|Broadcast area||Greater St. Louis|
|Branding||105.7 The Point|
|Frequency||105.7 MHz FM (also on HD Radio) 105.7-2 FM KFNS simulcast|
|First air date||1967 (as KSGM-FM)|
|Callsign meaning||K PoiNT|
|Former callsigns||KSGM-FM (1967-1987)
(Emmis Radio License, LLC)
KPNT is a commercial radio station licensed to Collinsville, Illinois, broadcasting to the St. Louis, Missouri area on 105.7 FM. KPNT airs a mainly modern rock music format, with just a hint of active rock, and is well known throughout greater St. Louis by its brandname, "The Point". Owned by Emmis Communications, its studios are near Union Station in St. Louis, while the transmitter is in Affton, Missouri.
105.7 FM signed on in 1967 with the call letters, KSGM-FM. In 1987, the radio station completed a signal upgrade giving the radio station signal coverage of the St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan area. KSGM-FM launched an adult contemporary music format with the new call letters, KSTZ, and was known as "Kiss FM".
On March 6, 1991, KSTZ was rebranded as "The Fox" with a new set of call letters, KFXB, to better match new branding. KFXB began a simulcast on sister station WFXB (now WXOS on 101.1 FM).
The simulcast was broken on February 17, 1993, when KFXB adopted the current call letters, KPNT, with a modern rock music format, partly inspired by the runaway success of St. Louis' first full-time alternative rock music station, KYMC, a small non-profit station broadcasting out of Ballwin. The first song on "The Point" was "Radio Song" by R.E.M..
In 2006, KPNT expanded the playlist to include a wider variety of active rock artists with still a strong emphasis on alternative artists. The new slogan, "Everything Alternative", was adopted to promote this change.
In January 2013, KPNT moved its city of license from Ste. Genevieve, Missouri to Collinsville, Illinois, and its transmitter north from southern Jefferson County, Missouri to southern St. Louis County. The license for this change was issued by the FCC on February 27, 2015.
A feature known as "My Shuffle" was promoted on their website allowing listeners to create their own five-song playlist. Some of the listener's five-song playlists air on KPNT during a show known as the "My Shuffle Lunch" program which airs at 12:00PM or during specialty "My Shuffle Weekends."
The Point's first morning show was Mudman And Maryellen In The Morning which morphed into The Sarah Clarke And Maryellen Morning Show. Later came personalities Jeffery Burton, Trisha Gazall, and Thompson West. They then picked up the legendary rock shock jock himself, Howard Stern after the station merged with then Extreme Radio 104.1 (WXTM-FM). After the demise of The Howard Stern Show which moved to Sirius Satellite Radio, KPNT added the syndicated Cleveland based morning show Rover's Morning Glory.
On January 26, 2007, it was announced that the Rover's Morning Glory show was to be replaced by local DJ Donny Fandango's new morning show The Donny Fandango Experiment. According to their website, this was due to many requests for a morning radio show with less talk and more music. Rizzuto had his own show in the midday slot and Thom and Jeff broadcast in the Afternoon drive. On July 1, 2007 new KPNT jocks Ashley Lux and Tony Patrico joined the point's Johnnie Lomax to round out the weekend lineup.
On July 10, 2009, the new morning show was introduced with Woody and Rizzuto; on October 21, 2009 WAR claimed the highest ratings that the station has ever had.
In August 2012, the afternoon spot that held the Thom and Jeff Show was replaced with midday jock Donny, and Ashley became a full-time jock in middays, and then in February 2013 Donny and Ashley swapped on air shifts.
In April 2014, Woody left to move to ALT98.7 KYSR in Los Angeles California. Rizzuto and Tony Patrico took over in the mornings,Jeff Burton (former afternoon personality) joined the program in May 2014.
- Mary Ellen
- Trisha Gazall
- Eric Schmidt
- Joe Moskus
- Tommy T
- Thompson "Thom" West
Concerts and events
KPNT is also well known for promoting a biannual music festival known as Pointfest.
KPNT produced a series of compilation albums, featuring tracks submitted by local up and coming artists from throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. This series of albums is known as Pointessential (stylized as POINTESSENTIAL). Bands featured in the Pointessential series before they became well known have included Gravity Kills, The Urge, Stir, Modern Day Zero, Cavo, Autovein, and Story of the Year. The CD series was an annual release from 1994 through 1999. After KPNT was sold to Emmis Communications, the series was temporarily suspended. It was brought back again in 2002 after a three-year break when the station renewed its commitment to the local music scene in St. Louis.
- Pointessential, Volume 1 (1994)
- Pointessential, Volume 2 (1995)
- Pointessential, Volume 3 (1996)
- Pointessential, Volume 4 (1997)
- Pointessential, Volume 5 (1998)
- The Point Platinum, Version 1.0 (1998)
- Pointessential, Volume 6 (1999)
- Pointessential, Volume 7 (2002)
Former slogans for KPNT
- "105.7 The Point, Get It" 1993-1999
- "St. Louis' New Rock Alternative, 105.7 The Point" 1999-2006
- "105.7 The Point, Everything Alternative" 2006–Present
- Official Website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KPNT
- Radio-Locator information on KPNT
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KPNT