|Broadcast area||Portland metropolitan area|
|Branding||AM 860 The Answer|
|Affiliations||Salem Radio Network|
|KDZR, KFIS, KPDQ, KPDQ-FM, KRYP|
First air date
Former call signs
|KZTW (1991-1997, CP)|
Call sign meaning
|Power||50,000 watts days|
15,000 watts nights
KPAM (860 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station broadcasting a conservative talk radio format. Licensed to Troutdale, Oregon, it serves the Portland metropolitan area. The station is owned by the Salem Media Group, with radio studios and offices on SE Lake Road in Portland. It is branded as "860 The Answer" and carries nationally syndicated Salem Radio Network hosts including Dennis Prager, Mike Gallagher, Sebastian Gorka, Hugh Hewitt and Charlie Kirk.
By day, KPAM broadcasts at 50,000 watts non-directional, the highest power permitted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). But because 860 kHz is a Canadian clear channel frequency, KPAM must reduce power to 15,000 watts at night, and use a directional antenna, to avoid interfering with CJBC Toronto, the Class A station on the frequency. The transmitter is on NE 34th Street in Vancouver, Washington.
KPAM signed on the air in 1997. It was owned by Pamplin Broadcasting, from which it gets its call sign. The station had a talk radio format from its founding. It carried world and national news updates from ABC Radio News.
In 2018, Pamplin Broadcasting sold the station to Salem Media. On April 2, 2018, KPAM rebranded as "860 The Answer". It began airing the line up of Salem Radio Network programs.