|Broadcast area||Escondido, California
San Diego, California
|Branding||KSON-FM New Country 97.3 and 92.1|
|Slogan||San Diego's #1 for New Country|
|Frequency||92.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||1978 as KOWN-FM|
|HAAT||312 meters (1,024 ft)|
|Former callsigns||KFSD-FM (5/8/01-11/26/03)
(Sale to Educational Media Foundation pending)
(Entercom San Diego License, LLC)
|Sister stations||KBZT, KSON, KXSN|
|Website||KSON-FM 97.3 and 92.1|
KSOQ was previously assigned the call letters KFSD while owned by the Astor Broadcast Group, who chose a format of classical music acquired from Lotus Communications in 1997, which in 2001 switched to an alternative rock format as Premium 92/1, still with the KFSD call letters. KFSD now broadcasts adult standards music on AM radio at 1450 kHz.
Prior to that, the station was known as KOWF-FM, which broadcast country music from local studios in Escondido.
In 2003, KFSD-FM was purchased by Jefferson Pilot Communications and turned into the simulcasting partner for their popular KSON, which faced geographical challenges to its signal's penetration into the North County area of San Diego County as well as into southern Riverside County, problems largely solved by the addition of KSOQ.
On December 8, 2014, Entercom announced that it will purchase Lincoln Financial Group's entire 15-station lineup (including KSOQ) in a $106.5 million deal, and would operate the outlets under a LMA deal until the sale was approved by the FCC. The sale was consummated on July 17, 2015.
On September 26, 2017, Entercom announced a divestment of three stations (KSOQ, WGGI, & KSWD) to the Educational Media Foundation as part of its merger with CBS Radio to comply with FCC ownership rules in the San Diego market. The announcement stated that upon the closing of the acquisition, new owner EMF will flip the station to its Contemporary Christian Air 1 network.
- "Entercom Acquires Lincoln Financial Media" from Radio Insight (December 8, 2014)
- Venta, Lance (September 27, 2017). "Entercom Divests 100.3 The Sound Los Angeles & Two Others to Educational Media Foundation". RadioInsight. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
- Official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KSOQ
- Radio-Locator information on KSOQ
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KSOQ
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