|City of license||New Iberia, Louisiana|
|Broadcast area||Lafayette metropolitan area|
|Branding||Nash FM 99.1|
|Slogan||Country For Life|
|First air date||January 1969 (as KNIR-FM)|
|Callsign meaning||Variation of KXKW|
|Former callsigns||KNIR-FM (1969-1970s)
|Sister stations||KNEK-AM/FM, KRRQ, KSMB|
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Don Bonin first signed on the 99.1 frequency in January 1969 as the FM counterpart of KNIR with the calls KNIR-FM. KNIR-FM eventually became KDEA-FM in the early 1970s, playing Beautiful music/Easy Listening for the Lafayette and Baton Rouge radio markets. The format continued through the 1980s and into the early 1990s, when the popularity of the Easy Listening format began to decline nationwide and KDEA went into competition with KTDY with a mainstream Adult Contemporary format.
On August 21, 1992 at 6pm KDEA starting playing the song "American Pie", by Don McLean on a continuous loop. Between each playing of the song, a voice could be heard saying, "A new day begins Monday." The song continued to play over and over until 6am Monday, August 24, when a jingle played announcing that the station was now, "Hot Country 99.1, KXKC". This was followed by "Friends In Low Places", by Garth Brooks, and KXKC was born. It has lasted for 21 years.
The current staff of 99.1 KXKC consist of:
6-10 The More Music Morning Show with Jeni Lane
10-3 At Work with Jen at Ten
3-7 The Drive Home with Erik Tobias
7-12 Cody Alan CMT Radio Live
The original line-up on the station included:
6am-10am The KXKC Coffee Club with Renee' Revett and Scott Daniels
10am-2pm Jerry Methvin
2pm-7pm Kelly Thompson
7pm-12midnight Randi Clark
12midnight-6am Joel "The Overnight Guy"
The station had normal operations for only one day as Hurricane Andrew was approaching. On Tuesday, August 25 at 10am, the station began continuous coverage of the ever closer hurricane. The storm came ashore early Wednesday morning, knocking the station off the air for 20 hours when water shorted out the transmitter in Parks, Louisiana. Hurricane recovery information dominated the station for the next few days, but by the following Monday morning, August 31, 1992, KXKC was operating as normal.
Past on-air staff include:
Scott Daniels (Mornings)---Scott now works for Townsquare Media in Lafayette, LA.
Renee' Revett (Mornings and Program Director)---Renee' lives in Houston and does voice work as well as writing show prep for morning shows in major markets.
Jerry Methvin (Middays and News)---Jerry works for the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Department and does the news on KQIS in Crowley as well as voice tracking afternoons on Country Legends 106.7.
Kelly Thompson (Afternoons and Music Director)---Kelly does radio sales at "95 Country" in Natchez, Mississippi.
Randi Clark (Evenings)---Deceased.
Joel "The Overnight Guy" (Overnights)---Whereabouts unknown.
Craig "The Brick" Wall (Morning Show Producer and fill-in announcer)---Craig now teaches school at Northside High in Lafayette Parish and still works for KXKC on the weekends.
Scott Segraves (Afternoons)---"Scooter" is retired and living in Harrison, Arkansas.
"Fast" Eddie (Afternoons)---"Fast" now does mornings at Big 102.1 in Crowley, Louisiana.
Nathan Hanks (Evenings) --- Nathan now works for ReachLocal in Dallas, Texas
"Goatboy" (Morning Show Producer)---"Goatboy" now does radio in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Jamie Meaux (Weekends)---Jamie is a school teacher in St. Martin Parish.
Sean Riley (Nights and Music Director)---Sean works as a 911 operator in Avoyelles Parish.
Jimi Foxx (Middays)---Jimi is a successful wedding photographer in Acadiana and currently does mornings at News/Talk 96.5 KPEL.
In 2003, Don Bonin exited the radio business, selling KNIR to Radio Maria and KXKC to Citadel Broadcasting in exchange for KRXE (now KFXZ-FM) and KFXZ (now KYMK-FM), which he immediately sold to Pittman Broadcasting Services. Citadel merged with Cumulus Media on September 16, 2011.
- Broadcasting & Cablecasting Yearbook 1984
- "Cumulus now owns Citadel Broadcasting". Atlanta Business Journal. September 16, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2011.
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KXKC
- Radio-Locator information on KXKC
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KXKC