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KLVH
Broadcast area
Frequency97.1 MHz (HD Radio)
BrandingK-Love
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatChristian adult contemporary
AffiliationsK-Love
Ownership
OwnerEducational Media Foundation
KHJK, KLTW
History
First air date
January 7, 1993; 31 years ago (1993-01-07)
Former call signs
  • KRTK (1991–1995)
  • KEYH-FM (1995–1996)
  • KOND (1996–1997)
  • KRTK (1997)
  • KKTL (1997–1999)
  • KKTL-FM (1999–2000)
  • KTHT (2000-2023)
Call sign meaning
K-Love Houston
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID65308
ClassC
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT563 meters (1,847 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
30°32′6″N 95°1′4″W / 30.53500°N 95.01778°W / 30.53500; -95.01778
Links
Public license information
WebcastListen live
Websitewww.klove.com

KLVH (97.1 FM "K-Love") is a non-commercial radio station licensed to Cleveland, Texas, and serving the northern section of Greater Houston. The station airs the programming of the K-Love national radio network, which broadcasts a Christian adult contemporary radio format, and is owned by the Educational Media Foundation. The studios and offices are in 3 Post Oak Central in the Uptown Houston district.[2][3]

KLVH has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 100,000 watts. The transmitter site is off Route 222 at Bob McGowan Road in Shepherd, Texas, near Sam Houston National Forest.[4] That puts it about halfway between Houston and Lufkin, Texas.

Station history

Classical KRTK

On January 17, 1993, the station signed on as KRTK, and was owned by Texas Classical Radio, Inc..[5] KRTK originally simulcast the classical music programming on KRTS in Seabrook, to increase that station's coverage in northern sections of the Houston radio market. It was sold four years later after KRTS' request to increase power was approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Regional Mexican KEYH-FM

In September 1995, 97.1 began simulcasting Regional Mexican-formatted KEYH as KEYH-FM. The simulcast ended a short time later, as KEYH-FM began to air its own Regional Mexican format as "Estereo 97", which later became "Que Onda 97" in March 1996.

In January 1997, the station was bought by AMFM, Inc. for $10 million.[6]

Talk, alternative and oldies

The call sign switched to KKTL and flipped to news/talk as "Houston's Talk FM, 97 Talk", in September 1997. The following year, Jacor bought KKTL for $14.7 million.[7]

In March 1999, after the talk format floundered, the station switched to a simulcast of alternative rock-formatted KTBZ-FM "107-5 The Buzz". KKTL continued simulcasting 107.5 after KTBZ and KLDE ("Oldies 94.5") swapped frequencies in July 2000, making 97.1 an oldies outlet. The swap was the result of an ownership trade-off in the AMFM/Jacor/Clear Channel merger.

Hot 97.1

In August 2000, Cox acquired KKTL.[8] On November 4, 2000, the station split from the KLDE simulcast and began stunting with a robotic text-to-speech countdown to Noon, using the same Microsoft Mary voice that KKHT used a month prior. At that time, KKTL flipped to rhythmic contemporary as KTHT, "Hot 97.1". The first song on "Hot" was "Party Up" by DMX.[9]

Country Legends

On January 2, 2003, at Noon, after playing "Back That Thang Up" by Juvenile, KTHT flipped to a classic country format as "Country Legends 97.1". The first song on "Country Legends" was "You Never Even Called Me by My Name" by David Allan Coe.[10]

Core artists included Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Ronnie Milsap.

K-Love

In April 2023, it was announced that Urban One would acquire the Houston radio cluster of Cox Media Group. This, at the time of the sale, would have resulted in Urban One being over FCC ownership limits, forcing the divestitures of two stations in the combined cluster; the stations to be sold were later determined by the two companies to be KROI and Cox's KTHT, which would be placed into the temporary Sugarland Station Trust divestiture trust, overseen by Scott Knoblauch.[11]

On July 26, 2023, it was announced that Educational Media Foundation, a Christian broadcaster that owns the K-Love and Air1 radio networks, would purchase KTHT for $3.1 million.[12] The sale closed on October 31, 2023, making the station a sister to Air1-affiliated KHJK.[13] The station changed its call sign to KLVH and, that evening at 6:00 PM, the first voice of Country Legends, Tom "Tubby" Lawler (who passed away in 2016), signed off Country Legends (via archival recording) by introducing its final song, "Some Memories Just Won't Die" by Marty Robbins. As the song ended, the audio feed for Country Legends faded into silence, followed a few seconds later by the K-Love audio feed.[14] The Country Legends audio feed and programming continues on former sister station KKBQ's HD-2 signal, which can also be streamed online.[15]

References

  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for KLVH". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ "Contact Us." KLVH. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  3. ^ "Uptown District Map." Uptown Houston District. Retrieved on January 30, 2009.
  4. ^ "KLVH-FM 97.1 MHz - Cleveland, TX". radio-locator.com.
  5. ^ Information from the Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1995 page B-395
  6. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1998 page D-421
  7. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2001 page D-432
  8. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2010 page D-519
  9. ^ "Becomes Hot 97.1".
  10. ^ "Hot 97.1 KTHT Becomes Country Legends". January 2, 2003.
  11. ^ "Radio One/Cox Sale Price & Divestitures Filed - RadioInsight". April 14, 2023.
  12. ^ "Educational Media Foundation Purchases KTHT Houston - RadioInsight".
  13. ^ "Country Legends Gives Way To K-Love In Houston - RadioInsight". October 31, 2023.
  14. ^ "Country Legends 97.1 Becomes K-Love". November 2023.
  15. ^ "How to find Country Legends". Country Legends 97.1. November 2023. Retrieved November 4, 2023.