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KIVA (1550 AM) is an American radio station based in Albuquerque, New Mexicomarker. It is locally owned by Vanguard Media LLC and broadcasts a talk radio format featuring national talk show hosts, Doug Stephan, Dr. Joy Browne, Clark Howard, Lou Dobbs, Larry King, and Jim Bohannon.

History

For many years, the station broadcast on the 1520 AM frequency. It mostly carried programming that was broadcast on the 107.9 FM frequency. However, the station could only be heard during daytime hours due to night time interference from KOMA (now KOKC) out of Oklahoma Citymarker. In 1995, it broke off from 107.9 simulcasting and began to run children's programming from Radio AAHS as KDZZ, but it would return to simulcasting after less than two years.

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In 2000, it was sold to Vanguard and moved to the 1550 frequency, which can allow for it to be heard better at night. It began broadcasting an adult standards format to fill a void left after KIVA 1310 AM had dropped the format for talk. It picked up the KKJY call sign that had once belonged locally to 100.3 FM, which had a long running easy listening format until 1994. It was branded as "Joy AM".

In 2006 the station's format shifted to soft AC. On July 25, 2008, it again changed its call sign to KQNM and called itself "Soft Favorites 1550". On May 18, 2009, it changed to KIVA while moving the KQNM call sign to 1100 kHz in Milan, New Mexicomarker. The KIVA format was changed to talk radio.

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