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LOGO XHK La Estacion Grande 2019 May 22.jpg
CityNuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
Broadcast areaNuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
Laredo, Texas
BrandingLa Estación Grande de Nuevo Laredo
Frequency960 kHz
90.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air dateMay 17, 1937 (AM)
April 8, 2018 (FM)
FormatSpanish news/talk
Power5,000 watts daytime
1,000 watts nighttime[1]
ERP3,000 watts[2]
HAAT33.6 meters
ClassB (AM)
A (FM)
Transmitter coordinates27°29′34.2″N 99°30′16.87″W / 27.492833°N 99.5046861°W / 27.492833; -99.5046861
Former callsignsXEDF-AM (1937–1957)
OwnerEduardo Villarreal Marroquín
WebcastListen Live

XEK-AM/XHK-FM, known as La Estación Grande de Nuevo Laredo, is a radio station on 960 kHz and 90.9 MHz serving the Laredo, Texas, United States and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico border area.


XEDF-AM was founded on May 17, 1937, by Ruperto Villarreal, who was 18 years old. It was one of the first stations in the two Laredos, originally broadcasting on 790 kHz.

In the 1950s, XEDF moved to 960. It also engaged in a callsign swap with 970 AM in Mexico City, then XEK-AM. The Mexico City station desired the XEDF calls, assigned sequentially, as the DF was the abbreviation for the Federal District. As a result, on October 22, 1957, the Nuevo Laredo station took on the XEK-AM calls. At the end of its life, it operated with 5,000 watts.

XEK was approved for AM-FM migration in 2017 as part of a second wave of stations and signed on XHK-FM 90.9 on April 7, 2018.[3] XEK-AM signed off April 7, 2019 after the required year of simulcasting.[4] However, on June 5, 2018, the IFT unanimously declared a continuity obligation for XEK,[5] which according to a 2018 study left 59 people without any radio service when it signed off the air.[6]


  1. ^ Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones. Infraestructura de Estaciones de Radio AM. Last modified 2018-05-16. Retrieved 2015-06-15. Technical information from the IFT Coverage Viewer.
  2. ^ RPC: #030217 Technical Parameters of Operation - XHK-FM
  3. ^ Post from XEK on Facebook
  4. ^ RPC: #034163 Termination of AM Operations — XEK-AM
  5. ^ IFT: XIV Sesión Ordinaria del Pleno, June 5, 2019
  6. ^ Federal Telecommunications Institute (December 2018). "Estudio de continuidad de los servicios de radiodifusión sonora en AM" (PDF) (in Spanish). Retrieved July 3, 2019.

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