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Conflict continues between Israel and Hamas – Top Stories | Avi Melamed joins with KFTK radio’s Mark Reardon Show. Published Feb 29, 2024, 12:04 AM

Former Israeli Intelligence Officer, Avi Melamed, joins Mark Reardon to discuss the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, the hostage crisis, and the geopolitical threat of an expanded conflict.

The Mark Reardon Show covers everything from the news-of-the-day, to news “out of the ordinary.”

KFTK-FM (97.1 MHz) is a commercial talk radio station licensed to Florissant, Missouri. Owned by Audacy, Inc., KFTK-FM services the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area, and is the local affiliate for several nationally syndicted programs: The Brian Kilmeade Show; The Dana Loesch Show; Coast to Coast AM with George Noory and This Morning, America’s First News with Gordon Deal. Most hours begin with an update from Fox News Radio.

The KFTK-FM studios are on Olive Street in St. Louis, while the station transmitter is in nearby O’Fallon. Besides a standard analog transmission, KFTK-FM broadcasts using HD Radio technology, carrying CBS Sports Radio on its HD2 digital subchannel. KFTK is available online via Audacy.

In the fall of 2000, Emmis Communications added to its St. Louis radio portfolio by purchasing properties from Sinclair Broadcasting, which wanted to focus on its television properties. The sale to Emmis led KXOK and KSHE to become sister stations. Upon purchasing KXOK, and to avoid overlap with KSHE, KXOK changed formats to talk radio on October 16, 2000;[7] the call letters changed to KFTK two days later.[8] Initially, the station focused on a female audience, which included such syndicated personalities as Bob and Sheri, Dr. Joy Browne, Clark Howard, Dr. Laura, Phil Hendrie, Rhona at Night, Loveline, and John and Jeff, as well as local host Dave Glover. The station used the name “97.1 FM Talk”. Failing to reach much of an audience, the station shifted toward more political talk in 2002, adding such syndicated hosts as Don Imus, Bill O’Reilly, and Sean Hannity. The station briefly changed its name to “97-1 the Link…Real Life Radio”, but soon returned to the “FM Talk” moniker.

The call sign was modified from KFTK to KFTK-FM on September 8, 2016.[8] On September 15, 2016, KFTK-FM began simulcasting on WQQX (1490 AM), renamed KFTK, and FM translator station K254CR to improve the station’s coverage in downtown St. Louis and the Illinois side of the market.[9]

Emmis exited the St. Louis market in 2018, with KFTK-FM and KNOU being sold to Entercom (now Audacy).[10] The simulcast over KFTK ended on March 20, 2020 when that station’s license was cancelled by the commission,[11] after it was revealed that the AM station’s ownership was a shell corporation that allowed a convicted felon to own it.[12] K254CR was not affected, and was subsequently reassigned to simulcast KFTK-FM until March 22, 2021, when K254CR was reassigned to broadcast AM sister station KMOX.[13]

Avi Melamed is a former Israeli intelligence official who went on to serve as deputy and then as senior Arab affairs adviser to Jerusalem Mayors Teddy Kollek and Ehud Olmert, operating as a negotiator during the first and second intifadas. He is the author of “Inside The Middle East | Entering A New Era,” and his latest docuseries, “The Seam Line,” available on the Izzy streaming platform, focuses on Jerusalem’s flashpoints and his work during the intifadas.

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