KLUC-FM

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KLUC-FM
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City of license Las Vegas, Nevada
Broadcast area Las Vegas, Nevada
Branding 98.5 KLUC
Slogan "Las Vegas' #1 Hit Music Station"
Frequency 98.5 MHz
First air date May 1954
Format Top 40 (CHR)
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 360 meters
Class C
Facility ID 47744
Callsign meaning K LUCky
Owner CBS Radio
Sister stations KMXB, KXNT, KXNT-FM, KXTE, KXST
Webcast Listen Live
Website kluc.com

KLUC-FM is a legacy commercial radio station located in Las Vegas, Nevada, broadcasting on 98.5 FM. KLUC airs a Top 40 (CHR) music format, which tends to lean heavily pop. Their pop-leaning Top 40 sister KZON Phoenix, Arizona was patterned after KLUC. Owned by CBS Radio, the station's studios are located in the unincorporated Clark County area of Spring Valley, while its transmitter is atop Black Mountain in Henderson.

History of Ownership[edit]

98.5 KLUC has been a long time Top 40 station in Las Vegas.

The signal was originally owned by Western Cities Broadcasting, and went live in the mid-1970s.

In 1985, Western Cities was acquired by Nationwide.

In 1995, a couple of years before Nationwide was "acquired", ARS bought KLUC, and then CBS Radio who owns them today.

Music[edit]

From the mid-1970s to 1983, KLUC was a rock leaning Top 40. In 1977 KLUC experimented with a "Disco Format" in the evenings but it was short lived. This changed in the fall of 1983 when KLUC added a lot of R&B and dance music product. KLUC "leaned dance" through the rest of the 1980s and early 1990s before officially shifting to Rhythmic CHR in 1993 even though KLUC remained the mass appeal station in the Las Vegas market. Through their many years KLUC would play everything from the biggest rhythm hits to big pop hits. This was especially true during the late 1990s when KLUC heavily played the boy bands that were popular during that era. KLUC has long been recognized as an industry leader having won numerous awards as "Station Of The Year" in the USA from Billboard, Gavin, R&R and S.I.N. awards to excellence. KLUC was the first station to achieve over 500,000 weekly listeners and still holds the title year after year as "The Most Listened To Radio Station In Nevada."

Alumni[edit]

  1. Dave Anthony
  2. Jeff Michaels
  3. Dave Van Stone
  4. Murray Westgate
  5. Tim Maranville
  6. Dave Ryan
  7. Thad Svendsen
  8. Bill Richards
  9. Jerry Roy
  10. Mike O'Brien
  11. Julio The Gardener
  12. Jamie Colantonio
  13. Jerry Dean
  14. Jay Taylor
  15. Rick Kelly
  16. Carly Roberts
  17. Leann Summers
  18. Chris Carson
  19. Nathan Fast
  20. Bo Jaxon
  21. Chris Demarco
  22. Nick Steele
  23. Hollywood Hamilton
  24. Bob "The Krusher" Berzins
  25. Chris Jackson
  26. Jay Casey (now Joe Kelley in Orlando)
  27. Melanie McKay
  28. John Navin
  29. Kelly Powers
  30. Bob Berzins
  31. Amy Sweet
  32. Chad "Weasel" Harrison
  33. Phil "Dangerboy" Maiorano
  34. Chris Tracy
  35. George Thomas
  36. Sam Reynolds
  37. Mr. Bob
  38. Beau Richards
  39. DJ Hollywood
  40. Craig Hunt
  41. DJ Warren Peace
  42. DJ Ikon
  43. DJSANTOS
  44. Shawn Cloninger

Current Personalities[edit]

  1. Chet Buchanan (Mornings)
  2. Lauren Michaels (Mornings)
  3. Spence (Mornings)
  4. Davey The Showkiller (Morning Show Producer)
  5. Yung Jon Que (Middays & Production Director)
  6. JB King (Afternoon Drive & APD/MD)
  7. John Moug (Nights & Imaging Director)
  8. Bojo (Weekends)
  9. Jon "Jersey" Goldman (Weekends)
  10. Sandee Bonita (Weekends)
  11. Harrison Wood (Weekends)
  12. Joel Dumagan (Weekends)
  13. John "Jersey" Goldman
  14. Joyce "Juicy" Balaoro (Promotions Coordinator)
  15. Hector "DJ CO-1" Minjarez (Mix Show Coordinator)
  16. DJ Cram (Mix Show)
  17. DJ O (Omari Mitchell)
  18. Denise Balaoro
  19. Gianni Giancola
  20. Cat Thomas (Program Director)

Trivia[edit]

Up until 1978 they simulcasted with sister station 1140 AM. They returned to a simulcast in 1987 for several years.

At one time in the 1970s and early 1980s, KLUC had studios located on the Howard Hughes property at the Frontier Hotel.

When KFMS changed from top 40 to rhythmic top 40 in 2002 (they are now a Mexican Adult Hits station as KWID), KLUC changed to a more CHR Top-40 format versus a previous Rhythmic format, but continued to report to Mediabase and Nielsen BDS as a Rhythmic reporter although remaining the mass appeal station for Las Vegas. That all changed in April 2014 when both monitored trades moved KLUC to the Top 40/CHR panel as CBS Radio has begun converting their CHR formatted station to a model based on the "AMP" brand. This leaves KSFM Sacramento, California as the only CBS Radio outlet in the West Coast that is still a Rhythmic Top 40.

Stations that KLUC eliminated from the TOP 40 Format[edit]

  1. Q95.5 (Adult Top 40) (1988)
  2. Q100.5 (Adult Top 40) (1989)
  3. Power 97 (Top 40) (1992)
  4. 94.1 JAMZ (Rhythmic Top 40) (1996)
  5. 101.9 KISS FM (Top 40) (2002)
  6. Wild 102 (Rhythmic Top 40) (2004)
  7. V108 (Rhythmic Top 40) (2005)
  8. 93.1 The Party (2012)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 36°00′29″N 115°00′22″W / 36.008°N 115.006°W / 36.008; -115.006