|City of license||Wood River, Illinois|
|Broadcast area||Greater St. Louis|
|Branding||590 The Man|
|Frequency||590 kHz AM|
|First air date||1961 as WBBY
April 5, 1993 as KFNS
|Callsign meaning||K FaNS (previous format)|
|Former callsigns||WBBY (1961-1965)
|Owner||Big League Broadcasting
(Big Stick One, LLC)
KFNS also broadcast on an FM radio station, known as KFNS-FM, based in Troy, Missouri and located at 100.7 MHz from 1999 until July 15, 2009. It was heard in Lincoln, St. Charles and Warren counties in eastern Missouri, with the same programming as its AM partner. Today, 100.7 FM still operates with the branding of "100.7 The Viper," with a classic rock format.
KFNS goes by the name of The Man. As of May 2013.
KFNS is a guy talk radio station that goes by the name of The Man. KFNS currently airs University of Illinois football and men's basketball games during the fall and winter months, as well as broadcasting Gateway Grizzlies minor-league baseball games during the summer months. They previously aired St. Louis Steamers indoor soccer and selected Mizzou Tigers football and basketball games, along with the weekly "Tiger Talk" radio coaches show. In 2009, KFNS was the radio home for the Frontier League's River City Rascals baseball games. KFNS-FM was the radio home for the club in 2006, before losing out to KSLQ-FM in 2007 and 2008. KFNS (AM) and KFNS-FM are both currently owned by Big League Broadcasting and broadcasts with 1.0 kW of power, 24 hours per day. KFNS broadcasts using 4 towers during the daytime hours and 3 towers at night. KFNS recently partnered with St.Louis Sports Magazine and unveiled a new on-air lineup on Monday December 15, 2008.
KFNS first went on the air circa 1961, as WBBY. WBBY served the Wood River, Illinois area with local news, sports and other programming. In 1965 call letters were changed to WRTH and the easy listening music format became among the most highly rated stations in St. Louis. Among the most well-known announcers were Grant Horton, Paul Warner, Frank Akers, Jim Scanlan and Ed Goodman. The station continued playing musical standards all the way until September 1988, when WRTH became WKLL, with an all-oldies (50s and 60s Top 40 hits) format. In 1990, the format changed again to an all-business news format under the call-letters WCEO. A year later, the standards were back as WCEO became KEZK-AM. The most recent change occurred when KEZK-AM became KFNS, going from standards to a sports-talk format on April 5, 1993. KFNS was the Yahoo! Sports Radio affiliate for Greater St. Louis.
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