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Broadcast areaPuget Sound
Frequency920 kHz
BrandingMegaTalk 920 and 1400
FormatTalk radio
NetworkTownhall Radio News
AffiliationsFox News Talk
Genesis Communications Network
Radio America
Salem Radio Network
USA Radio Network
First air date
October 1956; 66 years ago (1956-10)
Former call signs
  • KITN (1957-1982)
  • KQEU (1982-1993)
  • KCPL (1993-1996)
  • KGHO (1996-1999)
  • KAYO (4/99-12/99)
  • KGHO (1999-2004)
Call sign meaning
K Gun TalK
Technical information
Facility ID47567
Power3,000 watts day
7 watts night
Transmitter coordinates
47°03′44″N 122°49′49″W / 47.06222°N 122.83028°W / 47.06222; -122.83028
Translator(s)92.9 K225DC (South Bay)
WebcastListen Live

KGTK (920 AM "Megatalk 920 and 1400") is a commercial radio station featuring a talk radio format, simulcast with sister station KITZ 1400 AM Silverdale..[2] Licensed to Olympia, Washington, KGTK serves the Puget Sound Region. Its parent company, KITZ Radio, Inc., is owned by two gun-rights groups: "The Second Amendment Foundation" and its affiliate, "The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms." Its main studio and production facilities are on Mile High Drive in Port Orchard.

By day, KGTK is powered at 3,000 watts, using a non-directional antenna. At night, to prevent interference to other stations on 920 AM, KGTK's power is greatly reduced to 7 watts. The transmitter is on Sleater Kinney Road NE in Olympia.[3] Programming is also heard on 100-watt FM translator K225DC at 92.9 MHz in South Bay, Washington. Its transmitter is on Capitol Peak in Malone-Porter, Washington.[4]


KITZ and KGTK air a mix of local and nationally syndicated conservative talk shows. Syndicated programs include The Dana Show with Dana Loesch, Brian Kilmeade and Friends, The Ramsey Show with Dave Ramsey, The Guy Benson Show and Good Day Live with Doug Stephan.

On weekends, programs including Gun Talk with Tom Gresham, deal with gun owners and their rights, are heard. Most hours begin with an update from Townhall Radio News.



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The Capitol Center Building housed KITN from 1967 to 1975

Donald F. Whitman filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on April 11, 1955, to build a new daytime-only radio station in Olympia. He originally sought 800 kHz before amending his application to specify the frequency of 1440 kHz. The construction permit was granted on January 25, 1956.[5] The station began signed on the air in October 1956; 66 years ago (1956-10). The original call sign was KITN.[5]

Until 1961, Harold C. Singleton, an engineer from Portland, Oregon, owned stakes in KITN and KITI, another station owned by Whitman in Centralia/Chehalis.[6] KITN upgraded from 500 watts on 1440 kHz to 1,000 watts on 920 kHz, still a daytime-only station, in 1959. The original KITN studios were at 610 Columbia Street; in 1967, the station relocated to the Capitol Center Building.[5]

In 1975, KITN moved its studios from the Capitol Center Building to Lacey. The move was necessitated by plans, which were quickly dropped, to reuse the building as a county courthouse; despite the changes, Thurston County taxpayers still paid more than $17,000 in moving expenses.[7] A change in FCC policy emphasizing coverage of a number of stations for cities of a given size enabled KITN to go from a daytime-only to a full-time station in 1977, with a second tower erected to create a directional pattern protecting a station in Spokane.[8]

National Communications ownership[edit]

In August 1981, after a quarter-century, Whitman sold KITN to Space Center, Inc., through its affiliate National Communications.[9] The new owners took over that October, and on January 18, the KITN call letters departed Olympia. A day of silence preceded the relaunch of what was billed as a "new" station, KQEU "KQ-92"; KITN's easy listening music made way for a more upbeat adult contemporary format.[10] The revamped KQEU gave KGY, which had been on the air since 1922, credible competition with a "big city" sound.[11] AM stereo broadcasts were added in 1985.[12]

The "KQ-92" moniker stayed until 1992, when the station rebranded as "The Capital" and beefed up its local and national news programming;[13] the call sign was changed the next year to KCPL. However, a lawsuit lost by National forced the station to dismantle one of its two towers, causing its power to be reduced from 5,000 to 500 watts during the day and just 8.5 watts at night. The power reduction limited the station's broadcast range significantly, which became a liability when National's corporate parent, the SpaceCom Group, went on the market in 1993 with all six of its radio stations.[14] With no buyers, National took the station silent on August 31, 1995.[15]

Spencer Broadcasting and Second Amendment Foundation ownership[edit]

Despite closing KCPL for lack of a buyer, National found one months later. In January 1996, it reached an agreement to sell the silent KCPL to Spencer Broadcasting for just $35,000.[16] It returned to the air later that year with an oldies format and the call sign KGHO. Both were ditched for several months in April 1999 when the station was leased by KAYO-FM 99.3, a country music station in Aberdeen, and began simulcasting it.[17]

The Second Amendment Foundation, headed by Alan Gottlieb and owner of KITZ in Silverdale, acquired KGHO in 2004 from Spencer and changed the format to talk radio as KGTK, with some programs being shared with KITZ.[18]


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  2. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Archived from the original on 2006-03-19. Retrieved 2009-04-10.
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  5. ^ a b c FCC History Cards for KGTK
  6. ^ "Business Bits". The Olympian. Olympia, Washington. July 2, 1961. p. 2. Archived from the original on April 12, 2022. Retrieved April 12, 2022 – via
  7. ^ Oakland, Mike (July 15, 1975). "County Ponies Up For KITN Moving Expenses". The Olympian. Olympia, Washington. p. A7. Archived from the original on April 12, 2022. Retrieved April 12, 2022 – via
  8. ^ "KITN Going Full Time". The Olympian. Olympia, Washington. February 13, 1977. p. A10. Archived from the original on April 12, 2022. Retrieved April 12, 2022 – via
  9. ^ "KITN Radio Being Sold". The Olympian. Olympia, Washington. August 11, 1981. p. B1. Archived from the original on April 12, 2022. Retrieved April 12, 2022 – via
  10. ^ Painter, Virginia (January 18, 1982). "KITN Goes Silent... KQEU On Its Way". The Olympian. Olympia, Washington. p. B2. Archived from the original on April 12, 2022. Retrieved April 12, 2022 – via
  11. ^ Hendrick, Dave (March 18, 1984). "Lend me your ears: Local radio suddenly is competitive". The Olympian. Olympia, Washington. p. A1. Archived from the original on April 12, 2022. Retrieved April 12, 2022 – via
  12. ^ "Port finance chief featured at club meeting". The Olympian. Olympia, Washington. April 14, 1985. p. 4E. Archived from the original on April 12, 2022. Retrieved April 12, 2022 – via
  13. ^ "KQEU to beef up local news effort". The Olympian. Olympia, Washington. February 28, 1992. p. B8. Retrieved April 12, 2022 – via
  14. ^ "DC Report" (PDF). Radio & Records. July 2, 1993. p. 4. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2022-03-05. Retrieved 2022-04-12.
  15. ^ Smith, Jeff (August 30, 1995). "Midnight Thursday will bring silence to The Capitol". The Olympian. Olympia, Washington. p. B5. Archived from the original on April 12, 2022. Retrieved April 12, 2022 – via
  16. ^ "Transactions" (PDF). Radio & Records. February 1, 1996. p. 10. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2022-03-05. Retrieved 2022-04-12.
  17. ^ "New format". The Olympian. Olympia, Washington. April 1, 1999. p. 12. Archived from the original on April 12, 2022. Retrieved April 12, 2022 – via
  18. ^ "KGHO accepts buyout from Seattle radio station". The Olympian. Olympia, Washington. January 16, 2004. p. A10. Archived from the original on April 12, 2022. Retrieved April 12, 2022 – via

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