|Broadcast area||Tijuana, Baja California; San Diego, California|
|Slogan||"Siempre Joven Siempre Fina"|
|First air date||December 1971|
|HAAT||107 meters (351 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||(Radio) LaTiNa (station branding)|
|Former callsigns||XHOK-FM, XHERS-FM (December 10, 1970–February 17, 1984)|
|Former frequencies||100.1 MHz|
|Owner||Grupo Imagen |
(Administradora Arcángel, S.A. de C.V.)
|Sister stations||XHCTTI-TDT (Imagen Televisión)|
XHLTN-FM (known on-air as XLTN) is a commercial Spanish AC radio station in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, broadcasting on 104.5 MHz. It is also heard in the U.S. city of San Diego and maintains offices in National City. The station came on air in 1970.
Joaquín Vargas Gómez, founder of MVS Radio, received the concession for XHOK-FM in December 1970. However, Vargas Gómez did not put the station on air. It would not be until December 1971 that the station signed on. It had been rebadged XHERS-FM and was operated by Paul Schafer's Time Sales Inc. from the United States. Time Sales, which also held the operating rights to XHIS-FM 90.3, ran the two stations as a cluster: XHIS "HIS Radio" and XHERS "HERS Radio". The stations' programming was produced at the Time Sales studios, at the Royal Inn at the Wharf in San Diego. While HIS Radio carried a hard-edge progressive rock format, HERS was programmed with softer rock.
Not long after signing on, the Time Sales cluster began running into various legal problems. The confluence of a new bilateral radio agreement which would regulate border radio (and required XHERS to move to 104.5), San Diego broadcasters who did not like the competition of Mexican stations targeting the US, and a US Federal Communications Commission investigation did the cluster in. In August 1974, the FCC ruled that Schafer and Time Sales violated the Brinkley Act with their operation; the resulting legal action bankrupted Schafer. XHERS was listed in publications in this period as having a "soul music" format.
By 1979, Vargas Gómez, who never incorporated XHERS into the MVS Radio operation, sold the station to XHERS, S.A., a concessionaire owned and operated by Califórmula Broadcasting and the owner of XHIS. In 1981, XHERS was broadcasting a beautiful music format when the Califórmula cluster was hit by a strike called by STIRT, the Mexican broadcast workers' union, over a program critical of the Governor of Baja California. The strike forced Díaz to sell to Organización Radio Centro and its head, Francisco Aguirre, which brought an end to the action after two months. Two years later, Díaz bought back the stations and relaunched them with new formats and callsigns. The callsign was changed to XHLTN-FM in February 1984, coinciding with the change to the Radio Latina name and format.
In 1993, two workers died on the XHLTN tower. They were installing a large piece of transmission equipment, to which they were harnessed, when a cable gave way and the workers fell to their deaths.
XHLTN was acquired by Grupo Imagen in 2004.
- Official website
- XHBJ-TV / XHLTN-FM tower pics, from broadcast engineer Donald Mussell
- Query the FCC's FM station database for XHLTN
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