KGTK (920 AM, "MegaTalk 920") is a radio station licensed to serve Olympia, Washington, United States. The station is owned by KITZ Radio, Inc., consisting of the gun rights group Second Amendment Foundation and its affiliate Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms,[2] and broadcasts a business/talk radio format.[3]

KGTK
Frequency920 kHz
BrandingMegaTalk 920
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatBusiness/Talk
Ownership
Owner
History
First air date
October 1956 (1956-10)
Former call signs
  • KITN (1957-1982)
  • KQEU (1982-1993)
  • KCPL (1993-1996)
  • KGHO (1996-1999)
  • KAYO (4/99-12/99)
  • KGHO (1999-2004)
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Technical information
Facility ID47567
ClassD
Power3,000 watts (day)
7 watts (night)
Transmitter coordinates
47°03′44″N 122°49′49″W / 47.06222°N 122.83028°W / 47.06222; -122.83028
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websitekgtk.com

HistoryEdit

KITNEdit

 
The Capitol Center Building housed KITN from 1967 to 1975

Donald F. Whitman filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on April 11, 1955, to build a new daytime-only radio station in Olympia. He originally sought 800 kHz before amending his application to specify the frequency of 1440 kHz. The construction permit was granted on January 25, 1956,[4] and the station began broadcasting that October as KITN.[4] Until 1961, Harold C. Singleton, an engineer from Portland, Oregon, owned stakes in KITN and KITI, another station owned by Whitman in Centralia/Chehalis.[5] KITN upgraded from 500 watts on 1440 kHz to 1,000 watts on 920 kHz, still a daytime-only station, in 1959. The original KITN studios were at 610 Columbia Street; in 1967, the station relocated to the Capitol Center Building.[4]

In 1975, KITN moved its studios from the Capitol Center Building to Lacey. The move was necessitated by plans, which were quickly dropped, to reuse the building as a county courthouse; despite the changes, Thurston County taxpayers still paid more than $17,000 in moving expenses.[6] A change in FCC policy emphasizing coverage of a number of stations for cities of a given size enabled KITN to go from a daytime-only to a full-time station in 1977, with a second tower erected to create a directional pattern protecting a station in Spokane.[7]

National Communications ownershipEdit

In August 1981, after a quarter-century, Whitman sold KITN to Space Center, Inc., through its affiliate National Communications.[8] The new owners took over that October, and on January 18, the KITN call letters departed Olympia. A day of silence preceded the relaunch of what was billed as a "new" station, KQEU "KQ-92"; KITN's easy listening music made way for a more upbeat adult contemporary format.[9] The revamped KQEU gave KGY, which had been on the air since 1922, credible competition with a "big city" sound.[10] AM stereo broadcasts were added in 1985.[11]

The "KQ-92" moniker stayed until 1992, when the station rebranded as "The Capital" and beefed up its local and national news programming;[12] the call sign was changed the next year to KCPL. However, a lawsuit lost by National forced the station to dismantle one of its two towers, causing its power to be reduced from 5,000 to 500 watts during the day and just 8.5 watts at night. The power reduction limited the station's broadcast range significantly, which became a liability when National's corporate parent, the SpaceCom Group, went on the market in 1993 with all six of its radio stations.[13] With no buyers, National took the station silent on August 31, 1995.[14]

Spencer Broadcasting and Second Amendment Foundation ownershipEdit

Despite closing KCPL for lack of a buyer, National found one months later. In January 1996, it reached an agreement to sell the silent KCPL to Spencer Broadcasting for just $35,000.[15] It returned to the air later that year with an oldies format and the call sign KGHO. Both were ditched for several months in April 1999 when the station was leased by KAYO-FM 99.3, a country music station in Aberdeen, and began simulcasting it.[16]

The Second Amendment Foundation, headed by Alan Gottlieb and owner of KITZ in Silverdale, acquired KGHO in 2004 from Spencer and changed the format to talk radio as KGTK, with some programs being shared with KITZ.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. Archived from the original on 2022-04-12. Retrieved 2012-12-26.
  2. ^ "KGTK Ownership Report, 2011". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Archived from the original on 2017-11-17. Retrieved 2017-11-17.
  3. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Archived from the original on 2006-03-19. Retrieved 2009-04-10.
  4. ^ a b c FCC History Cards for KGTK
  5. ^ "Business Bits". The Olympian. Olympia, Washington. July 2, 1961. p. 2. Archived from the original on April 12, 2022. Retrieved April 12, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ Oakland, Mike (July 15, 1975). "County Ponies Up For KITN Moving Expenses". The Olympian. Olympia, Washington. p. A7. Archived from the original on April 12, 2022. Retrieved April 12, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "KITN Going Full Time". The Olympian. Olympia, Washington. February 13, 1977. p. A10. Archived from the original on April 12, 2022. Retrieved April 12, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "KITN Radio Being Sold". The Olympian. Olympia, Washington. August 11, 1981. p. B1. Archived from the original on April 12, 2022. Retrieved April 12, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ Painter, Virginia (January 18, 1982). "KITN Goes Silent... KQEU On Its Way". The Olympian. Olympia, Washington. p. B2. Archived from the original on April 12, 2022. Retrieved April 12, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ Hendrick, Dave (March 18, 1984). "Lend me your ears: Local radio suddenly is competitive". The Olympian. Olympia, Washington. p. A1. Archived from the original on April 12, 2022. Retrieved April 12, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ "Port finance chief featured at club meeting". The Olympian. Olympia, Washington. April 14, 1985. p. 4E. Archived from the original on April 12, 2022. Retrieved April 12, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ "KQEU to beef up local news effort". The Olympian. Olympia, Washington. February 28, 1992. p. B8. Retrieved April 12, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ "DC Report" (PDF). Radio & Records. July 2, 1993. p. 4. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2022-03-05. Retrieved 2022-04-12.
  14. ^ Smith, Jeff (August 30, 1995). "Midnight Thursday will bring silence to The Capitol". The Olympian. Olympia, Washington. p. B5. Archived from the original on April 12, 2022. Retrieved April 12, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  15. ^ "Transactions" (PDF). Radio & Records. February 1, 1996. p. 10. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2022-03-05. Retrieved 2022-04-12.
  16. ^ "New format". The Olympian. Olympia, Washington. April 1, 1999. p. 12. Archived from the original on April 12, 2022. Retrieved April 12, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  17. ^ "KGHO accepts buyout from Seattle radio station". The Olympian. Olympia, Washington. January 16, 2004. p. A10. Archived from the original on April 12, 2022. Retrieved April 12, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.

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