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KRLD
Logo for KRLD 1080
City of license Dallas, Texas
Broadcast area Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex
Branding 'NewsRadio 1080"
Frequency 1080 kHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1926
Format News/Talk
Power 50,000 Watts
Class A (Clear channel)
Transmitter coordinates 32°53′25.01″N 96°38′44.02″W / 32.8902806°N 96.6455611°W / 32.8902806; -96.6455611
Callsign meaning Radio Laboratories of Dallas
Affiliations CBS News
Texas State Network
Texas Rangers (MLB)
Owner CBS Radio
(CBS Radio Texas, Inc.)
Sister stations KJKK, KLUV, KMVK, KRLD-FM, KVIL
also part of CBS Corp. cluster: TV stations KTVT and KTXA
Webcast See Website
Website krld.com

KRLD "NewsRadio 1080" is a dual format news and talk radio station located in Dallas, Texas and owned by CBS Radio. The callsign originated from the station's original owners, Dallas Radio Laboratories, transposed as Radio Laboratories of Dallas.

The station is a radio affiliate of the Texas Rangers Major League Baseball team and airs games on weekends, with weekday games airing on sister station KRLD-FM as of 2009.

KRLD was also used as the callsign of the CBS television affiliate KDFW-TV (channel 4) in Dallas from 1949 to 1970, and later the callsign of the Metromedia-owned television station on channel 33 in Dallas from 1983 to 1986.

History

Beginning in 1926, KRLD broadcast six hours a day, except on Wednesdays when the station closed down to make repairs and recharge the batteries. Since 1938, KRLD has broadcast at an effective radiated power of 50,000 watts, the highest allowed by the FCC. KRLD can be heard at night in 38 states. In the summer of 1941, KRLD moved to 1080 on the dial. In April, 1978, KRLD switched from a music-based format to become the first news and information station in Dallas/Fort Worth.

During the 1970s and 1980s, KRLD was the flagship station for the NFL's Dallas Cowboys and since 1995 the flagship for the Texas Rangers of the American League. In 2009 weekday games were moved to sister station KRLD-FM, while KRLD continues to air games on weekends. Brad Sham, who worked with KRLD from and again from , provided both color analysis and play-by-play for both teams (Sham is still the Cowboys' lead voice as of 2009). In 1996, KRLD Radio became the Home of the Amber Alert, with first trial of the Amber Alert broadcast from there.

The station originally broadcast from the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas. KRLD's main studios were formerly located at Ameriquest Field, aka The Ballpark at Arlington, in Arlington, Texas. In summer 2005, the station moved to a fifth floor office at the southwest corner of Fitzhugh and Central Expressway, in Dallas, Texas.

KRLD has achieved many firsts in the field of radio broadcasting:

Branch Davidian leader David Koresh used KRLD to broadcast his messages in 1993 during his standoff with the government and FBI.

Current format

KRLD currently broadcasts several different types of programs each week, including news, talk, Texas Rangers baseball games on the weekends, do it yourself, Neil Sperry's Texas Gardening, and paid programming. A listing of all programs broadcast and their scheduled air times can be found on the KRLD programming page. KRLD serves as the flagship station for the Texas State Network. In addition, during periods of severe weather KRLD is generally the only AM station in the DFW area to interrupt all programming and bring continuous weather updates. On December 12, 2008, sister station KLLI switched callsigns to match KRLD after changing the format to sports as 105.3 The Fan. The new station has the calls KRLD-FM.

KRLD management has been in the process of firing some of the talent that has made it legendary in Texas radio, including long-time personalities Carla Marion, Brad Barton, and Neil Sperry, who announced in his February 13, 2010 broadcast that the management was opting out of his contract after almost thirty years on the air.

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