KXL-FM (101.1 FM) is an American commercial radio station broadcasting a news/talk format licensed to Portland, Oregon, United States. The station is currently owned by Alpha Media.[2][3] Its studios are located in downtown Portland, and its transmitter is in Portland's west hills. It is the flagship station for The Lars Larson Show.

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CityPortland, Oregon
Broadcast areaPortland, Oregon
Frequency101.1 MHz
BrandingFM News 101 KXL
AffiliationsCBS Radio News
OwnerAlpha Media
(Alpha Media Licensee LLC)
First air date
September 12, 1948 (as KOIN-FM)
Former call signs
KOIN-FM (1948–1977)
KYTE-FM (1977–1979)
KLLB (1979–1983)
KRCK (1983–1985)
KYTE-FM (1985–1989)
KKCY (1989–1990)
KUFO (1990–2001)
KUFO-FM (2001–2010)
KUFO (2010–2011)[1]
Technical information
Facility ID26932
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT502 meters (1,647 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
45°30′57.4″N 122°44′3.4″W / 45.515944°N 122.734278°W / 45.515944; -122.734278Coordinates: 45°30′57.4″N 122°44′3.4″W / 45.515944°N 122.734278°W / 45.515944; -122.734278
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The station signed on the air as KOIN-FM on September 12, 1948, simulcasting KOIN 970 AM, and began airing classical music in 1967. The four-hour-long KOIN Concert Hall was broadcast weekday evenings from 6 to 10 PM, hosted first by Blaine Hanks, then Don Gay.[4] In May 1977, the station changed their call letters to KYTE-FM and aired a top 40 format as "The FM Kite".[5] On January 5, 1979, KYTE-FM changed their format to country and then changed the call letters to KLLB (as "Country Club 101").[6] On September 4, 1979, KLLB changed format to top 40 rock (as "KB-101 Rock Deluxe"), then changed format to oldies (also as "KB-101") a year later.[4] On November 8, 1982, KLLB switched to an album rock format (as "Rock 101"); in January 1983, the call letters changed to KRCK.[7] On January 3, 1985, KRCK changed their format to classical (as "Classical 101"), and on February 18, 1985, the call letters changed back to KYTE-FM.[6][8] On January 30, 1989, the station changed its call letters to KKCY and aired a contemporary jazz format, branded as "The City". (The classical format was moved to KYTE 970 AM.)[9][10]

KUFO logo (Fri the 29th of December 1989–Tues the 22nd of March 2011)

On December 29, 1989, at 5 p.m., after a few days of stunting, KKCY changed to an active rock format, and on January 23, 1990, the call letters were changed to KUFO, and on August 1, 2001 to KUFO-FM.[11][1]

KXL-FM's logo used during AM/FM simulcast in 2011

In August 2009, CBS Radio sold the Portland cluster (including KUFO) to Alpha Broadcasting in an effort to focus more on major market stations. On October 24, 2009, KUFO began stunting with a "mothership refueling" countdown to end at 7 a.m. on October 28 when it re-launched. The actual musical content of KUFO was the same as it was prior to the re-launch; only the personalities changed.[12] On September 16, 2010, the call sign reverted to simply KUFO.

At 8:47 a.m. on March 15, 2011, KUFO's format was flipped to a simulcast of KXL (750 AM), which broadcasts news and talk shows.[13][14] On March 22, 2011, the station changed its call sign to KXL-FM and billed itself as "News Radio 101 FM & 750 AM KXL" (on the same day, the KUFO call letters would move to 970 AM).[1] It now uses the on air slogan "FM News 101 KXL". This is the second FM station in Portland to use the name KXL-FM; it has been used in the past as the callsign by 101.1's sister station 95.5 (now KBFF).

On May 25, 2011, at 4 p.m., KXL-FM ended its simulcast with KXL (AM), which flipped to sports as KXTG, "750 The Game".[15][16]

On May 6, 2013, KXL-FM announced it had dropped Fox News Radio as an affiliate and picked up CBS Radio News as its preferred news source.[17]


  1. ^ a b c "KXL-FM Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
  2. ^ "KXL-FM Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  3. ^ "KXL-FM Summer 2008 Station Information Profile". Arbitron.
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  12. ^ "KUFO Relaunches". 28 October 2009.
  13. ^ "KXL Portland Moves to FM Replacing Rock KUFO".
  14. ^ "Alpha turns off KUFO's rock for KXL-FM's news and talk". Portland Tribune. March 15, 2011.
  15. ^ "The Game Portland Moving to 750; Modern AC Live 95.5 Debuts".
  16. ^ "750 KXL Becomes the Game". 25 May 2011.
  17. ^ https://www.facebook.com/101KXL/posts/595574310466481

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