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KEXX
City of license Gilbert, Arizona
Broadcast area Phoenix, Arizona
Branding X 103.9
Slogan Alternative Rock Now
Frequency 103.9 (MHz)
First air date 1981
Format Modern Rock
Language English
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 189 meters
Class C1
Facility ID 54944
Former frequencies 106.3
Owner Riviera Broadcast Group
Webcast Listen Live
Website x1039phoenix.com

KEXX is a commercial radio station located in Phoenix, Arizona, broadcasting to the Phoenix Metropolitan Area on 103.9 FM. KEXX airs a modern rock music format branded as "X 103-9". In July 2009, the station added less commercials and plays deeper tracks rather than just radio hits unlike normal radio stations.

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History

KEXX signed in 1981 and located in Coolidge, Arizona. The station aired a country music format and adopted the call letters of KQEZ until 1994.

In 1994, the country music format was dropped in favor of a classic rock music format complimented by a change of call letters to KAZR. A signal upgrade followed providing the southern sections of the Phoenix, Arizona, area with a clear signal. However, the format change was short lived.

In March, 1994, the format was changed to a Modern Rock/Top 40 hybrid branded as “The Blaze”. A change of call letters to KBZR followed the change of format.

On October 30, 1996, the format was changed to Rhythmic Top 40 known as "103.9, Arizona's Party Station". The call letters were changed in the Spring of 1997 to KPTY to reflect their station branding. In 1998, the format evolved to a hybrid Hip-Hop/Modern Rock format shortly followed by a change of branding to "Party Radio @ 103.9". On January 1, 2000, it returned to a Rhythmic Top 40 format as "103.9 The Party". Soon afterwords it changed to its current format, with its current name.

Rivera now has a sister station, KKFR, which plays the same format that had been on KPTY.

In April 2008, the morning show, The Morning Ritual, was dropped in place of syndicated The Adam Carolla Show. The Adam Carolla Show was cancelled on February 20, 2009. It was quickly replaced by another Los Angeles-based morning show, Kevin and Bean.

In July 2009, the station relaunched as "FM/1039...Where Music Matters." FM/1039 Launched under then Program Director Tim Virgin. That same month, Tim Virgin left to do Afternoons at Q101 in Chicago. Former program director Marc Young returned to the station and took over afternoon duties as well.

On January 8th, 2010, the "FM 103-9" branding was changed to "X 103-9...Alternative Rock Now."

On February 2, 2010 KEDJ changed their call letters to KEXX to go with the "X 103.9" branding under the direction of Program Director Marc Young.

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The Original KEDJ on 106.3 FM

In October 2001, the station's owners were persuaded at the last minute by the staff of the original KEDJ on 106.3 FM and 100.3 FM to drop the Rhythmic Top 40 format to bring the KEDJ calls and its Modern format (minus the Howard Stern show) over to 103.9 FM. The 106.3 FM and 100.3 FM frequencies were sold to Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation (now Univision Radio) and switched to a Spanish-language format.

Weekly program playlist

  • Gadger- 5:30am-10am "More Music In The Morning"
  • Robin Nash- 10am-3pm
  • Young Marc- 3pm-6pm "Commercial Free Drive @ 5", non stop music and it's commercial free. Weekdays: 5pm
  • Craven Moorehead- 6pm-9pm and also hosts "The Ska Punk Show" (Sun. 9p-11p & Mon.-Thurs. 9pm-10pm) all ska and punk music that doesn't get regular play during the day.

Weekend program

  • "Acoustic Live and Rare", a show with only acoustic and live music. The show is heard every Sunday morning at 8-10am.
  • "Local Frequency", This show is about local Arizona bands.Sundays: 11pm

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