City Anchorage, Alaska
Broadcast area Anchorage, Alaska
Branding Smart Radio 700
Frequency 700 kHz
Translator(s) See below
First air date 1948
Format Talk
Power 10,000 watts fulltime
Class A
Facility ID 49612
Former frequencies 1240 kHz (1948-1956)
1270 kHz (1956-1971)[1]
Affiliations CBS Radio News
Westwood One Network
Westwood One News
Owner Ohana Media Group
(OMG FCC Licenses LLC)
Website kbyr.com

KBYR (700 AM) is an American commercial radio station programming talk in Anchorage, Alaska. 700 AM is a North American clear-channel frequency. WLW in Cincinnati, Ohio is also a Class A station on this frequency.


Longtime Alaskan broadcaster Dick Lobdell identified KBYR as the source of the famous Alaskan blooper presented on Kermit Schaefer's blooper albums of an announcer declaring that he would be "taking a leak out the window" to determine how cold it was.

KBYR was originally on 1240 kHz. It moved to 1270 in 1956 then to 700 in 1971.


In addition to the main station, KBYR is relayed by an additional 2 translators to widen its broadcast area.

Call signFrequency
City of licenseERP
ClassFCC info
K261AO100.1 FMArco Base Camp, Alaska91DFCC
K203BY88.5 FMKuparuk, Alaska188DFCC


  1. Mitchell, Elaine, ed. (1973). Alaska Blue Book (First ed.). Juneau: Alaska Department of Education, Division of State Libraries. p. 135.

Coordinates: 61°12′25″N 149°55′20″W / 61.20694°N 149.92222°W / 61.20694; -149.92222

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