|City of license||El Cajon, California|
|Broadcast area||Greater San Diego|
San Diego's #1 Hit Music Stationairdate = 1961 (as KECR-FM)
|Frequency||93.3 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|Format||Top 40 (CHR)
HD2: Pride Radio
|Former callsigns||KECR-FM (?-1995)|
|Sister stations||KGB, KIOZ, KLSD, KMYI, KOGO, KSSX, KLNV|
KHTS-FM (93.3 FM) is a Top 40 (CHR) station licensed to El Cajon, California and serving the San Diego market. The station is owned by Clear Channel Communications and brands as "Channel 93.3", sounded out as "Channel 9-3-3".
As of May 2013, KHTS is the most listened to radio station in all of the San Diego region, averaging nearly 1,000,000 listeners.
From 1961 to 1995, the station was KECR-FM, owned by the religious Family Radio organization and airing their programming. The station was sold off in 1995 to Jacor Communications, with Family Radio continuing to broadcast in San Diego on KECR, an AM station on 910. Shortly after the station received their current KHTS calls and a Top 40 format.
In March 1996, KHTS began simulcasting Tampa, Florida-based WFLZ in an early form of voicetracking, which coincidentally also is carried on 93.3. This brought personalities such as Bubba The Love Sponge to the market, along with WFLZ referencing San Diego weather and events in their programming. The two stations also shared the "Channel 933" branding, and to some point still do today. The station left the WFLZ simulcast on September 1,1996 with stunting involving various remix loops of the then-popular Macarena and a broadcast of that day's San Diego Chargers game in place of XTRA, which is required by law to carry Mexican presidential addresses under its Mexican radio license, starting its new format at 4 p.m. that day.
By August 1998, KHTS would move away from its dance-heavy approach to a more mainstream direction due to the Clear Channel/Jacor merger bringing KKLQ into the same Clear Channel ownership as KHTS and ending that rivalry. The station maintains a rhythmic-leaning sound (with occasional alternative music tracks) and continues to air dance mixes on weekends.
- KHTS-FM Official Website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KHTS
- Radio-Locator information on KHTS
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KHTS