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CityBakersfield, California
Broadcast areaBakersfield, California
BrandingLa Ley 96.5
Frequency96.5 MHz
First air dateAugust 24, 1963
FormatRegional Mexican
ERP50,000 watts
HAAT152 meters (499 feet)
Facility ID28847
Transmitter coordinates35°29′08″N 118°53′19″W / 35.48556°N 118.88861°W / 35.48556; -118.88861
Former callsignsKIFM (1966-1969)
KHIS (9/1975-11/1980)
KHIS-FM (11/1980-12/1996)
KSMJ (12/1996-7/1998)
KKXX-FM (7/1998-9/2004)
KBKO-FM (9/2004-2/2008)
KDFO (2/2008-6/2008)
KBKO-FM (6/2008-8/2008)
KVMX (8/2008-9/2011)[1]
OwnerLotus Communications
(Lotus Bakersfield Corp.)
Sister stationsKCHJ, KIWI, KCHJ-FM, KWAC
WebcastListen Live

KPSL-FM (96.5 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a Regional Mexican format. Licensed to Bakersfield, California, United States, the station serves the Bakersfield area. The station is currently owned by Lotus Communications.[2]


KIFM (1966–1969)
96.5 FM Bakersfield signed on-the-air on August 24, 1963, as KIFM. From 1966 to 1969 the KIFM format was Top 40 Rock & Roll. The call letters KIFM now belong to a radio station in West Sacramento.
KHIS/KHIS-FM (1975–1996)
In September 1975, the call letters were changed to KHIS-FM. 96.5 FM was bought by The Church of the Foursquare Gospel which also operated KHIS (800 AM) in Bakersfield. Format was Religious/Contemporary Christian music on KHIS-FM. KHIS-FM signed on the air on November 17, 1980, airing as a contemporary Christian radio station until December 27, 1996.
KSMJ (1996–1998)
On December 27, 1996, the call letters KHIS-FM were changed to KSMJ. KSMJ aired a smooth jazz music format branded as Smooth Jazz 96-5 KSMJ.
KKXX (1998–2004)
On July 2, 1998, KSMJ moved up the dial to 98.5 FM and radio station KKXX-FM moved from 105.3 FM to 96.5 FM alternating between a rhythmic top 40 and Top 40 music format until September 3, 2004. The station was branded as X96.5 and at the time was owned by Mondosphere Broadcasting. On August 16, 2000, Mondosphere Broadcasting was sold to Clear Channel Communications. Clear Channel relabeled KKXX-FM from X96.5 to 96.5 KISS-FM and also stated that no changes were expected at that time.[3]
KBKO (2004–2008)
On September 3, 2004, the format was changed to country with the call sign changing to KBKO-FM. The station was branded as Big 96-5. Later, it was rebranded as 96-5 KBKO. On February 15, 2008, the KBKO-FM call letters and the country music format were briefly moved to 98.5 FM in a frequency swap with KDFO, a classic rock station which then became 96-5 The Fox.[4] On Friday, June 20, 2008, the two stations were moved back to their previous frequencies after a four-month, swap.[5]
KVMX (2008-2011)
On Tuesday, July 29, 2008, KBKO-FM was sold to Lotus Communications and the station began stunting before revealing the new format. At noon on August 5, 2008, the station announced a new classic hits format branded as 96-5 Max-FM. The new format was led off with "Start Me Up" by the Rolling Stones.[6] On August 13, 2008, the KBKO-FM call sign was changed to KVMX.[7]
KPSL-FM (2011-Present)
On September 8, 2011, Lotus Communications made a frequency change to two of its stations, KVMX and KPSL-FM which swapped frequencies. KPSL-FM is now at 96.5 FM and is branded as Concierto 96.5 FM and KVMX is now at 92.1 FM.
On July 31, 2018 KPSL-FM changed their format from Spanish adult hits to regional Mexican, branded as "La Ley 96.5".[8]


Programming on this station includes Alex "El Genio" Lucas on mornings, Rosmar Vega on mid-days, El Fantasma on afternoons, and Concierto 96.5 Music overnights, and weekends. Show De Thalia is on Saturday evenings.




  1. ^ "KPSL-FM Callsign History". FCC. Retrieved 2008-02-21.
  2. ^ "KPSL-FM Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  3. ^ Malamanig, Christine (August 25, 2000). "Texas-Based Clear Channel Communications Buys 12 California Radio Stations". Bakersfield Californian.
  4. ^ Venta, Lance (February 17, 2008). "KBKO and KDFO Bakersfield Swap Frequencies". RadioInsight. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
  5. ^ "Radio stations switch spots on the dial".
  6. ^ "Max Knows Bakersfield". RadioInsight.
  7. ^ "Bakersfield's KBKO flips from country to "Max FM"". August 5, 2008.
  8. ^ La Ley Enters Bakersfield Radioinsight - July 31, 2018

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