In 1998, KAVS/KYHT along with sister station KAVL were purchased by Jacor Communications (now Clear Channel Communications) leading to a return to Top 40 as a repeater of KIIS-FM in Los Angeles, California rebranded as 97.7 & 105.3 KIISFM, with local programming hosted by Chester The Arrester and many live broadcasts on location. KYHT went off the air in early 1999 due to a windstorm that caused the transmitter building to buckle and become airborn, the station was restored 3 days later.
The grouping of 102.7 FM KIIS in Los Angeles, 1220 AM KIIS in Santa Clarita, 97.7 FM KAVS in the Antelope Valley, 105.3 FM KYHT in Barstow/Victor Valley, and 101.9 FM KFMS in Las Vegas created a nearly continuous coverage of KIISFM between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. However, 101.9 in Las Vegas was branded as KISS instead of KIIS.
After the Clear Channel Communications/Jacor Communications merger, KYHT's operations became apart of the Victorville cluster which began airing local IDs as 105.3 KIISFM, discontinued replaying KAVS's local programming, and began airing local modern rock intensive Top 40 music programming during the weekends.
In 2001, KYHT began to simulcast KZXY airing a hot adult contemporary music format full time as Y 102 & 105. This flip resulted in 101.9 KISSFM in Las Vegas, switching to all local programming. The building where 105.3 KIISFM's local studio in Barstow resided became a shoe factory.
Radio sale looks like re-organization: Clear Channel deal moves five local stations from public to private control.
Jan 02, 2007; Jan. 2--The much-heralded sale of radio holdings by broadcaster Clear Channel Communications, Inc., which included five radio...