WKIS

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Location
25°59'34"N
080°10'26"W
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 United States of America
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WKIS (99.9 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Boca Raton, Florida, and serving South Florida, including the Miami-Fort Lauderdale radio market. It is owned by Entercom and airs a country music radio format. The studios and offices are on NW 2nd Avenue (U.S. Route 441) in Miami. The transmitter tower is off NW 210 Street in Miami Gardens, shared with WTVJ Channel 6.WKIS broadcasts in the HD Radio format. Its HD2 subchannel carries the sports radio programming of co-owned AM 560 WQAM.

History

WWOG

The station first signed on the air on September 1, 1965 as WWOG. It was originally a non-commercial Christian radio station, owned by Homer and Carole Akers. In the 1970s, it was a beautiful music outlet, still owned by the Akers, under the corporate name WWOG, Inc.

Country music

In 1979, WWOG was bought by the Sunshine Wireless Company. The new owner changed its call sign to WKQS-FM, and switched it to country music as "Kiss-FM." The WWOG call letters were later transferred to a new non-commercial religious radio station at 88.1, owned by the Boca Raton Christian School. (That station is now WAYF, owned by the WAY-FM Network.) In 1985, Sunshine Wireless bought AM 560 WQAM. WQAM had been a long-time Top 40 station but Sunshine switched it to country music. Sunshine now had an AM country station, with personality DJs, NBC News and local information, as well as WKQS, an FM country station, with less chatter and more current country hits. In 1988, the call sign switched to letters that better spell out "Kiss." WKQS became WKIS. WQAM left the country music format, first playing oldies and then switching to all-sports. That left WKIS as Miami's only country music outlet.

Changes in ownership

The Beasley Broadcast Group bought both WKIS and WQAM in the late 1990s, but continued the country music and sports formats on each station. The studios and offices were moved to Sheridan Street in Hollywood. On October 2, 2014, Beasley announced that it would trade five radio stations in Philadelphia and Miami, including WKIS, to CBS Radio, in exchange for 14 stations located in Tampa, Charlotte and Philadelphia. The swap was completed on December 1, 2014.On February 2, 2017, CBS Radio announced it would merge with Entercom. The merger was approved on November 9, 2017, and was consummated on the 17th.
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