KPNT (105.7 MHz "105.7 The Point") is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Collinsville, Illinois, and broadcasting to Greater St. Louis. It mainly airs an alternative rock radio format, with some elements of active rock. It is owned by Hubbard Broadcasting.
|Broadcast area||Greater St. Louis|
|Branding||105.7 The Point|
|Slogan||St Louis’ Rock Alternative|
|Frequency||105.7 MHz FM (HD Radio)
105.7-3 FM POINT-2 (MONO)
|First air date||March 1967 (as KSGM-FM)|
|HAAT||254.4 meters (835 ft)|
|Call sign meaning||K PoiNT|
|Former call signs||KSGM-FM (1967-1987)|
|Owner||Hubbard Broadcasting |
(St. Louis FCC License Sub, LLC)
|Sister stations||KSHE, WXOS, WIL, WARH|
KPNT has studios and offices in Creve Coeur (with a St. Louis address). The transmitter is off Mackenzie Road in Shrewsbury, just outside the St. Louis city limits, on a tower used by numerous local TV and FM stations. KPNT broadcasts in HD, and simulcasts the sports talk programming of KFNS "590 The Fan" on its HD2 subchannel.
KPNT is considered a "move-in" station. In March 1967, the station signed on in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, about 50 miles south of St. Louis. It had the call sign KSGM-FM and was simulcast with its sister station, AM 980 KSGM. The call letters stood for K Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. (AM 980 KSGM has since moved across the Mississippi River to Chester, Illinois.) KSGM-FM broadcast at 27,000 watts from a 285-foot antenna, with only limited coverage of the southern part of the St. Louis radio market, where many of the station are powered at 100,000 watts.
In 1987, KSGM-FM was bought by Channel One Communications, for $7.5 million. The power was boosted to 100,000 watts, giving the station coverage of the St. Louis metropolitan area. Channel One launched a hot adult contemporary music format with the new call letters, KSTZ, and was known as "Kiss FM".
The simulcast was broken on February 17, 1993, when KFXB adopted the current call sign, KPNT, with a modern rock music format, partly inspired by the success of St. Louis' first full-time alternative rock music station, 89.7 KYMC, a small non-profit station broadcasting out of Ballwin, Missouri. The first song on "The Point" was "Radio Song" by R.E.M..
In 2006, KPNT expanded the playlist to include a wider variety of active rock artists while maintaining a strong emphasis on alternative artists. The new slogan, "Everything Alternative", was adopted to promote this change.
In January 2013, KPNT moved its city of license from Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, to Collinsville, Illinois, and its transmitter moved north from Jefferson County, Missouri to St. Louis. The license for this change was issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on February 27, 2015. The station was required to reduce its effective radiated power from 100,000 watts to 54,000 watts and height above average terrain from more than 1,300 feet to 835 feet, but the trade was considered beneficial to KPNT by moving its transmitter within the immediate St. Louis metropolitan area, now using a TV and FM tower off Mackenzie Road.
In August 2018 KPNT started phasing out the “Everything Alternative” slogan and started using “St Louis’ Rock Alternative”
A feature known as "My Shuffle" was promoted on their website allowing listeners to create their own five-song playlist. Some of the listener's five-song playlists air on KPNT during a show known as the "My Shuffle Lunch" program which airs at 12:00PM or during specialty "My Shuffle Weekends."
- Sarah Clarke
- Eric Schmidt
- Tim Christian
- Alex Luke
- Joe Moskus (Joe of "Joe and John")
- John Launius (John of "Joe and John")
- Harley Eddie Lightle "KANE"
- Tommy T
- Traci Wilde
- Trisha Gazall
- Matt Costello
- Tim Virgin
- Kris Kosach
- Adam Potts
- Jennifer White
- Les Aaron
- Thompson "Thom" West
- Woody (now at rival station KLLT (FM))
- Michael "The Mudman" Gross
- Christian B
- Howard Stern
- Tony "the Whipping Boy"
Concerts and eventsEdit
KPNT is also well known for promoting an annual music festival known as Pointfest.
KPNT produced a series of compilation albums, featuring tracks submitted by local up and coming artists from throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. This series of albums is known as Pointessential (stylized as POINTESSENTIAL). Bands featured in the Pointessential series before they became well known have included Gravity Kills, The Urge, Stir, Modern Day Zero, Cavo, Autovein, and Story of the Year. The CD series was an annual release from 1994 through 1999. After KPNT was sold to Emmis Communications, the series was temporarily suspended. It was brought back again in 2002 after a three-year break when the station renewed its commitment to the local music scene in St. Louis.
- Pointessential, Volume 1 (1994)
- Pointessential, Volume 2 (1995)
- Pointessential, Volume 3 (1996)
- Pointessential, Volume 4 (1997)
- Pointessential, Volume 5 (1998)
- The Point Platinum, Version 1.0 (1998)
- Pointessential, Volume 6 (1999)
- Pointessential, Volume 7 (2002)
Former slogans for KPNTEdit
- "105.7 The Point, Get It" 1993-1999
- "St. Louis' New Rock Alternative, 105.7 The Point" 1999-2006
- "105.7 The Point, "Everything Alternative" 2006–2018
- "105.7 The Point, "St Louis' Rock Alternative" 2018-Present
In May 1995, KPNT reported that R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry had died, reportedly receiving the information from Warner Music Group via fax. It was later revealed to be a hoax. Berry had recently undergone an operation to relieve an aneurysm he suffered during the band's tour in support of Monster.
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1969 page B-100
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1991 page B-165
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1992 page A-206
- R.E.M. | Fiction: An Alternative Biography, David Buckley
- Official Website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KPNT
- Radio-Locator information on KPNT
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KPNT