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City El Centro, California
Broadcast area Imperial Valley
Branding KXO Radio
Slogan The Best Oldies on the Radio
Frequency 1230 kHz
First air date January 7, 1927[1]
Format Oldies
Power 830 watts day
1,000 watts night
Class C
Facility ID 35969
Owner KXO Inc.
Sister stations KXO-FM
Website KXO Radio

KXO is a radio station licensed to El Centro, California, broadcasting to the Imperial Valley area on 1230 AM. KXO was founded in 1927, which is why it carries a three-letter callsign. KXO represents Yuma, Arizona and can be heard in a range from Tucson, Arizona to Palm Springs, California.

KXO was thought to be the oldest living radio station in the California Sonoran Desert region (the Imperial Valley and Coachella Valley) between Riverside and Phoenix in the 1930s and 1940s.

It was under affiliation of ABC Radio, CBS Radio and NBC Radio in the course of its long history. Over the years, KXO has featured several different formats. Currently, the station broadcasts oldies music with a strong base of music from the 1950s and 1960s, but increasingly has 1970s/80s single hits.

KXO is owned and operated by KXO Inc., which also operates KXO-FM, an adult contemporary music station at 107.5 FM. The stations are broadcast from the same office on El Centro's Main Street.

KXO had a historical partnership with television stations KECY and KSWT, which had been ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC network affiliates, as well the defunct 1970s era KXO-TV channel 7/11 in the 1970s and early 1980s.

They also share the same on-air personalities and news broadcasts. In addition to the oldies and CBS news on the hour, KXO AM also features broadcasts of San Diego Chargers football, San Diego Padres baseball, Los Angeles Lakers basketball, as well as local high school football games.


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Coordinates: 32°48′24″N 115°32′44″W / 32.80667°N 115.54556°W / 32.80667; -115.54556