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Bonneville International Corporation is a media and broadcasting company, wholly owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) through its for-profit arm, Deseret Management Corporation. It began as a radio and TV network in the Triad Center Broadcast House in Salt Lake City, Utah. Bonneville's name alludes to Benjamin Bonneville and the prehistoric Lake Bonneville that once covered much of modern-day Utah, which was named after him.
Bonneville owns 13 radio stations in four major markets as well as one NBC affiliate television station in its home market; it also manages eight additional radio stations in two markets under a local marketing agreement. Additionally, its Bonneville Communications division provides marketing and communications strategy and branding services. Bonneville Distribution, another division, provides broadcast syndication and distribution services to non-profit organizations.
Bonneville International was formed in 1964, with approval of the LDS Church's First Presidency. It was formed to acquire KSL-AM-FM-TV in its hometown of Salt Lake City, as well as KIRO-AM-FM-TV in Seattle, which had previously been subsidiaries of the Deseret News . The LDS Church divested itself of the Seattle stations between 1995 and 1997, but reacquired KIRO-AM 10 years later.The company has also owned stations in New York City, Dallas, Kansas City, and Los Angeles at one point.
In 1980 it formed Bonneville Communications Corporation, primarily to broadcast LDS General Conference.
Bonneville prided itself on "values-oriented programming" and community involvement, in line with the company's mission as set forth by its first president, Arch L. Madsen. According to Bonneville International's website, their values reflect an understanding that "families are the basic unit of society... and that strong families build strong communities."
Due to a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) media cross-ownership rule, Bonneville was unable to purchase additional media outlets in Salt Lake City beyond its flagship cluster. In anticipation of a rule change, Bonneville purchased four additional Salt Lake radio stations in 2002. The FCC did not grant approval for this purchase until 2003, upon which the stations were acquired by Bonneville. The status of this deal is still uncertain—the FCC has only granted a waiver to Bonneville, and a recent court ruling has put the FCC cross-ownership rule changes into question.
On October 4, 2004, Bonneville International announced plans to buy three stations from Emmis Communications in the Phoenix, Arizona market, in exchange for WLUP "The Loop" in Chicago and cash.
On January 4, 2006, Bonneville and The Washington Post announced that the frequencies currently used by WTOP, 1500 kHz AM and 107.7 MHz FM, would be reassigned to a new station, "Washington Post Radio." WTOP would move to 103.5 MHz, the frequencies currently used by classical music station WGMS, which in turn would move to 104.1 and 103.9 MHz, the frequencies used by WWZZ, which would be closed.
WGMS itself would fall silent a little more than a year later, on January 22, 2007. In its place is 1970s-1980s-adult-hits-station WXGG ("George 104"). Simultaneously, public radio station WETA-FM dropped its news/talk format in order to revive its previous classical format, via a partnership with Bonneville. WETA would also receive WGMS' entire music library, hired WGMS' last program director, and also retained the usage of the WGMS call sign. George 104 would last less than four months, when in April 2007, it was announced that the 104.1 frequency would be LMA'd to Radio One. On April 7, 2007 the frequency would flip to a Gospel and Inspiration format, known as Praise 104.1.
The Washington Post Radio experiment ended in September 2007, as the three stations (including the powerful AM 1500 signal) became WWWT, or "3WT". Hosts include syndicated hosts from the Right (Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck, Neal Boortz) and Left (Stephanie Miller) as well as Washington Nationals baseball. The station's morning show will continue.
Rush Limbaugh once worked for Bonneville Communications, after his stint with the Kansas City Royals.
CBS Radio has announced that it would sell 50 radio stations in 12 markets to focus on major market stations. As of September 22, 2008, Bonneville is one of the seven candidates to make first-round bids.
On August 12, 2009; Citadel Broadcasting has rumored that they're planning to sell the former Disney/ABC's 23 stations to reduce its debt load, however several financial factors may put the deal at risk. While not all the stations can be sold off, Bonneville has expressed interest in 2 FM stations in Washington D.C. (WJZW and WRQX).
On January 19, 2011, Bonneville announced it would sell 17 radio stations in Cincinnati, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and St. Louis to Hubbard Broadcasting for $505 million.The deal closed May 2, 2011.
On November 17, 2017, Bonneville began operating four San Francisco radio stations and four Sacramento radio stations under a local marketing agreement on behalf of Entercom Divestiture Trust, following Entercom's merger with CBS Radio, and pending their divestment to a third-party.On August 3, 2018, Entercom announced that Bonneville would buy all eight stations for $141 million; the deal had been delayed by succession issues related to the death of LDS Church president Thomas S. Monson the preceding January. The deal was completed on September 21, 2018.
Stations are arranged in alphabetical order by state and city of license.
Note: Two boldface asterisks appearing following a station's call letters (**) indicates a station that was built and signed-on by a predecessor of Bonneville International.
|City of license/Market||Station||Channel|
|Salt Lake City||KSL-TV **||5 (38)||1949||NBC|
|AM Stations||FM Stations|
|Market||Station||Owned Since||Current Format|
|Phoenix||KTAR 620||2004|| Sports talk |
|KMVP-FM 98.7||2004||Sports talk|
|Sacramento||KHTK 1140||2018||Sports talk|
|KYMX 96.1||2018||Adult contemporary|
|KZZO 100.5||2018||Hot adult contemporary|
|KNCI 105.1||2018||Country music|
|San Francisco||KOIT 96.5||2018|
(previously owned from 1975–2008)
|KUFX 98.5||2018||Classic rock|
|KMVQ-FM 99.7||2018||Contemporary hit radio|
|KBLX-FM 102.9||2018||Urban adult contemporary|
|Denver||KEPN 1600||2015||Sports talk|
|KKFN 104.3||2015||Sports talk|
|KOSI 101.1||2015||Adult contemporary|
|KYGO-FM 98.5||2015||Country music|
|Salt Lake City||KSL 1160 **||1922||News/Talk|
| KSL-FM 102.7|
(simulcasts KSL AM)
|KSFI 100.3 **||2003|
(previously owned from 1947–1977)
|Soft adult contemporary|
|KRSP-FM 103.5||2003||Classic rock|
|Seattle - Tacoma||KTTH 770||2008|
(previously owned from 1995–1997)
(previously owned from 1964–1997)
|City of license/Market||Station||Channel|
|Years owned||Current ownership status|
|Cedar City - St. George||KCSG||8 (14)||1998–2002||MeTV owned-and-operated (O&O), owned by Weigel Broadcasting|
|Seattle - Tacoma||KIRO-TV||7 (39)||1964–1995||CBS affiliate owned by Cox Media Group|
From 2010 to 2016, Bonneville International also operated an independent TV station, KJZZ-TV (channel 14), in Salt Lake City, under a local marketing agreement with Larry H. Miller Communications Corporation. The arrangement ended when Sinclair Broadcast Group acquired KJZZ-TV.
|AM Station||FM Station|
|Market||Station||Years owned||Current ownership status|
|Phoenix||KIDR 740||1991–1997||Owned by En Familia, Inc.|
|KMVP 860||2004–2017||KNAI , owned by Farmworker Educational Radio Network|
|KHTC 96.9||1991–1997||KMXP , owned by iHeartMedia|
|San Francisco||KSFB 1260||1982–2008||Owned by Relevant Radio|
|KBWF 95.7||1997–2008||KGMZ-FM , owned by Entercom|
|KDFC-FM 102.1||1997–2008||KRBQ , owned by Entercom|
|Los Angeles||KBRT 740||1969–1980||Owned by Crawford Broadcasting|
|KBIG 104.3||1969–1998||Owned by iHeartMedia|
|KZLA-FM 93.9||1998–2000||KLLI , owned by Meruelo Group|
|KSWD 100.3||2008–2015||KKLQ , owned by Educational Media Foundation|
|Washington, D.C.||WBQH 1050||2004–2011||Owned by Hubbard Broadcasting|
|WFED 1500||1998–2011||Owned by Hubbard Broadcasting|
| WWFD 820|
|1996–2011||Owned by Hubbard Broadcasting|
|WTOP-FM 103.5||1998–2011||Owned by Hubbard Broadcasting|
|1996–2011||Owned by Hubbard Broadcasting|
|1998–2011||Owned by Hubbard Broadcasting|
|WPRS-FM 104.1||1996–2008||Owned by Urban One|
|Idaho Falls - Pocatello||KSLJ 690||2003–2006||KEII , owned by Riverbend Communications|
|KSSL 1260||2003–2006||KNBL , owned by Riverbend Communications|
|KBLI 1620||2003–2006||defunct, went silent in 2006|
|KLCE 97.3||2003–2006||Owned by Riverbend Communications|
|KCVI 101.5||2003–2006||Owned by Riverbend Communications|
|KFTZ 103.3||2003–2006||Owned by Riverbend Communications|
|KTHK 105.5||2003–2006||Owned by Riverbend Communications|
|Chicago||WDRV 97.1||2000–2011||Owned by Hubbard Broadcasting|
| WWDV 96.9|
|2000–2011||Owned by Hubbard Broadcasting|
|WLUP-FM 97.9||1997–2005||WCKL , owned by Educational Media Foundation|
|WILV 100.3||1997–2011||WSHE-FM , owned by Hubbard Broadcasting|
|WTMX 101.9||1970–2011||Owned by Hubbard Broadcasting|
|Kansas City||KCMO 810||1993–1997|| WHB , owned by Union Broadcasting|
(KCMO is now at 710 AM)
|KMBZ 980||1967–1997||Owned by Entercom|
|KCMO-FM 94.9||1993–1997||Owned by Cumulus Media|
|KLTH 99.7||1967–1997||KZPT , owned by Entercom|
|St. Louis||WIL 1430||2000–2008||defunct, went silent in 2020|
was KZQZ at time of license cancellation
|WARH 106.5||2000–2011||Owned by Hubbard Broadcasting|
|WIL-FM 92.3||2000–2011||Owned by Hubbard Broadcasting|
|WXOS 101.1||2000–2011||Owned by Hubbard Broadcasting|
|New York||WNSR 105.1||1967–1997||WWPR-FM , owned by iHeartMedia|
|Cincinnati||WKRQ 101.9||2008–2011||Owned by Hubbard Broadcasting|
|WREW 94.9||2008–2011||Owned by Hubbard Broadcasting|
|WUBE-FM 105.1||2008–2011||Owned by Hubbard Broadcasting|
|WYGY 97.3||2008–2011||Owned by Hubbard Broadcasting|
|Dallas–Fort Worth||KAAM 1310||1978–1994||KTCK , owned by Cumulus Media|
|KZPS 92.5||1978–1997||Owned by iHeartMedia|
|KDGE 94.5||1995–1997||KZMJ , owned by Urban One|
|Houston||KLDE 94.5||1997–1998||KTBZ-FM , owned by iHeartMedia|
|Salt Lake City||KUTR 820||2004–2008||Owned by Truth Broadcasting Corporation|
|St. George||KDXU 890||2003–2006||Owned by Cherry Creek Media|
|KUNF 1210||2003–2006||KHKR , owned by Cherry Creek Media|
|KREC 98.1||2003–2006||Owned by Cherry Creek Media|
|KSNN 106.1||2003–2006||KIYK 107.3, owned by Cherry Creek Media|
|Seattle - Tacoma||KNWX 1090||1995||KFNQ , owned by iHeartMedia|
|KIRO-FM 100.7||1964–1997||KKWF , owned by Entercom|
KIRO is a commercial AM radio station in Seattle, Washington, owned by Bonneville International. The station airs a sports radio format and is an ESPN Radio Network affiliate. The station's studios and offices are located on Eastlake Avenue in Seattle's Eastlake district.
KSL Newsradio is a pair of radio stations located in Salt Lake City, Utah, which includes the original AM station KSL and the FM station KSL-FM. Both stations simulcast a format of all-news during key hours on weekdays and talk programming the rest of the time. Owned by Bonneville International, the stations share studios with sister television station KSL-TV in the Broadcast House building at the Triad Center in downtown Salt Lake City.
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WUBE-FM is a radio station broadcasting a country music radio format. Licensed to Cincinnati, Ohio, it is owned by Hubbard Broadcasting.
KCMO is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Kansas City, Missouri. Owned by Cumulus Media, the station airs a talk radio format. The studios and offices are located in Overland Park, Kansas. KCMO is also heard on FM translator 103.7 MHz K279BI and on the HD-2 subchannel of co-owned KCFX 101.1 MHz.
KOIT is a commercial adult contemporary radio station licensed to San Francisco, California. The station has studios in the city's SoMa district, and transmits from Sutro Tower in San Francisco, with a power output of 24,000 watts effective radiated power. The signal can be received throughout the Bay Area with relative ease. There is also a booster station in Martinez, California called KOIT-3 that improves the coverage in the Diablo Valley area.
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WORD-FM is a Christian talk radio station based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Owned by the Salem Media Group, the station broadcasts on 101.5 MHz, with an ERP of 48 kW. Its transmitter is located in Reserve Township, Pennsylvania.
KKFN is a commercial FM radio station serving the Denver-Boulder market. Owned and operated by Bonneville International, KKFN airs a sports radio format. The station is licensed to Longmont, Colorado. Its studios are located in Greenwood Village, and the transmitter is in Lakewood on Green Mountain. KKFN runs local sports shows days and evenings, and carries ESPN Radio programming late nights and weekends.
KSFI is a radio station operating at frequency 100.3 FM in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. KSFI maintains studio facilities located at the KSL Broadcast House building in Salt Lake City's Triad Center, and its transmitter is located on Farnsworth Peak in the Oquirrh Mountains, southwest of Salt Lake City.
KYMX is a commercial radio station that is licensed to Sacramento, California, United States. The station is owned by Bonneville International and broadcasts an adult contemporary format. KYMX's transmitter is located in Natomas and its studios are in North Sacramento.
KBYU-FM is a classical music radio station run by Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Operating at 89.1 MHz, it is known on-air as Classical 89. It transmits at an effective radiated power of 32 kW. Its transmitting tower is located on a peak of the Oquirrh Mountains northwest of the university campus, and southwest of Salt Lake City.
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