KLPM (1150 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Spanish Contemporary Christian format. Licensed to Portland, Oregon, United States, it serves the Portland area. The station is currently owned by Bustos Media of Oregon License, LLC. The station currently has a construction permit from the FCC to increase their daytime power to 10,000 watts and nighttime to 63 watts.
From July 4, 1954 when the station first signed on with the call letters KHFS until 1956 then KEY and then KKEY was owned by the Weagant family of Vancouver, WA. After trying several different formats throughout the 1950s and 60's, in 1971 KKEY went all talk with such hosts as Jack Hurd, Alan Hirsch, Peter Marlon Jones, Jerry Dimmitt, and Rick Miller. Originally a daytime only station, KKEY was granted nighttime authorization in 1988 to operate at 47 watts. KKEY remained with primarily a talk format until the station was sold in 1998. It temporarily went off the air before signing back on as KKGT, again an all talk station.
The KXMG callsign was used by a Los Angeles, California based station broadcasting a similar format under the branding Mega 1540 AM Stereo and was owned by the Spanish Broadcasting System. That station launched on March 29, 1996, on the frequency of the former KSKQ, which had just moved to FM. KXMG played Mexican regional music (such as banda and mariachi), mixing current and former music. That KXMG lasted until the spring of 2001, when multi-billionaire Paul Allen purchased the station and ended the Spanish language broadcast, switching 1540 AM to Allen's new Sporting News Radio as KCTD (now KMPC). Various stations still air Mexican regional music, and "Recuerdo" (103.9/98.3) plays the older songs.
The station was assigned the KLPM call sign by the Federal Communications Commission on April 14, 2009.
Posted on May 24, 2009 - 08:06 PM