|Broadcast area||Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex|
|Branding||Univision Deportes Radio 1270 AM|
|Frequency||1270 kHz (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||1929 as KSAT|
|Power||50,000 Watts (day)
5,000 Watts (night)
|Former callsigns||KSAT (1929-1930), KTAT (1930-1935), KGKO (1935), KTAT (1935-early 1940s), KFJZ (early 1940s-1984), KSSA (1984-1986), KESS (1986-1990), KSBN (1990-1991), KESS (1991-2004)|
|Affiliations||Univision Deportes Radio
Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
Texas Rangers (MLB)
FC Dallas (MLS)
(KESS-AM License Corp.)
|Sister stations||KDXX, KESS, KFZO, KLNO
Also part of the Univision Cluster: TV Stations KUVN and KSTR
KFLC (1270 AM, branded as "Univision Deportes Radio") is a Spanish language sports radio station broadcasting in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. This station is licensed in Benbrook, Texas under Univision Radio. KFLC is a Class B station broadcasting on a Regional AM frequency. The station's studios are located along the John W. Carpenter Freeway in the Stemmons Corridor of Northwest Dallas.
KFLC calls were once used in Dallas at 1330 kHz in 1924 for a temporary station set up at the State Fair of Texas.
The station that became today's KFLC signed on in 1924 at 1180 kHz as KFJZ. KFJZ later moved to 1140, 1200, 1370 (1928) and 1240 (1939) before settling on its permanent home of 1270 in the early 1940s. During the 1960s and 1970s, KFJZ was a leading Top 40 station in Fort Worth. The KFJZ call letters were reassigned to frequency 870 kHz and is now a Spanish Christian station. In 1980 the station changed format to Music of Your Life (having moved the Top 40 format onto KFJZ-FM 97.1).
Marcos A. Rodriguez purchased the station in November 1986 and moved the Spanish Format from FM (see KLTY) to the AM dial. AM 1270 has been a Spanish-language station since under various calls, including KESS (from 1986 until 2004, when the current KFLC calls were instituted).
The station has operated from towers sites in Birdville (north east Fort Worth), 4801 West Vickery (now site of a school) in south west Fort Worth, and the present site on the Arlington/Fort Worth line. From 1976 to 2006 the station operated at 5,000 watts on six towers (nominal power while actual input was 5,400 watts by day and 4,600 by night). A refit spearheaded by station engineering manager Patrick Parks and VP/Engineering David Stewart led to a rebuild, new towers, and a power increase to 50,000 watts. Matt Folkert at duTreil, Lundin and Rackley designed the new digital capable phasing and distribution system.
The first station to broadcast Dallas Mavericks basketball games in Spanish. KFLC was a part of the Univision America Talk Radio network as of July 4, 2012 after interlining its long-time local news/Talk service with the network's programming. The name was changed to Univision America Dallas 1270.
Sometime in 2015, KFLC has jettisoned the Univision America news/talk format in favor of Contemporary Christian music as Amor Celestial 1270 (translated to "Heavenly Love"). It is unknown if KFLC will continue to carry Dallas Mavericks games in Spanish.
On December 20th, 2016, Univision announced that KFLC would be one of the charter affiliates of Univision Deportes Radio, their new Spanish-language sports network, which launched in April 19, 2017. The station will air Texas Rangers baseball games form 2017 to 2019. KESS had previously broadcast Rangers games from 1999 to 2010. KFLC will also resume Dallas Mavericks games as well as adding FC Dallas games.
- http://hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?id=5 HD Radio Guide for Dallas-Ft. Worth
- Univision To Launch National Talk Network - Radio Insight (Released May 30, 2012)
- Univision To Launch "Univision Deportes Radio"
- Amor Celestial 1270 (Official Station Page)
- Query the FCC's AM station database for KFLC
- Radio-Locator Information on KFLC
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for KFLC
- DFW Radio Archives
- DFW Radio/TV History