KSSK-FM
Simulcasts KSSK, Honolulu
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Broadcast areaHonolulu, Hawaii
Frequency92.3 MHz (HD Radio)
BrandingAM 590 & 92.3 KSSK
Programming
FormatAdult contemporary
SubchannelsHD2: Country "iHeartCountry Radio"
Ownership
Owner
History
First air date
December 30, 1976; 45 years ago (1976-12-30)
Former call signs
  • KULA (1976–1987)
  • KXPW (1987–1989)
Call sign meaning
Phonetically similar to "kiss"[1]
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID48775
ClassC
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT594 meters (1,949 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
21°23′49″N 158°5′58″W / 21.39694°N 158.09944°W / 21.39694; -158.09944Coordinates: 21°23′49″N 158°5′58″W / 21.39694°N 158.09944°W / 21.39694; -158.09944
Links
Public license information
Webcast
Websiteksskradio.iheart.com

KSSK-FM (92.3 MHz) is an adult contemporary formatted commercial radio station serving the Honolulu media market. It is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc. and licensed to Waipahu, Hawaii. Studios are located in the Kalihi neighborhood of Honolulu, and the transmitter site is near Akupu, Hawaii.

KSSK-FM's programming is simulcast with KSSK (AM) in Honolulu, Hawaii. As is the case with many other iHeartMedia adult contemporary stations, KSSK-AM-FM play all Christmas music beginning each year in mid-November, and return to their regular format on December 26. Unlike other stations that broadcast a Christmas format, KSSK also plays Christmas standards featuring local musicians specializing in Hawaiian music. The song Honolulu City Lights by Keola Beamer and his brother Kapono Beamer is a staple on KSSK's Christmas music playlist.

Programming

KSSK AM and FM are home to the popular "Perry & the Posse" morning show. The station is heard world-wide on the free iHeartRadio app [2] They are also heard on Oceanic Spectrum digital channel 867 for the entire state of Hawaii,[3] via the DishHD satellite TV service in Taiwan,[4] and also USEN's Sound Planet satellite radio service in Japan.[5]

The station uses the slogan "Hawaii's Feel Good Favorites of Yesterday & Today." Nielsen consistently ranks KSSK-AM-FM as Honolulu's most listened-to radio station. A 2022 Inside Radio article named KSSK as the highest-rated AC Radio station in markets 51-100 [6] KSSK's former jingle melody was adapted from that of WPLJ in New York City. KSSK-AM-FM used WPLJ's jingle packages until TM Century created a jingle package for KSSK, known as "Big Time Honolulu." In recent years, KSSK has converted to the KOST AC package from Reelworld.[7]

In 2016, the KSSK Perry & Price morning show evolved to become Perry & the Posse in the wake of Larry Price's retirement. Michael W. Perry hosts the show with a cast that includes Jimmy "Da Geek" Bender, Sweetie Pacarro and Julia Norton-Dennis. Many of the long running features continue including On the Road with Mike Evans, The Real Jimmy Hollywood and the infamous Coconut Wireless News & Comment.

Air personalities throughout the day include Scotty "B" Blaisdell, Curt Williams and John Matthews. KSSK is programmed by iHeartMedia Senior Vice President of Programming Jamie Hyatt since 2007.

KSSK continues to serve the community as the primary civil defense radio station for the state of Hawaii. KSSK helps various causes and has most notably raised millions of dollars for the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children through their annual Radiothon for Kids [8]

History

KSSK-FM was originally licensed with the call letters KULA on 92.9 MHz, and made its debut broadcast on December 30, 1976.[9] At the time it was the sister station to KAHU (940 AM, now KKNE). KULA began as an automated station playing Top 40 music provided by TM Programming. Its daily operations were run by one of its only two employees: Kawika Maszak, who programmed the automation computer to play commercial breaks.

In 1979, Heftel Broadcasting purchased KULA, pairing it with KSSK, which Heftel had owned since 1965.[10] The company was owned by Cecil Heftel, a Hawaii businessman and one-time congressman. Heftel moved the station's studios to Honolulu and ended the automation, hiring a staff of DJs. The format later switched to soft adult contemporary using the slogan "Light Rock, Less Talk." In the late 1980s, KULA moved back to Top 40, becoming KXPW ("Power 92"), under long time Top 40 programmer Jay Stone. KXPW later re-branded to "92X", with initially Dean Stevens, and later, Brad Barrett as program director.

In 1993, New-Tex Communications bought both KSSK and KXPW for $7.5 million, and changed KXPW's call letters to KSSK-FM.[9] At the time, the AM station was the market's #1 rated station, and the new owners wanted to capitalize on that success, especially as music listening was shifting to FM. The station moved back to an adult contemporary format, and began simulcasting part of the day with KSSK, including the top-rated "Perry & Price" morning show. Eventually, the simulcast was expanded to a 24-hour operation.

In 2000, Clear Channel Communications acquired KSSK-AM-FM. In 2014, the company was renamed iHeartMedia, Inc.

Notable former on-air staff

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Some notables who have passed through KGMB/KSSK include:

References

  1. ^ "Kiss Radio" (station advertisement), Honolulu Advertiser, February 14, 1980, page A-11.
  2. ^ "92.3 KSSK".
  3. ^ Digital Cable Program Guide / Lineups Archived 2011-02-25 at the Wayback Machine - Oceanic Time Warner Cable (accessed March 20, 2011)
  4. ^ "lyngsat.com's dish hd listing (accessed May 31, 2011)". Archived from the original on April 25, 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  5. ^ "lyngsat.com's sound planet listing (accessed May 31, 2011)". Archived from the original on August 31, 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  6. ^ "Top-Rated AC Stations, by the Numbers: Honolulu's KSSK, Dothan's WOOF-FM, Dominate in Nielsen's Medium Markets".
  7. ^ "KOST 2022 | ReelWorld".
  8. ^ "Kapiolani Radiothon".
  9. ^ a b "Stations in the U.S.: Hawaii: Waipahu", Broadcasting Yearbook (1995 edition), page B-113.
  10. ^ "Hawaii Radio: Waipahu", Broadcasting Yearbook (1986 edition), page B-79.
  11. ^ "Hawaii Radio & Television Guide Archive". Archived from the original on 2011-07-11. Retrieved 2011-10-18.
  12. ^ "Honolulu FM radio pioneer dies", March 2, 2009 (starbulletin.com)