|City of license||Gilbert, Arizona|
|Broadcast area||Phoenix, Arizona|
|First air date||1981 (as KQEZ)|
|Format||Adult Top 40 (KMVA simulcast)|
|Former callsigns||KQEZ (1981-1994)
KEXX is a commercial radio station located in Phoenix, Arizona, broadcasting to the Phoenix Metropolitan Area on 103.9 FM. KEXX airs a Hot AC format branded as "Hot 97.5/103.9" (simulcasting with KMVA 97.5 FM Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona). Its studios are located on 7th Street in Midtown Phoenix, while its transmitter is located in San Tan Valley, Arizona.
In 1994, the country music format was dropped in favor of a classic rock music format complemented by a change of call letters to KAZR. A signal upgrade followed providing the southern sections of the Phoenix, Arizona, area with a clear signal. However, the format change was short lived.
On October 30, 1996, the format was changed to rhythmic top 40 known as "103.9, Arizona's Party Station". The call letters were changed in the spring of 1997 to KPTY to reflect their station branding. In 1998, the format evolved to a hybrid hip-hop/modern rock format shortly followed by a change of branding to "Party Radio @ 103.9" (notable for the song "We Like To Party" by The Vengaboys playing in a loop for over 24 hours). On January 1, 2000, it returned to a rhythmic top 40 format as "103.9 The Party".
In October 2001, the station's owners were persuaded by the staff of the original KEDJ "The Edge" on 106.3 FM and 100.3 FM to drop the Rhythmic Top 40 format and bring the KEDJ call letters and its modern format (minus The Howard Stern Show) over to 103.9 FM. The 106.3 FM and 100.3 FM frequencies originally used by "The Edge" were sold to Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation (now Univision Radio) and switched to a Spanish-language format.
In April 2008, the morning show, The Morning Ritual, was dropped in place of syndicated The Adam Carolla Show. The Adam Carolla Show was cancelled on February 20, 2009, due to Carolla's LA flagship station KLSX-FM switching format to top-40. It was quickly replaced by another Los Angeles-based morning show, Kevin and Bean.
In July 2009, the station relaunched as "FM/1039...Where Music Matters." FM/1039 Launched under then Program Director Tim Virgin. That same month, Tim Virgin left to do Afternoons at Q101 in Chicago. Former program director Marc Young returned to the station and took over afternoon duties as well.
On January 8, 2010, the "FM 103-9" branding was changed to "X 103-9...Alternative Rock Now." On February 2, 2010, under the direction of Program Director Marc Young, the station's call letters were changed from KEDJ to KEXX to align with the "X 103.9" branding.
As of June 2012, the station turned to more current playlist, playing Hot AC still under the name "My 103.9"
On December 27, 2013, Trumper Communications and Riviera Broadcasting Group announced that they would merge their Adult Top 40 outlets into one simulcast, with KMVA and KEXX becoming "Hot 97.5/103.9 Trending Radio." The combined signals made their launch on December 31, 2013.
Weekly program playlist
- Vinnie 6am-12pm
- JT 12pm-3pm
- Robin Nash 3pm-7pm
- Official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KEXX
- Radio-Locator information on KEXX
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KEXX