KDES-FM

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KDES-FM
City of license Cathedral City, California
Broadcast area Coachella Valley
Branding 98.5 KDES
Slogan Greatest Hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s
Frequency 98.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)
Translator(s) 107.3 K297BO (Palm Springs, relays HD2)
First air date 1969 (as KWXY-FM)
Format Oldies
HD2: Easy Listening (KWXY simulcast)
ERP 43,000 watts
HAAT 161 meters
Class B
Facility ID 24253
Callsign meaning K DESert
Former callsigns KWXY-FM (1969-2010)
Owner R&R Broadcasting
Webcast Listen Live
Website kdes.com

KDES-FM 98.5 is an oldies and 1960s–1980s rock station in the Palm Springs area and the Coachella Valley of Southern California. It is owned by R&R Broadcasting, also the owner of KPSI AM 920, KPSI-FM 100.5, KPTR AM 1450 and KWXY AM 1340.

KDES began in 1957 on the AM dial at 920 kHz and was affiliated with ABC Radio. KDES-FM went on-air in 1963, then adopted the top 40/pop music format in 1975. It switched to its current oldies format in 1988. The AM station dropped oldies in 1995, replacing them with news/talk KPSI.

KDES's studio headquarters are in Palm Springs. The station is co-owned with KPTR, a news/talk format station. KDES's signal covers a 40-mile (64 km) radius area, from Beaumont to the Morongo Basin to the Imperial Valley.

Over the 20th Century, KDES-FM had shifted from conventional oldies (50s-60s) to more of a "classic hits" format by expanding its playlist to include more soul hits as well as 80s hits. KDES-FM's closest rivals are KEZN and KDGL.

In January 2010, KDES announced plans to move its oldies format to KWXY-FM's former frequency. This decision brought an end to KWXY-FM's beautiful music format, which has moved to AM 1340. KDES vacated its original frequency of 104.7 on February 2. The frequency was sold and has been moved out of the market by its new owners.

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Coordinates: 33°51′58″N 116°26′06″W / 33.866°N 116.435°W / 33.866; -116.435