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KTLK (1130 AM) – branded News/Talk AM 1130 – is a commercial conservative talk radio station licensed to serve Minneapolis, Minnesota. Owned by iHeartMedia, Inc., the station covers the Twin Cities radio market, and is the local affiliate for: Fox News Radio and NBC News Radio; The Glenn Beck Radio Program; The Rush Limbaugh Show; The Sean Hannity Show; Coast to Coast AM; and syndicated radio personalities Joe Pags, Bill Cunningham, Kim Komando, Bill Handel and Ben Ferguson. The KTLK main studios are located in St. Louis Park, while the transmitter is located in nearby Scott County. Besides a standard analog transmission, KTLK is simulcast over an HD digital subchannel of KFXN-FM and on low-power Cottage Grove translator K278BP (103.5 FM), and is available online via iHeartRadio.

KTLK is the second-oldest continuously operating station in Minnesota, dating to December 23, 1923, when Dr. George W. Young signed on his station with the call letters KFMT. (KUOM began operation in 1922.)

Dr. Young first operated the station from his house in Minneapolis at 2219 Bryant Ave. North, cycling through the call signs: WHAT, WGWY ("W-George W. Young"), and finally WDGY ("W-Dr. George Young") in the next two years until being chastised by the government for changing too frequently. The station kept the WDGY call letters until 1991. WDGY operated on eight frequencies over its early years.[1] In the 1930s, it was heard on 1180 AM, transmitting with 5,000 watts by day and 1,000 watts at night.[2] The station shared time with at least four local stations, including WRHM and WCAL during its early years.

After moving out of his home, Young located the station's studios at several locations: his storefront at 909 West Broadway in Minneapolis, the West Hotel on Hennepin at 5th Street and 609 South Second Avenue. Minnesota native George Putnam began his broadcasting career at WDGY in 1934. Putnam later gained fame as a Los Angeles television news anchor and talk show host. In 1938, WDGY relocated its studios to the Nicollet Hotel at Washington Avenue and Nicollet Avenue after WCCO had vacated the facility for new studios at Second Avenue South and Seventh Street.

WDGY made its final move on the dial to 1130 AM in 1941 as required by the North American Regional Broadcasting Agreement (NARBA), under which most American, Canadian and Mexican AM radio stations changed frequencies.[3] Transmitter sites are known to have been at Young's house, at the Broadway address and from 1927 to 1949 at Superior Boulevard and Falvey Cross Road in St. Louis Park on the grounds of a fox farm. Dr. Young died on April 27, 1945.[4]

Later studio locations included Bloomington (two locations), 611 Frontenac Place in St. Paul and, in 2004 at the Clear Channel Communications consolidated offices in St. Louis Park at 1600 Utica Avenue. The transmitter site moved in 1949 to Bloomington at a site that would within a decade overlook I-35W, using a vast 9-tower array.

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