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CityAlbuquerque, New Mexico
Broadcast areaAlbuquerque, New Mexico
Branding610 AM: The Sports Animal
Frequency610 kHz
Translator(s)K240BL (95.9)
First air date1927
Power5,000 watts
Facility ID68608
Callsign meaningANiMaL
Former callsignsKGGM (1927-1973)
KRKE (1973-1986)
KZSS (1986-1999)
KSVA (1999-2000)
KHTL (4/17/2000-4/24/2000)
AffiliationsCBS Sports Radio
OwnerCumulus Media
(Radio License Holding CBC, LLC)
WebcastListen Live

KNML ("610 AM, The Sports Animal") is a sports talk formatted radio station owned by Cumulus Media and licensed to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Its studios are located in Downtown Albuquerque and it utilizes daytime and nighttime transmitters that are located within yards of each other in the southwest quadrant of the city, between the Rio Grande and the Albuquerque International Sunport.


The station has a long history of servicing local sports play by play and information. After a long affiliation with ESPN Radio, it switched to Fox Sports Radio for a time, but has since gone to CBS Sports Radio. It features some University of New Mexico sports teams coverage, mostly women's basketball, but the bulk of UNM coverage is handled by KKOB 770. It is the home of Jim Rome mid-days and Dan Patrick afternoons.

The "Opening Drive" with Jeff Siembieda, J.J. Buck and Michael Carlyle is the station's morning drive show. Buck and Carlyle come from radio backgrounds as well, with Carlyle now the assistant Program Director of both KNML and KKOB. Siembieda has a long history of anchoring local television and is also the Executive Director of The New Mexico Bowl.

David Jubb and Brandon Vogt have been the sole hosts of the afternoon-drive talk show the "Sports Bar" since August 2013, after their co-host, Erik Gee, resigned unexpectedly. The trio had been a group since 2008. Jubb ascended to primary host of the Sports Bar after being hired initially as a midday board operator in April 2008. Vogt, meanwhile, was hired as producer of afternoon drive in March 2008 before becoming a host as well.

FM broadcast[edit]

Beginning on November 30, 2017 KNML began broadcast on the FM band over translator station K240BL, licensed to Albuquerque, New Mexico broadcasting at 95.9 MHz. Its power is 250 watts horizontal polarization, and currently has a construction permit to add vertical coverage. It is owned by Carl G. Brasher. It had been silent since April 2017. Previously it had aired programming from KIVA (AM) from 2013-2017 and KKNS from 2008-2013 and aired various stations in years past.

Broadcast translators of KNML
Call sign Frequency
City of license Facility
Class FCC info
K240BL 95.9 Albuquerque, New Mexico 8824 250 horizontal D FCC


KNML was first licensed on August 17, 1927[1] to Jay Peters in Inglewood, California, with the sequentially assigned call letters of KGGM, as a portable broadcasting station that could be transported between various communities.[2]

1928 publicity photograph of KGGM as a "portable broadcast station", used each evening along the route of a coast-to-coast foot race.[3]

In early 1928, promoter C. C. Pyle organized a cross-country foot race divided into daily timed stages and run from Los Angeles to New York City.[4] H. C. Shaw hired the KGGM equipment, carried on a specially prepared school bus,[5] and used it to make broadcasts from the various race destinations. In late March the race was scheduled to end a leg in Albuquerque, and the station was set up to broadcast the runner's arrivals followed by their departures the following day.[6] However, a financial dispute led to the race bypassing the city, although the station continued to shadow the racers as they headed east. On May 10 a front page article announced that the racers and KGGM had arrived in Elyria, Ohio, where the station was used to make a broadcast featuring Congressional Representative James T. Begg.[7]

In June, it was reported that, following the conclusion of the race, KGGM had passed through Amarillo, Texas, on its way back to Los Angeles.[8] However, three days later it was announced that the station had returned to Albuquerque.[9] In May 1928, the Federal Radio Commission had announced that it planned to stop licensing portable facilities after July 1,[10] and Peters and partner Walter E. Whitmore announced plans for the station to stay in the city permanently.[11][12][13] The next year Peters transferred KGGM's license to Whitmore and the New Mexico Broadcasting Company.

In 1973 the station changed call letters to KRKE, which were changed again in 1986 to KZSS, after which the station began simulcasting KZRR-FM for nearly a decade. In 1997 KZSS began running a "personal achievement" format, which in 1999 was traded off for the 95.1 FM frequency with KSVA. Citadel then traded KHTL 920 AM for 610 AM. Citadel merged with Cumulus Media on September 16, 2011.[14]

The Sports Animal

Logo from 2000-2017

The Sports Animal format began in 1994, originally appearing on KRZY AM 1450. In 1996, after KRZY had been sold to a Spanish-language broadcaster, Citadel Broadcasting moved the Sports Animal format to 1050 AM, now using KNML as a call sign. In 2000 the Sports Animal format was moved once again to its current home at 610 AM, the second strongest AM signal in Albuquerque, which included the transfer of the KNML call letters.

KNML was the home of Don Imus until April 12, 2007. Previous program directors include: Andrew Paul (now with KXNT in Las Vegas), Dennis Glasgow and Ian Martin, who worked for the station beginning in 1999 and resigned during the week of July 15, 2008. Other station personalities included: Gary Herron (KQTM), Dom Zarella, Jeff Lukas, Blake Taylor, Bob Clark (KKOB), and Mike Powers (KRQE).


  1. ^ "Construction Permit and License Record" (first entry), FCC History Cards for KNML.
  2. ^ "New Stations", Radio Service Bulletin, August 31, 1927, page 3.
  3. ^ Anaconda (Montana) Standard, April 22, 1928, page 10-B.
  4. ^ "The Great 'Bunion Derby'" by Jack Rockett, Runners World, November 7, 2006 (
  5. ^ "Portable Radio on Graham School Bus", Anaconda (Montana) Standard, April 22, 1928, page 26.
  6. ^ "Portable Air Station Will Be Used Here", Albuquerque Journal, March 25, 1928, page 6.
  7. ^ "Service Clubs Have Perfect Field Day", Elyria (Ohio) Chronicle Telegram, May 10, 1928, page 1.
  8. ^ "Pyle Portable Radio Comes Back Through Amarillo Yesterday", Amarillo (Texas) Daily News, June 20, 1928, page 5.
  9. ^ "Radio Station Will Broadcast in Albuquerque", Albuquerque Journal, June 23, 1928, page 9.
  10. ^ "Portable stations no longer licensed" (General Order No. 30, May 10, 1928), Radio Service Bulletin, May 31, 1928, page 8.
  11. ^ "Radio Program Broadcast From the Franciscan", Albuquerque Journal, June 25, 1928, page 10.
  12. ^ "Radio Station Gets a License in Albuquerque", Albuquerque Journal, August 1, 1928, page 2.
  13. ^ "Alterations and Corrections", Radio Service Bulletin, September 29, 1928, page 10.
  14. ^ "Cumulus now owns Citadel Broadcasting". Atlanta Business Journal. September 16, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2011.

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Coordinates: 35°01′56″N 106°39′32″W / 35.03222°N 106.65889°W / 35.03222; -106.65889