KFXN (AM)

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KFXN
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City of license Minneapolis, Minnesota
Broadcast area Minneapolis-St. Paul
Branding KFXN AM 690
Slogan Hmong Radio News, Talk, and Entertainment
Frequency 690 AM (kHz)
First air date April 5, 1962
Format Commercial; World Ethnic, Hmong language
Power 500 watts (day)
4 watts (night)
Class D
Facility ID 10141
Callsign meaning derived from former sister station KFAN
Former callsigns KTCR (1962–1984)
KTCJ (1984–1997)
KXBR (1997–1998)
Owner Minority Media and Telecommunications Council
(operated by Asian American Broadcasting, LLC)
(MMTC Broadcasting LLC)
Website KFXN website

KFXN (690 AM; "Hmong Radio AM 690") is a radio station licensed to Minneapolis, Minnesota, serving the Twin Cities area. The station is owned by the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council.

On July 21, 2010, former owner Clear Channel Communications announced it would donate the station through the MMTC-Clear Channel Ownership Diversity Initiative. In September 2011, the station switched to an ethnic-based format catering to the local Hmong community.[1]

KFXN is essentially a daytime-only station, broadcasting at 500 watts, though it does have a four watt signal during nighttime hours with very limited reach. This is likely to protect CKGM in Montreal. The transmitter and three-tower antenna array are located in New Hope on Winnetka Avenue north of 36th Avenue. This has been the only transmitter location for the station since it signed on the air on April 5, 1962. In August, 2009, KHTC 96.3 FM relocated its transmission facilities from Watertown, MN to the KFXN site.

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The station signed on in 1962 with the KTCR call sign, and a country music format. In 1968, new owner Al Tedesco purchased a companion FM station, KWFM, renaming it KTCR-FM.

In 1983, both stations were sold to John and Kathleen Parker, who gave the stations a makeover. The FM was changed to an adult album alternative/new age music format as KTCZ-FM, and KTCR became jazz as KTCJ to complement 'Cities 97'. The AM's jazz format lasted several years and the station was among the early market adopters of AM stereo, but eventually ceded to a simulcast with KTCZ-FM. On April 17, 1997, KTCJ, the sole remaining AM simulcasting an FM in the market, switched to classic country music. The call letters were changed to KXBR ("The Bear") that December.

Former Score 690 logo

In December 1998, KXBR dropped country and became KFXN, a counterpart to sports-formatted sister KFAN 1130. The station was branded as "Score 690" airing a complementary sports talk format, which consisted mostly of syndicated shows from Fox Sports Radio and Sporting News Radio, as well as Jim Rome's nationally syndicated program, and repeats of KFAN's local shows. With its 2011 divestiture of KFXN and resulting format change by the new owner, Clear Channel has moved the sports format of "The Score" to the HD2 subchannel of KTCZ-FM.

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