KISX

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KISX
KISX HotJamz107.3 logo.png
CityWhitehouse, Texas
Broadcast areaTyler, Texas
BrandingHot 107.3 Jamz
Slogan"Old School & Today's R&B"
Frequency107.3 (MHz) (also on HD Radio)
First air dateAugust 5, 1983 (as 99.3 KFML)
FormatUrban Adult Contemporary
ERP50,000 watts
HAAT148 meters (486 ft)
ClassC2
Facility ID72661
Callsign meaningKISs X (From Ex-branding Kiss FM)
OwnerTownsquare Media
(Townsquare Media Tyler License, LLC)
Sister stationsKDOK, KKTX-FM, KNUE, KTYL-FM
WebcastListen Live
Websitehot1073jamz

KISX (107.3 FM) is a radio station licensed to Whitehouse, Texas, and broadcasts in Tyler with an Urban Adult Contemporary musical format. It is owned by Townsquare Media. Its studios are located in south Tyler and its transmitter is located southeast of Tyler in Smith County.

History[edit]

Early Days[edit]

The history of this license allocation can be traced to a house on East Main Street in Whitehouse. There, KFML 99.3 resided both physically and on-air in the home as the back yard was the location of the broadcast tower. KFML signed on in the summer of 1983 and was originally an easy listening format. Several months after signing on, KFML moved out of the house and into its new home on NNE Loop 323 in Tyler. KFML also traded callsigns and became KEYP on 09 January 1984. "Y99 - Tyler's Hot FM" was born with the callsign change. Y99 featured a Top 40 music format and was home to air talents such as Pat O'Briant and Mike O'Neill. Y99 was also involved in the community through its sponsorship of "D-FY-IT: Drug Free Youth in Texas" as well as its air talent making appearances at Friday night high school dances during football season. But, all good things come to an end. A frequency reallocation saw the 99.3 allocation shifted to 107.3, thus beginning the "KISS 107" era. When the switch was being carried out, a computerized voice (very similar to a recorded telephone message) was heard saying, "The number you dialed, 99.3, has changed. Please make note of the new number, 107.3" and was looped for a few days before the 99.3 transmitter was powered down for the final time.

Kiss 107 FM[edit]

KISX first signed on in 1990 as a Classic Hits station. It later changed its format to Hot AC as "Mix 107.3", which continued until KISX was acquired by Clear Channel Communications and converted the station to a CHR format.[1] On December 17, 2001, the format change to CHR (Top 40) as "Kiss 107 FM" took place. The first song on "Kiss" was "Get Ready for This" by 2 Unlimited. KISX was originally a Top 40/Pop station, commonly known as KISS-FM through Clear Channel's format trademarking.

Hot 107.3 Jamz[edit]

In 2005, that format was ditched for Urban AC, but the playlist platform was modeled after its sister station KHHT in Los Angeles to differentiate from the now-defunct competitor KVEE. It is home to Steve Harvey in the mornings. Clear Channel exited small markets like Tyler in 2007, and sold KISX. KISX is currently owned by Townsquare Media.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KISX Becomes Kiss 107 - Format Change Archive". formatchange.com. 17 December 2001.

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Coordinates: 32°17′20″N 95°11′56″W / 32.289°N 95.199°W / 32.289; -95.199