|Broadcast area||Phoenix metropolitan area|
|Branding||Univisión Deportes Radio|
|Repeater(s)||KHOV-FM1 105.3 Constellation, Arizona|
|First air date||December 3, |1982|
|Format||Spanish sports talk|
|HAAT||410 meters (1,350 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||Disambiguation of former simulcast partner KHOT|
|Former callsigns||KHBC (1982-1987)|
|Former frequencies||105.5 MHz, 105.3 MHz|
|Owner||Uforia Audio Network |
(Univision Radio Illinois, Inc.)
|Sister stations||KQMR, KOMR, KHOT-FM|
KHOV-FM is a radio station on 105.1 MHz in Wickenburg, Arizona, serving the Phoenix metropolitan area. It is owned by Univision Communications and carries its Univision Deportes Radio sports talk format.
A booster of KHOV, KHOV-FM1, operates on 105.3 MHz from the nominal community of license of Constellation, to serve the northwest Valley. 105.3 was KHOV's former frequency until 2016.
KHOV-FM began in 1983 with the callsign KHBC, broadcasting at 105.5 MHz and named for initial owners Hassayampa Broadcasting Corporation. On January 1, 1987, it became KCIW-FM, the FM counterpart to sister station KCIW at 1250 kHz. The country music format of the station continued in 1989 with a callsign change to KRDS-FM. In 1990, KRDS changed formats to Contemporary Christian. KRDS moved from 105.5 to 105.3 MHz and increased its signal from a class A to class B. On March 21, 1997, the format was changed to Adult Standards with a change of call letters to KMYL to complement their "Music of Your Life" slogan and simulcast of KMYL 1190 AM. In 2000, it switched to Spanish hits. In 2001, the station was acquired by Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation, creating a simulcast for co-owned KHOT-FM. On January 2, 2013 KHOV-FM switched from a simulcast with Regional Mexican-formaated KHOT-FM 105.9 to a simulcast with KQMR 100.3 FM Globe, Arizona, in order to provide coverage of its "La Kalle" Latin Pop format in the West Valley.
On September 28, 2014, KQMR/KHOV rebranded as "100.3 Latino Mix".
In 2016, KHOV applied for an FCC construction permit to move to 105.1 MHz, increase ERP to 46,000 watts and decrease HAAT to 410 meters. KHOV-FM began transmitting from these upgraded facilities on October 20, 2016.
On December 20, 2016, Univision announced that KHOV would soon split from its simulcast and become one of the charter affiliates of Univision Deportes Radio, their new Spanish-language sports network launched in April 2017. The station began to air games of the Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks professional teams.
- Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1999 (PDF). 1999. p. D-46. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
- "Ownership Changes" (PDF). Broadcasting. 30 September 1985. p. 115. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
- Venta, Lance (2 January 2013). "La Kalle Expands in Phoenix". Radio Insight. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
- Venta, Lance (19 December 2016). "Univision To Launch "Univision Deportes Radio"". Radio Insight.
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KHOV
- Radio-Locator information on KHOV
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KHOV