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CityLos Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico
Broadcast areaAlbuquerque metropolitan area
BrandingKTBL-AM 1050
Slogan"Talk, Business, Life."
Frequency1050 kHz
First air date1989
Power1,000 watts
Callsign meaningK Talk Business Life
Former callsignsKMBA (1989-1993)
KJBO (1993-1995)
KHFN (1995-1996)
KNML (1996-2000)
KHTL (2000-2001)
AffiliationsWestwood One Network, Westwood One News
OwnerCumulus Media
(Radio License Holding CBC, LLC)
WebcastListen Live

KTBL (1050 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station licensed to the village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico, and serves the Albuquerque metropolitan area. It is owned by Cumulus Media and is the sister station of 770 KKOB (AM). Its studios are located in Downtown Albuquerque and the transmitter tower is located in South Valley, New Mexico. KTBL operates with 1000 watts. The call letters stand for the station's slogan, "Talk, Business, Life."


The station has a talk format that is mainly from a conservative viewpoint. KTBL principally airs nationally syndicated shows from Westwood One, a subsidiary of parent company Cumulus Media. Weekdays start with Don Imus (6 to 10 a.m.), Colin Cowherd (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.), Phil Valentine (1 to 4 p.m.), Michael Savage (4 to 7 p.m.), John Batchelor (7 to 11 p.m.) and Red Eye Radio overnight. Weekends feature paid Brokered programming and syndicated shows from Lawrence Kudlow and Monica Crowley, as well as repeats from weekday shows airing on both KTBL and KKOB. KTBL airs national news updates from Westwood One News throughout the day.


This station signed on in 1989 as KMBA with a business talk format. In 1993, it became KJBO with an oldies music format owned by Bobby Box called "Juke Box Oldies". In 1995, it was sold to the owners of classical music station KHFM and became KHFN with a news and information format. In March 1996, both KHFM (then on 96.3 FM) and KHFN were sold to Citadel Broadcasting for $5.75 million.[1] In October of that year, the call letters on 1050 were switched to KNML, and the station moved to a sports radio format branded as "The Sports Animal", which was moved from KRZY (AM) 1450 after Citadel had divested the station to a Spanish language broadcaster. In 2000, Citadel had acquired the stronger 610 AM signal for $5.4 million while swapping 920 AM to Life Talk Broadcasting,[2] and in April, had moved KNML to that signal. 1050 picked up the KHTL call sign from 920 AM. KHTL previously aired a "hot talk" format on 920, but on 1050, it aired a business talk format. In February 2001, 1050 had picked up the call sign KTBL from 103.3 FM. KTBL had previously been a traditional country music format branded as "K-Bull". On 1050, it had aired a classic country music format with the "K-Bull" brand after 103.3 changed to an adult alternative format at that time. In Spring 2002, KTBL changed to the current talk radio format. Citadel had merged with Cumulus Media on September 16, 2011.


  1. ^ "March 1996: The New Normal - RadioInsight". radioinsight.com. 30 March 2016.
  2. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/2000s/2000/RR-2000-01-07.pdf Page 8

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Coordinates: 34°58′46″N 106°44′13″W / 34.97944°N 106.73694°W / 34.97944; -106.73694