|Broadcast area||Beaumont, Texas, Lumberton, Texas, Golden Triangle|
|Frequency||1300 AM (kHz)|
|First air date||December 31, 1959 (as KKAS Silsbee, Texas)|
|Power||2,170 watts day|
270 watts night
|Former callsigns||KKAS (1959-2000)|
KHTW (1300 AM) is an American terrestrial radio station licensed to Lumberton, Texas, broadcasting a Tejano music format. The facility signed on from Silsbee, Texas as KKAS on December 31, 1959. On January 31, 2000, the callsign was changed to KSET. In 2009, it moved to a new tower site in southwest Lumberton. In 2011, the station shut down due to financial reasons. On December 12, 2012, the station opened under new management and began operation as "Freedom 1300", a Conservative news talk station with local content. It operated until April 2014, when it shut down due to failed negotiations between the management company and the owners of the transmitter and tower property.
On August 11, 2015, the facility was bought by, and the license transferred to, Southeast Texas Telecom of Beaumont. The new owner changed the programming to a classic Top 40 music format, along with becoming an affiliate of the Dallas Cowboys Radio Network.
On May 17, 2016, the callsign was changed to KLLS, which is a play on heritage Top 40 AM 890 WLS in Chicago. Jeff Davis, a former DJ on WLS in the 1980s, and currently on 94.7 WLS-FM, became the imaging voice of KLLS.
In June 2016, KLLS re-introduced AM stereo (Motorola's C-QUAM system) to the area and relaunched its classic Top 40, branding as "Music Radio Double-L S". On February 17, 2017, KLLS went silent. The station returned to the air in February 2018 but four days later, suffered equipment problems stemming from Hurricane Harvey. The station returned to air in November 2018. It suffered a transmitter failure in early 2019 and went silent pending repairs.
The station changed its call sign to KHTW on September 7, 2019. Effective November 16, 2019, Southeast Texas Telecom, LLC sold KHTW to Carlos Lopez for $125,527.32. Lopez subsequently relaunched the station as "Tejano 1300".
1300 was originally licensed to Hardin County Broadcasting, on December 31, 1959. The call sign assigned to the new station was KKAS and it was licensed to Silsbee, Texas at 500 watts. The KKAS studios were located at the transmitter site which (as the FCC described as) Highway 327, 3 miles west of the center of Silsbee. Eventually KKAS acquired an FM on 101.7, and was sold to Cumulus in 2004 which became KAYD-FM.
On January 31, 2000, KKAS changed its callsign to KSET.
2009 - 2011
KSET was moved to Lumberton in 2009. With the construction of a four-tower directional array, KSET was able to become a full market Beaumont–Port Arthur station. Also in 2009, KSET changed format to news talk, and was carrying mostly local talk programming, and only carried "The Dennis Miller Show" from a nationally syndicated program. The station shut down in 2011 due to financial problems. It returned to the air under a Leased Management Agreement (LMA), where another group programmed the station but did not hold the license.
On May 10, 2014, KSET filed a Special Temporary Authority with the FCC to go silent for one year.
On May 11, 2015, KSET filed with the FCC to resume operations and sign back on the air. Also in May, the pending sale to Southwest Texas Telecom LLC was announced. On July 11, KSET returned to the air with music briefly, testing the directional antenna and C-Quam equipment. The test revealed a problem with the stereo exciter and KSET concluded testing. On July 31, testing of the KSET facility resumed, making the final preparations for the station before its targeted mid-late August launch as "Musicradio 1300" carrying the Dallas Cowboys Radio Network. Former WLS DJ and current voice/DJ on WLS-FM, Jeff Davis is the Voice of Musicradio 1300. The FCC approved the transfer of control on August 10 and the sale was consummated that afternoon with paperwork filed with the FCC that evening.
On April 8, 2016, KSET went silent due to transmitter damage from lightning. The station changed its call sign to KLLS (a tribute to Chicago radio station WLS as Double-L S) on May 17, 2016. As of June 26, 2016, KLLS returned to the airwaves, broadcasting a classic hits/Top40music format with AM Stereo coming online the next day, branding itself as "Musicradio Double-L S".
On February 12, 2017, KLLS went silent due to antenna array damage. The FCC granted a silent STA while the array was repaired.
KLLS returned to the air briefly on February 11th thru the 14th. Southeast Telecom filed an STA after the facility fell silent again on February 16th, citing additional unforeseen damage to the transmission equipment that resulted from Hurricane Harvey. The facility was to return to the air by February 16, 2019, or by law, the license would be revoked and the facility deleted. It returned to the air at 5 pm CT on November 24, 2018.
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