|Broadcast area||Bakersfield, California|
|Slogan||"Number One For Hip-Hop and R&B"|
|First air date||1997|
|Format||Rhythmic Top 40 (CHR)|
|Callsign meaning||The KISs of the Valley (Original moniker was "KISS 94.1" until 2002, when it lost the rights to use the "KISS" name in a court case)|
|Former callsigns||KLYD (1/3/80-6/4/82)
|Owner||American General Media|
|Sister stations||KEBT, KERI, KERN, KGEO, KGFM, KKXX|
The station was well known in the 1980s as KQXR or Q94 FM. At that time it had a Top 40 format that leaned towards Adult Contemporary. After taking a beating from then-rhythmic KKXX 105.3FM, the call letters were changed in 1989 to KERN-FM (94 Oldies), along with the format. For the next eight years the station supported an Oldies format, specializing in Top 40 music from the years 1955-74 and featuring syndicated shows such as "Cruisin' America with Cousin Brucie" and "Dick Clark's Rock, Roll & Remember". It performed fairly well in the Arbitron ratings. But in 1997 the station was relaunched as "The All New KISS 94.1, The Rhythm Of The Valley". That put them back in a battle with KKXX(Who would respond by switching signals and relaunching themselves as an R&B/Hip-Hop intensive outlet). The two stations would wage war during its seven-year melee. But in the end it would be KISV who would come out on top, beating KKXX in all the Arbitron books.
However in 2001 it got worse. When Clear Channel Communications bought KKXX that year it sent a Cease & Desist order to KISV calling the "KISS" moniker trademarked because they want to use the slogan for KKXX, which by then was called simply "X96.5". During their court hearings, KISS 94.1 dropped "Kiss" from their name in compliance with the Cease & Desist order and called itself simply "94.1" for the duration of the fight against Clear Channel. A federal judge agreed and February 2002 Clear Channel won the case. That prompted KISV to change its moniker.
Shortly thereafter, KISV held a contest to let the listeners decide what the new name of the station would be. The result of this contest was the stations brand new listener chosen moniker; "HOT 94.1."
But despite the name change they continued to beat KKXX (whch by then was remonikered as "96.5 KISS-FM") up until its last year of existence in 2004, but a month later they picked up competition from KBDS, who filled the void after the final incarnation of KKXX exited. On November 14, 2008 KISV became the only Rhythmic in the market after KBDS went dark due to financial problems caused by the economic recession.
The programming on this station includes local programming starting with Romeo on mornings. His show features Hollywood Trash. Program director, J. Reed, is on middays. His show features the 12 O' Clock Movie Match. Randy is on in the afternoons. His show features the 5 O' Clock Traffic Jam with D.J. Wreck in the Mix. Flawless is on nights. His show features the Battle of The Jam, the 4 play at nine, and the 9:30 Flurry Mix. Art Laboe is on Sunday through Thursday evenings. James is on late nights. Weekend fill-in hosts include Kev, D.J. Wreck, Noe G., Buddha, Drewski, and Board Op. Brandon. The Baka Boyz can be heard Saturday evenings.
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