|City of license||San Antonio, Texas|
|Broadcast area||San Antonio, Texas|
|Slogan||KISS Rocks San Antonio|
|Frequency||99.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||December 1946|
|Sister stations||KCYY, KKYX, KONO, KONO-FM, KTKX, KSMG|
KISS-FM (99.5 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a mainstream rock format serving the San Antonio, Texas area. The Cox Radio outlet broadcasts at 99.5 MHz. Its studios are located in Northwest San Antonio near the South Texas Medical Center complex, and the transmitter site is in Elmendorf, Texas.
KISS-FM was originally a Show Tunes format which changed to a type of AOR (Album-Oriented Rock) in the late 1970s. The AOR format would last until May 1990 when KISS flipped to oldies known as 99.5 KISS oldies. The owners of KSMG Magic 105.3 (a competing Oldies station at the time) bought KISS-FM and KOOL 930 AM from Adams Broadcasting Corporation in November 1991 and simulcasted KSMG on both 99.5 FM and 930 AM. As of New Year's Day 1992, the rock music format was back on 99.5 KISS, now called "Active Rock".
AOR was sometimes referred to as "All Over (the) Road". During the early years, KISS DJ's were mostly given a free rein. Many brought in their own vinyl albums, producing their own shows within a looser, free-form rock, rock ballad & heavy metal format. The most notable past KISS/KMAC DJ's/personalities were Joe Anthony "The Godfather" (deceased 1992), and Lou Roney, who worked together for many years.
Back in the days before corporate consultants, KISS-FM was 12,900 watts and their AM sister station was KMAC. KMAC broadcast show tunes, opera, as well as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir until they simulcasted the rock format with KISS-FM later in the day/evening. In those earlier years, KISS-FM signed off at midnight each night.
KMAC/KISS was originally owned by the late Howard W. Davis. "Spread The Word" - was the popular window sticker slogan & on-air moniker during the 1970s & 1980s. KISS would be owned by Capitol Broadcasting Company, Adams Broadcasting, Rusk Corp, and current owners Cox Media Group.
Despite being considered a mainstream rock reporter per Mediabase, they were typically an active rock station per Nielsen BDS. By 2012, KISS-FM essentially switched formats to mainstream rock. The station was delisted from Mediabase's add board following the tweak.
Past KMAC/KISS D.J.s/Hosts
(Accurate but not a complete list-There may be some misspellings)
- Joe "the Godfather" Anthony
- Louis J. Roney (Lou Roney)
- Tom "T-Bone" Scheppke
- Debbie "The Electric Lady" Alcocer
- John Lisle
- Steve Hahn
- Kelley Kendall
- Brian Kendall
- John Dodge
- Jave "The Wave" Patterson
- Jason Lee Tipton "The Tiptonizer"
- Chuck Stanley
- Joshua Enriquez
- Wes Burleson
- King Castleberry
- Perry Kalison
- Matt Kelley
- Frank Young
- Gary Davenport
- Tempie Lindsay
- David Aguilar
- The late Leif "Loose Leif" Calberg
- Juan Felan
- Nancy Gray
- CJ Cruz
- Sandy Castle
- Jabreel Khalid
- Mike Shaw
- Mark Champion
- Greg Shawver
- Donnie Meals
- Bobby Reyes
- Teamo Therapy
- Dawn Bridgewater
- Art Garza
- Ron James
- Kevin Vargas
- LA Lloyd
- Tracy Barnes
KISS-FM is the legal call sign issued to this San Antonio radio station by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at licensing and is in no way related to the KISS-FM brand name used by Clear Channel Communications, which originated with Los Angeles's KIIS-FM. Despite San Antonio being the headquarters city of Clear Channel, they seem to have a gentlemen's agreement not to have a KISS-branded station in the city, while Cox has not attempted to claim rights on the branding despite holding the official KISS-FM calls from the FCC. (Of note, Cox owns R&B stations in Atlanta and Birmingham that utilize the "Kiss FM" branding, though both stations have urban adult contemporary formats rather than the Top 40/Hot AC format usually associated with the "Kiss FM" brand.)
Awards and recognitions
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KISS
- Radio-Locator information on KISS
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KISS