|City||Reno, Nevada, U.S.|
|Broadcast area||Central and Northern Nevada|
|Branding||News Talk 780 AM|
|Slogan||The News and Talk of Nevada|
|First air date||1971|
|Former callsigns||KROW, KCRL|
USA Radio Network (planned)
|Owner||Cumulus Media |
(Radio License Holding CBC, LLC)
|Sister stations||KBUL-FM, KNEV, KWYL|
KKOH (780 kHz, "KOH News Talk 780 AM") is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Reno, Nevada. KKOH airs a News/Talk radio format under ownership and operation of Cumulus Media. In on-the-air references, the station drops the initial "K" because its historic call letters were simply KOH. Studios and offices are on East Plumb Lane, while it broadcasts from a three-tower transmitter facility off Chickadee Drive.
KKOH airs local talk shows on weekday and Sunday mornings and afternoons. Middays and nights, KKOH carries nationally syndicated talk shows, mostly from the co-owned Westwood One. They include America in The Morning, Ben Shapiro, Mark Levin, Michael Savage and Red Eye Radio. In addition, Rush Limbaugh from Premiere Networks airs from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on weekdays and Sunday mornings and Sean Hannity airs from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on weekdays and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Weekends feature shows on home repair, gardening, money, computers and politics, including syndicated hosts Kim Komando, Ben Shapiro, Jim Bohannon, Chris Plante, Bill Cunningham and Red Eye Radio. Most hours begin with Westwood One News.
KKOH broadcasts with 50,000 watts, the maximum power permitted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for AM stations. But because 780 AM is a clear channel frequency, reserved for Class A WBBM in Chicago, KKOH must use a directional signal after sunset to avoid interfering with WBBM. A single tower is used during the day, allowing it to be heard some distance into California. It provides a strong grade B signal to Sacramento and can be heard as far as the Bay Area and Central and Southern Nevada under the right conditions. At night, power is fed to all three towers in order to protect WBBM. Even with the directional pattern, it can be heard around the Western United States at night with a good AM radio.
The Wayne Allyn Root Show from the USA Radio Network which would air from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekdays is coming soon here on KKOH from KNNR for residents living within the Western Nevada area including (Carson City, Reno, Sparks and other places) replacing The Ben Shapiro Show and The Jon Sanchez Show which replaced The Dan Mason Show (which previously replaced The Rusty Humphries Show (1998–2003) and The Bill Manders Show (2003–2011) respectively) after the show was moved to the 8:00 a.m. broadcast which was reduced to 1 hour. It will also replace the repeat show of The Ben Shapiro Show on Saturdays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. which also replaced The Larry Kudlow Show.
KKOH first signed on in 1971. For many years, 780 was KROW. Before then, it was KCRL, the former sister station of what is now Channel 4 KRNV-DT, Reno's NBC TV network affiliate. The current station dates from 1994. That year, KOH, Nevada's oldest radio station, which signed on in 1929, was bought by Citadel Broadcasting. As part of the deal, Citadel moved the KOH intellectual unit from its longtime home of 630 AM to 780 AM. For years, KOH had been forced to reduce its power from 5,000 watts to 1,000 watts at night to protect KFI in Los Angeles at nearby 640 AM. With the move to 780 AM, however, the station was able to boost its power to 50,000 watts. (Today 630 AM is KPLY, a sports radio station.)
The FCC issued a new license to Citadel, with an additional "K" in the call sign. Citadel decided to give up the historic three-letter call sign in favor of the power boost. Citadel merged with Cumulus in 2011.
- Mitchell & Mason in the Morning featuring Ross Mitchell
- Official website
- FCC History Cards for KKOH
- Query the FCC's AM station database for KKOH
- Radio-Locator Information on KKOH
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for KKOH