Broadcast areaDallas–Fort Worth metroplex
Frequency102.9 MHz (HD Radio)
BrandingThe NEW Mix 102.9
FormatHot Adult Contemporary
AffiliationsPremiere Networks
First air date
64 years ago
Former call signs
  • KQRO (1960 (1960)—1965 (1965))
  • KEIR (1965 (1965)—1971 (1971))
  • KDTX (1971 (1971)—1977 (1977))
  • KMGC (1977 (1977)—1991 (1991))
Call sign meaning
"Dallas' Mix"
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
Facility ID47739
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT1,788 feet (545 m)
Transmitter coordinates
32°34′54″N 96°58′32″W / 32.58167°N 96.97556°W / 32.58167; -96.97556
Public license information
WebcastListen live (via iHeartRadio)

KDMX (102.9 FM) is a radio station serving the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex in Texas. It is currently owned and operated by iHeartMedia, and airs a hot adult contemporary format. The station's studios are located along Dallas Parkway in Farmers Branch (although it has a Dallas address), and the transmitter site is in Cedar Hill.


Classical (1959–1965)

This station first began broadcasting as KQRO on October 15, 1960 (although license was granted on July 2, 1959). It went silent a year later, then returned to the airwaves in 1962. For that time, KQRO's format consisted mostly of classical and orchestral music.

Middle of the Road (1965–1971)

In 1965, the callsign was changed to KEIR after being purchased by trade school Elkins Institute of Radio and Electronics. The station was used for training by Elkins with a two-room studio and transmitter located in the Life Building on Jackson Street in downtown Dallas, although the school was located near Love Field on Inwood Road. The station's Effective Radiated Power (ERP) was 9,700 watts and was difficult to receive outside Loop 635 around Dallas. The station's format was "Middle of the Road" featuring easy listening vocal and instrumental album tracks from 11 a.m. to 11 pm. daily. The station was sold by Elkins when the school obtained a license for a non-commercial FM station in 1971.

Religious (1971–1977)

In 1971, the call letters were changed once again to KDTX, this time with a religious format. Six years later, the callsign was changed to KMGC (the KDTX call letters were later used on a local TV station in 1987, with Christian programming) and the Christian contemporary format continued up until September 1977.

"Mellow/Magic 102.9" (1977–1991)

It was then changed to an adult contemporary format as Mellow 102.9 and a month later to Magic 102.9. Prior to that, a mass distribution of door-hanger flyers announced the station is coming.

"Mix 102.9" (1991–2012)

The station enjoyed a loyal following until May 9, 1991, when, after Nationwide Communications bought the station, KMGC began stunting with a series of formats ranging from rock oldies (as "Cool 102.9" on May 9) to country (as "Kickin' Country" on May 10) to an all-Beatles format (also on May 10), and then party cocktail noise on May 11 and 12, before changing to its current callsign and settling on its long-running hot adult contemporary format as "Mix 102.9" on May 13 at 5:30 a.m.[2][3] Program Director Pat McMahon, Assistant Program Director Steve Knoll and Production Director Dave Kay planned the stunting. In 1997, Nationwide was sold (including KDMX and sister KEGL) to Jacor.[4] In 1999, Jacor merged with Clear Channel Communications.

In 2009, Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia) laid off over 2,000 employees to lower costs and forced its "Mix" branded stations to voice track most of their airtime, leaving very few live personalities across the nation.[5] Among laying off in Dallas, the voices of midday personality Lisa Thomas was replaced with fellow Clear Channel station KUSS's midday personality, Cindy Spicer. Late night personality Joe Kelley was replaced with voicetracking. Morning co-host Tony Zazza was replaced with weeknight personality Jen Austin and Program Director Rick. Zazza then became the morning host at former competing station CBS Radio-owned 103.7 KVIL, which flipped full-time to Hot AC/Adult Top 40 in early 2014. Later that year, Jen Austin was laid off as well. With afternoons, shortly hosted by PD Rick, but was later replaced by the satellite-fed On Air with Ryan Seacrest.

In 2011, in response to changing listener habits, KDMX began adding more hip-hop and EDM titles to its playlist, and was briefly marketed as "The New Sound of Mix 102.9".[6]

"102-9 NOW" (2012–2023)

Logo as "Now", 2012-2023; logo as "Mix" as of 2023 is similar, but reads "Mix" in place of "Now".

On May 18, 2012, KDMX rebranded as 102.9 Now,[7] dropping most modern AC artists, and shifted to an adult top 40 format heavy on currents and recurrents. However, as of October 2012, KDMX returned to Hot AC. Some of the Modern AC artists have returned to the station's playlist, and dropped some hip hop tracks, though the station still has a current-heavy focus with less dependence on gold tracks. The switch back to Hot AC was likely due to low ratings, as well as to avoid playlist overlap with sister Top 40 KHKS. Starting in 2014, the station aired the syndicated "Bert Show" in morning drive, which originated from WWWQ in Atlanta.[8] The show was later dropped and replaced with a music-heavy morning show.

Return to "Mix" (2023–present)

On June 9, 2023, at 2 p.m., after playing "When I Was Your Man" by Bruno Mars, KDMX returned to the "Mix 102.9" branding; the first song under the revived "Mix" brand was "Please Don't Leave Me" by P!nk. A new morning show hosted by Billy the Kidd and Candice Lopez launched on June 26.[9][10]


KDMX originally launched a secondary HD Radio (HD2) subchannel known as "The Music Summit", broadcasting an AAA format. It has since then moved to KZPS 92.5-HD2 to make way for Pride Radio (previously on KHKS-HD2) with a format intended for the LGBT community. On March 28, 2011, 102.9-HD2 flipped to a Soft Oldies/AC Gold format as "Sunny 102.9-HD2", shifting "Pride Radio" back to 106.1-HD2. Beginning January 8, 2014, KDMX-HD2's format has been changed to a syndicated Delilah nighttime love songs program that was previously dropped by KVIL.[11][12]

In September 2018, "Delilah" was replaced with KDMX's former "Mix" branding, following a similar move at sister KDGE, which relaunched their former alternative format under the long-time "Edge" branding.

As of February 2021, KDMX-HD2 ceased operations, leaving no programming replacement.


  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for KDMX". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ "Magic 102.9 fires several staffers to change format". Dallas Morning News. April 15, 1991.
  3. ^ "New radio station joins adult contemporary fray". Dallas Morning News. May 13, 1991.
  4. ^ "Jacor deal includes KEGL-FM; Nationwide also selling KDMX to broadcaster". Dallas Morning News. October 28, 1997.
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  6. ^ "102.9 NOW Music (playlist)". 102.9 NOW. Retrieved February 28, 2021.
  7. ^ Venta, Lance (May 18, 2012). "KDMX Dallas Revamps NOW". RadioInsight. Archived from the original on November 26, 2020. Retrieved February 28, 2021.
  8. ^ "The Bert Show nabs prime morning radio slot on 102.9 NOW KDMX-FM". January 15, 2014.
  9. ^ Venta, Lance (June 9, 2023). "Mix 102.9 Returns To Dallas". Radioinsight. Retrieved June 27, 2023.
  10. ^ Venta, Lance (June 26, 2023). "Billy The Kidd & Candice Lopez Debut In Mornings On Mix 102.9 Dallas". Radioinsight. Retrieved June 27, 2023.
  11. ^ KVIL adds Blake Powers as evening DJ - DFW.com (released January 21, 2014)
  12. ^ http://hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?id=10 Archived November 23, 2015, at the Wayback Machine HD Radio Guide for Dallas-Ft. Worth