WDKS
CityNewburgh, Indiana
Broadcast areaEvansville, Indiana
Frequency106.1 (MHz) (HD Radio)
BrandingKISS 106
SloganAll The Hits
Programming
FormatTop 40 Mainstream
SubchannelsHD2: WAY-FM Network (Contemporary Christian)[1]
Ownership
OwnerTownsquare Media[2]
(Townsquare Media of Evansville/Owensboro, Inc.)
WBKR, WGBF, WGBF-FM, WJLT, WKDQ, WOMI
History
First air date
November 1, 1990
Call sign meaning
InDiana KisS
Technical information
Facility ID48710
ClassA
ERP6,000 watts
HAAT100 meters (330 ft)
Translator(s)HD2: 91.9 W220DV (Evansville)
Links
WebcastListen Live
WebsiteStation web site

WDKS (KISS 106) is a Class A radio station at 106.1 FM licensed to Newburgh, Indiana and serving Evansville, Indiana. They are owned by Townsquare Media, which acquired the station from Clear Channel Communications in 2003.

WDKS broadcasts in HD.[3]

History

WDKS first signed on the air on November 1, 1990 as WEKX and later changed call letters to WSYZ in 1991 and WJPS in 1992. Originally an FM Talk station, they eventually switched to an Adult Top 40 format with the call letters WDKS in 1997.

Under the ownership of then-parent Clear Channel, and the direction of Program Director Jeremy 'Thompson' Fenech, WDKS switched formats to Top 40 Mainstream and was rebranded as 106.1 Kiss FM, "All of Today's Best Music, Not Just Some of It!" in 2001, putting them in direct competition with the more established rival WSTO. Rick Dees in the Morning replaced Bob & Sheri when Kiss 106 became KISS-FM. After Clear Channel spun WDKS and its sister stations to Regent Communications (now Townsquare Media) in 2003, Regent retained WDKS's format and the "KISS-FM" trademark.

On February 12, 2007, WDKS' musical direction initially leaned more Rhythmic, but after a month into the new direction the Pop/Rock product once again showed up on the station, only to once again move back toward a Rhythmic direction the following August. The shift to Rhythmic resulted in WDKS filling this format void in Evansville. But by March 2008, WDKS returned to a Top 40/CHR direction. The station added Kidd Kraddick's morning show in May 2008. In 2012 the Kidd Kraddick morning show was dropped, and now The Robs Radio Show with Kat Mykals runs every morning from 6 to 10AM.

Notable personalities on KISS include The Rob, Kat Mykals, Chandelle, Ryan O' Bryan, Melissa Awesome, and Nino InCognito.

References

  1. ^ "Stations". wayfm.com.
  2. ^ "Brands - Local Radio Stations & Clusters - Townsquare Media". Townsquare Media - Digital Media & Radio Advertising Company.
  3. ^ http://hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?realid=420 HD Radio Guide for Evansville, IN

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