Broadcast areaPhoenix metropolitan area
Frequency1360 kHz
BrandingFaithTalk 1360
FormatChristian talk and teaching
AffiliationsSRN News
USA Radio Network
First air date
1947; 77 years ago (1947)
Former call signs
KRUX (1947–1981)
KLFF (1981–1992)
KNNS (1992–1994)
KGME (1994–1999)
KFDJ (1999–1999)
KCTK (1999)
Former frequencies
1340 kHz (1947–1957)
Technical information
Facility ID55912
Power50,000 watts days
1,000 watts nights
Transmitter coordinates
33°30′28.00″N 112°13′1.00″W / 33.5077778°N 112.2169444°W / 33.5077778; -112.2169444
WebcastListen Live

KPXQ (1360 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station, airing a Christian talk and teaching radio format. It is licensed to Glendale, Arizona, and serves the Phoenix metropolitan area. It is owned by Salem Media Group with studios on East Camelback Road in Phoenix.[1]

By day, KPXQ is powered at 50,000 watts non-directional, the highest output for commercial AM stations. But to protect other stations on 1360 AM from interference, at night it reduces power to 500 watts and uses a directional antenna. The transmitter is on also on Camelback Road, but at a different location near North 73rd Avenue.[2]


KPXQ is a brokered programming station. Hosts buy time on the station and may use their shows to seek donations to their ministries.

National programs include Focus on the Family with Jim Daly, Turning Point with David Jeremiah, Through the Bible with J. Vernon McGee, Truth for Life with Alistair Begg, Grace to You with John MacArthur, Insight for Living with Chuck Swindoll, In Touch Ministries with Charles Stanley and Love Worth Finding with Adrian Rogers.

Two secular talk shows are heard, hosted by Jay Sekulow and Eric Metaxas. Updates are supplied by SRN News.


Early years

KPXQ signed on in 1947; 77 years ago (1947).[3] The original call sign was KRUX and it was owned by Gene Burke Brophy. The studios were in the historic Hotel Westward Ho.

At first, the station broadcast on 1340 kHz. KRUX moved to 1360 in 1957 after being denied a frequency change to 910 kHz ten years prior.

Top 40 era

From the late 1950s until the 1970s, KRUX was a major Top 40 station in Phoenix. During its heyday, it competed head to head with KRIZ 1230 AM for Top 40 radio dominance in Phoenix. KRUX and KRIZ went back and forth in the ratings game before both stations succumbed to the more popular FM stations by the late 1970s.

On January 20, 1967, Monkees Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith "took over" the KRUX studios (Peter Tork was ill that day), in order to promote their concert at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum the next day. Portions of this broadcast were used in the first season finale episode, "Monkees On Tour".

Program Directors during the station's heyday included Larry "Lucky Lawrence" Wright and Al McCoy, who went on to become the long-time play-by-play voice of the NBA Phoenix Suns.

Some of the station's all time ratings getters were the personalities of the 1960s, known as the "KRUX Good Guys": Lucky Lawrence, "Bobby-Poo" Bob Shannon (later heard on WCBS-FM, "Your Boy" Al McCoy, Charles L. "Kit" Carson, Norm Seeley, Dick Gray, Dennis Wilkerson, "Mighty" Ed Mitchell and Don Daro overnights. The jocks of the 1970s were John Driscoll aka the 2nd Bob Shannon, John Sebastian, Dave Trout, Chuck Browning, Harry Scarborough, Rhett Walker and Rich "Mother" Robbins.

Format changes after Top 40

For a brief period in the mid-1970s, KRUX experimented with an all-news format featuring NBC's short-lived "News and Information Service" (NIS Network). When that experiment failed, the station went back to an Adult Top 40 format, with Richard Ruiz of Downey, California, as program director. Ruiz pre-dated the switch to all-news in 1975.

With the insurgence of FM competition, it was difficult for an AM music station to compete for listeners. KRUX's owner, the Lotus Corporation, brought in several radio vets from other stations to try to help KRUX. Those radio personalities included "KC in the Morning" Kennedy from 5 AM to 10AM, Daniel (Oshe) from 10AM to 3 PM, Program Director Bobby Rivers 3PM to 7PM. They were heard on KRUX from the late seventies till January 1981. Other DJ's included Greg Mills from 7PM - midnight and Morgan Evans from midnight to 6am. Evans later moved to morning drive at Anchorage, Alaska AOR rocker KRKN. CW MCMUffin on Weekends doubled also as the engineer for over five years.

In 1981, KRUX became KLFF with the "Music of Your Life" format of adult standards. Then in 1992, KRUX tried another attempt at all-news radio, featuring the CNN Headline News audio feed. The call letters switched to KNNS. After two years, the station switched to sports radio as KGME, now at 910 AM.[citation needed] The Howard Stern Show was heard on KGME and KHOT-FM early in 1995.[4] In 1998, KGME upgraded its power from 5000 to 50,000 watts daytime, while remaining at 1,000 watts at night.

In April 1999, AM/FM Broadcasting purchased the call letters, studio, and programming of KGME, moving them to 550 kHz. In turn, co-owned KOY, which was the first radio station in Arizona and had been on 550 since 1941, moved to 1230 where it remains to this day. KGME and news/talk sister-station KFYI swapped frequencies in 2000, with sports on 910 and news/talk on 550.

Sale to Salem Media

New Planet Radio kept the 1360 transmitter, changing the call letters to KFDJ, and began simulcasting co-owned KEDJ 106.3 until the AM station was sold to Salem.

Salem purchased the station in 1999, with intentions of creating a new conservative talk station in Phoenix to pair with its Christian Talk and Teaching format at 960 AM (which was then called "Q96"). Instead, Salem moved the religious programming to 1360 AM. That allowed AM 960 to become the home for secular conservative talk.[5]

Former logo


  1. ^ "KPXQ Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
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  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1950 page 74, Broadcasting & Cable
  4. ^ Stark, Phyllis (March 18, 1995). "Vox Jox". Billboard. 107 (11): 78.
  5. ^ "KPXQ Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.