FM Technical Profile: KKND

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Station Name:
Heaven 106.7
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] Along Delacroix Hwy., near the Jacks Canal area, south of Bayou Rd.
Power (ERP):
98 kW
Beam tilt ERP 100 kW
Antenna HAAT:
981 feet.
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
Time-Present Text-?

AUX: 490 watts @ 656 feet. 60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
More Information:
An original construction permit for a new station, licensed to Port Sulphur, Louisiana on 106.7 MHz, was first issued to Mariner's Radio Relay Company in the spring of 1980.  It went through multiple permit extensions before finally getting on the air from a site south of Highway 23, a mile or so southeast of Port Sulphur, in 1985.  The first set of calls was KHAA and it ran 50 kW, carrying a Black Gospel music format.  The license was transferred to Salem Media of Louisiana in 1986.  Three years later, the station signed on from a taller tower at the current site off Delacroix Highway and became a New Orleans market competitor that also put some signal into the western parts of the Biloxi radio market.

Beasley Broadcasting acquired the station in 1988.  In 1989 the station's call sign changed to KQLD and the format flipped to Oldies.

The station was sold to Newmarket in August 1993.  The call sign changed to KGTR in September 1993, when the station flipped to a "Rockin' Country" format as "The Gator"; one year later they sold the station to Radio Equity Parntners, who abandoned country after a few months for Jazz as KLJZ. Clear Channel acquired the station in 1996, and changed the call sign to KKND.  Around this time the station flipped to a Rock format, with Howard Stern in the mornings. 

Clear Channel sold the station to Wilks License Company (who became Citadel, who then eventually became Cumulus) in 2003, who went back to the "Rockin' Country" format and nickname, later settling on "The Wolf" as a moniker.  At the end of May 2008, the call sign changed to KXOS, and the station began simulcasting with New Orleans-area KMEZ and its Rhythmic Oldies music format.  Spots on the station indicated that the rhythmic format would be moving here, and one month later this became KMEZ. 

The rhythmic oldies format had a good long run on the station until the start of 2019, when Cumulus teased a change; at the start of the new year, the format flipped to Classic Hits as "106.7 The Krewe".  In September 2020, the format changed to Hot Adult Contemporary, while keeping the "Krewe" moniker.

The station was knocked off the air in August 2021 by Hurricane Ida; it returned to the air by 9 September 2021.  Two days after returning to the air, Cumulus flipped the format to Gospel as "Heaven 106.7", giving the New Orleans market its first full power Gospel format to compete against smaller AM outlets.

Entercom rebranded as Audacy in March 2021.