Broadcast areaSacramento metropolitan area
Frequency1380 kHz
BrandingAM 1380 The Answer
FormatConservative talk radio
AffiliationsSalem Radio Network
Townhall News
USA Radio Network
First air date
1952 (1952)
Former call signs
KGMS (1952–1985)[1]
KSMJ (1985–1995)
KIMN (1995–1995)
KMJI (1995–1997)
Call sign meaning
Technical information
Facility ID59599
Power5,000 watts
Transmitter coordinates
38°30′29″N 121°34′46″W / 38.50806°N 121.57944°W / 38.50806; -121.57944 (day)
38°33′27″N 121°10′51″W / 38.55750°N 121.18083°W / 38.55750; -121.18083 (night)
WebcastListen Live

KTKZ (1380 AM, "The Answer") is a commercial radio station in Sacramento, California. It is one of four Sacramento-area radio stations owned by the Salem Media Group. KTKZ airs a conservative talk radio format, mostly featuring syndicated shows from the co-owned Salem Radio Network.

KTKZ operates at 5,000 watts with separate daytime and nighttime transmitter sites. A directional antenna is used at all times to avoid interfering with other stations on AM 1380.


Weekdays begin with a local talk and information show hosted by Phil Cowan. That's followed by Dennis Prager, Sebastian Gorka, Larry Elder, Jay Sekulow, Eric Metaxas, and Hugh Hewitt. Weekends feature programs on health, money, law, real estate and travel, some of which are paid brokered programming. Weekend hosts include Bruce DuMont and Rudy Maxa, as well as repeats of weekday shows. Most hours begin with news from Townhall News.


In 1952, the station signed on as KGMS.[2] It was owned by Capitol Radio Enterprises, with studios in the Hotel Senator. KGMS was originally a daytimer, powered at 1,000 watts and required to go off the air from sunset to sunrise.

In 1997, the Salem Media Group paid $1.5 million to buy the station.[3] On May 15, 2013, KTKZ was re-branded as "AM 1380 The Answer".


  1. ^ Cosper, Alex. "Earth Radio (1974–1979) When KSFM rocked Sacramento". Tangent Sunset. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  2. ^ Information from Broadcasting Yearbook 1954 page 88
  3. ^ Information from Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2010 page D-102