|City||Mexico City, Mexico|
|First air date||1940|
|Power||25,000 watts (day)
5,000 watts (night)
|Callsign meaning||Imagen TEcnologías (owner 1999-2004)|
|Owner||Grupo Radio Capital (CapitalMedia)
(Radiodifusoras Capital, S.A. de C.V.)
XELA-AM was founded in 1940 in Mexico City with a classical music format. For many years it was one of the few sources of classical music available to ordinary Mexican citizens. XELA was able to acquire quality sound recordings from the United States, England and France, even though it started with a very low budget, through an exchange program for Mexican music recordings. The station was acquired by Grupo Imagen in 1963.
From the 1970s to the mid-1980s, the station simulcast on XELA-FM 98.5. That station was split off in the mid-1980s.
The station was threatened with closure in 2000, but protests by listeners from laborers to the intelligentsia keep it open for a while longer. Their slogan was "Buena música desde la Ciudad de México!" ("Good music from Mexico City!").
In 1999, XELA was sold to Imagen Tecnologías, who in 2002 brokered its airtime and dropped the classical music format for sports, as "Estadio W 830" (a format now found on XEX-AM) and changed the callsign to XEITE-AM. The change resulted in protests from the station's dedicated listeners; some famous Mexican cultural luminaries, including Elena Poniatowska, José Luis Cuevas, Vicente Quirarte and Víctor Hugo Rascón, formed the "National XELA Rescue Committee" (or CONAREXELA) on July 10 of that year. The group sought for the Instituto Mexicano de la Radio to take over the station, but IMER refused, saying it would incorporate that format into its own XHIMER-FM 94.5.
In 2004, the station was sold to Grupo Radio Capital (now known as CapitalMedia). The Radio Capital format originally included news and sports programming, but more contemporary music was added in 2008.
- Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones. Infraestructura de Estaciones de Radio AM. Last modified 2017-02-27. Retrieved 2014-12-23.
- Anasella Acosta Nieto, Instituyen el Conarexela, bandera de la sociedad civil, La Jornada 10 July 2002
- Correa, Guillermo (2002) "El rescate de XELA: exige la comunidad intelectual al gobierno" (XELA's rescue: intellectual community's demand from government) Proceso Cisa Comunicacion e Informacion (Oct 6, 2002): pp. 86–89;
- Alatorre, Antonio et al. (Oct 2002) "Días de radio: la desaparición de la XELA ha reducido al mínimo la oferta de huena música en la radio mexicana, avasallada por una oralidad buera: Seis radioescuchas refinados participan en una especie de oración fúnebre por la estación que los educó y preparó para afrontar la estridencia del mundo" (Radio days: XELA's closure has been a blow to music radio broadcasting in Mexico: Six devoted listeners sing the praises of a radio station that was part of their lives" Letras Libres 4(46): pp. 56–58;
- Grupo Radio Capital official site
- Official site of XELA classical music
- Query the FCC's AM station database for XEITE
- Radio-Locator Information on XEITE