KSKY

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Not to be confused with Album Oriented Rock (AOR) radio station KSQY in Deadwood, South Dakota with the same "K-SKY" branding.
KSKY
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City of license Balch Springs, Texas
Broadcast area Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex
Branding "660 AM The Answer"
Slogan "Intelligent. Conservative."
Frequency 660 kHz
92.9 MHz
95.5 MHz
First air date September 28, 1941
Format News/Talk
Power 20,000 Watts (Daytime)
700 Watts (Nighttime)
ERP 800 watts (92.9)
140 watts (95.5)
Class B
Facility ID 6591 (660 AM)
Transmitter coordinates 33°02′27″N 96°56′51″W / 33.04083°N 96.94750°W / 33.04083; -96.94750
Callsign meaning from the skyroof of the Hotel Stoneleigh
Owner Salem Communications
(Bison Media, Inc.)
Sister stations KLTY-FM, KWRD-FM, KTNO, K273BJ
Website 660amtheanswer.com

KSKY is an AM radio station in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex under ownership of Salem Communications with a talk format which generally favors views that are politically, culturally, and economically conservative or libertarian. KSKY broadcasts on 660 kHz in AM Stereo.

History[edit]

KSKY was first established on September 28, 1941 by Chilton Radio Corp. with an Entertainment format and in 1963, Chilton sold KSKY. Prior to the sale, it flipped to a Christian format, which was longest running up until 2004 when it made its final switch to conservative talk. KSKY was sold to Salem in mid 2000. KSKY was also originally a daytime only station until the recent format change and city of license change from Dallas to Balch Springs. KSKY applied for an FM frequency at 106.9 in 1948, then turned down a chance to buy the 98.7 frequency in 1957, and was awarded 91.3 in the 1960s (but no proof that they ever signed on has ever been found, and since the 91.3 has become a part of the non-commercial band.)

During the "entertainment" era, notables such as Jackie Gleason, Skitch Henderson, Vincent Price, Jane Russell, Jack Webb and Charlton Heston visited the station in person and performed live on KSKY.

News/Talk 660 K-Sky ident used from 2004 to 2012. This is a variant used in 2007.

It was announced on May 29, 2012 that KSKY would be rebranded as The Answer, with the return of radio personality Mark Davis (previously on WBAP News/Talk 820 AM and 96.7 FM). Salem Communications Corporation’s Director of Spoken Word Format Phil Boyce explains the reason for the rebranding: “This station will truly be an answer for so many things going on in the Metroplex and the world, with smart hosts who know how to help you understand all of those things, not to mention great news, traffic, weather, and information.”[1]

On January 1, 2014 KSKY began airing the Sean Hannity show 2-5 pm CT, in a move also from crosstown WBAP.

Interference from Mexico and emergency FM repeaters[edit]

KSKY has experienced interference to its nighttime interference free (NIF) contour by two co-channel stations in Mexico, XEDTL-AM in Mexico City and XEEY-AM in Calvillo, Aguascalientes. These two stations are 50 kW daytimers with lower authorized nighttime power levels (1 kW for XEDTL, 10 kW for XEEY).[2]

In order to continue offering adequate nighttime service, the FCC allowed KSKY in 2009 to place a temporary FM repeater on 99.9 FM with 140 watts ERP to serve Fort Worth.[3] The radiation center is located 190 metres (620 ft) above median sea level.

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