KRLD-FM (105.3 MHz, "105.3 The Fan") is a commercial radio station licensed to Dallas, Texas, and serving the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. KRLD-FM is owned by Entercom, and airs a sports radio format. The station's studios and offices are located along North Central Expressway in Uptown Dallas, and the transmitter site is in Cedar Hill.

The station airs local sports talk shows most of the day and evening, and carries nationally syndicated programming from CBS Sports Radio during the late night and overnight hours. KRLD-FM is the flagship station of the Dallas Cowboys Radio Network and the Texas Rangers Radio Network. Some early hours on weekends are paid brokered programming. In the sports radio format, KRLD-FM's chief rival is Sportsradio 1310/96.7 The Ticket. In addition, 103.3 KESN in Allen, Texas, serves as the Dallas/Fort Worth outlet for ESPN Radio, as well as airing local sports shows.

KRLD-FM broadcasts in HD Radio. It carries the all-news radio format of its sister station 1080 KRLD on its HD 2 subchannel. Its HD 3 subchannel is devoted to coverage of the Dallas Cowboys football team, with additional programming from the CBS Sports Radio.


Logo for KRLD-FM.
CityDallas, Texas
Broadcast areaDallas/Fort Worth Metroplex
Branding105.3 The Fan
SloganYour Sports Station
Frequency105.3 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air dateJanuary 1958 (as KSFM)
HD2: News/talk (KRLD simulcast)
HD3: Dallas Cowboys/CBS Sports Radio
ERP97,000 watts
HAAT574.2 meters (1,884 ft)
Facility ID1087
Transmitter coordinates32°35′02″N 96°57′48″W / 32.58389°N 96.96333°WCoordinates: 32°35′02″N 96°57′48″W / 32.58389°N 96.96333°W
Callsign meaningsee KRLD (AM)
Former callsignsKSFM (1958–1960)
KPSD (1960–1962)
KMAP (1962–1968)
KXXK (1968–1971)
KOAX (1971–1985)
KQZY (1985–1990)
KRSR (1990–1992)
KRRM (1992)
KYNG (1992–2003)
KLLI (2003–2008)
AffiliationsCBS Sports Radio
Dallas Cowboys Radio Network (NFL)
Texas Rangers Radio Network (MLB)
KXAS-TV (local sports news partnership)
(Entercom License, LLC)
Sister stationsKJKK, KLUV, KMVK, KRLD, KVIL
WebcastListen Live


KSFM/KSPD/The Sound Of Success

105.3 FM went on the air in January 1958 with a classical music format, using the call sign KSFM. In 1960, the station went dark and then resurfaced with an automated Beautiful Music format as KPSD, only to sign-off 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, which changed the call letters to KXXK and the format to MOR music.

Coax/Cozy/Star 105.3/Young Country

KXXK became KOAX ("Coax") in 1971, returning to the beautiful music format. Through the 1970s and into the early 1980s, KOAX was one of the most popular FM stations in Dallas/Fort Worth, consistently scoring top 10 ratings. But by 1985, its ratings were falling, and KOAX changed its call sign to KQZY ("Cozy 105.3") that year, evolving the format from Beautiful Music to Soft Adult Contemporary. KQZY changed format to Hot AC as "Star 105.3" in September 1989, taking the new call sign KRSR the following summer. "Star" featured such personalities as Bob Nelson, John McCarty, Teri Richardson, Mike Sheppard, Stoobie Doak and Scott Carpenter, who also served as program director. 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 call sign KRRM before becoming KYNG in February.[1][2] The format featured younger sounding country music and created "morning shows" all day that highlighted listener calls, frequent requests and fun disc jockey talk. It was all a part of owner Alliance's "Young Country" concept, repeated in other media markets around the country.

Collapse of Broadcasting Tower

KYNG was one of four 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 and later ended 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 April 3, 2000. The final song on "Young Country" was "The Dance" by Garth Brooks.[3][4][5][6] The station's first moniker under the new format was "105.3 The Talk That Rocks". KYNG became the Dallas network affiliate for The Howard Stern Show; other personalities and programs during its initial launch included Ed Tyll, A.W. Pantoja, Jim Verdi, Martha Martinez, Russ Martin, Tom Leykis, Loveline, and John & Jeff. Three years later, in March 2003, the station took the new call sign KLLI, with "Live 105.3" as the new name and the slogan "The Alternative Talk Station". In late 2005, as part of the station's change in morning shows (due to 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". By this time, the weekday lineup consisted of Jagger, Pugs & Kelly, Martin, Leykis, "Big" Dick Hunter, and Loveline.

105.3 The Fan

On December 8, 2008, at 3 p.m. 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.[7] On December 12, 2008, the call sign was changed to KRLD-FM to match sister station 1080 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.

On May 21, 2012, CBS hinted at a possible format flip for either The Fan or KMVK to "AMP Radio", much like its co-owned Los Angeles contemporary hit radio station KAMP-FM, as the parent company registered three web domains (,, and[8] However, neither station changed to that format.

On February 2, 2017, CBS Radio announced it would merge with Entercom.[9] The merger was approved on November 9, 2017, and was consummated on the 17th.[10][11]

Months after on April 26, 2018, Entercom struck a new content deal with NBCUniversal-owned-and-operated stations KXAS-TV (NBC) and KXTX-TV (Telemundo). The former will be partnered with this station to bring enhanced local sports news and scores to its audience.[12][13]

HD radio

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.[14] 105.3 HD-3 airs an all-"Dallas Cowboys Radio" format, which carries archived football games and talk shows about the Cowboys, with the overnight hours occupied by CBS Sports Radio.[15]

Notable on-air staff



Play-by-play rights


KRLD-FM is the flagship station for Texas Motor Speedway and carries NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing.

Dallas Cowboys

KRLD-FM has been the flagship station for the Dallas Cowboys National Football League team since the 2009 season. The 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 head coach Jason Garrett.[16]

Texas Rangers

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).[17] 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 1540 KZMP in Spanish, which continues with Spanish-language rights. Rangers games (including weekends) returned to 105.3 The Fan starting in the 2015 season.[18]

History of call letters

The call letters KRLD-FM were originally assigned to a Dallas station that began broadcasting March 21, 1948. As only the third FM station in Dallas, it broadcast on 92.5 MHz with 50 kW power. The licensee was KRLD Radio Corporation, which also owned 1080 KRLD.[19] The call letters were retired in 1972, when the station became KAFM (and today is KZPS). CBS Radio took the KRLD-FM call sign for 105.3 in 2008.


  1. ^ "Star 105 enlists in local battle for country fans". Dallas Morning News. 1992-01-28.
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  4. ^ "KYNG remains on Stern watch". Dallas Morning News. 2000-04-16.
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  7. ^ "Station drops Russ Martin". Dallas Morning News. 2008-12-09.
  8. ^ "Amping Up In Dallas?". RadioInsight. 2012-05-21. Retrieved 2016-05-31.
  9. ^ CBS Radio to Merge with Entercom
  10. ^ "Entercom Receives FCC Approval for Merger with CBS Radio". Entercom. November 9, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  11. ^ Venta, Lance (November 17, 2017). "Entercom Completes CBS Radio Merger". Radio Insight. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  12. ^ NBC 5, Telemundo 39 and Entercom Announce Multi-Year Media Partnership - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth (accessed July 7, 2018)
  13. ^ Doney, Shariff on 105.3 the Fan and NBC 5 Partnership - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth (accessed July 7, 2018)
  14. ^ The Indie-Verse is Homeless Now... But Not Going Anywhere, Says Program Director Eric Landrum - The Dallas Observer (released June 9, 2009)
  15. ^ HD Radio Guide for Dallas-Ft. Worth
  16. ^ The New Home Of The Dallas Cowboys - Official Press Release (accessed April 23, 2009)
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  18. ^ Rangers join ESPN 103.3 FM, 1540 AM - ESPN Dallas/Fort Worth (released December 8, 2010)
  19. ^ "KRLD-FM Dallas Takes The Air on Channel 22" (PDF). Broadcasting. April 5, 1948. Retrieved 22 November 2014.

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Andrew Chandler (actor)

Andrew T. "Andy" Chandler (born Victoria, Texas) is an American voice actor at Funimation who provided voices for English versions of Japanese anime series, and video games; most notably as Cooler from the Dragon Ball series. He studied with the Quad C Theatre Program at Collin County Community College in Plano, Texas. Chandler has been involved in radio since 2003 and currently is voice talent, writer and imaging producer for 100.3 Jack FM in Dallas, Texas as well as in charge of imaging for KRLD-AM, KRLD-FM, KVIL, KJKK-HD2, and KRLD-HD2. Chandler also does appearances for Jack throughout the DFW area, and is a music reporter for TXA21 television.

Brad Sham

Brad Michael Sham (born August 16, 1949) is an American sportscaster who is known as the "Voice of the Dallas Cowboys". Sham is currently heard on the Dallas Cowboys Radio Network, including the flagship stations 1080 AM KRLD, where Sham held the position of Sports Director between 1976 and 1981; and 105.3 KRLD-FM "The Fan". Prior to 2009, Cowboys games were broadcast on 1310 AM KTCK "The Ticket" and 93.3 FM KDBN "The Bone", and also previously on FM-103.7 and 98.7 FM KLUV "K-Love." Sham made his acting debut in the 2008 movie, W.

Dallas Cowboys Radio Network

The Dallas Cowboys Radio Network is an American radio network broadcasting all Dallas Cowboys football games to stations across all of Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and New Mexico during the NFL season. Beginning with the 2009 NFL season, it is the arm of Entercom (formerly CBS Radio) and comprises over 50 stations with KRLD-FM in Dallas being the flagship station. Beginning in the 2011 NFL season, a separate contract will allow the network to be carried nationwide through Compass Media Networks.

Gavin Dawson

Gavin Dawson is an American radio sports talk show host at KRLD-FM (105.3 The Fan) in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He joined KRLD on March 29, 2010. His show, G-BAG Nation, can be heard weekdays from 10am to 3pm. He has also hosted One Nation DFW on sister station KRLD-AM. That show was less of a sports show and more of a news, current events and politics based show, heard Saturday nights from 8pm to 10pm.

Greg Williams (radio personality)

Greg "Greggo" Williams is an American former radio personality. Williams was most recently co-host of the sports talk program RAGE (Richie and Greggo Extravaganza) with Richie Witt. It aired at 2pm-7pm on KRLD-FM, "The Fan" 105.3, in Dallas, Texas. Williams first became popular as 'The Hammer', Mike Rhyner's partner on KTCK's top-rated The Hardline drivetime show, but his tenure there ended abruptly in 2008 after 13 years on the air.


KJKK (100.3 FM, "Jack FM") is an American radio station in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas. It broadcasts an adult hits music format. KJKK is owned by Entercom, and the broadcast license is held by CBS Radio Texas Inc. The station's studios are located along North Central Expressway in Uptown Dallas and the transmitter site is in Cedar Hill.


KMAP may refer to:

KRFD (FM), a radio station (100.1 FM) licensed to serve Fleming, Colorado, United States, which held the call sign KMAP from 2008 to 2012

KMAP (AM), a defunct radio station (1370 AM) formerly licensed to serve South St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

Karnaugh map, a method to simplify Boolean algebra expressions

KRLD-FM, a radio station licensed to serve Dallas, Texas, United States which used the KMAP call sign from 1962 to 1968


KMVK (107.5 MHz, "La Grande 107.5"), is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Fort Worth, Texas and serving the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. The station is owned and operated by Entercom. KMVK broadcasts in Spanish and airs a radio format featuring Regional Mexican music. The station's studios are located along North Central Expressway in Uptown Dallas and the transmitter site is in Cedar Hill.While most FM stations in the Metroplex operate at or near 100,000 watts, KMVK runs at 16,500 watts, so it has a smaller coverage area. The station broadcasts in HD. Its HD-2 signal carries a Tejano music format known as "Fierro." Latin pop music is heard on its HD-3 signal, known as "Dale! 107.5 HD3."


KPSD may refer to:

KPSD-FM, a radio station (97.1 FM) licensed to Faith, South Dakota, United States

KPSD-TV, a television station (channel 25) licensed to Eagle Butte, South Dakota, United States

KRLD-FM, a radio station that held the call letters KPSD from ? to ? licensed to Dallas, Texas, United States

Knots per square decimeter


KRLD may refer to:

KRLD (AM), a radio station (1080 AM) licensed to Dallas, Texas, United States

KRLD-FM, a radio station (105.3 FM) licensed to Dallas, Texas, United States

KZPS, a radio station (92.5 FM) licensed to Dallas, Texas, United States; formerly KRLD-FM from 1948 to 1972

KRLD-TV, the former call sign of KDFW from 1949 to 1970

KRLD-TV, the former call sign of KDAF from 1984 to 1986

Richland Airport (Washington) (ICAO code KRLD)


KRLD (1080 kHz; NewsRadio 1080) is a commercial AM radio station owned and operated by Entercom. Licensed to Dallas, KRLD serves the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and North Texas with a news/talk radio format. KRLD broadcasts all-news programming for most part of the weekdays and a few hours of weekend mornings. Weeknights, KRLD runs nationally syndicated talk shows including Dave Ramsey, Clark Howard, Texas Overnight with Charley Jones and America in The Morning. Weekends feature shows on money, home repair, real estate, travel, computers and fishing. Some weekend hours are paid brokered programming. Most hours begin with world and national news from CBS News Radio.

The station's studios are located along North Central Expressway in Uptown Dallas, and the transmitter site is near Saturn Road in Garland, Texas. KRLD broadcasts in the HD Radio format and can also be heard on KRLD-FM 105.3 HD2. KRLD is a Class A station broadcasting at 50,000 watts, the maximum power allowed for American AM stations. By day, KRLD uses a non-directional antenna and the station is audible with a good radio from Oklahoma City to Austin. At night, KRLD uses a directional antenna nulled slightly away from the northeast to avoid interfering with sister station WTIC Hartford, the other Class A station on 1080 AM. KRLD's nighttime signal is heard over much of the central United States and parts of Mexico and even Guatemala.


KTCK (1310 AM; "SportsRadio 1310 The Ticket") is a commercial sports talk radio station licensed to Dallas, Texas, which serves the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex (DFW). Its daytime power is 25,000 watts, which is reduced to 5,000 watts at night. The station's studios are located in the Victory Park district in Dallas, just north of downtown, and the transmitter site is in Coppell. The station is currently owned by Cumulus Media. KTCK's programs are simulcast at 96.7 MHz over KTCK-FM, licensed to Flower Mound, Texas.

KTCK's current call letters and format only date back to 1994. However it is one of the oldest radio stations, including the oldest in Texas, having received its first broadcasting license, as WRR, in March 1922. In addition, prior to its first broadcasting license, WRR was issued an initial transmitting authorization in the summer of 1921, and the station evolved from even earlier work conducted by the Dallas Police Department.


KYNG may refer to:

Kyng (band), a hard rock band formed in 2008 in Los Angeles

KYNG (AM), a radio station (1590 AM) licensed to Springdale, Arkansas

KRLD-FM, a radio station (105.3 FM) licensed to Dallas, Texas, United States, which used the call sign KYNG from March 1992 to March 2003

the ICAO code for Youngstown–Warren Regional Airport


KZPS (92.5 FM, known as "Lonestar 92.5") is a radio station serving the Dallas/Fort Worth market in Texas. The station is owned and operated by iHeartMedia, Inc. (formerly Clear Channel Communications until September 2014) and airs a popular classic rock format. The station's current format also involves the dropping of conventional 30-second and 60-second ads in favor of sponsored hours with disk jockeys promoting sponsors conversationally. The station's studios are located along Dallas Parkway in Farmers Branch (although it has a Dallas address), and the transmitter site is in Cedar Hill.

List of Dallas Cowboys broadcasters

As of 2018, the Dallas Cowboys' flagship radio station is KRLD-FM owned by Entercom.

Brad Sham is the team's longtime play-by-play voice. Working alongside him is former Cowboy quarterback Babe Laufenberg. The Cowboys, who retain rights to all announcers, chose not to renew Laufenberg's contract in 2006 and brought in former safety Charlie Waters. However, Laufenberg did work as the analyst on the "Blue Star Network," which televises Cowboys preseason games not shown on national networks. The anchor station is KTVT, the CBS owned and operated station in Dallas. Previous stations which aired Cowboys games included KTCK (AM), KVIL-FM, KRLD, and KLUV-FM. Kristi Scales is the sideline reporter on the radio broadcasts.

During his tenure as Cowboys coach, Tom Landry co-hosted his own coach's show with late veteran sportscaster Frank Glieber and later with Brad Sham. Landry's show was famous for his analysis of raw game footage and for he and his co-host making their NFL "predictions" at the end of each show. Glieber is one of the original voices of the Cowboys Radio Network, along with Bill Mercer, famous for calling the Ice Bowl of 1967 and both Super Bowl V and VI. Mercer is perhaps best known as the ringside commentator of World Class Championship Wrestling in the 1980s. Upon Mercer's departure, Verne Lundquist joined the network, and became their play-by-play announcer by 1977, serving eight years in that capacity before handing those chores permanently over to Brad Sham, who joined the network in 1977 as the color analyst and occasional fill-in for Lundquist.

Longtime WFAA-TV sports anchor Dale Hansen was the Cowboys' color analyst with Brad Sham as the play-by-play announcer from 1985-94. Dave Garrett succeeded Sham on play-by-play in 1995, teaming with Hansen (1995–96), Laufenberg (1996–97), and Mike Doocy (1997). Sham returned as the team's play-by-play voice in 1998.

In 1984 and 2001, the Cowboys used guest analysts in the radio booth for each game. In 1984, Dale Hansen, Charlie Waters, Roger Staubach, Cliff Harris, Vern Lundquist, Drew Pearson, Frank Glieber, and Bob Lilly were guest analysts. In 2001, guest analysts included Charlie Waters, Irving Fryar, Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, Dan Rather, Michael Irvin, Preston Pearson, John Madden, Pat Summerall, and Dale Hansen.

Mickey Spagnola

Mickey Spagnola, a former sportswriter for the now-defunct Dallas Times Herald, serves as the feature writer for, tracking the daily activities of the Dallas Cowboys. Mickey writes articles and blogs for the site but also hosts "Talkin' Cowboys", one of two daily radio shows broadcast exclusively on However, during the offseason, "Talkin' Cowboys" usually airs only once a week.

Spagnola used to make several daily appearances (one on each weekday show), known as "The Ranch Report", on Dallas radio station KTCK 1310 AM, "The Ticket". This report provided listeners with general information on the Cowboys' daily activities. He now reports news and provides insight on a similar show known as "The Valley Ranch Report" for Dallas radio station KRLD-FM 105.3 "The Fan".

Spagnola hails from Chicago, Illinois, and is a graduate of the University of Missouri. is a free broadcast and Internet radio platform owned by Entercom. functions as a music recommender system and is the national umbrella brand for Entercom's radio network aggregating its over 235 local Entercom radio stations across the United States. In addition, the service includes thousands of podcasts. It was originally created by CBS Radio and was acquired by Entercom as part of the company's takeover of CBS Radio. The service's main competitors are rival station group iHeartMedia's iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. is available online, via mobile devices, and devices such as Chromecast.

Rick Fairless

Rick Fairless is a well-known figure in custom choppers. His business, Strokers Dallas, sells custom choppers. The shop and adjacent bar and grill he also owns in Dallas, Texas.

Rick Fairless has a regular radio show on KRLD-FM in Dallas/Fort Worth: The Texas Hardtails Scooter Show. He now produces the show from his shop and video podcasts can be seen at his website. Rick has appeared on Discovery Channel's Biker Build-Off and SPEED Network's Texas Hardtails. Examples of custom and theme choppers built by Rick Fairless are shown in the book Choppers: Heavy Metal Art. In 2008, the William J. Clinton Presidential Center had an exhibit of bikes by famous custom builders, and two Fairless choppers, Coors and Bettie, were included.

The Indie-Verse

The Indie-Verse was an internet audio station based in Dallas, Texas that served the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex as well as all of the United States through its internet presence with a diverse alternative & indie music format. It was also broadcast on KJKK 100.3 HD-3 (HD Radio needed) and was under ownership of CBS Radio. The name was a portmanteau of "Indie", short for "independence" or "independent"; and "Universe".

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