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Broadcast areaPortland metropolitan area
Frequency860 kHz
BrandingAM 860 The Answer
AffiliationsSalem Radio Network
First air date
Former call signs
KZTW (1991-1997, CP)
Call sign meaning
PAMplin Broadcasting
(former owner)[1]
Technical information
Facility ID29553
Power50,000 watts day
15,000 watts night
Transmitter coordinates
45°38′48″N 122°30′49″W / 45.64667°N 122.51361°W / 45.64667; -122.51361Coordinates: 45°38′48″N 122°30′49″W / 45.64667°N 122.51361°W / 45.64667; -122.51361
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KPAM (860 kHz) is an AM radio station broadcasting a news/talk format which generally favors views that are politically, culturally, and economically conservative or libertarian. Licensed to Troutdale, Oregon, United States, it serves the Portland metropolitan area. The station is owned by Salem Media Group.

KPAM broadcasts at 50,000 watts non-directional by day, the highest power permitted by the Federal Communications Commission. 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 pattern, to avoid interfering with CJBC Toronto, Ontario, the Class A station on the frequency.

The station was sold in 2018.[2][3] On April 2, 2018 KPAM rebranded as "860 The Answer".[4]


  1. ^ Nelson, Bob (June 2, 2009). "Call Letter Origins". Vol. 238. The Broadcast Archive. Archived from the original on February 18, 2016. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
  2. ^ "Salem Media Group, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2018 Total Revenue of $66.3 Million". Archived from the original on 2018-10-31.
  3. ^ "KPAM Is Alive and Well". Archived from the original on 2018-10-31.
  4. ^ Salem Shuffles Programming at Three Portland AMs Radioinsight - April 3, 2018