KCVR-FM
CityColumbia, California
Broadcast areaModesto, California
Frequency98.9 MHz
BrandingFuego 98.9
Programming
FormatBilingual Rhythmic CHR
Ownership
OwnerEntravision Communications
(Entravision Holdings, LLC)
KCVR (AM), KTSE
History
First air date
1995 (as KTDO)
Former call signs
KAGF (1993-1994)
KTDO (1994-2000)
KTDZ (2000-2001)
Technical information
Facility ID12063
ClassA
ERP6,000 watts
HAAT100 meters
Transmitter coordinates
38°2′15″N 120°22′5″W / 38.03750°N 120.36806°W / 38.03750; -120.36806
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websitewww.fuegofm.com/stockton-modesto

KCVR-FM (98.9 MHz) is a radio station licensed to Columbia, California, and broadcasting to the Central Valley cities of Modesto and Stockton, in addition to the Sierra Nevada mountains surrounding Columbia, where the transmitter site is located.[1] The station is owned by Entravision Communications.[2]

History

Early Years

In the early 1990s, a construction permit was issued for a new station at 98.9 FM, to be licensed to cover the Sierra Nevada town of Columbia. The station was assigned the call letters KAGF on December 17, 1993, only to change to KTDO on September 30, 1994. Program testing began in 1995. After receiving its broadcast license on August 30, 1996, KTDO officially signed on with a power rating of 6000 watts, primarily in the direction of Modesto. The station's callsign was changed to KTDZ, on March 10, 2000.[3]

Acquisition by Entravision

In late 2001, the station was acquired by Entravision Communications, then a startup company from Santa Monica. After the sale closed, KTDZ flipped to a rock en español format branded as Super Estrella. On December 17, 2001, the station's callsign became the current KCVR-FM.

Logo as Super Estrella
Logo as Super Estrella

Adoption of KTSE simulcast

Logo under KTSE-FM simulcast and La Suavecita branding
Logo under KTSE-FM simulcast and La Suavecita branding

On January 8, 2018, KCVR-FM adopted a simulcast of KTSE-FM, and its Spanish-language Soft AC format, branded as La Suavecita[4] This simulcast would only last 14 months.

Country era

Logo as 98.9 The Wolf
Logo as 98.9 The Wolf

In March 2019, KCVR-FM broke its simulcast with KTSE and flipped to Country, branded as "98.9 The Wolf", adopting the branding found on Shingle Springs station KNTY.[5] KCVR-FM would use KNTY's airstaff during this time to voicetrack in key dayparts, while still airing local advertisements and weather reports. This move transitioned KCVR-FM to an English-language outlet for the first time since Entravision's 2001 acquisition of the station.

Adoption of KHHM simulcast

Unfortunately, on July 2, 2019, staffers at KCVR, concurrent with KNTY, and Sacramento rhythmic station KHHM, informed listeners via Instagram that they have been let go as all three stations will flip formats.[6] On July 8, 2019, KNTY flipped to Regional Mexican as a simulcast with KRCX in Marysville, while KCVR and KHHM remained jockless ahead of their impending format flips to be determined. The move ended a 13 year run of the Wolf brand, and short four-month run for KCVR-FM as "98.9 The Wolf", as KCVR-FM would adopt a full time simulcast of KHHM and its Fuego FM branding and CHR format, with a bilingual presentation on July 29, 2019.[7] The move makes KCVR-FM a competitor to heritage CHR station KHOP. Despite the bilingual shift in music, all programs and sonic imaging are still presented in English.

References

  1. ^ "Query the REC California FM station database for KCVR-FM".
  2. ^ "KCVR-FM Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  3. ^ "KCVR-FM Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  4. ^ Venta, Lance (10 January 2018). "Entravision Brings La Tricolor To Los Angeles; Suavecita To 11 Markets". Retrieved 5 August 2020.
  5. ^ Entravision Launches 98.9 The Wolf Stockton/Modesto Radioinsight - March 21, 2019
  6. ^ "KHHM/KNTY Sacramento Staffers Say Goodbye Ahead Of Format Changes" from Radio Insight (July 2, 2019)
  7. ^ Entravision Brings Fuego to Sacramento & Modesto Radioinsight - July 29, 2019