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City Kailua, Hawaii
Broadcast area Honolulu, Hawaii
Branding Krater 96
Slogan "The Best Mix of The '90s, 2-K & Today"
Frequency 96.3 (MHz)
First air date 1978
Format Adult Contemporary
ERP 75,000 watts
HAAT 645 meters
Class C
Facility ID 50118
Callsign meaning KRaTeR (reference to Diamond Head, whose location is shaped like a crater hole)
Owner SummitMedia LLC
Sister stations KCCN-FM, KINE-FM, KKNE, KPHW
Webcast Listen Live

KRTR-FM (96.3 FM, "KRATER 96") is an Adult Contemporary music formatted radio station serving Honolulu, Hawaii. The Summit Media outlet broadcasts with an ERP of 74 kW and is licensed to Kailua, Hawaii.


KRTR signed on as KSHO on October 31, 1978, as a soft jazz outlet with the call letters KSHO. It's sister station at the time was Jazz powerhouse KKGO FM Los Angeles. Every year the stations would broadcast live from the Monterey jazz festival. In 1984 KSHO changed to KRTR and the station format changed from smooth Jazz to adult contemporary using a "Drake Chenault" directed music format. By 2003 they would evolve to an Adult Top 40 direction after Cox acquired the station. By 2010 it returned to a Mainstream AC direction.

Radio personality's that worked on-air at this station through the years include... John Bates, Dan Cooke, Tom Ewing, Rob Haas, Kamasami Kong, Mahlon Moore, Jane Pascual, Michael Qseng, Don Sullivan, Austin Vali, Brock Whaley, Karen Waygood and many more.

On July 20, 2012, Cox Radio, Inc. announced the sale of KRTR-FM and 22 other stations to Summit Media LLC for $66.25 million. The sale was consummated on May 3, 2013.[1][2]


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Coordinates: 21°19′37″N 157°45′14″W / 21.327°N 157.754°W / 21.327; -157.754