BIG USA, MEXICO, AND CANADIAN AM RADIO STATIONS
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BIG USA AM RADIO STATIONS

LIST OF BEST BETS FOR LOGGING ALL 50 USA STATES ON AM RADIO

FCC Data Base for AM Stations -- Choose All States, All frequencies

BIG MEXICAN AM RADIO STATIONS    MORE MEXICAN AM RADIO STATIONS

MORE MEXICAN AM STATIONS

MORE MEXICAN STATIONS
Lower right John Callarman's Mexican AM Stations by Freq. & City.

CANADIAN AM RADIO STATIONS

CANADIAN AM RADIO STATIONS - VIA RadioFerret-CA.com

World Wide Radio-Locator -- By Call, Location, Frequency

How to Find AM/FM Radio Stations Near You

Map listing the current exceptions to the standard of "K stations west of the Mississippi; W stations east" on the AM band.
[30 Stations: 21 W's plus 9 K's]

USA CALL SIGN W and K Distribution

Complete List of US Radio Stations - 1922 to 1946 -- From Jeff Miller

 

Tune across the AM band from your local sunset to your local sunrise you may be surprised at how well you can hear stations from hundreds and even thousands of miles away at night using an ordinary AM radio. My favorite considering price is the GE Super Radio III -- also available from Radio Shack under the Optimus name. GE Super Radio FAQ.  Also the Radio Shack DX-398 or Sangean ATS 909 works well and includes FM and Short Wave Bands.

In North America, AM stations are spaced on channels at 10 kHz intervals (540, 550, 560, etc.). Most AM stations are located from 540 to 1600, with new stations on the air in the 1610 to 1700 kHz range. The best time for long distance AM band reception is during the fall and winter months, with the period around the equinoxes being particularly good. Stations located to the east of you will start fading in about an hour before your sunset, while stations to your west may remain audible up to an hour after your local sunrise.

The AM band is allocated into three categories: local, regional, and clear channel.

Local channels are usually at 1230, 1240, 1340, 1400, 1450, and 1490. Stations are limited to a maximum transmitter power of 1000 watts and use a non-directional antenna. These are very congested frequencies, with maximum reliable reception range at night usually restricted to less than 30 miles. (If you have no nearby stations on these frequencies, you will usually hear only a "rumble" at night on them.) However, reception at greater distances is possible with patience and good equipment

Stations on regional channels use higher transmitter powers, typically up to about 20,000 watts, and directional antennas. As you might expect from the term "regional," these stations are intended to serve specific geographic areas. Regional stations often use different power levels and directional antennas for day and night operation; since AM band signals travel further at night, regional stations will reduce transmitter power and use a "tighter" directional antenna between their local sunset and local sunrise.

Clear channel stations used to be "clear" but beginning in the early 1980s, additional stations were authorized to operate on clear channel frequencies at night, often with greatly reduced power and directional antennas  Clear channel stations can use 50,000 watts of power and many use non-directional antennas. In the early days of radio, no other stations could operate on a clear channel station's frequency between sunset and sunrise. Clear channel stations could be heard over much of the country at night. While the "breaking up" of clear channels may have been economically necessary for daytime-only stations, it did result in many clear channel frequencies sounding much like regional channels at night. Now a days some of the big 50KW night stations have directional antennas and this results in a null in certain directions so as not to interfere with other biggies. Some AMs are non-directional daytime and go directional at night to protect other stations via skywave, but there are variations on this theme. Some stations even increase power at night!

For the FCC list of Local, Regional, and Clear Classifications and also lists Clear Channel Stations see URL:   FCC AM CLASSIFICATIONS

BIG USA AM RADIO STATIONS 
THE 50 KW NIGHT FOLKS

Compiled By AC6V
FROM THE FCC SITE OR THE INTERNET

To get complete information on a station use the FCC AMQ AM Radio Database Query.
Example: enter KFMB, AM Query (detailed output + CDBS links). From the resulting data, note that KFMB daytime uses only one tower, so the station is obviously non-directional in the daylight hours. At night, however, KFMB uses three towers, so it is in the directional night mode.

N=Night, D=Day, U=Unlimted
1. Only stations running 50KW at night are listed.
2. There are lots of other night stations running less than 50KW.
3. Typically, stations listed as D&N have directional antennas at night.
4. Some of the stations listed as U, may have directional patterns at times.
See station details,  FCC link for 2, 3 and 4 above.
For callsigns in blue underlined - you can click to see their website.

Night Time AM Radio Big 50KW Station Map

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540 kHz WFLF 50kW    U  
580 kHz KMJ Fresno, CA 50KW   U
640 kHz KFI    Los Angeles, CA 50kW    U
650 kHz WSM Nashville, TN 50kW    U
650 kHz KENI  Anchorage, AK 50kW    U
660 kHz WFAN New York, NY 50kW    U
660 kHz KTNN Window Rock, AZ  50kW    U
670 kHz KBOI  Boise, ID  50kW    D&N
670 kHz WSCR Chicago, IL 50KW   U
680 kHz KNBR San Francisco, CA 50kW    U
680 kHz WRKO Boston, MA 50kW    D&N
680 kHz WPTF Raleigh, NC 50kW    D&N
700 kHz WLW Cincinnati, OH 50kW    U
710 kHz WOR New York, NY 50kW    U
710 kHz KIRO Seattle, WA 50kW    U
710 kHz WAQI Miami, FL  50kW    U
720 kHz WGN Chicago, IL  50kW    U
720 kHz KDWN Las Vegas, NV 50kW    D&N
740 kHz KCBS San Francisco, CA  50kW    D&N
740 kHz KTRH Houston, TX 50kW    D&N
740 kHz WQTM Orlando, FL 50KW   D&N
750 kHz WSB  Atlanta, GA 50kW    D&N
750 kHz KFQD Anchorage, AK 50kW    D&N
760 kHz WJR Detroit, MI 50kW    U
760 kHz KFMB San Diego, CA 50kW    N
770 kHz WABC  New York, NY 50kW    D&N
770 kHz KKOB  Albuquerque, NM 50kW    D&N
780 kHz WBBM Chicago, IL 50kW    D&N
780 kHz KKOH  Reno, NV 50kW    D&N
810 kHz WGY Schenectady, NY 50kW    U
810 kHz WKVM Puerto Rico  50KW    U
810 kHz KGO San Francisco, CA 50kW    U
820 kHz WBAP  Ft Worth-Dallas, TX 50kW    U
830 kHz WCCO Minneapolis, MN 50kW    U
840 kHz WHAS Louisville, KY 50kW    U
850 kHz KOA Denver, CO 50kW    U
850 kHz WEEI Boston, MA 50kW    D&N
870 khz WWL New Orleans, LA 50kW    U
870 khz KAIM Honolulu, HI  50kW    U
880 kHz WCBS New York, NY 50kW    U
880 kHz KRVN Lexington, NE  50kW    U
890 kHz WLS Chicago, IL 50kW    D&N
940 kHz KWRU  Fresno, CA 50KW   D&N
950 kHz KJR Seattle, WA  50KW   D&N
950 kHz WWJ Detroit, MI 50KW   D&N
1000 kHz WMVP Chicago, IL 50kW    D&N
1000 kHz KOMO Seattle, WA 50kW    D&N
1010 kHz WINS New York, NY 50kW    D&N
1020 kHz KDKA  Pittsburgh, PA 50kW    U
1020 kHz KCKN Roswell, NM 50kW    D&N
1020 kHz KTNQ Los Angeles, CA 50kW    D&N
1030 kHz WBZ Boston, MA 50kW    U
1030 kHz KTWO Casper, WY 50kW    D&N
1040 kHz WHO Des Moines, IA  50kW    U
1050 kHz WEVD New York, NY 50kW    U
1060 kHz KYW  Philadelphia, PA 50kW    U
1070 kHz KNX Los Angeles, CA 50kW    U
1080 kHz WTIC Hartford, CT 50kW    D&N
1080 kHz KRLD Dallas, TX 50kW    D&N
1090 kHz WBAL Baltimore 50kW    D&N
1090 kHz KAAY Little Rock, AR 50kW    D&N
1090 kHz KYCW Seattle, WA 50kW    D&N
1100 kHz WTAM Cleveland, OH 50kW    U
1100 kHz KFAX San Francisco, CA 50kW    U
1110 kHz WBT Charlotte, NC 50kW    D&N
1110 kHz KFAB Omaha, NE 50kW    D&N
1120 kHz KMOX Saint Louis, MO 50kW    U
1120 kHz KPNW Eugene, OR   50kW    U
1130 kHz WBBR New York, NY 50kW    D&N
1130 kHz KWKH Shreveport, LA 50kW    D&N
1140 kHz WRVA Richmond, VA 50kW    U
1140 kHz KHTK Sacramento, CA 50kW    N
1150kHz KXTA Burbank, CA 50KW-D, 44KW-N
1160 kHz KSL Salt Lake City, UT 50kW    U
1170 kHz KFAQ Tulsa, OK 50KW   D&N
1170 kHz WWVA Wheeling, WV 50KW   D&N
1180 kHz WHAM Rochester, NY 50kW    U
1190 kHz KEX Portland, OR 50 KW  D&N
1200 kHz WOAI San Antonio, TX 50KW   U
1210 kHz WPHT Philadelphia. PA 50KW   U
1220 kHz WHK Cleveland, OH 50KW   U
1500 kHz KSTP St Paul-Minneapolis 50KW   D&N
1500 kHz WTOP  Washington, DC 50KW   D&N
1510 kHz KGA Spokane, WA 50KW   D&N
1510 kHz WLAC Nashville, TN 50KW   D&N
1510 kHz WWZN Boston. MA 50KW   D&N
1520 kHz KOMA Oklahoma City, OK 50KW   D&N
1520 kHz WWKB Buffalo, NY   50KW   U
1530 kHz KFBK  Sacramento, CA 50KW   D&N
1530 kHz WSAI  Cincinnati, OH 50KW   D&N
1540 kHz KXEL Waterloo, IA 50KW   D&N
1540 kHz WPTR Albany, NY 50KW   U
1560 kHz WQEW New York, NY 50KW   D&N
1580 kHz KMIK 50KW   D&N  
       

 
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 How Best To Catch 50 States on AM Radio -- Also Try The BIG AM Station List Above

Summarized from Broadcast Technology in the May 2003 edition of Popular Communications magazine and the Internet

ALABAMA
1550 WLOR Huntsville during critical hours
1700 WEUV Huntsville relay of 1600 WEUP and 1190 WHIY
690 WJOX Birmingham
1070 WAPI Birmingham

ALASKA
 650 KENI Newsradio Anchorage with Coast to Coast AM
700 KBYR Anchorage with hot country music
750 KFQD Anchorage-Eagle River.

ARIZONA
1580 KMIK (R. Disney) has been reported in the East Phoenix 
660 KTNN Window Rock [and Navajo language]

ARKANSAS
1090 KAAY The Gospel Voice of the South  Little Rock
1650 KWHN Fort Smith relaying 1320 KYHN with Coast to Coast AM overnight

CALIFORNIA
640 KFI Los Angeles
680 KNBR San Francisco
1070 KNX
Los Angeles

COLORADO
850 KOA Denver (still promotes nighttime listenership in 38 states)
1690 Radio Disney KDDZ Arvada

CONNECTICUT
1080 WTIC Hartford
1500 WFIF Milford
1530 WDJZ Bridgeport

DELAWARE
1450 Newsradio WILM Wilmington (DX tests)
1150 WDEL Wilmington

FLORIDA
1580 Mystic WSRF Fort Lauderdale
1680 WLAA (owned by RAMA still) and is a Hispanic station
1700 Voz Cristiana WJCC
(not in FCC Data Base??) 
Miami Springs ???
610 South Florida's only Newsradio WIOD Miami
820 WMGG (in Spanish) at sunset/sunrise Largo, FL
1300 WTIR (was a traverlers info station) now a religious/ rhythm/blues station located in Cocoa, Fla. licensed to Cocoa Beach.

GEORGIA
750 The first radio station in the South WSB Atlanta
1630 WTEL Augusta relay of News/Talk/Sports
1480 WRDW Augusta
1670 WRNC Warner Robins relay of The Light 1280 WLCG and 102.5 FM
1550 La Que Buena WAZX Smyrna
940 WMAC Macon

HAWAII
900 KNUI Kahului represents an interesting target with distinctive
traditional Hawaiian music, a real treat if you can get it.
Otherwise the islands are erupting with 10 kW signals for
transpacific DXers.

IDAHO
670 News/Talk KBOI Boise with Midnight Cowboy Trucking Network
1140 KGEM Original Hits Boise
1620 KBLI Blackfoot (Mexican music)

ILLINOIS
670 The Score  WSCR Chicago
720 News and Talk WGN Chicago
780 Newsradio  WBBM Chicago
890 News/Talk WLS Chicago

INDIANA
1190 CBS radio pioneer  WOWO Fort Wayne
1070 WIBC Indianapolis
1620 WDND South Bend

IOWA
1040 Newsradio WHO Des Moines
1630 KCJJ Iowa City-Coralville - Cedar Rapids
1650 KDNZ Cedar Falls
1700 KBGG Des Moines
600 WET
Cedar Rapids -- if WHO doesn't work

KANSAS
860 KKOW Pittsburg "It's all you need to know"
1660 KXTR Kansas City (classical music)

KENTUCKY
840 WHAS Louisville "Depend on it!"
1150 KSAL Salina

LOUISIANA
870 WWL New Orleans
1130 Fox Sports KWKH Shreveport

MAINE
780 WTME Rumford relaying 1240 WCNM Lewiston during critical hours
560 Newsradio WGAN, and Hot Talk Portland
970 WZAN Portland

MARYLAND
1090 Maryland's most powerful broadcast voice WBAL Baltimore
1580 Heaven WPGC Morningside
1690 WPTX Lexington Park (CNN Headline News)

MASSACHUSETTS
1030 Newsradio  WBZ Boston, "in 38 states and the best provinces of
Canada"

MICHIGAN
760 The Voice of the Great Lakes WJR Detroit.
1680 Grand Rapids urban contemporary rapper  WJNZ Ada

MINNESOTA
830 WCCO Minneapolis
1500 KSTP St. Paul

MISSISSIPPI
1180 WJNT Pearl during critical hours
940 WCPC  (sunrise/sunset) Houston, MS
1640 WTNI Biloxi

MISSOURI
1120 KMOX The Voice of St. Louis, "heard in 44 states, Canada and Mexico"
610 KCSP the former WDAF  Kansas City

MONTANA
790 KGHL and 970 KBUL Billings
1180 KOFI Kalispell

NEBRASKA
880 Rural Radio KRVN Lexington
1110 KFAB Omaha
1620 The Zone KOZN Bellevue (ESPN Radio)

NEVADA
720 The most powerful AM radio station in southern Nevada,Talk Radio KDWN Las Vegas

NEW HAMPSHIRE
720 WQTH when it signs on the air relaying WNTK
610 Newsradio WGIR Manchester
1370 WFEA Manchester
900 WOTW Nashua

NEW JERSEY
1660 Radio Única WWRU Elizabeth
1680 WTTM Princeton (Asian)
1160 WVNJ Oakland

NEW MEXICO
1020 KINF Roswell
880 Western Indian Ministries KHAC Tse Bonito

NEW YORK
660 WFAN sports talk New York City
710 IBOC digital test outlet WOR New York City
770 America's number one talk station  WABC New York City
880 The new home of Yankees baseball Newsradio WCBS New York City
1560 Radio Disney WQEW New York City

NORTH CAROLINA
1110 WBT Charlotte has "a north-south nighttime signal which reaches from Canada to Key West"
560 DXer-friendly AM Stereo WGAI Elizabeth City
1070 La Favorita WNCT Greenville

NORTH DAKOTA
1660 Star KQWB West Fargo
1080 The Red River Valley's Information Radio KNDK Langdon, ND

OHIO
700 The Big One WLW Cincinnati (Truckin' Bozo)
1100 Newsradio WTAM Cleveland (Coast to Coast AM)
1530 WSAI Cincinnati

OKLAHOMA
740 KRMG Tulsa
1170 KFAQ Tulsa
1520 KOMA Oklahoma City

OREGON
750 KXL and 1190 KEX Portland dump most their signal strength over
the ocean at night to protect inland co-channel stations
1640 Radio Disney  KPBC Lake Oswego [now KDZR]

PENNSYLVANIA
1020 Pioneer  KDKA Pittsburgh
1060 KYW Philadelphia (all news)
1210 WPHT Philadelphia

RHODE ISLAND
630 WPRO Providence
1180 The Radio Ranch WJJF Hope Valley sunset skip
1590 WARV Warwick (often logged in Europe)

SOUTH CAROLINA
730 WSCC Charleston "WSC"
1550 WBSC Bennettsville
660 WLFJ Greenville at sunrise

SOUTH DAKOTA
570 WNAX Yankton (farm news, Coast to Coast AM)
1210 KOKK Huron
1140 KSOO Sioux Falls

TENNESSEE
650 The Grand Ole Opry station  WSM Nashville
1510 Newsradio  WLAC Nashville
1580 WLIJ Shelbyville sunrise skip

TEXAS
1620 News/Talk  WTAW College Station
1630 KNAX Fort Worth (Spanish)
1700 The Ticket  KTBK Sherman
820 WBAP Fort Worth
740 KTRH Houston
1080 KRLD Dallas
1200 WOAI San Antonio

UTAH
1160 Newsradio  KSL Salt Lake City
650 KMTI Manti
1640 KBJA Sandy
1660 KXOL Brigham City

VIRGINIA
1140 Serving Virginia and the nation since 1925  WRVA Richmond
1650 Radio Disney WHKT Portsmouth

VERMONT
620 WVMT and 1390 WKDR Burlington
1380 WSYB Rutland

WASHINGTON
1510 News/Talk KGA Spokane (often received in the east)
1000 KOMO Seattle has good north/south coverage

WEST VIRGINIA
1170 The Jamboree USA station  WWVA Wheeling
1550 WMRE Charles Town sunset skip

WISCONSIN
1640 Milwaukee's Radio Disney WKSH Sussex
1670 WTDY Madison
620 WTMJ Milwaukee

WYOMING
1030 KTWO Casper
1630 The Spirit of Wyoming KKWY Fox Farm-Cheyenne "KWY"

 


BIG MEXICO NIGHT STATIONS
540 kHz XEWA SAN LUIS POTOSI S.L.P.   150KW

630 kHz      

XEFB       

MONTERREY         

50KW D&N Dir                 

690 kHz

XETRA

TIJUANA

77KW-D, 50KW-N Dir

690 kHz XEN MEXICO CITY 100KW

730 kHz

XEX

CD. DE MEXICO

100KW D&N Omni

760 kHz XEABC CD. DE MEXICO 75KW

800 kHz

XEROK

CD. JUAREZ

50KW D&N Omni

830 kz XELA CIUDAD MEXICO 100KW
860 kHz XEUN CD. DE MEXICO 50KW DA-N

900 kHz

XEW

CD. DE MEXICO

250KW D&N Omni

940 kHz

XEQ

CD. DE MEXICO

50KW D&N Omni

970 kHz

XERFR

CD. DE MEXICO

50KW D&N Omni

990 kHz

XET

MONTERREY

50KW D&N Dir

1000 kHz XEOY MEXICO CITY 50KW

1050 kHz

XEG

GUADALUPE

150KW D&N Omni

1090 kHz

XEPRS

TIJUANA

50KW D&N Dir

1110 kHz

XERED

CD. DE MEXICO

50KW D&N Dir

1140 kHz

XEMR

MONTERREY

50KW D&N Dir

1220 kHz

XEB

CD. DE MEXICO

100KW D&N Omni

1500 kHz XEDF MEXICO CITY 50KW

1570 kHz

XERF

CD. ACUÑA

10KW ? D&N Omni

1580 kHz

XEDM

HERMOSILLO

50KW D&N Omni

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