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City Tigard, Oregon
Broadcast area Portland, Oregon
Frequency 1040 kHz
First air date June 28, 1993 (as KEZF)
Format Chinese/English programming
Language(s) Chinese/English
Power 2,200 watts (day)
200 watts (night)
Class D
Facility ID 18859
Transmitter coordinates 45°28′26.00″N 122°39′33.00″W / 45.4738889°N 122.6591667°W / 45.4738889; -122.6591667
Callsign meaning La X PortlanD (previous format)
Former callsigns KEZF (1989-1997)
KLVP (2/97-10/97)
KSKD (10/97-12/97)
KLVP (1997-2006)[1]
Owner Churchill Communications, LLC
Sister stations KLZS, KXOR
Webcast Listen Live

KXPD (1040 AM) is a commercial radio station licensed to serve Tigard, Oregon, United States. The station, established in 1993, is currently owned by Churchill Communications, LLC.


Until going dark on December 30, 2009, KXPD broadcast a mixed Regional Mexican music and Spanish-language talk radio format branded as "La X 1040" to the Portland metropolitan area.[2][3] Weekday programs on "La X" included a morning show called "Nelson, Tere y el Morrillo", a mid-day show hosted by Fernando Sobrevilla, and afternoon drive is hosted by El Capitan Hernandez.[4] These programs were aired in conjunction with sister station KXOR (660 AM) in Eugene, Oregon. The station returned to the air on December 29, 2010, before falling silent again on January 31, 2011.[5] KXPD returned to the air again on June 9, 2011, with old-time radio programs and then went silent again on June 12, 2011. As of July 2011, KXPD is broadcasting Chinese[6] (with English) programs.


The beginning[edit]

More than five years after applying in August 1983, Dale A. Owens received the original construction permit for a new 250 watt AM station broadcasting at 1040 kHz from the Federal Communications Commission on March 23, 1989.[7] The new station was assigned the call letters KEZF by the FCC in 1989.[1]

The EMF era[edit]

In March 1990, Dale A. Owens reached an agreement to sell the permit for this still-under construction station to the Educational Media Foundation. The deal was approved by the FCC on April 25, 1990, and the transaction was consummated on June 13, 1990.[8]

The new owners filed an application with the FCC in July 1992 to change the transmitter location, increase the station's signal daytime power to 2,200 watts, and lower the nighttime power to 200 watts.[9] The FCC granted authorization for these changes to the construction permit on December 22, 1992.[9] After several extensions, KEZF finally received its license to cover from the FCC on July 16, 1993.[10]

Eleven days after receiving the license, the Educational Media Foundation applied to the FCC for a waiver of its "main studio rule" to allow the station to be programmed from Sacramento, California, and operated as a non-commercial educational radio station.[11] After a second application in April 1996, the FCC granted this request on March 4, 1997.[12]

To more closely associate the station's branding with its K-LOVE Radio Network-provided contemporary Christian music programming,[13] the EMF applied to the FCC for a new call sign and were granted KLVP on February 10, 1997.[1] The call sign was changed again to KSKD on October 20, 1997, before returning to KLVP on December 22, 1997, where it would remain until the station was sold in 2006.[1]

The KXPD era[edit]

"La X" branding

On April 30, 2006, the Educational Media Foundation reached an agreement to sell this station to Churchill Communications, LLC, for a reported total price of $1.8 million.[14] The deal was approved by the FCC on July 24, 2006, and the transaction was consummated on July 31, 2006.[15] The new owners had the FCC assign the station new call sign KXPD on July 31, 2006.[1] On the same day, the FCC authorized the station to resume operations as a commercial radio station and licensed KXPD to operate through at least February 1, 2014.[16]

In 2007 and 2008, the station aired select Oregon State Beavers football and baseball games in Spanish.[17][18] In 2008, KXPD broadcast the home games of the Portland Timbers, a professional soccer team in the USL First Division.[19] The broadcasts included a 25-minute pre-game show and play-by-play by Fernando Sobrevilla.[19]


On December 30, 2009, KXPD went off the air citing "substantial decreases in its revenue flow" over the past three years.[20][21] In its application to the FCC for special temporary authority to remain silent, the station's license holder claimed that "losses have reached the point that the station no longer generates sufficient funds to pay operating expenses" and that the company is seeking to either sell the station or refinance and return to operation.[20] The FCC granted the station authority to remain silent on March 4, 2010. This temporary authorization was scheduled to expire on September 4, 2010.[20]

The FCC granted an extension of this authority until December 30, 2010, after which the station would have been off the air for a full year and the station's license subject to involuntary forfeiture. KXPD returned to the air full-time on December 29, 2010, broadcasting full-time "classic radio" or "old time radio" content featuring comedy, mystery, and adventure programs from the 1930s through 1960s. Between some episodes, KXPD broadcast a brief, pre-recorded station identification message. On January 31, 2011, KXPD went silent again.[5] KXPD returned to the air again on June 9, 2011, with old-time radio programs and then went silent again on June 12, 2011. As of July 2, 2011 KXPD is back on 1040 kHz with Chinese[6] programming. (Chinese and English combined.)


  1. ^ a b c d e "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. Retrieved May 19, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Retrieved May 19, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Portland". Hispanic Market Weekly. January 11, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Programacion". La X 1040 AM. Retrieved May 19, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "Application Search Details (BLSTA-20110518ADC)". FCC Media Bureau. June 13, 2011. Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Exposed: China's Global Radio Network". Reuters. November 2, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Application Search Details (BP-19830823AE)". FCC Media Bureau. March 23, 1989. 
  8. ^ "Application Search Details (BAP-19900312EA)". FCC Media Bureau. June 13, 1990. 
  9. ^ a b "Application Search Details (BMP-19920715AC)". FCC Media Bureau. December 22, 1992. 
  10. ^ "Application Search Details (BL-19930617AA)". FCC Media Bureau. July 16, 1993. 
  11. ^ "Application Search Details (BML-19930727AA)". FCC Media Bureau. October 20, 1994. 
  12. ^ "Application Search Details (BML-19960415AA)". FCC Media Bureau. March 4, 1997. 
  13. ^ "KLVP AM 1040". The Portland Radio Guide. Retrieved May 19, 2009. 
  14. ^ Mosley, Joe (August 17, 2006). "Radio firm spreading Hispanic foothold; Churchill Media, owner of Eugene's "La X" KXOR 660 AM station, aims to grow". Eugene Register-Guard. 
  15. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-20060509AAG)". FCC Media Bureau. July 31, 2006. 
  16. ^ "Application Search Details (BML-20060714ACV)". FCC Media Bureau. July 31, 2006. 
  17. ^ Brown, Tim (August 14, 2007). "Football de OSU en espanol". The Oregonian. 
  18. ^ Stephens, Jerry (February 14, 2008). "Oregon State unveils broadcast schedule". The Oregonian. 
  19. ^ a b "Timbers to broadcast 2008 home games in Spanish" (Press release). Portland Timbers. November 19, 2007. 
  20. ^ a b c "Application Search Details (BLSTA-20091229AGE)". FCC Media Bureau. December 30, 2009. 
  21. ^ "Churchill Media Liquidates Assets, Closes Stations". KEZI-TV. December 30, 2009. 

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