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Broadcast areaAlbuquerque Metropolitan
Frequency1310 kHz
Power5,000 watts day
8 watts night
Callsign meaningKK News Source
Former callsignsKARA 1959-1969
KXAK 1985-1987
KIVA 1987-1988
KZRQ 1988-1992
KIVA 1992-1999
KBTK 1999-2003
KKNS 2003-present
OwnerEl Camino Communications

KKNS (1310 AM) is an American radio station licensed to Corrales, New Mexico, serving the Albuquerque metropolitan area. It is owned by El Camino Communications and last aired a Spanish-language Christian Contemporary music format branded as "El Camino" (The Way). On July 23, 2015 the license for this station was cancelled by the FCC, but this license was reinstated. [1]

El Camino had purchased the station from Simmons Media Group in early 2007. It started a new Spanish Oldies format in January 2007 as "La Nortenita 1310". In June 2008 the station began a rebroadcast on FM translator K240BL on 95.9 in Albuquerque. It has also changed its format to Regional Mexican and rebranded as "La Ley" a brand previously used by KZNM 106.7 for several months in 2007. In the fall of 2011 the format was changed to Spanish Christian Contemporary as "El Camino". By fall 2012 the AM station went silent but had continued to broadcast on the 95.9 translator until June 2013 when it changed to airing programming from KIVA 1600 AM. On February 7, 2014 it was observed that 1310 AM was broadcasting in Albuquerque in Spanish.

While the call letters KARA are listed in this station's history, KARA's license expired and was deleted in the late 1960s. A new facility was built on the 1310 frequency, which became to present day KKNS.

Station history[edit]

  • KARA Adult Standards 1959-1969 (licensed to Albuquerque; station was deleted; license cancelled)[2]
  • KXAK Religious 1985-1987[3]
  • KIVA Top 40 (simulcast with 105.1 FM) 1987-1988
  • KZRQ Hard rock/Heavy metal "Z-Rock" 1988-1992 (moved to 105.1 FM)
  • KIVA Adult Standards 1992-1999
  • KBTK Talk "Citytalk" 1999-2003
  • KKNS News/Talk "News Source 1310" 2003-2005
  • KKNS Sports Talk "The Ticket" 2005-2007
  • KKNS Spanish Oldies "La Nortenita" 2007-2008
  • KKNS Regional Mexican "La Ley 95.9" 2008-2011
  • KKNS Spanish Christian Contemporary "El Camino" 2011-??


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Coordinates: 35°12′00″N 106°35′59″W / 35.20000°N 106.59972°W / 35.20000; -106.59972