KMAN (1350 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a News Talk format. Licensed to Manhattan, Kansas, United States, the station serves the Salina-Manhattan area. The station is currently owned by Manhattan Broadcasting Co. and features programing from CBS Radio, ESPN Radio and Westwood One.
The current weekday programming schedule is "KMAN Mornings with Dave Lewis, Cathy Dawes, and John Kurtz" (6a-9a), "In Focus" (9a-10a), "Clark Howard" (10a-11a), "Rush Limbaugh" (11a-2p), "Dan Patrick Show" (2p-4p), and "The Game" (4p-6p). KMAN is also the flagship station of the K-State Sports Network, airing Wildcat football, baseball, and men's & women's basketball. The station produces "Powercat Gameday" as a lead-off to its Wildcat football and men's basketball coverage. The football edition is two hours in length, and airs four hours before every kickoff, while the basketball edition runs one hour and airs two hours before tip off for selected games. In addition, the station also broadcasts football, baseball, and basketball games featuring the Manhattan High Indians. KMAN is the Manhattan area affiliate for both the Kansas City Royals (MLB) and the Kansas City Chiefs (NFL), and airs play-by-play sports from ESPN and Westwood One.
On September 21, 2015, KMAN announced that it had purchased a translator and would now also be broadcasting its programming on 93.3 FM in addition to 1350 AM and the stations' website. The move ensured a higher quality signal into the Junction City and Fort Riley area. Within two weeks, KMAN announced the acquisition of a second translator that would carry the station into the Wamego area on 93.7 FM. Not only did these improvements bring the KMAN signal into a larger area, it also provides programming at a higher wattage 24 hours a day. The AM signal must be powered down at sunset due to FCC regulations.
The Program Director is Dave Lewis, the News Director is Cathy Dawes, and the Sports Director is John Kurtz. Kurtz is a two-time winner of the Oscar Stauffer Award for excellence in sports broadcasting. KMAN is part of Manhattan Broadcasting Company, which also owns and operates three other stations (KMKF, KXBZ, and KACZ) and an increasing digital presence.
Richard Wartell was the long-time General Manager of Manhattan Broadcasting Company. He retired on November 12, 2015 after nearly 30 years at the helm. Corey Reeves, the former Operations Director, was promoted to General Manager.