|Broadcast area||Portland metropolitan area|
|Branding||98-7 The Bull|
|Slogan||"#1 For New Country"|
|Format||Country, southern rock|
|Owner||Alpha Media |
(Alpha Media Licensee LLC)
|KBFF, KINK, KUFO, KXL-FM, KXTG|
First air date
|June 6, 1948 (as KPOJ-FM)|
Former call signs
|98.7 MHz (1948-1964)|
98.5 MHz (1964-1997)
Call sign meaning
|HAAT||502 meters (1,647 ft)|
KUPL (98.7 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station in Portland, Oregon. The station is owned by Alpha Media and airs a country music and southern rock radio format, known as "98.7 The Bull."
KUPL's studios and offices are located in Downtown Portland on SW 5th Avenue. The transmitter is in Portland's West Hills, on SW Barnes Road.
On June 6, 1948, the station signed on as KPOJ-FM at 98.7 MHz. It was owned and operated by The Oregon Journal. It was powered at 44,000 watts and mostly simulcast co-owned AM 1330 KPOJ, a network affiliate of the Mutual Broadcasting System and the Don Lee Network.
It moved one spot lower on the FM dial, to 98.5 MHz, on March 27, 1964. On August 15, 1968, KPOJ-FM changed its call sign to KPOK-FM. It played oldies and called itself "The Golden Sound." On June 18, 1973, KPOK-FM changed its format from oldies to beautiful music as "98-FM." On July 11, 1973, the call letters switched to KUPL-FM while AM 1330 aired country music, also using the KUPL call sign. The beautiful music on 98.5 lasted more than a decade.
In 1982, KUPL-AM-FM were acquired by the Scripps Howard Broadcasting. On March 16, 1984, after 10 years as an easy listening station, KUPL-FM dropped the format and joined its AM counterpart as a country music station. KUPL-AM had also previously broadcast easy-listening, continuing with the format as a "Music of Your Life" affiliate since 1981. The moniker was "K98, Continuous Hit Country." Later the station would be known as "Couple 98" by pronouncing the call letters KUPL.
In 1996, the stations changed hands again, now owned by American Radio Systems. On September 4, 1997, KUPL-FM moved back from 98.5 MHz to 98.7 MHz, its original frequency.
Over the course of the next decade the station would rebrand various times including "98.7 KUPL" and "New Country 98-7 KUPL". In 1995, the AM station was sold for $2 million to Crawford Broadcasting, which switched it to a Christian radio format as KKPZ. In 1998, KUPL-FM was acquired by CBS Radio.
In August 2009, CBS sold its Portland cluster to newly formed Alpha Media. Radio vet Scott Mahalick was hired to program KUPL-FM. On September 16, 2010, the "-FM" suffix was removed from the station's callsign.
In March 2011, the station began using the slogan "98-7 KUPL, #1 For The Most New Country." On January 10, 2013 at midnight, the station dropped the "98-7 KUPL" branding for "98-7 The Bull." It only uses the actual callsign during legal station identifications.