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K273BH
Relays KTCZ-HD3, Minneapolis
KTCZHD3.png
Broadcast areaMinneapolis-St. Paul
Frequency102.5 MHz
Branding"Hot 102.5"
Programming
FormatCommercial; Mainstream urban
Ownership
Owner
History
First air date
2010
Call sign meaning
(serially assigned)
Technical information
Facility ID140150
ClassD
ERP250 watts
HAAT235.9 m (774 ft)
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websitehttps://hot1025.iheart.com/

K273BH (102.5 FM, "Hot 102.5") is a translator broadcasting the mainstream urban format of the HD3 subcarrier of iHeartMedia's KTCZ-FM. Licensed to Fridley, Minnesota, it serves the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area inside the I-494/I-694 beltway. The station is currently owned by iHeartMedia, through licensee iHM Licenses, LLC. All the offices and studios are located in St. Louis Park and the transmitter is atop the IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis.

History

In 2010, the translator signed on carrying KDWB-FM's HD2 sub-channel, which aired a dance music format known as "The Party Zone." In 2013, this would be dropped for a relay of the Air 1 network, which is also carried on KTCZ-HD2. The relay would move to W225AP (92.9 FM) and K249ED (97.7 FM).

On June 5, 2015, at 3 p.m., after stunting for an hour with songs with the word "hot" in the name, KTCZ-HD3/K273BH launched with a classic hip hop format, branded as "Hot 102.5".[1][2] The format would shift to urban on February 12, 2018, while retaining the "Hot" branding.[3]

On August 7, 2019, iHeartMedia subsequently announced its intent to acquire the station outright, citing EMF's discomforts of allowing an urban contemporary format on stations the organization owns.[4] This acquisition was part of a complex swap deal, which would see EMF buying K244FE. The deal was consummated on March 31, 2020.

References

  1. ^ Classic Hip Hop Hot 102.5 Minneapolis Debuts
  2. ^ Hot 102.5 Debuts
  3. ^ Hot 102.5 Minneapolis Flips to Urban
  4. ^ Venta, Lance (7 August 2019). "iHeartMedia & EMF Swap Thirteen Translators". Radio Insight. Retrieved 8 August 2019.

Coordinates: 44°58′33.9″N 93°16′20.8″W / 44.976083°N 93.272444°W / 44.976083; -93.272444