|City of license||Tijuana, Baja California|
|Broadcast area||San Diego-Tijuana|
|Slogan||Today's Hit Music|
|First air date||1970|
|Sister stations||XETRA, XHRM|
|Webcast||Flash Player, PLS|
XHITZ-FM (Z90) is a CHR station in San Diego-Tijuana broadcasting on 90.3 MHz. The station is owned by a Mexican company, with its transmitter and antenna on Mount San Antonio in Tijuana. This company leases the programming and advertising rights to Local Media of San Diego, with studios in San Diego.
XHITZ was once a popular album rock station in the 1970s and 1980s, before they went to a "Pirate Radio" format in 1989 based on the success of KQLZ in Los Angeles. On April 5, 1990, they switched formats to Rhythmic Top 40 under Program Director Rick Thomas, with a Dance-leaning direction. "Z90" competed against Q106, which was the powerhouse of Top 40 in the market. With Z90's debut, however, it took only a few books for XHITZ to beat Q106, and thanks to its success, it also forced the market's only Urban outlet, future sister station XHRM, out of that format by 1993. As Z90 remained on top, Q106 shifted towards a more Mainstream Top 40 format, and wasn't until September 1996 that XHITZ would have another direct competitor against KHTS, which had a Dance-lean much like XHITZ.
However by August 1998, XHITZ would move away from its Dance/R&B approach to begin focusing more on R&B/Hip-Hop product. The station also rebranded as "Jammin' Z90" before reverting to "Z90.3". XHITZ remained a hip-hop leader until 2004, when XHMORE-FM flipped to a hip hop-emphasizing Rhythmic Top 40. These two stations would battle until late 2009, when XHMORE changed formats. Shortly after this, the station shifted back to its Dance-leaning and more Mainstream sound. Despite being the market's only Rhythmic Top 40, XHITZ continues to share the same music as KHTS and KEGY, all of whom are Rhythmic-leaning Top 40/CHRs, along with Adult Top 40 KMYI. On April 2, 2012, XHITZ rebranded themselves on-air from "Z90.3" to "Jammin' Z90." In mid-2014, XHITZ rebranded back to "Z90." Today, the station airs a CHR format, but continues to report to Nielsen BDS and Mediabase as a Rhythmic reporter.
On July 25, 2005, Clear Channel Broadcasting transferred the programming and local marketing arrangements of XHITZ, along with XETRA-FM and XHRM-FM, to Finest City Broadcasting, a new company under the direction of former Clear Channel/San Diego VP/Market Manager Mike Glickenhaus. Finest City took over operations on December 1, 2005.
In 2009, these programming and marketing rights were sold to Broadcast Corporation of the Americas after Finest City defaulted on assets that resulted in its bankruptcy. In 2010, BCA would spin off XHITZ, XETRA and XHRM to Local Media of America after a change in management.
Current Operations and ZeeJays
- Morton in The Mornings with Sarah
- Raymond T
- Tristan D ("ZDM")
- Deejay Al
- DJ Play
- Official website
- Z90.3 XHITZ-FM on Facebook
- Z90.3 XHITZ-FM on Twitter
- Investigation of radio operations in Tijuana, MX conducted by broadcast engineer Donald Mussell
- Finest City Broadcasting (former owners of XHITZ)
- Query the FCC's FM station database for XHITZ
- Radio-Locator information on XHITZ