KMPA

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KMPA
City Pittsburg, Texas
Broadcast area Longview-Marshall area
Branding Kompa
Slogan "Puros Trancazos!"
Frequency 103.1 MHz
First air date 1987-01-20 (as KXAL-FM)
Last air date 2016-08-09
Format Silent
ERP 10,000 watts
HAAT 205 meters
Class C2
Facility ID 8491
Transmitter coordinates 32°52′50″N 94°58′13″W / 32.88056°N 94.97028°W / 32.88056; -94.97028Coordinates: 32°52′50″N 94°58′13″W / 32.88056°N 94.97028°W / 32.88056; -94.97028
Callsign meaning KoMPA (station branding)
Former callsigns KXAL-FM (1987-2001)
KDVE (2001-2010)
Affiliations none
Owner Waller Media, LLC
Sister stations KZXM

KMPA (103.1 FM) was a radio station broadcasting a Spanish Contemporary format. Licensed to Pittsburg, Texas, USA, the station served the Longview-Marshall area. The station was owned by Waller Media, LLC and featured programming from CNN Radio.[1]

History[edit]

January 20, 1987, 103.1 went on the air as KXAL-FM. KXAL was owned by Gray Communications of Pittsburg, Texas. The transmitter site was next located on Highway 271 just north of Gilmer in the community of Midway. The tower was under 250 feet tall and the coverage of the station was very limited. 103.1 was running a rock format at that time.

January 3, 2000, Gray Communications sold 103.1 to On-Air Family LLC (Hunt Broadcasting). Under Hunt's ownership the transmitter site was completely rebuilt with a 750-foot tower, new antennas, and new transmitter on a 50-acre facility just north-east of Midway. The Hunt's also combined 103.1's broadcast operations with the 100.3 (at that time KDVE) in Henderson, Texas.

The Hunt's changed the call letters to KDVE on November 8, 2001. With this change, the format was also changed to classic country, under the moniker of "The Lonesome Dove" (after the movie of the same name). With both 103.1 and 100.3 simulcasting "The Lonesome Dove" format, the studios were moved to Longview at 3004 West Marshall (Greggton area). In July 2004, 103.1 KDVE changed its format to classic rock, with the moniker "Rock 103.1". 100.3 became KXAL sports with the ESPN satellite feed.

On April 1, 2004, 103.1 and 100.3 began an LMA with Waller Broadcasting. 103.1 became a simulcast of KKUS the Ranch, and 100.3 became a simulcast of 96.7 KOYE. In 2006, Waller Media bought 103.1 and 100.3. 103.1 became the first FM talk station in East Texas, and 100.3 became "Brisa" a regional Spanish format. The FM talk was dropped after 6 months with little results, and a simulcast of 103.1 and 100.3 began again with the "Brisa" format. 103.1 changed its call sign to the current KMPA on July 30, 2010, and rebranded itself as KOMPA. KOMPA 103.1 is a highly successful Spanish format radio station in East Texas.[2]

On August 1, 2016, KMPA and sister stations KFRO-FM, KLJT, and KZXM were taken off the air and the staff of those stations were let go and locked out without warning by Susie Waller, the daughter of the deceased owner of the station, Dudley Waller.[3] The website has also been deleted.

Since August 10, 2016, this station has been silent.

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KXAL-FM logo.jpg

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KDVE Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  2. ^ "KMPA Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  3. ^ East Texas Stations Lock Out Staff & Go Dark - Radio Insight (published August 2, 2016)

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