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KSTP-FM 2019.png
CitySt. Paul, Minnesota
Broadcast areaMinneapolis-St. Paul
SloganToday's Variety from 2K to Today
Frequency94.5 MHz (HD Radio)
First air dateNovember 1, 1965
FormatFM/HD1: Hot AC
HD2: KSTP sports simulcast
ERP95,000 watts
100,000 with beam tilt
HAAT372 meters (1,220 ft)
Facility ID35642
Callsign meaningSainT Paul
OwnerHubbard Broadcasting
(KSTP-FM FCC License Sub, LLC)
Sister stationsKSTC-TV, KSTP, KSTP-TV, KTMY
WebcastListen Live

KSTP-FM (94.5 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station in St. Paul, Minnesota, serving the Minneapolis-St. Paul radio market. It is the flagship FM station of Hubbard Broadcasting and airs a hot adult contemporary radio format. The station has long been known on-air as "KS95." The studios and offices, located on University Avenue, along the boundary line between St. Paul and Minneapolis, are shared with sister stations KSTP (AM), KSTP-TV, KTMY, and KSTC-TV. There is a broadcasting tower behind the station, though it is only used as an emergency back-up, in case there are problems with the main tower.

KSTP-FM has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 95,000 watts (100,000 with beam tilt).[1] The transmitter is located at Telefarm Towers in Shoreview, Minnesota, off County Road F West.[2] KSTP-FM broadcasts in the HD Radio hybrid format. The HD-2 subchannel carries the all sports programming heard on KSTP (AM).


Entrance to the KSTP studios on University Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota

Twin Cities stations were experimenting with frequency-modulated transmissions in the late 1930s. KSTP engineers had started running W9XUP at 29.95 megacycles 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 also operated a low-power FM station, but it apparently went off the air quickly, while WTCN's FM transmission stayed around longer, but remained intermittent.

Hubbard's KSTP-FM originally signed on at 102.1 MHz in 1946.[3] KSTP-FM mostly simulcast the AM station, which was an affiliate of the NBC Red Network. The two stations carried NBC's schedule of dramas, comedies, news and sports. The station shut down in 1952 and the license was cancelled due to management not believing that FM radio would be profitable. As more stations added FM counterparts in the 1960s, KSTP-FM began broadcasting again on November 1, 1965, this time on its present-day frequency of 94.5 MHz.[4] 102.1 is now home to KEEY-FM.

The new KSTP-FM also simulcast its AM sister's programming, a full service middle of the road format of popular music, news and sports. In the late 1960s, the FM station began separate programming, airing a beautiful music format. With several other Twin Cities FM stations also devoted to easy listening music, Hubbard would flip KSTP-FM to Adult Contemporary branded as "KS95" in 1975. By 1991, KSTP-FM had evolved into a hot adult contemporary format.

KSTP-FM served as the radio flagship for the Minnesota Vikings football team from 1985 to 1987.

HD Radio[edit]

KSTP-FM began HD radio broadcasting in 2013, and in December of that year, added a simulcast of all-sports sister station KSTP 1500 AM on its HD2 subchannel, a simulcast moved from another Hubbard-owned station, KTMY-HD2.[5][6] The station added an HD3 subchannel, affiliated with the Spanish-language ESPN Deportes Radio in September 2016. The ESPN Deportes HD3 subchannel was discontinued several years later.


KSTP-FM has won numerous Crystal Awards, Marconi Awards and Service to America Awards from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), 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 NAB to stations that demonstrate outstanding community service, was won in 2004. The station won Crystal Awards again in 2007 and 2014.[7] KSTP-FM has been honored with several 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."

Past slogans[edit]

  • "KS95, for the great ones. In stereo." (mid-1970s)
  • "Gentle is KS95" (mid-1970s)
  • "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" (2014-2019)
  • "Today's Variety from 2K to Today" (2019-)


  1. ^ FCC.gov/KSTP-FM
  2. ^ Radio-Locator.com/KSTP-FM
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1950 page 182
  4. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1967 page B-88
  5. ^ Source: Northpine.com (posted 12/26/2013)
  6. ^ http://www.hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?id=47
  7. ^ "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.

External links[edit]

  • 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.

Coordinates: 45°03′43″N 93°08′24″W / 45.062°N 93.140°W / 45.062; -93.140