|KAFX, KSFA, KTBQ, KVLL|
First air date
|September 29, 1976 (as KLUF)|
January 1, 1980 (as KYKS)
Former call signs
|KLUF (September 29, 1976-December 31, 1979)|
Call sign meaning
|KYKS = Kicks|
|HAAT||325 meters (1066 feet)|
KYKS (105.1 FM; branded as Kicks 105) is a terrestrial radio station serving the Lufkin/Nacogdoches area with a country music format. It is under currently under ownership of Townsquare Media.
KYKS was first proposed by K.M. Bardield, under the licensee name of Lufkin Broadcasting Corporation in 1972. The facility was proposed to operate with 100 kilowatts non-directional, elevated at a 490 meter height above average terrain, from a transmission site on Farm to Market Road 2021, 6.5 miles northwest of Lufkin. The specifications for the site gave it the largest FM coverage area in the Lufkin-Nacogdoches area at the time.
The facility was built and received an initial License to Cover on September 29, 1976 as KLUF.
KLUF changed its callsign to the current KYKS on January 1, 1980, formatted as country music station "Kicks 105". The format and branding are currently the longest running continuous FM operation in the Lufkin-Nacogdoches area, only eclipsed by AM station KRBA, which began operations in 1938, and has held a Country format since the 1970s.