98.9 FM

Frequency Call Letters Moniker Format Owner
98.9 KYIS 98-9 KISS FM Hot Adult Contemporary Cumulus Media

KYIS-2005City of License: Oklahoma City
Power: 100 kw
Website: http://www.kyis.com/
Notes: This station signed on as a Hot Adult Contemporary station on August 28, 1991 as 98-Point-9 KISS FM. It also has been known as KISS 98-Point-9. In the mid-90s, it became a sister station to rocker KATT-FM. In 1997, the point was dropped (98-9 KISS FM) and the station shifted to a Modern Adult Contemporary format.
In 2000, KYIS (along with KATT, WWLS AM/FM and KCYI) were sold from small broadcaster Caribou Broadcasting to Citadel Communications. In 2011, Atlanta-based Cumulus Media merged with Citadel, taking the Cumulus name.
Over the years, the station moved to a Hot Adult Contemporary format. Under Cumulus’ reign, it moved more in a CHR direction. It can best be described today as a recurrent-heavy Adult CHR.
Before flipping to KISS, as Z-99 and KZBS 99 FM, it shifted between Top-40, Rhythmic Top-40 and Hot AC.

Audio Archive

Previous Call Letters/Formats:
KZBS (99 FM/Z-99 – Top-40 — January 4, 1983-August 28, 1991)
KLNK (The Link – AC — September 22, 1980 – January 4, 1983)
KTLS (The Life Style – Christian — traced back to at least July 18, 1980-September 22, 1980)
KFJL (Moniker Unknown – Urban — early 1970s)
KYFM (Moniker/Format Unknown — Traced back to at least 1958)

Bruce Beckman on KYFM: “KYFM was one of two commercial FM’s (KEFM the other) still on in 1960. KYFM was the closest thing to “storecasting”, music played background music in stores. The station was run out of a converted garage west of Putnam City High School with 1500 watts.”

WKY-FM (Classical, other programming — Traced back to at least to 1947-1952)
W5XAU (Moniker/Format Unknown — Traced back to at least 1939)

Previous Logos
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(Z99 studios in late 1980s. PHOTO: Shotgun Jaxon)