KMYI

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KMYI
KMYI.jpg
City of license San Diego, California
Broadcast area San Diego, California
Branding Star 94.1
Slogan San Diego's Variety Station (Jan.-Mid-Nov.)
San Diego's Christmas Station (Mid-Nov.-Dec.)
Frequency 94.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
HD2: KOGO simulcast
First air date 1948 (as KFSD-FM)
Format Hot Adult Contemporary
ERP 77,000 watts
HAAT 210 meters
Class B
Facility ID 58821
Callsign meaning K "MY 94.I" (derived from previous station name)
Former callsigns KFSD-FM (1948-1963)
KOGO-FM (1963-1973)
KFSD-FM (1973-1997)
KXGL (1997-1998)
KJQY (1998-2001)
KMSX (11/2001-12/2001)
Owner iHeartMedia, Inc.
(Citicasters Licenses, Inc.)
Sister stations KGB, KHTS, KIOZ, KLSD, KOGO, KSSX
Webcast Listen Live
Website star941fm.com

KMYI is a commercial radio station in San Diego, California, broadcasting on 94.1 FM and in HD Radio. KMYI airs a hot adult contemporary music format branded as "Star 94.1". The station is owned by iHeartMedia. Its studios are located in San Diego's Kearny Mesa neighborhood on the northeast side, and the transmitter is located in La Jolla.

History[edit]

The station signed on in 1948 adopting the call sign KFSD-FM and simulcasting 600 KFSD (now KOGO) airing an MOR music format with news and personalities. As one of the earliest FM stations in Southern California, it has more power, 77,000 watts, than most of its rivals, which today are limited to 50,000 watts. As FM radios became more available, especially among the affluent and audiophiles, KFSD-FM adopted a Classical music format in 1956, for which it was known for nearly four decades.

KFSD-FM was sold by Lotus Communications to Nationwide Communications in 1996. The new owners decided Classical music would not have enough listeners and revenue, so the format was switched to Classic hits with the call letters changed to KXGL on February 3, 1997 to better match the station's rebranding as "The Eagle." (The "XGL" in the call sign is supposed to sound something like "Eagle.") KXGL was acquired in 1998 by Jacor Communications, which was later acquired by Clear Channel Communications.

On August 17, 1998, KXGL dropped the classic hits music format and call letters, switching to Adult contemporary music as KJQY, known as "K-Joy 94.1 Soft and Easy Music" to compete with leading AC station 96.5 KYXY. (The K-Joy call sign was on a previous KYXY competitor, 103.7 KJQY.) In 2000, KJQY changed to a new format called "Soft Oldies." When Oldies station K-Best 95 left the format, KJQY became a mainstream oldies station (later moving to 95.7 and 99.3 and rebranded as "KOOL").

On November 21, 2001, KJQY swapped formats and call letters with "Mix 95.7", also owned by Clear Channel (now KSSX). For a short time it played Christmas music until December 26, 2001, when it acquired the KMYI call letters and became known as My 94.1 with its present Hot AC format. For a time, KMYI was simulcast in Temecula, California on 94.5 KMYT until December 2, 2004, when KMYT switched to a smooth jazz format.

On September 19, 2005, noted San Diego radio duo "Jeff and Jer" came to KMYI, and the station was rebranded as STAR 94.1, picking up both the morning show and the moniker of the former "Star 100.7 KFMB-FM", which had switched to a Jack FM format earlier in 2005.

On August 20, 2009, Jeff and Jer exited Star 94.1 to be replaced by AJ Machado from sister Top 40 station 93.3 KHTS-FM. On August 31, 2009, "AJ in the Morning" debuted on Star 94.1 with his morning crew from Channel 933 and co-host Delana, formerly on the Jeff and Jer Show. AJ Machado left Star 94.1 in June of 2012 and was replaced by Jesse Lozano in the Morning. Today, KMYI's chief rivals are KYXY, which has moved closer to a Hot AC format to gain younger listeners, and KFMB-FM, which has moved to a Hot AC sound with a Modern Rock lean.

Clear Channel Communications became iHeartMedia in 2014. Through all of the changes that have occurred since becoming a Hot AC station, the one constant at KMYI has taken place during the final weeks of the year: On the weekend before Thanksgiving, KMYI continues to kick off its annual tradition of playing continuous Christmas music, returning to its regular Hot AC format on December 26th.

Star on your Car and other contests[edit]

Star 94.1 wanted to "bribe" their listeners to remain loyal listeners, so, Star had people put Star 94.1 bumper stickers on their car. The contest started on September 3, 2006, and ended at 3:36 PM Pacific Time on September 14, 2006, when they passed their 10,000 sticker limit. This began with former morning show hosts Jeff & Jer but stickers are still available to this day.


Morning shows[edit]

KMYI has had many morning shows throughout the years the most current is Jesse Lozano in the Morning - with Jesse and Delana. Jesse also hosts afternoons on KIIS in Los Angeles, also known as Boy Toy Jesse. Delana is on again the afternoons 2-4 on STAR.

Previous mornings shows on STAR941 include AJ in the Morning and Jeff and Jer. Jagger and Kristi had their own morning show on in the My 94.1 days of the station.

Weekdays[edit]

  • Jesse Lozano in the Morning (Jesse and Delana)
  • "On Air" with Ryan Seacrest
  • Delana Bennett (in addition to being a morning co-host, she is also the midday host after Ryan Seacrest and is on before Haze's shift)
  • Afternoons with Haze (also the Music Director for Star 94.1 and Program Director for Channel 933)
  • Star Nights with Adri
  • Shelley Wade

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 32°50′20″N 117°15′00″W / 32.839°N 117.250°W / 32.839; -117.250