KMLE

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KMLE
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City of license Chandler, Arizona
Broadcast area Phoenix, Arizona
Branding KMLE Country @ 107-9
Frequency 107.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)107.9HD2 KMLE County
First air date 1979
Format Country
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 529 meters
Class C
Facility ID 59965
Callsign meaning Sounds like "Camel" (jumbled)
Former callsigns KLRG (1979, CP)
Owner CBS Radio
Sister stations KOOL-FM, KZON
Webcast Listen Live
Website kmle108.com

KMLE (107.9 FM, "KMLE Country @ 107-9"), is a country music outlet serving the Phoenix area. The CBS Radio station operates at 107.9 MHz with an ERP of 96 kW and is licensed to Chandler, Arizona. Its facility ID number is 59965. Its studios are located in downtown Phoenix, and its transmitter is in South Mountain Park.

History[edit]

KMLE's first owners got a permit in 1979, under the KLRG call sign. It was never used, and it eventually acquired the KMLE call letters on June 18 of that year. KMLE is one of two country music outlets in the Phoenix market, since it is locked into a long time battle with Clear Channel-owned KNIX-FM, which began in 1988. The battle could be ground down to the conglomerates that own the two stations: Clear Channel (KNIX) and CBS Radio (KMLE).

On Air Staff[edit]

KMLE's current morning show consists of Steve Kramer and Nina D Espero along with their producer Jeana Shepard. They are on Monday-Friday from 5:30-10. Their first show aired November 1, 2013. Chris Matthews is on from 10-1. Then it's David Dean from 1-6. Nights are done by Kimmie Caruba from 6-12.

Misc.[edit]

Though the station's ID may sound like "Camel Country", it is spelled with the station's call letters. The same goes for the KMLE in KMLE Nation.

HD Radio[edit]

KMLE's HD Radio signal is multiplexed. The main signal is a simulcast of KMLE's country music programming. The second channel carried KMLE County, Tim and Willy's Classic Country.

Tim and Willy were terminated from the radio station during the summer of 2012. The "brand" on the second channel was changed to Top 20. It left Phoenix with no classic country availability over the air.

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Coordinates: 33°20′02″N 112°03′47″W / 33.334°N 112.063°W / 33.334; -112.063