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City Bakersfield, California
Broadcast area Bakersfield, California
Branding El Gallito
Slogan La Que Toca Exitos
Frequency 92.1 MHz
First air date 1963 (as KIWI)
Format Ranchera
ERP 4,200 watts
HAAT 121 meters
Class A
Facility ID 35108
Transmitter coordinates 35°29′11.00″N 118°53′21.00″W / 35.4863889°N 118.8891667°W / 35.4863889; -118.8891667
Former callsigns KIWI (1963-2003)
KPSL-FM (2003-2011)
KVMX (2011-2016)
Owner Lotus Communications
(Lotus Bakersfield Corp.)
Sister stations KCHJ (AM), KIWI, KPSL-FM, KWAC
Webcast Listen Live
Website elgallito.com

KCHJ-FM (92.1 FM, "El Gallito") is a commercial radio station that broadcasts a ranchera format and is owned by Lotus Communications Corporation.[1] The station is licensed to serve the community of Bakersfield, California.


The station went on the air as KIWI with classical music on 1963-06-24[clarification needed].

On January 21, 2003, the station changed its call sign to KPSL.[2]

On September 8, 2011, KPSL-FM and KVMX swapped frequencies with the station now being branded as "The New 92-1 Max-FM".[3]

On May 6, 2013 KVMX changed their format to country, branded as "KiX 92.1".[4]

On July 1, 2016 KVMX changed their format to Ranchera music, branded as "El Gallito", simulcasting KCHJ 1010 AM under new KCHJ-FM calls.[5]


Until July 1, 2016, the weekday programming on this station previously included the syndicated Bobby Bones Show on mornings, Anne Kelly on mid days. Rachel Legan was on afternoons. Weekends also featured "The Bobby Bones Country Top 30 Countdown on Sunday Morning." Kix Brooks "American Country Countdown" was on Sunday evenings

Former programming[edit]

  • Melanie Ruthridge was on mornings (Max) and mid-afternoons and afternoons (Kix) until September 11, 2015.
  • Kris Winston was program director and was on mornings (Max) and afternoons (Kix) until August 2015.
  • Doug Deroo was on afternoons (Max) until April 15, 2011.
  • Gregg Stepp was Program Director and hosted the morning show (Max) from November 1, 2008 until January 12, 2010.

Previous Logos[edit]

KVMX.jpg Kix Country.jpg


  1. ^ "KCHJ-FM Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ "KCHJ-FM Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  3. ^ Bakersfield Frequency Swap Coming RadioInsight - August 16, 2011
  4. ^ KVMX Bakersfield Goes Country RadioInsight - May 6, 2013
  5. ^ Kix Country Gives Way to El Gallito in Bakersfield RadioInsight - July 7, 2016

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