KKSE-FM (92.5 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Broomfield, Colorado, and serving the Denver metropolitan area and Northern Colorado. KKSE-FM airs a sports talk format branded as "Altitude Sports 92.5 FM." KKSE-FM has studios on South Colorado Boulevard in Glendale, with its transmitter located off Wheatland Road near Fort Lupton in Weld County. It is owned by Stan Kroenke's KSE Radio Ventures, which also owns sister stations KIMN, KKSE and KXKL-FM.
|Broadcast area||Denver-Boulder-Fort Collins and Northern Colorado|
|Branding||Altitude Sports 92.5 FM|
|Slogan||Denver's Sports Station|
|Frequency||92.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|Translator(s)||101.7 K269AE (Boulder)|
|First air date||June 19, 1967 (as KGRE at 92.3)|
|Format||FM/HD1: Sports talk|
|HAAT||377 meters (1237 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||Kolorado Kroenke Sports Enterprises|
|Former callsigns||KGRE (1967-1984)|
|Former frequencies||92.3 MHz (1967-1982)|
SB Nation Radio
Fox Sports Radio
|Owner||Kroenke Sports & Entertainment |
(KSE Radio Ventures, LLC)
|Sister stations||KIMN, KKSE, KXKL-FM|
Early Years in Greeley
On June 19, 1967, the station first signed on as KGRE in Greeley. It originally broadcast on 92.3 MHz, and was the FM counterpart of AM 1450 KYOU (now KGRE). In 1982, it moved to 92.5 FM, and in 1984, it switched its call sign to KYOU. It took over the country music format of 1450 KYOU when that station switched to oldies as KATR.
In 1989, KYOU got a boost in power to 57,000 watts from a taller tower, so it could better cover the Denver radio market, and was relicensed to Broomfield. Prior to February 1989, it broadcast a hybrid country/country-rock format. The call sign changed to KDHT on February 17, 1989, and under the programming leadership of Ira Gordon, KDHT became one of the earliest Folk/Americana/Adult Album Alternative (AAA) hybrids.
KZDG as "Big Dog/Z92-5"
Shamrock Broadcasting acquired the station in March 1995, with the station then rebranding as "Z 92.5" shortly thereafter. Shamrock only held the station for a year. Chancellor Media purchased the station in early 1996.
KVOD as Classical
From 1969 to the mid 1990s, Denver had a commercial classical music station at 99.5, KVOD. When Tribune Media acquired the station in 1995, it did not want to continue the classical format; to appease KVOD's audience, Tribune reached a deal with Chancellor to move KVOD's classical format over to Chancellor's newly acquired 92.5 frequency, and agreed to simulcast for nearly a month until 99.5 debuted a new classic rock format on March 4th as KKHK (now KQMT).
On February 18, 1996, at Midnight, KZDG became the new home of classical music in the Denver market. It took the KVOD call letters on March 22nd. (Today, KVOD is a non-commercial classical station at 88.1 MHz.)
KDJM as "Jammin"
On May 21, 1999, at 5 p.m., Chancellor Media moved KVOD's classical format and call letters to 1280 AM. During this time, the rhythmic oldies format had proved to be popular in markets such as Chicago, Fresno, and Los Angeles. With Denver having a large Hispanic population that the format primarily caters to, Chancellor launched the format in Denver as "Jammin 92.5", with new call letters KDJM adopted on June 25, 1999.
The new sound of "Denver's Jammin' Oldies" consisted of classic soul music, disco and R&B tunes. Core artists included Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, Prince, Isley Brothers, Barry White, Mary J. Blige, Teena Marie, Earth, Wind & Fire and Chaka Kahn. Later in 1999, the station was acquired by AMFM, which was formed under the merger of Chancellor and Evergreen Media.
In 2000, Clear Channel Communications merged with AMFM. This put the new, larger broadcasting company over Federal Communications Commission caps on ownership; because of this, Clear Channel decided to spin off KDJM to Infinity Broadcasting (along with KXKL and KIMN), which was completed in December 2000. By 2001, the station refocused its format as "Jammin' Hits of the 70s & 80s." By 2003, the station was known as "Jammin' Oldies and More" with a broader playlist consisting of some newer R&B music. The station changed its moniker to "Denver's Classic Soul" in 2004. The station became a CBS Radio-owned and operated station with the renaming of Infinity in December 2005.
KWLI/KWOF as "Willie/Wolf"
While the station was a success for over six years (which is a longer lifespan than most rhythmic oldies stations), KDJM started to see a drop in ratings. On December 14, 2005, the station began stunting with Christmas greetings from soldiers stationed overseas to their families back home, while also telling listeners to tune in at 9 a.m. the following day, when Denver radio would be "set free." (The word "free" seemed to confirm rumors that the station would join CBS' Free FM network of hot talk FM stations.)
Instead, CBS brought country music back to the station as "Willie 92.5" with the moniker "Wide Open Country." The station played a mix of old and new country songs, including some titles no longer heard on Denver's more contemporary country outlets. The call letters were briefly changed to KLWL on December 21, and then to KWLI on January 12, 2006. (Max Media revived the rhythmic oldies format in September 2010 on KTNI-FM.)
In late 2006, KWLI was renamed "92.5 The Wolf" and began focusing on newer country artists. The former format was moved to KWLI's HD2 sub-channel. The station was sold to Wilks Broadcasting around this time.
When the 2008 Democratic National Convention was held in Denver, then-KWLI temporarily renamed itself as "92.5 The Jackass", with "jackass" being another name for a male donkey, the mascot of the Democratic Party. It reverted to "The Wolf" after the convention. On March 6, 2009, KWLI changed its call letters to KWOF.
On January 31, 2014, KWOF briefly rebranded itself as "92.5 The Bronco" in honor of the Denver Broncos participation in Super Bowl XLVIII. The station resumed its "Wolf" branding after the Super Bowl.
Acquisition by KSE, flip to Altitude Sports
On October 12, 2015, Kroenke Sports Enterprises, owned by Altitude Sports and Entertainment founder Stan Kroenke, announced it would acquire Wilks Broadcasting's Denver properties, which included KWOF, KIMN, and KXKL-FM. The transaction was consummated on December 31, 2015, at a purchase price of $54 million.
On September 5, 2018, KSE announced, in a move long rumored and expected after KSE's acquisition of the Wilks stations, that 92.5 would drop the "Wolf" format and adopt the format of KKSE as "Altitude Sports 92.5", a change that took place on the 17th of the month. With the change, 92.5 becomes the new primary home for the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, and Colorado Rapids, all owned by KSE. New call letters of KKSE-FM were registered at the same time and were adopted with the change.
•JoJo "Cookin" Kincaid
•Cha Cha Chavez
92.5 The Wolf
•Jesse & Shotgun
•Bo Jaxson (now at 94.7 KTTS in Springfield, Missouri)
- Hoff, Hollis (July 7, 1967). Fort Collins Coloradoan. p. 11 https://www.newspapers.com/clip/36406886/. Retrieved September 27, 2019. Missing or empty
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1970 page B-34
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1988 page B-52
- Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1994 page B-61
- "'Jammin' Oldies' replace KVOD on FM dial as station goes AM", The Denver Post, May 22, 1999.
- "R&B station's staff shown door; KDJM 92.5 now playing country", The Denver Post, December 16, 2005.
- "Kroenke Sports Acquires Wilks' Denver Stations" from Radio Insight (October 12, 2015)
- Wolf Out, Altitude Sports Incoming For 92.5 Denver
- Official site
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KKSE
- Radio-Locator information on KKSE
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KKSE