KOAI

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KOAI
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City Sun City West, Arizona
Broadcast area Phoenix metropolitan area
Branding 95.1 & 94.9 The Oasis
Slogan All Classic Hits
Frequency 95.1 MHz
Translator(s) 94.9 K235CB (Chandler)
Repeater(s) 103.9-2 KZON-HD2 (Gilbert)
First air date 1996 (as KFMR)
Format Classic hits
Christmas music (Nov.-Dec.)
ERP 41,000 watts
HAAT 849 meters
Class C
Facility ID 16770
Transmitter coordinates 34°14′5.00″N 112°22′2.00″W / 34.2347222°N 112.3672222°W / 34.2347222; -112.3672222
Callsign meaning K OAsIs
Former callsigns KFMR (1996-2005)
KVIB (2005-2014)
Owner Sun City Communications
(Riviera Broadcast Group)
Sister stations KMVA, KZON, KKFR
Webcast Direct Feed
Player
Website theoasisphoenix.com

KOAI (95.1/94.9 FM "The Oasis") is a classic hits radio station serving the Phoenix metropolitan area and licensed to Sun City West, Arizona. The station is owned by Sun City Holdings under the name of "Sun City Communications," and is part of the Great Hill Partners investment portfolio. It is licensed to and operated by Riviera Broadcast Group. Its studios are located on 7th Street in Midtown Phoenix, while its transmitter is located in Crown King, Arizona (producing a rimshot signal from 50 miles northwest of Phoenix).

History[edit]

95.1 went on the air in 1996, licensed to Winslow, broadcasting from Mingus Mountain and covering areas of Northern Arizona. It was owned by Ted Tucker's Desert West Air Ranchers Corporation. Tucker moved the station in 2000 to the Crown King site (along with a change of city of license to Mayer, later changed again to Sun City West) and sold it in 2004 to Sun City Communications for $18.7 million.[1] The new ownership flipped KFMR from a simulcast of Tucker's KCDX to the Hispanic rhythmic ("hurban") format as KVIB "The Vibe". As The Vibe, KVIB played a youth-oriented radio format playing both Spanish-language and English-language pop. The station's mix of music targeted the Valley's burgeoning young Latino population, particularly long-time residents who can speak English but prefer Spanish.

On January 23, 2014, KVIB changed their format to Spanish adult contemporary, branded as "Solamente Éxitos".[2]

On August 13, 2014, at noon, 95.1 flipped to Soft AC as 95.1 The Oasis, and nine days later, the station became KOAI. The first song on The Oasis was Cool Change by the Little River Band.[3][4] The station played a Christmas music format for the 2014 holiday season, the second station in Phoenix after KESZ.

On April 9, 2015, 95.1 gained an FM translator, K235CB 94.9 on South Mountain (licensed to Chandler), and also began simulcasting on the HD2 subchannel of KEXX.

In May 2015, KOAI adjusted its playlist to include more uptempo selections from the 1990s through the present time, while still retaining a gold/soft AC-lean.

Delilah love songs was added in June 5, 2015 during soft ac format and went adult contemporary lean and finally change to classic hits and had Delilah until August 25, 2017 when it was dropped in favor for more music.

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