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City of license Allen, Texas
Broadcast area Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex/Ardmore/ Durant/Sherman/Gainesville
Branding "103.3 FM ESPN"
Slogan "First For Sports in Dallas/Fort Worth"
Frequency 103.3 MHz (also on HD Radio)
103.3 HD-2 for simulcast of KNIT
103.3 HD-3 for ESPNews
First air date Early 1990s as KEMM
Format Sports
ERP 98,000 watts
HAAT 606 meters
Class C
Facility ID 58265
Callsign meaning ESPN
Former callsigns KEMM (early 1990s-2001)
Affiliations ESPN Radio
Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
Texas Christian University (NCAA)
Owner Disney/ABC
(KESN Assets, LLC)
Sister stations KMKI, KNIT, KZMP-AM
Webcast KESN Live Feed

KESN is a Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas based sports talk radio station. It is owned and operated by the Walt Disney Company as an ESPN Radio affiliate.


KEMM 103 logo used from Early 1990s to 2000.

From 1983-2000, 103.3 FM for Dallas/Fort Worth was licensed out of Greenville, Texas, and held the call letters KEMM. The station then ran a country music format. KEMM went dark on September 28, 2000. The license city and tower were moved to Allen, Texas in 2001 and the station was re-born on April 27, 2001 as KESN with the new all-sports format. Fourteen outlying stations were rearranged and relocated to make way for this frequency to beam into DFW, all at ABC/Disney's expense.

KESN is the flagship for Dallas Mavericks basketball and Texas Christian University football and men's basketball. Among its most notable local programs is Galloway and Company, hosted by Randy Galloway.

ESPN 103.3 logo used from 2001 to 2005.

Despite different owners and a merger of ABC Radio Networks to Citadel Broadcasting; KESN, WBAP-AM, and WFAA-TV maintain a strong partnership (as WFAA is the local ABC television affiliate). In early 2006, "103.3 ESPN" welcomed WFAA-TV personality Dale Hansen, former Dallas Cowboys radio analyst and host on rival station KTCK, to the station. KTCK had become the Cowboys' flagship station and many speculated that Hansen leaving KTCK for KESN was due to his criticism of the team. The official explanation, however, was that Hansen's ratings did not justify his salary request.

Share ratings for KESN's primary shows lag behind that of KTCK, Sportsradio 1310, "The Ticket," their chief sports-talk radio rival in the Dallas/Fort Worth market [1] In current ratings books, KESN has had many more cume listeners than KTCK. Which means that, as the ratings show, while more total people may listen to KESN at various points throughout the day, roughly twice as many people are listening to KTCK at any given time.

ESPN 103.3 logo used from 2005-2008.

Its new sister station KNIT, which airs Spanish language sports programming, can be heard on 1480 AM. [2]

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