KXPT

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KXPT
Kxpt-logo.png
City Las Vegas, Nevada
Broadcast area Las Vegas Valley
Branding 97.1 The Point
Slogan The #1 For Classic Rock
Frequency 97.1 MHz
First air date November 29, 1961 (as KORK-FM)
Format Classic rock
ERP 25,000 watts
HAAT 1120 meters (3675 ft)
Class C
Facility ID 38450
Callsign meaning K X PoinT
Former callsigns KORK-FM (1961-1983)
KEER (1983-1984)
KYRK (1984-1993)
Owner Lotus Communications
(Lotus Broadcasting Corp.)
Sister stations KBAD, KENO, KOMP, KRLV, KWID, KWWN
Webcast Listen Live
Website Point97.com

KXPT (97.1 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station located in Las Vegas, Nevada. The station is owned by Lotus Communications and it airs a classic rock music format branded as "97.1 The Point."

KXPT's studios and offices are in the unincorporated community of Spring Valley in Clark County and its transmitter is on Potosi Mountain southwest of the Las Vegas Valley.

History[edit]

On November 29, 1961, the station first signed on as KORK-FM.[1] At first it simulcast its AM counterpart, 1340 KORK. But by the 1970s, under Donrey Media, it had switched to a beautiful music format, playing mostly instrumental versions of popular songs. At the time, it could only be heard in and around Las Vegas, broadcasting from a tower only 195 feet in height above average terrain.[2] But by the early 1980s, it got a boost in power to 50,000 watts and an increase in antenna height to 1,950 feet.

In 1983, the station changed its call letters to KEER. A year later in 1984, it switched formats to Top 40 as KYRK or "Y-97." In the late 1980s, the slogan changed to "POWER 97". Some of the KYRK DJs included Pat Garret, Anthony Miles, Shaun St John, "Wild Child" Johnny West, Don "Action" Jackson, Harmon and Holiday, Dr. Jerry Thomas, Greg Spin, James and The J Man. The station was known for the "Tookie-Tookie Bird" which was the cue to call in and win prizes. The bird appeared at local events, and was mocked on an episode of Cheap Seats which featured the mascot appearing at a 1986 International Roller Derby event televised by ESPN at the Showboat Hotel & Casino.

In 1993 Lotus Broadcasting purchased the station and switched call letters to KXPT, "The Point." For the first four and a half years, The Point aired an adult album alternative (AAA) format, playing new artists who went onto big careers, including Sheryl Crow, the Dave Matthews Band, Blues Traveler, Jewel and others. Original Point DJs included Chris Foxx, Mike Fox, Rob Landry and JD, Byrd (now with WDRV Chicago), Lark Williams, Dusty Street, Randy Morrison and Mike O'Brian (now at rival 96.3 KKLZ). In 1997 the station shifted to a Classic Hits format and in 2005 it moved to a Classic Rock format. In 2007 KXPT became the only Classic Rock station in the Las Vegas Metro as KKLZ changed to a Classic Hits format.

Current DJs on the station include "Foxx & Mackenzie" (Chris Foxx and Steph Mackenzie along with Ken Johnson), Kim Kelly (formerly of KKLZ), Lorrin Bond, Gretchen and Freddie Woods. KXPT is unusual for a classic rock station, in that all of its weekday shows are either hosted or co-hosted by women. Mike Culotta, formerly of 92.3 KOMP (another Lotus station) was a DJ on the station until his death in December 2010 (though he didn't appear on the air in the months prior to his passing). On Sunday nights, "Nights with Alice Cooper" is broadcast.

The signal was once rebroadcast on a low power translator at 98.9 in Henderson with the call sign K257VU, but this translator now rebroadcasts the sports radio format of 1100 KWWN.

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Coordinates: 35°58′01″N 115°30′07″W / 35.967°N 115.502°W / 35.967; -115.502