WKXJ
CityWalden, Tennessee
Broadcast areaChattanooga metropolitan area
Frequency103.7 MHz (HD Radio)
Branding103.7 KISS FM
SloganChattanooga's #1 For New Music
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatContemporary hit radio
SubchannelsHD2: Christian radio
Ownership
OwnerAudacy, Inc.
(Audacy License, LLC)
History
First air date
June 23, 1964 (1964-06-23)[1]
Former call signs
WHNR (1964–74)
WBMC-FM (1974–86)
WTRZ-FM (1986–2007)
WKZP (2007–08)
WURV (2008–09)
Call sign meaning
WKXJ "Kicks FM" (former branding used at WLND)
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID14735
ClassC3
ERP25,000 watts
HAAT89 meters (292 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
35°07′34″N 85°17′24″W / 35.126°N 85.290°W / 35.126; -85.290
Translator(s)HD2: 99.9 W260AJ (Ringgold GA)
HD2: 104.7 W284AE (Chattanooga)
Links
Public license information
Profile
LMS
WebcastListen live (via Audacy)
Websitewww.audacy.com/kisschattanooga

WKXJ (103.7 FM, "103.7 KISS FM") is a radio station licensed to Walden, Tennessee, United States, and serving the Chattanooga, Tennessee, area. The station operates a Top 40 (CHR) music format and is branded as "103.7 KISS FM." It is owned by Audacy, Inc. Its studios are located on Old Lee Road in Chattanooga, and its transmitter is located in Red Bank.

Station history

The 103.7 frequency is a newly assigned signal to the area, where it relocated from McMinnville, Tennessee and had been at 103.9 MHz, where its previous format was Country, now relocated to sister station WTRZ. But before WTRZ played country music as "Hot Country 103.7," the station, known as "Z-104" during the mid-1980s to early 1990s, was a mix of adult contemporary, AOR, and CHR. As WBMC in the early 1980s aired an adult contemporary format. The move to Chattanooga had been in the works since 2003. In a statement from the online website The Chattanoogan on June 18, 2008, Clear Channel VP/Market Manager Mark Bass said, "This is going to be a carefully researched radio station that reaches a huge number of listeners in the Chattanooga area with a unique format that is not in this market anywhere, and something new and unique to the country, We're taking it first step forward."[2]

Old KISS FM logo.
Old KISS FM logo.

On June 23, 2008, after playing a ticking clock for a few minutes, the station flipped to a Disco format branded as "Boogie 103.7".[3] However, a few weeks later, the disco music was replaced with clips of the Rick and Bubba Show played around the clock. On August 29, 2008, the station flipped to an Adult Contemporary format branded as "103.7 The River," featuring "Delilah" at night.[4] However, after a year in the format, Clear Channel decided to bring the KISS-FM brand back to Chattanooga for the first time in 2 years, which was previously used at sister station WLND.

On November 1, 2017, iHeartMedia announced that WKXJ, along with all of their sister stations in Chattanooga and Richmond, would be sold to Entercom due to that company's merger with CBS Radio.[5] The sale was completed on December 19, 2017.[6]

On January 22, 2021, WKXJ replaced Elvis Duran & The Morning Show with The Bert Show.

References

  1. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2009 (PDF). 2009. p. D-508. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  2. ^ From The Chattanoogan (June 18, 2008)
  3. ^ "WKZP Dances Out Of The Box". All Access.
  4. ^ "WKZP Flips To WURV '103.7 The River'". All Access.
  5. ^ https://radioinsight.com/headlines/120711/entercom-trades-boston-seattle-spin-offs-iheartmedia-richmond-chattanooga-2/
  6. ^ "Consummation Notice". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. December 19, 2017. Retrieved December 21, 2017.