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City Escondido, California
Broadcast area Escondido, California
San Diego, California
Branding Air1
Slogan Positive Hits
Frequency 92.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date July 1966 (1966-07)[1] (as KOWN-FM)
Format FM/HD1: Contemporary Christian
ERP 580 watts
HAAT 312 meters (1,024 ft)
Class A
Facility ID 49206
Transmitter coordinates 33°6′39″N 117°9′13″W / 33.11083°N 117.15361°W / 33.11083; -117.15361Coordinates: 33°6′39″N 117°9′13″W / 33.11083°N 117.15361°W / 33.11083; -117.15361
Former callsigns KOWN-FM (1966–1987)
KWNQ (September–October 1987)
KOWF (1987–1997)
KFSD (1997–2001)
KFSD-FM (2001–2003)
KSOQ-FM (2003–2017)
Affiliations Air1
Owner Educational Media Foundation
Sister stations KKLJ, KLVJ, KYDO
Webcast Listen Live

KYDQ (92.1 MHz) is a radio station serving the North County of San Diego County, California. It airs a contemporary Christian format from the Air1 network, and is owned by the Educational Media Foundation.

KYDQ's transmitter and antenna are located at 33°6′39″N 117°9′13″W / 33.11083°N 117.15361°W / 33.11083; -117.15361 in Escondido, California near Frank's Peak on Mount Whitney. The station broadcasts with 580 watts of effective radiated power (ERP).


KYDQ 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 KSOQ-FM, the simulcasting partner for their popular country music station KSON-FM, 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.[2] The sale was consummated on July 17, 2015.

On September 26, 2017, Entercom announced a divestment of three stations (KSOQ, WGGI, and KSWD) to the Educational Media Foundation as part of its merger with CBS Radio (which locally owned KEGY and KYXY) to comply with FCC ownership rules in the San Diego market; the FCC approved the sale of all three stations on November 2. Upon the closing of the acquisition on November 16, EMF flipped the station to its Contemporary Christian Air 1 network.[3] EMF also changed the station's call letters to KYDQ.[4]


  1. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1999 (PDF). 1999. p. D-42. Retrieved November 24, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Entercom Acquires Lincoln Financial Media" from Radio Insight (December 8, 2014)
  3. ^ Venta, Lance (September 27, 2017). "Entercom Divests 100.3 The Sound Los Angeles & Two Others to Educational Media Foundation". RadioInsight. Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Media Bureau Call Sign Actions" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. November 15, 2017. Retrieved November 15, 2017. 

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