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City of license El Cajon, California
Broadcast area San Diego
Branding "Channel 933"
Slogan San Diego's HIT Music Station
Frequency 93.3 (MHz) (also on HD Radio)
First air date October 1, 1995 as KHTS
Format KHTS: Contemporary hit radio
KHTS-HD2: Pride Radio
ERP 50,000 watts
HAAT 147 meters
Class B
Facility ID 20697
Transmitter coordinates 32°43′48.00″N 117°05′2.00″W / 32.73°N 117.08389°W / 32.73; -117.08389
Callsign meaning K H I T S
Former callsigns KECR
Owner Clear Channel
Sister stations KGB, KIOZ, KLSD, KMYI, KOGO, KUSS
Webcast Listen Live

KHTS-FM, also known as "Channel 933" or simply "nine-three-three", is a Contemporary hit radio station in San Diego, California broadcasting in analog and digital HD Radio. It is licensed in El Cajon, California and is owned by Clear Channel Communications.



Prior to 1995, KHTS had been known as KECR-FM and was owned by (and broadcasted) the Family Radio religious radio network for San Diego. Family Radio decided to put KECR-FM up for sale, partially due to the fact that all other Top 40 radio stations in the San Diego market at the time actually broadcast from Tijuana. Jacor Communications purchased the license in 1995, which was transferred to Clear Channel three years later, when Jacor was purchased. Today, Family Radio broadcasts on KECR-AM at 910 kHz.

In March 1996, KHTS began simulcasting the signal from Tampa, Florida-based WFLZ -- another Jacor station playing the CHR format which, coincidentally also operated on the 93.3 frequency. [1] Although no local San Diego programming was produced, WFLZ anchors (Jennifer Jordan, Bubba The Love Sponge, MJ & BJ Morning Show, etc.) referred to their "San Diego listeners," included San Diego temperatures in their weather spots, and used toll-free numbers for studio call-in contests at the time. (One memorable moment during that time, with Bubba The Love Sponge, included a stretch of several hours without a single phone call from San Diego - which Bubba of course alluded to on-air).

Although the format has since diverged somewhat, the logo and color scheme still used today for Channel 933 served as the basis for the current logo of WFLZ.

During August 1996 - in what was presumably a ratings and attention stunt - the station began broadcasting a non-stop stream of various remixes of the then hugely-popular song Macarena, by Los del Río, accompanied by slogans such as "All Macarena, all the time! Twenty four hours a day! Now you never have to wait for what you want!" [2]. On September 1, 1996 93.3 simulcasted the Charger football game from sister XTRA 690 which had been running the Mexican Presidential Address given out every September 1st as XTRA is a Mexican owned and licensed radio station. Then at 4pm the station began broadcasting under the Channel 933 name and format which it retains to this day.

Originally, its Top 40 direction focused on Rhythmic Top 40/Dance hits and remixes of Mainstream Pop/Rock product (thus making them a Rhythmic Top 40, mostly along the lines of WKTU/New York City), which they used to attract listeners away from Rhythmic Top 40 rival XHITZ (Z90.3), who were also billing themselves as a Dance station at the time. KHTS' response to Z90's slogan at the time ("San Diego's Official Dance Station") was "Move To It!" and was promoted on outdoor ads. KHTS also attacked then-Top 40/CHR rival Q106.5, and former Adult Top 40 "B-100," with promises not to play scary music as heard on Z-90, play goofy music as heard on B-100, or playing whatever it is on Q106. [3] A few of the first DJ's to appear on Channel 933 included Angel, Cha-Cha, Boomer, Randy "Randman" DeWitt (formerly of XHRM in its 92.5 The Flash days), Geronimo and later included Chio the "Freakin Puerto Rican", Haze, and Butch the Baker.

But by August 1998, KHTS would move away from its Dance-heavy approach to a more mainstream direction (After Q106.5, which had been the Mainstream Top 40 in San Diego, was sold by KHTS' then-owner Jacor), where it has done well ever since. However they still retain a Rhythmic-leaning sound (with occasional alternative music tracks) and continues to air Dance mixes on weekends.

Current Operations

The station's slogan is "San Diego's HIT Music Station", which it changed from "San Diego's #1 Hit Music Station" in early 2007, and was "San Diego's Hit Music" in 2006. The latter slogan had been changed to from the original "San Diego's Dance Music" in 2000. Its call letters represent the word "hits," in reference to the station's format.

As of March 9, 2010 KSIQ "Q96 - San Diego's New Q96" a Contemporary hit radio station went on air from Campo, California catering to the San Diego area as a competitor to Channel 933 as this station has led the market in this genre since Q106 went off the air in 1998

Current Morning Show Johnjay & Rich

As of Monday October 19, 2009, Johnjay and Rich premiered on Channel 933 as the new morning show. They are a nationally syndicated team from Phoenix on KZZP "104.7 KISS FM" and broadcast to other cities including Tucson AZ, Fort Collins CO, Denver CO, Portland OR, and Colorado Springs CO. The team consists of Johnjay, Rich, Kyle, Intern Lindsey, Intern Kassi, and The Intern Files.

Former Morning Shows

Channel 933 was the home of the AJ's Playhouse morning show that on Thursday, August 20, 2009 Clear Channel announced that AJ and his morning team would move to sister Hot AC station KMYI. AJ's Playhouse is a morning show designed to entertain commuters and early morning workers. The show is hosted by AJ, a bay area native, Hula, the producer, Geena the Latina, and Sonic. The show offers listeners conversations from serious topics such as relationships to funny subjects such as AJ's love for the Con and Geena's despise of cheaters. The show is greatly missed by Boy Toy Jesse who offered very amusing stories of a single father bachelor and the upbringing of a fast growing daughter.

Previous to AJs playhouse, Nastyman was the previous morning show from 1999 - 2001. "He's the bald man with a tan", though his fans usually don't have the dubious pleasure of a face-to-face unless he's making a personal appearance but when he is--look out! He's the pride of Channel 933. All the way from Guam to you ... his is THE NASTYMAN. He's kicking around with celebrity guests and listeners every weekday starting at 6:00 am. He doesn't read liner cards and he's not told what to say. The Nastyman's on-air persona remains friendly, entertaining, smart and clever; no different from how he is in "real life" because, for him, the two are one. Channel 933 gave The Nastyman the opportunity to create a flexible almost free-form show, so he debuts music that other radio stations are too wimpy to play and welcomes new and unusual talent from other mediums, as well."[4]

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