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KLVL RadioDabang95.3-1480 logo.jpg
City Pasadena, Texas
Broadcast area Greater Houston
Branding Radio Dabang 95.3FM & 1480AM
Frequency 1480 kHz
Translator(s) 95.3 K237GS Pasadena
First air date 1480: May 5, 1950
95.3: January 25, 2017
Format South Asian
Language(s) Arabic
Audience share 0.0 Steady (current, Nielsen Audio[1])
Power 1480: 5,000 watts (Daytime)
500 watts (nighttime)
ERP 95.3: 58 watts
HAAT 95.3: 56 meters (184 ft)
Class 1480: B
95.3: D
Facility ID 1480: 56148
95.3: 147229
Transmitter coordinates 29°41′2″N 95°11′9″W / 29.68389°N 95.18583°W / 29.68389; -95.18583
Callsign meaning K La Voz Latina (The Latin Voice, original Spanish branding)
Owner SIGA Broadcasting
Sister stations KAML, KFJZ, KGBC, KHFX, KTMR
Webcast Listen Live
Website http://www.radiodabang.com

KLVL is an AM radio station serving the Greater Houston, Texas area. It operates on AM frequency 1480 kHz and is under ownership of SIGA Broadcasting. The station is currently airing South Asian programming, featuring Bollywood music artists as "Radio Dabang 95.3 FM and 1480 AM".

It was originally nicknamed "La Voz Latina" or "The Latin Voice" as the original Spanish language facility in Houston.[1]

KLVL's Texas sister stations with SIGA Broadcasting include KTMR (1130 AM, Converse), KGBC (1540 AM, Galveston), KAML (990 AM, Kenedy-Karnes City), KHFX (1140 AM, Cleburne), and KFJZ (870 AM, Fort Worth)


Felix Morales's "La Voz Latina" is Born[edit]

KLVL was founded in 1946 by the family of Felix Hessbrook Morales (1907-1988), an entrepreneur, radio personality, and civic leader.[1][2] He previously hosted his own radio show at a San Antonio station and was poised to own a radio station, but the FCC soon ruled that radio stations could not sublet time to outside purchasers. Prior to that, Morales applied for an application in 1942, however, due to World War II, it was delayed until 1946 and the permit was not granted until four years later.[citation needed] Within Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast, it was the first Spanish language radio station that provided educational programs, music, and news. KLVL sponsored fundraising and job seeking programs.[1]

KLVL then officially went on the air on May 5, 1950, to celebrate both Cinco de Mayo and his wife, Angeline Vera Morales' birthday. During the first few years of broadcasting, it was a daytimer station, but the permit was eventually extended to authorize a 24/7 broadcasting operation.[citation needed] In 1954, after flooding devastated the Rio Grande Valley, the station started a campaign to obtain clothing and necessity goods for the flood victims.[1]

End of an Era; Siga Broadcasting Purchases "La Voz"[edit]

Felix Morales passed on in 1988, leaving KLVL to his wife Angeline in whole. For the next decade, KLVL would carry on as "The Latin Voice" in honor of Morales' legacy in Houston's Hispanic radio community. KLVL was family owned and operated by the Morales family until 1997 when they sold the station to Gabriel Arango's Siga Broadcasting of Houston, after the death of Angeline Morales.[citation needed]

By November 2011, the station had switched to a South Asian format.[3] In December 2015, Hum Tum City programming left KLVL, moving to FM as "Hum FM Radio" on 106.1 K291CE, a 250 watt FM translator that is located in Uptown Houston. The 106.1 translator is currently fed by Lake Jackson licensed KGLK's HD-3, making "Hum FM Radio" the only South Asian programming available in Hybrid Digital, within the Houston-Galveston market.

KLVL, meanwhile, began running a prerecorded looped message of "Hum FM Radio" proprietor Rehan Siddiqui instructing listeners to change stations to the new 106.1 FM frequency for nearly two months, until a new lessee was found. This occurred in March 2016, when Radio Dabang purchased the entirety of KLVL's airtime from Siga Broadcasting.


  1. ^ a b c d Martin, Betty L. "Neighborhood's Alive tour hits city's multicultural hot spots." Houston Chronicle. Thursday July 17, 2003. ThisWeek p. 1. Retrieved on October 6, 2012.
  2. ^ "Felix Hessbrook Morales (1907-1988)". findagrave.com. Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Welcome to KLVL 1480!". Siga Broadcasting. November 4, 2011. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 

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