|City of license||Winnie, Texas|
|Broadcast area||Beaumont/Port Arthur|
|Branding||"FM 105.3 Free"|
|Slogan||Free Radio for All of Southeast Texas|
|First air date||1989 (as KRTX)|
|Former callsigns||KRTX (1987–1996)
|Owner||Excel Media, L.L.C.|
105.3 FM was assigned the call sign KRTX on July 14, 1987. On July 19, 1996, the call sign was changed to KLTP. The call sign was changed to KLTO on August 1, 1998. On November 8, 2004, the call sign was changed to KPTI and the station was now simulcasting sister station KPTY which was broadcasting on 104.9 FM in Deer Park, Texas. The station is under re-construction after being destroyed by Hurricane Ike in September 2008.
It originated at 100.7 FM in 1999 as The House Party, but in 2001 it was moved to the 104.9 signal, which was in the process of a significant upgrade, to give it a better coverage of the market.
The signal upgrade happened live on the air as the Rosenberg tower was powered down the new downtown Houston signal was powering up. KPTY led in the new signal with a countdown. As the countdown progressed, the signal strength became noticeably better. When it was all over the format was relaunced as Party 104.9. The station offered a very heavily R&B/Hip-Hop direction, along with Rhythmic Pop products.
In October 2007, KPTY has opened up "Studio 104.9," a satellite broadcast studio located at Sharpstown Center. The station broadcast from here on a regular basis outside the Univision building (located up the road in Uptown).
On December 4, 2007, KQBU, Que Buena 93.3, a Regional Mexican outlet, became the new home of the "Party", who relocated to make room for KAMA "Amor 104.9". After that switch was made, it added the syndicated Big Boy's Neighborhood, with Big Boy, Luscious Liz, and Tattoo.
On July 5, 2008, the station immediately stopped targeting the Greater Houston area. Everything that the station had that referenced Houston were immediately dropped, including its slogan, and even moved its broadcasting studios from Southwest Houston to Beaumont. The move was noticed in the ratings, as KPTY, which had good numbers in the Houston Arbitrons, began to dip after the frequency switch and in the process, lost a fraction of listeners due to the 93.3 signal not covering all of the Houston metro.
On February 27, 2009, Univision Radio's Houston cluster announced that it was letting go most of its employees. KPTY would be the biggest causality of this move as the entire air staff was pink-slipped and the station went jockless. After a weekend of airing club mixes, the station returned to Regional Mexican and its former Que Buena 93.3 moniker on March 1. On March 10, 2009, the call sign on 93.3 FM was changed back to KQBU-FM and the KPTY call letters were parked on 105.3 FM which by now had gone dark. In 2011 KSBJ has made plans to turn the former Crystal Beach-Galveston signal into a simulcast of KSBJ.
On April 8, 2014 KXXF ended stunting and launched a Texas-focused adult hits format (encompassing country, blues, rock, and classic hits) branded as "105.3 Free".
Previous KPTY stations
Before moving to Texas, The KPTY call sign was used on a Phoenix/Mesa, Arizona-based radio station on 103.9 FM from 1997-2001. That station now operates under KEDJ. The KPTY call sign had also been used on KQBU-FM and KAMA-FM in Texas.
- Marcucci, Carl (March 7, 2014). "KPTY-FM sale closed in Texas". Radio Business Report. Retrieved March 28, 2014.
- "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved March 28, 2014.
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KXXF
- Radio-Locator information on KXXF
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KXXF
- Launch of then-Party 104.9
- Courtesy of The Format Change Archive
- Studio 104.9 opening