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|Broadcast area||Greater Houston|
Deep East Texas
|Frequency||97.1 MHz (HD Radio)|
|Branding||Country Legends 97.1|
|Slogan||Houston's Home for Country Legends|
|Owner||Cox Media Group |
(CMG NY/Texas Radio, LLC)
|KGLK, KHPT, KKBQ|
First air date
|January 7, 1993(as KRTK)|
Former call signs
Call sign meaning
|Texas HoT (former branding)|
|HAAT||563 m (1,847 ft)|
KTHT (97.1 MHz "Country Legends 97.1") is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Cleveland, Texas, and serves the northern section of Greater Houston. The station airs a classic country radio format and is owned by Cox Radio, along with 107.5 KGLK, 106.9 KHPT and 92.9 KKBQ. The studios and offices are in 3 Post Oak Central in the Uptown Houston district.
KTHT has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 100,000 watts, the maximum permitted for non-grandfathered FM station. The transmitter site is off Route 222 at Bob McGowan Road in Shepherd, Texas, near Sam Houston National Forest. That puts it about halfway between Houston and Lufkin, Texas. KTHT programming is simulcast in HD radio on sister station 92.9 KKBQ's HD-2 subchannel.
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KRTK originally simulcast the classical music programming on 92.1 KRTS Seabrook, to increase that station's coverage in northern sections of the Houston radio market. It was sold four years later after KRTS' request to increase power was approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Regional Mexican KEYH-FM
In September 1995, 97.1 began simulcasting Regional Mexican-formatted KEYH 850 AM as KEYH-FM. The simulcast ended a short time later, as 97.1 began to air its own Regional Mexican format as "Estereo 97", which later became "Que Onda 97" in March 1996.
In January 1997, the station was bought for $10 million by the broadcasting company AMFM.
Talk, Alternative and Oldies
In March 1999, after the talk format floundered, the station switched to a simulcast of Alternative Rock KTBZ-FM "107-5 The Buzz". It continued simulcasting 107.5 after KTBZ and KLDE "Oldies 94.5" swapped frequencies in July 2000, making 97.1 an oldies outlet. The swap was the result of an ownership trade-off in the AMFM/Jacor/Clear Channel merger.
On January 2, 2003, at Noon, after playing "Back That Thang Up" by Juvenile, 97.1 flipped to a classic country format as "Country Legends 97.1". The first song on Country Legends was "You Never Even Called Me by My Name" by David Allan Coe.
Dan Gallo and Chuck Akers host the weekday morning show.
Jake Stewart, weekday middays.
Christi Brooks, weekdays afternoons 
Call Sign History
- KRTK - 05/03/1991 (K-Arts)
- KEYH-FM - 09/18/1995
- KOHD - 03/11/1996
- KRTK - 02/10/1997 (K-Arts again)
- KKTL - 09/22/1997 (97 Talk)
- KKTL-FM - 03/19/1999 (simulcast of 107-5 The Buzz, Oldies 107.5)
- KTHT - 11/13/2000 (Hot 97-1, Country Legends 97.1)
- "Contact Us." KTHT. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
- "Uptown District Map." Uptown Houston District. Retrieved on January 30, 2009.
- Information from the Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1995 page B-395
- Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1998 page D-421
- Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2001 page D-432
- Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2010 page D-519
- KKTL Becomes Hot 97.1
- Hot 97.1 KTHT Becomes Classic Country
- KTHT Website
- Listen to the launch of Hot 97.1
- KTHT in the FCC's FM station database
- KTHT on Radio-Locator
- KTHT in Nielsen Audio's FM station database