KNRS-FM
KNRS FM AM logo 1059 570.png
Broadcast areaSalt Lake City metropolitan area
Frequency105.9 MHz (HD Radio)
BrandingTalk Radio 105.9 FM/570 AM KNRS
Programming
FormatFM/HD1: Talk
HD2: "Soft Rock" (Mainstream AC)
AffiliationsFox News Radio
Premiere Networks
Compass Media Networks
Ownership
Owner
KAAZ-FM, KJMY, KNRS-AM, KODJ, KZHT
History
First air date
December 24, 1979 (as KCGL at 105.5)
Former call signs
KCGL (1979-1990)
KBCK (1990-1992)
KUMT (1992-1999)
KCPX (1999-2004)
KXRV (2004-2008)
KTMY (2008-2009)
Former frequencies
105.5 MHz (1979-1992)
105.7 MHz (1992-2015)
Call sign meaning
derived from its sister AM radio station
Technical information
Facility ID69555
ClassC
ERP25,000 watts
HAAT1,140 meters (3,740 ft)
Repeater(s)570 KNRS (Salt Lake City)
Links
WebcastListen Live
Listen Live (HD2)
Websiteknrs.iheart.com

KNRS-FM (105.9 MHz) is a commercial radio station, owned by iHeartMedia, Inc. KNRS-FM is licensed to Centerville, Utah, broadcasting to Salt Lake City and its suburbs. KNRS-FM began airing a talk radio format in early August 2009.[1] The station's studios are located in West Valley City. The station's transmitter is on a tower located on Farnsworth Peak, 18 miles (29 km) southwest of Salt Lake City,[2] in the Oquirrh Mountains.

KNRS-FM carries the same call letters and programming heard on its sister station 570 AM KNRS, where the call letters originated. KNRS-AM-FM identify the stations as "Talk Radio 105.9."

History

On December 24, 1979, the station originally signed on as KCGL at 105.5 FM.[3] It was powered at only 500 watts and offered easy listening music for the northern suburbs of Salt Lake City. In 1990 the station switched to country music as KBCK (K-Buck), carrying Buck Owens' "Real Country" Network.

In 1992, the station got a major power boost and increase in antenna height while moving to 105.7 MHz, now covering much of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area. The call sign changed to KUMT, as "105.7 The Mountain," airing an adult album alternative (AAA) format. From November 2001 until November 2005, the station's call letters were KCPX identifying itself as "Channel 105.7" and airing a Top 40 format.[4] (KCPX had been the call letters for one of Salt Lake City's legendary Top 40 stations, at 1320 AM and 98.7 FM.) From November 2005 until November 1, 2007, the station returned to an album adult alternative format as KXRV, branded as "105.7 The River, Quality Music from Then and Now."

Beginning on November 1, 2007, KXRV returned to a country format, branded "My Country 105.7," featuring voice mail messages from listeners, with no live DJs. Pre-recorded tags were heard after each song noting the title and artist. The call letters were changed to KTMY on January 17, 2008, to reflect the new format. In January 2009, the station flipped to Spanish-language adult contemporary music as "La Preciosa 105.7."

In August 2009, KTMY switched to KNRS-FM, and began carrying its current talk radio format.[2] On October 8, 2015, at 5 p.m., KNRS-FM moved up the dial from 105.7 FM to 105.9 FM, rebranding as "Talk Radio 105.9".

Programming

The station features predominantly conservative syndicated national talk show hosts, including The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Dave Ramsey, Clyde Lewis, Coast to Coast AM with George Noory and This Morning, America's First News with Gordon Deal. One local program is heard weekdays, hosted by Rod Arquette,[5] during afternoon drive time. On Saturdays, KNRS originates the regionally syndicated weekend "Travel Show" hosted by Don Shafer and Larry Gelwix. Other weekend shows deal with money, health, computers and guns. Syndicated weekend hosts include Kim Komando and Bill Cunningham, as well as repeats of weekday shows. Some hours on weekends are paid brokered programming.

KNRS-AM-FM have a full news department, with local news every thirty minutes on weekdays. In addition, the station is a network affiliate of NBC News Radio for national news coverage. KNRS gets some of its local news and weather coverage from KUTV 2 News. KNRS-AM-FM air live traffic reports on weekdays from 5:00AM until 10:00PM and on Saturdays from 10:00AM until 6:00PM. Traffic reports are provided by iHeart Radio's Total Traffic Network, based at the Utah Department of Transportation in Salt Lake City.

KNRS-AM-FM's sister stations include KAAZ-FM, KJMY, KODJ, KWDZ, and KZHT.

All KNRS-AM-FM programming is streamed live on the station's website. In addition, all of the station's local shows (both weekday and weekend) and select national shows are available by way of a podcast.

KNRS-FM HD2

KNRS-FM also broadcasts on HD Radio. Their secondary subchannel (HD2) currently runs a Mainstream AC format branded as "Soft Rock" from iHeartMedia's Premium Choice networks.

References

  1. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Summer 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-02.
  2. ^ a b "KNRS-FM Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved 2009-09-02.
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1980 page C-238
  4. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/2000s/2001/RR-2001-11-09.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  5. ^ "Rod Arquette - Talk Radio 105.9 - KNRS".