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City Niagara Falls, New York
Broadcast area Buffalo, New York
Branding Kiss 98.5
Slogan The #1 Hit Music Station!
Frequency 98.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1947 (as WHLD-FM)
Format Top 40 Mainstream
HD2: Sports (WGR simulcast)
HD3: News/Talk (WBEN simulcast)
ERP 46,000 watts
HAAT 128 meters
Class B
Facility ID 34384
Callsign meaning KiSE as in Kiss
Former callsigns WRXT (1984-1985)
WIZR (1980-1984)
WHLD-FM (1947-1980)
Owner Entercom Communications
(Entercom Buffalo License, LLC)
Sister stations WBEN, WGR, WWKB, WTSS, WWWS, WLKK
Webcast Listen Live
Website kiss985.com

WKSE (98.5 FM) is a Top 40 Mainstream station serving the Buffalo and Niagara Falls region of Western New York. The station's transmitter is located on Grand Island, New York. It has a sizable market in the Greater Toronto Area, but unlike the WBLK of old, does little marketing and promotion outside Western New York, but now has to compete with two CHR/Top 40 stations, (after the format change of CKIS) in the Greater Toronto Area; therefore, this will lower the amount of listeners there. It is currently owned by Entercom Communications, with studios located on Corporate Parkway in Amherst, New York.

WKSE signed on as WHLD-FM in 1947. It changed its call sign to WZIR in 1980, WRXT in 1984, and the current call sign in 1985. It currently runs a Top 40 format. Much of its playlist overlaps that of sister station Star 102.5 at times (ironically, the 102.5 frequency was a CHR competitor of WKSE in the late 1980s and early 1990s as WMJQ "Majic 102"). WKSE competes with longtime rival, 2Day FM 105.1 (formerly 2Day FM 105.1/101.1), which has a very similar format. Currently, the ratings for WKSE is higher than 105.1 2Day FM in the Buffalo and Niagara Falls region, according to Arbitron.

In 2006 Kiss 98.5 began streaming its programming over the internet.

Regular radio personalities[edit]

  • Janet Snyder, Weekdays 6am-10am, Janet and Nick In The Morning
  • Nicholas Picholas, Weekdays 6am-10am, Janet and Nick In The Morning
  • Wease, Weekdays 6am-10am, Janet and Nick In The Morning
  • Ryan Seacrest, Weekdays 10am-2pm, On Air with Ryan Seacrest
  • Jud, Weekdays 2pm-6pm, Afternoons
  • DJ Anthony, Weekdays 6pm-12am, Evenings
  • Shy Guy Shawn, Saturday 10am-2pm and Sunday 2pm-7pm
  • Miguel, Saturday 2pm-6pm and Sunday 10am-2pm
  • Justin Tyme, Saturday 6pm-10pm
  • Mike McCabe, weekends

(Please note: The "Wease" listed here is not to be confused with Brother Wease.)

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Coordinates: 43°00′18″N 78°59′35″W / 43.005°N 78.993°W / 43.005; -78.993