KWNW
KWNW logo Memphis.png
CityCrawfordsville, Arkansas
Broadcast areaMemphis, Tennessee
Frequency101.9 MHz
Branding101.9 Kiss FM
Programming
FormatTop 40 (CHR)
Ownership
OwneriHeartMedia, Inc.
(iHM Licenses, LLC)
KJMS, WDIA, WEGR, WHAL-FM, WHRK, WREC
History
First air date
February 5, 1979 (1979-02-05)
Former call signs
KBTM-FM (1979–1982)
KJBR (1982–1994)
KIYS (1994–2010)
Call sign meaning
K W Radio NoW (previous branding)
Technical information
Facility ID51855
ClassC3
ERP8,500 watts
HAAT147 meters (482 feet)
Transmitter coordinates
35°08′0.3″N 90°05′38.3″W / 35.133417°N 90.093972°W / 35.133417; -90.093972Coordinates: 35°08′0.3″N 90°05′38.3″W / 35.133417°N 90.093972°W / 35.133417; -90.093972
Links
WebcastListen Live
Website1019kissfm.iheart.com

KWNW (101.9 FM) - branded as "101.9 Kiss FM - is a radio station broadcasting a Top 40 (CHR) format serving the Memphis, Tennessee, area. The station is currently owned by iHeartMedia and is licensed to Crawfordsville, Arkansas. The station's studios are located in Southeast Memphis, and the transmitter site is in West Memphis, Arkansas.

History

The frequency was previously located in the Jonesboro, Arkansas market where it had the call letters KIYS. They later relocated to Crawfordsville where it began to target the Memphis area on September 10, 2010. While located in Jonesboro, the station was Top 40 (CHR) as "Kiss FM", owned by Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia) but operated by East Arkansas Broadcasters under a local marketing agreement (LMA). After the 101.9 frequency moved to Crawfordsville, East Arkansas Broadcasting acquired KRLW-FM, which had been at 106.3, moved the frequency over to 101.7 and relaunched the station as "101.7 Kiss FM". The new station signed on September 12, 2010 (after the 101.9 frequency signed off with a 2-day loop redirecting listeners to 101.7) and began serving the Jonesboro market. Clear Channel Communications then affixed the "Radio Now" moniker to 101.9.

The station's competition as CHR is primarily WHBQ-FM HD-2 B96.3 and Hot AC WMC-FM, and slightly favors Rhythmic hits to target teens and young adults.

On March 7, 2014, at 5pm, KWNW rebranded back to "101.9 Kiss FM", restoring the Kiss FM brand to the frequency for the first time since its days in Jonesboro.[1] Radio Now signed off with "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" by Boyz II Men, while the first song as the revived Kiss FM was "Kiss Kiss" by Chris Brown.[2]

On April 29, 2020 KWNW added Elvis Duran and the Morning Show to their lineup.

History of call letters

The call letters KWNW were previously assigned to an AM station in Wenatchee, Washington. A Don Lee Network affiliate, it began broadcasting June 15, 1948 on 1340 kHz with 250 W power. That station was owned by Apple-Land Broadcasters, Incorporated.[3]

References

  1. ^ Kiss Returns to Memphis
  2. ^ "Radio Now Memphis Becomes Kiss-FM". 7 March 2014.
  3. ^ "KWNW Commences" (PDF). Broadcasting. July 12, 1948. Retrieved 24 December 2014.