City Allen, Texas
Broadcast area Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex/
Branding "ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM"
Slogan "First For Sports in Dallas/Fort Worth"
Frequency 103.3 MHz
First air date December 1, 1981 (as 92.1 KEMM)
Format Sports
Language(s) English
ERP 98,000 watts
HAAT 606 meters (1,988 ft)
Class C
Facility ID 58265
Transmitter coordinates 33°32′08″N 96°49′54″W / 33.53556°N 96.83167°W / 33.53556; -96.83167Coordinates: 33°32′08″N 96°49′54″W / 33.53556°N 96.83167°W / 33.53556; -96.83167
Callsign meaning ESPN
Former callsigns KEMM (1981-2001)
Affiliations ESPN Radio
Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
Operator Cumulus Media
Owner The Walt Disney Company
(KESN Assets, LLC)
Webcast Listen Live (via Triton Digital)
Website ESPN Dallas

KESN (103.3 kHz) is a commercial FM sports talk radio station. It is owned by The Walt Disney Company as an ESPN Radio owned-and-operated station. It is licensed to Allen, Texas, and serves the Dallas-Fort Worth radio market. Beginning on October 8, 2013, Cumulus Media took over operation of the station, although Disney is still the owner. The station's studios are located in the Victory Park district of Dallas, just north of downtown, and the transmitter site is located southeast of Collinsville in Grayson County.


The station first signed on the air on December 1, 1981, as KEMM.[1] From 1981-2000, KEMM was licensed to Commerce, Texas and at first, broadcast at 92.1 MHz. The station aired a country music format.

KEMM went silent on September 28, 2000. The city of license and tower were moved to Allen, Texas, in 2001. The station was re-launched on April 27, 2001, as 103.3 KESN with a new all sports format. Fourteen outlying stations were rearranged and relocated to make way for KESN to move into DFW, all at ABC/Disney's expense. Among KESN's most notable local programs was Galloway and Company, hosted by Randy Galloway until his retirement in October 2013.[2]

Previously, despite different owners and a merger of ABC Radio Networks to Citadel Broadcasting; KESN, WBAP-AM, and WFAA-TV maintained a strong partnership (as WFAA is the local ABC television affiliate). In early 2006, 103.3 ESPN welcomed WFAA-TV personality Dale Hansen, a former Dallas Cowboys radio analyst and host on rival station KTCK, to the station. KTCK had become the Cowboys' flagship station, and many speculated that Hansen leaving KTCK for KESN was due to his criticism of the team. The official explanation, however, was that Hansen's ratings did not justify his salary request.

Beginning in the 2011 Major League Baseball season, KESN and KZMP acquired the rights to broadcast all Texas Rangers baseball games for the next four years. English-language broadcasts aired on KESN while the Spanish-language broadcasts were heard on KZMP.[3] These broadcasts were in addition to the Dallas Mavericks broadcasts that were already heard on KESN. Rangers games remained on KESN until the 2015 season, when they returned to KRLD-FM.

Until mid-2011, KESN broadcast in HD Radio. With its HD2 signal simulcasting KZMP-AM (ESPN Deportes Radio) and its HD3 substation broadcast an audio simulcast of ESPNews. For reasons unknown, the HD broadcasts were discontinued.

On August 7, 2013, it was announced that Cumulus Media, owner of KESN's rival KTCK 1310 The Ticket, would take over operations of ESPN 103.3 through a long term local marketing agreement (LMA) with Disney, beginning on October 8. Programming on both stations would remain the same. The change took effect once Cumulus closed on the sale of FM station KTDK 104.1 of Sanger to Whitley Media.[4][5][6] However, on September 20, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rejected the sale citing that the license transfer was not a true sale in that all economic risk would remain with Cumulus as Whitley would get the same brokerage fee regardless of the price the station would have sold for. Cumulus would remain the de facto owner of the station.[7] Eventually, the license of KTDK 104.1 was cancelled, and its callsign was deleted by the FCC on October 18, 2013, at the request of Cumulus.[8]

Since 2015, as result of the sale of WRDZ-FM (today WZRL) to iHeartMedia,[9][10] KESN is the only Disney/ABC owned station on FM.[11]

Current programming

The station has two locally based, weekday shows: J Dub City with Will Chambers and Jean-Jacques Taylor and Dennis and Cowlishaw (DAC). KESN is the flagship station for the Dallas Mavericks' radio network and Texas Christian University football and men's basketball. Regular weekend shows include Inside Sports Medicine with TO Souryal and Soccer Today. When not airing locally based programming, the stations airs national programming from ESPN Radio.

Share ratings for KESN's primary shows lag behind that of KTCK, Sportsradio 1310, "The Ticket", their chief sports talk radio rival in the Dallas/Fort Worth market. In ratings books, KESN has had more cume listeners than KTCK. That figure means that, as the ratings show, while more total people may listen to KESN at various points throughout the day, roughly twice as many people are listening to KTCK at any given time.

Its former sister station KZMP AM, which aired Spanish language sports programming, was heard on 1540 AM until September 2016 when it was flipped to a Regional Mexican format, leaving the DFW market without an ESPN Deportes Radio affiliate.

Notable on-air staff




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