong & Getty, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, America Now and Coast to Coast AM. Weekend programming has various programming and time brokered paid programs including Bill Cunningham, Kim Komando and simulcasts NBC's Meet The Press. KION is the local over-the-air home of the San Francisco 49ers, San Jose State Spartans, Cal State Monterey Bay Otters, San Jose Sharks, Golden State Warriors and local high school football and basketball featuring Palma School and Salinas High School.


  1. ^ "KION Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ "KION Station Information Profile". Arbitron.
  3. ^ IHeart Media Salinas Monterey moves to KION-TV's building Retrieved 24 November 2018
  4. ^ "KION Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.