|Broadcast area||Salt Lake City metropolitan area|
|Owner||El Sembrador Ministries|
First air date
|Power||25,000 watts daytime|
5,000 watts nighttime
Public license information
KLO (1430 kHz) is a non-commercial AM radio station licensed to Ogden, Utah, and serving the Salt Lake City metropolitan area. The station is owned by El Sembrador Ministries and carries its ESNE Radio Catholic radio network.
KLO operates at 25,000 watts by day and 5,000 watts at night, using a four-tower array directional antenna. KLO's transmitter is near the Great Salt Lake in Layton, Utah. All four of KLO's towers are different heights, which is unusual.
KLO signed on as KLO in 1925, making it Utah's third oldest radio station. As late as 1935, it was the only radio station on the air in Utah outside of Salt Lake City, which had two stations: KSL and KDYL. KLO was the flagship station of the Interstate Broadcasting Corporation, later the Intermountain Network.
During the 1960s and 70s, KLO was a Top 40 station. In 1979, the station's ownership changed to KLO Broadcasting, Inc., switching the station to full service adult contemporary music in the 1980s and 90s.
In 2001, KLO flipped to a conservative talk format and picked up Weber State University sports. Many of its talk shows came from the Salem Radio Network. In the 2010s, the station got a construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to change its transmitter location and increase its daytime power to 25,000 watts.
In 2012, Capital Broadcasting purchased KJQN Coalville from the Simmons Media Group and began to simulcast KLO's programming on 103.1 FM. The purchase was approved by the FCC in July and KJQN promptly changed its call letters to KLO-FM. Two other Salt Lake City-area talk stations also have FM simulcasts, 1160 KSL and 570 KNRS, so KLO management felt it should do the same to stay competitive. The simulcast lasted two years.
In 2014, 103.1 FM switched to adult contemporary music and today is KSQN, airing a classic alternative rock format; KLO's programming was once again available only on the AM dial. On December 11, 2018, KLO switched from talk to Westwood One's soft oldies and adult standards music format. The service is called "America's Best Music," but KLO branded itself as "Unforgettable 1430." Most hours began with CBS Radio News.
Sale to El Sembrador
On July 15, 2020, KLO was sold to El Sembrador Ministries for $260,000. El Sembrador will file a FCC Form 302-AM application to change the status of the station from commercial to non-commercial. The historic three-letter KLO call letters are excluded from the sale and will likely be assigned to one of Capital Broadcasting's FM stations in the future.Capital Broadcasting recently submitted an application to the FCC to change the call letters for KSQN 103.1 to KLO-FM.
On August 31, 2020, it was announced that KSQN 103.1 FM (The Wave) will be the new radio home for Weber State football and men's basketball games. Veteran Weber State announcer Steve Klauke will continue as the voice of the Wildcats for play-by-play, pre-game, and post-game duties.
On October 18, 2020, KLO Broadcasting Co. closed on the sale of 1430 KLO to El Sembrador Ministries. Per the FCC database, the new call letters for the station will be KMES. Programming from El Sembrador Ministries began airing on KLO on October 21, 2020.
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1935 page 58
- Salt Lake Broadcasting History
- Larson, Tim; Avery, Robert K. "Utah Broadcast History". Utah History Encyclopedia. Utah Education Network. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
- Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2010 page D-552
- Capital Broadcasting buys Salt Lake City FM station
- Venta, Lance (December 12, 2018). "KLO Flipping to Standards". radioinsight. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
- KLO website
- KLO in the FCC's AM station database
- KLO on Radio-Locator
- KLO in Nielsen Audio's AM station database