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KABG
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City of license Los Alamos, New Mexico
Broadcast area Albuquerque, New Mexico
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Branding Big 98.5
Slogan New Mexico's Greatest Hits
Frequency 98.5 MHz
First air date 1956
Format Classic Hits
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 581 meters
Class C
Facility ID 44000
Callsign meaning KA BiG
Former callsigns KRSN (1956-1986)
KKBR (1986-1990)
KRBL (1990-1993)
KTMN (1993-1997)
Owner American General Media
Sister stations KAGM, KARS (AM), KDLW, KHFM, KKIM, KLVO
Webcast Listen Live
Website big985.com

KABG (98.5 MHz) is an American radio station licensed to Los Alamos, New Mexico serving the Santa Fe and Albuquerque radio markets. It is owned by American General Media and has a classic top 40 oldies format playing hits mostly from the 60's and 70's.

The format launched in Summer 1997 as "Big Oldies 98.5". It had then gone on to beat out two other long running oldies stations in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe markets, KBOM 106.7 (moved to 94.7 in 2000, both frequencies which AGM had later purchased) in Santa Fe and KZKL (later changed to KQEO) 101.7 in Albuquerque which dropped the format in 2002 making KABG the only FM oldies station in both markets. However it does have a competitor on the AM band, KRKE 1600 a station playing "real" oldies.

For many years the station had been known as "Big Oldies" but in 2007 it had rebranded to just "Big 98.5" phasing out the word "oldies" as it has followed most other oldies stations across the country in shifting to a more 70's focused "classic hits" format in order to keep much of its audience in the 25-54 age range demographic which is the most appealing to advertisers. It has also changed its website.

Programming

Local radio veteran Bobby Box hosts the morning shift on the station. Other local personalities include, Big Ben and Dave Garson. It also carries the syndicated "Truckin" Tom Kent program on weeknights and air several syndicated shows during the weekend.

Some former personalities included Barbara Fox, Steve Suttle, and Scooter Sherwood.

Past Formats

Call Letters Format Name Time Period
KKBR Oldies KKBR 1986-1990
KRBL Rock The Rebel Rocker 1990-1992
KRBL Top 40 Lazer 98.5 1992-1993
KTMN Classic Rock The Mountain 1993-1996
KTMN Adult Album Alternative The Mountain 1996-1997

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