KZNT
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Broadcast areaColorado Springs metropolitan area
Frequency1460 kHz
Branding1460 The Answer
Programming
FormatNews/Talk
AffiliationsSalem Radio Networks
Ownership
Owner
KBIQ, KGFT
History
First air date
December 21, 1956 (as KAFA)
Former call signs
KAFA (1956–1958)
KYSN (1958–1983)
KKHT (1983-1985)
KKCS (1985-1989, 1990-2003)
KWES (1989-1990)
Call sign meaning
K Z News/Talk
Technical information
Facility ID70825
ClassB
Power5,000 watts day
540 watts night
Translator(s)101.1 K266CK (Colorado Springs)
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websiteam1460theanswer.com

KZNT is a News-Talk AM radio station owned by Salem Communications broadcasting in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In addition to broadcasting nationally syndicated talk shows, it has two locally produced shows: the Mike Boyle Restaurant Show and Springs Radio Real Estate.

History

1460 AM in Colorado Springs signed on December 21, 1956, as KAFA.[1] The call letters changed to KYSN ("Kissin") on July 1, 1958, when the station was acquired by the General Broadcasting Corporation.

Despite having a restrictive directional signal and never more than 1,000 watts of power the station dominated radio listening in the Pikes Peak region into the mid-1970s as the market's AM Top 40 station.. A combination of the limited signal and inconsistent programming made KYSN vulnerable to the many FM signals booming off of Cheyenne Mountain. They declined throughout the late 1970s. In 1983 the station changed to an oldies format and changed its calls to KKHT (AM 1460 KHT).

In 1985, 1460 flipped to a simulcast of its then sister station KKCS-FM (Country) and adopted the same call letters for the AM band.

KKCS deviated away from the simulcast several times, adopting a Classic County format and later a News/Talk format. In 2003, Salem Communications purchased AM 1460, adopting a News/Talk format with the call letters KZNT.

On January 5, 2015, KZNT rebranded as "1460 The Answer".[2]

Trivia

The Classic Country Format Brand of KKCS had been revived in Colorado Springs in 2008 on KCSF AM 1300, currently owned by Citadel Broadcasting. The station switched to a sports format on November 5, 2009.

References

  1. ^ "Carson to Head KAFA" (PDF). Broadcasting. January 21, 1957. p. 98. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  2. ^ Salem Rebrands Talkers as The Answer

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Coordinates: 38°49′34″N 104°44′29″W / 38.82611°N 104.74139°W / 38.82611; -104.74139