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City of license La Mirada, California
Broadcast area Los Angeles, California
Branding The Fish
Slogan "Safe For The Whole Family"
Frequency 95.9 (MHz)
First air date 1960
Format Contemporary Christian Music
ERP 6,000 watts
HAAT 100 meters
Class A
Facility ID 2195
Callsign meaning K FiS H
Owner Salem Communications
Webcast Listen Live
Website 95.9 The Fish

KFSH-FM is a radio station in the Los Angeles metropolitan area broadcasting on the FM dial at 95.9 mHz with a contemporary Christian music format full time. It is owned by Salem Communications and is known as "The Fish".

Station history

KEZY went on the air on 1190 in 1959 (first with only 1,000 watts), with studios at the Disneyland Hotel. It was first known as K-EZY, or K-easy, likely due to an easy listening music type of format[1]in Anaheim, California serving the Orange County listening area. For many years it was known as the sister station to KEZY-AM (now KXMX). Sometime around 1968-'69, KEZY moved to a larger complex for its studios and offices, located (coincidentally) at 1190 East Ball Road in Anaheim, near the intersection of Ball Road and East Street. It was around this time that KEZY turned to a top-40/pop/rock format, and became the station Orange County teens tuned to in the late-'60s and early-'70s.[2]

KEZY-FM had a number of formats, including rock music and adult contemporary. From 1993 to 1996, it carried most of games of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (now Anaheim Ducks) National Hockey League team. During the late 1990s the station became KXMX, Mix 95.9 and advertised itself with the slogan "Hits of the 80's and 90's--and no rap!" as an alternative to the rise in popularity of rap and hip-hop music during that decade. Angel and Randy "Ranman" DeWitt, formerly of KHTS-FM Channel 933 in San Diego, were two of the first DJ's to appear on the station.

From 1996 to 2000, the station went through a number of ownership changes, first to Anaheim Broadcasting, then to Jacor Communications, which itself was purchased in 1999 by Clear Channel Communications, the largest U.S. radio broadcasting group. In 2000, as part of conditions set by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for its merger with AMFM Inc., Clear Channel sold the station, then known as KXMX, and KEZY-AM to Salem Communications.

Salem changed the call letters to KFSH and introduced "The Fish" format of contemporary Christian music, which has since been replicated at other Salem radio stations nationwide. The studios were moved to the Salem Los Angeles broadcasting studios in Glendale, about ten miles north of downtown LA, in shared facilities with sister stations KXMX-AM, KKLA-FM, KRLA-AM and KTIE-AM.

Recent changes

As of November 2008 KFSH's city of license has changed from Anaheim to La Mirada, approximately five to six miles northwest, on the border between Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Prior to its change in city of license, the station's 6,000-watt signal could be heard clearly in most of Orange County, its primary listening area. The signal reached as far as Norwalk, Whittier and Long Beach in Los Angeles County to the west but was weak in the San Gabriel Valley to the north and the Riverside-San Bernardino area to the east.

Recently KFSH began announcing the artist and title at the end of each song played on-air in discreet prerecorded clips of one to two seconds, reminiscent of the "when you play it, say it" practice advocated in the U.S. radio industry in the early 1990s. This new practice allows listeners to know the song currently played without breaks in the music sets.

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