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For the San Diego, California, radio station at 1240 AM formerly known as KSON, see KNSN.
City of license San Diego, California
Broadcast area San Diego, California
Branding KSON-FM 97.3 and 92.1
Slogan "San Diego's #1 for New Country"
Frequency 97.3 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date January 15, 1964 (as KSEA)
Format FM: Country
HD2:Classic Country
ERP 50,000 watts
HAAT 134 meters
Class B
Facility ID 30832
Transmitter coordinates 32°43′13″N 117°04′14″W / 32.72028°N 117.07056°W / 32.72028; -117.07056
Former callsigns KSEA (1964-1980)
KSON-FM (1980-1996)
KSON (1996-1997)
KSON-FM (1997-2009)[1]
Owner Lincoln Financial Media (Sale pending to Entercom)
(Lincoln Financial Media Company of California)
Sister stations KBZT, KIFM
Webcast Listen Live
Website kson.com

KSON (97.3 FM) is a radio station licensed to serve San Diego, California, USA. The station, founded in 1964, is owned by Lincoln Financial Media and the broadcast license is held by Lincoln Financial Media Company of California. The station's studios are located in San Diego's Mission Valley neighborhood, and the transmitter is located in East San Diego in the Emerald Hills neighborhood.

KSON broadcasts a country music format.[2] KSON simulcasts their FM programming at 92.1 FM in Escondido, California.

The station was most recently assigned the KSON call letters by the Federal Communications Commission on March 1, 2009.[1]

On December 8, 2014, Entercom announces that it is purchasing Lincoln Financial Group's entire 15-station lineup (including KSON) in a $106.5 million deal, and will operate the outlets under a LMA deal until the sale is approved by the FCC.[3]


In 2007, the station was nominated for the top 25 markets Country music Radio & Records magazine station of the year award . Other nominees included WUSN Chicago, KYGO-FM Denver, WYCD Detroit, KEEY-FM Minneapolis, and WXTU Philadelphia.[4]


In January 2014, KSON celebrated George Strait for his final appearance on The Cowboy Rides Away Tour as became GEORGE-FM for the entire month of January.


  1. ^ a b "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  2. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  3. ^ "Entercom Acquires Lincoln Financial Media" from Radio Insight (December 8, 2014)
  4. ^ "2007 Industry Achievement Awards". Radio and Records. September 28, 2008. 

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