KSL (radio)

KSL (Radio)

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KSL NewsRadio is a radio programming service based in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is broadcast simultaneously on AM station KSL (1160 kHz at 50,000 watts) and FM station KSL-FM (102.7 MHz, Midvale). Both stations are part of the KSL Broadcasting Division and owned by Deseret Management Corporation, which is in turn owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). KSL's AM signal reaches most of the western US at night, as well as some areas in western Canada.

History

Originally designated with the call letters KZN, KSL began life as the radio arm of the Deseret News, a Salt Lake City newspaper also owned by the LDS Church. It is Utah's oldest radio station. The station's first broadcast came on May 6, 1922 in the form of a talk by then-LDS Church president Heber J. Grant.

In 1924, it changed its calls to KFPT, and then adopted its current call letters, with their association to Salt Lake, in 1925 after they became available (they had previously been used by an early radio station in Alaska). Earl J. Glade (later a four term mayor as Salt Lake City Mayor) joined the station in 1925 guided KSL's operations for the next fourteen years. Under Glade John F. Fitzpatrick, publisher of the The Salt Lake Tribune (owned by the Kearns Corporation) acquired a quarter interest of KSL for a modest price, its first venture into a new method of communications. This was the Tribune's first business partnership with the LDS Church which later...
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