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KUFX
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City of license San Jose, California
Broadcast area San Jose, California
Branding 98.5 KFOX
Slogan The Classic Rock Experience
Frequency 98.5 FM MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1959
Format Classic rock
ERP 10,000 watts
HAAT 268 meters
Class B
Facility ID 65415
Callsign meaning K U FOX
Owner Clear Channel Communications
Sister stations KSJO
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.kfox.com

KUFX (98.5 FM) is a classic rock-formatted radio station in San Jose, California. It is owned by Clear Channel Communications. The station is referred to on-air as 98.5 KFOX.

History

KUFX was originally located at 94.5 FM, then 104.9 FM, and moved to 98.5 FM in December 1997. Before this, the 98.5 frequency was the longtime home to KOME, which is best remembered as a major Bay Area AOR station throughout the 1970s and into the 1990s. Several of the KUFX staff were employed by KOME. KUFX refers to itself as "98.5 KFOX".

KUFX is the official radio station for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League. In a 2006 column, a writer for the San Jose Mercury News noted that he could only listen to a broadcast of a Stanley Cup playoff game on KUFX since his cable company did not carry OLN, which had exclusive television rights to the game. That situation, he noted, provided an ironic twist to him living in the technology-rich Silicon Valley.

The morning show is hosted by Greg Kihn, a musician who had a few popular Top 40 hit songs in the 1980s.

KFOX also holds a Last Band Standing competition every year, between bands that play classic rock cover songs. The three categories of competition include Cover Bands, Tribute Bands, and Under 18 Bands. The past overall winners are Aja Vu in 2004 (A Steely Dan tribute band and two-time winner of its category), The Strobe in 2005 (An Under 18 band from Leigh High School who specializes with Peter Frampton songs), and last years winner, Sage (a cover band).

In December 1997, KUFX, KBAY, and KBRG were involved in a three-way frequency swap, which saw KUFX moving from 94.5 to 104.9, and later to 98.5 FM. KBAY moved to 94.5, and KBRG got the coveted 100.3 signal and studios. 104.9 eventually became KCNL.

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