Update 8/15: The frequency swap took place as scheduled at 12am. KFAN moved from 1130 and its translator on 103.5 to 100.3. KTLK moved in reverse from 100.3 to 1130 and 103.5. The 103.5 translator will carry the News/Talk programming until the 102.5 translator is built.
At that point, 103.5 will assume the programming currently heard on “The Score 690” KFXN. As part of the changes the current call letters will not make the move. When the dust settles 100.3 will become KFXN-FM. The KFAN-FM calls are held by Adult Alternative “Texas Rebel Radio” in Johnson City, TX. 1130 will become KTCN. Clear Channel retains the KTLK calls at its 1150 in Los Angeles.
Update 8/12: As the 102.5 translator upgrade has not yet been approved by the FCC, KTLK’s programming will only appear on 1130 come Monday. The 102.5 translator will be added once approved and then built at a later date.
Update 8/11: A third station will be involved in the programming shifts taking place on Monday. “The Score 690” KFXN’s programming will move to the 103.5 translator that had been simulcasting KFAN. The programming will now originate from 107.9 KQQL-HD2. 690 was donated to the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council earlier this year. KFXN currently carries Fox Sports Radio, including Dan Patrick and Jim Rome from sign-on to 4pm and Yahoo Sports Radio from 4pm to sign-off and on the weekends.
100.3 has applied for new KFXN-FM call letters that will go live with the programming swap on Monday.
Update 8/8: The KFAN/KTLK frequency swap will take place on Monday, August 15. Sports KFAN will move from 1130 to 100.3. News/Talk KTLK will shift to 1130 and 102.5 K273BH. The latter will be rebranded simply as “Twin Cities News Talk“.
Update 8/7: KTLK is promoting it will announce its new radio home on Monday, August 8.
Original Report 8/5: David Brauer of MinnPost.com reports that Clear Channel will be swapping the programming of Sports 1130 KFAN and “News/Talk 100.3” KTLK-FM before the start of the football season.
KFAN and Hubbard’s “ESPN 1500” KSTP have been in a seasonal see-saw for the sports crown in the Twin Cities. KSTP is dominant in the spring and summer as the flagship to MLB’s Minnesota Twins. KFAN thrives in the fall and winter with the NFL Minnesota Vikings. KFAN will also be gaining the play-by-play rights to the NHL Minnesota Wild this season. CBS News/Talk 830 WCCO has the other two major sports rights in the market with the NBA Minnesota Timberwolves
and University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Correction: University of Minnesota football moves to KFAN/KTLK-FM this season, while basketball and hockey will air on 1500 KSTP.
KTLK-FM is third in a four horse race for the News/Talk audience in the Twin Cities with the aforementioned WCCO, Minnesota Public Radio’s 91.1 KNOW-FM, and Hubbard’s female skewing “My Talk 107.1” WTMY. Should the move occur, KTLK will keep an FM presence as 103.5 K278BP Cottage Grove relays 1130’s programming.
With CBS continuing to add FM sports outlets in other markets, is this move being made to beat CBS to launching an FM Sports outlet in the Twin Cities. We have seen job postings for CBS looking to add News/Talk personalities in a midwestern market. Were these to make room for the sports shows on 830 moving to 104.1 KZJK or 102.9 WLTE?