|City of license||Denton, Texas|
|Broadcast area||Dallas-Ft. Worth|
|Slogan||DFW's #1 Hit Music Station
Commercial-Free Every Monday.
All The Hits
|Frequency||106.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
106.1 HD-2 for "Pride Radio"
|First air date||June 1948 (as KDNT-FM at 106.3)|
|Format||Top 40 (CHR)|
|Callsign meaning||K Hits KiSs|
|Former callsigns||KDNT-FM (1948-1979)
|Former frequencies||106.3 MHz (1948-1962)|
|Owner||Clear Channel Communications
(AMFM Texas Licenses, LLC)
|Sister stations||KDGE, KDMX, KEGL, KFXR, KZPS|
|Webcast||Listen Live (via iHeartRadio)|
KHKS (106.1 FM) - branded as 106.1 KISS-FM - is a Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, radio station playing Top 40 (CHR) music and licensed to Denton, Texas with an ERP of 99,000 watts from a transmitter site in Cedar Hill, Texas. The music is Mainstream CHR with a mixture of mainly pop and hip-hop/rap. It is known as "Kiss FM". The station's studios are located along Dallas Parkway in Farmers Branch (although it has a Dallas address).
KDNT-FM was established in June 1948 at 106.3 on the FM dial and moved to the current 106.1 frequency in 1962. The station was a simulcast of KDNT-AM during its early years. KDNT-FM went through a number of different formats during the late 1970s and early 1980s, including a Top 40/Oldies hybrid, Disco, Rock, and Country. The station's calls changed to KDDC in 1979, and then to KIXK at the start of 1981. KIXK's format remained Country (as "Kix 106") until changing to Oldies/Classic Hits in December 1982.
Kiss 106 FM
In September 1984 KIXK became KTKS. At this time, 106.1 was owned by ABC Broadcasting until being purchased by Capital Cities in 1985. Like today's KHKS, KTKS was a CHR/Top 40 station using the moniker "The New Kiss 106 FM."
106.1 The Oasis
After a week of stunting with birds chirping, KTKS was replaced by KOAI "106.1 The Oasis" on October 7, 1987, playing new-age/smooth jazz. Gannett Broadcasting acquired KOAI in 1989. Gannett reached a deal with Granum Communications to move the Smooth Jazz format to 107.5 (now KMVK), where they remained until the fall of 2006.
On November 2, 1992, the CHR format and "Kiss FM" branding were revived on 106.1 with the current KHKS calls. Evergreen Media acquired the station at this time. It is home to the now nationally syndicated Kidd Kraddick in the Morning show.
From September 7 to 10, 2010 the station was slightly rebranded to "06.1 Kiss FM" (leaving out the first "1") as part of its $5,000 contest. That same year, KHKS ran a new initiative where they broadcast commercial free every Monday. However, during that time, they've been known to stretch a song out a little by repeating the chorus of a song twice.
From 2005-2009, KHKS was the only top 40 station in Dallas/Fort Worth, although it had always been leaning rhythmic since then. Former rivals KRBV Wild 100.3 (now KJKK 100.3 Jack FM), 106.7 KDL/Casa 106.7 (now KZZA 106.7 La Bonita), and Movin 107.5 (now KMVK La Grande 107.5), and current rival KLIF-FM (i93 Hits) and lean more dance/rhythmic than KHKS (except KLIF which leans more adult CHR). KHKS could serve as the de facto rhythmic station for Dallas, although KBFB is the actual rhythmic station for Dallas, KBFB is more urban-leaning. KESS-FM (now KFZO) Hot 107.9 was also a rhythmic competitor for 3 months from May to late July 2013, but it has switched to a Regional Mexican format.
106.1 HD-2 (HD Radio needed) first launched in 2004 as "Kiss FM En Espanol", targeting a Hispanic audience with Hispanic Rhythmic format. Then it was jettisoned in favor of Pride Radio in late 2006 with a format attracting the LGBT community. "Pride Radio" was then moved to its sister station KDMX on 102.9 HD-2 in favor of "Wild Radio" in early 2008, running "Party Mix" (Rhythmic CHR) music similar to the "Kiss FM" playlist. However, since March 28, 2011, it has been replaced by Pride Radio, marking the format's return to that particular frequency.
- Kidd Kraddick in the Morning (KHKS is the flagship station)
- Toby Knapp (Home Station - Hot 99.5 in Washington, DC)
- Billy the Kidd (also known by the name "DF Dub," under which he released a single in 2002 called "Country Girl" that achieved moderate success)
- Official website
- DFW Radio/TV History's Tribute to KDNT
- DFW Radio Archives
- Kiss FM Playlist
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KHKS
- Radio-Locator information on KHKS
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KHKS