KSKY

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Not to be confused with Album Oriented Rock (AOR) radio station KSQY in Deadwood, South Dakota with the same "K-SKY" branding.
KSKY
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City of license Balch Springs, Texas
Broadcast area Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex
Branding "660 AM The Answer"
Slogan "Intelligent. Conservative."
Frequency 660 kHz
92.9 MHz
95.5 MHz
First air date September 28, 1941
Format News/Talk
Power 20,000 Watts (Daytime)
700 Watts (Nighttime)
ERP 800 Watts (92.9)
140 watts (95.5)
Class B
Callsign meaning from the skyroof of the Hotel Stoneleigh
Owner Salem Communications
(Bison Media, Inc.)
Sister stations KLTY-FM, KWRD-FM, KTNO, K273BJ
Website 660amtheanswer.com

KSKY is an AM radio station in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex under ownership of Salem Communications with a talk format which generally favors views that are politically, culturally, and economically conservative or libertarian. KSKY broadcasts on 660 kHz in AM Stereo.

History[edit]

KSKY was first established on September 28, 1941 by Chilton Radio Corp. with an Entertainment format and in 1963, Chilton sold KSKY. Prior to the sale, it flipped to a Christian format, which was longest running up until 2004 when it made its final switch to conservative talk. KSKY was sold to Salem in mid 2000. KSKY was also originally a daytime only station until the recent format change and city of license change from Dallas to Balch Springs. KSKY applied for an FM frequency at 106.9 in 1948, then turned down a chance to buy the 98.7 frequency in 1957, and was awarded 91.3 in the 1960s (but no proof that they ever signed on has ever been found, and since the 91.3 has become a part of the non-commercial band.)

During the "entertainment" era, notables such as Jackie Gleason, Skitch Henderson, Vincent Price, Jane Russell, Jack Webb and Charlton Heston visited the station in person and performed live on KSKY.

News/Talk 660 K-Sky ident used from 2004 to 2012. This is a variant used in 2007.

It was announced on May 29, 2012 that KSKY would be rebranded as The Answer, with the return of radio personality Mark Davis (previously on WBAP News/Talk 820 AM and 96.7 FM). Salem Communications Corporation’s Director of Spoken Word Format Phil Boyce explains the reason for the rebranding: “This station will truly be an answer for so many things going on in the Metroplex and the world, with smart hosts who know how to help you understand all of those things, not to mention great news, traffic, weather, and information.”[1]

On January 1, 2014 KSKY began airing the Sean Hannity show 2-5 pm CT, in a move also from crosstown WBAP.

Interference from Mexico and Emergency FM repeaters[edit]

The Nighttime Interference Free (NIF) contour has been "reduced by cochannel interference from illegal operations at Mexican stations XEDTL, San Lorenzo Tezoneo, DF and XEEY, Jalpa, ZA. The Mexican stations are notified to and accepted for nighttime operation with power levels limited to 1.0 kW. However, both stations appear to be operating with a nighttime power level on the order of 50 kW. Mitigation efforts of both the FCC and KSKY(AM) with the Mexican government and the offending stations have been unsuccessful. Therefore, the applicant herein seeks extraordinary relief from the interference by proposing to re-transmit the KSKY(AM) programming on three low power FM repeaters throughout the KSKY(AM) nighttime loss area to restore lost KSKY(AM) service to the public." - from a document filed with the Federal Communications Commission.

In and near Dallas:
Special Temporary Authorization (STA) in operation
92.9 MHz, Channel 225, has an Effective Radiated Power of 800 Watts
Antenna Location Coordinates (NAD-27) 32-46-43 North at 96-43-51 West
FCC Antenna Structure Registration Number 1221248
Overall Tower Height Above Ground Level 160.9 meters
Height of Radiation Center Above Mean Sea Level 270 meters
Height of Radiation Center Above Ground Level 144 meters

http://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/prod/cdbs/forms/prod/getimportletter_exh.cgi?import_letter_id=13234

In and near Fort Worth:
Special Temporary Authorization (STA) in operation
95.5 MHz, Channel 238, would have an Effective Radiated Power of 140 Watts
Antenna Location Coordinates (NAD-27) 32-47-33 North at 97-13-47 West
FCC Antenna Structure Registration Number 1211877
Overall Tower Height Above Ground Level 32.9 meters
Height of Radiation Center Above Mean Sea Level 190 meters
Height of Radiation Center Above Ground Level 30 meters

http://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/prod/cdbs/forms/prod/getimportletter_exh.cgi?import_letter_id=13232

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