KLPX

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KLPX
KLPX Logo BlackBackground.jpg
City Tucson, Arizona
Broadcast area Tucson, Arizona
Branding 96.1 KLPX
Slogan Number 1 For Classic Rock
Frequency 96.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date August 16, 1967 (as KCEE-FM)
Format Classic rock
ERP 82,000 watts
HAAT 595 meters (1,952 ft)
Class C
Facility ID 2745
Transmitter coordinates 32°14′56″N 111°6′59″W / 32.24889°N 111.11639°W / 32.24889; -111.11639Coordinates: 32°14′56″N 111°6′59″W / 32.24889°N 111.11639°W / 32.24889; -111.11639
Former callsigns KCEE-FM (1967-1979)
KTKT-FM (1979-1981)
Owner Lotus Communications Corporation
(Arizona Lotus Corp.)
Sister stations KTKT, KFMA, KCMT
Website 96.1 KLPX

KLPX (96.1 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station in Tucson, Arizona. It is owned by Lotus Communications Corporation and airs a classic rock radio format. Local DJs are heard during the day and the syndicated "Nights with Alice Cooper" show is heard evenings. The station uses the slogan "#1 for Classic Rock". KLPX's studios and offices are on North Commerce Drive. Its transmitter is located on Tower Peak in the Tucson Mountains near Saguaro National Park.

History[edit]

KCEE-FM first signed on the air on August 16, 1967.[1] It was owned by Strauss Broadcasting Company, which had acquired the construction permit from Associated Broadcasters of Tucson, Inc., before it went on the air. It was a sister station to AM 790 KCEE (now KNST). At first it simulcast its AM counterpart but later programmed a beautiful music format.

On July 4, 1979, Lotus bought KCEE-FM and changed its call sign to KTKT-FM, as a companion to 990 KTKT. On February 26, 1981, KTKT-FM became KLPX.[2] That was coupled with a change to album-oriented rock. 92.9 KWFM (now KMIY) had been Tucson's only rock outlet but with KLPX's switch, there were now two rock stations in the market. By the late 1980s, KWFM gave up rock for adult contemporary music. That made KLPX the only rocker in the Tucson radio market for some time.

In the early 2000s, KLPX had begun scaling back on newer rock songs. It made the complete transition to classic rock a few years later.[3]

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