Broadcast areaSeattle metropolitan area
Frequency1680 kHz
BrandingLa Patrona 1680 AM
FormatRegional Mexican
First air date
1998 (as KAZJ)
Former call signs
KAZJ (1998-2001)
KTFH (2001-2006)
KDOW (2006-2008)
Technical information
Facility ID87153
Power10,000 watts (day)
1,000 watts (night)
WebcastListen Live

KNTS (La Patrona 1680 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Spanish language Regional Mexican format. Licensed to Seattle, Washington, it serves the Seattle metropolitan area. The station is currently owned by Salem Media Group.


KNTS plays regional Mexican music, cumbia, and Latino favorites like La Adictiva, Banda MS, Christian Nodal, La Trakalosa de Monterrey, Gerardo Ortiz, La Arrollandora Banda el Limón, Banda El Recodo, and Los Tucanes de Tijuana. The station also addresses issues affecting Latino residents in the Puget Sound, such as Immigration to the United States news, health related stories and physical fitness, depression, obesity and more; and news affecting the whole country, like COVID19 and unemployment.

Featured personalities include "Don Cheto al Aire" (Monday-Saturday, 5-10 a.m.), Jenny "La Diva" (Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), "El Free-Guey Show con la Bronca" (Monday-Friday, 3-7 p.m.), and "El Pájaro" Ricardo Guerrero (Monday-Friday, 7 p.m.-midnight).


KNTS originated as the expanded band "twin" of an existing station on the standard AM band. On March 17, 1997 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that eighty-eight stations had been given permission to move to newly available "Expanded Band" transmitting frequencies, ranging from 1610 to 1700 kHz, with KLFE in Seattle authorized to move from 1590 to 1680 kHz.[1]

A construction permit for the expanded band station was assigned the call letters KAZJ on January 9, 1998.[2] The FCC's initial policy was that both the original station and its expanded band counterpart could operate simultaneously for up to five years, after which owners would have to turn in one of the two licenses, depending on whether they preferred the new assignment or elected to remain on the original frequency.[1] However, this deadline has been extended multiple times, and both stations have remained authorized. One restriction is that the FCC has generally required paired original and expanded band stations to remain under common ownership.[3][4]

The station call letters were changed to KTFH on July 22, 2001, to KDOW on June 16, 2006, and to KNTS on July 1, 2008.

In February 2021, KNTS flipped to regional Mexican as "La Patrona 1680".[5]


  1. ^ a b "FCC Public Notice: Mass Media Bureau Announces Revised AM Expanded Band Allotment Plan and Filing Window for Eligible Stations" (FCC DA 97-537), March 17, 1997. This notice lists the station under its earlier call letters of KZOK.
  2. ^ FCC Call Sign History (1680 AM) (Facility ID: 87153)
  3. ^ "In re: WHLY(AM), South Bend, Indiana" (FCC DA 13-600, released April 3, 2013)
  4. ^ "FCC Rejects Clear Channel-Withers Deal For WDDD-A", September 1, 2010 (
  5. ^ Salem Launches 'La Patrona' in Seattle

Coordinates: 47°39′20″N 122°31′05″W / 47.65556°N 122.51806°W / 47.65556; -122.51806