|City of license||Seabrook, Texas|
|Broadcast area||Greater Houston|
|Branding||"News 92 FM"|
|Slogan||100% News, 0% Spin.|
(also on HD Radio)
|First air date||September 1983|
|Callsign meaning||K Radio One Incorporated
(current station owner)
|Former callsigns||KZRQ (Sep 1983 - Feb 1985)
KYND (Feb 1985 - Apr 1986)
KLEF (Apr 1986 - Sep 1987)
KRTS (Sep 1987 - Sep 2004)
|Affiliations||ABC News Radio|
|Sister stations||KBXX, KMJQ|
KROI (92.1 FM) is a radio station licensed to Seabrook, Texas and covers the Greater Houston area. The station is owned by Radio One and airs an all-news format. The station's studios are located in Greenway Plaza and the transmitter is based near Liverpool (south of Alvin) in unincorporated Brazoria County.
The 92.1 FM frequency signed on the air in September 1983 with a CHR format as KZRQ "Z92". The station took heavy shots against its CHR neighbor on the dial, KKBQ "93FM" and even had a song parody of then hit, Ray Parker Jr's "Ghostbusters" called "Zoobusters" that poked fun of KKBQ's Q-Zoo morning show. The station also claimed to be the first station to play CDs and the world's first all-digital station.
By the fall of 1984, KZRQ was gone, as the station flipped to a beautiful music format with the KYND callsign. (ironically KKBQ-FM's previous incarnation). Later, the station was known as KRTS with a classical music format. KRTS was created to fill the void when KLEF (94.5 FM), flipped from classical to adult contemporary as KJYY.
Radio One purchased KRTS in 2004, changed its calls to KROI with a new short-lived Regional Mexican format as "La Mera Mera". When that was unsuccessful, its owners, which mainly specialize in Urban radio formatted station ownership (with a majority African-American listener base), flipped it one more time to an urban gospel format branded as "Praise 92.1". KROI was the flagship of the nationally syndicated Yolanda Adams Morning Show, which debuted March 2007. Outside of that, it was mainly jockless throughout the day except for several specialized programs on the weekends.
News 92: filling a void in Houston radio
On October 28, 2011, Radio One announced that KROI would flip to a (mainly) all-news format, starting November 17. This is the first time Radio One has programmed an all-news station geared towards a mainstream audience. (Houston, the 6th largest radio market in the USA, according to Arbitron, has been underserved in regards to radio news, as KTRH and KPRC, well known for news coverage in past decades, have become predominantly talk radio oriented in recent years). The Praise 92 gospel format moved over to the HD2 subchannel of KMJQ and to its online website.
On November 18, 2011, at 9 AM, KROI began stunting with construction sounds in preparation of its switch to all-news. There were also liners promoting that News 92 would launch soon during the stunt. The new format officially launched on November 21, 2011 at 5 AM. On-air talent includes former radio and TV personalities from KTRH, KSEV, KPRC, KLOL, KRBE, KIAH and KRIV, most already fairly well-known to the Houston audience (additionally, afternoon traffic reporter Robert Washington, who served in a similar role some years back for KTRH, was a DJ under the gospel music format). The new format operates as an affiliate of ABC News Radio and features ABC News reports at the top and bottom of each hour.
The programming is not all-news for the entire 24-hour day; during overnight hours, News 92 serves as the Houston affiliate for the syndicated Jim Bohannon talk program, and on weekend evenings, the station features the John Batchelor show from WABC radio in New York; news, weather and traffic updates continue during these programs at the top and bottom of the hour. On Sundays, simulcasts of ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos and NBC's Meet the Press are featured.
- "Radio One/Houston To Flip 'Praise 92.1' To News" from All Access (October 28, 2011)
- "News 92 FM KROI's Launch Delayed Plus More Details" from Mike McGuff's blog (November 10, 2011)
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KROI
- Radio-Locator information on KROI
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KROI