KYXY
KYXY KyXy 96.5 logo.jpg
Broadcast areaSan Diego metropolitan area
Frequency96.5 MHz (HD Radio)
BrandingKYXY 96.5
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatAdult contemporary
SubchannelsHD2: Classic alternative
Ownership
Owner
History
First air date
1960 (1960)
Former call signs
KFMX (1960–71)
Call sign meaning
A derivation of formerly co-owned KIXI in Seattle
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID51671
ClassB
ERP26,500 watts
HAAT210 meters (690 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
32°50′20″N 117°15′00″W / 32.839°N 117.250°W / 32.839; -117.250
Links
Public license information
WebcastListen live (via Audacy)
Listen live (via Audacy) (HD2)
Websitewww.audacy.com/kyxy

KYXY (96.5 FM) is a commercial radio station owned by Audacy, Inc. KYXY is licensed to San Diego, California with its studios in the city's Stonecrest area. Its transmitter site is in La Jolla, on the KGTV Tower which it shares with KGTV and several other San Diego FM stations.[1] KYXY airs an English-language mainstream adult contemporary radio format.

KyXy 96.5 broadcasts in HD Radio. The programming on the station's HD2 channel is FlashBack ALT, airing alternative rock music of the 1980s and 1990s.

KYXY was also the San Diego Radio Disney affiliate (on HD Radio) until June 2018.

History

KYXY first signed on in 1960 as KFMX. It changed its callsign to KYXY (pronounced "Kick-see") in the late 1960s after being bought by Walter Nelskog, who also owned stations KIXI in Seattle and KYXI in Portland.[2] The station has kept the same KYXY call letters ever since. It was an independent FM station, carrying a middle of the road music format, which was described as "Good Music."[3] KYXY transitioned to an adult contemporary format in late 1970s and has mostly stayed with the format. However, the station has become more upbeat within the last decade in an effort to attract younger listeners.

On February 2, 2017, CBS Radio announced it would merge with Entercom.[4] The merger was approved on November 9, 2017, and was completed on November 17.[5][6]

In January 2018, KYXY moved out of its longtime Linda Vista studios and re-located to Stonecrest.

The station most recently adopted its current slogan in January 2019.

Special programming

At one time, KYXY aired the syndicated Delilah's in evenings, but dropped the program as the station moved to a more upbeat direction. From 2005 to 2008,[7] ″Love Songs with Kris Toledo″ aired Monday-Friday 7 p.m. to Midnight, hosted live by Kristin Cruz. Previously, the syndicated "Intelligence for Your Life" with John Tesh aired in evenings, and returned in May 2020.[8]

HD programming

KYXY formerly broadcast The Crossing, a contemporary Christian music format that was operated by Azusa Pacific University, on its HD2 subchannel. The HD3 subchannel started broadcasting classic alternative in 2018, first as 96.5 The Flash (in reference to former alternative station XHRM from the mid-1990s), and then as FlashBack ALT.

As of 2020, “The Crossing” is no longer a part of KYXY programming, which resulted in moving Flashback ALT to the HD2 and switching the HD3 off.

References

  1. ^ "Predicted Coverage Area for KYXY 96.5 FM, San Diego, CA". radio-locator.com. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "KFMX (FM) San Diego" (PDF). Broadcasting. 17 March 1969. p. 56. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1977 page C-27
  4. ^ CBS Radio to Merge with Entercom
  5. ^ "Entercom Receives FCC Approval for Merger with CBS Radio". Entercom. November 9, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  6. ^ Venta, Lance (November 17, 2017). "Entercom Completes CBS Radio Merger". Radio Insight. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  7. ^ "KYXY Night Show Host Kris Toledo Exits".
  8. ^ "KYXY/San Diego Adds John Tesh Radio Show to Evenings". Radio Online.