KYGO-FM is a country music radio station in Denver, Colorado. The Bonneville International outlet operates at 98.5 MHz with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 100 kW. Its studios are located in Greenwood Village, and the transmitter is on Squaw Mountain near Evergreen.
The station signed on the air in 1953 as KFML, but following the sale of the station to Jefferson-Pilot Broadcasting in 1974, adopted the KIMN-FM call letters. The station changed call letters to KYGO in 1979 and later that year changed from contemporary hits to the country music format. Bob Call, previously of WSOC-FM in Charlotte, North Carolina, flipped the switch; when he started at WSOC, he knew little about country music, but learned fast. In 2006, as part of Lincoln Financial's acquisition of Jefferson-Pilot (including the J-P media properties), KYGO would become a Lincoln Financial Media station.
In 2007, the station was named Country music station of the year in a top 25 market by Radio & Records magazine. Other nominees included WUSN Chicago, WYCD Detroit, KEEY-FM Minneapolis, WXTU Philadelphia, and KSON-FM San Diego.
On December 8, 2014, Entercom announced they would purchase Lincoln Financial Group's entire 15-station lineup (including KYGO) in a $106.5 million deal, and operated the outlets under a LMA deal. On December 22, 2014, Entercom announced that it will retain KYGO and its current format. The FCC approved the deal on June 26, 2015. However, on July 14, 2015, the Department of Justice forced Entercom to spin off KYGO, KOSI, KKFN and KEPN to Bonneville International in exchange for Bonneville's KSWD in Los Angeles to meet ownership limits. Both Bonneville and Entercom began operating their new clusters via Time Brokerage Agreements on July 17, 2015 until the transaction was consummated on November 24, 2015.