There is something for every listener with Texas Rio Grande Valley radio stations, from canciones (tunes) from across the border in Mexico to Texas-style country, current rock to oldies, and Christian to Metal. Noteworthy diversity results from a variety of formats as well as a variety of ownership, including Clear Channel Communications, Univision Radio, the Living Water Radio Network, public radio, and Entravision Communications.
"As of 1/18/2013, my favorite D.J. for Rio Grande Valley Radio is Rock n' Roll James. He plays some of my favorites that no one else plays. In addition, you have to have some balls to play blocks of Megadeath or Pantera. Who doesn't respect that?" - Webmaster.
KTEX 100.3 is the station that “Sounds like Texas.” Clear Channel’s entry into the local country market, KTEX plays hit-makers George Strait, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride and other top Country artists from its physical location in Brownsville. DJs include Jo Jo, Frankie D., Chris Michaels and Patches.
If your tastes run more to Rock, then consider The Q 94.5 (KFRQ) in Harlingen. Entravision’s station has a play list that includes Live, Ratt, 30 Seconds To Mars, Buckcherry, Van Halen, Papa Roach, Bush, Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam, Motley Crue, and Led Zeppelin, with an all-request 70-minute “Lunch Hour” with DJ Keith West. Other shows are The Overnite Asylum with Weslaco resident and hard rocker JoeyRocks, Big Al and Charlie’s morning show, the longest running in the Valley, and Mighty Mike Quinn all afternoon. As of 1/18/2013 my favorite D.J. so far is Rock n' Roll James. He plays some of my favorites that no one else plays. In addition, you have to have some balls to play blocks of Megadeath or Pantera.
Then there is “The Valley’s Party Station,” Wild 104 (KBFM 104.1), another Clear Channel offering in Edinburg. The station has been around since 1974, but switched to Rhythmic Top 40 in 2004, a move which has paid off with increased listenership. If you like Nelly Furtado, Akon, Justin Timberlake, Outkast, Fergie, Ludacris, and Naughty by Nature, this is your station.
If Mexican heritage is where you are at, there is KGBT 98.5, physically located in McAllen, Univision Radio’s Spanish language station playing “Solamente Exitos”, only the latest hits in música norteña, corridas and rancheras. During the day sister station La Tremenda 1530 AM offers a mix of talk radio, sports and music, but in the evenings and on weekends KGBT comes alive as local DJs “El Chicuelo” Beto Castillo, Eliud Treviño and Romiro Olvera keep the music coming, while Mr. Ni Fu Ni Fa (Hugo de la Cruz) wants to hear listener opinions on everything under the sun.
Hot Kiss 106.3 (KHKZ-FM 106.3) is a station for the young or the rockin’ young at heart, with songs by Justin Timberlake, Avril Lavigne, Nickleback, Fray, Maroon 5 , Rickie Martin, and Carrie Underwood. Located in Mercedes, Texas, this station’s DJs include J. Cantu, Amanda, Micky Gamez, and the Hitman, with Hiram and Nicole Garcia covering the weekends.
KQXX 105.5, the “Oldies Fan Club” in Mission, Texas, has been successfully exploring the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, from Elvis, Neil Sedaka and the Beatles to Queen, Eric Clapton, the Doors, and Black Sabbath since its format change in 2002. Owned by Clear Channel Communications, with local DJs such as Billy Santiago and syndicated programs including Dick Clark, The Beatles Brunch, and Charlie Tuna this is the show for anyone who want a taste of the good old days of rock and roll. Family-friendly and commercial-free,
McAllen’s KVMV 96.9 plays the latest Christian hits along with talk programs such as James Dobson’s “Focus on the Family” and Chuck Swindoll’s “Insight for Living.” Part of the Living Water Radio Network, KVMV’s tag line is “The Valley's Christian Radio.” In addition to weekly programming, the station plays the top Christian music countdowns on Saturdays and offers an on-air bible study Sundays.
Then for the classically inclined, public radio is represented in the Valley by KHID 88.1 FM Classical and KMBH 88.9 FM Classical in Harlingen. In addition to such award-winning standards from NPR as Performance Today, local programming includes Classic Oldies with Al Wasielewski, jazz and blues On the Roadside with Chris Maley, Psych Rock 101 with Texas Joe Valles exploring 35 years of psychedelic music, and the latest classical releases on New Edition with Mario Munoz. All of these Rio Grande Valley radio stations also serve the Valley community with local news, community events, public announcements, and the most up-to-date scores in high school sports.
By J.E.D. Seno / TSO
Rio Grande Valley Radio is constantly changing and getting better. If you are aware of any changes we would love to hear about it in our comments section.
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710 is numba 10 (not good)
Kim Kamando is the only light in this dark tunnel but she is on only on weekends. During the week, prime time, it is all doom and gloom with Beck, Limbaugh, …
Rap & Hip-Hop
We need a station that only plays this ! ! !
What's wrong with saying "Merry Christmas" on the radio. We can say everything else except these two little words. I like listening to KTEX, but this …
Q 94.5 does not target most of Rock listening audience in the Valley. It should consider changing its title to Classic Rock Oldies Station. Of course, …
105.5 OLDIES STATION GONE????????????? WHYYYYY??????????
OLDIES 105.5 has been removed from the airwaves! There is another format of music in it's place and don't much care for that type of music. I love the …
We need a real Adult Contemporary station in the RGV! KVLY music today is CRAP!
Hot KISS 106.3
Hot Kiss 106.3 Its great! I really enjoy the DJ's early weekdays and their trivia questions are tricky but you get to win some nice prizes. Try this …
PSYCH ROCK 101
PSYCH ROCK MUSIC ON KMBH 88.9 FM OR KMBH.ORG SATURDAY NIGHTS AT 10 P.M. GOING ON 6 YEARS NOW IN THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY FOR MORE INFO PLZ GO TO MYSPACE …
We NEED alternative rock and underground rock music! I dislike that 94.5 plays classic rock early in the morning, really it makes me sleepier! Every radio …
94.5 is the best radio station
I think 94.5 is the best. They are the only ones who will play heavy metal. They also play some great rock classics. I remember when every station …
99.5 fm que pasa dissapointment
real dissapointment to the tejano community when entravision converted the only tejano radio station left in the valley into another norteno-mexico format …
A real Adult Contemporary radio station. Not rated yet
What happened to the old KVLY 107.9 FM. It used to be a real Adult Contemporary radio station, but then the station started changing the music in 2008 …
Classical music please Not rated yet
From where I'm at in the Pharr area, I don't receive any classical stations!
all stations Not rated yet
We need a station that plays underground music.
me Not rated yet
is there any station that plays chicano oldies only like paulino bernal,(not religious)gilberto perez or isidro lopez?
thank god for the satellite Not rated yet
It might be unprintable. It is the worst selection of programing anywhere in the US. But look where we are!!!
mr music Not rated yet
Im so mad at border media partners for replacing kbuc 102.1 classic country for that super tejano crap!! Thats all the valley needs is another spanish …
Wild 104 Not rated yet
Wild 104 is a pretty damn good radio station. I enjoy the Mojo morning show with JohnnyO and Ash Lee.. They have a variety of give-a-ways, prizes, and …
any mothballed radio radio station in RGV? Not rated yet
Is there any FM Radio Station in McAllen or in The Rio Grande Valley which not operational? Please email me through firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks …
They ALL suck Not rated yet
And they suck because they pander to the lowest common denominator. ALL of them are universally predictable and BORING. They need to go back to the 70's …
94.5 Fly Away Not rated yet
The last "fly away" contest 95.5 had was for Metallica. I figured they would do what they did for the last few fly aways, which was play music from the …
I'LL BE THERE Not rated yet
IT IS SO COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL:):):):):):):):):):):):):)
Talk Sports? Not rated yet
It is a shame that we don't have a sport station that has the best program in the nation. Why is it that we can not have one of the best sports station …
94.5 Really Rocks Not rated yet
It's nice to have JACK in the valley. I don't speak or understand Spanish, so it's nice to have 2 stations that speak English and that is JACK and KTEX. …
I want my Oldies back Not rated yet
What happened to the only oldie radio station 105.5? We have enough hard rock, spanish radio stations! I want my oldies back!!!! Sorry, but I don't …
Too Mainstream Not rated yet
No Good the end...if your moving to the valley invest in satallite. thank me later
Awesoneness Not rated yet
The valley radio station is the best of the best. It has any kind of music you can possible think of. I recommend thes stations.
radio Not rated yet
Radio in Brownsville isunquestionably the worst in America. I like oldies and there are no Oldies stations available in Brownsville. The least painful …
MORE VARIETY Not rated yet
i think we need more variety. something that ONLY plays hip-hop and rap. 94.5 is everything i like especially classic rock in the morning
xm is better Not rated yet
invest on xm or sirius way better and 94.5 does not play any heavy metal
KTEX Kicks Not rated yet
I enjoy the KTEX 100.03. I listen to it most of the day and all evening when I am resting. Way to go!! You have the best music. The DJ are totally funny …
710 Talk Radio and EMusic Not rated yet
Having grown up in the UK, I've been spoiled by the opportunity to hear music the entire world over between the 4 `main` BBC Radio stations. Unfortunately …
Yea KTEX Not rated yet
I am a Country Western listener and I love morning radio with Patches and Joe Joe. They are entertaining...... Kathy Woolam
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