|Broadcast area||Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex/Sherman/Denison|
|Branding||Banda 13 Radio|
|Slogan||Musica, Informacion y Deportes|
|First air date||1998 as KTBK|
|Language(s)||Spanish and English|
|Power||10,000 Watts (Daytime)
1,000 Watts (Nighttime)
|Callsign meaning||From its former AM sister station KLIF|
|Owner||Claro Communications, Ltd.
KKLF is an AM radio station licensed to Richardson, Texas. Although the station's signal covers portions of the immediate Metroplex, it mainly serves the area of North Texas north and east of the Metroplex. This station broadcasts on the expanded band frequency of 1700 kHz.
KKLF is the descendant of KDSX, which broadcast on 950 kHz from Denison-Sherman. The station originally broadcast on 1220 prior to 1951 and spawned FM station KDSX-FM in 1967 (now fellow Dallas station KYDA). It relocated in 1998 to 1700 kHz and changed its city of license to Richardson in 2005.
In 2011, Cumulus Media put KKLF and 11 other stations into a trust run by Scott Knoblauch (via Volt Radio, LLC) in preparation for Cumulus' acquisition of Citadel Broadcasting. As a result, the station's simulcast of KLIF ended in favor of an all-comedy format via the 24/7 Comedy Radio network. Originally, the current format would have launched on February 1, 2012, but it was delayed due to numerous missteps. KKLF officially changed formats to all-comedy on February 14.
In November 2013, KKLF was sold to Claro Communications through licensee Gerald Benavides, who previously owned DFW low-powered station KVFW-LD; the purchase was consummated on March 5, 2014 at a price of $1.25 million. On March 14, 2014, the station flipped from Comedy to Tejano music as "Kick 1700". In November 2016, the station switched format and started broadcasting classic hits, sports and news in Spanish with a new name as Banda 13 Radio.
In an application for STA filed with the FCC, Claro stated that a residence is near the KKLF night tower. The night tower site is the site for a proposed daytime operation with 10,000 watts with the same 90 degree tall tower as is used for night operations. Because of the residence, KKLF has been granted an STA authorizing 1,000 watts unlimited operation.
KKLF is licensed by iBiquity for digital HD Radio transmission but is not currently transmitting a digital signal. Because the license to broadcast HD Radio is perpetual, the station could resume digital broadcasts at any time.
- "FCC Actions" (PDF). Broadcasting. 22 October 1951. p. 96. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
- "Cumulus files to divest 14 stations, to complete its $2.4B purchase of Citadel". Radio-Info.com. April 12, 2011. Archived from the original on April 16, 2011.
- Wilonsky, Robert (January 25, 2012). "The New Library of Laughs: George Gimarc's All-Comedy Station Hits Dallas Radio February 1". Dallas Observer. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
- DFW Radio/TV History
- Query the FCC's AM station database for KKLF
- Radio-Locator Information on KKLF
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for KKLF
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