City Anchorage, Alaska
Broadcast area Southcentral Alaska
Branding NewsRadio 650
Frequency 650 kHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1948
Format News/talk
Power 50,000 watts unlimited
Class A
Facility ID 12516
Transmitter coordinates 61°9′58″N 149°49′34″W / 61.16611°N 149.82611°W / 61.16611; -149.82611Coordinates: 61°9′58″N 149°49′34″W / 61.16611°N 149.82611°W / 61.16611; -149.82611
Callsign meaning Kenai (Previously Kayak)
Former callsigns KYAK (1967-1998)[1]
Former frequencies 550 kHz (1948-1998)[1]
Owner iHeartMedia, Inc.
(Capstar TX LLC)
Sister stations KASH-FM, KBFX, KGOT, KTZN, KYMG
Webcast Listen Live

KENI (AM 650) is a radio station broadcasting a news/talk format.[2] Licensed to Anchorage, Alaska, United States, the station serves the south-central Alaska area. The station is currently owned by iHeartMedia, Inc..[3] KENI is a clear-channel, Class A, 50,000-watt station. The other Class A station on 650 AM is WSM in Nashville, Tennessee.

With a full-time local news staff of four full-time and six part-time news staff, KENI has newscasts at the top and bottom of every hour round the clock as well as live local drive time talk programs and nationally syndicated programs the other slots in the day.


KENI began broadcasting May 2, 1948, on 550 kHz with 5kW power (full-time). It was operated by Midnight Sun Broadcasting Company.[4] It moved to its current location in March 1998. During the mid-1990s, the station, as KYAK, was the Anchorage affiliate of the Radio AAHS children's format.


  1. 1 2 Mitchell, Elaine B., ed. (1973). Alaska Blue Book (First ed.). Juneau: Alaska Department of Education, Division of State Libraries. p. 135.
  2. "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Spring 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2011-08-09.
  3. "KENI Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved 2011-08-09.
  4. "New Alaska Station, KENI, Starts May 2" (PDF). Broadcasting. April 26, 1948. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
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