KESS-FM

Summary

KESS-FM (107.1 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Benbrook, Texas, and serving communities in the western sections of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. It is owned and operated by the Uforia Audio Network, a division of Univision Communications. It has a Spanish-language contemporary hit radio format, simulcast with co-owned 107.9 KDXX in Lewisville, Texas.

KESS-FM
107.9 & 107.1 Latino Mix Dallas logo.png
Benbrook, Texas
Broadcast areaWestern areas of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
Frequency107.1 MHz (HD Radio)
BrandingLatino Mix 107.9 y 107.1
Programming
Language(s)Spanish
FormatCHR/Latin Pop (Simucast of KDXX)
SubchannelsHD2: Rhythmic AC (KVBH Simulcast)
Ownership
OwnerUforia Audio Network
(Tichenor License Corporation)
KDXX, KFLC, KFZO, KLNO
Also part of the Univision Cluster: TV Stations KUVN and KSTR
History
First air date
1987 (as KFII)
Former call signs
KFII (1987-1988)
KYOT (1988-1992)
KCYT (1992-1995)
KCKK (1995)
KMRT (1995-1998)
KDXT (1998-2003)
KDXX (2003-2012)
KFZO (2012-2013)
Call sign meaning
ESSpanol
Technical information
Facility ID21599
ClassC1
ERP74,000 watts
HAAT320 meters (1050 ft)
Links
WebcastListen live (via iHeartRadio)
WebsiteKDXX Online

KESS has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 100,000 watts, the maximum for non-grandfathered FM stations. The transmitter is off Tin Top Estates Road in Horseshoe Bend.[1] While simulcast partner KDXX has a signal covering Dallas, Fort Worth and communities north of the Metroplex, into Oklahoma, KESS has a signal covering communities west of Fort Worth. KESS broadcasts using HD Radio technology.[2]

HistoryEdit

The station had been branded as "Estereo Latino" until February 19, 2009, when "La Que Buena" was moved from 107.9 FM (KESS-FM) and simulcast on 99.1 FM (KFZO). The Reggaeton station known as "La Kalle" was then moved to 107.9 FM and retooled to Latin Pop/CHR.

On June 23, 2011, KDXX changed its format from a simulcast of Regional Mexican-formatted KFZO 99.1 FM to Spanish adult hits, branded as "Recuerdo 107.1".

On June 28, 2012, KDXX changed the format back to Regional Mexican, branded as "La Jefa 107.1" and changed its call sign to KFZO.[3]

On July 29, 2013 KFZO flipped to a simulcast of Spanish AC KDXX 99.1. The following month, on August 9, 2013, KFZO swapped call letters with KESS-FM.

On September 28, 2014, 107.1 rebranded as "Latino Mix".

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Radio-Locator.com/KESS
  2. ^ http://hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?id=10 Archived 2015-11-23 at the Wayback Machine HD Radio Guide for Dallas-Ft. Worth
  3. ^ "Univision Launches "Radio H2O" 107.9 Dallas".

External linksEdit

  • KESS in the FCC FM station database
  • KESS on Radio-Locator
  • KESS in Nielsen Audio's FM station database
  • DFW Radio/TV History

Coordinates: 32°35′10″N 97°49′52″W / 32.586°N 97.831°W / 32.586; -97.831