KRLD-FM (105.3 FM, "105.3 The Fan") is a sports talk radio station serving the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, Metroplex. KRLD-FM is owned by CBS Radio. It also re-transmits on Washington D.C. sister station WJFK-FM 106.7 HD-2 through a secured internet feed. The station's studios are located along North Central Expressway in Uptown Dallas and the transmitter site is in Cedar Hill.
KSFM/KSPD/The Sound Of Success
105.3 FM went on the air in January 1958 with a classical format as KSFM. In 1960, the station went dark and then resurfaced with an automated Beautiful Music format as KPSD, only to go dark again by the end of the year. Century Broadcasting purchased the dark KPSD in 1962 and returned it to the air as KMAP, "The Sound of Success," featuring classical music and later Broadway show tunes. In 1968, Century sold KMAP to Dawson Communications, who changed the call letters to KXXK and the format to MOR music.
Coax/Cozy 105.3/Young Country
KXXK became KOAX ("Coax") in 1971. Through the 1970s and into the early 1980s, Beautiful Music KOAX was one of the most popular FM stations in Dallas/Fort Worth, consistently scoring top 10 ratings. By 1985, its ratings were down, and KOAX changed calls to KQZY ("Cozy 105.3") that year, evolving the format from Beautiful Music to Soft AC. KQZY changed format to Hot AC as "Star 105.3" in September 1989, taking the new calls KRSR the following summer. "Star" featured such personalities as Bob Nelson, John McCarty, Teri Richardson, Mike Sheppard, Scott Carpenter (PD), and Stoobie Doak. Ratings remained low, and on January 27, 1992, following a 2-day electronic countdown, Alliance Broadcasting (based in Walnut Creek, California) launched the very first "Young Country" station on 105.3 with the station temporarily taking the calls KRRM before becoming KYNG in February. The format featured younger sounding country music and created "Morning Shows" all day that highlighted listener calls, tons of requests and fun jock talk. It was all a part of owner Alliance's "Young Country" concept.
KYNG was one of 4 stations (the others being KXTX-TV, and sister stations KOAI and KRBV) that fell victim to the Cedar Hill tower collapse on October 12, 1996. Three workers were killed and one worker was injured when a gust of wind caught the gin pole being used for construction of a new antenna for KXTX. After the collapse, the stations scrambled to get back on air, later ending up using an auxiliary site for many months, though at a much reduced power output. Because of this, KYNG's ratings plummeted.
Live 105.3/Free FM
After being acquired by Infinity Broadcasting (now CBS Radio), KYNG changed format from country music to a combination of Hot Talk and Active Rock music on March 10, 2000. The final song on "Young Country" was "The Dance" by Garth Brooks. The station's first moniker under the new format was "105.3 The Talk That Rocks." Three years later, in March 2003, the station took the new calls KLLI, the "Live 105.3" name and the slogan "The Alternative Talk Station". In late 2005, as part of the station's change in morning shows (due to Howard Stern leaving CBS Radio to go to Sirius Satellite Radio in early 2006), KLLI dropped the "Alternative Talk Station" slogan and started using the CBS Radio nationwide slogan for FM Talk, "Free FM". In May 2007, as part of CBS Radio's phasing out of the Free FM name and slogan, KLLI dropped the "Free FM" slogan and was again simply known as "Live 105.3."
105.3 The Fan
On December 8, 2008, at 3 PM, KLLI switched to a sports talk format, branded as "105.3 The Fan." This change was not a complete overhaul as some hosts, notably morning host Jagger and some of his morning crew, survived the shift while others, including Russ Martin, were not retained. On December 12, 2008, the call sign was changed to KRLD-FM to match sister station KRLD (AM). Eventually, the programming became all sports. Some of the early shows included The Josh and Elf Show (hosted by Josh Lewin and Mark Elfenbein), RAGE (Richie and Greggo Extravaganza hosted by Richie Whitt and Greg Williams), and The Arnie Spanier Show.
In the April 2011 PPM Ratings book, 105.3 The Fan ranked #25 (1.8) in the Dallas-Fort Worth market.
On May 21, 2012, CBS hinted at a possible format flip for either The Fan or KMVK to "AMP Radio", much like its Los Angeles sister station KAMP-FM, as the parent company registered three web domains (, , and ).
105.3 HD-2 was originally launched in 2005 as a Spanish version of their "Live/Free FM" format. In 2008, the HD-2 channel shifted to an Indie Rock-formatted playlist from internet radio station The Indie-Verse via a secured internet feed. In June 2009, The Indie-Verse was dumped in favor of the simulcast of KRLD NewsRadio 1080 AM. The reason was because of the new Microsoft Zune player's feature which allowed listeners to hear HD stations as well as MP3 files, but wouldn't be able to tune into AM stations.
- R.J. Choppy (New School, weekdays 5:30AM - 10AM)
- Shan Shariff (New School, weekdays 5:30AM - 10AM)
- Chris Arnold (G-Bag Nation, weekdays 10AM - 3PM)
- Gavin Dawson (G-Bag Nation, weekdays 10AM - 3PM)
- Mike Bacsik (G-Bag Nation, weekdays 10AM - 3PM)
- Ben Rogers (Ben and Skin, weekdays 3PM - 7PM)
- Jeff "Skin" Wade (Ben and Skin, weekdays 3PM - 7PM)
- Kevin Hageland (K&C Masterpiece, weeknights 7PM - 11PM)
- Cory Mageors (K&C Masterpiece, weeknights 7PM - 11PM)
KRLD-FM has been the flagship station for the Dallas Cowboys National Football League team since the 2009 season. The new deal revived the long association the Cowboys had with KRLD-AM in the 1970s and 1980s. It features regular appearances by team owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett.
The Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball aired their games from Monday through Friday on 105.3 The Fan in the 2009 and 2010 seasons (the latter was their pennant-winning year). Weekend games were still on KRLD NewsRadio 1080. After that season, the Rangers did not renew the contract. Games from 2011 to 2014 were on rival station 103.3 ESPN in English and on KZMP in Spanish. Rangers games (including weekends) returned to The Fan starting in the 2015 season.
History of call letters
The call letters KRLD-FM were previously assigned to a Dallas station that began broadcasting March 21, 1948. The third FM station in Dallas, it broadcast on 92.5 MHz with 50 KW power. The licensee was KRLD Radio Corporation.