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KSPE La Musical 94.5 FM logo.jpg
City Ellwood, California
Broadcast area Santa Barbara County, California
Branding "La Musical 94.5 FM"
Frequency 94.5 MHz
First air date February 6, 1989 (as KCQR)
Format Classic Regional Mexican
ERP 810 watts
880 watts with beam tilt
HAAT 899 meters (2,949 ft)
Class B
Facility ID 61058
Transmitter coordinates 34°31′34″N 119°57′32″W / 34.526°N 119.959°W / 34.526; -119.959
Former callsigns KCQR (1989–1995)
KSPE-FM (1995–2010)
KIST-FM (2010)
KFYZ (2010-2017)
Owner Rincon Broadcasting LLC
(Rincon License Subsidiary LLC)
Sister stations KIST, KOSJ, KSBL, KTMS, KTYD
Website rinconbroadcasting.com

KSPE (94.5 MHz, "La Musical 94.5 FM") is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Ellwood, California, a district of Goleta in Santa Barbara County. It is owned by Rincon Broadcasting and it airs a classic regional Mexican radio format.

The KSPE studios and offices are on East Cota Street in Santa Barbara. The transmitter is located on West Camino Cielo in the Los Padres National Forest.[1] While the station's effective radiated power is only 810 watts, the tower is 2949 feet (899 meters) in height above average terrain, making KSPE a Class B FM station covering the Santa Barbara radio market and parts of Ventura-Oxnard.


The station first signed on on April 6, 1989 as KCQR, an album-oriented rock station calling itself "94 Rock". It was owned by South West Broadcasting, Inc.[2]

In 1994, the station was sold to Spectacular Broadcasting, Inc. for $1.2 million.[3][4] The following year, KCQR changed its call sign to KSPE-FM[5] to match that of co-owned station KSPE (1490 AM) in Santa Barbara and began simulcasting the AM's regional Mexican music format,[4] with both stations branded "La Musical".

In October 1998, Spectacular sold KSPE-FM and its AM counterpart to Jacor Communications (later Clear Channel Communications, now iHeartMedia) for $4.6 million.[6] The AM station switched its call letters to KBKO, while KSPE-FM was separately programmed as "La Preciosa", playing regional Mexican oldies.[7]

On January 11, 2007, Clear Channel sold all of its radio stations in Santa Barbara, including KSPE-FM, to Rincon Broadcasting LLC for $17.3 million.[8][9]

KSPE-FM changed call letters in 2010, first to KIST-FM on July 19, then to KFYZ on September 10.[5] The Spanish oldies format remained until December 21, 2010, when the station flipped to top 40 with the branding "Z94.5".[10]

In September 2017, the station reverted to its previous classic regional Mexican format, this time with the call letters KSPE and branded as "La Musical".[11]


  1. ^ Radio-Locator.com/KSPE
  2. ^ "Directory of Radio Stations in the United States and Canada" (PDF). Broadcasting Yearbook. Broadcasting Publications Inc. 1990. p. B-32. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  3. ^ "Lincoln Group Forms Rochester Duopoly With $5.5 Million WPXY-FM" (PDF). Radio and Records. October 21, 1994. p. 6. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Directory of Radio Stations in the U.S." (PDF). Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook. R.R. Bowker. 1996. p. B-58. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Call Sign History: KSPE". U.S. Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  6. ^ "Paul Allen Buys A Pair In Portland" (PDF). Radio and Records. October 30, 1998. p. 6. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  7. ^ "Directory of Radio Stations in the United States" (PDF). Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook. R.R. Bowker. 2006. p. D-94. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  8. ^ Mackie, Drew (January 11, 2007). "Clear Channel Sells Santa Barbara Stations". Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  9. ^ "Deal of the Week" (PDF). Radio and Records. January 19, 2007. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  10. ^ Venta, Lance (December 23, 2010). "Z94.5 Debuts In Santa Barbara". RadioInsight. RadioBB Networks. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  11. ^ Venta, Lance (September 19, 2017). "Rincon Broadcasting Flips Two In Santa Barbara". RadioInsight. RadioBB Networks. Retrieved May 8, 2018.

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Coordinates: 34°31′34″N 119°57′32″W / 34.526°N 119.959°W / 34.526; -119.959