KIXZ
Broadcast areaAmarillo area
Frequency940 kHz
BrandingNews Talk 940 AM
Programming
FormatNews/talk
NetworkFox News Radio
AffiliationsCompass Media Networks
Premiere Networks
Radio America
Texas State Network
Westwood One
Ownership
Owner
KATP, KMXJ-FM, KPRF, KXSS-FM
History
First air date
June 1947; 76 years ago (June 1947)
Technical information
Facility ID9308
ClassB
Power5,000 watts day
1,000 watts night
Transmitter coordinates
35°9′17″N 101°45′28″W / 35.15472°N 101.75778°W / 35.15472; -101.75778
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websitenewstalk940.com

KIXZ (940 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station in Amarillo, Texas, airing a news/talk format. It is owned by Townsquare Media, with the license held by Townsquare License, LLC.[1] The studios are on SW 34th Avenue in Amarillo.

By day, KIXZ is powered at 5,000 watts. But 940 AM is a clear channel frequency reserved for Class A stations XEQ Mexico City and CFNV Montreal. So to avoid interference, it reduces power at night to 1,000 watts. It also uses a directional antenna with a four-tower array. The transmitter is on South Whitaker Road near SE 85th Avenue in Amarillo.[2]

Programming

Weekdays mornings on KIXZ begin with a Texas-based hour of news and agriculture reports hosted by Chuck Martin. In afternoon drive time, Chad Hasty hosts a two-hour talk show shared with co-owned KFYO Lubbock. The rest of the weekday schedule is nationally syndicated shows: This Morning, America's First News with Gordon Deal, The Glenn Beck Radio Program, The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show, The Sean Hannity Show, The Mark Levin Show, The Michael Berry Show and Coast to Coast AM with George Noory.

On weekends, KIXZ has specialty shows on money, health, cars, home repair, guns, technology and the law. Weekend syndicated programs include The Kim Komando Show, The Weekend with Michael Brown, Gun Talk with Tom Gresham, The Ben Ferguson Show and Sunday Night with Bill Cunningham. Most hours begin with an update from Fox News Radio.

History

The station signed on the air in June 1947; 76 years ago (June 1947).[3] The call sign was KLYN and the power was 1,000 watts. It was owned by the Plains Empire Broadcasting Company with studios at 1014 West 7th Avenue. KLYN was an affiliate of the CBS Radio Network, carrying its dramas, comedies, news, sports, soap operas, game shows and big band broadcasts during the "Golden Age of Radio."

In the 1960s and 70s, KIXZ was a Top 40 station, playing contemporary hits for teens and 20-somethings. It competed with KPUR 1440 AM. But as contemporary music listening shifted to the FM dial in the 1990s, KIXZ switched to Adult Standards, using the "Music of Your Life" network.

KIXZ flipped to all-talk in late March 2003, during the Iraq War. The station called itself "News/Talk 940." The initial lineup included Glenn Beck, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Sean Hannity and Michael Savage.


References

  1. ^ "KIXZ Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ Radio-Locator.com/KIXZ
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1953 page 248. Retrieved November 6, 2023.