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2fm logo 2012.jpg
Cool FM Logo (English Text) 2012~present
City Seoul
Broadcast area Seoul, Incheon, Gyeonggi Province, Chuncheon, Wonju, Hongcheon, Hoengseong, Cheorwon, Cheonan, Asan, Yesan, Hongseong, Dangjin, Seosan, Taean, South Korea (with nationwide popularization propagation broadcast.)
Branding KBS Cool FM
Slogan Youth Channel Emotional Channel, Popular Music 89.1
Frequency FM: 89.1 MHz
FM: 90.9 MHz
FM: 97.7MHz
First air date 1965~1980 (as TBC)
1980~Present (as KBS 2FM)
Format K-pop, Hot AC
Language(s) Korean
Power 10,000 watts (Seoul)
ERP 350,000 watts
Class A, B, C, D, E
Callsign meaning HL
Former callsigns HLCD-FM (FM Radio 1965~1966)
Former frequencies AM 639 kHz (Repeater until 2003)
Owner KBS
Sister stations KBS Radio 1,
KBS Radio 2,
KBS Radio 3,
KBS Classic FM
Webcast Listen Live
Watch Live (Click 12)
Website www.kbs.co.kr/radio/coolfm

KBS Cool FM (Hangul : KBS 쿨FM)(also known as KBS 2FM Hangul : KBS 제2FM방송) is a Hot AC music radio station of the Korean Broadcasting System. It plays mostly older K-pop Music from the 90s compared with KBS-FM (2Radio).[1] The station's popular shows are Gayo Plaza, Volume Up and Kiss the Radio.

Cool FM Studios.


TBC Radio Era[edit]

  • 1965-06-26 : Tongyang Broadcasting Corporation (Hangul: 동양 방송 공사) (Former body of JTBC.) was launched.
  • 1965-06-27 : Radio Seoul Broadcasting (Hangul: 라디오 서울 방송) HLCD 89.1 MHz Started broadcasting.
  • 1966 : Renamed as TBC-FM. 639 kHz AM Repeater launched.
  • 1970 : TBC-FM Started South Korea's First Stereo FM Broadcast.
  • 1980-12-01 : TBC-FM forced merged into KBS Radio by the special law of Chun Doo-hwan, president of military authorities.

KBS Radio 4 Era[edit]

  • 1980-12-25 : Relaunched as KBS Radio 4 (Korean : KBS 제4라디오) aired Oldies and Trot. Callsign changed to HLKC-FM.
  • 1988-12-24 : KBS Radio 4(Frequency: 89.1Mhz) Started Partial 24-hour Broadcast (Monday~Friday 24-hours Saturday~Sunday 18-hours).
  • 1990-05-30 : Transmission power increased (TPO:1 kW ERP:173.5 kW → TPO:10 kW ERP:350 kW)
  • 1994-10-01 : 24-hour Broadcast started.

KBS 2FM/KBS Cool FM Era[edit]

  • 2003-10-10 : Renamed as KBS Cool FM/KBS 2FM (Korean : KBS 쿨FM/KBS 제2FM) aired KPop Music. 639kHz AM Repeater stopped broadcasting
  • 2005-03-03 : KBS Cool FM Opened its studio to the public along with KBS Radio 2.
  • 2006 : Started visual radio (BORA) broadcasts on the internet.
  • 2010-03-02 : KBS Moved Cool FM's radio transmitter from Mount Namsan to Mount Gwanaksan.
  • 2013 : KBS 2FM Celebrated its 33th anniversary. As part of the anniversary celebration all KBS 2FM programs (excluding Kiss The Radio) are made available nationwide via KBS MUSIC on DMB TV Channel 12B-2 also Visual radio (BORA) broadcasts became accessible by both registered and non-registered KBS website users via Fstream.


FM Radio[edit]

Transmitter Callsign Frequency Power Transmitter location
Mt. Gwanaksan HLKC-FM FM 89.1 MHz 10 kW Bisan-dong, Dongan-gu, Anyang-si, Gyeonggi-do (Mt. Gwanak)
Seongnam - FM 97.7 MHz 200W Eunhaeng-dong, Jungwon-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do
Baengnyeongdo - FM 90.9 MHz 100W Bukpo-ri, Baengnyeong-myeon, Ongjin-gun, Incheon metropolitan city
  • Only KBS Seoul Station (headquarters) provides 'KBS Cool FM'. So KBS Cool FM is only available in Seoul, Incheon, Gyeonggi Province, Chuncheon, Wonju, Hongcheon, Hoengseong, Cheorwon, Cheonan, Asan, Yesan, Hongseong, Dangjin, Seosan, Taean, Jincheon, Eumseong and Chungju in South Korea. This was due to a controversy. (See Korean Broadcasting System#2002 - KBS 2FM advertisement scandal)

DMB Radio(U-KBS Music)[edit]

KBS 2FM Can be tuned nationwide via DMB audio channel KBS MUSIC (U-KBS).

  • Seoul : CH 12B
  • Chuncheon : CH 13B
  • Daejeon/Cheongju : CH 11B
  • Gwangju/Jeonju: CH 12B/CH 8B/CH 7B
  • Daegu : CH 7B/CH 9B
  • Busan/Ulsan : CH 12B/CH 9B
  • Jeju : CH 13B/CH 8B


  • Despite being South Korea's No.10 Radio Station 2FM Program Volume Up became the highest-rated radio program in its timeslot across both AM and FM bandwidths in Seoul.[2][3]

Time Check Sponsors[edit]

TBC Era[edit]

  • LG Electronics : 1970 ~ 1973
  • Maeil Dairies Co., Ltd : 1973 ~ 1975
  • Sony Korea, c : 1975 ~ 1976
  • KuKu Homesis : 1976 ~ 1978
  • NH Life Insurance 1978 ~ 1980

KBS 2FM/Cool FM Era[edit]


  • 대한민국 뉴스, 드라마, 대중음악 라디오 방송국 89.1 메가 사이클 TBC 동양방송 (South Korea's News, Drama, Popular Music Station 89.1 Megacycles TBC Tongyang Broadcasting TBC Era Slogan until 1980)
  • 젊은 채널, 감성 채널 2FM (The Youth channel, The Emotional channel 2FM 2003~2014)
  • 대중음악 89.1 (Popular Music 89.1 1980~1999 2010~2014)
  • Today's Best Music 2FM (2014~Present)

Foreign partners[edit]

Partner Country
Triple J, SBS Radio Australia
Hitradio Ö3 Austria
Pure FM, Radio MNM Belgium
Radio Nacional AM Brazil
CBC Radio 3, Virgin Radio Canada
CNR 3, CNR 4 China
Radiónica Colombia
ČRo4 Radio Wave Czech Republic
DR P3 Denmark
YleX Finland
Mouv', Virgin Radio, NRJ France
DRadio Wissen, Energy Germany
RTHK Radio 2 Hong Kong
Rás 2 Iceland
AIR FM Rainbow India
RRI Pro 2, Prambors Radio Indonesia
RTÉ 2fm Ireland
Rai Radio 2 Italy
NHK FM Japan
Era FM, Hot FM (Malay), Fly FM, Hitz FM (English), One FM, 988 FM (Chinese) Malaysia
NPO 3FM, Radio 538 Netherlands
NRK P3 Norway
Barangay LS 97.1, 101.1 Yes The Best Philippines
Polskie Radio Program IV Poland
RDP Antena 3 Portugal
Russian Radio, NRJ Russia Russia
Y.E.S. 93.3FM, UFM 1003 (Chinese), 987FM, Kiss 92FM (English), Ria 89.7FM, Warna 94.2FM (Malay) Singapore
Rádio_FM Slovakia
Val 202 Slovenia
5FM South Africa
Los 40 Principales Spain
SR P3, NRJ Sweden
Radio SRF Virus, Couleur 3, RSI Rete Tre Switzerland
Hit Fm Taiwan Taiwan
Met 107, Virgin Hitz Thailand
Virgin Radio Turkey Turkey
BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 6 Music, Capital FM United Kingdom
Z100, KIIS-FM, WKSC-FM United States


See also[edit]


  1. ^ This was a result of the reformat of KBS Radio 2 back again as a pure popular music radio station in 2013.
  2. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (19 February 2013). "Yoo In Na Becomes Queen of the Radio with #1 Radio Show". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  3. ^ "For Actress Yoo In-na, 'Wobbles' Are Just Part of Finding the Way". The Chosun Ilbo. 8 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 

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