KNTE
Frequency101.7 MHz
BrandingLa Raza 98.5 y 101.7
Programming
Language(s)Spanish
FormatRegional Mexican
Ownership
Owner
Radio: KTJM, KQQK, KEYH
TV: KZJL
History
First air date
September 25, 1995 (28 years ago) (1995-09-25)[1]
Former call signs
KXGJ (1995-2012)
Call sign meaning
El NorTE (previous branding)
Technical information
Facility ID2131
ClassC1
ERP35,000 watts
HAAT450 m (1,476 ft)
Repeater(s)KTJM Port Arthur
Links
WebsiteLa Raza 98.5/101.7

KNTE (101.7 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Bay City, Texas. The station broadcasts a radio format The studios of Regional Mexican music, simulcast with sister station 98.5 KTJM Port Arthur, and is owned by Estrella Radio License of Houston LLC, a subsidiary of Estrella Media.[2]

History

The station began broadcasting on September 25, 1995, holding the call sign KXGJ and airing a country music format branded "Pure Country".[1][3] In 2002, Liberman Broadcasting purchased the station, along with 96.9 KIOX-FM in El Campo, Texas, for $3.15 million.[4][5] The station began airing a tropical music format.[6] Its ERP was later increased to 35 kilowatts, and it began targeting SW Houston and Fort Bend County. On April 3, 2012, the station's call sign was changed to KNTE.[7] On July 11, 2014, KNTE changed its format to regional Mexican, branded as "La Ranchera 101.7".[8]

On December 14, 2020, sister station 103.3 KJOJ-FM in Freeport, Texas suffered catastrophic failure, resulting in that facility going silent. KNTE was then changed from simulcasting Houston station 850 KEYH "La Ranchera" to simulcasting 98.5 KTJM, in order to replace most of KJOJ-FM's over the air coverage area.

References

  1. ^ a b Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2010, Broadcasting & Cable, 2010. p. D-515. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  2. ^ KNTE, fcc.gov. Accessed December 19, 2013
  3. ^ "Format Changes", The M Street Journal. Vol. 12, No. 47. November 22, 1995. p. 1. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  4. ^ "Transaction Brief", The M Street Journal. July 24, 2002. p. 15. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  5. ^ "State-By-State Transactions", Radio & Records. July 19, 2002. pp. 6, 13. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  6. ^ Devine, Cathy (2003) The M Street Radio Directory. 12th Edition. p. 554. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  7. ^ Call Sign History, fcc.gov. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  8. ^ Venta, Lance. "Liberman Shuffles Houston Duo", Radio Insight. July 11, 2014. Retrieved August 4, 2020.