|City of license||Farmersville, Texas|
|Frequency||990 kHz (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||After the move from Wichita Falls: 2002 as KCAF|
|Power||7,000 watts (day)
920 watts (night)
|Callsign meaning||Former flagship station for FC Dallas Soccer Team|
|Former callsigns||KNIN (1950s - 1983) KGTM (1983 - 1990), KKCR (1990 - 1991), KNIN (1991 - 1995), KWFT (1995 - 1998) , KTUB (1998 - 2000), KXXL (2000 - 2002), KCAF (2002-2004)
|Owner||Bernard Dallas, LLC|
KFCD is a radio station serving the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex that features religious radio programming. This station is licensed in Farmersville, Texas, USA, and the broadcast license is held by Bernard Dallas, LLC.
The station started out originally in Wichita Falls as K-Nine (KNIN), a popular Top 40 station during the 1960s and 1970s. After several format and call letter changes during the 1980s and 1990s, the station moved to Farmersville as KCAF Cafe 990 as a short-lived women's talk format. Two months later, it changed to conservative talk via Radio America. The name, however stayed the same. "Cafe 990" has the unenviable distinction of having the shortest run of any regular format in D/FW radio history, signing off the format after just three days, due to monetary problems involved with the owners of the station. After Cafe 990 signed off, Radio America programming resumed.
In 2004, the station changed its call letters to KMSR while maintaining its talk format, but on December that year, the station was re-imaged as KFCD. A year later, KFCD was transferred to the bankruptcty court appointed "debtor-in-possession" along with sister station KHSE.
Starting on January 15, 2007, the frequency began broadcasting Sports Talk radio. In the opinion of Dallas Observer blogger Richie Whitt, the new format was "destined to fail". While the call sign references the FC Dallas Major League Soccer team, the team's games no longer air on this station. KFCD was a network affiliate radio station for the Frisco RoughRiders, and a Class AA affiliate of the Texas Rangers major league baseball club. The station lasted with a sports talk format until October 29, 2007, when it abruptly switched to a gospel music format.
As of November 29, 2009, KFCD became a 24-hour affiliate of the Biz Radio Network. Biz Radio was previously affiliated with KVCE 1160 which only carried a partial schedule intermixed with conservative and Pakistan/Indian talk programs. KFCD provided a stronger signal in the city of Dallas than KVCE, but signal quality is generally poorer than KVCE in Fort Worth due in part to the lower transmitter power of KFCD and location of transmission tower east of Dallas.
On January 1, 2010, KFCD returned to its prior religious and talk programming and the Biz Radio network moved to its former location at KMNY (1360 AM).
As of June 8, 2013, KFCD has aired a brokered format, featuring mainly Spanish language programming.
On December 28, 2006, the FCC accepted a voluntary license transfer from DFW Radio License, LLC to Bernard Dallas LLC. On February 27, 2007, an application was filed with the FCC to transfer the license from Bernard Dallas LLC to Principle Broadcasting Network - Dallas, LLC, which has entered into a transaction to acquire the two stations from the bankruptcy court. The FCC approved the sale February 19, 2008, denying a formal Petition to Deny filed by parties seeking to stop the sale. A series of further filings resulted in the objectors being admonished by the Commission for "frivolous and obstructive pleadings" on May 28, 2009. As of January 2010[update], the sale has yet to be consummated.
- Wilonsky, Robert (January 15, 2007). "What's That You Say, Richie? You're On a New Sports-Talk Radio Station? Do Tell.". Dallas Observer.
- Williams, Patrick (January 18, 2007). "Radio Experiment = Failed". Dallas Observer.
- Horn, Barry (November 5, 2007). "Hot air: Punch is a smooth operator". Dallas Morning News.
Dallas-Fort Worth is down to two all-sports radio stations with the demise Monday of KFCD-AM 990's sports format. The underfinanced station with a weak signal debuted in January and never made a dent in the ratings.
- Pulle, Matt (November 14, 2007). "Hopes for Minority-Owned Sports Radio Station Fizzle". Dallas Observer.
- Query the FCC's AM station database for KFCD
- Radio-Locator Information on KFCD
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for KFCD
- DFW Radio/TV History