KMIC

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KMIC
City of license Houston, Texas
Broadcast area Greater Houston
Branding Radio Aleluya
Frequency 1590 kHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1947
Format Spanish Religious
Power 5,000 watts
Class B
Facility ID 20491
Transmitter coordinates 29°50′38″N 95°26′51″W / 29.84389°N 95.44750°W / 29.84389; -95.44750
Callsign meaning MICkey Mouse
(official mascot of The Walt Disney Company, former owner)
Affiliations Radio Disney (1999-2015)
Owner DAIJ Media, LLC
Sister stations KRCM, KJOZ, KBRZ, KQUE, KCVH-LD and K22JW-D
Website radioaleluya.org

KMIC is a Spanish Religious-formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Houston, Texas, serving the Greater Houston area. The station, which began broadcasting in 1947, is owned and operated by DAIJ Media.[1]

KMIC is also licensed by the FCC to broadcast in the HD (hybrid) format;[2] however, was turned off in 2012.[3]

History[edit]

Radio Disney AM 1590 logos used 2008-2010 (up) and 2010-2013 (down).

This station began as KATL on 1590 kc. in 1947 and was the 6th old surviving station licensed in the Houston area. The station launch was postponed by engineering problems. KATL finally went on the air at 6 PM on May 12, but under special authority since it hasn't received its official license. KATL became an affiliate of Gordon McLendon’s Liberty Broadcasting System.

When KATL was sold in 1954 it was bought by two Louisiana businessmen, Jules Paglin and Stanley Ray, for their OK group of stations targeted at African American listeners and the call letters changed to KYOK. Their Urban contemporary gospel format lasted on and off for over 4 decades, it also aired an Urban Contemporary (or Soul) format within that time frame.

During 1988–1992 KYOK was known as "The New YO! 1590 Raps" playing only Rap music from artists like Ice-T, Digital Underground, M.C. Hammer, N.W.A., Kurtis Blow, Run-D.M.C., L.L. Cool J, & Public Enemy.

From Fall of 1992 to Fall of 1994 they renamed it as "AM 1590 The New KHYS, playing the Hits & the Dusties" simulcast along with KJOJ 103.3 playing Urban Adult Contemporary music .

From Fall of 1994 to 1996 the station played Soul Oldies "AM 1590 Solid Gold Soul".

In late 1996 the station flipped back to Gospel 1590 AM. It lasted on the 1590 dial until 1999 which the owners sold the station to The Walt Disney Company Disney/ABC Radio and switched it to its current programming as KMIC in July 1999.

As for KYOK and its Gospel format, it has been moved to daytimer 1140 kHz, licensed to Conroe, north of Houston.

On August 13, 2014, Disney put KMIC and twenty-two other Radio Disney stations up for sale, in order to focus more on digital distribution of the Radio Disney network.[4][5]

In November, Radio Disney Group filed to sell KMIC to Ethnic and Religious broadcaster DAIJ Media. DAIJ Media is also owner of KRCM, KJOZ, KBRZ, KQUE, KCVH-LD and K22JW-D.[6]

On January 8, 2015, the FCC approved the sale of KMIC from Radio Disney Group to Daij Media. As a result, the station went dark the following Tuesday on January 13, 2015. The station resumed operations on January 23, 2015, consistent with the FCC's rule that a station can go silent for a maximum of 10 days without notifying the FCC. The station went back on the air with a Spanish Religious format as a result of the consummation of the sale.[7]

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