|City of license||Lake Arrowhead, California|
|Broadcast area||Riverside - San Bernardino, California|
|Slogan||Move To The Music!|
|First air date||1978 (as KBON)|
|Format||Rhythmic Hot AC|
|Former callsigns||KBON (1978-1992)
|Owner||All Pro Broadcasting|
KHTI (103.9 FM, Hot 103.9) is a commercial radio station licensed to Lake Arrowhead, California, broadcasting to the Riverside-San Bernardino, California area since 1978. KHTI airs a Rhythmic Hot AC music format. It is owned by All Pro Broadcasting, a corporation headed by Pro Football Hall of Fame member Willie Davis, who also owns several other businesses. KHTI is a sister station to KATY-FM in Temecula, California.
History of 103.9 FM
In 1978, 103.9 signed on as KBON with a beautiful music format to represent the rapidly growing Riverside-San Bernardino radio market's full potential. The signal was strong enough to reach the Morongo Basin and the Victor Valley areas.
In 1984, KBON changed to an adult contemporary format under the name K-104.
In 1987, KBON again changed formats to traditional oldies.
On September 1, 1992, KBON became KCKC-FM, making 103.9 a full AM/FM simulcast with KCKC 1350 AM. KCKC had been broadcasting in San Bernardino for 25 years (from 1966 to 1992) with a country music format.
On October 31, 1993, KCKC-FM became KABE as it changed to a simulcast of KACE (also on 103.9 FM), which broadcast to the nearby Los Angeles area. Covering most of Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, the simulcast briefly experimented with a hip hop/R&B format as V103.9.
On October 2, 1994, KABE became KAEV following the political and social backlash against hip-hop music. The owners of the station announced an outright prohibition of several derogatory words on air and shifted to a "Positive Urban" format. However, this lowered ratings significantly, and on January 1, 1995, KAEV became KCXX and ended its simulcast with KACE by flipping to alternative rock as "X103.9", with the first song played being "Closer" by Nine Inch Nails. 2015 marked KCXX's 20th (and, as it would turn out, last) year as an Alternative Rock station.
On December 21, 2015, KCXX announced it would end its alternative format the following morning after 2 decades, citing falling ratings and increased Internet music services for the reasoning behind the change. The next day, at 7 AM, after playing "Snuff" by Slipknot, KCXX flipped to Rhythmic Hot AC as "Hot 103.9." The first song on "Hot" was "Time of Our Lives" by Pitbull. The station changed its call sign to KHTI on December 22, 2015.
- "KCXX/Riverside Drops Alternative for Rhythmic AC as 'Hot 103.9'". allaccess.com. All Access Music Group. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
- X103.9 Becomes Hot 103.9
- Hot 103.9 official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KHTI
- Radio-Locator information on KHTI
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KHTI
- KHTI Call Sign History
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