KKSS

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KKSS
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City of license Santa Fe, New Mexico
Broadcast area Santa Fe
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Branding KISS 97.3
Slogan The Most Hip-Hop and R&B
Frequency 97.3 MHz)
First air date 1969 (as KAFE-FM)
Format Rhythmic Top 40
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 572 meters
Class C
Facility ID 63928
Callsign meaning KISS (the second K substitutes for the I)
Former callsigns KAFE-FM (1969-1985)
Owner Univision Radio
Sister stations KIOT, KJFA, KKRG
Webcast Listen Live
Website mykiss973.com

KKSS (97.3 FM) is a commercial radio station located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, broadcasting to the Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico, area. KKSS airs a rhythmic Top 40 music format branded as "Kiss 97.3". Owned by Univision Radio, its studios are located in Northeast Albuquerque (a mile north of Central Avenue) and the transmitter tower is located west of Los Alamos.

History[edit]

KKSS signed on with the format in 1985, although at times they had detoured to mainstream Top 40 a few times, mostly when they got new competition (most of them short-lived). But that all changed when Univision bought the station in 2002 from Simmons Media Group and flipped it back to its current Rhythmic Top 40 direction after its former owners tried to make it a mainstream Top 40 again.

Today KKSS has managed to do successfully well with its mix of R&B-hip hop and rhythmic pop product, despite the competition it is getting from Rhythmic rival KAGM and mainstream Top 40 rivals KKOB-FM, KDLW and KLQT, thus giving Albuquerque/Santa Fe the distinction of having the most Top 40s competing in one medium-sized market.

KKSS call letters were originally used for a St. Louis Station KMJM, now KSLZ, back in 1979.

On April 4, 2014 three KKSS airstaff including program director and midday host DJ Lopez, Johnny V, and MQ had left the station to join rival KAGM "Power 106.7" along with former KJFA personality Julian Robles who moves to KLVO at American General Media. This all comes amidst restructuring at Univision Radio which now has KKSS sharing on-air personalities and programming with sister station KBBT in San Antonio, Texas.[1]

Current staff[edit]

Mornings: The Houseparty with Dana Cortez & Kandee Man
Middays: Xavier "The Freakin' Rican"
Afternoons: Animal
Nights: HammBurger

Former Staff[edit]

Mornings: Cadillac Jack, Chaz Malibu (now at KABG), Brody Scott
Middays: Brody Scott
Middays: Randy Savage
Middays: DJ Lopez (until April 2014)
Afternoons: Johnny V (until April 2014)
Afternoons: JJ Morgan
Nights: Joe Mama
Nights: MQ & DJ 3 In The Mix (until April 2014)
Overnights: Kandi O

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Coordinates: 35°46′52″N 106°31′37″W / 35.781°N 106.527°W / 35.781; -106.527