KLTN

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KLTN
City Houston, Texas
Broadcast area Greater Houston
Branding 102.9
Frequency 102.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date October 1, 1960 (57 years ago) (1960-10-01)
Format Analog/HD-1: Regional Mexican
HD-2: Tejano (KXTN-FM simulcast)
HD-3: Sports (KLAT simulcast)
Language(s) Spanish
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 300 m (984 ft)
Class C0
Facility ID 65310
Transmitter coordinates 29°45′26″N 95°20′18″W / 29.75722°N 95.33833°W / 29.75722; -95.33833
Callsign meaning Estereo LaTiNo (former branding)
Former callsigns KQUE-FM (October 1, 1960-May 23, 1997)
KKPN (May 23, 1997-June 25, 1998)
Owner Univision Radio
(Univision Radio Illinois, Inc.)
Sister stations Radio: KAMA-FM, KLAT, KOVE-FM, KQBU-FM
TV: KXLN-DT, KFTH-DT
Webcast Listen Live
Website Estereo Latino Online
Univision building in Houston

KLTN (102.9 FM, "La 102.9") is a Regional Mexican radio station broadcasting in Houston, Texas, United States. Owned by Univision Radio, its studios are in Uptown Houston and the transmitter is located on the historic (1948) KNUZ tower, along with sister station KAMA-FM, at 315 N. Ennis Street in the East End.

History[edit]

Allocation Beginnings as KPRC-FM, KHGM[edit]

102.9 originally signed on the air as KPRC-FM at 3pm, December 24, 1946, when the station moved from the 99.7 frequency. Calls changed to KHGM (meaning "Home of Good Music) in November of 1958. By April 1959 the station had moved again, back to the middle of the FM dial at 99.1 MHz, where it is now known as KODA.

KQ 103[edit]

Broadcasting returned to 102.9 FM when KQUE signed on the air with an Adult Standards format on October 1, 1960, co-owned by Dave Morris who also owned 1230 AM, KNUZ.

The station, originally a "superpower FM" (running more than the 100KW ERP now allowed for top end FM stations) but was lowered to normal power after the tower was extended in the 1970s, was also known as "KQ 103" until 1997, when the station was purchased from its local owner, Dave Morris, by Robert F. X. Sillerman and his company, SFX Broadcasting.

The Planet[edit]

At 4 p.m. on March 19, 1997, the KQUE callsign and standards format were moved to 1230 AM, with 102.9 then flipping to KKPN, a Modern AC format known as "The Planet", under Steve Hick's Capstar Broadcasting ownership (the first song on "The Planet" was "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette).[1][2] After a series of mergers, the station came under the ownership of Clear Channel Communications. Clear Channel was forced to spin off several stations in the Houston area to meet Federal Communications Commission ownership restrictions.

Estereo Latino[edit]

KKPN, at that time, had the smallest overall coverage area of all the stations in the Clear Channel cluster (due to its 1000-foot tower location east of downtown Houston) and it could not move to the 2000 foot Missouri City antenna farm.

It was then sold to Heftel Communications, a company specializing in Spanish language broadcasting. Heftel changed the station to its current format, moved from the two rimshot facilities 93.3 KLTN and 104.9 KLTO, on March 29, 1998.[3][4] The station was assigned the current KLTN call letters on June 25, 1998 after being moved from 93.3.[5] Heftel merged with Tichenor Media to create Hispanic Broadcasting, which later became Univision Radio, the station's current owner.

Former callsigns[edit]

  • KPRC - 10/1947 (Sign on, station moved from 99.7)
  • KHGM - 11/9/1958 (moved to 99.1 on 4/26/1959)
  • KQUE - 10/1/1960
  • KKPN - 5/23/1997
  • KLTN - 6/25/1998

References[edit]

  1. ^ Louis B. Parks, "Radio stations make changes", The Houston Chronicle, March 20, 1997.
  2. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/1990s/1997/RR-1997-03-28.pdf
  3. ^ Bruce Westbrook, "'The Planet,' KQUE changing their formats", The Houston Chronicle, May 27, 1998.
  4. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/1990s/1998/RR-1998-06-05.pdf
  5. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 

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