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KQCM
City of license Twentynine Palms, California
Branding KQ 105.3
Frequency 105.3 MHz
First air date 1997 (as KYHT)
Format Top 40/CHR
ERP 6,000 watts
HAAT 70 meters
Class A
Facility ID 2316
Former callsigns KYHT (1997-2002)
KJAT (2002-2004)
KRSX-FM (2004-2014)
Owner S and H Broadcasting LLC
Sister stations KZXY, KATJ, KIXA
Webcast Listen Live
Website kqcmradio.com

KQCM (105.3 FM) is a commercial radio station in Twentynine Palms, California, broadcasting to the Twentynine Palms area. KQCM is airing a top 40/CHR format.

History[edit]

The station signed on in 1997 with the call letters KYHT. KYHT was a simulcast of KAVS in Mojave, California airing a Top 40 music format branded as "Hot 97".

When KAVS dropped the Top 40 music format in favor of a modern rock music format, KYHT remained in the simulcast rebranded as High Desert Modern Rock 97.7 & 105.3.

In 1998, KAVS/KYHT along with sister station KAVL were purchased by Jacor Communications (now Clear Channel Communications) leading to a return to Top 40 as a repeater of KIIS-FM in Los Angeles, California, rebranded as 97.7 & 105.3 KIISFM, with local programming hosted by Chester The Arrester and many live broadcasts on location. KYHT went off the air in early 1999 due to a windstorm that caused the transmitter building to buckle and become airborne, the station was restored 3 days later.

The grouping of 102.7 FM KIIS in Los Angeles, 1220 AM KIIS in Santa Clarita, 97.7 FM KAVS in the Antelope Valley, 105.3 FM KYHT in Barstow/Victor Valley, and 101.9 FM KFMS in Las Vegas created a nearly continuous coverage of KIISFM between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. However, 101.9 in Las Vegas was branded as KISS instead of KIIS.

After the Clear Channel Communications/Jacor Communications merger, KYHT's operations were moved to a building at 300 E Grace St in Barstow, CA. The station began airing local IDs as 105.3 KIISFM, discontinued replaying KAVS's local programming, and began airing local modern rock intensive Top 40 music programming during the weekends.

In 2001, KYHT became a part of Clear Channel's Victor Valley cluster and began to simulcast KZXY airing a hot adult contemporary music format full-time as Y 102 & 105. This flip resulted in 101.9 KISSFM in Las Vegas, switching to all local programming. The building where 105.3 KIISFM's local studio in Barstow resided became a factory for Hydropedes Glycerin-filled Insoles.

In 2002, KYHT changed call letters to KJAT, and began simulcasting 100.7 KATJ airing a country music format branded as Cat Country 100.7 & 105.3.

In 2004, KJAT adopted the current call letters, KRSX, airing an oldies music format syndicated by Jones Radio Network with the branding, "Cruisin' Oldies 105.3".

In November 2007, the license for the station was transferred to El Dorado Broadcasting Partners as part of Clear Channel's divestiture program.[1]

On August 8, 2011 KRSX-FM went silent (off the air). On November 14, 2011 KRSX-FM returned to the air broadcasting to the Twentynine Palms area with a talk/sports format.

On January 1, 2014 KRSX-FM changed their call letters to KQCM and changed their format to contemporary hit radio, branded as "KQ 105.3" (the KQCM calls and CHR format moved from 95.5 FM Twentynine Palms, CA [now KCLZ]). Around July 1, 2014 KQCM went silent (off the air)

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Coordinates: 34°09′14″N 116°12′07″W / 34.154°N 116.202°W / 34.154; -116.202