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City of license West Valley City, Utah
Broadcast area Salt Lake City
Slogan Exitos 1550
Frequency 1550 kHz
Format Regional Mexican
Power 10,000 watts day
340 watts night
Class B
Facility ID 25405
Transmitter coordinates 40°43′16.00″N 112°2′29.00″W / 40.72111°N 112.04139°W / 40.72111; -112.04139
Former callsigns KWIC
KRGO (1970's to early 1980's)
KRGO (1986 to 1988
KZQQ (1988-1992)
KRGQ (1992-1997
KRGO (1997-1998)
Owner Alpha and Omega Communications, LLC
KMRI's tower (left) near Magna, Utah. The tower on the right is used by KIHU.

KMRI (1550 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Regional Mexican format. Licensed to West Valley City, Utah, USA, the station serves the Salt Lake City area. The station is currently owned by Alpha and Omega Communications, LLC, who obtained it from KMRI Radio, LLC. Both organizations have common principals.[1]


The station was originally built on 1570 kHz with a power of 500 Watts and the transmitter located in the 'Sugarhouse' area of Salt Lake City in the 1950's. It operated Daytime Hours only. In the 1960's, the frequency was changed to 1550 kHz, the power was increased to 10,000 watts, the transmitting tower was moved to 5265 West 2100 South in what is now West Valley City, Utah, and the call sign was later changed from KWIC to KRGO. Nighttime operation at "500 watts" was later added. The station changed call signs back to KRGO on 1986-09-19, a call which it had previously held in the 1970s.[2] On 1988-01-01, the station changed its call sign to KZQQ. On 1992-07-31 to KRGQ. On 1997-03-10 to KRGO. On 1998-01-16 to the current KMRI.[3]

In the 1990's, because of bankruptcy, the station was dismantled, and in 1997 was rebuilt at its current transmitter location of 6211 West 2100 South, West Valley City, Utah. In 2003-2004 the station made arrangements with the then owner of KCPW (AM) (now KIHU), Community Wireless of Park City, to share its single tower as "Tower 2" of the other stations two tower directional array.

In one of the most famous and creative forms of station identification, this station and its one time one time sister FM station once held the call sign KRPN in the 1980s, and identified itself as WKRP N Salt Lake City (or Roy, in the case of the sister FM station). Because the KRP, N (as a homophone for "in"), and city of license were said in the proper order, it was a legal station ID despite the extra W.[4]


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