| Media |

The Uninspiring AM Radio Dial

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

The July 9 move of KCFR, Colorado Public Radio's news-and-information outlet, from 1340 AM to 90.1 FM opened up a pre-set on the dial in my sweet 1994 Geo Prizm -- and I'll be damned if I know what to do with it. I have twelve FM pre-sets, and giving up one of them in order to make room for KCFR wasn't easy; at least for now, 107.1/OneFM is on the outside looking in, although that could change. I have just six AM pre-sets, however, and figuring out another station that deserves a button is proving oddly, and sadly, challenging.

The five stations on the current roster are KHOW, AM 760, KOA, Radio 1190 and KEPN/ESPN Radio -- and a compendium of Denver AM signals isn't chock-a-block with great alternatives. KGNU's 1390 AM signal doesn't come in well in the vicinity of my Ken-Caryl Ranch home -- in fact, my radio struggles with it until I'm nearing downtown. (Same problem with KRCN, out of Longmont.) In addition, I find most contemporary Christian music to be slick and (yes, it's true) soulless, and this bias, combined with my dislike of proselytizing, instantly knocks out six selections. Likewise, my inability to speak Spanish means that two other signals have only limited appeal. Of course, I could add Mile High Sports Radio, at 1510 AM, but I already have two other sports pre-sets -- the move of The Fan to 104.3 FM required another series of tough choices -- and there's only so much jock talk even a booster like myself can take. And there's always KNUS, at 710 AM, but doctors have warned me that too much exposure to Sean Hannity could destroy my brain stem -- and that's the kind of thing you've got to take seriously.

I'm sure I'll find a solution eventually, but the difficulty of the decision speaks to the decline of AM in recent years, in this area and elsewhere. Once upon a time, the band ruled the land. But that was then, and this is now. -- Michael Roberts

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.