KKNT (960 AM, "960 The Patriot") is a radio station broadcasting a talk radio format. KKNT is licensed to Phoenix, Arizona, United States, and broadcasts at 5000 watts. The station is owned by Salem Communications Holding Corporation, a subsidiary of the Salem Media Group.[1]

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CityPhoenix, Arizona
Broadcast areaPhoenix area
Branding960 The Patriot
Frequency960 kHz
First air date1947
FormatTalk radio
Power5,000 watts
Facility ID13508
Transmitter coordinates33°41′34″N 112°0′9″W / 33.69278°N 112.00250°W / 33.69278; -112.00250Coordinates: 33°41′34″N 112°0′9″W / 33.69278°N 112.00250°W / 33.69278; -112.00250
Callsign meaningK K News Talk
Former callsignsKOOL (1947-1979,
KARZ (1979-1983)
KPXQ (1996-1999)
KCTK (1999-2002)
AffiliationsSalem Radio Network, Westwood One
OwnerSalem Media Group
(Salem Communications Holding Corporation)
Sister stations1010 KXXT, 1360 KPXQ
WebcastListen Live

Most of the programs heard weekdays on KKNT are nationally syndicated hosts from the Salem Radio Network: Dennis Prager, Sebastian Gorka, Mike Gallagher, Hugh Hewitt and Larry Elder. KKNT also airs Mark Levin from Westwood One and a local show with host Seth Leibsohn. Weekends include programs on money, health, finances, the outdoors, firearms and brokered programming.


The station signed on in 1947 as KOOL. The station changed its call letters to KARZ in 1979, but reverted to KOOL in 1983.[2] For many years, the station aired an adult contemporary format, but would change to 1950s/1960s oldies (though not simulcasting its long-time FM sister station) on January 7, 1987.[3]

In late 1995, KOOL began simulcasting KOOL-FM, getting rid of "older-leaning oldies".[4]

On October 7, 1996, the call letters changed to KPXQ; on October 14, 1999 to KCTK; and on September 1, 2002 to the current KKNT.[2] The station adopted its current format in 2002; before that, it was the Christian instruction and talk station KPXQ, or "Q96." The KPXQ call sign was moved to 1360AM.


  1. ^ "KKNT Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ a b "KKNT Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  3. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/1980s/1987/RR-1987-01-09.pdf
  4. ^ "Vox Jox". Billboard. 107 (41): 79. Oct 14, 1995.

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