KSKS
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Broadcast areaFresno, California
Frequency93.7 MHz
Branding93.7 Kiss Country
Programming
FormatCountry
AffiliationsNash FM
Ownership
Owner
KMGV, KMJ, KMJ-FM, KWYE
History
First air date
1946 (as KRFM)
Former call signs
KRFM (1946–1964)
KFRE-FM (1964–1971)
KFYE (1971–1991)
Technical information
Facility ID26924
ClassB
ERP68,000 watts
HAAT580 meters (1903 ft)
Links
WebcastListen live
Websiteksks.com

KSKS (93.7 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station in Fresno, California. The station is owned by Cumulus Media and it airs a country music radio format branded as "Kiss Country". Its studios are at the Radio City building on Shaw Avenue in North Fresno and its transmitter is off Auberry Road in Meadow Lakes, California.[1] KSKS has local DJs during the day, and in the evening, airs the syndicated Nash Nights with Shawn Parr from Nash FM, a subsidiary of Cumulus Media.

KSKS is licensed to broadcast in the HD (digital hybrid) format.[2] As one of the oldest FM stations in the Fresno media market, the station is considered a grandfathered superpower station, as its effective radiated power is 68,000 watts at a height above average terrain of 580 meters (1,903 feet). (Stations at that height in Central California should run less than 3,000 watts, according to current Federal Communications Commission rules for Class B regions; however, KSKS went on the air in 1946, founded before the rules were put in place.)[3]

History

KRFM were the original call letters when the station first signed on in 1946. The first owner was Paul Bartlett, a Fresno radio station pioneer. The station's studios were originally at the transmitter site in Meadow Lakes.

The station was acquired by the owner of KFRE (940 AM, now KYNO) and KFRE-TV (now KFSN-TV), which originally operated on VHF channel 12, later UHF channel 30. The station took the call sign KFRE-FM. All three co-owned stations were sold by Triangle Publications in 1971. Because the stations were sold to separate companies, and the owners of the AM station kept the KFRE call sign, the FM station took new call letters, KFYE, as a mostly-instrumental beautiful music outlet.

Through the 1980s, the station added more vocals as an easy listening station. In 1992, KFYE completed the transition to an adult contemporary format known as "Y-94." In the 1980s, Ray Appleton hosted "Lunchtime at the Oldies" on Y-94. Ray would go on to become a popular talk show host at KMJ.

On November 16, 2006, CBS Radio announced the sale of KSKS and its other Fresno-area stations to Peak Broadcasting.

On August 30, 2013, a deal was announced in which Townsquare Media would purchase Peak Broadcasting, and then immediately swap Peak's Fresno stations, including KSKS, to Cumulus Media in exchange for Cumulus' stations in Dubuque, Iowa and Poughkeepsie, New York. The deal was part of Cumulus' acquisition of Dial Global. Peak, Townsquare, and Dial Global were all controlled by Oaktree Capital Management.[4][5] The sale to Cumulus was completed on November 14, 2013.[6]

References

  1. ^ "KSKS-FM Radio Station Coverage Map". radio-locator.com.
  2. ^ Staff, FCC Internet Services. "Station Search Details". licensing.fcc.gov.
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1977 page C-19
  4. ^ "Official: Cumulus Buys Dial Global, Spins Some Stations To Townsquare; Peak Stations Sold To Townsquare, Fresno Spun To Cumulus". All Access. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  5. ^ "Cumulus Makes Dial Global And Townsquare Deals Official". RadioInsight. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  6. ^ "Cumulus-Townsquare-Peak Deal Closes". All Access. November 15, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2013.

Coordinates: 37°04′37″N 119°26′06″W / 37.077°N 119.435°W / 37.077; -119.435