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KESS-FM
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City of license Lewisville, Texas
Broadcast area Dallas/Fort Worth
Branding "Radio La Kalle 107.9 FM"
Frequency 107.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 2003
Format Latin Pop
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 299 meters
Class C1
Facility ID 57376
Callsign meaning ESpanol
Owner Univision Radio
(KECS-FM License Corp.)
Sister stations KDXX, KFLC, KFZO, KLNO
Also part of the Univision Cluster: TV Stations KUVN and KSTR
Webcast Listen Live
Website Radio La Kalle

KESS-FM (107.9 FM), branded as "La Kalle 107.9 FM", is a Latin pop formatted radio station serving the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex in Texas. The station is licensed in Lewisville, Texas, and owned and operated by Univision Radio.

The KESS call letters were first used in D/FW in the spring of 1976 when Marcos Rodriguez, Sr. gained control of a country station, KBUY-FM, on 93.9 FM. That station changed to 94.1 when it moved its transmitter to Cedar Hill, TX in order to avoid a spacing problem with another Dallas station.

History

The current version of 107.9 was made possible when Marcos Rodriguez successfully obtained a new class C2 licensed to Gainesville, Texas, and purchased 107.9, a Class C licensed to Corsicana, Texas. After Rodriguez sold to Heftel Broadcasting and Mac Tichenor gained control of HBC, Tichenor moved the Corsicana signal south to the Waco market (as the new class A6 in Robinson, TX called KHCK-FM) and allowed the Gainesville signal to upgrade and move into Dallas as a class C1 in Lewisville, TX. The upgrade project had been started under the Cecil Heftel version of HBC, and completed by the engineers at Tichenor Media/HBC working under David Stewart (now owner of radio station in Texas and head of upgrade consultancy Moving Target Consulting Works). The call letters changed a few times through KDXX and KESS-FM.

On February 19, 2009, the Regional Mexican station branded as "La Que Buena" was moved from KESS-FM to 107.1 FM (KDXX) and 99.1 FM (KFZO). The Latin pop format and "La Kalle" name were then moved to KESS-FM.

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