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CityCleveland, Texas
Broadcast areaGreater Houston
East Texas
BrandingCountry Legends 97.1
SloganHouston's Only Home for The Country Legends
Frequency97.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
Repeater(s)92.9-2 KKBQ HD2
First air dateMay 3, 1991 (28 years ago) (1991-05-03) (as KRTK)
FormatClassic Country
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT563 m (1,847 ft)
Facility ID65308
Transmitter coordinates30°32′6″N 95°1′4″W / 30.53500°N 95.01778°W / 30.53500; -95.01778
Callsign meaningTexas HoT (former branding)
Former callsignsKRTK (1991-1995)
KEYH-FM (1995-1996)
KOND (1996-1997)
KRTK (2/1997-9/1997)
KKTL (1997-1999)
KKTL-FM (1999-2000)
OwnerCox Radio
(Cox Radio, Inc.)
Sister stationsKGLK, KHPT, KKBQ
WebcastListen Live

KTHT (97.1 FM), branded as "Country Legends 97.1", is a 100,000 watt FM station licensed to Cleveland, Texas. The KTHT service area includes Houston, Lufkin, and most of East Texas with a classic country format. The station is owned by Cox Radio and is co-owned with KGLK, KHPT, and KKBQ. It is headquartered out of Suite 2300 at 3 Post Oak Central in the Uptown district in Houston, Texas, United States[1][2] and has a transmitter site in Sam Houston National Forest in Polk County, Texas.

KTHT programming is simulcast in HD radio on sister station 92.9 KKBQ's HD-2 sub channel.

Station history[edit]

Classical "K-Arts" Expands Coverage; KRTK Signs On[edit]

The station signed on as KRTK in May 1991 to simulcast KRTS and their classical music format to increase the station's coverage in Houston. It was sold four years later after KRTS' request to increase power was approved by the FCC.

Switch to Spanish language[edit]

In September 1995, 97.1 began simulcasting Regional Mexican/Ranchera-formatted KEYH-AM 850 as KEYH-FM, and later split to flip to its own Regional Mexican format as "Estereo 97", which later became "Que Onda 97" in March 1996.

Houston's Talk FM; "Buzz"/KLDE Simulcast[edit]

Under AMFM ownership, it acquired the KKTL calls as "Houston's Talk FM, 97 Talk" in September 1997. In March 1999, after the talk format floundered, it was switched to simulcast KTBZ-FM "107-5 The Buzz". It continued simulcasting 107.5 after KTBZ and KLDE ("Oldies 94.5") swapped frequencies in July 2000, the result of an ownership trade-off in the AMFM/Clear Channel merger. Newcomer Cox Radio acquired the 97.1 and 107.5 facilities where KLDE was ultimately moved.

Hot 97.1[edit]

On November 4, 2000, at Noon, KKTL split from the simulcast and flipped to Rhythmic CHR as KTHT "Hot 97.1". The first song on "Hot" was "Party Up" by DMX.[3]

Country Legends[edit]

On January 2, 2003, at Noon, after playing "Back That Thang Up" by Juvenile, 97.1 flipped to classic country as "Country Legends 97.1". The first song on Country Legends was "You Never Even Called Me by My Name" by David Allan Coe.[4]

In 2018, Country Legends 97.1 will celebrate its 15th year of Classic Country service to Southeast and East Texas.

Station personalities[edit]

Dan Gallo and Chuck Akers host the morning show, weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Al Farb, weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Christi Brooks, weekdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. [1]

Callsign & moniker history[edit]

  • 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)


  1. ^ "Contact Us." KTHT. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  2. ^ "Uptown District Map." Uptown Houston District. Retrieved on January 30, 2009.
  3. ^ KKTL Becomes Hot 97.1
  4. ^ Hot 97.1 KTHT Becomes Classic Country

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