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|City||St. Paul, Minnesota|
|Broadcast area||Minneapolis-St. Paul|
|Frequency||94.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||November 1, 1965|
|Format||FM/HD1: Hot AC|
HD2: KSTP simulcast
HD3: ESPN Deportes
|HAAT||372 m (1,220 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||SainT Paul|
|Owner||Hubbard Broadcasting |
(KSTP-FM FCC License Sub, LLC)
|Sister stations||KSTC-TV, KSTP, KSTP-TV, KTMY|
KSTP-FM (94.5 FM) is a hot adult contemporary radio station serving the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota area. It is the flagship FM station of Hubbard Broadcasting, which also owns several other TV and radio stations across the United States, along with other properties. They have long been known on-air as "KS95". The station's studio facility, located on the boundary line between St. Paul and Minneapolis, is shared with sister stations KSTP (1500 AM), KSTP-TV (channel 5), KTMY (107.1 FM), and KSTC-TV (channel 45). The station's transmitter is located at Telefarm Towers in Shoreview, Minnesota.
Twin Cities stations were experimenting with frequency-modulated transmissions in the late 1930s. KSTP engineers had started running W9XUP at 29.95 Mc/s by 1938. This "ultra-short-wave" station continued regular broadcasts until at least 1944. Other Twin Cities stations also experimented with FM, but not as extensively. WCCO operated a low-power station, but it apparently went off the air quickly. WTCN's FM transmission stayed around longer, but remained intermittent.
Hubbard launched KSTP-FM originally at 102.1 MHz in 1947. The station shut down in 1952 and the license was cancelled, but it was re-established in 1965 on its present-day frequency of 94.5 MHz. 102.1 is now home to KEEY-FM.
The station occasionally simulcast its AM sister's MOR format, and aired a beautiful music format until 1975. That year, KSTP-FM switched to Adult Contemporary music as "KS95", then in 1991 to their current Hot AC format.
KSTP-FM served the radio flagship for the Minnesota Vikings from 1985-1987.
The station's studios are located on University Avenue at the western edge of St. Paul, just a few steps away from neighboring Minneapolis. There is a large transmitter tower behind the station, though it is not directly used for broadcasts today. Instead, the station broadcasts from the Telefarm paired tower setup in Shoreview (shared with KSTP-TV, WCCO-TV, KARE, and WUCW).
KSTP-FM began HD radio broadcasting in 2013, and in December of that year, added a simulcast of all-sports sister station KSTP on its HD2 subchannel, a simulcast moved from another Hubbard-owned station, KTMY-HD2. The station added an HD3 subchannel, affiliated with ESPN Deportes Radio in September 2016.
On May 5, 2019, KSTP-FM turned it's HD Radio signal off. As of May 7, 2019, KSTP-FM has turned it's HD Radio signal back on.
KSTP-FM has won numerous Crystal Awards, Marconi Awards and Service to America Awards from the National Association of Broadcasters, noting the station's dominance in its format and dedication to community service.
KSTP-FM's first Crystal Radio Award, which is given annually by the National Association of Broadcasters to stations that demonstrate outstanding community service, was won in 2004. The station won Crystal Awards again in 2007 and 2014. KSTP-FM has been honored with many Marconi Awards from the National Association of Broadcasters recognizing the top performing radio stations in America. 2000-Adult Contemporary Station of the Year, 2007- Large Market Station of the Year, 2012- Legendary Station of the Year, 2012- Large Market Personality of the Year-Moon and Staci, 2013- Large Market Station of the Year, 2014- Large Market Personality of the Year-Ryan and Shannon, 2015- Large Market Station of the Year, 2018- Adult Contemporary Station of the Year.
The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation awarded KSTP-FM the prestigious Service to America Award in 2001, 2008, 2010 and 2014. This award recognizes outstanding community service by local broadcasters.
In 2013 KSTP-FM won an upper Midwest Regional Emmy Award for Musical Composition/Arrangement for the song Clouds
- "Always 95 And Sunny, KS95!" (1981-1991)
- "80s, 90s and Today!" (1991-2010)
- "90s, 2K and Today" (2010-2013)
- "Variety... 90s, 2K and Today!" (2013-2014)
- "Today's Variety" (2014-)
- http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC-IDX/52-OCR/BC-1952-12-29-Page-0071.pdf[permanent dead link]
- Source: Northpine.com (posted 12/26/2013)
- "NAB Announces Crystal Radio Awards Winners". National Association of Broadcasters. 2007-04-17. Archived from the original on 2015-11-07. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
- KSTP-FM official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KSTP
- Radio-Locator information on KSTP
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KSTP
- Radiotapes.com Historic Minneapolis/St. Paul airchecks dating back to 1924 including KS95 and other Twin Cities radio stations.
- Rick Burnett's TwinCitiesRadioAirchecks.com Historical recording of KSTP and other Twin Cities Radio stations.