|Broadcast area||Reno, Nevada|
|Branding||95.5 The Vibe|
|Slogan||Reno's Classic Hip Hop|
|Translator(s)||99.3 K257AX (Battle Mountain)|
|First air date||December 25, 1953|
|Format||Classic hip hop|
|Callsign meaning||K NEVada|
|Former callsigns||KHQM (1953, CP)|
(Radio License Holding CBC, LLC)
|Sister stations||KBUL-FM, KKOH, KWYL|
KNEV is a commercial radio station located in Reno, Nevada, broadcasting on 95.5 FM. KNEV airs a classic hip hop music format branded as "95.5 The Vibe". The station rebroadcasts on translator K257AX at 99.3 FM in Battle Mountain, Nevada.
KNEV is the longest continuously operating FM station in the state of Nevada, having signed on Christmas Day 1953. Since its original air date in 1953, KNEV has maintained its original call sign and frequency. KNEV was originally an easy listening station during the daytime and classical after 6 PM and all day on Sundays and remained that way for many years. In 1980, Everett Cobb sold the station to McClatchy Newspapers. In 1992, the station was relaunched as "Magic 95", with a soft adult contemporary format, and would compete with crosstown station KRNO (Sunny 106.9).
In 1995, the station shifted towards a hot AC format, while retaining the "Magic" branding. The 1970s songs were dropped from the playlist as the station focused on hits from the 1980s and 1990s.
In 2001, Magic rebranded as "Mix 95.5" and became an adult top 40 station.
In November 2004, the station flipped to an all-Christmas format and brought back the "Magic" branding. On December 26, the station adopted a mainstream adult contemporary format.
On October 7, 2015 at 5PM, 95.5 flipped to classic hip hop as "95.5 The Vibe". The change came after a brief 15 minute stunt of Christmas music after Magic signed off at 4:45 with "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang.
- Official Website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KNEV
- Radio-Locator information on KNEV
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KNEV
- Query the FCC's FM station database for K257AX
- Radio-Locator information on K257AX
- FCC History Cards for KNEV
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