KPLX

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KPLX
KPLX-FM 995 Wolf.jpg
CityFort Worth, Texas
Broadcast areaDallas/Fort Worth Metroplex
Frequency99.5 MHz (HD Radio)
Branding99.5 The Wolf
Slogan"Texas Country"
Programming
FormatCountry
SubchannelsHD2: WBAP talk radio simulcast
Ownership
OwnerCumulus Media
(KPLX LICO, Inc.)
KLIF, KLIF-FM, KSCS, KTCK, KTCK-FM, WBAP
History
First air date
1962 (as KXOL)
Former call signs
KXOL (1962-1968)
KCWM (1968-1971)
KXOL (1971-1974)
KOPA (1974-1974)
Call sign meaning
MetroPLeX
Technical information
Facility ID54675
ClassC
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT511 meters (1,677 ft)
Links
WebcastListen live (via iHeartRadio)
Website995thewolf.com

KPLX (99.5 MHz, "99.5 The Wolf") is a commercial FM radio station broadcasting a country music radio format. It is licensed to Fort Worth, Texas, and serves the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Cumulus Media is the owner, with studios and offices in the Victory Park district in Dallas, just north of downtown. Cumulus owns two FM country stations in the radio market, but both KPLX and 96.3 KSCS maintain separate staffs and musical directions.

KPLX has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 100,000 watts, the maximum for non-grandfathered FM stations. The transmitter is off West Belt Line Road in Cedar Hill, Texas, amid the towers for other FM and TV stations.[1] KPLX broadcasts using HD Radio technology. The HD-2 digital subchannel carries the talk format of sister station WBAP 820 AM.

History[edit]

The station first signed on in 1962 as KXOL-FM. It operated as a sister station to KXOL 1360 (now KMNY). The call sign was changed to KCWM in the late sixties and to KPLX in 1974. It was owned by the Wendall Mayes family (KNOW Austin, KCRS Midland, interests in others) until 1974 when it was sold to Susquehanna Broadcasting. Susquehanna was acquired by Cumulus Media in 2005.

The station had a middle of the road music format in 1974. It switched to a country music format on January 7, 1980. The station was known on-air as "K-Plex" and during that time, the slogan was "Flex Your 'Plex". The station re-branded as "The Wolf" on July 24, 1998, while still maintaining its country format.

KPLX has won "Radio Station of the Year" awards from the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, as well as NAB Marconi Radio Awards, Billboard and Radio & Records awards. With its parent company's acquisition of Citadel Broadcasting, KPLX became a sister station to long-time rival KSCS 96.3. The latter shifted to a "New Country" format in 2012 to differentiate the two.

HD Radio[edit]

WBAP (AM) logo.png
Logo for KPLX's secondary channel.

KPLX broadcasts using HD Radio,[2] and simulcasts sister station WBAP News/Talk 820 AM on the station's HD2 channel. Previously, the HD2 channel carried a Top 40 format as "Vibe 99-5."

Airstaff[edit]

The current weekday lineup: Brian Moote and Tara host "Wake Up with The Wolf", Smokey Rivers is heard in middays, Bill Bowen in the evening and "Later with Lia" is heard overnight.

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Coordinates: 32°34′55″N 96°58′34″W / 32.582°N 96.976°W / 32.582; -96.976