City Houston
Broadcast area Greater Houston
Branding ESPN Deportes Radio
Frequency 1230 kHz
Translator(s) 102.5 K273AL (Houston)
First air date

1230: February 18, 1948 (1948-02-18)

102.5: November 22, 2005 (2005-11-22)(in Livingston)
Format Sportstalk
Language(s) Spanish
Power 1230: 1,000 watts
ERP 102.5: 99 watts
HAAT 102.5: 140 meters
Class 1230: C
102.5: D
Facility ID 1230: 65309
102.5: 147307
Transmitter coordinates 29°45′26″N 95°20′18″W / 29.75722°N 95.33833°W / 29.75722; -95.33833
29°51′34″N 95°33′32″W / 29.85944°N 95.55889°W / 29.85944; -95.55889 (experimental synchronous operation)
Callsign meaning K-Call Of Houston or Kilo Cycles Over Houston
Former callsigns KNUZ (1948-March 19, 1997)
KQUE (March 19, 1997-March 1, 2013)
Owner Roberta Rose Ramirez
(Pueblo de Galilea, LLC)
Website http://radioaleluya.org

KCOH (1230 AM, 102.5 FM) is a commercial AM radio station in Houston, Texas, relayed by an FM translator, that airs national Sportstalk radio in Spanish.


K-NUZ "Dial It Up" 1-2-3

The radio station began in 1948 when KTHT (now KBME) vacated this frequency for a stronger signal at 790 kHz. Under the KNUZ callsign, it was a Top40 formatted station through the 1960s, competing with KILT (AM) but eventually Houston outgrew 1230's signal coverage and KILT won the battle in the early 70s. KNUZ then switched to a country format until the late 1980s, becoming a News/Opinion format until owner Dave Morris sold the station along with its sister FM, KQUE on 102.9, to Clear Channel in 1997.

K-NUZ Becomes "KQ 1230"

During a period after the FM/AM pair were sold, 1230 (now KQUE) was used to continue the MOR standards format previously on their 102.9 counterpart during the ownership days of SFX Broadcasting Corporation which took over ABC Radio affiliate KNUZ "K-News" News/Opinion. This resulted in 1230 abandoning the KNUZ calls it had used since its inception, and took the calls out of the city that had long been associated with them. The KNUZ callsign had also been used on Channel 39 (Channel 39 frequency now occupied by KIAH).

The KNUZ callsign was quickly requested and assigned to AM 1090 in Bellville, Texas.

After 41 Years, "KQ" Goes Dark

After the longtime Standards and Big Band format was folded in May 2001, KQUE became part of a quadcast with Rhythmic oldies-formatted KTJM until July 2001, along with 880 AM, and 103.3 FM. KQUE then dropped the quadcast and began a simulcast of classic rock-formatted KKRW (now KQBT).

Liberman Purchases KQUE; KCOH Moves to 1230

LBI acquired KQUE in June 2002. Under Liberman's control, the station formerly aired a Regional Mexican format, simulcasting KEYH as "La Ranchera" prior to the sale of the facility to Pueblo de Galilea, LLC. Prior to the Regional Mexican format, it operated as an Urban Oldies format, continued from its long history at 1430 kHz under a LMA from Liberman Broadcasting to the Dunn organization that provided the programming for 1230.

The lease with Jesse Dunn began on March 1, 2013, at which time the KQUE call would be retired, as the legendary KCOH calls were moved with the format from 1430 AM to this facility. KQUE's call set has since reappeared on the dial in the Houston area, where it is now located at 980 AM in Rosenberg, and is ironically also a sister station to 1230.

1230 was imaged as "Radio Ranchito", "La Raza" (simulcast with KTJM), and "La Ranchera", all utilizing a Regional Mexican music format, during Liberman's control of the daily programming.

Sale to Pueblo de Galilea, LLC

Liberman Broadcasting filed an application to sell KCOH to Pueblo de Galilea, LLC in April 2016. It was granted by the Federal Communications Commission and consummated on May 2, 2016, resulting in KCOH becoming a member of Radio Aleluya, a local Spanish-language Christian radio network owned by Pueblo de Galilea. The purchase price for the facility was $1.8 million.

On Friday October 15, 2016 Pueblo de Galilea completed the move of translator K223CW from George West, Texas to a tower located in north Houston. KCOH immediately dropped the simulcast with sister station 1590 KMIC Houston, and launched a new Tropical format on KCOH and the new translator named "La Calle 92.5".

ESPN Deportes Radio Moves to KCOH

In September 2017, ESPN Deportes Radio moved from 1180 KGOL to KCOH. With the change, KCOH has also abandoned its FM translator 92.5 K223CW, moving it to sister Radio Aleluya facility 880 KJOZ Conroe, while continuing the Tropical "La Calle" format on KJOZ and 92.5.

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