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KYCH-FM 97.1 Charlie FM logo.png
City Portland, Oregon
Broadcast area northern Willamette Valley and Clark County, Washington
Branding "97.1 Charlie FM"
Slogan "We Play Everything"
Frequency 97.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date September 3, 1946 (as KPFM on 94.9)
July 31, 1947 (as KPFM on 97.1)
April 21, 2005 (as KYCH-FM)
Format Adult Hits
HD2: Dance "Funkytown"
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 386 meters
Class C
Facility ID 35034
Transmitter coordinates 45°29′20.00″N 122°41′40.00″W / 45.4888889°N 122.6944444°W / 45.4888889; -122.6944444
Callsign meaning K Y CHarlie FM
Former callsigns KPFM (1946-1970)
KPAM-FM (1970-1980)
KCNR-FM (1980-1985)
KKLI (1985-1988)
KKSN-FM (1988-2005)
Former frequencies 94.9 MHz (1946-1947)
Owner Entercom Communications
(Entercom License, LLC)
Sister stations KGON, KNRK, KWJJ, KRSK, KMTT, KFXX
Webcast Listen Live

KYCH-FM (97.1 FM) is a commercial broadcast radio station located in the Portland, Oregon area. The studio is near downtown Portland; the transmitter is atop Portland's west hills. KYCH airs an adult hits format branded as "97.1 Charlie FM".


On September 3, 1946, KPFM signed on the air at 94.9 MHz and moved to 97.1 MHz on July 31, 1947, broadcasting a classical music format. On December 16, 1961, KPFM became the first station in Oregon to broadcast in stereo. On February 27, 1970, KPFM changed their call letters to KPAM-FM ("K-Pam") and aired a top 40 format. In September 1980, KPAM-FM changed their call letters to KCNR (The "Center" of the FM dial) and aired an adult contemporary format. On November 14, 1985, KCNR-FM changed their call letters to KKLI and rebranded as "K-Lite 97 FM". On February 5, 1988, KKLI changed their call letters to KKSN-FM and, the following day, changed their format to oldies as "97.1 KISN-FM" (simulcasting KKSN 910 AM).[1] On April 21, 2005, KKSN-FM changed their format to their current adult hits format (the oldies format moved to KKSN 910 AM) and changed their call letters to KYCH on April 29, 2005.[2]

KYCH plays a mix of music, mostly from the rock and pop genres, from the 60s to today, with a heavier emphasis placed on classic rock of the 70s-80s.


KYCH-HD2 airs a dance music format branded as "Funkytown."[3]

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