- KOA (AM)
Infobox Radio station
name = KOA
branding = 850 KOA
December 15 1924
frequency = 850 (kHz)
format = News/Talk
power = 50,000
class = A
facility_id = 29738
coordinates = coord|39|30|23.6|N|104|46|4|W|type:landmark
callsign_meaning = Klear Over America
Clear Channel Communications
website = [http://www.850koa.com/ www.850koa.com]
Fox News Radio
KOA (850 AM), ("NewsRadio 850 KOA") is a
clear channel, news/talk radio stationserving the Denver, Coloradomarket. It is owned by Clear Channel Communicationsand is nicknamed "the Blowtorch of the West" for its 50,000 watt signal.
KOA was originally owned by General Electric and began broadcasting in 1924. They started with 5,000 watts, and in 1927, increased to 12,500 watts. In the early 1930s, power was raised to the current level of 50,000 watts.
Today, the antenna is located about 30 miles (50 km) southeast of the city of Denver. It is a 5/8 wave, 660 foot (198 m) guyed tower. At night the signal can be heard in over 30 states of the U.S. and over most of Canada and Mexico. KOA sometimes can be picked up in
California, which is west of the Rocky Mountains, an obstacle that prevents east coast radio stations from traveling west of the Rockies. KOA is frequently heard in northern Europe, Australia and Japan, and is one of the most frequently reported stations world wide.
KOA has a news/talk format. It is also the flagship station of the
Denver Broncosfootball team, the Colorado Rockiesbaseball team, and the University of Colorado Buffaloes.
Rocky Mountain Newscolumnist Mike Rosenis the long running host of the 9 to 11:45 a.m. morning show. Mike is a fiscal conservative/social libertarian who occasionally has been substitute host for Rush Limbaugh. The Colorado governor and Denver mayor are regularly scheduled guests on his show. Common Rosen-isms are "tell me where you sit before you tell me where you stand" and "a politician asks what you want, an economist asks what you want more." Mike uses "Mr. Hold Button" on filibustering callers and the Silly Giggle sound effect when callers use mocking laughs in their arguments. Mike's philosophy is reflected in his recommended reading list which includes Ayn Rand, Adam Smith, Paul Johnson and Thomas Sowell.
Other well-known local names heard on KOA include Rick Barber, who hosts the station's overnight show. Regular monthly features on Rick's show include his own unique style of commentary.
Both of the morning and afternoon programs feature constant updates of
trafficconditions in the Denver area, broadcast from a helicopterit shares with NBC Station KUSA-TV.
Alan Roach, announcer for the Denver Broncos, Denver Nuggetsand Colorado Avalanche, is featured in the morning program. He, in conjunction with Adele Arakawa from KUSA-TV(news at 5,6,& 10) are the voices for the trains at Denver International Airport(DIA). Roach is recognized as being the identification voice for many radio stations nationwide.
KOA is unusual in that it is one of the few stations that airs
The Rush Limbaugh Showon a two-hour tape delayinstead of the usual live.
Alan Bergbroadcast his talk showfrom the station, but was shot and killed by members of the white supremacistgroup The Order on June 18, 1984. Another host from an earlier era was Leigh Kamman, who hosted jazzprograms during World War II. Kamman has long since returned to his home state of Minnesota, but he still regularly hosts music shows on Minnesota Public Radioas of 2005. "The Sports Zoo" with Dave Logan and Scott Hastingsran for 12 years until Hastings left in April 2005 for the Altitude Sports and Entertainmentnetwork. Hastings resumed sports radio broadcasting on KKFNin January 2006 alongside former Denver Broncoslineman Alfred Williams. Ken Hamblin, "The Black Avenger," also hosted a popular and long-running show during the 1980s.
"Other former hosts:"
Tom Martino, Rollye James.
The station was one of 10 stations awarded the 2007 Crystal Radio Award for public service awarded by the
National Association of Broadcasters.cite web |work=National Association of Broadcasters |title=NAB Announces Crystal Radio Awards Winners |date=2007-04-17 |url=http://www.nab.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Search&template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=8638] Winners were honored at the Radio Luncheon on April 17, 2007, during the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The station was named Large Market Station of the Year at the 2008 National Association of Broadcasters' Marconi Radio Awards. [cite news|url=http://www.nab.org/xert/corpcomm/pressrel/RS2008/Marconis/08_Marconi_Large_Market.htm|title=KOA-AM NAMED LARGE MARKET STATION OF THE YEAR|date=September 18, 2008|publisher=National Association of Broadcasters|accessdate=2008-09-27]
Emergency Alert System
KOA is Colorado's primary (LP-1)
Emergency Alert Systemstation. KYGO-FM is the secondary (LP-2) station.
* [http://www.850koa.com/main.html 850 KOA News Talk Radio] :* [http://www.850koa.com/pages/listen.html Listen live]
* [http://www.rockymountainnews.com The Rocky Mountain News]
* [http://www.startcolorado.com/eas/ State of Colorado Emergency Alert System]
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