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For the original KXL-FM on 95.5 from 1965-1999, see KBFF.
City of license Portland, Oregon
Broadcast area Portland, Oregon
Branding FM News 101 KXL
Slogan "Portland's Breaking News, Weather and Traffic Station"
Frequency 101.1 MHz
First air date September 12, 1948 (1948-09-12) (as KOIN-FM)
Format News/Talk
ERP 97,000 watts
HAAT 502 meters (1,647 ft)
Class C
Facility ID 26932
Transmitter coordinates 45°30′57.4″N 122°44′3.4″W / 45.515944°N 122.734278°W / 45.515944; -122.734278Coordinates: 45°30′57.4″N 122°44′3.4″W / 45.515944°N 122.734278°W / 45.515944; -122.734278
Former callsigns KOIN-FM (1948–1977)
KYTE-FM (1977–1979)
KLLB (1979–1983)
KRCK (1983–1985)
KYTE-FM (1985–1989)
KKCY (1989–1990)
KUFO (1990–2001)
KUFO-FM (2001–2010)
KUFO (2010–2011)[1]
Affiliations CBS Radio News
KGW Newschannel 8
Owner Alpha Media
(Alpha Media Licensee LLC)
Sister stations KBFF, KINK, KUFO, KUPL-FM, KXTG
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.kxl.com

KXL-FM (101.1 FM) is an American commercial radio station broadcasting a news/talk format and is licensed to Portland, Oregon, USA. The station is currently owned by Alpha Media.[2][3] Its studios are located in downtown Portland, and its transmitter is in Portland's west hills.


The station went on the air as KOIN-FM on September 12, 1948, simulcasting KOIN-AM, and began airing classical music in 1967. The four-hour-long KOIN Concert Hall was broadcast evenings from 6 to 10 PM, hosted first by Blaine Hanks, then Don Gay. In May 1977, the station changed their call letters to KYTE-FM and aired a top 40 format as "The FM Kite". On January 5, 1979 KYTE-FM changed their format to country and then changed the call letters to KLLB (as "Country Club 101"). On September 4, 1979 KLLB changed format to top 40 rock (as "KB-101 Rock Deluxe"), then changed format to oldies (also as "KB-101") a year later. On November 8, 1982 KLLB switched to an album rock format (as "Rock 101"; in 1983 the call letters changed to KRCK. On January 3, 1985 KRCK changed their format to classical (as "Classical 101"), and on February 18, 1985 the call letters changed to KYTE-FM. On January 31, 1989 the station changed its call letters to KKCY and aired a contemporary jazz format, branded as "The City".

KUFO logo used from 1989–2011

On December 29, 1989, at 5 PM, after a few days of stunting, KKCY changed to an active rock format[citation needed] and on January 23, 1990, the call letters were changed to KUFO, and on August 1, 2001 to KUFO-FM.[1]

KXL-FM's logo used during AM/FM simulcast in 2011

In August 2009, CBS Radio sold the Portland cluster (including KUFO) to Alpha Broadcasting in an effort to focus more on major market stations. On October 24, 2009, KUFO began stunting with a "mothership refueling" countdown to end at 7 a.m. on October 28th when it re-launched. The actual musical content of KUFO was the same as it was prior to the re-launch; only the personalities changed. On September 16, 2010, the call sign reverted to simply KUFO.

At 8:47 AM on March 15, 2011, KUFO's format was flipped to a simulcast of KXL (750 AM), which broadcasts news and talk shows. On March 22, 2011 the station changed its call sign to KXL-FM[1] and billed itself as "News Radio 101 FM & 750 AM KXL." It now uses the on air slogan "FM News 101 KXL".[4] This is the second FM station in Portland's radio history to use the name KXL-FM; it has been used in the past as the callsign by 101.1's sister station 95.5 (now KBFF).

On May 25, 2011 at 4 PM, KXL-FM ended its simulcast with KXL 750 AM, which flipped to sports as KXTG, "750 The Game".

On May 6, 2013 KXL announced it had dropped Fox News Radio as an affiliate and picked up CBS Radio News as its preferred news source.[5]


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