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City of license Niagara Falls, NY
Broadcast area Buffalo, NY
Branding Kiss 98.5
Slogan The #1 Hit Music Station!
Frequency 98.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1947 (as WHLD-FM)
Format Top 40 Mainstream
Sports radio (WGR) on HD2
ERP 46,000 watts
HAAT 128 meters
Class B
Callsign meaning KiSE as in Kiss
Former callsigns WRXT (1984-1985)
WIZR (1980-1984)
WHLD-FM (1947-1980)
Owner Entercom Communications
Sister stations WBEN, WGR, WWKB, WTSS, WWWS
Webcast Listen Live!
Website kiss985.com

WKSE (98.5 FM) is a Contemporary Hit Radio/Top 40 Mainstream station serving the Buffalo and Niagara Falls region of Western New York. The station's transmitter is located on Grand Island, New York. It has a sizable market in the Greater Toronto Area, but unlike the WBLK of old, does little marketing and promotion outside of Western New York, but now has to compete with two CHR/Top 40 stations, (after the format change of CKIS) in the Greater Toronto Area; therefore, this will lower the amount of listeners there. It is currently owned by Entercom Communications, with studios located on Corporate Parkway in Amherst, New York.

WKSE signed on as WHLD-FM in 1947. It changed calls to WZIR in 1980 and WRXT in 1984; the current calls were established in 1985. It currently runs a Top 40 format. Much of its playlist overlaps that of sister station Star 102.5 at times (ironically, the 102.5 frequency was a CHR competitor of WKSE in the late 1980s and early 1990s as WMJQ "Majic 102"). WKSE competes with longtime rival, 2Day FM 105.1/101.1 (formerly Z101), which has a very similar format. Currently, the ratings for WKSE is higher than 2Day FM in the Buffalo and Niagara Falls region, according to Arbitron.

In 2006 Kiss 98.5 began streaming its programming over the internet.

Regular radio personalities[edit]

  • Janet Snyder, Weekdays 6AM-10AM, The Morning Show
  • Nicholas Picholas, Weekdays 6AM-10 AM, The Morning Show
  • Wease, Weekdays 6AM-10AM, The Morning Show
  • Ryan Seacrest, Weekdays 10AM-2PM, On Air with Ryan Seacrest
  • Jud, Weekdays 2pm-6pm, Afternoons
  • DJ Anthony, Weekdays 6PM-12AM, Nights
  • Shy Guy Shawn, Weekends
  • Miguel, Weekends
  • Justin Tyme Weekends

(Please note: The "Wease" listed here is not to be confused with Brother Wease.)

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Coordinates: 43°00′18″N 78°59′35″W / 43.005°N 78.993°W / 43.005; -78.993