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City Albuquerque, New Mexico
Broadcast area Albuquerque/Santa Fe, New Mexico
Branding 99.5 Magic FM
Slogan Best Mix of Yesterday and Today
Albuquerque's Home For the Holidays (Nov.-Dec.)
Frequency 99.5 MHz
First air date November 11, 1963 (as KARA-FM)
Format Adult Contemporary
Christmas music (Nov.-Dec.)
ERP 22,500 watts
(with beam tilt)
HAAT 1,259 meters (4,131 ft)
Class C
Facility ID 11231
Transmitter coordinates 35°12′44″N 106°26′58″W / 35.21222°N 106.44944°W / 35.21222; -106.44944Coordinates: 35°12′44″N 106°26′58″W / 35.21222°N 106.44944°W / 35.21222; -106.44944
Callsign meaning MaGic Albuquerque
Former callsigns KARA-FM (1963-1967)
KBNM-FM (1967-1975)
KMYR (1975-1979)
KZZX (1979-1985)[1]
Owner Cumulus Media
(Radio License Holding CBC, LLC)
Webcast Listen Live

KMGA (99.5 FM) is a radio station licensed to serve Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States. The station is owned by Cumulus Media. Its studios are located in Downtown Albuquerque and the transmitter tower is located atop Sandia Crest east of the city.


KMGA broadcasts an adult contemporary music format to the greater Albuquerque/Santa Fe, New Mexico, area for about 11 months of the year.[2] Notable personalities on the station include syndicated hosts Delilah and John Tesh and local hosts Jon Allen along with Meredith Dunkel and Chris Fox of "The Meredith and Fox Show" in the morning beginning in June 2015.[3] Another change in mornings happened in November of 2016 when Meredith was joined by a new co-host, Doug Durocher from San bernardino, CA. In January 2017 Bryan Simmons joined KMGA as program director from Los Angeles, California. In June of 2017 a new host Steph Duran from sister station KRST joined the morning show replacing Meredith Dunkel who left for a new job in Tucson AZ. The show is now billed as the Magic Morning Show with Doug & Duran.

Scott Simon and Rachel Michaels had hosted "Magic in the morning with Simon and Rachel" beginning in late May 2014. Simon and Rachel had moved over from country sister station KRST 92.3 which at that time had picked up the Nash FM brand as well as the national morning show.[4] However Simon and Rachel were out after 11 months.[5] Phil Moore had previously hosted mornings for seventeen years before retiring. By May 2012, KMGA became the market's only AC station.

Christmas music[edit]

KMGA has always played Christmas music between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Like most AC radio stations around the country, KMGA changes its format each year to playing all Christmas music beginning sometime in mid-to-late November until December 26. The slogan used during this period is "Albuquerque's Home for the Holidays".


The station was assigned the KMGA call sign by the Federal Communications Commission on September 18, 1985.[1]

Jingles and imaging[edit]

Currently KMGA uses Pure AC Bright. KMGA commissioned the Brighter version, and WWLI, also owned by Cumulus, commissioned the Lighter version.

In the past KMGA used various packages from Reelworld until 2014.

KMGA uses the Benztown AC library for imaging, along with other AC stations owned by Cumulus.


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